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Nico Blaauw

Nico is managing partner of Pilgrims.
Organization strategy, change management and branding have dominated his career. Prior to his consultancy role, Nico has spent many years in senior management positions in international companies, such as Dow Chemical, Fortis, C&A and Leo Burnett.

Nico earned a university degree in Business Communications and a Master degree in Marketing Management. By working with Jody, Nico is equipped with hard data and well-founded business concepts and strategies.

Nico’s approach is very personal and highly involved, especially during turbulent transformation processes. He is convinced that direct personal involvement and presence does increase the effectiveness of consultancy significantly.

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Interesting talks

Dare to lead as your authentic self | Tracy Young

As the founder of a startup, Tracy Young often worried that employees and investors valued male CEOs more -- and that being a woman compromised her position as a leader. In this brave, personal talk, she gives an honest look at the constraints women face when trying to adapt to a male-dominated business culture -- and shares how she developed the courage and vulnerability to lead as her complete, raw self. (This talk contains a graphic story. Discretion is advised.)

Dare to lead as your authentic self | Tracy Young 2021/01/21 16:54

3 ways to upgrade democracy for the 21st century | Max Rashbrooke

Democracy needs an update -- one that respects and engages citizens by involving them in everyday political decisions, says writer and researcher Max Rashbrooke. He outlines three global success stories that could help move democratic systems forward and protect society against the new challenges this century is already bringing.

3 ways to upgrade democracy for the 21st century | Max Rashbrooke 2021/01/20 16:58

How a strong creative industry helps economies thrive | Mehret Mandefro

When global leaders think about which industries can fuel economic growth, the arts are often overlooked. But filmmaker Mehret Mandefro says the creative sector actually has the power to grow economies -- while also helping safeguard democracy. In this captivating talk, she shares a behind-the-scenes look at how she's putting culture back on the economic agenda in Ethiopia, and explains why other countries would benefit from doing the same.

How a strong creative industry helps economies thrive | Mehret Mandefro 2021/01/19 16:55

How bad data keeps us from good AI | Mainak Mazumdar

The future economy won't be built by people and factories, but by algorithms and artificial intelligence, says data scientist Mainak Mazumdar. But what happens when these algorithms get trained on biased data? Drawing on examples from Shanghai to New York City, Mazumdar shows how less-than-quality data leads to AI that makes wrong decisions and predictions -- and reveals three infrastructural resets needed to make ethical AI possible.

How bad data keeps us from good AI | Mainak Mazumdar 2021/01/15 16:52

How your brain responds to stories -- and why they're crucial for leaders | Karen Eber

How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action.

How your brain responds to stories -- and why they're crucial for leaders | Karen Eber 2021/01/14 17:02

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