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“Ich bin eine Quotenfrau” – Why I am advocating for a gender quota in leadership positions As I started to climb the corporate ladder at Lufthansa, I soon realized something that was to accompany me throughout my career: As a woman in a leadership position, especially in finance, I was one of few or sometimes even the only woman in the room. This was, of course, particularly evident when I became the first female Chief Financial Officer in a German DAX company. And today? I would definitely consider myself one of the few highly visible women in the German economy. And even that, I am sure, wouldn’t be possible without mandatory quotas for non-executive boards – even though nobody has ever said that to my face.

“Ich bin eine Quotenfrau” – Why I am advocating for a gender quota in leadership positions

  As I started to climb the corporate ladder at Lufthansa, I soon realized something that was to accompany me throughout my career: As a woman in a leadership position, especially in finance, I was one of few or sometimes even the only woman in the room. This was, of course, particularly evident when I…
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“A manager is a man”: My thoughts on the latest AllBright Report on declining numbers of women in leadership Unusual times call for innovative measures – or so you would think. But the latest AllBright report shows that especially in German companies, this opportunity to reconsider has so far been missed. In its biannual reports, the non-profit AllBright Foundation regularly documents the development of the number of women in management positions in German companies. The newest results published in October 2020 show: in times of crisis, Germany is taking a rather alarming “special path” compared to other countries.

“A manager is a man”: My thoughts on the latest AllBright Report on declining numbers of women in leadership

Unusual times call for innovative measures – or so you would think. But the latest AllBright report shows that especially in German companies, this opportunity to reconsider has so far been missed. In its biannual reports, the non-profit AllBright Foundation regularly documents the development of the number of women in management positions in German companies.…
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Establishing sustainable practices within a company – The sixth episode of “Die Boss” For the latest episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, I interviewed Antje von Dewitz, CEO of the family-owned German outdoor sports company VAUDE. She took over the company from her father in 2009 and has since worked towards making the company more sustainable. For her endeavours, she has earned several awards, including the “Verdienstorden des Landes Baden-Württemberg”, a distinction awarded to individuals who serve the public in the state of Baden-Württemberg to an extraordinary degree.

Establishing sustainable practices within a company – The sixth episode of “Die Boss”

  For the latest episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, I interviewed Antje von Dewitz, CEO of the family-owned German outdoor sports company VAUDE. She took over the company from her father in 2009 and has since worked towards making the company more sustainable. For her endeavours, she has earned several awards, including the “Verdienstorden…
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Why Having Kids and a Career Can be Really Tough at Times – The fifth episode of “Die Boss” For the latest episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, I spoke to not just one but two women in leading positions: Katrin Suder and Katja Krauss. Katja Kraus is, among many other things, a national goalkeeper-turned-CEO of Jung von Matt/Sports in Hamburg. Football has remained a major part of her life; she was the first woman to become a member of the management board for the Hamburger SV (German football club) after her career as a football player.

Why Having Kids and a Career Can be Really Tough at Times – The fifth episode of “Die Boss”

  For the latest episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, I spoke to not just one but two women in leading positions: Katrin Suder and Katja Krauss. Katja Kraus is, among many other things, a national goalkeeper-turned-CEO of Jung von Matt/Sports in Hamburg. Football has remained a major part of her life; she was the…
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Female Leadership in Medical Science - The fourth episode of "Die Boss" For my podcast „Die Boss“, we wanted to invite female leaders from all kind of industries and areas of society. For me, this also makes the podcast an excellent opportunity to learn more about professions I am not familiar with. The episode with Professor Dr. med. Doris Henne-Bruns is a great example for one of those meetings. In 2001, she was appointed as full professor for surgery – as the first woman in Germany. And she is still the only woman in this position today. Medical science is quite a foreign field for me and personally, I always feel a little on edge whenever I enter any hospital. But in our interview, Doris Henne-Bruns did a great job of showing me the exciting aspects of the field. She is convinced that empathy is key in being successful in a medical profession – and believes that it is easier for women to be emphatic.

Female Leadership in Medical Science – The fourth episode of “Die Boss”

For my podcast „Die Boss“, we wanted to invite female leaders from all kind of industries and areas of society. For me, this also makes the podcast an excellent opportunity to learn more about professions I am not familiar with. The episode with Professor Dr. med. Doris Henne-Bruns is a great example for one of…
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Talking diversity in companies and the German society - "Die Boss" with Janina Kugel For the third episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, I met with Janina Kugel, a well-known expert on driving change within companies and society. I really looked forward to and enjoyed our conversation as we have known each other for quite some time now. I love to hear her smart thoughts on education and the way that our society needs to change.

Talking diversity in companies and the German society – “Die Boss” with Janina Kugel

For the third episode of my podcast “Die Boss”, I met with Janina Kugel, a well-known expert on driving change within companies and society. I really looked forward to and enjoyed our conversation as we have known each other for quite some time now. I love to hear her smart thoughts on education and the…
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"Die Boss" and Football My podcast “Die Boss” at Stern doesn’t focus exclusively on female leadership in a business context. Instead, I had the pleasure of talking to women from all kind of areas and organisations. The idea behind that is to show the diverse leadership roles that women occupy – and maybe also highlight skills and topics that are important across job profile and sectors of the German economy and society.

“Die Boss” and Football

  My podcast “Die Boss” at Stern doesn’t focus exclusively on female leadership in a business context. Instead, I had the pleasure of talking to women from all kind of areas and organisations. The idea behind that is to show the diverse leadership roles that women occupy – and maybe also highlight skills and topics…
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Conversations with German Female Leaders: My podcast “Die Boss” Karin Stawski, journalist at Stern asked me a few months ago if I would like to be the host of a podcast featuring German female leaders. What an opportunity, as I am curious by nature. My conversation partners for the first episodes of "Die Boss" included not only women from business, but also experts from sports, science, and politics. The idea behind the mix: We want to show authentic, urgently needed role models and also discover links and parallels between different areas of society. In the best case, we will find solutions that already work in one area and are transferable.

Conversations with German Female Leaders: My podcast “Die Boss”

  Karin Stawski, journalist at Stern asked me a few months ago if I would like to be the host of a podcast featuring German female leaders. What an opportunity, as I am curious by nature. My conversation partners for the first episodes of “Die Boss” included not only women from business, but also experts…
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Simone Menne

Why we need more lateral thinkers in board positions – especially now

  As we all learned in the last couple of months, an unprecedented crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic can impact all aspects of business – from sudden shortages in supply chains, to restructured production environments and thousands of employees working from home. We also witnessed drastic decreases in demand in some industries as well as…
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Three tips on leading in times of crisis *This text is based on a German article first published at corona-helpdesk.de/articles/fuehrung-in-der-krise*

Three tips on leading in times of crisis

  *This text is based on a German article first published at corona-helpdesk.de/articles/fuehrung-in-der-krise* Times of crisis call for special leadership – both in society and at companies. The need for leadership also differs, depending on whether we are facing a global crisis such as the current pandemic or a crisis limited to one company. In…
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