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Leadership Program – LEAP

  • The oikos Leadership Program – LEAP inspires young people to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision making and equips them with insights, knowledge, and tools to do so. The program challenges participants to reflect on their values, purpose, and actions. It helps them to have an empowered voice and encourages them to be proactive about change.

    The LEAP program is now in its fifth run. Since its launch in 2015, the program welcomed over 250 participants and has had a lasting influence on their lives. Many LEAP participants return to the program as coaches to continue their leadership journey and help new generations of LEAPers – as we like to call our participants – in the process. Today, close to 20 former LEAP participants are engaged in the program. 

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    oikos was founded in 1987 by students who, in consequence to the absence of sustainability in their formal educational programs, aimed to empower young leaders to drive sustainable change. More than thirty years later, the majority of universities still fail to integrate sustainability holistically and struggle to develop sustainability leaders, resulting in a “leadership crisis.”

    With the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016, sustainability became a key priority on the agenda of all major actors worldwide. Various aspects of sustainability such as climate change or energy efficiency guide debates on twenty-first-century challenges. However, a key element to drive the desired transformation of society towards sustainability is often overlooked: the necessity to develop sustainability leaders (Werft, 2015). Sustainability leaders are “individuals who are compelled to make a difference by deepening their awareness of themselves in relation to the world around them, and thus, adopt new ways of seeing, thinking and interacting that result in innovative, sustainable solutions”(Visser & Courtice, 2011). The LEAP program bridges this gap. It builds and empowers a network of responsible and sustainable decision-makers that holds keys to solving the challenges of the 21st century.

  • The LEAP Chapter Track is an opportunity for our chapters to receive support, reflect on, and practice responsible leadership at the local level. The target group of the track are the local chapter leaders. 

    Program Registration

    The Chapter track is based on running registration, so chapters can join in all year long. The commitment time is flexible, and we highly recommend participation in onsite meetings. Click here to register your chapter.

    Program Elements

    • Chapter Coaching

    All chapters are offered chapter coaching sessions in order to help local leaders better understand their organization and members. Coaching revolves around questions such as: 

    What are the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges for your chapter? 

    Which topics do you work on? Where do you want to take your chapter in the future?

    The chapter coaches empower local presidents and board members. They guide the chapter leaders through their leadership challenges, encourage to reflect on their organizational strengths and weaknesses, share insights on how to engage community members, and provide tools to do so. The coaching process also ensures that members are well informed about oikos and have detailed knowledge of changes happening at the international level.

    Furthermore, with the necessary knowledge about chapters’ needs, fields of expertise and topics of interest, coaches can come together and map out possible partners and subjects for their thematic clusters of the Chapter Development Working Group. 

    A chapter decides on a representative who joins coaching sessions. The representative is in charge of making use of the learnings in their local community. The 45 min-online sessions should happen every month.

    • End of the Year Reflection

    There will be an end-of-the-year reflection call for all participating chapters to provide a space for sharing progress and exchanging ideas. The meeting should take place at the end of December.

    • Chapter Representation during annual onsite LEAP Meetings and Chapter Days

    One representative of each chapter will be invited to the annual LEAP Meeting before the Future Lab in Autumn and to Chapter Days before the Spring Meeting. If necessary funds are available, all costs will be covered for these representatives. At the center of these meetings – next to leadership development – are discussions of oikos-related matters and networking. Chapter representatives interested in joining the LEAP Chapter Track onsite have to apply when applications for the LEAP Meeting open, usually mid-summer and early spring.

    • Chapter On-Site LEAP

    During regional meetings or other chapter-led events, the oikos chapters can invite a coach for LEAP workshops on selected topics in the fields of self-development and leadership. The chapters can co-create the workshops and decide on the topics together with the coach.

    Program Coaches

    The program coaches are oikos or LEAP Alumni with experience in chapter matters and group coaching. They create a safe space for chapter leaders to reflect on their organizations. If you’re interested in the position, please contact LEAP[at] oikos-international.org.

