Testimonials

Read the stories of students and CEOs that already took part in the programme in other countries.

Students

Nicolas Chavotier: “My warm and grateful thanks go to Odgers Berndtson for allowing me to participate in this program. It was conducted with remarkable professionalism and a truly appreciable commitment to make the most out of it for both the CEO and us, participants. Philippe Delusinne’s leadership style is one of experience, embodying a humanist approach to his functions and considering everybody equally.”

Nicolas spent the day with Philippe Delusinne, CEO, RTL Belgium (CEOx1Day Belgium).

 

Katerina Fragos: “Learning what drives Manon and gaining her perspective will shape the way I lead in the future. The experience far exceeded my expectations and the selection process was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Even though the final round of interviews was a competition, the Odgers Berndtson team treated it more like a training workshop. I knew that even if I wasn’t selected, I would gain a new understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

Katerina spent the day with Manon Brouillette, CEO, Videotron (CEOx1Day Canada).

Eloise Gagne: “I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with CEOx1DAY. Each step of the selection process taught me lots about my leadership skills and limitations and confirmed my interest in management. I also feel extra fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend a day at Hydro-Quebec with Thierry Vandal. It was very interesting to see what an average day is like for him, get a behind-the-scenes look at running a major company, and discuss the many projects that Hydro-Quebec is working on at the Varennes research centre.”

Eloise spent the day with Thierry Vandal, CEO, Hydro Quebec (CEOx1Day Canada).

CEOs

Helen Ghosh (CEO National Trust): “To give myself the opportunity to reflect on my role as CEO, and see what it looks like through someone else’s eyes. This kind of shadowing experience is always a great opportunity to think about yourself and your leadership style – because you need to be able to explain it to your shadower. And in the same way, you need to be able to be able to explain what your role as a CEO means in your organisation and environment. So it’s a learning day for you and them!” (CEOx1Day UK)

Stephen Kelly (CEO Sage): “It’s a privilege to participate in the CEO for a Day program, and I am excited to have a student walk in my CEO shoes for a day. For me, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the next generation of awesome, diverse business builders develop, and having the honour of being part of their journey. At Sage, we’re always passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs – from our work with youth projects around the world with Sage Foundation to the apprentices we take on and train in the UK every year. I’d encourage more leaders to share their experience through shadowing and mentoring as much as possible.” (CEOx1Day UK)

David Sproul (CEO Deloitte): “One of the most important challenges that leaders face is building trust in business – the trust of their employees, customers and the wider public. Central to this is addressing the perceptions people have of corporations and those at the top. Taking part in CEO for a Day is a great opportunity for me to better appreciate what the younger generation thinks about business and, crucially, whether they believe the path to leadership is open to them. I believe business has a key role to play in building the skills and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.” (CEOx1Day UK)

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