Diversity and the challenge of anchoring women in business were the key topics of a speech given by Michael Ensser, Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder Germany, at the Women’s International Network (WIN) Conference 2014 held in Berlin in October 2014. WIN, which is sponsored by Egon Zehnder, is an independent women’s leadership organization that aims to develop, empower and connect women worldwide with a feminine, authentic and global vision. In his address Ensser urged women to aim for “center-stage” and focus on building careers in functions with a direct impact on earnings, instead of in support functions like communications/marketing or HR. He noted that progress has been made with diversity, which is now widely recognized as a strategic advantage, but advised women to more actively seek a dialogue with their superiors and to focus on networking in order to advance their careers.
Time for Women to Take Center-Stage