Tell us who you are!
I am a curious psychologist, amateur photographer and impatient knitter.
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.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I have worked in the field learning and development for over four years and consider myself still at the start of my career. Currently, I work with Zalando SE and am responsible for people development in Zalando’s operations units, such as Logistics, Content Creation, Payment and Customer Care. Previously, I have worked at KPMG AG Germany and at Aimia Inc in London, UK. I have lived in Germany, the United Kingdom and France and benefit from knowing these different cultural backgrounds.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
I am enthusiastic and passionate about people in the workplace – and loving what you do is always a big plus. My client-centered and results driven approach makes me successful in facing challenges, solving problems and getting things done. I am curious, I voice my opinion, I get to the point and I quickly connect with people.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
What helped: trust, honest feedback and encouragement
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I can offer far reaching and deep going conversations at eye level. I am happy to share my personal experiences, my opinions and values. Also, I am a good listener and like to really get to know someone. In conversations with me, you will feel cared about and taken seriously. You will very likely get nudged to try out something new, to leave your comfort zone, to be brave and to discover what you really want.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
Someone who is curious, open minded and likes to be challenged (because that’s what I like to do). My ideal mentee is willing to reflect upon herself, question the status quo and invest time and energy for her personal growth.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
Unfortunately I do. And we can break it by being persistent and supporting each other to not fall back into traditional roles and behaviours (which, very often, is the more comfortable way).