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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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Do you want a career in science? Questions to ask yourself

What do you want to do with your life? Is science something you’d like to engage in? What would that involve? On 28. June 2017, the University of Koblenz-Landau’s Women Career Center, Projekt Zugewinn, the Interdisziplinäres Promotionszentrum, and Frauenbüro together with the Gleichstellungsbüro of the Hochschule Koblenz hosted a day-long symposium on Career Pathways in […]

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German Weather Service looks to increase women’s presence in leadership ranks

I had the pleasure of meeting with the leadership of the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday, June 30, 2017 at their Leadership Conference in the impressive headquarters in Offenbach am Main and talk with them about women in leadership. We looked at some of the obstacles are to women’s reaching the upper leadership levels […]

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Your authentic life Post-Postdoc. Questions to ask yourself

What can you do after a Post-Doc? Or after a doctoral degree? Universities and science workplaces speak too little about the many options available after academic work. These places have an interest in keeping their best and brightest to themselves. One can get the impression that the only option is a professorship, leading to great […]

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A place at the table for women in Rhineland-Palatinate

Let’s imagine, you’re a woman responsible for making sure there are more women in leadership positions and decision-making groups: How can you enforce laws requiring women to be hired, without creating backlash, without alienating women who may or may not want these positions? These aren’t easy questions to answer! But we worked on these on […]

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Women in leadership: What should we know? What should we do?

So, you’re a woman in a leadership position: what now? How can you master the delicate position between the expectations for a woman and for leaders? Where did those expectations come from, anyway? What can we do about it? And, what makes women such great leaders? We talked about all that tonight. A unique thing […]

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WORK 2015 Conference in Turku, Finland: Bright August Nights

Thank goodness that talented folks put on stimulating conferences. The Turku, Finland WORK2015 was just such a conference. When I got word in September 2014 that Turku, Finland would be the site for a conference on “New Meanings of Work” in August 2015, I submitted a paper on a topic dear to my heart for the stream […]

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A beautiful life as a (woman) scientist: easier than you’d think!

On July 10, 2015, I met with a fascinating and dynamic group of young women scientists at the University of Siegen. Some were celebrating the conclusion of their mentoring program, and another group was marking the beginning of the journey with their mentors. On this beautiful sunny day, we talked about their ideal futures and […]

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Cross-company mentoring: leaders develop leaders!

On September 23, 2015, I had the privilege of speaking with mentors and mentees of a unique 9-company cross-company mentoring program. Fraport hosted the event in their spacious conference area. The mood was as bright as the flowers given in appreciation (pictured on the cover). My presentation is available here for anyone interested in about […]

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Making the most of the Intercultural Classroom: Bauhaus University Weimar

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has a highly international student population and works actively to offer their teaching staff tools for making the most of the diverse learning environment. I’ve been invited twice to lead workshops on the intercultural classroom, most recently in December 2014 for the Expertenforum VI: „The Intercultural Classroom: From Theory to Practice.“ Gemeinsam wollten wir […]

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