Tell us who you are!
I am a freelancer now for a couple of years. Initially I started off as a journalist in crossmedia, but expanded my field and expertise in the last years. My topics are New Work, Leadership and the change we are experiencing in the workplace at the moment, triggered by developments like globalization and digitization. While still working as a journalist I am covering my topics in various fields now, like attending events and discuss on panels or give talks at events or in companies. What I do is fueled by my desire to offer my expertise to people and companies in this huge transition.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I studied in Berlin, followed by a “volontariat” (there is no proper term in English for that – it is a special education for journalists here in Germany), where I got educated to be able to work in print, online, radio and tv outlets. A few years ago I co-founded an online magazine, whose topics revolved around women in economy and female careers. This magazine does not exist anymore, but it was the trigger for my major transition that help me grow into so much more than just a writer that describes and analyses what is going on: It helped me to discover my want to offer the expertise I gathered in all those years to accompany the major change in economy and business, what is what I am doing right now. Today, I am a journalist, speaker and consultant.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
I am successful because of two things: Me and the people around me. Every time I stumble I get back on my feet as soon as possible. I try not to be too discouraged by failure – instead I try to find out what I can learn from my stumbling. But I couldn’t do that without the people around me: I have a strong network of people I like and I respect. Whatever I can give, I give – and I also learnt not to be too afraid to ask.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
It is not only one achievement: Looking back it is a succession of experiences and projects that helped me become the person I am today. The secret is to be open for what is to come and to dare to take a risk.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
I was offered so much support throughout my career. I know how important this is and that’s why I would like to give back. Also, I am pretty sure building a relationship to a mentee will be very precious for me as well. I would like to be at your side for a certain stretch of your career and help plant some seeds and see them grow.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I offer everything I have and everything I have received: My expertise in my topics and in the business world, but also my experiences in developing yourself and master transitions in your life. I will not have all the answers – but I will try very hard to put the right questions.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Unfortunately, yes, I believe there is a glass ceiling for female professionals. There a ton of reasons for that, that is why it is so difficult to shatter that ceiling. What we need is baby steps and sisterhood. I am a big ambassador of sisterhood and I strongly believe that supporting each other is what will make us succeed.