Upcoming Symposium

17th DocNet Symposium

22 November 2019

Often students and professionals face questions in their careers such as: Why am I doing this? Is it truly worth it? Wouldn’t it be simpler just to quit? Yet often in life it is our own motivation, purpose and passion that pushes us forward and allows us to persevere even when giving up seems to be the simplest solution. As John. F Kennedy said, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction”. This year’s symposium will center around the theme: 

Motivation – What makes you get out of bed each morning?

 So, motivate yourself to join us for the 2019 DocNet Symposium on the 22nd of November to better understand the different levels and dimensions of motivation.



Coffee & Registration 8.00
Welcome Speech

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik
University of St.Gallen
8.30 – 8.45
Motivation Theories: Beyond the Myth

Dr. Robert Kordts-Freudinger
University of St.Gallen
8.45 – 9.25
Identify your Motivation

You, yourself & your neighbour
9.25 – 9.45
Coffee & Networking Break(15 min)
An ordinary Change Maker’s Journey

Dr. Martina Gaus – Head of Philanthropy Services
UBS Optimus Foundation
10.00 – 10.40
Visionary of the Vertical World

Beat Kammerlander
Alpinist & Extreme Athlete
10.40 – 11.30
Coffee & Networking Break(30 min)
Panel Discussion: Motivation in Start-ups and the Corporate World

Kilian Wagner – CEO at VIU & HSG Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Jonas Kahlert – EMEA Practice Lead Professional Services

Sven Kannler – Research Associate, PhD Candidate at HSG & Founder
12.00 – 13.00
Lunch & Networking Break(1 h)
“How to Make Your Motivation Last?” – Workshop on greater purpose, strengths
and passion

Lisa Christen
Professional Motivation Coach
14.00 – 15.00
Coffee & Networking Break(15 min)
What motivates someone to cross the pacific in a pedal boat?

Jason Lewis
15.15 – 16.10
Conclusion & Acknowledgements16.10 – 16.30
Apéro & Networking16.30 onwards

*subject to change

Some impressions from last year’s symposium

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