  • The oikos LEAP Advanced is an intense 9-month-long leadership development journey that challenges participants to face the most daring questions in life – What are my values? What is my purpose? Why do I take certain actions and not others? 

    As the participants adopt and share the lessons learned in their chapters, they start to practice sustainable leadership. The result is strengthened chapter performance and greater impact in line with the oikos mission. These basics, moreover, accompany participants throughout their lives and result in change towards sustainability.

    Program Registration

    The applications for the LEAP Advanced 2019/2020 are now closed. A new call will be launched in fall, 2020. You can watch a recording of the LEAP Informational Call from June 24, 2019 here for more details.

    Eligibility Criteria: oikos member or alumni who have a demonstrated interest in personal and professional growth. 

    Selection Process: Interested candidates should apply via an online application, where they answer questions regarding their experience and motivation. Besides, we also consider their age, gender, socio-economic background, and place of residence to ensure diversity among the participants. 

    Program Elements

    Time: one hour per week (on webinars, reflections, individual coaching, and peer-2-peer discussions). Besides, two onsite meetings (in March 2021 and in July 2021) take place annually. Hours invested in practicing the learnings from the oikos LEAP vary according to participants’ engagement in their chapter or community. 

    Program Coaches

    Program coaches are former LEAP participants who help new generations of oikos members develop their leadership skills. Allowing former LEAPers to become coaches is the recognition of the progress they made during the program. They receive professional guidance and peer support during onboarding. The coaching experience helps them develop responsible management and leadership skills.   

  • In the beautiful village of Leysin in the Swiss Alps, more than 60 participants from different nationalities and a common passion met on 25th to 31st of October 2019.

    The oikos LEAP Meeting is a crucial gathering for representatives from around the world. Preceding the FutureLab, the Meeting brings together representatives of the oikos Chapters and LEAP Advanced Track participants. We had also participants from organizations with a similar vision as oikos such as rootAbilityNational Union of Students UK, and REFEDD. The meeting started at 16:00 CET on October 25th in Leysin and finished at noon on October 31st in Geneva.

    Throughout the seven days, more than 60 participants developed leadership competencies, improve their understanding of oikos, dive deeper into sustainability, and acquire knowledge and skills to increase their impact. Some sessions focus only on Chapter matters and others on personal development.

    Check out an article about this meeting here.

    LEAP Meeting October 2019 for Chapter Representatives

    The LEAP Meeting in October 2019 had sessions with a special focus on chapter matters to address chapter challenges and needs. Every chapter was entitled to send ONE representative to participate in those sessions. During those sessions, we discussed the future strategy of oikos and daily challenges of leading a chapter and exchanged experience to improve the chapter performance.

    In this meeting year, all oikees interested in the LEAP Advanced Track needed to state their interest in the above application form until September 9th 2019. The LEAP Advanced Track includes a 9-month leadership journey. The participants will learn to be more conscious of their own actions, better understand their values and purpose, learn to listen to others and to yourself, and gain the confidence to lead and inspire others to make a lasting impact in your community.

    LEAP Meeting October 2019 for Advanced Track

    The Kick-off LEAP Meeting is a key part of the program as participants have the opportunity to meet and interact face-to-face. Participants will acquire, not only knowledge enabling personal growth but also practical skills to improve leadership in their chapters.


    The LEAP Meeting is a participant-led event. Participants have the opportunity to organize workshops and discussion sessions. In September, a facilitation webinar was held for all participants. In case you want to run a session during LEAP and want to contribute with specific skills and knowledge, please write an email at

    During the Introduction Call on the fall, we will explain more possibilities to lead workshops and share your knowledge during the meeting.


    Where will we be staying?

    The accommodation is a Hotel in the beautiful village Leysin in the Swiss Alps, about 2 hours from Geneva. You can get there by train from Geneva or Lausanne.

    What time should I arrive on October 25th?

