Keynote Speaker | Human Capital Expert | #1 Bestselling Author | Building the bridge between science and practice | Ptofessor I Doctor in Psychology
Resilience, Hybrid Working, Self Leadership
Resilience & wellbeing
Enthusiasm knows no boundaries. That is why Elke has stood on platforms all over the world, from Kyoto to Cape Town, Lima, Sydney, Dubai, and San Francisco. She is unparalleled in her ability to engage her audience and captivate people with her unique blend of expertise, scientific background, and humor. Her enthusiastic way of translating new academic insights into everyday practice leaves nobody untouched and has already earned her a lot of praise.
Boundless curiosity and a passion for people – this perhaps best describes Elke. This unique combination quickly led to a flourishing academic career. With a PhD in psychology, Elke held various positions at the universities of Harvard, St Andrews, Maastricht, and Rotterdam, where she attracted international attention with her solid research work. Currently, she is a Professor at the University of Ghent. Driven by her scientific insights about mental resilience, she founded the company "Better Minds at Work" in 2014. This international consultancy company focuses on enhancing the mental resilience, energy, and productivity of employees and now consists of more than seventy psychologists, doctors, and consultants.
Elke's trademark is without a doubt the way in which she manages to translate new psychological insights into fresh and accessible day-to-day applications. This is how she inspires individuals and organizations to improve their mental resilience and thrive in these volatile times. Her major breakthrough came with her bestseller "Mentaal Kapitaal" (Mental Capital: 2015). This book, now in its thirteenth edition, was recently launched in the international market in English under the title "Better Minds" and in Chinese. She also recently released a new book, "The Mental Reset," in which she inspires people to transition towards a post-pandemic era with healthier and more successful ways of living and working.
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Elke is one of those rare talents who can integrate research and practical examples into clear insights and practical recommendations. She does this in her books and in her real-life contributions. Thanks to her enthusiasm and expertise, resilience becomes a tangible, concrete thing that matters not only in what we think, but definitely in what we can do. From now on, we will look at rabbits and elephants differently.
Jan van Acoleyen, HR director Proximus
I had the pleasure of listening to Elke's vivid expose at a "Resilience Workshop" for BESIX in Dubai. For me personally, her workshop contained a number of “aha”-points and allowed me to connect some dots on certain challenges encountered in the daily work environment. I left the workshop with a number of insights (link between a boring situation -reptile/primitive brain - negativity - stress - unhealthy body), quotes ("Attention is the new scarce resource") and practical steps (bye bye email notifications on the phone). Her interesting and highly relevant presentation is the best invitation to read one of her books. Definitely worth some "focus"-time!
Peter Lembrechts, Manager Six Construct Dubai
Elke has the rare talent of combining scientific insights with our everyday struggles in life. From the moment Elke starts to speak, she is able to hold the audience’s attention. She takes you on a mental journey through our brain and teaches us to get the best out of ourselves. The ultimate 'Elke effect' is that everyone who attends continues to contact each other long after the presentation to talk about how their brain is. A warm, special and, above all, highly talented person whom I wholeheartedly recommend.
Elmas Duduk, Organisational Strategist for the City of Amsterdam
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