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Sandja Brügmann

Expert in sustainable communication and conscious leadership
Country: Denmark, USA

Sandja Brügmann has a vibrant and passionate commitment to inspiring positive planetary change, while uplifting and empowering people. Her worldly ‘finger on the pulse’ has made her a sought after communication strategist, social media expert, speaker and business visionary to numerous major corporations.

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Sandja Brügmann is an international expert in sustainable communication, marketing and conscious leadership. Always with a finger on the pulse, her keen eye for anticipating trends has made her one of the most sought-after international sustainability and communications strategists and speakers, and she consults business executives and entrepreneurs around the world. Her vibrant and passionate commitment to inspiring positive, planetary change, and her vision of using business as a force of good by focusing on the 5P-win bottom line – passion, purpose, people, planet, profit – is visible throughout her work.

Sandja was born and raised in sustainability-minded Denmark. She is a grounded island girl, who grew up on the picturesque island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. She entered the business world at the age of 12 when she purchased her first windmill stocks. A Dean’s List scholar at University of Colorado, Boulder, majoring in Psychology, Sandja went on to serve as Marketing Manager for leading mind/body health and wellness lifestyle company Gaiam, Inc., based in the US, a $110M publicly traded, multi-channel lifestyle company.

In 2002, Sandja Brügmann founded Refresh Agency, a communications company with purpose and vision to drive authentic leadership and mindful international business through strategic communication, visionary intuitive skills, public relations, Social PR and social media. As CEO of Refresh Agency, Sandja and her team serve businesses around the globe – including major brands such as Spier, ITO EN, Crocs, Sustainia, Matcha LOVE, Nisolo, Clementine Art, GoodBelly, Addis Creson (Better Place, Kashi), Takeya, Chocolove and TEDxCopenhagen – with a vision to build impactful brands and mindful business strategies. Sandja Brügmann is also CEO of The Passion Institute which she founded in 2015 with the purpose of helping and growing leaders all over the world who have a desire to lead as a force for good; conscious leadership.

One of Sandja Brügmann’s international success stories is Crocs, Inc., based in Boulder, CO, USA. During Sandja’s tenure as Communications Manager, Crocs grew from an 8-person start-up to an industry giant, culminating in the largest IPO in the history of the footwear industry raising $208 million. She has been featured in and writes for multiple international business and consumer lifestyle, including Inc Magazine, CBS, The Muse, Eco Salon, Bureau Biz, and Business Insider.

An engaging and passionate speaker, Sandja Brügmann has spoken at industry-leading conferences, including Natural Products Expo West (California, USA), Natural Products Expo East (Baltimore, USA), Social Media Week Copenhagen and Markedsføringsdagen (Copenhagen, Denmark). She also develops and leads international workshops to support leaders and help companies manifest a passion-filled, on purpose business – all while making a real difference in the world.

    Keynote topics

    All Sandja Brügmann’s speaking themes build on authentic leadership, social and sustainable business trends and practices based on the 5Ps: Passion, Purpose, People, planet and Profits. These themes include values of morality, sustainability, responsibility and purpose.

    Topics include:

    • Conscious compassionate leadership
    • Work-life issues
    • Authentic corporate communication and story-telling
    • Authentic corporate marketing and branding
    • Meaningful work-life for leaders, vision holders and employees
    • Employee motivation and productivity
    • Social media marketing as relationship building
    • Sustainable and social business inspiration, thinking and growth
    • 5P Bottom-line success
    • Conscious consumerism and capitalism 2.0
    • Innovative force-for-good entrepreneurship
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