I am a sociologist, professor, speaker, author, coach, and leader based in Frankfurt. I conduct, review, and apply research and speak about academic careers, gender relations and women in leadership, intergenerational working relations, work and family, and cross-national comparative perspectives.
I arrived in Germany in 2002 from the USA at age 29 with a Ph.D. from Cornell University and didn’t speak German. By age 34, I had a tenured professorship in Germany, and by age 35, I was the first woman in the C-Suite leadership team of a large technical German university. The visibility, research themes, and public appearances since then have launched this business, which runs along side, and complements, my professorship.
I communicate with groups spanning the breadth of adulthood, from thousands of young adult students at my university to senior leaders, primarily in research and the public sector, including heads of research projects and universities. I have a soft spot for early career researchers, and also for my tenured colleagues who benefit from support for the challenges of our many responsibilities.
My strength is to help people connect with values, ideals, and their vision for a better future. I communicate about the big picture, the role of individuals, and how they fit together. When we understand situations, we can use our creativity to change them.
When experiencing my talks, workshops, coaching, or consulting, people consistently tell me that they find new ways of looking at things and new pathways forward. They understand that small changes can have huge effects.