Vlerick Alumni - Digital Workshop with Collibra & Workday

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Digital Transformation Club Workshop - The challenges of Upscaling & Internationalization with Collibra, Workday & yourself!

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The tickets are sold out, but you can still join our waiting list in case a space becomes available. If you are interested, please contact us at alumni@vlerick.com

How to grow to a Belgian unicorn and from unicorn to international tech player?

On 7th December join our highly interactive workshop - a hands-on learning experience and in-depth networking activity with the Vlerick Digital Transformation Club, fellow Vlerick alumni and high-profile guests:

  • Stijn Christiaens, Co-Founder and CTO, Collibra
  • Chris Byrne, Senior Vice President Operations & Employee n°45, Workday
  • Steve Muylle, Professor and Partner, Vlerick Business School.

Discover the success stories of Collibra and Workday, bring your own experience & insights, brainstorm with other alumni guided by our guests and moderators using design-thinking techniques and prepare a proposal for the panel.

Both companies are no older than 15 years. How did they scale so fast? And what did they do differently?

A panel discussion will kick off the workshop: business strategies, the strategic decisions and challenges along the way.

Afterwards, the collaboration and brainstorming will begin! Guided by our guests and moderators, participants will form smaller breakout groups to prepare solid proposals on:

  • How to grow to unicorn status, and then from unicorn to international tech player?
  • How to bridge the gap from Collibra (at 2,3 Bn valuation) to Workday (50 Bn market cap)?
  • Build the road ahead for Collibra: which challenges to tackle to become a world player?
  • Get the reality check from Workday, who has been there and done just that..
  • Bring your own upscaling experience and challenges to the table and exchange with peers
  • Prepare for some heavy lifting and take interesting insights back home

The resulted proposals will be pitched and discussed during the closing session with all participants and panel members.

Lastly, the first 20 that register will get a free copy of Prof Stijn Viaene’s recent book - Digital Transformation Know How!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to hear the stories of the first Belgian unicorn, Collibra and international tech player Workday, brainstorm and work together on exciting challenges with fellow Vlerick alumni!


3:00 - 3:30 pm: Plenary session with Prof Steve Muylle, Stijn Christiaens and Chris Byrne

3:30 - 4:45 pm: Digital workshop session in small, breakout groups:

Working on specific challenges of upscaling and internationalization

  • Design thinking techniques
  • Moderation by experts
  • Pitch preparation

4:45 - 5:00 pm: Break

5:00 - 5:45 pm: Closing Plenary session to pitch the proposals and get feedback from the panel

5:45 - 6:00 pm: Wrap-up


Collibra was founded in 2008 and provides a software solution to efficiently manage and leverage ever-growing volumes of data. They pitch their innovative solution to the Chief Data Officer as what a CRM system is to Chief Sales Officer and an ERP system is the CEO and CFO. Collibra is amongst the first Belgian ‘unicorns’, companies with a value of more than $1 billion. Collibra currently employs almost 1000 employees.

Workday (Market Cap around 50 Bn), founded in 2005, is a is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Workday, founded by former Peoplesoft employees, has experienced a stellar growth so far and employs over 12,300 employees worldwide currently. Chris Byrne, SVP, Technology/Customer Operations, and employee n°45, will share her insights on this impressive growth journey.


Paying Alumni & Club Members: Free (send an email to @alumni@vlerick.com for your eligibility & registration)

Non-paying Alumni: EUR 45

Third Party Participants: EUR 95

Vlerick has the final decision on eligibility and breakout group compositions, given the scope of the workshop (a highly interactive and neutral workshop event, by Alumni and mainly for Alumni)

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