May 2023
Focus on Executives 2023
11-12 May 2023 | Bled, Slovenia

About Execs 2023

Welcome to Bled, Slovenia the host of our Focus on Executives event for 2023.

Are you an executive in the language industry looking for a unique place to gather and network? Look no further than the stunningly beautiful Bled in May 2023. 

Our 7th edition of our Focus on Executives program includes a variety of activities to help you build meaningful relationships and grow your business. From inspiring speakers to interactive workshops, you will be able to explore the latest trends and techniques, learn how to apply them to your business, expand your network, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights from peers in the language industry.

A picturesque setting, surrounded by stunning Alpine peaks and blanketed with lush forests. The clear blue waters of the lake create a perfect backdrop for this Elia business retreat. 

Track 1: The most important deal of your life? | Annette Lawlor & Olga Blasco

Track 2: Strategise using Objectives & Key Results: Everything you need to know to get started | Jeff Gothelf


  • 10 May
    Day 1
  • 11 May
    Day 2
  • 12 May
    Day 3
19:30 – 23:00  
Welcome dinner

Bled Castle (Bus transfer at 19:10)

  • Track 1 - The most important deal of your life | Annette Lawlor & Olga Blasco
09:00 – 09:30  
Open Registration & Welcome coffee

09:30 – 10:00  
Welcome & Introductions

10:00 – 11:30  
Session 1 – What’s your end game?

We will cover our segmentation of Buyers and Sellers based on Show more...their profile and what they are looking for, which is key when developing your own buyer or seller brand in today’s market.

11:30 – 12:00  
Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30  
Session 2 - Tales from the M&A trenches / Are you ready for action?

Let’s get into some true storytelling for success stories and Show more...lessons learned, and maybe hear your own!

We will share our best tips as to how to get ready to buy or sell, and what seller incubation is all about. This is going to be a highly interactive session, as we do a deep dive into everything there is to know: who is in your trusted circle, readiness questions to consider, understanding what to expect, etc.

13:30 – 14:45  

14:45 – 16:15  
Session 3 – Let’s play: Pitch your company

Let’s put our morning session into practice with your real Show more...or fictional company and get feedback. Don’t be afraid, it won’t be like in The Apprentice 😊, what happens in Bled, stays in Bled.

16:15 – 16:45  
Coffee break

16:45 – 17:00  
Recap & takeaways

17:00 – 18:00  
Panel session - M&A: Navigating the emotional and practical roller coaster

Paul Doherty photo
Paul Doherty
Strategy Management Consultants
Gerd Janiszewski photo
Gerd Janiszewski
Véronique Özkaya photo
Véronique Özkaya
Argos Multilingual
20:00 – 00:00  
Networking Dinner at the Rose Bled hotel

  • Track 2 - Strategise using Objectives & Key Results: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started | Jeff Gothelf
09:15 – 09:45  
Morning coffee

09:45 – 11:15  
Session 1 - Objectives & Key Results Basics

Let’s start by defining OKRs and why we should use them. Setting Show more...strategy and working with teams on goal-setting is not an easy feat. But understanding how to phrase clear objectives and defining the key results that would measure their success is what would lead to success along with the appropriate initiation approach (top-down vs bottom-up).

11:15 – 11:45  
Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15  
Session 2 - Goals are set, but now what?

Theory without appropriate implementation won’t cut it for anyone. Show more... Your teams need to find time for product discovery and incentives and performance management criteria for successful OKR implementation need to be defined.
OKRs come with a set of challenges, but how can we work around them to reap the benefits that they can bring?

13:15 – 14:30  

14:30 – 16:00  
Session 3 - Open forum

Now, let’s bring the concepts closer to us and see how they can apply in our case.

16:00 – 16:30  
Coffee break

16:30 – 17:00  
Recap & event closing


Meet our speakers
Meet our speakers
Olga Blasco
Growth Strategist
Lion People Global
Olga Blasco
Annette Lawlor
Lion People Global
Annette Lawlor
Jeff Gothelf
Coach & consultant
Jeff Gothelf
Track A & B
Track A & B
Meet our panelists
Meet our panelists
Paul Doherty
Strategy Management Consultants
Paul Doherty
Gerd Janiszewski
Gerd Janiszewski
Véronique Özkaya
Argos Multilingual
Véronique Özkaya
Panel discussion
Panel discussion

Who should attend?

ELIA’s Focus on Executives is a highly exclusive event created to bring together a select group of senior language industry executives from Europe and beyond to discuss the future of their respective companies. Through a structured format, this event encourages thought-provoking conversations and provides a platform for Owners, General Managers, Managing Directors, C-level Officers, and other senior-level decision-makers in the language services industry to network and share their knowledge.

Benefits of the programme

For you

  • Build and refine your leadership skills.
  • Become part of an exclusive group of industry leaders.
  • Gain actionable insights and reflect on the latest trends.
  • Network with the best industry minds and peers.
  • Drive the discussions shaping the future of the industry.

For your company

  • Make your organisation more competitive for the future.
  • Gain new ideas and discover new strategic concepts and imperatives.
  • Understand your company’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Increase your company’s strength by leading through best practice.
  • Develop existing partnerships and create new ones.


Cancellation Policy

All requests for cancellation, refunds registration or to arrange registration substitution requests must be received in writing. If you wish to receive a refund and cancel your registration request, please note a €75 processing fee will be deducted from your total. Please note the following requirements for refunds:

Up to six (6) weeks before the event – 100% refund.
Between six (6) and three (3) weeks before the event – 50% refund.
Within three (3) weeks of the event – regretfully, refunds are not available. 

Registrations can be transferred to another person and an administrative fee of €30 will be charged per registrant. At the sole discretion of ELIA, we may decide to cancel the event. All registered participants are eligible for a full refund of any fees received. ELIA cannot be held liable for any other costs incurred such as flight tickets, bank fees, production costs, accommodation etc. For more information about ELIA’s Terms & Conditions, click here.



Experience the relaxed atmosphere and comfort of a 4-star hotel on the unique location by the shore of Lake Bled, just behind the park. Just like the environment, the hotel’s interior is luxurious and soothing, sprinkled with the good energy of nature surrounding it.
Find out more on how to get to Bled here.

Bled Rose Hotel
Cesta svobode 8, 4260 Bled, Slovenija
Tel: +386 (0)4 579 6000 hotel@bledrose.com Visit Website

Social Events

What would an ELIA event be without networking and fun?

Don’t miss out our networking events at Focus on Execs 2023, where you can mix & mingle with fellow attendees, speakers, the ELIA Board & Team in inimitable ELIA style.

Welcome Dinner

Wednesday 10 May, 19:30 – 23:00
Bled Castle restaurant

(Bus transfer 19:10 from the hotel, 10′ walk)

The Welcome Dinner costs €65 per person. If you wish to sign up, please confirm during registration. You are welcome to bring any guest(s) and seats are limited.

Please click here for the menu.

Networking Dinner

Thursday 11 May, 20:00 – 24:00
Bled Rose (venue)

The Networking Dinner is included within the price of registration. If you wish to bring a guest(s), the cost is €75 per person.

Please click here for the menu.


Diego Cresceri
Creative Words
Event Chair
Diego Cresceri
Vasso Pouli
Commit Global
Programme Committee
Vasso Pouli


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