„Women Leaders@WHU“ Speakers Series

In its "Women Leaders@WHU" speakers series, WHU regularly presents lectures on current economic issues by women who are successful managers in a variety of sectors.

To lend the topic of "gender diversity" even greater importance in the future, WHU is launching a series of lectures by high-caliber presenters. Speakers from science, the business community and politics will provide fresh impetus and present inspiring models in at least six presentations at regular intervals throughout the year. The lectures will address relevant issues drawn from the speakers' own professional backgrounds as well as specific examples concerning the role of women in the economic and political settings. The speaker series utilizes suitable events hosted under various WHU initiatives as well as lectures the series itself has organized, offering a portfolio rich in diversity.

Past events:

Speech by Dr. Tanja zu Waldeck on November 16, 2018 at 9.00 am

A lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU” was held by Dr. Tanja zu Waldeck on the topic “Spuren hinterlassen”. It took place during the ForumWHU conference in Vallendar on November 16, 2018 at 9 am, H-001. This event was open to all participants of “Women Leaders @ WHU”, even if they did not attend the ForumWHU conference. We thank the organizers of the ForumWHU conference very much for offering this opportunity. 

Dr. Tanja zu Waldeck is COO of Burda Forward Group including publishing of e.g. Focus Online, HuffPost, CHIP, NetMoms and others. She is WHU Alumna and after graduation worked with McKinsey and Company, Inc. for more than 6 years. After that she founded netmoms.de, one of the first and most successful internet platforms with a focus on family aspects.

Speech by Andrea Martin on November 17, 2017 at 9.15 am

The next lecture in the series "Women Leaders @ WHU", was held by Andrea Martin, Chief Technology officer at IMB DACH-Region, on Friday, November 17, 2017, 9.15 am (details below). The lecture took place during the forumWHU conference. The title of the panel discussion was "Deutschlands Wirtschafts in der Zukunft - Welche Industrie wird uns tragen?".

After studying business mathematics in Karlsruhe, Andrea Martin began her career at IBM in 1992. Since 2015, Andrea Martin has been Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at IBM in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is responsible for the technical strategy and the representation of IBM's technical thought leadership. She is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer with strategic and tactical responsibility and sponsor of the IBM Technical Expert Council Central. Sharing knowledge is one of her greatest passions because she follows the view that personal strengths and competences can be developed together most effectively. In 2009, she received the IBM Award for excellent Technical Achievement. Outside of the company she is involved in the Society of Woman Engineers and the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF).

Speech by Erbprinzession Dr. Jeanette zu Fürstenberg on October 13, 2017 at 9.30 am

The next lecture in the series "Women Leaders @ WHU", was held by Erbprinzession Dr. Jeanette zu Fürstenberg, co-founder of La Famiglia, on Friday, October 13, 2017, 9.30 am (details below). The lecture took place during the WHU Campus for Family Business conference. The title of her German speech was "Entrepreneurship als disruptiver Innovationsfaktor in Unternehmen".

Dr. Jeannette zu Fürstenberg is co-founder of La Famiglia, a European venture capital fund for early stage investments. Entrepreneurial families and leading personalities in the digital economy are investing together in young technology-dedicated companies. La Famiglia is also a platform, that enables capital, contact and collaboration between established traditional companies and digital founders of tomorrow. Since 2013, Fürstenberg has been active as a founder, investor and consulant in the start-up scene. In 2011, she founded "Fürstenberg Zeitgenössich" – a foundation for contemporary art and a grant program for young, emerging artists.

Speech by Shradha Sharma on October 7, 2017 at 4.30 pm

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU”, was held as a panel discussion with Shardha Sharma, founder and CEO of YourStory, on Saturday, October 7, 2017, 4.30 pm (details below). The lecture took place during the IdeaLab! - WHU Founders Conference.

Shradha Sharma is the Founder and CEO of YourStory, the leading media technology platform for startups and entrepreneurs in India. She founded YourStory in 2008 after serving as Assistant Vice President at CNBC TV18 and brand advisor at Times of India. Besides her success with YourStory, Shradha has been awarded the L’Oreal Paris Femina Award’ for online influence in 2015. During IdeaLab! 2017 she will be a speaker in the panel discussion "Modern India - How Indian startups compete with the world".

