Talent Trailblazer

Talent Trailblazer

Accelerate your career from the start

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Investing in talents  is key for continuous innovation, advancing digitalization, and sustaining high performance levels over the long term. Talent Trailblazer is ESMT’s offering for the most junior executive education audience: the talents. Although they may have been identified – and eventually trusted – with high-profile projects, talents also need the opportunity to grow and acquire the latest knowledge and skills. This three-day program covers the strategic and business skills that will be necessary for them to understand and support their organizations’ long-term objectives. In addition, it addresses the topic of getting ideas through on a more junior level of the organization, thus enabling talents to act with more impact.


Target audience

The program is aimed at independent collaborators (e.g., project leaders, product owners) who are selected for the talent pool or junior managers on a  fast career track. No leadership experience is required other than a potential to further develop management skills.


Key benefits

  • Understanding and working toward the overall strategy of the organization
  • Reading behind the numbers of financial documents
  • Working toward KPIs  
  • Making innovation happen
  • Collaborating with, influencing, and convincing colleagues on all organizational levels as well as   suppliers, clients, and regulators


Key topics

  • Corporate and competitive strategy
  • Financial statements and KPIs
  • Organizational innovation management
  • Interpersonal skills for collaboration, conflict, and influencing
  • Business skills


Meet the staff

Nora Grasselli (Program Director)
is a program director at ESMT Berlin. She pursues her academic interest in group dynamics, leadership, and organizational psychodynamics. Nora studied management, with a focus on organization, and completed her PhD on group dynamics at HEC Paris. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Prior to joining ESMT, Nora was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where she consulted for multinational corporations on organizational issues. She also worked as a lecturer for MBA and executive programs at various business schools, including HEC Paris, Saïd Business School (Oxford), Reims Management School, and Central European University.

Harald Hungenberg
is a visiting lecturer at ESMT Berlin, a chaired professor of management at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg, as well as an affiliated professor at the School of International Management at ENPC Paris. He is also the academic director of the Institute for Corporate Planning (IUP), a think tank supported by various leading German companies such as BASF, Robert Bosch, Deutsche Bank, SAP, Volkswagen, and others.

Harald gained extensive experience while cooperating with companies and executives. He works as a consultant and lecturer for strategy and planning, innovation, and change management. Furthermore, he is a member of Duke University’s Global Learning Resource  Network. The results of his research have been documented in more than 100 books and articles.

Before joining Friedrich-Alexander University, Harald was head of the strategic management department of the Leipzig Graduate School of Management for four years. He also worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc., for several years. He studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.