Tell us who you are!
Hello! My name is Birgit Kuschel, originally from Germany. I have a passion for different cultures and i’m a curious business leader, kick boxer and runner. I have lived and worked in France, the Netherlands, Germany and the US and worked for GE and Fortune 1 companies. Women in leadership is a topic that is very close to my heart, which is why I am very excited to be a 1World Mentor. There are many, many inspiring female leaders out there and I have been lucky enough to get to know some of them. I believe in the power of networks and am willing to share mine with you.
I’ve experience in management consulting, business development, talent recruiting, consulting, startup support, automotive, facility and project management, technology sectors at or with organisations in the US and Europe.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I have worked in Sales, Project Management, Talent Recruiting and Business Development in Europe and the USA and consider myself experienced as entrepreneur and manager in different fields. Currently, I’m the CEO of my own company and i conduct trainings and coachingfor development, communication and cross culture trainings, agility process development in medium size businesses in Europe and the US. I worked with and global companies like GE, BASF, SAP, Borg Warner, Ford, Magna, ZF, Brookfield GRS and many more.
What does „ Social Capital“ mean to you?
It means the power that relationships have professionally and socially, on one’s career developments or social standing.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
I am enthusiastic and passionate about people in the workplace. My client-centered and results driven approach makes me successful in facing challenges, solving problems and getting things done. I am curious, I get to the point and i’m result (not problem) orientated. I love entrepreneurial and long-term thinking and have an ability to motivate people and teams. My intercultural understanding, a human centered approach to lead organizations and quickly connect with people is my passion.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
Within one year, I have helped companies, teams and manager in transition, to reach or figure out their goals. I supported them to develop themselves into a really powerful people with high efficiency, strong results, find a way to balance career aspirations, personal growth opportunities and just simply enjoying life in the moment.
We only live once, and we are expected to have long careers as our lives grow longer and longer. So having fun and enjoying what you do is very important to me.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
What has helped me is that I am always open-minded to take on a challenge. Being open, authentic and enthusiastic definitely helped me.
I like to forge positive relationships while helping others.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
Supporting other people with my experience, knowledge and background.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
Support to help solve actual problems, define strategies to achieve a goal, get orientation in times of change or uncertainty, train the ability to effectively market themselves and to see beyond the “challenge” and transform the least performing team, cultivate difficult relationships, negotiate complex situations…
In all of those situations i help to look beyond the negative and focus on what was working in the team, in the business relationship and how they could simplify the conversation and make their goals and ideas happen.
I help them to use their skills and strengths and experience to local or global organisations to maximise their chances of getting a great job.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
Someone who is open for new approaches, ideas, question the status quo and invest time and energy for personal growth.
What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
Willingness to achieve.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Yes, it’s still there. I believe it’s getting better but having worked in different regions in the world, it does vary from country to country. We need determination, creativity, stamina and self-confidence. As much as organizations need to create an environment where upward mobility is encouraged, the responsibility also lies with the individual to challenge, to push and to go for opportunities she feels are part of a fulfilling career.