Imagine an event designated to fostering future leadership and empowering women in the workplacethrough knowledge transfer and networking. This yearnet4tec was invited to take part in this progressive event that brings together 60+ leaders from different industries and 40+ presentations and workshops designed to share experiences, shape progress, and encourage action to make a change. Next to the incredible input gathered in the different sessions and the variety of role models introduced, the event had one main purpose: female empowerment & networking.
Women Power at the Hannover Messewith net4tec
At our net4tecbooth we met a multitude of inspiring women who have shared their views and ideas with us. While some of them already have established careers in their chosen fields and can share their view on the difficulties they faced, and the change that is already underway, there were also those that are still aspiring to become leaders in their communities and have fresh ideas that inspire a new generation of leadership, communication and, above all, collaboration.
net4tec pioneers: Julia Eberl Digital Transformation &leadershipund Celine JansonProject Manager at Microsoft Interview with Vanessa Koller Future of Leadership –This is the motto of the 19th WomenPower Career Congress at HANNOVER MESSE.
Interviewed by Vanessa Koller, Communication &PR Digitalisation + Industrie 4.0 @ VDMA and together with the net4tec pioneers; Begonia Merayo, Co–Founder net4tec and Julia Eberl, Global Program Manager @ Microsoft, we discussed aboutwomen’s careers as a business strategy.
“A career does not mean “CxO” or “head of”. A career can be disciplinary but also
professional.We mustwork on rolling out the red carpet for professional careers.”
“Have a clear vision about your life and your professional ambition. Thisis the driver of your pace, the motivator,and the inspiration to overcomeany challenge on your way. And remember, you are not alone on that journey. Choose a strong network, a solid communityof pears empowering and supporting you to reach your goals. With humor, with passion, with results.”
We have made valuable connections that will benefit our network, broaden our community, and strengthen the movement of female empowerment, equality, and support. All our conversations had one major theme: Community. It becomes increasingly clear, that the challenges women are facing in the workplace are being tackled from all angles, but what really matters is to combine these efforts and become stronger as one. It has been truly amazing to connect with all these different characters, from different industries and parts of the world, working toward one goal, sharing their lessons learned and supporting each other’s initiatives through networking and collaboration.
We are hoping to see the fruits of these new connections within our community in the months to come and spark a new flame of change through women power.
Join us at net4tec HEREand rock the STEM world by lifting female careers with the power of the community. #thenewfaceofleadership #togethermatters
Some impressions aboutnet4tec,our premium members pioneerand
ProfDr.–Ing.Birgit Glasmacher@ Leibniz UniversityHanover, Prof. Dr.–Ing.Burghilde Wieneke–Toutaoui, Chair of the Women in Engineering Network, Melanie Löhrhoff HR DirectorITW& Begonia Merayo, Managing Director Why Consult
After HerCareer fell victim to the pandemic last year, the time had finally come on September 16th and 17th. net4tec happily joined the leading fair for female career planning, that opened its doors with more than 230 exhibitors and 450 speakers to support woman’s careers under the motto – “Behind every woman is an army of women hyping her up.”.
For us this was the first opportunity to meet our members, interested parties and partners once again in person after 18 months. We eagerly prepared the fair behind the scenes, to welcome our visitors appropriately at our booth and to go to the next level by launching our PIONEER community of woMen and carry out our strong mission:
“Rock” the STEM world and make it more colorful by lifting female careers and shaping a new face of leadership with the power of community.Realize your full potential
The first in person event from our network was most expected and celebrated with lots of inspiration and full of opportunities. Coincidentally, the fair collided with our usual 60 minute session, which we offer every two weeks from our network for our network. So, we took the chance and started the day with a live broadcast of the session about systemic leadership lead by ourrole modelLinda Oldenburg. Attendees could get the feeling of having been at the fair themselves.
During the fair we met friends, members, companies, and business partners as well as completely new people in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss how we can put our new mission to life with the power of community. Many memories have been created throughout great conversations about:
How we can revolutionize the STEM world
How we can develop a new understanding of leadership
How we can redefine career
How to disrupt the status quo and move forward together
How to build allies with men we need, to bring woman forward.
Besides engaging at our booth, we offered special meetups with our net4tec members:
Belen Romero, (Sustainability & Energy Consultancy, Ambassador net4tec Munich) invited to discuss “How do we bring value to business? A guideline towards sustainable transformation” where she provided practical know-how about sustainability.
