Jennifer Grau

Jennifer Grau
  1. Tell us who you are!

    Hello, my name is Jennifer and I am very excited to be part of 1World Social Capital Program. I am originally from Germany but have been living in New York for the past 18 years where I completed my University studies and started my career. I love to travel, just completed my second NYC marathon, and enjoy my life the most when I am spending time with my friends and my dear family.

  2. Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!

    I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to act in various functional roles (Marketing, Finance, Strategy, and Business Development) in the biotech/pharmaceutical/life science industry. I am currently Project Manager at Bayer’s in-house consulting department in which I support Bayer on strategic projects across the value chain. Prior, I was part of the MBA Finance Rotational Program at Merck. I started my career in a start-up biotech company, at which I held multiple roles, most recently Director, Marketing & Strategic Planning. I have a BS, Business Administration & Marketing from Fordham University and a MBA, Strategy & Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

  3. What does “Social Capital” mean to you?

    From my perspective, in today’s world, the most important asset is your professional network. In addition, as a professional today, you need to be able to work in teams and collaborate with colleagues at different levels of the hierarchy. Social capital, for me, combines these elements and defines how well you are able to make connections, establish trust, and ultimately have a social and professional network (of all hierarchy levels) that can support you.

  4. What makes you successful in life/current job?

    In my current role, my team is my biggest asset and I always try to maximize my team in order to achieve the project objective. In my job, I work on short projects and always with different consultants, it is often a challenge to quickly understand the unique value potential of each of my team members. Nonetheless, long-term and sustained success, in my perspective, is not something that I can achieve by myself.

  5. What is/has been your biggest achievement personally?

    Personally, probably singing on the stage of Radio City Music Hall during the graduation of my MBA program – I have terrible stage fright so not fainting on stage was a large achievement for me!

  6. What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?

    I would like my mentee to feel that all doors are open for her as she embarks on the beginning of her career.

  7. Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?

    Absolutely not. As female professionals we certainly have our own challenges and needs – for example, how to best balance family and career – however, companies are becoming more flexible to adapt to our unique needs and this will only enhance how women can contribute value in the workplace.