In 2017, McKinsey published their latest report “Women matter”, clearly stating that it is time to accelerate gender diversity: “Women continue to make up less than 40 percent of the global labour force, and only 25 percent of management positions globally.“
At HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the initiative Women@HHL decided to challenge this status quo and to push for acceleration. Founded in 2014, the initiative around Michaela Wrede, Anna Frieda Rosin and Anne Bäro (all HHL doctoral students) aims to empower women at HHL and set them up for success.
On a regular basis, Women@HHL organizes events such as workshops, coaching sessions and impulse talks mainly by female representatives from practice (particularly higher management level, entrepreneurship, HR, coaching and science) to foster the members’ individual abilities, e.g. in 2017 Maren Lehky was welcomed on HHL campus and gave a talk about career success strategies. These professional events are complemented by informal get-togethers to strengthen the network character of the initiative.
Women@HHL is kindly supported by the HHL Alumni Association (HHLAA).
“The donation from HHLAA enables Women@HHL to improve the internal set-up and external visibility. Moreover, the initiative gains the opportunity to invite special guests to Leipzig. Through the cooperation with HHLAA, Women@HHL also hopes to build a connection to the strong and well-developed HHL alumni network and to obtain valuable support from its members. As the initiative is planning to establish an advisory board and searches for a patroness, we believe that HHL alumni – both women and men – are the perfect group to address”, says Michaela Wrede.
The next Women@HHL event is coming up on May 22, 2018. Dörte Höppner will talk about “How to attract and retain female talent in private equity?” Please find further information about the event here https://www.hhl.de/en/details/news/womenhhl-a-talk-by-doerte-hoeppner/