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Wise Women of WU

„Das Mentorin-Mentee-Matching war außerordentlich gut gelungen. Das Wise Women-Programm hat mir immens geholfen, verschiedenste Themen aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln zu sehen. Zukünftigen Mentees kann ich nur ans Herz legen, aus dem großen Erfahrungsschatz der Mentorin zu lernen.“ Mona Asfour, Mentee 2018/19

Das sind die Wise Women of WU 2019/20

Als Mentorinnen agieren erfolgreiche Managerinnen mit Vorstands-, Geschäftsführungs- oder Aufsichtsratserfahrung, die selbst ein WU-Studium absolviert haben und ihr Wissen und ihre Erfahrungen gerne weitergeben. Sie möchten junge Frauen in ihrer Karriereentwicklung unterstützen, Einblicke in ihre Erfolgsstrategien vermitteln und durch den generationen- und hierarchieübergreifenden Dialog die eigenen Perspektiven erweitern.

Silvia Angelo

Silvia AngeloVorstandsmitglied, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Company: ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Company size (worldwide): approx. 18,000 staff

Sector: Transport

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

Stay curious and open-minded. Have the courage to take on challenges that come as a surprise and be confident to try something new.

Milestones in her professional career:

  • Head of Office for Economic Policies, Austrian Chamber of Labour Vienna, May 2008 to Jan 2017  
  • SPÖ Club Secretary for Budget, Finances and Economics, Parliament, Feb 2007 to  Apr 2008
  • Head of Office ÖGB in Brussels, Austria‘s Permanent Representation in Brussels, Oct 2001 to Mar 2002
  • Member of various supervisory boards: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Bundessportgesellschaft, FH des BFI Vienna, WU Vienna, Agrarmarkt Österreich, ÖBB Infrastruktur

Education:

Graduate of the University of Economics Vienna, Economics

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Building networks
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance

What I expect from my mentee…

Curiosity, openness, social competences, interest in and having fun in your dealings with other people, self-reflection

What is important for me in a mentoring relationship…

Reliability, coupled with a little bit of flexibility (other engagements may unexpectedly arise)

Elfriede Baumann

Elfriede BaumannHead of Corporate Relations & Alumni Services

Company: Ernst & Young

Company size (worldwide): 250,000 staff

Sector: Consulting (audits, tax consulting, management consulting, transaction consulting)

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

  • Be prepared to go the extra mile
  • Show ambition and the will to advance in your career
  • Do not be grimly determined or try to be the "better man"
  • Focus on solutions, not problems
  • The person always comes first 
  • I always made sure I balance my work with my family. If these are in harmony your career will also work out well.

 Milestones in her professional career:

  • 1990 Partner at Ernst & Young
  • 2002 Member of the Executive Board
  • Managing Partner for Human Resources
  • Managing Partner for Utilities, Public and Health

Education:

Degree in Business Education at WU Vienna

  • 1983 Appointment as tax consultant
  • 1989 Appointment as auditor

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Conflict management
  • Developing your potential
  • Network building
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance

What I expect from my mentee…

  • Show ambition and the will to advance in your career
  • Ask good questions, show commitment
  • Have a critical and self-critical opinion
  • Get involved and contribute – it is give and take
  • Show respect to others

What is important for me in a mentoring relationship…

Respectful interaction; the mentee wants to progress at both a personal and career level. Do not take yourself too seriously and be grimly determined but show some humour. The chemistry must be right. My values are: do not be aloof, do not be ruthless, instead: the person comes first.

Christine Catasta

Christine CatastaAssistant to the Head

Company: PwC Österreich GmbH

Company size (worldwide): over 236,000 staff

Sector: Auditing, tax and management consulting

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

Be ambitious on the inside, calm and balanced on the outside. Listen instead of talking and act instead of reacting.

Milestones in her professional career:

  • since Oktober 2020 Leader of shareholdings managament at ÖBAG
  • June 2020 to present: Member of the Supervisory Board at VERBUND

  • 1982 to Present: PwC Austria, member of the leadership team since 1994, senior partner at PwC Austria from 2018 to 2020, senior advisor auditing & tax consulting since July 2020

  • Advisory Leader PwC Österreich and member of the Leadership Team PwC Europe
  • 1972 to 1982 various internships abroad: Voest/Mexico, Siemens/Milan, Alstholm/Atlantique/Paris, Bank of America/San Francisco, Manufactures Hanover Trust Co./New York

Education:

  • Graduate of WU Vienna, specialist subject: Reporting and Auditing
  • Certified Austrian auditor and tax consultant

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Conflict management
  • Developing your potential
  • Network building
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance

What I expect from my mentee…

  • The ability to communicate
  • A sense of responsibility

What is important to me in a mentoring relationship….

