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Join this leadership event packed with professional development, panel and and round table sessions to share ideas and information with fellow decision makers, speed dating and networking at senior level.

The conference is open to members and non-members as well, we look forward to welcoming you from 22nd-24th April 2022.

Event venue: Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol *****

The conference venue is Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol, which is an iconic 5* hotel with rich history and fantastic central location to discover the main sites of the Eternal City.

Planned schedule (subject to change):

Friday, 22nd April

18:00 – Opening reception & Speed Dating

20:30 – Casual dinner at Le Grotte Roma

Saturday, 23rd April

09:00 – 12:30 Daren Martin – A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement

Networking lunch buffet

14:00 – 15:30 Unconference session

16:00 – 17:30 William McNulty – A new way of problem solving

Networking cocktails and dinner at Ristorante Roof Garden – Hotel Forum (sunset at 8 pm)

Sunday, 24th April

09:30 – 12:30 Verena Fink – An era of change: Digital Transformation

Networking lunch buffet

14:00 – 17:00 Industry Panel with networking break


Optional programmes for early arrivals/ late departures:

Thursday, 21st April 18:00 – 22:30 Pasta and tiramisu cooking class and dinner – approx 50 EUR

Friday, 22nd April 11:50 – 3 hours Colosseum, Arena floor, Forum Romanum, St. Peter’s prison – approx 50 EUR

Sunday, 24th April 20:00 – Wine tasting dinner – 50 EUR

Please use the registration form to book the conference and select your optional programmes.

Keynote speakers will be introduced as we get closer to the date.

Ci vediamo a Roma!

Introducing our Keynote Speakers


Daren Martin – A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement

Lack of employee engagement is the biggest challenge facing business owners and leaders today. In his session Daren Martin will bring us proven insights and solutions he uses to create ownership cultures in some of the biggest companies in the world.

What if everyone at your company was empowered to…
-Act like an owner
-Be fully engaged
-See the company as a connected silo free enterprise
-Work effectively together
-Focus on improving and growing the company

Using insights gleaned from years helping companies and coaching leaders, Dr. Martin teaches company leaders how to turn team members into owners. Areas covered include the difference between an engaged employee and a zombie employee, hiring and firing, why having fun at work is good business, toxic employees, the eight core attitudes and behaviors of an owner, and more.

About Daren

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author
Chief Culture Architect | Motivational Speaker | Best Selling Author | CEO & Founder of The Global Company Culture Association

Dr. Daren Martin was born in Louisiana but spent most of his growing up years in Bangkok, Thailand. He started and ran his own company while working on his Ph.D. in Psychology. After 20 years of running his own business, he sold his company and began consulting Fortune 500 companies on Leadership, Company Culture, Sales Psychology, and other performance-related topics.

Dr. Martin’s thought leadership and change strategies in transforming companies earned him the title The Culture Architect. He acts as a Trusted Advisor to business leaders at companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small businesses to optimize performance at every level.

Verena Fink – An era of change: Digital Transformation

Digitization is not a question of “if” – just “when” and Verena Fink will design a tailor-made keynote for the group that combines meta-level and hands-on tips to help you transform your organisation into a streamlined operation.

Meta level:
– Importance of technology adoption and what role it will play in our lives
– Innovation-driven transformation (revolutionary ideas)
– New ways of doing business

Transfer level:
– Why SMEs think it requires massive investment and how small changes can create big impact
– How to scan their own business for digital readiness
– How to introduce digitization in departments without massive investments
– How to collaborate more efficiently
– How to streamline and focus the business

Focusing on quick fixes and simple changes that can drive significant change for more efficient processes. Watch out for the pre-session survey that will help Verena pinpoint key issues to address!

About Verena

It is important to me to find sustainable solutions in global growth by integrating contradictory perspectives and managing polarities in a meaningful way. With a lust for the future and curiosity about stories worth telling, I ignite listeners and join in for artificial intelligence as a superpower.

For me, SIMPLE means “no question” but also understandable, accessible, people-friendly and culturally compatible. By DOING I mean getting started and curiously asking about tomorrow.

Before setting up the consultation Woodpecker Finch I have many years of management experience in the retail, e-commerce, media and FMCG sectors:
especially in the areas of sales, operations, customer experience, CRM and social media/ marketing communication.

My passion is customer lifetime value in digital transformation. Based on customer behavior, I accompany the further development of business models and do not see digital technology as an end in itself, but as a enabler. The aim is to bring the potential of European companies to the streets and to give their teams superpowers.

I share my accumulated experiences on the subject of artificial intelligence and network economy in lectures and publications, as in my current books  “AI projects – just do it” (Springer Gabler) and  “Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources” (Schäffer Poeschel).

William McNulty – The new way of problem solving

William’s core presentation about “the new way of problem solving” which uses the parallel of military veterans losing their purpose, identity and community when going back to their homes after active service. He will talk about how deploying them into natural disasters or any kind of emergency allows them to re-build these 3 essential building blocks of their being and in extreme cases ultimately saving them from suicide.

William will talk about how improvise, adapt and overcome is like second nature to all marines and again this is an ability that makes them so useful in emergency scenarios when most people get a shock and unable to act.

We will look at the theory of 80% solution which is based on the fact that no information is perfect so you just have to go ahead with imperfect plans and make the rest up on the fly.

The group will do an exercise to test the tools in a disaster scenario (earthquake, flood, tornado or a global pandemic) and aim to make better decisions faster that will help our leaders in their future business decisions.

About William

William McNulty is the cofounder of Team Rubicon and the founder of Team Rubicon Global, the internationally acclaimed veteran-led disaster response organization. He is a U.S. Marine who served in both the infantry and intelligence. He has worked in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University.

Introducing our Industry Panel

One of the most popular sessions of the conference is the Industry Panel which closes the 2 day event on Sunday afternoon. Like every year, we invited a line-up of illustrious industry experts to discuss topics that are most relevant to all our leaders and will define the international education industry going forward.

Feel free to send in your questions you would like the panel to discuss in Rome, please contact Reka.


If you haven’t been to an ALTO conference before, please check out the event report about the ALTO conference Lisbon 2019 on the blog Lisbon 2019 – Postcard from a conference delegate and watch the conference clip to get a taster:

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