International Women’s Day has existed for over one hundred years to raise awareness of women’s rights. In Berlin, March 8th has, from 2019, been recognized as a public holiday. Today, debate and social movements such as #metoo or the women’s quota has given International Women’s Day more attention.
In keeping with this year’s theme of #BalanceForBetter, we take a look at our company. At Atheneum our three-man management team includes Marta Margolis as Chief Business Development Officer. Additionally our female quota stands at 44%. This is topped by the 67% that make up the female share of the Global Operations Leadership team.
“Diversity in terms of gender, age or origin is a matter of course for us and a lived reality,” said Mathias Wengeler, CEO and founder of Atheneum. “As this year’s Women’s Day theme #BalanceForBetter implies, we believe that a diverse team is more productive.”
Meet our Global Operations Director & Head of EMEA and read who inspires her:
Claudia López Pedreño
Director of Global Operations & Head of EMEA - Berlin, Germany
Please describe yourself in three words: "Goal-driven, structured and empathic"
What is the most exciting part about your job? What do you love most about your job? "The most exciting part of my job is the possibility of learning about how industries and people interact and making impactful business decisions. We embrace excellence and this really drives me to continuously push for high-performance and set ambitious targets for myself. What I love the most about my job is my team: I have a real dream team that I daily interact with across 9 countries. Being surrounded by smart, driven and energetic individuals is the best motivator to continue building Atheneum."
Which two career tips were the most helpful for you to achieve your goals? "First, have a clear career goal and work hard for it. Second, be ambitious and focus on always doing better."
With regards to International Women’s Day – what is your biggest wish for the future? "My biggest wish for the future is that women don’t see their careers impacted by maternity: salary, professional growth opportunities, and recognition."
Who is your role model? "My dad: one of the smartest persons I know, who has been always passionate about sharing his knowledge, who has worked very hard to build a business he truly loves and enjoys and who always finds time for friends and family and to discover the world."