Alina Popa, (Global Program Manager – Client Success Strategy @ Pegasystems Inc., Ambassador net4tec Munich) presented “What we can learn from Customer Success and how we can apply this to accelerate our career?” and taught participants about Customer Success / Roles and responsibilities of the Customer Success Manager role in the IT Industry.
Mariya Davydenko (Business Development Director @Ciklum, Ambassador net4tec Stuttgart) talked on the topic “Transformation in automotive, from manufacturer to service provider – a challenge for OEMs, an opportunity for your career”. She lead a discussion about the industry development, career opportunities and required skills.
Begonia Merayo finally enriched the fair with her panel of the Working Moms e.V. and attracted a variety of women and men to our booth.Read onfor her own impressions and personal highlights from net4tec @herCareer onLinkedIn.
Every format engaged more visitors, started cool exchange, and offered great possibilities for fresh networking. All in all, you could feel the indescribable spirit and exciting energy. The overwhelming feedback we received shows that it was a super successful event for visitors and exhibitors alike.
Let’s continue to collaborate and unlock the power of community together –Get Started.
18.05.2021 Open roundtable and networking for German Diversity Day
We are diversity! How does diversity unite us? We are all traveling on our own diversity journey!
To celebrate the 9th diversity Day#DDT21we offered an open round table & networking for our net4tec community. Some of our very own role models, ambassadors, and members shared their inspiring life stories that resonated with each and every one of us in a lot of ways.
Between the speeches, we got to know each other in a more intimate setting via breakout sessions and discussed our different views on diversity with the community. #Community #RoundTable
The virtual space filled quickly with many like-minded people from all corners of the world, like Ukraine, Lebanon, the former Soviet Union, India, Spain, Germany, and so on. Our Moderator Sara Rapsch welcomed all the participants in a bonfire atmosphere and guided us through the entire discussion with great energy and passion. Before we jumped into the first round of stories Begonia Vazquez Merayo the founder ofnet4tecopened the round with her own special story. #Diversity#International
The breakout sessions allowed us to reflect on chances to foster diversity in our everyday life. All participants were able to engage in a safe space with each other and share their diversity stories as well. #OwnYourStory#Reflection
It was great to find so much wisdom and energy throughout this unique evening and a great quote from a speaker – “Diversity means to learn and become a better version of yourself by embracing different perspectives”. Here are some aspects and pieces of this great experience as well as learnings. #Learning
What brings us together
We were all shaped by our upbringing
We experienced exclusion at a point in our life
We learned to be who we really are instead of trying to fit in
We cultivated openness and learned from other’s stories
We Learned to be an ally
What each of us can do tomorrow
Embrace our own identity to be able to embrace diversity
Embrace openness to create an open culture
Stay curious and fail
Be a little uncomfortable
Do not ever stop asking questions
Show that you care and be interested
Invite and appreciate different opinions
No need to agree with every story but accept
Build bridges to different backgrounds
Find commonalities then look at differences
Find more allies
Teach children early with classes in school
Raise awareness and foster diversity everywhere
Balance female and male power
Think out of the box
Authenticity is the key to everything
All the stories during the round table have been so compelling and inspiring. To tell these in detail, however, would go beyond the scope of the article. Nonetheless, those who could not be there have a glimpse into the lives of our moderator and the speakers.
Sara Rapsch – Career Programs & Talent development Lead EU Business School | net4tec Community Champion She came to Germany from Spain at the age of 7, barely knew the language, and experienced exclusion immediately. Often, she felt that she had to adapt instead of being able to live her whole being.
Begonia Vazquez Merayo– Managing Director WhyConsult _ Power of Diversity | Founder net4tec Diversity means identity. Born in Spain, she spent many years there before she studied in France and started an international career. During her professional life, she had the opportunity to live in different countries and continents leading truly diverse teams. Diversity is like water for the fish for her. Reflecting on many situations in her life like having children, being a working mom, and leaving the industry brought her to her mission “Unlock the power of diversity”. That is why net4tec is here now and generates options that make careers.
Mariya Davydenko– Business Development Director Ciklum Mariya is from Ukraine, studied and lived in Germany and China, and speaks 6 languages. For a long time, she has worked as a female in a male-dominated world, especially in transformation and digitalization. Passionate about entrepreneurship she brings business ideas to life. It was interesting to hear how she once hired a team while focusing mainly on necessary skills instead of background or origin. It turned out to be the strongest team in the company thanks to members across different age groups and cultures. She always thinks about how we can achieve diversity in each and every company. Believing in equal opportunity, she is convinced that a balanced diversity contributes to the best performance.
