FEM. – Female Leadership at WHU invited guests to the campus in Vallendar at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management for their annual, student-run conference, this year billed as “Mission Possible – Breaking the Glass Ceiling.” There, the topics discussed included female empowerment and how women today can plan their careers successfully and not get stuck beneath the glass ceiling.
Journalist Brigitte Wallstabe-Watermann, herself a company founder, hosted the conference, which featured many guest speakers, all of whom gave insight into their professional lives and spoke of best practices. Sylvie Nicol, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Henkel, shared the ups and downs of her personal and professional life and encouraged her audience to follow their own path regardless of any possible resistance. Her unplanned pregnancy, she noted, neither discouraged her nor impeded her career planning. She offered this anecdote as an example of how to reconcile home life and a career following the birth of a child. “You cannot be successful as a lone wolf,” she said, making clear how important it is to surround oneself with those who can offer support regardless of the situation at hand.