    In order to make the most of the program, you should plan your arrival for 14.00 CET at the Hotel. The program will start at 4 pm CET with an introduction to the place, program, and participants.

    What time will the meeting be over?

    The meeting will be finalized after lunch on the 31st of October. After the last workshop in Geneva, the Legislative Meeting will be held. We encourage you to take part in this important meeting.

    How should I book the tickets to the LEAP Meeting?

    Please book your tickets to arrive in Leysin and leave from Geneva. On the 31st the whole group will go to Geneva with a bus, which is covered by oikos.

    Geneva has an international airport, but we want to encourage participants from Europe to choose a sustainable way of transportation (train, bus, etc) if possible.

    If you are entitled to the Movetia Grant (European chapters, as well as Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Morocco), in order to get reimbursed (up to 400 CHF), your ticket needs to be booked in second-class transportation only.

    I am participating in the FutureLab, will we go to Geneva together?

    The last two days of the LEAP will be in Geneva, and we will go there all together by bus. The bus fee is covered by oikos.

    I am NOT participating in the FutureLab, when should I leave?

    If you represent your chapter in the Legislative Meeting, please book your ticket to leave Geneva on November 1st. The night of the 31st of October will still be covered by oikos. People that are not their chapter representatives need to pay the night of the 31st of October themselves. If you would like to stay in the hostel please let us know beforehand so we can book a room. The Legislative Meeting will take place on October 31st from 16:00 – 19:00 in Geneva.

    For people that neither stay for the FutureLab nor the Legislative Meeting, you can book your tickets to leave Geneva on October 31st at 3pm CET.

    I am part of the LEAP Chapter Track, what does it mean?

    Please, see information about the chapter track on our website. You can only participate in the LEAP Meeting if your chapter designates you as a chapter representative to the LEAP Meeting.

    Will any preparation be required for the meeting?

    You have the chance to facilitate workshop sessions if you are willing to.

    A Facilitation Webinar will be take place in September to help you to be more confident to take this opportunity. Also, if you need any feedback for your session, we are here to help! Write us an email to

    We will also send a Preparatory Guide to you via email prior to the Meeting and have a call with the participants to meet and clarify questions on the 23rd of September at 6 pm CEST.

    Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement for attending the oikos LEAP Meeting 2019?

    CASE ONE: If your registration to the LEAP Meeting 2019 is approved, one participant from each chapter of the following countries is entitled to 100% reimbursement up to 400 CHF on solely their transport expenses (visa and insurance costs are unfortunately not reimbursed):

    • Canada
    • China
    • India
    • Hong Kong
    • Kenya
    • Ghana
    • USA

    CASE TWO: The European chapters have applied for a successful grant and, thus, are entitled to 100% travel expense reimbursement (up to 400 CHF, in second class transportation only). Conditions apply. Please confirm with ">the team.

    For all other inquiries contact us.

    Extra: The Legislative Meeting

    216264_218511031493305_7042429_nThe oikos Legislative Meeting took place right after the LEAP Meeting 2019 on October 31st from 4 to 7 pm CET.

    Business-Casual attire is preferred for this meeting.

    Photo Credits: Robert Sturmer, Sturmer Foto

    This year’s oikos LEAP Meetings are partially made possible thanks to the financial support of:

  • Participants have access to a collection of learning materials (books, articles, videos, etc.). It is up to each participant to take advantage of these materials and deepen one’s understanding. The creation of the Toolbox is a common effort of the participants and the LEAP organizing team, taking place via their intranet on Podio, which participants also use to communicate on everyday problems they incur.

    The LEAP webinars encourage participants to reconsider conventional ideas on leadership and to take actions in order to bring a positive impact. Check out all our webinars on the oikos Youtube Channel or find a collection of inspiring talks below:

    Emotions | Dan Newby

    Dan is an executive coach, facilitator, online trainer, author and mentor working primarily with leaders and coaches. His writing focus on Emotional Literacy and how leadership and coaching can be learned and practiced.

