ebbf international event - transitioning towards the spiritual enterprise

Theme of this event

During this four day event we explored WHY economic systems and enterprises need a new elevated spiritual mindset. And then found out HOW we can build such enterprises.
The key elements and processes that will allow us to successfully bridge towards this new, necessary way of seeing and building the future.

We came to understand the pillars, key principles, ways forward to shift towards the spiritual enterprise.

How is purpose different in a spiritual enterprise?
How do people treat each other differently?
What kind of leadership drives a spiritual enterprise?

Driven by a new understanding of the dynamic coherence required between meeting the necessary material needs we and organizations face with the spiritual higher purposes.

Higher purposes that make organizations more purposeful, successful, motivating and better at adapting to this new uncertain era we are facing.

What we learnt

Keynoters and contributors

Below the events first confirmed speakers of the over 20 sessions we will enjoy at this four day event

Larry Miller – USA

For the past forty years Lawrence M. Miller has worked to improve the performance of organizations and the skills of their leaders. His expertise is derived from hands on experience creating change in the culture of hundreds of organizations.

His work to create high performing cultures has evolved over forty years of building “high performance teams” in a large number of organizations. He has integrated “lean management” and “lean culture” with his experience building high performing teams and changing the culture at every level of the organization. He is the author of eleven books on management and leadership, most recently “Team Kata” and “Getting to Lean – Transformational Change Management.” He has also published on Udemy nine courses on leadership, strategy execution and teamwork. He has also authored Barbarians to Bureaucrats, American Spirit, and several other books. He has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, made appearances on CNBC, has written for The New York Times and been the subject of a feature story in Industry Week magazine.

….. Larry on LinkedIN

Maggie Lu – China

Maggie Lu is passionate about creating employee-managed (non-hierarchal, no boss) and purpose-driven organizations called Teal.  Using this approach, she helped turn a 3 people start-up into a multi-million dollar global company in 3 years. Teal organizations take holistic approaches to business and life, create safe humane workplaces where individuals are aligned with their organizations and are allowed to reach full human potential. In addition, organizations thrive in harmony with its entire eco-system – customers, suppliers, investors, and society.

Maggie has 20 years experience working with both Fortune 100 and start-up companies, leading global businesses, projects and cross-cultural teams in four continents.  For the past 10 years, she has been on a quest to understand the principles behind Teal and is now dedicating her career to share what she has learned with business communities.

She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is the co-founder of Teal Village, a learning platform that provides success stories, lessons learned and resources needed to create Teal organizations.

Maggie on LInkedIN …

Partow Izadi – Finland

Dr. Partow Izadi teaches at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Finland). He specializes in Global Education, with particular interest in holistic world-view and universal ethos — as foundations for global prosperity and flourishing communities. Through his lifelong experience in the worldwide Bahá’í Community he has identified ethical and social principles relevant to these pursuits. He has worked in a number of research and development projects in Finland and Russia, as well as one year, with his wife, in Vanuatu, helping with the development of local education. He experiments with action research approaches as an instrument for transformation. He offers university courses on Global Education, providing students with perspectives on human evolution, universal ethos and social action, discussing alternatives to materialistic approaches of today. Partow Izadi is also an avid amateur astronomer, heading the local astronomy club, and engaged in science outreach in schools. This hobby speaks for his interest in “all things holistic”, with an educational twist!

Elsie Maio – USA

Elsie Maio, the founder of Humanity, Inc and the SoulBranding Institute is a seasoned keynote speaker, corporate advisor, mentor, and global thought-leader. She inspires and empowers audiences to listen for their higher impulses to create a world that works for all, in practical ways starting right now!

Her talks are based on real life experience: her own personal journey, and her serial career experience in four sectors: institutional finance, financial journalism, strategic marketing and communications, and general management consulting.

For the past 30 years she has advised social impact entrepreneurs and the leaders of the world’s most influential corporations how to lead with their sense of humanity, with Soul Values. Working with Elsie, these individuals discover where their own full self-expression meets their organization’s goals. By the same token, organizations find the sweet spot where their commercial interests delight the heart and soul of their employees, customers and communities, to produce bottom-line benefits too.

Listen to Elsie on ebbf podcast’s Episode 2 – How can ethical business build the future? Transitioning towards the spiritual enterprise.

… Elsie on LinkedIn

Ralph Blundell – Portugal

Ralph is a consultant focussing on leadership, an associate at business schools, a sought after keynote speaker and a whole systems event facilitator.
He has been privileged to work with senior leaders and teams in global businesses across seven sectors, and with CSO’s and governments.

He speaks at corporate events and conferences and has presented in 16 countries to diverse audiences. Once described as a “business guru, leadership guide and forward thinker …” Ralph prefers to say he is fortunate to be inspired by wonderful experiences and people, and that his gift is to tell compelling stories that entertain, challenge and provoke questions.

Ralph lives in Portugal with his artist wife and has two wonderful adult children. He is an active ebbf member, musician, keen gardner, and has recently rediscovered the pain and pleasures of riding a bike.