Speech by Audrey Cheng on March 24, 2017 at 2.15 pm

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU”, was held by Audrey Cheng, founder of Moringa School, on Friday, March 24th, 2017, 2.15 pm. The lecture took place during the SensAbility conference.

Audrey Cheng is a young social entrepreneur and founder of the Moringa School. Since 2014, Moringa school played a crucial role in developing talented individuals in Africa by providing them education in software development, equipping them with the skills they need to boost their career in technology. Formerly a successful blogger with The Huffington Post and a graduate of Northwestern School of Journalism, Audrey Cheng focused on millennials. In one of her most successful pieces, she emphasizes stoicisms as a solution for millennials. She expresses our need to make it explaining at “times we get so caught up in joining the ‘30 Under 30’ list that we forget that life goes on after 30.”  Adapting this method of stoicism, Audrey Cheng has become an example to strive towards, breaking the chain of which many of us are too familiar. To attend a good university and to find a great job after graduation.

Vortrag von Dr. Christina Ellringmann am 20.03.2017 um 19.00 Uhr

Der nächste Vortrag in der Serie “Women Leaders @ WHU“ wurde gehalten von Dr. Christina Ellringmann, Partnerin bei Bain & Company (Details siehe unten). Er fand am 20.03.2017 um 19:00 Uhr in Raum G-003 statt.

Im Rahmen der „Women Leaders@WHU“ Speakers Series erklärte Bain-Partnerin Christina Ellringmann wie engagierte Frauen mit unserem einzigartigen Thriving Konzept ihre persönliche und individuelle Karriere gestalten können. Dabei bekamen Sie einen Einblick in die vier grundlegenden Schritte des Thriving: „Setting your direction“, „Chart your path“, „Assemble your crew“ und „Navigate with intent“.

Alle Studentinnen an der WHU konnten damit die Chance nutzen zu erfahren wie sie bestmöglich Ihre professionellen und persönlichen Ziele erreichen. Im Anschluss waren alle Teilnehmerinnen eingeladen, Christina Ellringmann bei einem Apéro kennenzulernen und ihre individuellen Fragen zu ihren Einstiegsmöglichkeiten zu stellen.

Dr. Christina Ellringmann ist Partnerin bei Bain & Company in München. Sie verfügt über mehr als 15 Jahre Erfahrung bei der strategischen Neuausrichtung von Unternehmen sowie bei vertrieblichen und kundenbezogenen Fragestellungen und ist zudem auf Organisations- und Transformationsprojekte spezialisiert. Sie ist aktives Mitglied der globalen Women@Bain-Initiative und durch PD-Committees und als Programm Managerin und Trainerin in globalen Trainingsprogrammen stark in der Personalentwicklung bei Bain engagiert. Christina Ellringmann studierte und promovierte im Fach Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar und. Sie lebt in München und London.

Speech by Helene von Roeder on January 19th, 2017 at 4.00pm

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU” was held by Helene von Roeder, CEO Germany Credit Suisse, on January 19th at 4.00pm. The lecture took place at Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz during the Campus for Finance conference.

Helene von Roeder has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Germany, Austria, and Central Europe for Credit Suisse since September 2014. As CEO, she is responsible for all Investment Banking activities and Private Banking & Wealth Management in the region. Before joining Credit Suisse, Ms von Roeder had worked at Morgan Stanley Germany for 10 years. Most recently, she had been a member of the executive board responsible for capital markets in Germany and Austria. After studying astrophysics she started her career at Deutsche Bank and UBS. Ms von Roeder possesses more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and has advised a variety of clients on numerous successful transactions.

Speech by Dr. Vera Demary on November 18th, 2016 at 9.15am

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU”, was held by Dr. Vera Demary, Head of the competence field "Structural Changes and Competiton" at the Institute of the German Economy (IW) on November 18th at 9.15am.

Speech by Pia Poppenreiter (Ohlala.com) on October 7th, 2016 at 12pm

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU”, was held by Pia Poppenreiter, Co-Founder & CEO of Ohlala.com during the IdeaLab! in Vallendar on October 7th at 12pm.

