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.

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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?

If you want to get to know more about diversity driving innovation, watch the recording of the three sessions here.

 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Susanne Klingner is a Munich-based journalist with a focus on the intersection of business and gender. In 2008 she co-wrote the book "Wir Alphamädchen“. She hosted the Lila Podcast between 2013 and 2019. In 2015 she was one of the founders of Plan W, a quarterly by Süddeutsche Zeitung for which she was awarded the Ernst Schneider Prize 2016. In 2016/17 she hosted and produced the podcast series „Mind The Gap“ about the gender aspects of money for Audible. She is the founder and managing director of hauseins.

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.

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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.

 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Susanne Klingner is a Munich-based journalist with a focus on the intersection of business and gender. In 2008 she co-wrote the book "Wir Alphamädchen“. She hosted the Lila Podcast between 2013 and 2019. In 2015 she was one of the founders of Plan W, a quarterly by Süddeutsche Zeitung for which she was awarded the Ernst Schneider Prize 2016. In 2016/17 she hosted and produced the podcast series „Mind The Gap“ about the gender aspects of money for Audible. She is the founder and managing director of hauseins.

Dr. Susan Arndt is Professor of Anglophone literatures at the University of Bayreuth. Having studied German and English Studies in Berlin and London, she did her PhD on feminism in Nigerian literature and orature. She was a Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College (Oxford), and held scholarly positions at Humboldt University Berlin, the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies in Berlin, and the University of Frankfurt/Main. Her research expertise in postcoloniality, feminism and intersectionality are mobilized in the disciplinary frame of Transcultural Literary Studies and with emphasis on narrations on migration, diaspora, diversity, futurity critical whiteness, and. resistance.

Karoline is a true mobility enthusiast and loves data-based services. Since her smart data startup Parkpocket was acquired in 2017, she works for Continental. As Head of Digital Product Management, Karoline is responsible for the product management related to the eHorizon services and data monetization. Besides, she is a member of the Central Advisory Board of Commerzbank, deputy chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Zeppelin University and contributes in the Investment Committee of EIT Urban Mobility, a body of the European Union. In both 2018 and 2019, she was nominated as one of the „Top 40 under 40“ by Capital. Additionally, she was nominated as „Thought Leader“ by Handelsblatt and BCG in 2019.

Before Karoline’s startup and corporate career, she worked in academia. Her research focused on open innovation strategies, business model transformation and new digital business models. She published several academic articles and book chapters and spoke on national and international conferences about these topics. Besides, Karoline worked in numerous strategy and innovation projects with global players.

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.

Thomas Sattelberger was a board member of German DAX companies for many years. From 2007 to 2012 he worked for Deutsche Telekom as Chief Human Resources Officer and Labour Director, and from 2003 to 2007 for the automotive supplier Continental. From 1994 Sattelberger was at Lufthansa, from 1999 to 2003 as an operational airline board member. Between 1975 and 1994, he worked in a wide variety of management roles and business areas for what is now the Daimler Group.
He graduated in business administration at University of Siegen. He is a Fellow of the renowned International Academy of Management (IAOM) and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Alliance for SMEs.
Together with the then Acatech President Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, Sattelberger founded the National MINT Forum and was its honorary spokesman for many years until his election to the German Bundestag. Thomas Sattelberger has received various awards, including for the book he co-edited, "Das demokratische Unternehmen. Neue Arbeits- und Führungskulturen im Zeitalter digitaler Wirtschaft" (Management Book of the Year 2015). A Handelsblatt jury named Sattelberger "Reformer of the Year" in 2010. In 2020 the same newspaper wrote: “Thomas Sattelberger has campaigned more vehemently than anyone else in Germany for women in management positions.  And this was already the case at a time when men were still earning the scorn of their colleagues and when the women's quota for management and supervisory boards was often dismissed by critics as the pipe dream of feminists.”

 

 

 

SESSION 3: FEMALE CHANGEMAKERS (RE)PRESENT.

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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.

 

 

OUR EXPERTS AT A GLANCE:

Susanne Klingner is a Munich-based journalist with a focus on the intersection of business and gender. In 2008 she co-wrote the book "Wir Alphamädchen“. She hosted the Lila Podcast between 2013 and 2019. In 2015 she was one of the founders of Plan W, a quarterly by Süddeutsche Zeitung for which she was awarded the Ernst Schneider Prize 2016. In 2016/17 she hosted and produced the podcast series „Mind The Gap“ about the gender aspects of money for Audible. She is the founder and managing director of hauseins.

Lu Li is a serial entrepreneur, occasional business consultant and fledgling angel investor with an international background. 
She is the founder of Blooming Founders, an award-winning company that is working on launching the first online school focused on simplifying online growth for early stage bootstrapping entrepreneurs in Fall 2021. The company also offers an unique internship placement service under the brand Luna Talents, where you get matched with vetted student interns, helping you get support in your business and save thousands in hiring costs. In 2016, Lu published the book Dear Female Founder which contains 66 personal letters of advice written by female entrepreneurs from 20 countries. It is globally available on Amazon and Kindle. In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.

Kristina Lunz is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP). From January 2019 to January 2020 Kristina worked as an advisor to the German Federal Foreign Office where she conceptualised and built the feminist network Unidas initiated by the German Foreig Minister, Heiko Maas. Prior to that, she was the Gender and Coordinations Officer for the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar and NYC, and also worked on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ (WPS) during her time at the NGO Sisma Mujer in Bogotá, Colombia.  Kristina is an award-winning human rights advocate, and currently writing her first book on Feminist Foreign Policy. She was named Forbes 30 under 30 (Europe as well as DACH) and is an Atlantik Brücke Young Leader, Ashoka Fellow, Gates Foundation SDGs Goalkeeper and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. Kristina studied diplomacy, human rights and psychology in Oxford, London and Stanford.

CFFP
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy is a charitable NGO based in London and Berlin, and the world’s first research and advocacy organisation promoting an intersectionally feminist and people-centred approach to foreign policy. Feminist Foreign Policy seeks to rebalance power inequalities which perpetuate systemic violence through capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism. It does so by providing a political framework which is informed by the everyday experiences and needs of people who are affected by the policy decision.