  • Open communication
  • Willingness to change
Sabine Hogl

Sabine HoglCFO, Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH

Company: Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH

Company size (worldwide): 1,500 staff in Austria / 300,000 staff in 50 countries worldwide

Sector: Telecommunications

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

Be aware of your interests and strengths and remain open to new things. Be curious and open-minded: do not just show interest and commitment in your own area of responsibility, but also in areas that are connected. This is how to get qualified for the next level. And, last but not least, you need to show diligence, commitment and loyalty to the company, to teams and staff members.

Milestones in her professional career:

  • At Hutchinson Drei Austria GmbH since 2004 – member of the Management, as CFO responsible for Accounting, Controlling & Reporting, Human Resources, Procurement & Facility Management, Logistics and Customer Finance
  • Before that, central role in developing the company and Head of Finance & HR at Etel Austria AG (telecommunications provider internet / landline telephone – subsidiary of an Irish telecommunications company) and AirPage Telekommunikations AG (Paging / Call centre subsidiary of Norway’s Telenor)

Education:

  • Degree in Business, Social and Economic Sciences, WU Vienna
  • Certified tax consultant (Kammer der Wirtschaftstreuhänder)

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Conflict management
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance
  • Expertise in mergers & acquisitions

What I expect from my mentee…

Openness in self-representation, serious interest in your own development and, finally, the diligence to work on this development.

What is important to me in a mentoring relationship…

Trust, creating strategies, ideas and suggestions useful to developing the career together.

Patricia Neumann

Patricia NeumannVice President Data, AI and Automation Sales Leader, IBM EMEA

Company: IBM Austria

Company size (worldwide): 350,000 staff

Sector: Information Technology

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

  • Curiosity and perseverance
  • Personal commitment
  • Inclusive and fact-based management style

Milestones in her professional career:

  • Head of IBM Global Financing Österreich
  • Sales director Financial Services IBM CEMA (Europe, Middle East and Afrika)
  • Vice President of IBM Systems Hardware Sales in DACH

Education:

  • Studied Economics at WU Vienna

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Conflict management
  • Developing your potential
  • Building networks
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance

What I expect from my mentee…

Taking the initiative for mentoring and proactively approaching me with questions and ideas.

What is important for me in a mentoring relationship…

Open and confidential relationship

Renate Niklas

Renate NiklasManaging Director, Friedhöfe Wien GmbH

Company: Friedhöfe Wien GmbH

Company size: 400 staff

Sector: Service industry

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

Stay authentic! Be courageous and trust yourself! Leave the beaten track! You don't have to play every game! And: Don't take it personally!

Milestones in her professional career:

  • Supervisory Board Member Wien Energie GmbH
  • Head of HR Wiener Linien GmbH & CoKG
  • Head of Organizational Development, Deputy Head of Department for Metering and General Services Wienstrom/Wien Energie Stromnetz GmbH

Education:

  • Studied Economics at WU Vienna

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Conflict management
  • Developing your potential
  • Network building
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance

What I expect from my mentee…

Openness to deal with topics that may not have been visible yet. Ability to reflect in order to achieve the greatest possible benefit from mentoring.

What is important to me in a mentoring relationship…

Open and trusting communication from both sides. Reliability with regard to agreements and deadlines.

Regina Prehofer

Regina PrehoferAufsichtsratsmitglied u.a. bei Wienerberger, AT&S und SPAR

Company: Supervisory Board Member at Wienerberger, AT&S and SPAR, among others

Company size (worldwide): large corporations

Sector: diverse

Locations: diverse

Personal career tip:

A good education, self-confidence, curiosity and tenacity

Milestones in her professional career:

  • Executive at Bank Austria-Creditanstalt / Unicreditgroup
  • Executive at Bawag PSK
  • Vice-Rector of WU Vienna

Education:

  • Degree in Economics and Law

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Conflict management
  • Personal development
  • I am prepared to show an interest in the personal (career) situation of the mentee

What I expect from my mentee…

Traits I will also bring to the table, namely trust, openness and curiosity!

What is important to me in a mentoring relationship…

Trust

Birgit Rechberger-Krammer

Birgit Rechberger-KrammerAlumni Relations

Company: Henkel Central Eastern Europe GmbH

Company size (worldwide): Over 53,000 staff

Sector: Chemicals

Location: Vienna

Personal career tip:

  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way – this particularly applies to the careers of women
  • Leadership responsibility is a decision, a skill and responsibility; not everyone can and wants to be a leader
  • Develop a healthy sense of curiosity: you can learn something from each assignment
  • Persevere: even though it might not feel like it in the short-term, the value of a professional "dry spell" can often be seen much later
  • Versatility is a huge advantage (functional, local, digital,…)
  • Balance your career and family by observing a few important principles: set your priorities yourself (have the courage to miss out on something), set up a network of helpers, ensure your partner supports you

