Tell us who you are!
The obvious answer would be Sandra, German, 35…but this is probably the most difficult question as it has so many layers. How about you read through my other answers and if you feel that I could be the right mentor for you, we both explore this question in our first session.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I have 15 years experience and a proven track record in the pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods industry in mostly marketing and sales functions, have worked and studied across three continents, held both global and local jobs and managed teams of up to 60 individuals. You can find more detailed information if you’d like here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandrawadepohl/
What makes you successful in life/current job?
First and foremost being true to myself, my values and what I believe in.
Honesty, integrity and a responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions are some of my key values, which means that I always assess whether projects and decisions make sense not only short-term but whether they’re sustainable in the long run – and that I speak up when they don’t. That way, I ensure my voice is being heard and I’m comfortable with the result we achieve and can therefore give a 100% of my passion and energy.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
If I had to attribute my success to one thing and one thing only, I would probably say it’s my ability to assess complex situations quickly and then convincingly present clear solutions. And of course it didn’t hurt that I was never afraid of change but always viewed it as an opportunity to grow.
What held me back at times were self-doubts and self-limiting beliefs and the need for other’s approval – something that I’ll always want to stay mindful of because it’s so easy to slip and give in to negative voices!
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program? & What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I hope to pass on some of my learnings where applicable. But first and foremost I see my role in helping my mentee find her own way to realize her full potential in the area she chooses to by listening, asking the right questions and jointly removing any obstacles step by step.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
The only thing I’d like you to bring is passion. A passion to learn about yourself, grow and develop – even though – or maybe even because – it can be challenging at times.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
When I chose a career in business more years ago than I’d care to admit, my father said “Child, you’ll always to deliver 130% of what your male colleagues deliver”. Back then I thought that this statement was surely outdated and would no longer apply to my generation. And I’ve been fortunate enough to work with great leaders who never made me feel there was any truth to his belief. I have, however, also come across some who (more often than not covertly) doubted my abilities, my determination and the value I could deliver purely because I was a young woman. So I do know that it can be hard to stand up to those negative voices and continue to push through, showing the world you believe in yourself when the world doesn’t seem to believe in you. I believe one step in once and for all breaking this glass ceiling is knowing you’re not alone and for us women to finally build strong and reliable networks that support and push us forward.