The Art of Guidance – or: where will leadership take us in the future? Take part in the CODE_n Event on February 21, 2017

02/08/2017  |  Business Hacks, EVENTS, News | Trends

CODE_n will be hosting an exciting event early this year on a crucial topic that drives many executives at established companies, SMEs, and startups alike: leadership. How will the role of leadership change in this modern age, especially given the way it is so closely shaped by new models for working, increasingly distributed teams, and digital disruption? Can leadership adapt to agile teams and increasingly blurred hierarchies? These questions and others will be addressed in an exchange of experiences on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at The Art of Guidance – The Complexity of Leading Corporations  and Startups. It’s a CODE_n EVENT in the Guidance/Leadership series.

Different experiences and leadership inspiration from both worlds

Two of the evening’s highlights, which the audience is sure to look forward to, include exciting expert talks taking a different perspective on the subject of leadership. Martina Merz will give insights into her many years of experience as a manager at Bosch and as the CEO of Chassis Brakes International. Now a member of the supervisory board of Lufthansa, Bekaert, the Volvo Group, and SAF-HOLLAND, Martina also examines the possible difficulties and challenges associated with managerial responsibility.

Tobias Günther, founder and CEO of the startup fournova Software, will continue by sharing his experiences with managing distributed teams. He will illustrate how leadership can change and redefine itself against the backdrop of digitalization. Aspects such as self-management, leadership on equal terms and trust play an important role in this context.


Martina Merz and Tobias Günther will share experiences and give some inspiration in their expert talks.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with other fascinating guests as representatives of established companies and startups exchange further ideas on the topics. At this point the audience will have the opportunity to discuss ideas with the experts as part of a subsequent Q&A session.


5:00 p.m. Arrival with snacks and drinks

5:50 p.m. Welcome

6:00 p.m. Talk: “Unternehmen in der VUCA-Welt”, Martina Merz (supervisory board member of four international companies)

6:20 p.m. Talk: “Augenhöhe – Führen mit Vertrauen, Verantwortung und Bescheidenheit”, Tobias Günther (founder and CEO, fournova Software)

6:40 p.m. Panel discussion with representatives of established companies and startups (hosted by Martina Merz):

  • Maria Dietz, former manager and now member of the board of directors at GFT Technologies
  • Dr. Karoline Bader, founder and responsible for finance and sales at parkpocket
  • Matin Ebrahimchel, Head of IT Connectivity at Daimler Trucks
  • Tobias Günther, founder and CEO of fournova Software

7:20 p.m. Q&A

Approx. 7:50 p.m. Networking

When? Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where? CODE_n SPACES, Schelmenwasenstr. 34, 70567 Stuttgart, Germany


Maria Dietz, Dr. Karoline Bader and Matin Ebrahimchel will join in exchanging further ideas in the topic of leadership within the panel discussion.

The evening will also be an opportunity to go on a guided tour of CODE_n SPACES. If you’re interested, please contact the CODE_n team!

Make sure you book your free XING ticket by February 16, 2017, at the latest. As always: first come, first served!

We look forward to an enthralling discussion!

Your CODE_n Team