“Life’s too short to learn from your own mistakes. So learn from others.”
Petr Ludwig (Czech Republic)
CEO & Co-Founder, Procrastination.com
Petr is a speaker and author of the book The End of Procrastination, a science-based tool dedicated to overcoming the habit of postponing tasks and responsibilities. The book has been translated into 12 languages and over 100,000 copies have been sold worldwide. Petr is the founder and CEO of the company Procrastination.com and Deep Talks Podcast where he discusses personal values, purpose at work and in life, and improvement of today’s society with his guests.
Adam Mišík (Czech Republic)
Singer, song-writer & actor
INTERVIEW ABOUT REACHING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Adam is a famous Czech singer and actor born to a musical family. He spent one and half a year in the United States boosting his career. Thanks to that, he learned the English language so the native speakers don’t even notice it is not his mother tongue. Although his expectations of the American dream didn’t shoot him among the stars he found something much more precious instead there.
Cristina Muntean (Romania)
Advisor, a former journalist, founder of Media Education CEE
Cristina Muntean is a consultant, trainer, mentor and coach who specializes in personal branding, strategic communications, emotional and systemic intelligence for leadership. A former journalist with more than 12 years of experience in the Czech, Romanian and international media, she founded Media Education CEE, a PR advisory, and training agency in Prague in May 2010. Her clients are executive-level managers and entrepreneurs with Top100 companies in the Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe. Cristina is also an internationally certified trainer and coach with the Enneagram, a complex system of personal development, and a facilitator of systemic dynamics in organizations. She provides services in English, Czech, French and Romanian, her mother tongue.
MUDr. et MDDr. Eva & Hana Luskačovy (Czech Republic)
Founders and owners of DUO SMILE dental care
Identical twins coming from a family of doctors. After qualifying at the Charles University, Eva and Hana Luskačovy undertaken further work and post-graduate training in Prague before heading to gain their experience and broaden their knowledge abroad – specifically in London (the UK) and Auckland (New Zealand). After their return to the Czech Republic, they opened the DUO SMILE dental care in Brno where they welcome both Czech and foreign guests. Recently, they launched a unique DENTAL SPA. With a holistic medicine approach and devoted to a health-giving lifestyle, they help their clients to have a healthy smile for life.
Martin Kolenička (Slovakia)
Executive Director & Founder, HCA Brno
Besides being the founder and head of HCA Brno, Martin Kolenička is a professional trainer, consultant, and advisor. Companies hire him to help with their efficiency in management, sales, and marketing. He has been teaching, training and coaching since 2000, and has trained more than 40 000 managers, businessmen from different companies.
Renata Mrázová (Czech Republic)
Chief People Officer, Home Credit International
Renata belongs among the most influential women in the Czech Republic – in 2018, she was ranked 8th by Forbes Magazine. For many years, Renata worked for NN Group in several roles, from CFO to CEO and last four years, she lived in the Netherlands, in The Hague, where she took the role of Global Head of HR. There she was managing 14 thousand people from 18 countries. Currently, she works as the Chief People Officer at Home Credit International, Prague, handling 10 markets with more than 140 thousand employees. Besides being a top-level manager, Renata is the author of the unique book „Amazing Women from the Heart of Europe” that brings 33 stories of great Czech women who are or were successful and impactful in their fields. She is married and has two daughters.
Frank Tomas Grapl Junior (New Zealand/Czech Republic)
Artist, leader of Whakaari Rotorua performance group
Frank calls himself “Maoravák” because of his roots from Maori (New Zealand) and Czech (Moravian) side – his mum is from Rotorua, his dad was born in Brno. All his life, Frank has been traveling with his group Whakaari Rotorua (means to exhibit/perform and two lakes) all around the world to share his Maori culture and spread his energy and knowledge with all the people possible. Frank’s saying “we are all immigrants on the planet” unites people together and inspires them. His passion is to connect the world into unity while showing people their similarities and also what they have in common.
Dana Embree (Romania)
Director of Engineering, Emerson
Dana was born and raised in Romania and later lived in the USA for a little over 20 years before returning to Europe. Here, she lived in Germany, the Czech Republic, and now The Netherlands. While in the Czech Republic, she lived in Brno while working in the Emerson office in Mikulov. As a woman and engineer, Dana is volunteering and participating in the Women in STEM organization; she is also one of the founding members of the first SWE Affiliate in the Czech Republic.
Johan Nilsson (Sweden)
Founder & Manager, GoodGlass
PARTICIPANT IN THE CONFERENCE PANEL DISCUSSION
Johan comes from Östersund, Sweden. He is an entrepreneur who has been living in the Czech Republic for about 6 years now. Currently, he is settled in Brno. In 2017, Johan founded a company called GoodGlass as part of his mission to make people’s lives better
and decrease the use of plastic bottles which will lead to a less wasteful lifestyle. Following this motto, GoodGlass produces environmentally friendly and practically designed drinking bottles that fit every purpose.
Desislava Sliwka (Bulgaria)
Lead Team Leader, Lufthansa InTouch Brno
PARTICIPANT IN THE CONFERENCE PANEL DISCUSSION
She moved to the Czech Republic in 2005. A year after, Desislava started to work at Lufthansa InTouch Brno. For 10 years, she was managing a Bulgarian team. After that, she has become the team leader of 5 international teams (Romanian, Polish, Czech, Balkan, Italian) consisting of nearly 100 people. In this position, without any previous professional training in working with people, she had to learn how to deal with different nationalities, cultures, traditions, and ways of communication on a daily basis. Desislava’s husband is Czech and she speaks Czech fluently.