20. July 2023

Young Leaders of tomorrow

Wow, there was energy in the room: with 37 girls aged 13 to 17 from 13 countries. At the invitation of Girls Gearing Up International Leadership Academy (GGU), they spent a week at their annual Summer Academy in Berlin. At the same time, similar camps were running in Malawi and India.

The goal of GGU’s creators is to support girls who want to make a difference while they are still in school and to encourage them to take on responsibility. Our Managing Director Katrin Robeck took part in an event for the group at the Technical University (TU) – as a role model for the young leaders of tomorrow.

The creators of GGU, Chineme Chi’Nnaya Ugbor, Christina Limbird, Ph.D., and Courtney Adams, are convinced that globally-minded female leaders are needed if we are to overcome the many challenges facing the world. That’s because these women will bring new perspectives and ideas. But to encourage young women, they say, the seed must be planted while they are still in school.

The past week was filled to the brim with workshops and excursions for the girls. On the last day, they went to the Technical University of Berlin (TU). Professor Dr.-Ing. Julian Polte holds the chair for “Machines and Technologies for Additive Precision Manufacturing of Metallic Components.” He, too, is particularly interested in getting girls interested in his technical field.

After the workshop and tour, women from responsible positions were available for talks; Gesa Schneider, Sina Beckmann, Franziska Heusler and Nadine Klein, TU Women’s Representative. The participants were wide awake and used their time to ask Katrin some questions.

A first seed has already sprouted: A Dutch girl had previously seen herself as a medical doctor or psychologist because she wants to help people. Now she saw what is already possible in 3D printing – namely heart valves or artificial hip joints. This opens up a whole new perspective for her.

Even after the week, GGU and the participants stay in touch. Inspiring feedback comes from the girls from the first run in 2015: They are the first in their families to go to college, take on tasks at their school or organize girls’ sports teams.

Hats off to so much commitment! We look forward to welcoming a group to our company and, of course, to our next student interns, trainees – and to receiving many applications from female engineers!

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