Tell us who you are!
Communication aficionado, food blogger and cookbook author would be an accurate description of myself. Food & Communication is the perfect Combination for me, I would say the two aspects are my biggest passions. I feel extremely lucky to work in a company that offers me the possibility to combine these two things, to work with people who share the same food passion, to be part of an environment which enables me to be courageous, to try new things, to make mistakes and to learn from it.
Originally I’m from Austria, I lived in Vienna for over fifteen years, before moving to Berlin. I completely fall in love with the city, it’s actually the place where I got to know a lot about myself and started to believe in me.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I did my first career steps as a journalist, writing for youth and women magazines, I loved it but decided to dip into the PR sector, which turned out to become a real passion. Within my first job at the medical chamber of Vienna I learned a lot about Communication and politics, I got the chance to develop my own campaigns, one of them even got awarded.
After more than four years I figured out it was time to move on, to learn and try something new, so my next stop brought me to Ernst & Young Austria, where I managed the Communications department for another four years. Working for a multi-international Company was an exciting journey full of fascinating encounters.
At that time I also participated at the MBA program “Communication & leadership” at Quadriga Hochschule in Berlin, which included a mentoring program. This is how I met my future supervisor, who offered me a job at Axel Springer. After finishing the MBA, I moved to Berlin and started as press officer at Axel Springer. But I wasn’t happy there, so I decided to quit the job – and luckily found a company where I feel more at home than anywhere else before. It’s the international premium catering Company Kofler & Kompanie, also organizer of the well-known pop-up dinner experience PRET A DINER. At Kofler & Kompanie I’m responsible for all Communication Activities for the entire group, which includes Markeitng, PR and Social Media.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Strong women supporting each other can achieve everything, we just have to share our talents, our experiences, our knowledge.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
“Be the leader you would like to follow.”
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
Being the person I am today, based on my experiences, my decisions, my environment.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
I was never afraid of making courageous decisions, I just did it – and they turned out well. And also, as a Communication Consultant you shouldn’t be afraid of being an active part in debates, of being honest and saying things people probably don’t want hear. Without these skills, I probably wouldn’t be where I am.
Furthermore, one of the most important experiences was meeting my mentor during the MBA. Talking to an experienced female leader was very helpful, she supported me with getting through difficult situations within my job, simply with sharing some of her own experiences with me.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
A broad professional background in Communications, a huge amount of empathy, curiosity and good listening skills.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
A foodie, passionate about Communications. 😉
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Yes, there is a glass ceiling, we can only break it with being courageous & persistent.