….. Ralph on LinkedIN

Jenny Triplett – USA

Jenny Triplett, originally from Saginaw, Michigan, always aspired for a career in media. Starting out as an intern at a radio station, she established a relationship with several entertainers and Ready for the World where she went on to head their marketing outreach team. Jenny also chose to explore the military where she earned an LMET (Leadership, Management, Education & Training) Certification, one of the highest certifications from the military, and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience during her time in the United States Navy.

… Jenny on LinkedIn

Rufus Triplett

Rufus Triplett, Jr., originally from Flint, Michigan, is a talented singer, songwriter and producer. He co-wrote, produced and toured for the platinum group Ready for the World in the late 80’s. He chose to broaden his horizons in the United States Marine Corps where he went to school for Culinary Arts. After relocating to Atlanta in the early 90’s, he found a love for computers and has become a technology geek. Not only can he build them from scratch but he has become the “go to” guy for all of his family members.


Alain Noghiu – Spain

Alain Noghiu’s core interests revolve around Spiritual Capital and Moral Leadership, where he has been exploring the nexus between organizations, leadership, ethics, spirituality and morality. In his day job Alain is a Director at Laureate Education Inc. a leading global education provider. In his role Alain assists multiple universities in Europe develop, organize and support their institutional digital teaching and learning strategy and delivery. Alain coordinates and works collaboratively with institutional leadership, university operational units, academics, and supporting vendors.

Alain on LinkedIn …

Manuela Tiron – Romania

Manuela Tiron is a psychologist and psychodramatist. She has been an independent practitioner since 2007. In 2009 she became interested in the modelling of social systems, so, she followed a training program in Sociodrama. Using this tool, she has developed many projects in the business area and within vulnerable communities.
Today she works to develop structure and method in storytelling applied in companies and institutions. The main idea is that the group can use the power of the symbol, enactment and collective creativity to better understand the sense of the past and explore possible pathways to a meaningful future. This gives the group a common vision and focused direction, builds trust, transfers perceptive knowledge, generates commitment and emoțional connections.
Other interests include music, opera, Tai-chi, anthopology and , of course, nature.

Manuela Tiron on LinkedIn …

Dr. Athanasios Kriemadis – Greece

Dr. Athanasios Kriemadis is a Professor at the University of Peloponnese, Greece, teaching Strategic Planning and Total Quality Management. Educated in the USA specialized in Strategic Management (under the guidance of Professor Ansoff, the Father of Strategy) and Quality Management (under the guidance of San Diego Deming User Group) and worked in private sector (e.g. Motorola in San Diego, California) and public sector (e.g. University of New Mexico) in the USA. Former Deputy Rector of Financial Management at the University of Peloponnese and Head of the Department of Sport Management. Business consulatnt, Certified Assessor of the European Foundation for Quality Management EFQM Excellence Award and Certified Assessor of the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008. Has published 9 Books in Management, 60 paper in INternational Business Journals and 200 paper in Proceedings of International Conferences.

Simon Biltcliffe – UK

Simon Biltcliffe is an award winning CEO, international public speaker and business expert; widely acclaimed for his talks on his Marxistcapitalist business model, as well as talks on employee motivation and running a thriving organisation in the 21st century. An IoD Director of the Year, he is the founder and CEO of national print services agency, Webmart and the world’s first digitally driven print platform, Printelligence. From starting Webmart with just £10,000 of his own savings, Simon has turned the business into a £30 million turnover organization with just 44 employees whilst implementing his unconventional business model and maximizing everyone’s I.E.F (Intellectual, Emotional and Financial) return.

Simon on LinkedIn

Carl Emerson – Switzerland

Carl Emerson founded InsideOut Solutions in 2014 in Switzerland. Harnessing his experience of over 20 years working at the interface between Pharma and CROs to facilitate productive empowered relationships between teams that enable value to be realised. To coach executives, project leaders and teams in taking the next step forward in excellence.

Starting life as a chemist Carl discovered that people were far more interesting than powders and moved quickly into relationship management, mostly in the outsourcing/procurement area, but more recently in training of executives, project leaders and teams balancing that with meeting facilitation.

A mentor for women in healthcare, an outdoor sports fan, experimental photographer and pioneer in the art of getting lost in foreign countries, Carl is based in Basel and loves working with ebbf.

Carl on LinkedIn …

Paul Palmarozza – UK

Paul has 53 years business experience, 48 in management positions. In 1987 he founded an e-learning company which became a publicly listed company on the London AIM Stock Exchange in 2001. In 2011 he co-founded a partnership, Principled Business, specialising in Business Ethics training using drama based videos and in 2013 started If I Can…CIC, a not-for-profit company which offers a free Mindfulness based values app. See www.ificanapp.com. He is currently working a new project, an e-learning values app for business, The Ethical Entrepreneur. He has tutored philosophy courses for 40 years as a member of the School of Economic Science and is currently a Guest Lecturer at Regents University Business School. Books written- From Principles to Profit, If I can…Timeless Values for Today and In Praise of Silence.

Paul on LinkedIn …