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Frauen erschließen an der Mannheim Business School ihr volles Potenzial als Führungspersönlichkeiten. Voller Entschlossenheit und mit einer Management-Weiterbildung auf Weltklasse-Niveau im Rücken nehmen sie ihre Karriereziele in Angriff. Mit einer Reihe an Veranstaltungen und Angeboten exklusiv für Frauen setzt sich die Mannheim Business School dafür ein, die Zahl der Frauen programmübergreifend weiter zu steigern. Weitere Informationen auf dieser Seite und in unserer Broschüre "Women @ MBS".

Aktuelles Angebot (in englischer Sprache)

My Vision - My Career - My Life

Sustainable and Successful Career Planning for Women

This workshop exclusively for women is designed to help women reflect individual career and life goals, develop a motivating career vision, and generate a step-by-step plan to achieve the desired career development. The workshop will use creative and unusual techniques to foster honest and deep self-reflection, peer-to-peer coaching, and networking strategies to find supporters along the career path.

Der Workshop mit Stefanie Voss findet am 5. Juli 2018, von 9-18 Uhr statt.

Die Teilnehmerinnenzahl ist begrenzt. Bewerben Sie sich jetzt für Ihre Teilnahme - ist Ihre Bewerbung erfolgreich, nehmen Sie kostenlos am Workshop teil. 

Für weiterführende Informationen und Ihre Bewerbung wenden Sie sich bitte an Jens Aedtner, aedtner@mannheim-business-school.com, +49 (0)621 181-1425

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Angebote und Veranstaltungen für Frauen an der Mannheim Business School

MBS Stipendium "Women in Business"

Für alle Programme an der Mannheim Business School gibt es spezielle Stipendien für Frauen. Bewerberinnen, die uns mit ihren akademischen Leistungen, ihrem beruflichen Werdegang und/oder ihrem gesellschaftlichen Engagement überzeugen, können sich für diese Stipendien bewerben. Damit unterstreichen wir unser Bestreben, Frauen in Führungspositionen zu fördern.

Vital Voices Mentoring Walk

Der "Vital Voices Mentoring Walk" findet jedes Jahr an mehr als 150 Orten weltweit statt. Bei einem Spaziergang über den Campus tauschen sich erfahrene Mentorinnen und junge Frauen, die Führungspositionen anstreben, über Herausforderungen und Erfolgserlebnisse im Beruf aus. Inspirierende Vorträge und Möglichkeiten, sich mit Gleichgesinnten zu vernetzen, ergänzen das Event.

Workshop nur für Frauen bei den Personal Development Days

Zweimal im Jahr haben Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer sowie Absolventinnen und Absolventen unserer Executive-MBA-Programme die Möglichkeit, an den Personal Development Days teilzunehmen. In Workshops und Seminaren setzen sie sich mit aktuellen Themen auseinander, die Themen reichen dabei von Design Thinking bis Personal Branding. Ein Workshop wird dabei jedes Mal exklusiv für Frauen angeboten, diesmal zum Beispiel "How extraordinary women communicate".

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I knew I wanted to do an MBA for a long time, and Mannheim for me was more than a top business school in Europe, it was an opportunity to learn from a new culture, a new language and to be exposed to one of Europe’s strongest and most diverse economies. MBS has also a broad network of innovative and established companies and the program includes the chance to be exposed and work for these companies for the final Business Master Project.

Eilyn Meneses Villabona, New Business Development Manager, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Mannheim MBA Class of 2014

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Why did you decide to do an MBA? Why did you choose the Mannheim Full-Time MBA?

I have a technical background and I wanted to improve my ability to properly manage projects and drive innovation. I knew I wanted to do an MBA for a long time, and Mannheim for me was more than a top business school in Europe – it was an opportunity to learn a new culture and language, and to be exposed to one of Europe’s strongest and most diverse economies. MBS also has a broad network of innovative and established companies, and the program includes the opportunity to be exposed to and work for these companies for the final Business Master Project.

What difference has the Mannheim MBA made to your career? How do the tools and know-how you gained help you in your daily work?

The Mannheim Full-Time MBA gave me the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds, nationalities and styles, which not only allowed me to grow from the international experience, but also to learn from the different management styles. I feel I now have the tools to better manage projects and people, and I have learned to communicate more effectively with my colleagues. I also learned many tools for strategy and innovation management that I use in my everyday work, and I love to go back to my folders and read my notes from my year in Mannheim. It was an entire year dedicated to both personal and professional growth, and I loved it.

