Tell us who you are!
Hi everyone! My name is Felix. I am a 31 year-old German, currently working in the wider Cologne area as a Brand Manager for one of Bayer’s Consumer Health brands.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I am in the 6th year of my career as a marketing professional which I started at Procter & Gamble in 2011, before joining Bayer in 2014. I have graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts as a Diplom-Kommunikationswirt with majors in Marketing, Communication Sciences & Business Administration. Furthermore I hold an MBA from BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA which I was able to gain through scholarships of the Federation of German-American Clubs and the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit. My studies also involved a time abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
In my perception Social Capital is all about the idea of reciprocity and what you can gain from it: Whenever humans interact reciprocity is alive. With the idea of Social Capital in mind, you are able to elevate that interaction, be it a random or an intended one, to a higher and more fruitful level – not only for yourself, but also for the larger group around you.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
- Friends, family and colleagues: Work, laugh, debate and argue with them – but most important: Do care for them!
- Hard work: You do not get anything for free! And even if you do, it will not satisfy you! Hence, work for it – no matter what!
- Humor: The most disarming weapon of all!
- Authenticity and empathy: Do not play a role. Be reliable, upright, honest and care for the people around you! Be able to face yourself in the mirror – each and every morning!
- Pragmatism: Makes life easier! Challenge yourself to simplify.
- Education and culture: Keep your eyes open and be up to date about what happens in the world around you! Read a factual and well-researched newspaper regularly.
- Context: Provide and demand context – to and from everyone! Always! No excuses!
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
My aspiration is to both help and guide my mentee as well as to grow personally via the program. The biggest reward would indeed be to look back at one point in time and be able to say: “This mentorship made the difference for both parties involved”
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I am able to offer access to a broad young professional network of different industries and professions, be it healthcare, fast and slow moving consumer goods, aviation, tourism, politics, arts and consulting. Given the fact that graduation from university is just 6 years ago, I am still well aware of the challenges and hurdles that went along with moving from college into professional life. Hence, I guess I can still give quite some valuable insights here 🙂 More important though, I am willing to offer my time as a listener: To me it always made the biggest difference to get an external and unbiased advice when important steps in private or professional life were ahead. While you would expect to have affluent access to any type of advice 24/7 via internet and social media, you soon realize it is the quality that matters.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
In case there is one, let us break it together!