Alumni stories

Leaders-for-a-Day: JA Alumni share their story

After another great year of Leaders-for-a-Day, JA Alumni share their experiences sharing their day with JA alumni and ESP-holders.


  • Emma Gatt from Malta

    Emma Gatt from Malta

    With the Company Programme I’ve learned how to solve problems in the real world. For that is entrepreneurship: solving problems. The ESP gives the chance to show what you achieved and helps to show employers that you have that edge!

  • Anna-Marie Freiberg from Germany

    Anna-Marie Freiberg from Germany

    I will always remember the 19. of October, where I got the opportunity from JA Europe to follow a leader for a day. I was allowed to follow Martina Dlabajova, an MEP of the European Parliament.

  • Kristjan Erik Liive from Estonia

    Kristjan Erik Liive from Estonia

    The Leaders-for-a-Day experience did not meet my expectations. It exceeded them by far! As much as I tried to imagine what it would look and feel like, I still could not get it right. On the 19th of October I was shadowing Susan Danger, the CEO of AmCham EU, at their headquarters in Brussels.

  • Inês Bernardes from Portugal

    Inês Bernardes from Portugal

    On the 19th October 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to “shadow” Elke de Loecker, the European Sales Director of Tapfin, a company from the Manpower Group.

    The day I spent with her was truly enriching!

  • Lara Fizaine from Belgium

    Lara Fizaine from Belgium

    Ever since my first encounter with Junior Achievement just about ten years ago, this organization has continually inspired and empowered me to develop my entrepreneurial spirit. Leaders-for-a-Day did it again, and more.

  • Michael Lukáč from Czech Republic

    Michael Lukáč from Czech Republic

    L4D completely outshined my expectations. I got to meet a tremendous amount of people and got to see places I would never be able to visit under regular circumstances. Prior to L4D, my experience with entrepreneurship as a work routine meant either sitting behind an office desk or being surrounded by the walls of a way too cozy conference room for countless hours. In Brussels, I witnessed that the reality does not necessarily have to be so black and white.

  • Antonia Bendixen from Germany

    Antonia Bendixen from Germany

    "Give them the power to change their world." I think this statement of JA Europe fits really well describing the organisation. The participation in the programme of JA definitely has changed my world. During the founding of our own mini-company in school I have learned a lot about entrepreneurship and leadership.

  • Ioanna Giannakopoulou from Greece

    Ioanna Giannakopoulou from Greece

    My Leaders-for-a-Day experience was definitely one of the best moments of my JA journey. Having the opportunity to observe the way a real company functions and discuss with a successful leader is an amazing experience that helped me learn new things and meet new people. All the fellow students were awesome, we had a great time during the programme and we are already planning a reunion!

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