How to create a wellness effect at work

May the 2nd, 2019: YEX and GBS: Conference & Networking event – “How to create a wellness effect at work”

It has been a pleasure for YEX members to attend the conference “How to create a wellness effect at work” hosted by the Geneva Business School in their classrooms.

Elodie Caucigh, Coach & Founder of Real Life Yoga, explained how much stress can impact our life, and not only the professional one.

A very important topic for YEX attendees, who learnt what is behind our daily stress: a complex balance among the psychological, the emotional and the physical levels.
The speaker also showed and guided the audience into practical examples of stress relief: from the correct breathing and posture, to quick stretching exercises to perform even at our desks…


…Useful tips YEX members will definitely start to apply into their daily routine to stay focused or lower their stress level, depending on the occasion.

Thanks to GBS and YEX members to have co-participated in this insightful event…looking forward the next one!

Nutrition: cognitive performance and beauty

A  special event has been organized by the synergistic cooperation of two CCIG groups, Young Executives (YEX) and International Women (IWG).

The event was sponsored by Food for Health® a family company active in researching, growing and selecting natural products which couple a superior sensorial experience (aroma/taste) with high nutritional value and impact on health.

The conference held at the Coworking Voisins “Nutrition: cognitive performance and beauty”, offered an interesting perspective on food and secrets of healthy lifestyle, relevant to everyone in the room, from curious women to stressed managers.

The secrets of “nutrition for performance” and of beauty were disclosed by the insightful explanation of 2 experts, Dr. Ella Odman , medical micro nutritionist, and Dr. Giovanna Massa Saluzzo , estheticdoctor .
Dr. Odman showed that the food we eat affects our daily life, from working productivity to sleep, from learning difficulties to interpersonal feelings. Young executives are always subjected to new challenges and stress, so it was extremely interesting to understand the science behind nutritional outcomes: lower cortisol to avoid burn out, increase dopamine and noradrenaline to boost concentration and motivation, as well serotonin and melatonin to improve mood and sleep-wake rhythm.

It was interesting (and surprising for many in the audience) to hear the advice of eating proteins in the morning and smart carbs at night, thus following the above-mentioned equilibrium and impacting the corresponding neurotransmitters. Nevertheless, the brain food was exhaustively described by the speaker, and some of the most curios left with a full list of new ideas for their foody moments.
On the opposite, no surprise occurred when Dr. Saluzzo explained that the secret of healthy life is to exercise (and avoid smoking!), to have a proper nutritional plan, and to undergo aesthetic surgery with moderation and tailored for individual needs.
Rejuvenation treatments such as mesotherapy, or botulin injections, are progressing as biotechnologies do, thus providing always new solutions.

The perfect end of the evening was offered by the healthysnacks prepared by Sophie and Fred …and by the sponsor of the evening. Sergio Panzarella, Olive Oil sommelier and founder of Food for Health® , who explained that not all extra virgin olive oils have the same impact on your health because they have different levels of antioxidants. And how that directly correlates with their taste. The concept came to life clearly when the attendees tasted Ólixir, the extra virgin olive oil he produces in Sicily, an organic product, rich in taste and antioxidants.

Once again YEX and IWG have organized a successful event, thanks to which everyone, from scientist to beauty hunters, from stressed managers to sport addicted, will live healthier from tomorrow…or at least will try when they will decide what to eat or what to do to look younger!



Giacomo Miceli: The Business of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Can quantum physics serve the business world? A difficult question YEX tried to answer on February 18 th thanks to another interesting seminar hosted at Geneva Business school.
Giacomo Miceli, Sr Research Scientist at EPFL, has spoken about “The Business of Artificial Intelligence (AI)”, a very actual topic on which all YEX members – from scientists to bankers – were fascinated to hear about.

We learnt how atoms cluster together, but also how machine learning still needs humans and scientists to be their supervisors.
The fear of having computers replacing us seems far away when it comes to ethical decisions – like the ones that a software installed in self-driving cars has to face in dangerous situations. Nevertheless, in terms of data feeding, AI is a sort of beast compared to men, recognizing and elaborating data in picoseconds compared to the “slow” seconds which represent humans’ (normal) reaction time.