 Milestones in her professional career:

  • Oct 2017 to present, Corporate Senior VP for the regions Eastern Europe and LATAM and President Henkel CEE / Vienna
  • Feb 2014 to Sept 2017, International Marketing Home Care / Düsseldorf
  • Jul 2008 to Jan 2014, Regional Marketing Management at Henkel CEE / Vienna
  • Oct 2005 to Jun 2008, General Management Laundry & Home Care and President Henkel CR / Prague
  • Jun 2000 to Sept 2005, Regional Sales Management Eastern Europe at Henkel CEE /Vienna

Education:

  • WU Vienna, focusing on logistics and marketing
  • Various post-graduate courses, including courses at Harvard, WHU, Cambridge, Fontainbleau, IESE Barcelona

I can assist you in the following fields:

  • Career strategies
  • Management behaviour / assertiveness
  • Developing your potential
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance
  • Career in an international environment

What I expect from my mentee…

Openness, an interest in me and my work, professional ambition and enjoyment in the programme

What is important to me in a mentoring relationship…

Good, open conversations and flexibility, meaning taht we talk about topics important to the mentee and discuss questions I think are important for her.

Katharina Weishaupt

Katharina WeishauptGeschäftsführerin, Wiener Messe Besitz GmbH

Unternehmen: Wiener Messe Besitz GmbH

Branche: Immobilien, Messe- und Kongresswesen

Ort: Wien

Ihr persönlicher Karrieretipp:

Bleibe immer so neugierig und offen wie an deinem ersten Tag.

Vertraue auf die eigenen Fähigkeiten UND das Bauchgefühl.

Zeige dich!

Vernetze dich!

Sei umsichtig und mutig in deinen Entscheidungen.

Wichtige Stationen des beruflichen Werdegangs:

Seit 2009 allein verantwortliche Geschäftsführerin der Wiener Messe Besitz GmbH, parallel dazu bei der WSE Wiener Standortentwicklung GmbH Verantwortliche für Accounting, Controlling & Reporting, Internes Kontrollsystem, Compliance.

Ausbildung:

IBW an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, University of Illinois (USA), Université Paris XII (Frankreich)

Doktorat an der WU zum Thema Die Entwicklung der Modernen Wiener Außenwirtschaftspolitik

Ich kann in folgenden Bereichen besonders unterstützen:

  •  Karrierestrategien
  • Führungsverhalten / Durchsetzungsfähigkeit
  • Konfliktbewältigung
  • Potentialentwicklung
  • Aufbau von Netzwerken
  • Persönliche Entwicklung
  • Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Privatleben

Von meiner Mentee erwarte ich…:

Ambition und Engagement

Aktives Zugehen und Fragen zu stellen

Eigene Ziele und Wünsche zu formulieren

Offenen Austausch und Feedback

In einer Mentoring-Beziehung lege ich besonderen Wert auf…:

Offenheit sowie ehrlichen, vertrauens- und respektvollen Umgang

 Herta Stockbauer

Herta StockbauerVorstandsvorsitzende, BKS Bank AG

Unternehmen: BKS Bank AG

Unternehmensgröße (weltweit): 1.126

Branche: Bank- und Leasinggeschäft

Ort: Die Konzernzentrale der BKS Bank befindet sich in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. Die BKS Bank betreibt das Bank- und Leasinggeschäft in Österreich, Slowenien, Kroatien und der Slowakei.

Ihr persönlicher Karrieretipp:

Sich klare Ziele stecken, die richtigen Netzwerke bilden und vor allem auch Chancen ergreifen, wenn sie geboten werden und nicht auf den optimalen Zeitpunkt warten. Den gibt es nie!

Wichtige Stationen Ihres beruflichen Werdegangs:

  • 1984-1992 Universitätsassistentin und Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität Klagenfurt
  • 1992 Eintritt in die BKS Bank
  • 2004 Ernennung zum Mitglied des Vorstandes der BKS Bank
  • 2014 Ernennung zur Vorstandsvorsitzenden der BKS Bank

Ausbildung:

  • Studium der Handelswissenschaften an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Ich kann in folgenden Bereichen besonders unterstützen:

  • Karrierestrategien
  • Führungsverhalten / Durchsetzungsfähigkeit
  • Aufbau von Netzwerken
  • Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Privatleben

Von meiner Mentee erwarte ich…

Die Bereitschaft, sich weiterzuentwickeln

Offenheit

Reflexionsfähigkeit

In einer Mentoring-Beziehung lege ich besonderen Wert auf…

Einen spannenden, offenen Austausch, in dem man von einander lernen kann und auf die Vertraulichkeit der Gespräche.