ELIA Focus on Executives 2024: A Transformative Experience in Malta

ELIA’s recent Focus on Executives event on 16-17th May, at Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort in Malta, was more than just a conference – it was an enriching experience that brought together over 50 executive leaders from the language industry for a deep dive into key topics shaping the future of our field.

“My experience at Focus on Executives was transformative. I walked away with not only new knowledge and strategies to enhance my own executive skills but also a renewed sense of motivation and inspiration. I highly recommend this event to anyone looking to sharpen their leadership acumen and connect with top-notch professionals in the industry.” – Julia Goncharik, WGE Language Consultancy

Robert Martin’s thought-provoking session on client acquisition provided attendees with a practical roadmap for navigating the complexities of business development in today’s fast-paced world. Discussions centred on the importance of niche targeting, defining value propositions, and prioritising client needs. This set the stage for a deeper exploration of company capacity and the significance of focusing on specific client types to drive sustainable growth.

Day two saw Kimberley Harris take the stage, offering powerful insights into the importance of business growth. With a focus on setting goals, facing fears, and embracing change, Harris challenged attendees to push beyond their comfort zones and unlock their full potential – and put this into practice with a spontaneous dance-off! Her approach to leadership energised us individually and collectively, inspired a growth mindset for vision planning, and ignited a passion for achieving new heights in business.

The panel session on Innovative Partnerships: Solutions for Leveraging Technology and Diversifying Services facilitated by Diego Cresceri featured Marija Jestrić of Alkemist, Maii Abdel-Wahab of Arabize, and Diego Mosca of Supertext; who each shared their experiences with partnerships and the potential for growth. It was a thought-provoking session that underscored the importance of collaboration in navigating the complexities of our industry.

But the event wasn’t just about the sessions – it was as much about the connections made and friendships forged during our welcome evening and networking dinners hosted in beautiful locations on the Maltese coast.

The networking opportunities were unparalleled. I had an opportunity to connect with peers and industry leaders from all over Europe, forming new relationships that have the potential to evolve into significant business partnerships. This truly is the most important aspect of the event. This is what ELIA does – it brings us together so we can be stronger and more resilient.” – Marija Jestric, Alkemist Group

From inspiring sessions and insightful panel discussions to unparalleled networking opportunities and unforgettable karaoke nights, ELIA Focus on Executives 2024 was a testament to the power of collaboration and strength of community in the language industry.

To all who joined us at #ELIAExecs 2024, your participation made this event truly exceptional. Special thanks goes to our programme committee members—Diego Cresceri, Dorothy Scerri, and Maii Abdel-Wahab—for their commitment to curating an exceptional event. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to our local partner Global Translation Solutions for a warm welcome to Malta! 

As we wrap up on one event, we’re eagerly looking forward to the next one and bringing our industry community together again. Get ready for Networking Days 2024 in Berlin, happening on 1-2 Oct 2024, see you there!


MultiLingual Staff
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