And going back to clustering and networks, what humans do in society (like people starting to create a wave in a stadium to support their team) can be reproduced at the atomic level through specific laws, or algorithms.

Machines can do what we do, and how? An interdisciplinary discussion kept YEX members attention high until the end of the presentation, when Giacomo reminded us that “AI will not replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace those who don’t ”.


A great 2019 first event for YEX and its members, thanks to all the attendees and to our guest speaker Giacomo!


-The Business of Artificial Intelligence- VIDEO Images by Federica Rodeschi – Editing Riccardo Galardi –







Gib Bulloch “The Intrapreneur: Confession of a Corporate Insurgent”

An interesting business discussion was organized by YEX on November the 15th at UniGE, where our guest speaker, Gib Bulloch, has inspired the audience regarding the relationship between business, society and the self.

Gib is an award-winning social intrapreneur who consults, writes and speaks on topics relating to the role of business in society. With over 25 years in the corporate world, he now works with organizations, individuals and teams to develop a sense of responsibility at both a personal and collective level to create meaningful social impact.

The YEX audience shared with Gib his ideas, by believing in “the power of business to change the world and in the power of the individual to change the world of business”. Gib inspired everyone with his personal and professional journey, also well described in his book “The Intrapreneur: Confession of a Corporate Insurgent”

In this book he discloses how much finding your purpose and follow your dreams can feel like losing your mind. Indeed, after many years in one of the most profit driven corporations in the world, he started to ask himself “what can I do to change the current situation?” He succeeded in creating a not-for-profit inside Accenture, but despite prizes and plaudits he lost almost everything, from his job to his health.

A story of courage and determination the one that Gib shared with YEX during his talk, thus inspiring the audience with optimism and with the possibility that each of us can transform the business world, and in turn the whole society.

How many of us will follow Gib’s path and become a social intrapreneur? Hard to say, but each YEX member gained an insightful and different perspective on our role, and left the seminar with the evidence that personal and professional revolutions are possible.

Follow YEX for the next interesting discussions on the business world and professional development in 2019!


Buy the book –>



“La bussola del successo” by Paolo Gallo

“The Compass of success:
The rules to win while remaining free”_i7a5897


presented by Mr Paolo Gallo
Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum
“Lalive’’, rue de la Mairie 35, 1207 Genève

The title of the book may suggest that this is a thick manual of some sort yuppismo “How to become Donald Trump in seven steps.” It is not any of that. It ‘a book among other surprisingly well written by a manager who is not a professional writer. Then is a deeply sensitive book. Paolo Gallo, chief of staff of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, it shares with the reader the delicate anecdotes of working and private life, the difficulties faced and how it came to the head. So this is not a manual of answers but, as all serious coach, Paul Gallo helps to ask the right questions.
At the end like it or not companies or organizations in general are complex human realities and difficult. Learn to “work together” to work is an arduous path. We are everyday rub elbows with people, with colleagues, superiors or co-workers or clients who have an education different from ours, different personalities, different cultures, different formations. This book gives some useful ideas on how to do well in good standing, ie on how to move forward and work well without being overwhelmed by the arrogance and the misconduct of others and without falling into frustration. Without being blackmailed. There is a chapter entitled “How to make a career remain decent people”. The maximum would make a career as decent people and transform those who meet there.
ETAS Rizzoli, pp. 271, 20 Euro.


Speaker Bio
Paolo Gallo is the Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum in
Geneva, with a previous career as the World Bank as Chief Learning Officer, European
Bank for Reconstruction and Development as Director of Human Resources, the
International Finance Corporation inWashington and Citigroup.
Paolo has worked in 70 different countries and he is a certified coach from
Georgetown University, a graduate from Bocconi University Milan and FCIPD certified
in UK. He writes for Harvard Business Review Italia, for Forbes, and on the agenda of
the WEF blog. He collaborates with Bocconi University and Hult-Ashridge Business
School in Great Britain.
His contributions in English, read online by thousands of people, are gathered here: His book “La Bussola del
Successo” has been published in Italian by Rizzoli and will be published in other 5
languages in 2017.