Which were your most significant experiences of the program? What was your personal highlight?

Before joining MBS, I thought I had international experience, having worked in an international and multicultural company… I could not have been more wrong. Working in another country with 23 nationalities, diverse group assignments, and a broad spectrum of personalities every day obliges you to jump out of your comfort zone and develop the empathy and the understanding you need to communicate better and to build strong working relationships with others. On the personal side, I gained friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life and learned to become a more understanding individual.

“The group work equips you for work in the real world, where one very rarely works individually. The Social Sustainability Project and Business Master Project were the most significant experiences for me. The satisfaction of seeing the final outcome was immense. The journey of refinement, trial and error, group dynamics, and simply learning together was what made my MBA experience worth it.”

Bharati Malar Periasamy, CRM Executive, Aston Martin Lagonda of Europe GmbH, Mannheim MBA Class of 2016

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Why did you decide to do an MBA? Why did you choose the Mannheim Full-Time MBA?

I had been working in market research for five and a half years when I realized that I wanted to be more involved in the “next stages” of what I was doing, i.e., marketing. Research showed that marketing is highly competitive and experience is practically a prerequisite, but, as I did not want to start from scratch and lose more than five years’ work experience, I decided to do an MBA.

I had already learned German years ago and figured that doing an MBA and working in Germany could be a possible option for me. The bonus was that I could keep in touch with the language – I was rapidly losing fluency in it without the opportunity for practice.

I began to research business schools in Germany and MBS was top of all the lists in rankings. Then I found a personal contact who was an MBS alumnus and picked his brain. Once satisfied with my research, I never looked back. In fact, I waited an extra year, just so I could go to MBS.

What difference has the Mannheim MBA made to your career? How do the tools and know-how you gained help you in your daily work?

Before joining, I was a little apprehensive of the master thesis being a group project. I can say with certainty now that it makes complete sense. All that group work throughout the year equips you for work in the real world, where one very rarely works individually. Being dependent on others for an important goal pushes one to motivate and bolster the team, and not to work in silos, because, at the end of the day, their work also reflects on you.

While I certainly do not apply all the numerous tools, models, and case-study lessons on a daily basis at work (that is not how they are meant to be applied anyway), it is always a nice moment when I can draw the link between a topic being discussed at work and an MBA tool that applies to the situation. It usually brings a different perspective to the table.

Which were your most significant experiences of the program? What was your personal highlight?

The Social Sustainability Project and Business Master Project were the most significant experiences for me. The satisfaction of seeing the final outcome (even just on a PowerPoint presentation) is immense, especially knowing that everything started off with hasty scribbles on flipcharts and whiteboards, unstructured and messy, but never lacking in enthusiasm or absolute confidence! The journey of refinement, trial and error, group dynamics, and simply learning together was what made my MBA experience worth it.

In my opinion, the best thing the MBA equipped me for was working with different cultures and nationalities. For someone who did not have much global experience, it was at first unnerving to be thrust into a multinational team and to gauge how to best proceed to ensure we got to our goal and best utilized our strengths. With each assigned team, it was a different process of finding the right balance. That is something that can only be experienced, and I cannot think of any other opportunity I could have had in my life where I could interact intensely with that many different nationalities.

“Go ahead! It is fun; it is enriching; it takes you out of your comfort zone. You get to know great people and experience a very intense team spirit that is otherwise difficult to find. You will come out better prepared for your working life – and everything else too. In the program, with my classmates, there is no discrimination of any type: we are people who manage to have fun whatever our cultural background, religion or gender may be. We live and experience diversity at its best!”

Marina Safont Sempere, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018

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What is your main motivation for an EMBA program?

I am a scientist and I have been working in science for a very long time (six years on the job and four years on my Ph.D.). When I started working after my Ph.D., I realized that my ability to make decisions in a corporate environment was limited due to my lack of business know-how. The question that repeatedly comes up whenever there is a new invention is: Is it economically viable? I realized that great technology without a good business plan, good marketing, the right customer orientation, and the right contacts cannot be successful.

For me as a scientist, the MBA program was a great opportunity to broaden my skillset and get a broad overview of all the important aspects of business and the most relevant issues in leadership management. I wanted to achieve a better understanding of all that is required to make a company work, and to differentiate myself from the many people around me by enhancing my profile in this direction.

Has it met your expectations so far? Has it already had an impact on your daily work and career?

