Female Leadership at WHU –

A close network of successful women.

Female Leadership@WHU

Can we live in a world in which everyone has equal
opportunities to take on responsibility in leading roles?

We at WHU seek to contribute to answering this question with yes. We offer meaningful and evidence-based education to enable everyone including those groups who have been underrepresented for a long time in leadership positions – such as women – to unfold their full potential. Yet, as scientific evidence indicates that reaching leadership roles is often more difficult for female high potentials, we developed specific initiatives and offer targeted activities that seek to support female future leaders. On this page, you can find more information on our activities in this area.

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Ladies@WHU

Our community of In Praxi Women –
Access to a network of over 1,000 women in business.

As part of the "Ladies@WHU - Community of In Praxi Women", WHU alumnae have access to a network of over 1,000 women in business. A wide variety of event formats  are offered on a very regular basis. These include both content-focused workshops as well as fireside or breakfast discussions with top female managers. Through networking with WHU, Executive Education, the Foundation and In Praxi, an active exchange on all exciting (women's) topics is maintained.

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Initiative Women into Leadership

Strategic networking and individual support –
Fostering female leadership talents.

For companies, it's particularly challenging to ensure and internally develop female leadership representation on top level. Founded 2017 by our alumna Sabine Hansen (EMBA 2002), the cross-mentoring Initiative Women into Leadership aims to close this strategic gap in the leadership talent development on the first two levels below top management with sustainable effect. The initiative provides an opportunity for companies wishing to actively engage in the process of developing their female leadership talents.

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Research & Publications

Our knowledge base –
Generating thought leadership through research and publications.

WHU is home to an expert faculty whereby professors conduct a diverse range of projects, studies, and release leading publications addressing and answering relevant questions on the topics of female leadership in all areas and sectors of management.

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Scholarships

As a leading academic institution with a strong DNA in innovation and entrepreneurship, WHU is committed to help close the gender gap in the start-up scene and is launching the WHU Female Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is a unique opportunity for female students in the Master in Entrepreneurship Program who are passionate about entrepreneurship and eager to make an impact in the German and worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The scholarship is about developing exceptional talent and empowering women to undertake entrepreneurial action. By providing access to both first class education and a unique network, WHU aims to bring the best of female talent and add value to the digital economy. We aspire to grow female leaders not only by providing monetary assistance, but also offering the best tools and personal support to succeed after graduation.

This partial scholarship is awarded annually by In Praxi to MSc students from non-EU countries. In the last 10 years a total of 30 persons have been supported. 

The Bachelor Women in Business Scholarship aims to assist qualified women, wishing to study at WHU with additional financial support. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding female applicants, who can demonstrate academic merit and motivation in the field of business. This scholarship is 20% of regular tuition fees per semester. It can be combined with all other scholarships.

WHU MBA Program offers one 50% tuition scholarship to a top female applicant to the MBA Program (Full-Time and Part-Time) per year. The recipient is chosen from all applicants for the WHU Women in Business Scholarship.

The Excellence and Diversity Scholarship is aimed at Non-EU students demonstrating excellent academic merit, who are looking to pursue studies at WHU. This may be combined with other BSc scholarships. Students receive a waiver of the non-EU tuition fees and pay only the EU tuition fees.

WHU Campus Düsseldorf

Frauen. Macht. Führung Conference 

Leadership implies power. To shape power, to decide, and to enforce decisions. On the occasion of International Women's Day 2020, we took a look at our perception of power and concepts of power in a joint exchange. Our initiative is supported by the Alumni Association and the Ruhr Area/Düsseldorf Regional Group of the German National Academic Foundation.

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WHU Campus Düsseldorf

Frauen. Macht. Führung Conference 

Leadership implies power. To shape power, to decide, and to enforce decisions. On the occasion of International Women's Day 2020, we took a look at our perception of power and concepts of power in a joint exchange. Our initiative is supported by the Alumni Association and the Ruhr Area/Düsseldorf Regional Group of the German National Academic Foundation.

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News & Stories

News from the WHU community – Find out more about our female leaders.

What would a world look like where women take more responsibility in key positions?

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In celebration of the international women’s day 2020, a conference on “Women. Power. Leadership” took place at WHU.

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They are numerous - women who don't just want to have a bit of a career, who are ambitious, who show intelligence and a feel for business and politics, women whose goal it is to get to the top. The problem: Not every company has female role models in top management positions. But those who want to...

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An innovative initiative pairing mentors with potential female leaders and opening up the wider network.

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Manager magazin's list of the 100 most influential women includes three alumnae from WHU.

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Tijen Onaran is a networker, entrepreneur, and founder of Global Digital Women (GDW), a company dedicated to empowering women and promoting diversity and digitization. In this interview, Tijen talks about what drives her and how she wants to shape a more diverse working world.

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Practical workshop for a smarter handling of one's own brain

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Get in touch

Get in touch with us –
We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Dr. Fabiola H. Gerpott

Chairholder of Leadership

Tel.: +49 211 44709-375
Cell: +49 176 6461 2659

fabiola.gerpott(at)whu.edu