Pia Poppenreiter is CEO and Co-Founder of Ohlala. With her background in finance and business ethics, she feels well-equipped to have a take on the paid dating industry. Ohlala is Pia’s rebellion come to life. She makes it her business to reconsider the world daily, and invites others to do the same.

Speech by Julika Falconer (FUTURELIFE Foundation) on March 19th, 2016

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU”, was held by Julika Falconer, CEO FUTURELIFE Foundation, during the SensAbility conference on March 19th 2016 at 9am.

Julika Falconer - The FUTURELIFE® Foundation

Julika Falconer is the CEO of FUTURELIFE Foundation. She graduated from University. She had 15 years of experience in charity work for various NGOs. Her vision is to dedicate all of her time to make a significant difference to as many lives as possible.The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance broad-based community development, particularly for the benefit of children at non fee-paying schools, vulnerable groups in society and to support projects that promote sustainable livelihoods in areas where such non-fee-paying schools exist. They provide assistance to such communities to ensure their children’s healthy development of physical, educational and social needs.

Speech by Dorothee Blessing on January 13, 2016

The next lecture in the series “Women Leaders @ WHU”, was held by Dorothee Blessing, Regional Head Germany, Austria and Switzerland, J.P. Morgan on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.

Dorothee Blessing is a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Head of Investment Banking in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. In her current role, she advises J.P. Morgan clients on a variety of strategic acquisitions, mergers and financings, as well as general corporate finance matters.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in July 2014, Dorothee spent more than 20 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a longstanding Partner and Managing Director and Co-Head of the firm’s investment banking in the German-speaking region. Among various global committee memberships she was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Global Firm Wide Commitments Committee. Dorothee has served as an advisor to many public and private corporates and led a large number of international and domestic capital markets, M&A and privatization transactions across various industries.

She is a Board Member of A.P. Moeller Maersk and is a member of the Kuratorium der Gesellschaft der Freunde der Alten Oper Frankfurt e.V. Dorothee holds a Masters degree in business administration from Hochschule St. Gallen. She is married and has three children.

Diskussionsrunde zum Thema "Ressource Mensch - wie viel darf Humanität in der Wirtschaft kosten"

Im Rahmen der “Women Leaders @ WHU” Speaker Series fand am Samstag, den 21. November 2015 von 10.00 - 11.00 Uhr eine deutschsprachige Diskussionsrunde zum Thema "Ressource Mensch - Wie viel darf Humanität in der Wirtschaft kosten" statt.

Neben Diskutanten wie Herrn Nicolas Schmit  (Arbeitsminister Luxemburg) und Herrn Gerhard Braun (Vorstand der SDW) nahm an dieser Diskussionsrunde auch die Abgeordnete Ellen Demuth (MdL Rheinland-Pfalz) teil.

Ellen Demuth ist seit Mai 2011 Mitglied des Landtages von Rheinland-Pfalz. Sie wurde am 10. Juli 1982 in Linz am Rhein geboren und studierte nach dem Abitur Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Internationalen Fachhochschule Bad Honnef (IUBH) und schloss das Studium als Diplom Betriebswirtin (FH) ab. Durch einen Auslandsaufenthalt in Australien wurde ihr ebenso der Bachelor of Business der Victoria University Melbourne verliehen. Im Mai 2011 zog die Christdemokratin als jüngste direkt gewählte Landtagsabgeordnete in den rheinland-pfälzischen Landtag ein.​

Launch of Speakers Series „Women leaders @ WHU“

On Saturday, October 10, 2015 Nazanin Daneshvar, Iran’s leading female technology entrepreneur and startup pioneer, kicked off the new WHU speakers series “Women Leaders @ WHU”. Her speech, which was part of this year’s IdeaLab! conference was open to participants of “Women Leaders@ WHU”.

More details about the speaker:

Nazanin Daneshvar, Iran's leading woman technology entrepreneur and co-founder of Takhfifan.com, the “Groupon of Iran", is part of one of the most promising and uprising startup hubs, which got a lot of attention by American and European investors in the last months, especially due to the newly signed nuclear agreement. Nazanin has recently been featured all over global media, from Forbes to Bloomberg from The Guardian to Manager Magazin. As a result of the publicity, they got 3000 orders in just one hour!

Please click here for a detailed review of her speech.

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