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Thought Leader's Talk

Talks worth talking about

Ready to get inspired? We bring some of the greatest minds in Finland to share their stories with you, for free.

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Big names, bigger ideas

Thought Leader’s Talk — TLT amongst friends — used to be AVP’s flagship talk series, now evolved into Bigger Shoes. We did, and still do, bring in people, who we believe can inspire you to become a better version of yourself.

CEO of Microsoft Finland speaking to the audience in an event

They might have decades of experience in leadership and entrepreneurship, or they might have just founded their first company, but they all have achieved something extraordinary, and they all have stories worth sharing. Whether it’s a lesson on running one of the biggest corporations in Finland or best practices for recruiting your first team members, we guarantee you’ll always leave having learned something new.

Audience member taking a selfie with Risto Siilasmaa

Even though we sometimes bring in big names, we always want to keep things relaxed. After the talk, there’s a Q&A session where you can ask any questions that came to your mind during the talk. We also encourage our speakers to stay a bit after the official session, so you’ll get the chance to have a more casual chat with them, possibly even one-on-one. And who knows, maybe you can get a selfie with them too?

Past events

10 Feb 2021

Remember be kind to yourself. Then it's easier to be kind to others too.

Elina Siira

CEO of Aida Impact

02 Dec 2020

Our greatest fear shouldn’t be failing but succeeding at something that doesn’t matter or isn’t important.

Perttu Pölönen

Author, futurist and startup entrepreneur

12 Feb 2020

If you build something new, build it your own way. No matter if people say you can't do it.

Kirsi Piha

Founder of Ellun Kanat

27 Nov 2019

We are good at measuring performance, but not impact. This results in us excelling at incrementally tweaking the how – but not determining the what.

Annu Nieminen

Founder of the Upright Project

31 Jan 2019

Entrepreneurs are people who, when they see a risk somewhere, immediately take it.

Risto Siilasmaa

Chairman of Nokia and F-Secure

28 Mar 2017

No innovation really starts without imitation first.

Bengt Holmström

2016 Nobel laureate in economics