Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at MBS

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A Diverse Network

Mannheim Business School embraces diversity in ways that few organizations can match. Mannheimers, i.e. our program participants and alumni, come from more than 110 countries spread across all continents, reflecting the world’s myriad cultures, religions, identities, genders, and sexual orientations. In addition, Mannheimers have a wealth of knowledge and experience from their academic and professional backgrounds, which they bring to their classes and network events.

Since our graduates are tomorrow’s leaders, and diversity in business leadership is increasingly critical for overall, long-term business success, we continuously work on making our network even more diverse. Among other things, we strive for a higher proportion of female participants in our programs, thus supporting women in achieving their full potential. Our Women in Business and Women in Tech scholarships are a way of showing this commitment.

An Inclusive Environment

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Inclusive leadership is not just a buzzword at our school – it is something we foster in our participants. In order to prepare them to lead culturally diverse teams, we apply the Multi-Competence Team (MCT) concept in all of our programs, assigning participants to heterogeneous teams in which they conduct group work as well as their master projects.

Team-building workshops and MCT coaching sessions encourage participants to develop personally and hone their leadership skills. This enables them to learn from each other, overcome biases, appreciate each other’s differences, and benefit from a diversity of views and approaches to solving problems, which promotes the kind of collaboration and innovation needed in today’s organizations.

A Place Where You Belong

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At Mannheim Business School, we want to make sure that every Mannheimer does not just feel included but also empowered and valued. We put a lot of effort into creating an environment in which participants and alumni can be true to their authentic self, feel welcome to contribute, and know that they belong.

We are also committed to making the selection of speakers lined up for our network clubs more diverse, to ensure that a greater spectrum of voices and viewpoints are heard and that all Mannheimers feel represented.

We take a holistic approach to creating a sense of belonging at Mannheim Business School: small and close-knit program cohorts, a large variety of clubs, regional chapters worldwide, and regular events that are open to Mannheimers across programs. These all nourish the Mannheim spirit.

Are You Passionate about Diversity Too?

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If you want to enhance diversity in your (future) company or are simply interested in the topic, we invite you to get involved in our Diversity Club, Women in Business Community, or Pride@MBS Community for the LGBT+ members of our network and straight allies.

Many of our events in these communities are co-organized with other clubs, such as the Technology & IT Club and the Financials Club, to make sure that they are firmly embedded in the network.

Find out more about our network clubs here and sign up for the Diversity Club or one of its communities here. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Past Events - Diversity Club

    • 24.11.2018 - Elizabeth Ascherl, LingoFacto, MBS Alumna
      Power and Pizazz: How Extraordinary Women Communicate
    • 14.03.2019 - Britta Mues-Walter und Carolina Yeo: How Do you Brand Yourself with Authenticity and Have Jobs Chase You?
    • 24.05.2019 - Kathrin Schmid und Yiwen Zhu: Startup "Wanderlust" - A Female Founders Case
    • 27.06.2019 - Ibrahim Köse, DFB GmbH: Sports Marketing and the Rise of Womens Sports
    • 11.10.2019 - Rukayyat Kolawole, MBS Student: Women and Investing
    • 23.11.2019 - Katrin Redmann and Katrin Lehmann, both at SAP, MBS Student and MBS Alumna: Diversity at SAP
    • 08.05.2020 - Eva Gasparino, Founder EBG Real Estate, MBS Alumna: Is Diversity really still an Issue
    • 05.06.2020 - Pride@MBS Kick Off Ceremony with Erik Lüngen, SAP, MBS Alumnus
    • 07.08.2020 - Pride @ MBS Community: Digital Coffee Chat Session
    • 14.08.2020 - Women in Business Community: Digital Coffee Chat Session
    • 19.11.2020 - Meet Stuart Bruce Cameron, CEO and Founder of Uhlala Group
    • 11.12.2020 - Carolina Astorga, Agata Niehage and Silvia Fischer, MBS Alumni: Challenges in COVID19 Times
    • 12.03.2021 - Dana von der Heide, Co-Founder at Parcelperform: Scaling startups is hard - being a female founder in Logistics Tech is harder
    • 26.03.2021 - Krestina Kirchmann, MBS Alumna, and Anette Bazin, both SAP: Women in Tech/IT – Leading Your Career
    • 06.05.2021 - Alexandra Kammer, Diversity Manager and Florian Dyballa, CEO and Co-Founder, both from Aivy: Overcoming Unconscious Bias in Hiring
    • 29.05.2021 - MBS Online Diversity Day 2021: Diversity. Inclusion. Belonging.

Review: MBS Online Diversity Day 2021

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Diversity in business leadership is increasingly critical for overall, long-term business success. In order to ensure that employees can live up to their full potential, they need to feel included, empowered and valued. Organizations of all industries and sizes have therefore started initiatives for a more diverse management and workforce as well as a more inclusive work culture. But there is still a lot to be done. How do you advocate for diversity in your company? What is the role of inclusive language for businesses? And what is the situation of women and belonging in startups? Participants found answers and inspiration during our MBS Diversity Day. The MBS Diversity Day was open to members of the Mannheim Network as well as corporate diversity professionals.

Agenda and Speakers

  • Opening Talk with Nina Strassner (Head of Diversity & People Programs Germany at SAP SE)
  • Panel: How do I advocate for diversity in my company? 
    • Kevin Heyer (Mannheim Part-Time MBA participant, member of the “CO-Pride” network at Continental)
    • Evelyn Ramforth (Mannheim Full-Time MBA alumna, Co-founder of the “SN Women” network at Springer Nature)
    • Tiziana Trefiletti (Co-founder and Co-chair of the “ECB DiversAbility Network” at the European Central Bank)
    • Moderated by Dr. Sven Stromann (Diversity Manager at Mannheim Business School)
  • Workshop: The Importance of Inclusive Language for Businesses (Noah Fleischer, Deputy Managing Director for Strategy and Data Analytics at LUB GmbH) 
  • Panel: Women & Belonging in Startups. 
    • Alisée de Tonnac (CEO & Co-Founder of Seedstars)
    • Kate Hsu (Mannheim Full-Time MBA alumna, Team Lead Hong Kong and Taiwan at Emma – The Sleep Company)
    • Moderated by Bettina Meltzer (Diversity Manager at Mannheim Business School)

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