Pavlo StrobljaFounder Queermentor gGmbH | Coach | Mentor | LGBTIQ | Empowerment Come as you are – Being different is not a weakness, it is a strength. Pavlo gave some insight into his difficult upbringing in the former Soviet Union where he had some hurtful experiences. Later he moved to Germany to study where he finally felt empowered enough and secure to take a chance for his coming out. It was the best feeling not to hide his sexual orientation anymore.#LGBTIQ Pavlo learned to speak up for himself and not be a people pleaser nor look for recognition from other people but himself. After developing personally and consciously reinventing himself he is now helping others who struggle with their background. As the founder of a digital platform for mentors (Queermentor) he offers training as well as empowerment, gives people opportunities and matches them with mentors from different industries and cultures. People find others to talk to and learn to master that it is ok the way you are.
Nimmy Nemlin IT Product Owner at BMW Group Step out of your comfort zone and do not be afraid of failure are Nimby’s takes on diversity. As a female, she always navigated in a man’s world. Coming from India, which is a truly diverse place already, she moved within the country to study and continued later in Germany. Learning about different cultures even in her own country helped her a lot. She recommends not to stay in your comfort zone too much in a homogeneous group but try to think out of the box, exchange ideas with different people and foster a holistic diversity approach. It is never too early i.e., with children nor too late to raise awareness of diversity. The more diverse your network is, the more you will be heard and seen.
Rana EstephaneEMEA Modern Work Technical Delivery Manager Microsoft, Digital Transformation enabler | Team empowerment and career coaching | Advocate for Diversity & Inclusion Rana introduced herself to the group in a completely new way by verbally describing that she was sitting in her home office and describing her clothes as well as her appearance in detail, in order to be inclusive for all areas of diversity. She is originally from Lebanon, and even as a teenager, diversity was evident in her DNA while playing and communicating with all sorts of friends whether Christians, Muslims, or Jews. Despite many obstacles, she fulfilled her dreams of studying at a private university and earning a System Engineering degree and even moved to Italy. Today she is promoting and celebrating diversity as a technical delivery manager at Microsoft. She believes in being yourself, learning more about others, understanding that everyone is unique and accepting differences. Her main commitment is on gender diversity followed by building experiences that are accessible to all while inclusion is complementary.
Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher Head of Group Legal Bombardier Transportation | Of Counsel | Board Member| Lecturer | Speaker | As a lawyer, Alexander is passionate about legal topics. He picked up on the quote “Diversity is invited to the party and inclusion is being asked to dance” and shared a nice diversity experience involving dancing he had during his studies in Berlin. During his childhood, his parents taught him already that people are different and have beliefs and reasons for decisions and behaviors which do not necessarily correspond with his ideas. Even though one does not agree you should accept that people have different opinions. Fascinated about D&I he shared his thinking about how one becomes curious. He believes that these days schools are missing classes that teach children how to become curious, open-minded, and tolerant. Today he is focusing on gender diversity, empowering working moms, and using his voice to mentor others and promoting female colleagues.
Prof. Dr. Eleonore Soei-Winkels – SocialProfessor – Founder & CEO | Professor FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management Eleonore shared an interesting diversity approach by looking just at the brain. When you are looking into the brain you do not see who they are. The brains just look the same. Why are people looking at the differences when the main instrument is the brain? The brain is changing constantly with every experience we are having. Neurons try to find new ways. If the brain can change then people are able to change as well. Sameness bores the brain. Expose it to something different and give the brain lots of stimulus like people or teams need to be on the rimes of their comfort zone. Eleonore shared many examples from her teaching experience as well as how she is learning from her students. She always tries to do new things because you will learn something from everything if you are ready to reflect. Different orientations – Different cultures – Being different is the superpower.
Our stories unite us all. Reach out to the individual speakers if you would like to know more or joinnet4tecand become a member of this community. You are welcome to attend one of our networking events and experience the great atmosphere yourself. Share your very own story next time because your stories made you who you are today.
Covid19 hit us all abruptly. When faced with sudden changes or difficult situations, everyone reacts in an individual way depending on their resilience. But what is #Resilience? Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly or bounce back into shape as soon as possible from such a situation.
Nanna Rüster, senior executive coach for ‚leadership in transformation‘ and partner at Upgrade an organizational development consultant team, guided us through the topic of resilience by taking a different #Perspective and encouraging participants to share feelings as well as experiences on the subject interactively. Attendees state ranged from “energized”, “relaxed” over “roller coaster”, “unbalanced” and “stress”.
