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Leadership Day

08. februar 2024
kl. 09.00 - 15.30  CET

Agile and Adaptive Leadership in the 21st Century

In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, leadership is no longer a static concept; it’s a dynamic, agile, and adaptive force that guides organizations through change and challenges.

In collaboration with CBS, the ‘Agile and Adaptive Leadership in the 21st Century’ conference will uniquely explore the strategies and approaches that empower leaders to thrive and succeed in digital disruption, uncertainty, and rapid change.  

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*No-show fee: DKK 450 when canceling after deadline February 6th 12:00 CET. For further information see below.

You will get different perspectives on “Agile and Adaptive Leadership” from researchers at CBS and University of Aalborg and practical cases from some of the largest organizations in Denmark e.g. Chr. Hansen and ISS.  

Their keynotes will shed light on critical skills and strategies necessary for leaders to navigate the complexities of today’s business environment. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to ask them questions during the Q&A sessions.  

They will provide crucial insights on the following: 

  1. Understanding the Dynamics of Change:

    Contextualizing the current business landscape and the rapid pace of change that organizations face. 

  2. Transformational Leadership in the Digital Age:

    Discover how leaders can survive and thrive in the digital disruption era. 

  3. Navigating the Paradoxes of Leadership:

    Leadership isn’t just about making decisions; it’s about understanding and navigating the paradoxes that often arise in today’s complex business world. 

Real-World Case Studies 

You’ll hear firsthand from major Danish companies as they share their strategies for developing the leaders and organizations of tomorrow. These case studies will provide actionable insights, inspire you to adapt and excel in your leadership role and inspire you to further your development journey. 

Breaking boundaries: Embodied Leadership in Agile Leadership 

In leadership, the importance of the body is often overlooked, even though the body constantly sends sensory impressions to the brain, coloring and directing the leader’s perspective, feeling, thinking, and action.  

Petra-Sofie Kemp, facilitator of “Embodied Leadership,” will invite us to experience leadership in a deeper way. The body helps us in being more agile leaders. Small, conscious adjustments on the spot can make a significant impact on our ability to be present, curious, and navigate complex situations simultaneously. 

Understanding the role and impact of the body can be challenging. That is why you will be invited to stand up and experience the impact on your own body and witness the change in your peer group.  

Networking Opportunities 

Our conference offers valuable networking opportunities besides knowledge sharing. Connect with fellow HR professionals and leaders, thought leaders, and industry experts. Share ideas, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and foster invaluable connections.  

We are looking forward to your attendance with the knowledge and expertise you’ll bring to this event. Be prepared to explore the exciting world of agile leadership, adaptability, and innovative strategies.  

Join us for an event that has the potential to further your leadership journey as a guide of human change. 


Nb. If you’re a CBS student or alumni, you can either sign up through NOCA or CBS. 



Christian Lauritzen, People & Culture Director at ISS Denmark

Christian has more than 20 years leadership experience from global service companies with diverse and multicultural workforces. He has deep experience in service management, talent & leadership development, organizational design and cultural transformation. Christian is also a board member in NOCA.

Kasper Bas Svendsen, Head of Global Learning, Leadership & Culture, People & Organization from Novonesis

Kasper has over 20 years of experience working with HR, learning and leadership development in both the private and public sector.  

Kasper will talk about how to build future-proof leadership development at an organizational level. His focus is combining authentic leadership with the requirements in each leadership role.  

Kasper will cover the leadership development and change journey from both Novozymes and Chr. Hansen towards the merger into Novonesis.  

Silviya Svejenova, Professor and Academic Co-Director, CBS Leadership Centre/Department of Organization

Silviya Svejenova is a Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the Copenhagen Business School. She also serves as Co-Director of imagine.., Creative Industries and Institutions’ research center and is the incoming Chair of the Board of SCANCOR, the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research with locations at Stanford and Harvard Universities. Prior to joining CBS, she was on the faculty at Cranfield School of Management and ESADE Business School. She has a PhD from IESE Business School in Spain.  

Professor Svejenova’s research concerns issues of strategic and creative leadership. She examines the relationship between creativity, innovation, inclusion, and sustainable futures. Her work has been published in the top organization and management journals as well as in books, of which the latest (with J.L. Alvarez, INSEAD) The Changing C-Suite – Executive Power in Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2021).   

Katelyn Sharratt, PhD Fellow in the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. 

Katelyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, organization theory, and psychology. Through her research she explores the behaviors, skills, and environmental conditions that stimulate creativity and pathways to novel ideas within the context of high-innovation entrepreneurship.  

Katelyn has an international track record of leadership and management, specializing in the development of entrepreneurial capacity and expertise. Before joining CBS, she was Managing Director at Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship in Melbourne, Australia, where she led the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic direction as well as raised funds and promoted interests across government, industry, and community.  

