Central European Student and Young Professionals Congress

Zagreb, May 8-10 2015
Workshop 2 - Soft skills
14:00 - 15:30 A201 Understand your cultural background so you can
improve as an innovator and entrepreneur
14:00 - 15:30 A202 What is bodylanguage telling us
14:00 - 15:30 A302 Presentation Skills

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Understand your cultural background so you can improve as an innovator and entrepreneur
Saturday, 14:00 - 15:30, A201


Dozens of other regions have tried to copy Silicon Valley, usually without great results. There is a culture to innovative regions, companies, and teams that is essential to their success, and culture can be very hard to describe and analyze, let alone copy. What resources - and challenges - for innovation lie in your cultural background? Working from Geert Hofstede’s landmark study of cultural dimensions (geert-hofstede.com) and EU analysis of their effects on innovation, we will spend our time together understanding this model, the cultures of our home nations, and your personal cultural values. This will help you better grasp how to use your background positively to be innovative and entrepreneurial.


Nolan Sharp has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he also taught digital design classes, plus a Masters in Theology from Bethel Seminary in Minnesota. He worked for Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino, California doing chip design for enterprise server systems, but that was a long time ago. For the last 14 years he has lived in Zagreb, Croatia with his wife Sandra (who is Croatian, which helps to start explain things) and two sons. He leads a part of the Croatian NGO "Udruga Fokus" that works with business professionals, which takes him back to Silicon Valley every other summer for two months.

What is bodylanguage telling us
Saturday, 14:00 - 15:30, A202


We communicate even when we are quiet because our bodylanguage makes more then half of communication. On this workshop participants will become aware how can they reveal their emotions and inner thoughts and how to interpret bodylanguage of other people to become better communicators.


Tatjana Divjak is certificied life coach (European Coaching Institut accreditation, with right on title L.C.H. Dip.). She is in coaching since 2005. as one of the first coaches for life and carrier managment in Croatia and region.

She graduated on Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, class of 1985, and certificate and right for a title Life Coach L.C.H. she got after finishing one-year school for Life Coaching in England at Curly Martin. After years of contractor carrier which included leading of her own BTL and PR agency Total Marketing and leading of croatian branch of american agency for market communication Ogilvy&Mather d.o.o. since 1995 till 2004.

She is a business counselor in field of strategic PR and communication and an author of four books from field of personal and professional growth. She was a lecturer for two years on College of market communications „Agora“ in Zagreb ( www.vsa.hr) where she teached Retorics – verbal and nonverbal communications and Presentation technics. She cooperated as lecturer on Podravka's business academy (POMAK) 2007. She held series of workshops in Croatia, at her publishers conferences and as regular lecturer she held 15 workshops from field of soft skills on „Sensa weekends“ (organised by Adriamedia/magazine „Sensa“). Every year she holds tens open workshops from field of communication, emotional intelligence and time and stress managment. As column author in Sensa (2008-2014) and Lider (2005-2010) she covered whole series of topics related to personal growth and development on private and professional plan.

As coach and lecturer she works with individual clients and firms (like Deloitte – offices in Cro, Slo and BiH; Microsoft, Hypo Bank, Podravka, Mediacom, AKD Zagreb, EPH, Adriamedia – Sanoma, Asseco, Tacso SIPU International, Mastercard, EU board – croatian representatives) in individual team work.

In her work she uses storytelling technics which helps her clients with growth and achieve change.

Presentation Skills
Saturday, 14:00 - 15:30, A302



Margaretha Eriksson is IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect 2015-2016 and Director 2017-2018. She received her M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 1988. In 1989 she founded Irbis Konsult AB, a consulting company involved with Engineering Management, Information and Cyber Security. Margaretha has consulted with international corporations as IBM, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Ericsson, Saab, ABB, Bombardier, Tetra Pak, and Volvo. She is a PhD student in Information Security since 2006 at Stockholm University/KTH. Since 2010 she is lecturing on Risk analysis and Information Security at Halmstad University. Margaretha has worked internationally at JCI (jci.cc), a global NGO working with leadership and entrepreneurial development since 1983, as a skilled and inspiring trainer, and international leader. She was awarded “Most outstanding JCI Senator in the World” 2006. She has served on the board of the Association of JCI Senators in Europe 2007-2012 and as the President 2012-2013. She lives by the Baltic Sea close to Stockholm, Sweden.