    He currently works with leaders based in the U.S., Germany, Italy, El Salvador, Mexico, Slovakia and Canada. His coaching clients come from manufacturing, educational organizations, and NGOs. He often combines individual with group work. With his largest client, he has trained their top 500 leaders in a 3-year program with a team of 6 facilitators. He was one of the two original program designers for the program.

    He mentors coaches through his online training programs, virtual and in-person work which is also on a worldwide basis.

    Prior to his work in coaching and training, he worked 25 years in private business roles ranging from production to CEO.

    Born in the U.S. he spent 5 years of his childhood in Central Africa and Switzerland and, at 19, one year in Israel. His young and middle adult years he was in the Midwestern U.S. which was his father’s ancestral home. In 2006 he relocated to Colorado and since 2012 has lived in Barcelona, Spain. He is married to Lucy Núñez who is his partner in School of Emotions and co-author of two of his books.

    Material Resources

    • The Unopened Gift: A Primer in Emotional Literacy available on Amazon and Kindle in English and Spanish. Co-authored with Lucy Núñez.
    • The Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions available on Amazon and Kindle. Co-authored with Curtis Watkins.
    • 21 Days to Emotional Literacy: A Personal Journey available on Amazon and Kindle in English and Spanish. Co-authored with Lucy Núñez.
    • Emotions and Coaching a six-module online training course available at studyemotions.com
    • Pilots’ Emotional Fitness and Aviation Safety Leadership online training courses available at safetyrelations.com

    More info here:  www.schoolofemotions.world

    John is a Co-founder and Chairman of LeaderShape Ltd.

    My purpose is to support leaders on their journey to become excellent Transpersonal Leaders.”

    He is an international thought leader in the development of leaders and an experienced coach, mentor and facilitator of individuals (especially Chairs, CEOs and senior managers), teams and peer groups.

    John has a Senior Executive Coaching Award from the Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring, lectured at the University of Oxford on leadership development and was Honorary Lecturer at the University of Chester in the field of Work-Based Learning. He is an expert in Transpersonal Leadership which incorporates emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, and neuroscience. John also has recognized expertise in culture change, corporate strategy, organizational development, acquisitions, and joint ventures, business finance, and marketing and sales.

    John leads LeaderShape’s program to develop as a global organization and works with major corporations, governments, not-for-profits, higher education, and SMEs.

    Hanna Meirelles – International Trainer and Development Facilitator

    Daughter of a teacher and an entrepreneur, Hanna understood the importance of education and business since she was very young. At the age of 11, she started to teach and with 12 years old she created her first company.

    She studied Business and specialized in Strategic Planning and Management Development, as well as in Leadership, Culture, and Diversity.

    During the last 19 years, she has worked around the world in large organizations in Leadership Development, Education, Consulting, Oil & Gas, Engineering and Mining, as a Human Resources Leader, helping thousands of leaders in all 5 continents to develop themselves and improve their management skills and business performance.

    Currently, a Trainer, Development Facilitator, Investor and Entrepreneur in the Education Business, Hanna is one of the most energetic speakers nowadays that travels the world fulfilling her mission: inspire and empower people to be free, so they can develop their own potential and have freedom of choice, while respect diversity.

    She is passionate about leadership, cultural differences, women empowerment, people development and education. She also leads a non-profit project that supports children to create a better future for themselves, their families and the world.

    Our speaker, Tim Peek, is an Emmy award-winning journalist, former NBC News executive, and today works as a leadership consultant and coach. He has spoken to investment groups, professional associations and at corporate annual meetings about the ways consciousness and strategy interact in the business world.

    Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established RCE-GWS. He is a widely published author on change leadership, professional capability, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. His book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) was nominated for the 2010 US Colleges Bellwether Award.

    He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor and consultant in many countries. From 2014-16 he was a National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.

    Find out more about his work at www.flipcurric.edu.au

    Thinking Innovation For Better Projects | Daniel Hires

    Daniel calls himself a “third culture kid at home in innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, social business, sustainability, and all things digital.” His background ranges from music, over marketing and events, to a number of social startups.

