DIVERSITY DRIVING INNOVATION.

In May we will talk to female entrepreneurs, leaders and founders who are redesigning a new tomorrow. Along this month’s FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will listen to their innovative and visionary voices. 

 

SESSION 1: DIVERSITY DRIVING INNOVATION AND THE POWER OF PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING. IN A CONVERSATION WITH ILKA HORSTMEIER AND TIIJEN ONARAN.

Tijen Onaran is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author and one of Germany's most important opinion leaders when it comes to diversity, visibility and digitalisation. In the first part of the event she will provide us with insightful answers on questions like Why is diversity so important in the business landscape and corporations?, How do business enterprises benefit from a diverse working environment?, Is diversity a driver for innovation and creativity? or What challenges and what opportunities does it bring to corporations? 

Also, she will talk about how businesspeople, especially women, can build-up a solid and helpful network, how to raise awareness online but also offline, and how to build-up a personal brand. Doing so, she refers to her current book “Nur wer sichtbar ist, findet auch statt.“

In part two of this session, we even dive deeper into the topic together with Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources, Labour Relations Director. Tijen Onaran und Ilka Horstmeier discuss the strategy a company should follow to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment, what role networking plays in this and if a wider network the key is to get hired or promoted?

Could corporations become more diverse through good networkers?

 

When: 17 May 2021 at 12:30 pm (CET)

Where: Virtual event live from the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt

Live Stream: Here and on Facebook BMW Welt & Museum

Note: The event will be held in English

 

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May 17, 2021 - May 17, 2021, 12:30 - 13:30 (UTC+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna  

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Ilka Horstmeier is a Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Human Resources, and Labour Relations Director. Following a degree in Business Administration, she started in 1995 at the BMW Group as a trainee and section manager in Human Resources and Organisational Development. Shortly thereafter, she moved to production, where she held various management functions, before becoming Senior Vice President for Production and Planning Engines and E-Powertrain in 2013. In 2018, she became head of the BMW Group Plant in Dingolfing, and since November 2019 she has been the Board Member for Human Resources. Since the beginning of her career, Horstmeier has managed numerous transformation projects and has been focused on the ability to provide operational excellence as well as sustainability. As a "people person", she enjoys the responsibility for the BMW Group’s more than 120,000 associates and their work environment. She actively shapes the transformation and stands for social responsibility due to her firm conviction that "the employees guarantee the success of the BMW 

Tijen Onaran is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author, and one of Germany's most important opinion leaders when it comes to diversity, visibility, and digitalization. Her motto is: No digitalization without diversity! 

Tijen is the founder of Global Digital Women, the leading international consultancy on diversity issues. With Global Digital Women she supports corporations and medium-sized companies in the conception and implementation of events and advises them on all issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equality. Global Digital Women was the first company with a focus on diversity to win the German Excellence Award. With the creation of the Digital Female Leader Award, she established the most important award for the up-and-coming and already recognized female frontrunners of digital industries.  

Manager Magazin ranks her among the top 100 most influential women in German business and the magazine Capital among the top 40 under 40 in business. Most recently, in 2020, she was honored by her hometown of Karlsruhe with the Made in Baden Award, which honors outstanding personalities from the fields of business, media, and culture who have a close relationship with Baden. 

In her books Die Netzwerkbibel and Der Spiegel bestseller Nur wer sichtbar ist, findet auch statt, she shares her knowledge about networking, visibility, and personal branding. She also regularly publishes articles in trade media such as Handelsblatt and Manager Magazin on topics related to entrepreneurship, diversity, and social media. In addition, she has hosted Business Punk magazine's podcast "How to Hack" for more than 100 episodes, in which she talks to opinion leaders such as founders, CEOs, and celebrities about their careers. Tijen Onaran is considered a "digital pioneer" and an "exceptional figure in the German digital scene". The professional networking platform LinkedIn selected her as one of the few worldwide female influencers as well as TOP VOICE 2020 for the DACH region.  

Tijen Onaran is a member of the Board of Trustees for Entrepreneurship at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and is involved as an advisory board member of Youth Against Aids. To support women in founding their own companies, she has initiated a venture capital fund focusing on female founders and regularly invests in start-ups such as Pumpkin Organics, a company specializing in baby food. 

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SESSION 2: FEMALE LEADERSHIP - BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL.

In this session we invite women leaders, managers and entrepreneurs working in the innovation and technology sector to discuss their experiences on how companies could be more inclusive, how to balance out the gap in corporate leadership and why we need more female entrepreneurs.

 

When: 17 May 2021 at 4:00 pm (CET)

Where: Virtual event live from the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt

Live Stream: Here and on Facebook BMW Welt & Museum

Note: The event will be held in English

 

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May 17, 2021 - May 17, 2021, 16:00 - 16:45 (UTC+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna  

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Kenza is Senior Manager for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Deutsche Telekom IT. She was born in Morocco, studied Telecommunications Engineering in Spain. A Master in Project Management followed in Germany, then Chinese as a foreign language in China. She has a track record managing big projects, in Hardware and Software development, ICT outsourcing tenders, agile transformations, or rolling out new network architectures for Deutsche Telekom. In December 2018 Kenza was awarded with the Digital Female Leader Award in the category IT/Tech, and in April 2019 with the Engineer Power Women Award from Deutsche Messe, for her engagement and commitment for more Diversity in the IT and AI world. In August 2020 Kenza published her first Book „Keine Panik, ist nur Technik“ (in German for now), where she explains artificial intelligence to the public and pleads for more diversity in AI development.

 

 

SESSION 3: FEMALE CHANGEMAKERS (RE)PRESENT.

In the last session of this digital event series we want to deep dive into existing projects and visionary ideas.

We invite female founders, opinion leaders and changemakers to present their disruptive projects shaping a more equal, sustainable and digital future. 

We want to hear about their individual entrepreneurial journeys and personal challenges. 

 

How did they overcome roadblocks that many women are facing in the business arena? 

What is their take on empowering fellow women and how do they build pathways for future generations? 

 

In this session we will explore business cases that are challenging existing structures to promote a paradigm shift in economic and social thinking.

 

When: 18 May 2021 at 4:00 pm (CET)

Where: Virtual event live from the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt

Live Stream: Here and on Facebook BMW Welt & Museum

Note: The event will be held in English

 

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May 18, 2021 - May 18, 2021, 16:00 - 16:30 (UTC+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna  

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