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My impulse lecture at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Here is a translation of the impulse lecture, which I gave during a discussion meeting on the eve of International Women’s Day at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy:

My impulse lecture at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

  Here is a translation of the impulse lecture, which I gave during a discussion meeting on the eve of International Women’s Day at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy:   Dear Minister Altmaier, Ladies and Gentlemen, Todays “#Strong women Strong Economy” – it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? And…
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What the CFO of tomorrow will look like Bean counting was yesterday: in the future, the challenge for CFOs will be to transform data into information – and communicate that information effectively.

What the CFO of tomorrow will look like

Bean counting was yesterday: in the future, the challenge for CFOs will be to transform data into information – and communicate that information effectively. The period between Christmas and the New Year is a time for considering the future and making plans for the coming year. Among other things, I asked myself what the tasks…
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What I didn’t say on my first talk show Those of you who follow my blogs and articles already know about my interest in innovation and digitalization. And of course how they are impacting the workforce, companies and society. I recently had the great opportunity to discuss these issues on a German primetime talk show called Anne Will.

What I didn’t say on my first talk show

  Those of you who follow my blogs and articles already know about my interest in innovation and digitalization. And of course how they are impacting the workforce, companies and society. I recently had the great opportunity to discuss these issues on a German primetime talk show called Anne Will. How I got invited After…
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How you can use integrated reporting to increase customer and employee loyalty

  Integrated reporting is a complex field, yet it also offers companies a chance to establish trust among their employees and investors. This text was first published at Handelsblatt online. Today the information that companies share with the public and their investors has to meet higher standards than in the past, and includes both financial…
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Lessons I would like to share with my younger self I was recently invited to speak before a group of young students on their first day at University. In preparation for the talk, I looked back on my own life and career and asked myself what I would tell my younger self if I could.

Lessons I would like to share with my younger self

  I was recently invited to speak before a group of young students on their first day at University. In preparation for the talk, I looked back on my own life and career and asked myself what I would tell my younger self if I could. First. Don’t be afraid of failure. I’ve failed several…
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How to become a Supervisory Board Member or Non-Executive Director At the moment, my profession is non-executive director (NED) or “Aufsichtsrätin”. This is my only profession – which, at least in Germany, is not very common. The fact that it is not given as an option on registration forms for conventions or conferences makes this clear. You’re expected to give the name of “your” company – but I represent four. I’m often presented as “retired CFO of...”, even in an annual report. What does this say about appreciation of this profession?

How to become a Supervisory Board Member or Non-Executive Director

An overview from a non-executive board member At the moment, my profession is non-executive director (NED) or “Aufsichtsrätin”. This is my only profession – which, at least in Germany, is not very common. The fact that it is not given as an option on registration forms for conventions or conferences makes this clear. You’re expected…
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Global Economic Symposium #gesym18 The other three participants were John Zysman, a Professor at Berkeley Political Science; Jason Blackstock, Associate Professor of Science and Global Affairs at University College London, and Daniel Samaan, a Senior Economist at the International Labour Organization. So we had people savvy about politics, science, workforces and enterprises – the perfect mix to discuss what is needed and what will be done by these stakeholders to ensure the future of work and education in the digital era.

Global Economic Symposium #gesym18

  Last Tuesday, I attended a great panel session at the Global Economic Symposium (#gesym18) discussing “the future of work and education in the digital age” with three experts. The symposium took place in Kiel, my hometown, and was part of “the digital week in Kiel” (#diwokiel). It was organized by the Kiel Institute for…
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What does a Non Executive Director actually do everyday? An Overview from an NED. Very often I am asked what a Non Executive Director (NED) actually does. This is sometimes combined with the assumption that it is a boring job – because you sit in endless meetings with no real impact. Some may even think an NED equals a NERD – which is not really case, unless the person was already nerdy before.

What does a Non Executive Director actually do everyday?

An Overview from an NED. Very often I am asked what a Non Executive Director (NED) actually does. This is sometimes combined with the assumption that it is a boring job – because you sit in endless meetings with no real impact. Some may even think an NED equals a NERD – which is not…
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The Start of a Small Podcast Series I like the ‘podcast’ format, because listeners can get a really good impression of a person and their ideas from it. And at the same time, if you have a conversation, you get immediate feedback from the person across from you. When I write, I never know if the words truly reflect my ideas and are understood the way I meant them.

The Start of a Small Podcast Series

  Last week, I did my first podcast session with Norman Glaser’s MARKENREBELL. We talked about business topics such as performance, digitisation, technology and the areas where our corporate culture needs to change. I also talked about how these topics have shaped me as a professional – and what I am working on at the…
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Why cyber security should be at the top of company boards’ agendas Last weekend, I attended a great workshop in London where board members as well as Chief Information officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from various industries (banking, pharma, technology, production and communication) met with CEOs of fast growing software companies to discuss innovative solutions in the areas Cyber Security, Cloud services, robots and artificial intelligence. I had the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the distinct challenges we as board members are facing in managing digital and cyber security risk in the boardroom.

Why cyber security should be at the top of company boards’ agendas

  Last weekend, I attended a great workshop in London where board members as well as Chief Information officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from various industries (banking, pharma, technology, production and communication) met with CEOs of fast growing software companies to discuss innovative solutions in the areas Cyber Security, Cloud services, robots…
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