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Katja Franken

"Follow your heart"

Passionate leader & coach |

What means career for you?

Career means life-long personal and professional development, discovering new topics and ways of working, and developing a manner that allows you to stay authentic, to feel a sense of purpose and to work with passion.

What inspires you?

Working together with passionate people who are curious, brave and believe in themselves.

Furthermore my daughter with her unconditional love, her smile and her way to see the world through her eyes keep me going.

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

To cope with the fact that society and business still do not manage to innovate the compatibility of job and family. However I am happy that I believed in myself with great supporters by my side.

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

Hard work pays off. This well-intentioned advice is only partially correct as hard work alone is not enough to be successful. Of course good performance is important, but simultaneously it is as important to have a good network and to make sure that my performance is visible.

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

No matter how good you are at work, without a network it is more difficult to achieve your goal.
I love to connect with inspiring people, to lern from different perspectives and mindsets and getting new impulses.

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

Be yourself and stay authentic.

What do your colleagues or friends say about you, what are you characterized by?

My colleagues and friends describe me as curious, reliable and hands-on. Strong in all communication related aspects and a good listener.

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