Tell us who you are!
I am Anne, a positive and a little bit crazy female, who advocates for her values in live.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I studies Chemistry and achieved my PHD in physical chemistry at the FSU Jena. During my PHD I had the privilege to work with a research group at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India and joint a lot of conference worldwide. After finishing my PHD I continued working at the University for another year until I decided to go to Industry. I did not end up in a typical chemistry environment, but in a Company with the focus on mechanical engineering. So I am a quite unique species in our company, but fit in perfectly and learned so many new things. I started as development engineer for microfluidics and optical sensors, got the opportunity to become a project manager after a year and I am now responsible for a small team, that is mostly involve in software development, data analysis and optical measurements.
Besides my work I always joint different organizations and groups. I was involved in university politics, the organization of Chemistry related events and talks, mentored girls on their way to a STEM education and work in a group, which support refugees and stands up for political education.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Social Capital mean to me that everyone is a valuable individual, no matter what gender, nationality, color, religion, education, and that we have to find the way to give all these valuable individual a place in our society, let them be part. We will gain so much.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
An open and always reflecting mind, that I have fun 🙂 and that I think of everything as experience and an ongoing process no matter if I just fail or succeed.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
Things that help: Build networks and talking with different people, traveling the world and getting to know different cultures, excepting support (one can make their way alone)
Things that hindered: not believing in yourself
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
I want to encourage young women to belief in their self, help them to deal with the glass ceiling and not to despair on it and hopeful we make it disappear in the near future.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I can offer experience in getting along in a really male dominated environment and how to keep up positive attitude.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
Everyone, who is open minded.
What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
Good conversations with experience exchange and starched self-confidence without taking off.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
🙂 Yes, there is. I don´t thing breaking is the right way: We cannot break it. We have to make it disappear by getting more women to reach for top-career positions without not giving up due to the ceiling and changing the mindset in our society. But not just in men’s heads but especially in women’s, which need to be more confident and support each other much more. We need to show that it is much more valuable to have a gender balance and that there is no valuable difference between man and woman. And we need to get men to support our mission.