Inside Silicon Valley:
A LeadershipGarage Experience

March 6th–10th, 2017

Learning from the Silicon Valley success story

The LeadershipGarage Experience “Inside Silicon Valley” is an expert symposium in the heart of digital progression, Silicon Valley. The structured multi-day intensive program analyzes the challenges of the digital future through the modules “Experience – Understand – Leverage”. Thought leaders will discuss their latest researching findings on innovation in the digital workplace of the future, as well as the success factors for growth and innovation in the digital age. Participants will get inspiration for the successful management of digital transformation, and have the opportunity to network with company representatives, scientists, and digital entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Germany.

Moving with the times – the digital transformation

Digitalization is one of the largest challenges for companies today. Past structures and work processes are fundamentally changing, while new methods and interfaces are emerging. Innovation and collaboration are drivers of future growth, and technological investments alone are not sufficient for a successful transformation to a sustainable digital enterprise. There is also, above all, a need for a social and cultural shift, which requires executives to greet and promote change, innovation, and dialogue across the entire company while maintaining a productive work flow.

The goal of the LeadershipGarage Experience “Inside Silicon Valley” is to allow you to directly confront and experience this change, and to take steps into the digital future of your company together.

The three steps towards digital transformation


The San Francisco Bay Area is seen as the epitome of innovation, productivity and inventiveness, as well as a role model for economic success. Established pioneers like Google, Facebook, and Apple as well as countless startups are milestones of this enormous expansion in the last 60 years. They set trends, drive them forward, and accelerate the tempo of innovation worldwide. Silicon Valley shows us today how we will work and live tomorrow, how to extract useful insights from big data, and which paths lead towards success.

During the LeadershipGarage Experience, you will encounter:

the inspiration of Silicon Valley,
life and work in the digital future – “digital is normal” and
the pioneering spirit of Silicon Valley and its innovative companies.


Silicon Valley’s special culture is defined by an open attitude, disruptive thinking, speed, and a willingness to take risks. The success of such a corporate culture is shown through countless innovative products and processes. Recent research has identified digital networks and personal engagement as particularly important drivers of this success. Adding to this are close partnerships between business and science, a creative intersection which leads to innovation and constant development.

The LeadershipGarage Experience helps to understand:

how the drivers of this change and innovation operate,
what the newest scientific developments of the digital transformation imply,
how successful co-creation between scientific and business experts can be organized.


To successfully navigate the digital transformation, companies must be continuously innovative. Digital technologies create new opportunities for flexible work, time management, accessing knowledge, and team work, even over great distances. These opportunities simultaneously represent new challenges for companies: The digital transformation requires an organizational culture shift, new leadership qualities, and executives with a clear mission.

After the LeadershipGarage Experience, you will have built useful skills and networks and more specifically:

you have reflected on your next challenges and benefited from an active exchange of information,
you have added to your knowledge through peer learning and opportunities for benchmarking, and
you have enormously expanded your network through co-creation and the combination of science with business.

Program Highlights

D.School Tour: Design Thinking

Prof. Dr. Larry Leifer

BrainQuake as an example of how the Valley works

Prof. Dr. Keith Devlin

Predictive Data Analysis in HR

Dr. Karsten Schmidt

Mobilized: The Business and Future of Connected Technology

S.C. Moatti

Remote Collaboration

Tom Wyatt, Michelle Posey, Christa Cliver

Virtual Reality: Applications for Training

Barry Pousman

Institute of the Future: Future of Leadership

Bob Johansen

HanaHaus: A Social Café Experience

Daniel Zimmer

Laurel Leone, Steve Bellamy

Building Vision and Innovation with Lego® Serious Play®

Stephan Grabmeier

+ “It’s all about networks.”

The LeadershipGarage

Innovation through co-creation

Co-creation means that partners from different areas of scientific and business expertise create new values. Co-creation combines these areas with the objective of achieving innovation, competitive advantage, and growth. These are the core goals of the LeadershipGarage. We bring science and practical experience together, research the opportunities and challenges of the digitalization of the professional world, enable the sharing of ideas, develop practical solutions, and create networks partnerships for businesses that are currently facing similar situations. Among our driving questions are:

How will digitalization change our working methods?
How are digitally networked organizations designed?
How can effective leadership be achieved remotely?
What understanding of leadership do we need for the future?

The technical symposium “Inside Silicon Valley” will be held in 2017 with the friendly support of the Bertelsmann Foundation and Haufe.

Digital Transformation Competencies

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Sustainability research, cultural research, education, management and entrepreneurship: Through these four science initiatives, in course work and research, Leuphana University of Lüneburg addresses the challenges of civil society in the 21st century. Research topics devoted to Democracy, Digital Media and Health, span multiple faculties, in keeping with developments of current and future relevance. Leuphana has received numerous awards for its work as a humanistic, action-oriented, and sustainable university.

Institute for Performance Management

The Institute for Performance Management is a part of the University of Leuphana Lüneburg. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Sabine Remdisch, it researches questions concerning lifelong learning and continuing education, the subject of open universities, transparency and quality in continuing education, as well as the networking of higher education institutions with professional practice. A special focus is its research into the digitalized professional world and the fundamental changes as well as challenges for companies and their leadership in the digital age.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Remdisch (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

Sabine Remdisch
Professor of Business Psychology
Head of Institute of Performance Management, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Visiting researcher, Stanford University

“To cope with the digital transformation, companies need to do more than to just invest in technology. Managers who can plan and implement the transformation are needed.

In an exciting program we share the results of our research, and explain how leadership changes in the digital world. Digital pioneers reveal the insights and processes companies need to master.”