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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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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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The fourth aspect why we need women at the top: Role Models!

The fourth aspect why women in leadership are critically important, is the role model function of women at the top. This role modeling matters for everyone, not just for women. If people at the top reflect diversity, then the employees at lower levels of the organization can better imagine themselves expanding their possibilities and visualizing […]

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Authentic at work: rules by Marion Knaths

I’m thinking a lot lately about authenticity at work. It’s the topic for my upcoming talk at a large firm in the south of Germany. I’ll be speaking to a women’s organization within a male-dominated industry. Some women in my audience are young and want to be evaluated on their contributions alone. Others have been […]

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“Gender and Work” class visits the Do-It-Yourself Revolution, Museum of Communication

The Frankfurt Museum of Communication had a special exhibit called the Do-It-Yourself Revolution this winter, ending in February 2012. Our “Work and Gender” class attended one Tuesday afternoon in January to look at the exhibits with special attention to the gendered aspects of unpaid work. Students took special note of the various aspects and wrote […]

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GoBIT’s Successful Presentation, Great Questions from Audience

On February 10, 2011, GoBIT (Gender-orientiertes Berufungs-Informations-Team) presented a one-hour interactive lecture at RWTH Aachen University to an audience of about 100 people. I opened the evening talk by playing the harp, then asking the audience if they were surprised that a professor played harp — they were. I said that often talents are hidden, […]

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Featured Project! Determinants of Gender-Segregation at Universities

German universities are actively implementing many measures to try to create more gender equality (Germany is one of the lowest-ranked university systems in the world when it comes to the equal employment of men and women). The concentration of women in some fields, and men in other fields, should change so that there’s a better […]

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Lena Hünefeld wins first prize, “BKK Hessen Innovation Health” 2010

I’m very proud to announce that my doctoral Candidate, Lena Hünefeld, won first place in the BKK (Betriebskrankenkassen) 2010 Health Innovation Prize Contest for her magister thesis, How societal expectations of masculinity, and masculine gender identity, bias rates of male depression: Interviews with Psychotherapists. Lena Hünefeld completed this research in 2009 and plans to publish […]

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Conference in Antwerp: Challenging inequalities in contemporary societies

I just returned from the 2nd ‘Equal is not enough’ Conference, entitled “Challenging differences and inequalities in contemporary societies”, held in Antwerp (Belgium), 1-3 December 2010. The goal of the conference was to understand “the causes, consequences and underlying dynamics of inequalities,” and how policies help to overcome them. Types of inequality include gender, ethnicity, […]

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Diversity matters for the bottom line

The German Institute for Business Research (DIW) released a Leadership-Monitor in 2010 that revealed little change in the situation of women coming into leadership positions in Germany. In middle- and upper-level management, women still make up only 27% of the leadership circle. Of the 100 largest German firms, 96 are led by men, four by […]

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