So far, I have found the program to be very enriching. I am really quickly getting an overview of many important aspects of business and leadership that I can directly apply in my working environment. I wanted to prepare myself for the next step in my career: to move into a more business-oriented position. In fact, during my MBA I had the opportunity to change from R & D to product management and new business development in the inorganics division within BASF, and the MBA was a clear enabler for me to be able to take this step and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

Now I really enjoy my new job, getting to experience what I learn in class and being able to add some value to my unit by applying what I am learning. My new job is fun and I feel really fulfilled being able to contribute with my new skills. It is also exciting to learn and live what daily business means, the contact with customers, and marketing in the various regions. Without the MBA, I probably would not have got this position so fast. It has so far already proven to be worth it.

How do you manage to juggle your job, the study workload, and private life?

I have no kids, so one of things that motivate me is to see my colleagues with kids and high-responsibility jobs, and realize how well they manage. They are an inspiration to me. I guess everyone getting into such a program is ready to sacrifice their free time and put in a lot of effort to progress. It is hard to spend weekends and evenings after work reading, preparing assignments, and making calls to coordinate the different tasks with your team. But it is also gratifying to see how things progress and that we deliver good work in our teams.

The most difficult part for me is being able to disconnect: I ALWAYS have something to do – work, class, social life! So my stress level sometimes goes through the roof. But this is also part of learning, being able to multitask, deliver and be efficient, and being able to have fun between one thing and another.

What advice would you give other women thinking of doing an EMBA?

Go ahead! It is fun; it is enriching; it takes you out of your comfort zone. You get to know great people and experience a very intense team spirit that is otherwise difficult to find. You will come out better prepared for your working life – and everything else too. I guess I would say the same to a guy if he were to ask me. In the program, with my classmates, there is no discrimination of any type: we are people who manage to have fun whatever our cultural background, religion or gender may be. We live and experience diversity at its best!

"Do not hesitate. Trust in your capabilities and go for this unique opportunity in your career. The EMBA can help you boost your management skills and bring you to the next level of leadership capabilities. It lasts only 18 months but is an experience that will change your life." 

Daniela Krämer-Keck, Mannheim EMBA Class of 2017

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With her job as European Project Director at a global player and mother of a small child, Daniela is a role-model for women in our EMBA programs. We have asked her about her experiences and what advice she would give to other women thinking of doing an EMBA.

What is your main motivation to do an EMBA program?

My motivation to participate in the Mannheim EMBA comes from the wish to broaden my horizons to a more global management and leadership perspective. Being someone who enjoys speaking foreign languages and has lived and worked in several countries, there is nothing more inspiring than extending my international network with management peers from other continents and companies that work with the same ambition and passion in their field of activities as I do.

The high percentage of international participants and the three global study trips to France, the USA and China clearly differentiate the Mannheim EMBA from other programs. Furthermore, the special combination of this EMBA program with international best-in-class teaching accompanied by high-level managerial discussions in groups, individual coaching and pragmatic “down-to-earth” cases from all industry sectors is perfect for me to question my established problem-solving methods and ways of thinking up till now.

Does it meet your expectations so far?

I feel like I’m having one of the best times of my life. It is stressful, yes, but in a very positive sense. Every EMBA week brings with it new food for thought. I will mention but a few of the program highlights for me. Firstly, the international study trips to Georgetown University in the US and Tongji University in China were unforgettable in many different ways – both trips were truly enriching intercultural experiences and opportunities for great academic knowledge transfer in the fields of international economics and politics, and international institutions.

Secondly, I am really happy to have met all these very different management peers in my class – we were a truly exotic and very mixed group in our “multi-competence team”. Looking back, I will probably never in my whole career have such a diverse and international team again, so the group work with all the opportunities and challenges was a great group management experiment for me.

Thirdly, I have learned a lot about myself. Having all the different workshops and leadership sessions (including the military leadership class at St. Cyr) to reflect on my own behavior and observe and influence other student’s behavior was very helpful to me, and I can definitely say that I have learned more about my “unknown unknowns” in terms of my personality, which will subsequently make me a better leader.

How do you manage to juggle your job, study workload, and private life?

Doing the EMBA studies now, at the age of 36, while being a mother of a small child and working at a global player as European Project Director with full responsibility for international pricing and organizational development projects, I am in a very intense, exciting and special situation. A lot of people around me asked me if I was sure I could combine all these things, and some of them did not understand the choices I made. And consequently I too was not even sure whether I could master the triple workload before the EMBA started. But now, it feels like I’m having one of the best times of my life and I have no regrets.

