About Elke Geraerts

keynote spEAker, author & ENTREPRENEUR

Elke Geraerts

Boundless curiosity and a passion for people – this perhaps best describes Elke. This unique combination quickly led to a flourishing academic career. With a PhD in psychology, Elke held various positions at the universities of Harvard, St Andrews, Maastricht and Rotterdam, where she attracted international attention with her solid research work. She currently holds a professorship at Ghent University. Triggered by her scientific insights on mental resilience, she founded the company Better Minds at Work. This international consultancy company focuses on improving mental resilience, leadership and talent of employees and now consists of more than seventy psychologists, doctors and consultants.


Her trademark

Elke’s trademark is without doubt the way in which she manages to
translate new psychological insights into fresh and accessible dayto-
day applications. This is how she inspires people and
organizations to hone their mental resilience and thrive in these
volatile times. Her big breakthrough came with her bestseller
Mentaal Kapitaal (Mental Capital; 2015). This book, which is now in
its fifteenth edition, was recently launched on the international
market in English under the title Better Minds and in Chinese 好主
意. She als wrote the books The New Mental, Authentic Intelligence
and The Mental Reset. She will be launching a new book in August
2024, Focus is the New Gold. What is so remarkable is that Elke’s stories seem to touch each individual, from Los Angeles, to Sydney, from Stockholm to Cape Town, Buenos Aires to Singapore.

Trusted by many organizations

“Powerful – loaded with applications and insights. Wonderful speaker! Professional, real and useful.”

Genevieve Deschenes
Event Marketing Manager, Allianz Partners

“This was the best 90 mins I have spent in years!”

Yvonne Malone
Director EMEA Talent and Organization, Abbott

“Disruptive. That is probably the single best word to describe the impact of Elke. Authentic interaction, and a lot of smiles too.”

Chris van Hoof
VP R&D, imec

“I had the pleasure of listening to Elke's vivid expose at a "Resilience Workshop" for our leaders at BESIX in Dubai. Her story contains a lot of “aha”- points and allowed me to connect the dots on certain challenges that I encounter in our daily work environment. Her interesting and highly relevant presentation is the best invitation to read one of her books. Definitely worth some "focus"-time!”

General Manager Besix Construct Dubai


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Some random facts

Random Facts — Elke gets her energy from encountering new people, new cultures, new cities, new work challenges.

She only lets go her focus on innovation for her family, taking time out to enjoy her daughters Feline and Florence. She is really in her element when she can travel to her favorite places in the world: San Francisco, Cape Town, Kyoto and London. And what if Elke ever needs to still her mind? In that case, songs by Leonard Cohen and Pink Martini are her secret weapon.


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