WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, known for its forward-thinking and entrepreneurial spirit, added a new student initiative to its ranks this past year: WHU Women in Business. Founded by seven WHU MBA students, WHU’s first student-led club to focus on women in business’ collective aim is to work towards gender equality, especially in the workplace and within the context of management and entrepreneurship. They hope to achieve this goal by connecting women in business at WHU with the German business community and enabling women to pursue positions of authority through the provision of a platform to encourage and expedite women in business’ path into executive roles.
One member of the initiative, WHU Full Time MBA Student Dr. Irene Skuballa (Class of 2021), recently conducted an interview with Jenni Baum-Minkus, founder of gitti, a plant-based nail polish company whose goal is to create conscious and sustainable beauty products. They believe that the showcasing of real-life examples of positive business role models will aid in the normalization of intersectional female leadership overall. The interview does well to highlight the ups and downs of entrepreneurship as well as issues affecting women in the workplace, as, according to the Female Founders Monitor, female entrepreneurs face more challenges as compared to their male counterparts. When asked what advice she would give to an aspiring founder, Baum-Minkus answered “Never lunch alone!” and highlighted the importance of establishing a healthy professional network.
The initiative has several events coming up, which can also be found on the WHU Home Page under “Events” for all interested parties. The events are geared towards the sparking of discussions on very present issues experienced by women in the workplace ranging from balancing work and family life to the difficulties of negotiating a raise or promotion as well es providing workshops in which these issues are confronted head on in a practical way.
Upcoming Events such as Future of Work: Work-Life Balance and Opting Out on April 12th, From Corporate Business Consultant to Mompreneur on April 29th, Women & Innovation on May 4th, and Salary Negotiation for Females on June 19th, are open to the public. While the majority of events will be held online due to the ongoing pandemic-based regulations, the club is hoping to establish a hybrid form of event as soon as on-campus presence is possible. These events are open to the public, and the members of WHU Women in Business are ready and willing to welcome you to join! If you are interested in the current situation of female founders in Germany, you can refer to the latest report of the Female Founders Monitor.