I clearly need to say that I am very happy to have had enough faith in my capabilities and ambitions to go for the program – despite others’ doubts. Yes, the triple workload is sometimes stressful, but most of the time it gives me back much more energy than it takes: the unique opportunity to constantly learn new things, adapt myself to new environments, and experience new projects, people and ideas turned out to be a precious source of energy.

I will not hide the fact that the EMBA requires a huge amount of self-discipline and also excellent self-organization. Doing the EMBA on top of my current workload taught me to stay as concentrated and focused as possible in my previously set time limits, regardless of whether this involved reading the preparation material, writing an individual assignment, or preparing the group work. Indeed, my time management has developed even more throughout the EMBA program, as I was forced to set myself clear “frames” within which I had to work for all the activities during the week. Since the results both of my studies and at work are very positive, I am happy with this personal improvement in setting priorities.

In addition, there are two important aspects that I could luckily rely on during the studies: first, the full commitment and support of my husband – he took care of our daughter while I studied and took over even more tasks in our daily “family jobs”; and secondly, my boss and work environment also fully supported my studies and acknowledged my bigger workload and requirement for more days out of the office in my project schedule. Both gave me the possibility to make the most of the EMBA program and to fully concentrate on my studies.

What advice would you give other women thinking of doing an EMBA?

Do not hesitate. Trust in your capabilities and go for this unique opportunity in your career. The EMBA can help you boost your management skills and bring you to the next level of leadership capabilities. It lasts only 18 months but is an experience that will change your life – showing your true ambition and motivation in your business environment is one of the strongest signals that you can send out (especially as a business woman).

Once the application decision has been made and you have been admitted to the program, do everything you can to organize and manage your support beforehand, and to make sure that your “inner circle” (friends, spouse, parents, work colleagues, and boss) helps you to integrate the program schedule with your other duties at work and at home.

“Now that almost half the program is over, I can say that I will leave with more than just a toolbox for my business. The professors are excellent at giving insights that are applicable to real life. Every time a module ends I am energetic rather than exhausted, as I am super keen to apply what I have just learnt to my job.”

Carolin Kutzera, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2018

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With her job as creative director of a medium-sized business, Carolin is a role-model for women in our EMBA programs. She joined the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA program last October. We have asked her if the program has met her expectations so far and how she manages to balance the workload of the program, the demands of her job and her private life.

1. What is your main motivation for an EMBA program?

As creative director, my background is rather artistic. Currently, since I am moving to a higher position in my company, I want to boost my business-oriented competences along with my leadership skills. 

2. Does it meet your expectations so far?

It absolutely does. Now that almost half the program is over, I can say that I will leave with more than just a toolbox for my business. The professors are excellent at giving insights that are applicable to real life. Many assignments actually involve your own company. My study peers from the various industries help me consider things from a different perspective. There is a lot of mutual respect and exchange, and real team spirit!

3. How do you manage to juggle your job, the study workload, and private life?

Well, it is tough but possible. Some decisions at work need to happen much faster. The study part is actually a very positive additional workload. Every time a module ends I am energetic rather than exhausted, as I am super keen to apply what I have just learnt to my job. To charge my batteries, I give myself short but clear breaks where I literally go offline. This helps me free my mind and get back on track very fast.

4. What advice would you give other women thinking of doing an EMBA?

Do not find excuses to postpone your dream. Just go for it and challenge yourself. It is a great, intense journey together with a truly diverse and inspiring group of people willing to grow with you. You will not regret it! 

If you want to join one of our EMBA classes, we strongly encourage you to get in contact with us. MBS also offers special scholarships for women in business. Find out more about them here.

The excellent reputation of the Mannheim Business School and the opportunity to learn, to collaborate, to exchange ideas and above all get inspired by the passionate, smart and bright minds of my fellow classmates made me opt for Mannheim and the Part-Time MBA. I have gained much more than a certificate: a network of friends, new inspirations, new knowledge and especially lots of great experiences I wouldn’t like to miss.

Nicole Martens, Senior Manager Demand Planning Western Europe Adidas AG, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2016

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Furthermore, the Mannheim Part-Time MBA offers a convenient curriculum that enables you to focus on your work and your studies at the same time. The periods spent in Mannheim and at partner universities abroad ensure an intensive learning period as well as great fun, as all the participants dedicate these time periods to the MBA.

Above all, it’s the select participants with all their different backgrounds, industries and working styles that really make the difference between doing an MBA just for your CV and experiencing the Mannheim MBA. Looking back, I have gained much more than a certificate: a network of friends, new inspirations, new knowledge and especially lots of great experiences I wouldn’t like to miss.

