Job crafting: How intrapreneurs make their own way
When do you call yourself an intrapreneur and how can you craft your own way in your organisation? How do you start and how do you keep going? How can you proactively improve your work, rather than switching jobs? And how can you create a (social) impact, lasting change or even fight climate change with your company?
In this session, we’ll explore best practices, real examples from leading professionals, we’ll tackle fears and limiting beliefs and get cracking in breakout rooms!
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Alexis Olans HaassLeague Global Fellow
Alexis is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Arcadis – the leading design and engineering consultancy
for the built environment – and drives the company’s global strategy from their office in Munich.
Alexis previously led adidas brand’s sustainability program from its global headquarters in
Herzogenaurach, Germany. Her responsibilities included the creation of adidas brand’s sustainability
strategy, the development of new sustainable innovations & business models, the commitment to
mass materials transformation & sustainable product, and the brand’s sustainability messaging &
consumer engagement. During her 13 years at adidas, Alexis helped bring to market such
sustainable innovations as the 1st high-performance, closed-loop running shoe, the launch of the 1st
ocean plastic runner at the UN, and the commitment to End Plastic Waste by using 100% recycled
polyester by 2024. Alexis’ previous work revolved around sustainable product development and
clean technology with companies such as IDEO, P&G, and Fair Trade (Transfair) USA.
Alexis began her career with five years in international development, both in Washington DC and in-
country. Her perspective on – and passion for – the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals sprang from
her early on-the-ground experience living and working in countries such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica,
and Colombia. Alexis is fluent in Spanish, German, French, and English, and is accustomed to working
in fast-paced, multinational, matrix organizations. She has an MBA in Marketing and MS in
Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan, as well as a BS in Foreign Service (International
Relations) from Georgetown University.
CAROLE VIAENE was a professional wanderer for many years, and ironically found her vocation in career coaching & advising. She made 3 successful career changes (Journalism, Education & Human Resources), and made one of her many dreams come true: she moved from Belgium to Spain. Carole now works for the renowned and leading business school Esade as a Career Advisor, where she works with Fortune 500 companies and future leaders. She’s an ICF-Certified PCC Coach, and with her upcoming book, she describes herself as a career activist.
Mercedes Gutierrez AlvarezLeague Global Fellow
Mercedes Gutierrez Alvarez is Head of Social Impact Communities at Ingka Group, a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 380 IKEA stores across 32 countries.
Born in Spain, Mercedes is now based in Malmö (Sweden) where she leads a broad social impact agenda which includes providing skills for employment for refugees, integration of social entrepreneurs into the value chain, and supporting the right to an adequate homes in local neighbourhoods in 32 countries as part of the People and Planet Positive Strategy for the world’s largest home furnishing retailer.
Former head of sustainability at IKEA Spain, Mercedes has fifteen years’ experience working with sustainability and social innovation as drivers to transform business models, mainly for the energy and retail sectors. She is a passionate believer and activist, inspiring everyone to act as positive change-makers to tackle inequality and climate change. She holds a degree in chemistry and a master’s in ESG accountability, human rights, social audit, and civil society development.