Programme overview

In today’s high-paced, high-pressure work and life environments, central questions come into focus for experienced professionals over the course of their careers: 

  • What’s next? What is my purpose in the future? And how can I build new communities to help realise it? 
  • How can I best pass on my skills, knowledge and experience? 
  • How can I re-evaluate my approach to health, wealth and well-being? 

The NEXT programme helps participants refine their own answers to these questions with a focus on lifelong and intergenerational learning, social impact, and growth and renewal. NEXT offers a unique framework for inspiration, guidance, learning, reflection, development and optimisation to design your future.  

  • Your journey to explore what’s next begins with a three-day summit in March. 
  • Additionally, you will benefit from continued peer coaching, reverse mentoring as well as regular live online sessions on current topics.
  • If you wish to have a more individualized experience you can book customized sessions tailored to your needs with faculty, coaches and mentors for an additional fee.

NEXT begins in March 2023. We look forward to welcoming you! 

Please check back regularly as we are constantly updating our website.


Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

Judith Mey

Judith Mey Programme Manager Open Programmes

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NEXT Summit Benefits

A first of its kind in Europe, NEXT is a unique programme for networking, education, exploration and transition. The summit is aimed at experienced professionals looking to gain: 

  • Insights and knowledge to explore your next steps 
  • A refined sense of purpose  
  • Suitable activities to realise this purpose
  • New personal and professional networks 
  • Guidance for reflecting on your current situation
  • Opportunities to assess and improve your approach to health, well-being & wealth 


Purpose & Activities

  • Guidance and interactions to develop a meaningful sense of purpose and corresponding activities 
  • Exploration of potential next steps​ 
  • Acquisition of new insights and knowledge 


  • Exchanges with peers, students and faculty in a university environment​ 
  • Development of new personal and professional networks ​ 
  • Potential to share experience with start-ups 

Health, Well-being & Wealth

  • Health, well-being and wealth management assessments​ 
  • Reflection on current and desired future states​ 
  • Optimisation via experts and resources 
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Summit Content

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Further content and faculty will be added soon.

Design Your Future is about using the innovation method design thinking together with insights from positive psychology and behavioral economics to bring more of yourself into your future. This approach is the winner of the HSG Impact Award of the University of St. Gallen. We will create your portfolio of activities and occupations supporting your purpose, meaning and well-being. We will apply principles to overcome biases such as replacing either-or thinking with differentiated thinking and replacing assumptions with experiences for better decision-making.

Learning objectives:

  • Creating a portfolio of activities in line with our purpose, meaningfulness and well-being
  • Overcoming biases and cultivate proactivity in creating our future
  • Bringing more of ourselves into the future
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    Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach is Professor at the University of St. Gallen, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and Stanford University, and Guest Professor at the African Doctoral Academy and the Central University of Beijing. He worked for Xerox, a Swiss startup, and Interbrand. He advises and consults organizations like Nike, United Nations, IBM, and others. His areas of interest are knowledge visualization, storytelling, creativity, life design and the science of action to overcome procrastination. He has founded the Visual Collaboration Lab and the Life Design Lab at the University of St. Gallen and has co-authored the award-winning book “Meet up!” as well as the best-selling books “Life Design” and “Life Design Actionbook”. 

    NEXT at a glance

    Faculty, Lecturers & Speakers

    Our faculty will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Target Audience

    The NEXT Summit is open to

    • accomplished professionals with 25+ years’ experience from global companies and SMEs and professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc.)
    • professionals in academia, government and NGOs
    • all industries and all ownership types (e.g. publicly held, private equity-owned, family-controlled)

    The summit promotes the diversity of thought and experience.


    Please click on the registration button to apply. After you have been admitted we will schedule a short interview where you give us a brief description of your motivation for taking part in the summit.

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    NEXT Directors

    Dr. Stephanie Schoss
    Director Open Programmes
    Dr. Patricia Widmer
    Programme Director NEXT and Vice Director Open Programmes
    Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach
    Academic Director NEXT and Professor at the University of St.Gallen

    Why University of St.Gallen

    The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

    At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

    • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

    • For competent executives

    • For Lifelong Learning

    • For international collaborations

    This is what distinguishes the HSG
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