“Completing the Mannheim MBA has been a great journey. Would I do it again? I sure would. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and work with fellow participants from so many diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Many were and will continue to be a great source of inspiration for me in business and private matters. I am leaving the Mannheim MBA thus not only with new skills but also with friendships that will last.”

Kati Boeckenhauer, Senior Manager Corporate Strategy & Investment BRITA GmbH, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2016

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I only had a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration. Doing an MBA was therefore a necessity in order to get ahead in my career. Moreover, after working for 6 years, I also felt the urge to go back to school – not just to learn new skills and refresh old knowledge, but also to get in touch with peers who are at the same point in their life. 

One thing was clear from the very beginning: a full-time MBA was not an option for me. I was looking for part-time programs that would allow me to continue with my career. Mannheim was an obvious choice because it offers one of the best-ranked MBAs in Europe and is the No. 1 business school in Germany. I also liked the modular format of the program. I find it much more time efficient and effective than weekend programs.

The MBA already made a big difference in my career: one year into the program, I got a promotion. Getting promoted to Head of Corporate Strategy & Investment at BRITA Group, the leading water filtration company in the consumer segment, has been and still is a big step forward for me. What greatly helped me face this challenge, especially with regards to building up my own team and suddenly having managerial responsibility, were the many leadership courses during the MBA program and the way we continuously worked on our personal development.

Being exposed to such a diversity of personalities and working styles was not always easy, but it certainly brought us all a major step forward. That meant for example finding a professional way of dealing with people that you just cannot work with by valuing their strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses.

One of my personal highlights was our residency in Atlanta. The leadership and organizational change module was outstanding. Having the chance to experience the flair of another world-renowned business school was unforgettable. Furthermore, networking with so many international young talents that inspire each other personally and professionally is a really unique experience.

Completing the Mannheim MBA has been a great journey. Would I do it again? I sure would. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and work with fellow participants from so many diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Many were and will continue to be a great source of inspiration for me in business and private matters. I am leaving the Mannheim MBA thus not only with new skills but also with friendships that will last.

“The academic and administrative teams in China and Germany have tailored this EMBA to not only provide excellent academic knowledge, but also to create an exciting learning atmosphere in the spirit of intercultural exchange.”

Talke Schaffrannek, Director Applied Sustainability, BASF SE, MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA Class of 2012

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I had been working in my company for over eight years and felt that it would be good to learn something new again – also on the academic level. I wanted to learn from people, from other countries and industries, but at the same time I did not want to quit my job for a whole year.

When I heard about the MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA, I was on a four year delegation in Shanghai. The MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA offered the ideal combination of the Sino-German context together with a modular setup. It is very unique and very flexible: I was pregnant with my son during the first module. This modularity allowed for a stretched program!

Even though I had lived in different countries before, the EMBA provided me with very special intercultural experiences, for example in the group sessions working on case studies and during the whole program. The EMBA program brought me back into a new learning modus, which still carries on after graduating with the great offers in the alumni program.

"There is a certain time in life when you have the feeling that you need a new perspective. I was interested to learn more about China, about people and their ways of doing business. The MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA was a brand-new program offered by the Mannheim Business School that fully fitted my interests. The ROI of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA in terms of personal and career development turned out to be beyond my expectations."

Laura Hausmanns, Managing Director, GELITA MEDICAL GmbH, MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA Class of 2011

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After my engineering studies I spent several years working in different fields: production, product management, sales and branch manager. My network was limited to one industry and located in Europe. My intention was to leverage and expand my international knowledge and to build up a supportive global network. China was and is economically a very exiting country. I was interested to learn more about China, about people and their ways of doing business. MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA was a brand-new program offered by the Mannheim Business School that fully fitted my interests. It was the only business school offering a Sino-German program and therefore the best and only option.

The program certainly contributed to my personal growth. It helped me to get quickly the "big picture", to recognize the complexity of processes and projects and at the same time to find the right way to deal with complexity. After the program I changed the industry and the position. The ROI of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI EMBA in terms of personal and career development turned out to be beyond my expectations. 

The most valuable takeaway was the change in the own perspective when exposed to a multicultural environment - participants from heterogeneous industries and with comprehensive professional experiences made the outcome of our discussions and group works unpredictable. International high quality professors with excellent teaching style contributed for sure to the enhancement of my leadership and intercultural skills. 

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