Keynote Speeches and Change Programs Made in Germany

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Logo2Change is not what happens to you, but the way you deal with it. That´s the mantra of German Keynote Speaker Ilja Grzeskowitz, CSP (spoken Graesch -ko -witz). He studied economics and marketing and was the youngest store manager for Germany´s largest retail corporation Karstadt, as well as for IKEA. During these disruptive times, he had to fight with various changes and became an expert on that topic. The bestselling author of eight books held guest lecturing positions at the Berlin School of Law and Economics and the SRH University in Berlin and constantly travels around the world to research future trends and developments. It is one of his strongest beliefs, that companies only change, when the people change and he helps entrepreneurs, business executives and managers to deal with the rapid changes around us. It is Ilja’s mission to support organizations to create a culture of change, that is based on innovation, flexibility and the courage to try out new ways. Among his clients are big brands like Audi, BMW, Capri Sun, Daimler, Lufthansa, Nespresso, Pentax, Procter & Gamble, RWE, Telekom and Zalando, as well as traditional middle sized companies. As a Keynote Speaker, Ilja has given presentations in eleven countries on three continents. On American C-Suite TV he was introduced as Germany´s #1 change expert. He is „nordish by nature“ and together with his family he lives in Berlin. He is a loving father of two beautiful daughters, loves to play golf and is a single malt aficionado.


Your Presentation was great stuff!
Jacek Dudkiewicz
International Business Development / Rhenus Logistics AG und Co. KG
You know what change is all about, when you listen to the real life experiences of this great keynote speaker. To hear Ilja Grzeskowitz speak energizes and inspires.
Dr. Heike Schiffler
CMO / Tetra Pak GmbH & Co KG
Dear Ilja, Thank you so much for you energetic, inspiring and fascinating keynote at our sales conference in Bangkok. All of our co-workers are still talking about TNT and #OhYeah! We are very happy, how much you motivated every single one of us.
Alexander Lapp
Manager Strategy & Processes Asia Pacific / Lapp Holding
Change – it´s the attitude that decides if we succeed or not. Thank you so much for your great presentation!
Bernd Eckl
Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing, Business Development & Corporate Communications / Getrag International GmbH
Here is our Feedback: The presentation was: 1) Very valuable: Everyone learned something new. 2) Specific: Customized to our current situation. 3) Important: It was really great that you had an external view on our challenges. 4) Worldclass: Your Keynote Speech was awesome.
Reinhard Kleber
Regional Manager Bavaria / Hypovereinsbank / Unicredit
Changes start in the head. For ninety very inspiring minutes, Ilja Grzeskowitz has shown us, how to create the necessary mindset.
Theodor Micklinghoff
Sales Director B2B / Telekom Deutschland GmbH
Ilja Grzeskowitz was the Keynote Speaker for our BMW Financial Services Partner Event and we were very pleased with our choice. Working with him was extremely professional und pleasant. Not only is he a true change expert, but he also customized his speech to specific challenges of our industry. With his fascinating and humorous presentation, Mr. Grzeskowitz has definitely moved and inspired our guests. Dear Ilja, may we say thank you very much, once again. We wish you all the best and are very happy with our choice.
Roger Muhr & Martina Merki
Marketing Director / BMW Financial Services Schweiz
Ilja Grzeskowitz has implemented the Change-DNA into the audience. Our 400 Guest were very much inspired by his outstanding Keynote Speech. The combination of strong content and his entertaining presentation style was the reason, that every single guest had the desire to change and could take away specific ideas for his daily business.
Dr. Jürgen Wigger
CEO / BEWITAL petfood GmbH & Co. KG
It was a lot of fun working with Mr. Grzeskowitz. Thank you very much for the inspiring and outstanding Keynote Speech. Grzeskowitz has inspired us with his charming and very likeable personality. With real life storytelling, heart and humor, he showed us how to be able to deal with change. A great speaker who we are very pleased to recommend.
Sonia Wedell-Castellano
Sales Director / Deutsche Messe AG

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