    Daniel is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world. He has conducted numerous projects and grown businesses in the sustainability realm. To name a few, he co-founded MakeSense, an online matching-platform for social entrepreneurs, co-authored the book “Phase 0 – How to make some action” (http://www.phase0.org/), established the silent climate parade and now works with the UN environmental program to connect the landscape of green entrepreneurs in the MENA region.

    Find out more about Daniel & his projects at projecthires.com.

    Check out his Webinar here:

    Communicating Effectively | Julian Treasure

    JulianJulian Treasure is chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy specializing in soundscapes that increase dwell time in major shopping malls worldwide. His book Sound Business is the seminal work on the intentional, effective business sound. Julian has been widely featured in the world’s media and is a top-rated international speaker. His five TED.com talks on sound and communication have been viewed over 20 million times; the latest is in the top 30 TED talks of all time.

    Check out his webinar here:

    Building Relationship/Partnerships | Michèle Joanisse

    Photo Michele JOANISSEMichèle Joanisse is a seasoned development professional with 23 years of work experience in the philanthropic sector. During her career, Michele raised over 330 million euros for medical education, research, and humanitarian projects.

    She currently holds the position Head of External Relations at DNDi – Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Geneva since October 2012 where she is leading a campaign to raise €200M by 2018 to find better treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filarial diseases, and pediatric HIV. She is working with an international team of 14 staff based in New York, Rio, and Geneva.  To date, she and the team secured €187M for R&D projects from governments, foundations and high net worth individuals in Seattle, London, Geneva and Tokyo.

    Prior to DNDi, Michele raised funds for the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for seven years.  From 2006 to 2012, she leads a CDN$130M campaign and exceeded her goal by CDN$25M two years ahead of campaign close.  Specifically, Michele secured multi-million dollar gifts from alumni, the corporate sector, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals to advance epigenetics research, nursing, autism, pediatric musculoskeletal diseases, urology, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases and established a series of university-hospital endowed chairs, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, and student awards.

    From 1998 to 2006 Michele leads the fundraising team at Médecins Sans Frontières in Canada.  During her eight-year with MSF, she grew the fundraising program from a CDN$1M to CDN$22M annually through a multi-faceted direct marketing strategy which included direct mail, street canvassing, telemarketing, online fundraising along with with establishing major gift & planned gifts (legacies) program. She also developed & directed three ambitious fundraising strategic plans and lead a London-Berlin-Amsterdam-Toronto strategic planning exercise to map-out the best financial investment strategy to raise funds globally. She continues to be involved with MSF as a volunteers and moderates international debates for the movement.

    Experienced in generating revenues through diversified fundraising program, Michele has manage large departments and complex cross-sector partnerships to meet her targets.  She is fluent in both English and French with a deep knowledge of the medical and educational sectors. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Communication and Management and is currently completing a Certificate in International Organisation Management at the University of Geneva.

    Check out his webinar here:

    The Importance of Responsible Education | Mehdi Majidi

    24428ddDr. Majidi is a university professor and international consultant in sustainable socioeconomic development and cross-cultural management. He has served as the Chair of International Business Administration (IBA) Department at the American University of Paris (AUP) and Director of a graduate program he created on cross-cultural and sustainable business management. In these positions he has strategized and implemented a new vision across the department to integrate business management education with liberal arts and aligning its learning objectives with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) objectives creating a balanced technical skills and holistic understanding educational approach. His recent professional interest and academic research are focused on cultural values and sustainable development while extending his work toward secular spirituality and sustainability. He advocates social entrepreneurship as an effective initiative for socioeconomic transition toward sustainable development.

    His consulting projects include assessment of innovative projects and innovations for commercialization, educational curriculum development, professional training programs, industrial development, workforce development, and the design of a solution to measure, monitor, and evaluate the dynamics of the socioeconomic progress of a country based on international standards indexes. He has worked at, and consulted for, Coopers and Lybrand (C&L), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Global Consulting and IBM Global Business Services, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the World Bank and the National Technology Transfer Center of Kazakhstan (World Bank grant initiatives).

