Helen Vandevelde, Business Speaker, Change Management Speaker, Futurist, Business Strategist, Sunday Times columnist and speaker on business leadership, change management, team-working, networking and talent management Helen addresses international conferences on the impact of globalisation on businesses worldwide. She has written books on this subject and is a columnist for the UK Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times columnist and speaker on business leadership, change management, team-working, networking and talent management

Helen addresses international conferences on the impact of globalisation on businesses worldwide. She has written books on this subject and is a columnist for the UK Sunday Times.

Areas of Expertise

She can deliver her topics either as keynote presentations or as interactive whole- or part-day programmes. Her main themes are:

Leadership

This explores the implications of global change drivers for effective business leadership. The change drivers include the knowledge economy, the power of the network, cross-cultural work teams, the 24-hour economy, the effect of digital media on society, the age of insecurity and the digital divide.

Her presentation includes interactive simulations which enable delegates to discover their strengths and weaknesses as potential leaders.

Change management

This exploration is based on insights from psychology, leading to self-knowledge and understanding of what motivates people, to generate commitment to change. The whole-day programme in particular, has generated strong demand from companies implementing mergers and take-overs.

Modern team-working

Helen applies motivational factors to the challenge of team-working, by exploring these themes:

. Motivating yourself
. Marketing yourself
. Maintaining your lifestyle
. Managing relationships
. Making time
. Marshalling your future

Modern business networking

This presentation goes beyond the "meet, greet and delete" concept of networking. Helen places business networking in the context of globalisation and wealth creation. She has identified leading edge practice which enhances both business competitiveness and individual career development.

Talent management

This presentation weaves the simultaneous opportunities and threats of globalisation, technological advance and social change into a ground-breaking strategy for maximising wealth creation at both company and individual levels.

Key themes are:

. Sources of risk and wealth creation in the global economy
. Re-connecting the interests of the individual to those of the company
. Generating motivated players

There has been strong demand for this presentation from multinationals with interests in a global workforce, and from companies looking to attract bright young staff and to retain high fliers.

Range of presentation events

. Standard keynote presentations to theatre-style audiences
. Keynotes to audiences set out in cabaret-style, with interactive sessions to explore a specific concept.
. Interactive master classes: these provide delegates with immediate strategies they can take back to their organisation.

Customisation to client requirements

Helen angles her presentation to the needs of specific audiences. She has developed strategies for specific industrial sectors such as the insurance industry, facilities management, computer professionals, health professionals, the education sector, central government, local government, and occupational groups such as management consultants, personnel and sales.

She asks clients what they are aiming to get out of the event and what key messages they need to get across. Some clients want a reinterpretation of the problem and a clear set of answers. Others want the presentation structured so that delegates can shape their own solutions.

Helen has spoken at international network events - recently in Budapest and Lisbon. She has addressed a World Congress attended by 800 delegates, with simultaneous interpreters, and her PowerPoint slides pre-translated. She has experience of liaising with interpreters, simplifying language and explaining concepts to them before the event.

She has shared speaking platforms with UK government ministers and has contributed to a number of government studies on the future of work.

Client Comments

Anthony Bruce, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"She was captivating. It was refreshing to get beyond the hype to some real insight into the future of work."

Donal de Buitleir - General Manager, Allied Irish Banks.

"Helen combines excellent content with a humorous speaking style."

Krys Grudniewicz - KPMG.

"Helen's session was rich and fresh and creative in its facilitation."

Nandlal Narayanan, Vice President, Human Resources, BPL Innovision Business Group.

"Her session alone made the entire two day conference worth attending."

Jenny Rudge, Chief Executive, Cornwall and Devon Careers Ltd.

"The best analysis of the future of the global workplace I have ever heard."

Ann McDonald, Recruitment Manager, BBC News.

"Helen painted a vivid picture of the future of recruitment with energy and style. Her enthusiasm and clarity made us feel ready to face these challenges."

Ann Limb, Chief Executive, UK University for Industry.

"Her clear vision of the future of work is a must for every business leader."

Zoe Watson, Conference & Exhibitions Organiser, Cook (UK) Limited

"Helen's presentation at our Company Day was both informative and entertaining. Employee feedback was very positive and they all left with food for thought."

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