Several practical tips have been shared on how to navigate through the next coming weeks after the seven essential dimensions of resilience have been introduced.
accept the crisis
Orientate towards the solution
Leave the role of victim
Take responsibility for your own life
Build new networks
Plan and shape the future
The key for everything is to create your own #Strategy. A short excurse to the four personality types and the Maslow’s pyramid showed how people are triggered differently and hence behave differently in a crisis. #Personality, your own experiences, and needs should be considered to find your own way.
To define their own new strategy participants were then asked to elaborate on questions like
“In what kind of condition, you want to reach the end of the year?”,
“What will your friends and colleagues say about you when they look back?”
“What do you have to do to have a particularly good celebration at the end of the year?”.
Simple tricks can be implemented to build up energy while working on four major fields for resilience – Mind – Body – Soul – Heart. Some of them will be shared here as well.
Start with your mind. Step back and look at yourself, observe how you are thinking and talking about the situation as well as yourself. Identify where you need more energy.
Write about your current feelings and the situation
Change your attitude while moving it away in your language
Reframe your language and your thinking
Create a new reality for yourself
Focus on positive aspects
Heart stands for what is feeding you and when do you feel emotional alive.
Make an altar and collect symbols for losses, failures, and unrealizable plans for this year
Build another altar with symbols to look forward to
Analyze your contacts and give them an energy index
Give and take with empathy
Allow sleep, food, sun, love, and exercise for your body and trust your body. Exercise for instance like:
Sit up right with feet on the ground
Feel your breathing
Feel your gravity
Use your space
Knock or drum your body
Soul can be everything and is very special as well as personal. Look for things that make you feel alive. Find your own way. Everything is part of being resilient or alive like:
Feel your senses
Cook a dish
Get on a swing
Read a book
Key take away
Shape your own strategy in sync with your personality along mind, heart, body, and soul
MIND – observe yourself from a distance and create a new reality
HEART – check for energy sources and collect items to grieve and look forward to
BODY – balance food, sun, movement, love and sleep carefully
SOUL – find fulfilling events and activities and enjoy
It is been seven weeks now that net4tec introduced a weekly virtual morning session. After the basics of #PersonalBranding were presented in the #4 session, this week’s session immersed in creating content and how to attract interaction with the audience. #ContentMarketing
Dr. Irene Kilubi, our net4tec role model, Founder & Managing Director at brandPreneurs & brandFluencers invited everybody on a journey to create a successful content marketing strategy while showing how good content has to look like and how the needs of the target group can be met with unique and amazing #content. Everybody had a chance to choose the media to start best with as well as formats and types to use.
In a short mentimeter survey everyone had to chance to assess what kind of social media type they are and which type they wanted to be in the near future.
While the majority stated as participant or curator, everyone was highly interested in becoming a creatorand generating more content. These 6 different social media types were available to choose from:
Ghost: Makes a profile, but never o rarely checks in
Participant: Avid supporter, liking and commenting on other people’s content frequently
Observer: Occasionally scrolls trough the feed, no original content
Curator: Strategically crafting comments and network
Salesman: Only interested in cold messaging for sales
Creator: Strategically writing content and engaging with
If you want to turn from a ghost or any other type to a content creator #JustdoIt. Even if you might think you are not good enough in the beginning, free yourself from what others think and throw your fear overboard. #TrySomethingNew.
Although there is a wide spectrum of content media the session concentrated on written content only like blogpost, reports, articles, case studies, infographics, emails, whitepapers, surveys, e-books and more.
The golden rule? When creating content choose a channel first, define the target groups and start with what you feel most comfortable with (i.e video or blogpost).
People want to be up to date and talk to their colleagues about the latest industry trends.
They love statistics and figures or look for things to overcome challenges.
Start for instance with a “How to” article, explore on hacks or write about industry trends to help professionals to improve in their roles like “5 ways on how to increase productivity” or “8 things you should not do when you start a new job”.
Structure your content well and engage with your audience though infographic and listicles, combine a short survey with a gift, add a call to action (i.e. to request feedback) and/or use tagging wisely.
If you’re missing information from existing content, add your point or perspective as a comment.
As soon as you put yourself out there and start posting and commenting you are a content creator. During the session 4 different types of articles and posts have been discussed to support participants.
#Information help to make people to take new or better decisions
#Education help people acquire new skills or enhance their capabilities
#Inspire help people believe in themselves and try new things, motivating people
#Entertainment that attracts people’s attentions and engage their emotions
Exercise & Call to action
The session was finally closed with a call to action asking participants to write a post about the session to even get valuable feedback from our #contentqueen Dr. Irene Kilubi.