Petra-Sofie Kempf 

Founder of Core Energy, with over 25 years of experience in embodied learning, is a leading figure in Denmark in embodied leadership. She is a research contributor, speaker, facilitator and host of the Danish podcast: “MED KROPPEN SOM ØRE”, exploring the body’s potential in leadership, developmental processes, and working life.

Petra-Sofie will introduce you to Embodied Leadership and the body’s potential in relation to agile leadership competencies. Since the body may not be immediately understood, expect an introduction where you both experience and learn with your body!


Rikke Kristine Nielsen, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication & Psychology at Aalborg University

Rikke is affiliated with the Organization, Work & Management-research group and the Humanistic AI research cluster. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, she had more than 10 years of experience with IT-entrepreneurship, leadership development and management consulting.

Rikke’s research explores the organizational development triangle of leadership, HR, and organizational change in the contemporary business landscape of “VUCAP” – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity, and Paradox. With colleagues from both practice and academia, she recently authored and published the book Navigating Leadership Paradox: Engaging Paradoxical Thinking in Practice (2023) based on highlights of several research projects on navigation of leadership paradoxes in practice.

Rikke will share insights about navigation of competing demands and wicked problem-“solving” focusing on the pitfalls and promises of “both/and-leadership” in practice. Rikke will present practical cases in collaboration with co-author and Senior HR Partner at Jyske Bank, Danielle Bjerre Lyndgaard.


Danielle Bjerre Lyndgaard, Senior HR Partner at Jyske Bank, and Author 

Danielle holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration and a Master of Management Development, both from CBS. She has been engaged in academia-practitioner research collaboration focusing on both global leadership and the paradoxes in leadership in general.

Her research interests focus on global leadership development as well as the individual and organizational paradoxes and complexity in (global) collaboration. Danielle is co-author of and has contributed to several books on leadership and HR, latest together with Rikke Kristine Nielsen, F. Bevort, T. D. Henriksen and A. Hjalager in the book Navigating Leadership Paradox: Engaging Paradoxical Thinking in Practice (2023).


Program for Agile and Adaptive Leadership in the 21st Century 

09:00 – 09:30: Registration and Check-in

09:30 – 09:40: Welcome to Agile and Adaptive Leadership in the 21st Century – Speakers: Eva Fog Bruun, Centre Director at CBS Leadership Centre and Ulrik S. Brix, CEO at NOCA

09:40 – 10:20: Keynote Session: “The Changing C-suite: Leadership Roles for Sustainable Futures” – Speaker: Silviya Svejenova, Professor and Academic Co-Director, CBS Leadership Centre/Department of Organization

10:20 – 10:40: The Coffee Learning Experience

10:40 – 11:25: Keynote Session: “Born to be wild?!” – Title: “Wicked problems and the manager as paradox navigator” – Speakers: Rikke Kristine Nielsen, Associate professor at University of Aalborg and Danielle Bjerre Lyndgaard, Senior HR Business Partner at Jyske Bank

11:25 – 12:00: Interactive Session: “Breaking boundaries” – Title: “Embodied Leadership for Adaptability and Agility” – Speaker: Petra-Sofie Kemp, embodied leadership facilitator

12:05 – 12:45: Networking Lunch

12:45 – 13:20: Case Study Session: “The Future of Leadership in Chr. Hansen” – Speaker: Kasper Bas Svendsen, Head of Global Learning & Talent Acquisition, HR from Chr. Hansen

13:20 – 13:55: Keynote Session: “Playing with uncertainty: The power of play in decision making” – Speaker: Katelyn Sharratt, PhD Fellow in the Department of Strategy and Innovation from Copenhagen Business School

13:55 – 14:15: Afternoon Break

14:15 – 14:55: Case Study Session: “Leading the Transition: From Decentralized Operations to a Global Matrix” – Speaker: Christian Lauritsen, People & Culture Director at ISS Denmark

14:55 – 15:05: Closing Remarks and Thank You

– Speakers: Eva Fog Bruun, Centre Director at CBS Leadership Centre and Ulrik S. Brix, CEO at NOCA

15:05 – 15:30: Networking Reception and Farewell


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No show fee

*By registering for this event, you also accept NOCA’s conditions regarding the no-show fee.
In order to give the most members the opportunity to participate in the event and to protect ourselves against food waste, we need to know if you are participating, otherwise we can give your place to someone else.
If you therefore cancel after the deadline February 6th 12:00 CET or do not arrive on the day, you will subsequently receive a charge of 450 DKK.
Should you be prevented, you are always welcome to send a colleague in your place and thereby avoid paying a no-show fee. (Your colleague just needs to pick up your name tag upon arrival at the event).

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