One year ago, the Fellows of the Cohort 2022 met at TheMerode for their first Forum. During the past twelve months, they created new, meaningful connections with each other and learned about their societal impact and role as leaders in society. On their graduation day on Saturday, they celebrate their journey together.
The evening started with welcome drinks and words from the 40u40 Team before the Fellows took over the stage. First, they presented testimonials about their journey in the past year and the lessons they have learned. The Fellows then engaged the Community in a lively game, offering insights into their endeavors and key takeaways. They organized an interactive quiz, which included the most memorable quotes said during the year and showcased the highlights of the Mentorship. The Conversation Circles were praised, and insider information were shared: Did you know that meetups took place in not only office spaces, but also bars and even swimming pools!
The Fellows also presented two of their Field Works: The website How deep is your love and the conference BeClimate Hub, both projects targeting the promotion of sustainable practices. The game concluded with the most exciting question of them all: What does Laurent Coulie, CEO and Co-founder of 40u40, like the most about the program? The answer was the joyful tradition of tossing him into the air during the graduation ceremony, filling the room with laughter and cheers. Once Laurent’s feet touched the ground again, he expressed some words of gratitude for the past year and handed out the diplomas. The evening unfolded with a walking dinner and drinks.