Best of 2023: Challenge Accepted Europe

Best of 2023: Challenge Accepted Europe

About the initiative: we – Career Angels – have been providing a safe space for experienced managers and executives – a confidential community for managers throughout Europe who have accepted the challenge of looking for a job (actively or passively), so that they can share their experiences, support each other through listening, words of encouragement and information, and inspire each other. Every meeting has a leading topic and provides the most important pieces of advice in a nutshell for immediate application.

What have been the results of the project this year?

Challenge Accepted 2023 – statistics

We organized 8 events over the entire year with a proper summer break; the topics included:

  • Manager, executive – what next? – career management
  • Executive identity & salary negotiations – the how to
  • Networking techniques for executives
  • Hack LinkedIn (& bots) for your job search
  • Headhunt the headhunter for your job search!
  • Does your CV land interviews?- with real examples
  • What’s your executive USP? – story crafting & telling
  • Executive Job Market – how to generate interviews in 2023

The meetings were attended by nearly 75 people:

  • 13% from DACH
  • 14% from Italy
  • 7% from e.g. Belgium, France, Netherlands, etc.
  • 66% of the participants come from C/SEE, incl. Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine

They hold the following positions:

  • 14% CEOs, Country Managers, Business Unit Directors
  • 22% CFOs
  • 12% COOs
  • 16% Sales / BD / Marketing Directors
  • 8% HR Managers / Directors
  • 9% CIOs / CTOs
  • the remaining 19% incl. Logistics / Pharma / Energy Directors etc.


And here’s what they said to us during the last meetings:

“I greatly appreciate the quality of the sessions. Thank you!”
“Kudos to the Angels for their fantastic initiative and idea!”
“Thanks for today! The professionalism was consistent, as always.”
“A big thank you to Career Angels for arranging such a superb evening! And to everyone else, thanks for your openness and for sharing your stories with me.”
“I want to express my gratitude for today’s meeting. The CV examples (before and after) were truly enlightening!”
“Heartfelt thanks to all participants! These meetings are truly inspiring!”

The free online meetings are dedicated to specific career & job search topics and provide networking opportunities. And there are more to come! Coming up:

  • Jan 16, 2024: Strategic interviewing for executives
  • Feb 13, 2024: Career decisions: heart vs. mind – who wins? And what can you do about it?
  • Mar 12, 2024: Executive Job Market – how to generate interviews in 2024

If you’re thinking of attending yourself, think of these sessions as “actual” meetings, as they always include several opportunities to network. Be ready to fully engage & contribute. If you plan on passively listening only, this is not for you.

The structure of the meetings:
17:45 – 18:00 arrival & networking round #1
Participants arriving after 18:00 will not be let in.
18:00 – 18:35 theory & cases
18:35 – 18:50 networking round #2
18:50 – 19:00 Q&A
19:00 – 19:15 networking round #3

Afterwards, we continue our interaction in a closed LinkedIn group (by invite only!) where we also share materials.

Would you like to participate? Do the following:

  1. Download & sign this application form
  2. Send it with your CV attached via e-mail to
  3. Wait for a phone call from one of our colleagues to verify your application

Important: in order to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants, everyone – without exception – has to submit the signed application form and be verified by our team. Only verified applicants will receive the link and log-on information before each meeting.