Companies face challenges in ensuring that women are properly represented at top management level. Research shows that the number of women in management positions at second and third level can still be significantly increased and that sustainable programs that specifically address these issues are not available or need to be further developed (source: ESCP Europe). The initiative Women into Leadership (IWiL) is intended to address this.
IWiL is a non-profit association founded by companies & top personalities from science, culture, society, medicine and business, all sharing the same goal: to provide sustainable support for women at the top level. Female top personalities from various fields are recruited as members and then act as mentors to accompany highly qualified and successful women on their way to the top in a mentoring program.
Suitable mentees are women who are expected to take up or fill a position as managing director of subsidiaries or to become top executives within the next five years. The mentees are nominated by the companies themselves or recruited through calls for applications. With the formation of a matching committee, consisting of the association management and high-ranking HR representatives from the member companies, the nomination and selection process of the IWiL Classes will be further professionalized and the growth of IWiL will be considered.
In order to select the mentees for 2021, the Matching Committee will decide this year who will receive an exclusive spot in the program. A total of 50 nominations have been received from top female executives. Simone Kollmann-Göbels, SVP Purchasing & Real Estate at Ströer, is also part of the Matching Committee and is thus actively committed to bringing more women to the top.