    Read more about his projects here.

    Check out his webinar here:


    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

    In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal. More info here.

    Building the Bridge As You Walk On It: A Guide for Leading Change by Robert E. Quinn

    “Building the Bridge As You Walk On It” tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership “the fundamental state of leadership”. The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity – reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth. More info here.

    Tribes We Need You to Lead Us by Seith Godin

    A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be born―groups of ten or ten million who care about a political campaign or a new way to fight global warming.

    Who is going to lead all these tribes? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals―people just like you who have a passion for something. Anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at their fingertips.

    If you think leadership is for other people, think again―leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”―someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days.

    Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine. More info here.

    More inspiring videos


    How to inspire leaders to grow by Omid Aschari. He will be with us at the Presidents’ Meeting! 

    The Tribes We Lead by Seith Godin

    How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek

    How to Make Work-life Balance Work by Nigel Marsh

    The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink

    Dare to Disagree

    The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

  • LEAP Program | 2018/2019

    LEAP Program 2018/2019 – its Presidents (now Chapter) and Advanced Tracks – welcomed 55 participants from 16 countries representing 20 different nationalities. The participants included BA, MA, and Ph.D. students, as well as recent graduates and young professionals eager to share their experiences and embark on a journey of self-development. Representatives of fellow youth organizations – National Union of Students (NUS) UKNetzwerk N, Green Office, REFEDD – also joined us at the LEAP Meeting 2018 in Leysin, Switzerland.

    The program was partially made possible thanks to the financial support of  Movetia.

    To learn more about our participants and the LEAP Program, check our articles.

    LEAP Meeting 2018: sharing experiences for a better world

    The LEAP Mid-Term Meeting 2019: Sailing on the sustainability wave

    30 seconds with the LEAP Advanced Cohort 2018/2019

    LEAP Advanced: At the outset of a life long journey

    LEAP Program | 2017/2018

    Over 120 participants took part in the LEAP Program – Basic, Presidents and Advanced Tracks – from October 2017 to July 2018.  The LEAP Meeting 2017 was the largest gathering of the LEAP group so far. This year we accepted 66 participants from Europe, Asia, and North America. For the first time in 2017, we also opened the LEAP doors to our partner organizations: rootAbility, NUS, GRLI, and CSS.

    The program was partially made possible thanks to the financial support of  Movetia.

    To learn more about our the LEAP Program, check our articles.

    LEAP 2017 Kick-off – Getting Comfortable to Get Uncomfortable

    LEAP: The perks of the self-development journey

    LEAP Program | 2016/2017

    LEAP welcomed close to 40 participants in 2016 in Speicher, Switzerland for the first meeting of the cohort. In total, over 100 participants took part in the program 2016/2017.

    The program was partially made possible thanks to the financial support of  Movetia.

    To learn more about our participants and the LEAP Program, check our articles.

    Inspiring Better Leadership at the oikos LEAP Meeting 2016

    What a Difference Two Days Make – The Second LEAP Advanced Meeting

    LEAP Program | 2015/2016

    In 2015, oikos launched the Leadership Program – LEAP. For its first edition, LEAP brought together 40 young change agents. The program created a safe space for personal and professional exchanges and allowed young change-makers to build a support network of like-minded peers from across the globe. LEAP continued into 2016 and became one of the most successful oikos undertakings.

    Empowering Young Leaders at the Presidents’ Meeting 2015

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“The LEAP Program embodies the true core of the oikos mission – empowering student change agents raising awareness for sustainability. It helped me grow as a person, as a listener and as a leader. I can only highly recommend it to anyone interested and not interested, as the quality and effect of the program is incredible”

Fred Hilgenfeldt, Participant 2017/18; oikos Vienna, Austria

“For me, it was the best decision to join the LEAP programme in 2016. Through all the participatory learning activities with fellows I can totally trust in I learned to better lead myself. I became stronger in my values and worked on my weakness: Listening. I get a better understanding of what leadership means to me and what characteristics a leader should have. Thereby, the LEAP supported me in setting up the Spring Meeting 2017 in Hamburg, starting into business life and deciding about my future career path. And all of that combined with lots of fun, inspiration, and friends from around the world. A great opportunity!”

