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Diversity and Inclusion: what’s the difference? Why should we care?

A special and unusual event occurred on June 23 in Frankfurt on the rooftop and meeting rooms of the 25 Hours Hotel by Levi’s — yes, the denim jeans company Levi’s helped design the hotel. Thus we all wore jeans and sneakers (well, I didn’t, but that’s more because I don’t wear jeans to give […]

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Creating a Colorful Career: GRADE talk on 7. May 2014

What can you do to make sure your career fits your ideal? There are no guarantees or formulas to follow precisely, but there are some questions you can ask yourself to guide the decisions and options you have along the way. That’s the message I told a group of graduate students at the GRADE Career […]

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Intro to Sociology: Reification, Agency and Structure

I’m teaching the introduction to Sociology at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt, and one of the early concepts that we’re working with is reification. I use this concept early because a lot of the things we will learn in the introduction to Sociology don’t sound very empowering for new sociologists. We learn a lot about structures that […]

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Gardening at (as?) work

Some say raising children is like gardening. Others say tending friendships is like gardening. There are good reasons for these similes. I say that the workplace is like gardening. And here’s why: There are the characters you enjoy: butterflies, good bugs that eat the bad bugs, groundhogs that slurp up slugs so that you can […]

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Four reasons why women are underrepresented as leaders

We know that women are underrepresented in leadership positions. But why? Here are four reasons. Effective solutions need to consider all four aspects. The first barrier is: 1. “The circle of women’s disadvantage” Women are the ones most often and most intensively responsible for caring for their family and children, though this trend is stronger […]

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Family-friendliest supervisor at RWTH: Prof. Dr. Martina Ziefle

On May 16, 2011, my colleague Prof. Dr. Martina Ziefle won the prize “Famos für Familie” for the most family-oriented supervisor at RWTH Aachen University. She was nominated by her doctoral candidates and post-docs. Her team appreciates the flexibility and cooperative nature of combining work and family according to individual needs, the friendliness and openness […]

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