Date(s) - 28/04/2022
9:30 am - 11:00 am
The United States and Europe are world leaders in technology and innovation. Female leaders serve as pivotal role models who show women and girls how exciting, sustainable, and diverse the tech industry can be. Their success inspires generations of female students from schools and universities alike to be bold, to create, to innovate, and to consider careers in STEM.
Despite the ongoing conversation about gender diversity and equality, women in tech are still underrepresented, underpaid, and sometimes discriminated against within the industry. It is on all of us to inspire change.
As part of Transatlantic Innovation Week 2022 and the Girl’s Day initiative, this discussion provides a chance to ask prominent female leaders questions about their careers and how diversity, equality, and inclusion contribute to innovation and a more sustainable future – supporting our goal to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and to make our planet cleaner for future generations. The event is co-hosted by the American-German Business Club Munich e. V. and the U.S. Consulate General Munich.
The hybrid event will take place on Thursday, April 28th, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, Berliner Str. 93, 80805 Munich. The event will be held in English and German.
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Welcome: Constanze Sabathil, President of the American-German Business Club Munich e. V. (AGBC)
Opening Remarks: Dr. Amy Gutmann, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Keynote Speech: Judith Gerlach, MdL, Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs
Panel Discussion and Q&A – “How Diversity in the Workplace Helps Create a More Sustainable and Cleaner World Through Innovation and Technology”
– Anna Kopp, Chief Information Officer and Regional Office Lead Munich Headquarters, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH
– Heike Kammerer, Head of the IBM Industry Lab for Government, IBM Watson Center Munich, IBM Deutschland GmbH
– Christin Eisenschmid, Managing Director, Intel Germany GmbH
– Moderation: Sabina Wolf, BR
Dr. Amy Gutmann, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Ambassador Gutmann assumed her position as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in February 2022. She was previously the University of Pennsylvania’s longest serving President from 2004-2022. Dr. Gutmann was named by Fortune magazine in 2018 as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” She was appointed in 2009 by President Obama to chair the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, a role she held for seven years. Prior to her appointment at Penn, Dr. Gutmann served as Provost at Princeton University, where she was also the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics. She was Founding Director of the University Center for Human Values, a multidisciplinary center for teaching, scholarship, and public discussion of ethics and human values. At Princeton, she also served as Dean of the Faculty and was awarded the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Judith Gerlach, Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs
Judith Gerlach was appointed Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs in November 2018. At age 33, the law-school graduate was the youngest-ever appointee as a Bavarian cabinet minister, after already having become the youngest member elected to the Bavarian State Parliament in 2013. As State Minister, she co-ordinates the digital measures taken by all Bavarian ministries, developing a future strategy for Bavaria as a top digital location. She places special emphasis on promoting women in careers involving tech and digital. With the goal in mind of attracting more women to take up a profession in the tech industry, State Minister Gerlach launched the women’s talent program “BayFiD – Bavaria’s Women in Digital Professions” as one of the digital ministry’s first initiatives.
Anna Kopp, Chief Information Officer and Regional Office Lead Munich Headquarters, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH
Anna Kopp is Director IT at Microsoft Germany since 2015 and has been with the company since 2004. She was previously in a global role as Customer Satisfaction Lead for Advertising and Online Business. Before that she led the EMEA-wide mid-market sales organization responsible for revenue in 72 countries and carrying a 720 million Dollar target with an organization of 600 sellers. She started in the IT sector in 1993, having 29 years of experience in different roles, from starting as a seller to now being a director. Anna Kopp is very engaged in the business community and empowering women in business. She is, for example, co-chair of the Women@Microsoft ERG Board. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Munich Business School as well as a Bavarian delegate to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s Digitalization committee. Anna Kopp originally comes from Sweden where she studied international communication at the University of Stockholm. She has been in Germany since 1992. In 2020, she was voted one of the most inspiring women in Germany and has won several technology and industry as well as diversity and inclusion awards. In 2019 she was listed among the top 50 technology influencers in Munich. She is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion with a focus on strengthening women in the workplace.
Heike Kammerer, Industry Lab Leader, IBM Watson Center Munich
Heike Kammerer is leading the Industry Lab in the IBM Watson Center. She and her international team work on industry-specific use cases to solve unique business challenges around digitalization, artificial intelligence, and cloud. Since starting at IBM more than 30 years ago, Heike was working in a variety of different roles in the company, including project manager, manager, and consultant in various industries for various customers. She has a diploma in electronics. She is also mother of two children and balances her challenging professional roles with her family life. Especially in her global role in the IBM Watson Center and in cooperation with colleagues from all over the world, Heike experienced and has come to appreciate how cultural, social, and individual diversity can produce even more successful results. She is engaged in several activities and projects on women in tech and supporting STEM education for young women, including FrauenInIT and female student mentoring programs with TUM and LMU.
Christin Eisenschmid, Managing Director, Intel Germany GmbH
Christin Eisenschmid is Managing Director of Intel Germany GmbH and Germany Country Manager. In this role she is responsible for establishing an operational framework and implementing a country strategy that is aligned with the strategies of Intel’s Business Units and targeted to stimulate growth and drive innovation. Based in Munich, Germany, Eisenschmid joined Intel in 2011 with the acquisition of Infineon Technologies’ wireless solutions business. Early on, she served as controller and senior director of finance for the Mobile and Communications Group and as managing director of Intel Mobile Communications Ltd. Her responsibilities included leading the transition of the business to Intel processes and systems, as well as the integration of support functions in Intel’s corporate organization. Before joining Intel, Eisenschmid was vice president of finance and chief financial officer of the Wireless Solutions Group at Infineon Technologies AG. Earlier in her career, she was vice president of finance for Infineon’s global sales organization and director of Infineon’s supply chain. Eisenschmid holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Augsburg in Germany.
Constanze Sabathil, President of the American-German Business Club Munich e. V.
Constanze Sabathil has been passionate about the transatlantic partnership and bringing people together for more than a decade. Her experience living in the United States for two years, as well as working with Americans and other international expats in Munich further shaped her beliefs in the importance of German-American relations. After she represented the LMU student body at a “Save the Amerikahaus” rallye in 2012 where she gave an enthusiastic speech, she joined the American-German Business Club Munich e. V. (AGBC Munich). She has served on the board of AGBC Munich since 2018. In 2020, she was elected the first female President of the society.
Sabina Wolf, Journalist at Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) / ARD German Public Broadcasters
Sabina Wolf has been working as a journalist for the German public broadcasters ARD and Bayerischer Rundfunk since 1993. Specialized in topics like financial and economic crime, IT security, cyber, extremism and Islamism, Sabina Wolf produces films, radio reports, and texts. The multiple award winner (ARD reports) moderates conversations with representatives from business, politics, and with security authorities in German and English in front of and behind the camera. She has won several awards, including the “Journalistenpreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft”, “Bayerischer Fernsehpreis” and the German journalist prize for informatics.
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