Pauline Sprenger, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17

“If someone were to ask me whether the LEAP programme had helped me in my decision to set up my own business, I would clearly answer yes. On the one hand, I think that LEAP has opened my eyes to who I am and who I want to become. On the other hand, how I can recognize my goals, understand them better, and finally achieve them. Furthermore, the LEAP was a good help to grow on my way to a better leader. This happened e.g. through exercises about self-reflection and motivation as well as about the right listening and asking questions.”

Mike Brodersen, oikos Hamburg, Participant 2017/18

“Beyond all, the LEAP is a human journey. You learn to be more aware about yourself, to listen better to the people that surround you and it helps you to have a better view on where you are heading to. To me, the LEAP program serves as a lifelong compass. At any time you can watch again a webinar, open one of your reflection exercice or ask a question to one of your fellow LEAPers.”

Benoit Pitsaer, Participant 2017/18; Executive Board Member

“LEAP opened my eyes for how much I can change in my personal life to grow and become the person I want to be. My participation has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had.”

Svante Bengtsson, Participant 2017/18; CSS, Sweden

“I am so humbled by the receptive environment. The contents of the Meeting were so amazing and really have taken me to another level of life. It has really shaped my thought positively and has equipped me with ideals for quality leadership.”

Isaac Owusu, Participant 2015; Advisor, oikos Kumasi, Ghana


“…The LEAP motivated me to take action in reorganizing our student chapter in order to attract more students interested in sustainability. I would always encourage everyone in taking part in this life-changing experience.”

Luisa Pütz, LEAP Advanced participant 2018/2019, oikos Bayreuth, Germany

“I didn’t really know what to expect when I joined the LEAP Advanced Program, but it has exceeded all expectations I could have had. The possibility to exchange with professionals and to discuss my experiences in a climate of confidence really helped me to develop myself on a professional and personal way. It was for me the first step to a continually self-empowerment. A few months later, I decided to apply to the oikos international board in order to implement the changes I wanted to see within the organization. ”

Tiphaine Rouault, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17

“Thanks to LEAP I see my purpose in helping other people to continuously develop themselves and find their own paths. I always wanted to help people and being a LEAP coach showed me how much impact you can have on somebody’s life. After that, I decided on a career as a coach and was lucky to get the opportunity to start this career as the project manager of this amazing program. This whole LEAP journey taught me so many skills that regular education is missing out on and it will be vital for my future career.”

Alexandra Horvath, oikos Graz, Participant 2015/16

The LEAP Advanced helped me understand who I am and why I act in the way I do. It was the beginning of a process in which change is made possible through deep awareness. I feel now empower by all the things I learned and I’m able to take better decisions while it is the most needed. This program has been tailored to every human being willing to turn into a human becoming.”

Vladimir Leuridan, Participant 2017/18; oikos Brussels, Belgium

“LEAP was the best decision I took in 2017. I can only recommend. I’m more than grateful for the life-changing experience.”

Kathrin Zirn, Participant 2017/18; oikos Reutlingen, Germany

“The Meeting has changed a lot in my life and for my future.” –

Gizela Wojtynek, Participant 2015; President 2015-16, oikos Opole, Poland

“I think oikos LEAP is absolutely crucial. I got so much inspiration and motivation and I know now that we all share the same problems and thoughts which makes me feel part of the community even more. I hope I am able to transmit this spirit to my chapter. Personally, I know now how important it is to take time for reflection in order to head into the “right” direction, whatever that is. I’m on the way to find it out.”

– Anonymous Feedback Survey Participant 2015