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Dr. Mara Hartsperger

"„I have never tried that before so I think I should definitely be able to do that“. - Pippi Longstocking"

Senior Manager Business Development | Baader Bank AG

What means career for you?

Carreer means to me continuous personal growth by taking up new challenges – also out of the own comfort zone.

What inspires you?

That’s quite different. First it’s of course people who make a difference in the world, people with a story, courage and creative and clever minds. Especially, recognizing that others made their way successfully – although they had to struggle with a lot of adversities – opens up new perspectives. Secondly, it’s often the tiny details that are inspiring me. This can be an idea of my children, a great conversation or a good article.

What was your biggest professional challenge and how have you solved it?

I would say the Annapurna Circuit trekking in the Himalaya in Nepal was quite challenging both, physically and mentally.

What is the worst advice someone has ever said to you?

„Holidays are overestimated“. I got this “advice” shortly before I left to my long-planned trekking trip to Nepal.
However, for me holiday is a very inspiring and precious time. Besides charging batteries, one often gets a fresh boost and with some distance it is possible to look at some topics from a different view point.

What importance have career networks for you in your professional career?

Networking is very important to me. With an open exchange at eye level and external impulses it can happen that we think about things for the first time, that we take on different perspectives and thereby find and/or define our own way. In my eyes absolutely necessary for personal growth.

What is the learning or advice you would like to share with other women?

Be authentic and listen to your gut feeling, then everything will work out.
I think the quote of Michelle Obama fits this quite well: „Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.“

What is your proudest achievement (so far)?

My career so far and of course my family.

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