John Strelecky and Frank Thelen at the GEDANKENtanken World Leadership Summit

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John Strelecky and Frank Thelen at the GEDANKENtanken World Leadership Summit

Numerous other prominent speakers from Germany and abroad will be appearing at the LANXESS arena in Cologne on 4 April 2019.

Cologne, March 15, 2019 - Renowned visionaries and decision-makers will provide impetus for a progressive and peaceful future at the World Leadership Summit on Thursday, April 4 in Cologne. More top-class speakers have now been confirmed for the event in the LANXESS arena, who will convey the topic of "leadership qualities" to visitors in an entertaining and inspiring way.

One of the most widely read non-fiction authors of recent years will also be on stage: the US American John Strelecky, whose guidebook "The Café at the Edge of the World" has regularly topped the annual bestseller lists in Germany alone since 2015. In Cologne, Strelecky explains the concept he developed, "The Big Five for Life", which is intended to help people reconcile their personal life goals with their work. The text of Strelecky's lecture in English will be projected simultaneously onto several screens in the hall for people to read along.

The Bonn entrepreneur Frank Thelenknown from the successful TV show "Die Höhle der Löwen", will also appear at the event. He will speak about leadership in a time in which the world is fundamentally changing due to digitalization. In addition, three other renowned experts from Germany will show what constitutes modern leadership from their point of view: Sabine Asgodom, Boris Grundl and Dieter Lange. An introductory lecture will be given by the co-owner of the Cologne-based company GEDANKENtanken, Dr. Stefan Frädrich.

The World Leadership Summit is organized by Klaus Ulrich in cooperation with GEDANKENtanken. Tickets are available in advance at and at the usual ticket agencies. Exclusive VIP and box seats are also offered.


The Cologne-based company GEDANKENtanken, founded in 2012 and led by the owners Dr. Stefan Frädrich and Alexander Müller, has been organizing leadership trainings and speaker nights on a wide variety of topics since 2012. The goal is to accompany people on their individual paths to self-realization by effectively conveying good thoughts to them. Stefan Frädrich, CEO Alexander Müller and a team of more than 70 people accordingly attach great importance to bringing relevant content to the point together with professionals, experts, trainers and coaches. The aim is to create a motivating environment within the framework of events, seminars and online courses and to impart knowledge that will help people to progress, for example as self-employed people and entrepreneurs, but also on a very personal level.

As recently as November 2018, GEDANKENtanken held a big speaker night in the LANXESS arena, which was sold out with 15,000 people, and featured numerous top speakers. During the event, journalist Dunja Hayali and rock musician Peter Maffay were presented with the GEDANKENtanken award "The Blue Tongue". In their laudatory speeches, comedienne Carolin Kebekus and TV presenter Bettina Böttinger honored the award winners for their commitment to freedom of expression and tolerance as well as their clear stance against xenophobia and racism.

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