Looking ahead curiously and looking back with a smile. Feel free to follow the representation of my lifeline.
looking back & beyond
Happy to be part of it!
First online Large Group
Facilitating my 1. global online large group conference for a long-term customer. Over 170 leaders worldwide participated. I was so nervous when it started, the technical side of it scared me. With MS teams at that time only showing 9 participants at the same time on the screen. Really cool: look closely for the set-up of my desk… We all learned fast!
Happy to have worked on further growing my MIGHTY HEART. A profound inner journey to our heart intelligence. Online, with 40 other participants, in my wonderful triad and alone. On topics like deep listening, non-violent communication, meeting your inner critic, transforming anger into positive power, taking a stand and being in service for peace. A course with 10 intense modules in 10 weeks. And additional joy, the pilote course was facilitated by my son Fritz! For more info: https://thebusinessplanforpeace.org
Back to my fantastic private passion: skydiving. Today, at least occasionally, in a fancy wind channel in Berlin 😊
Whole System Change
Went through an intense application and assessment process to prove my abilities (and experiences) in organisation development and became a “Certified Organization Design Professional “with the European Organisation Design Forum. My former mentor and US-colleague, Paul Tolchinsky, is a grandmaster of Org Design. I learn and practised an agile and participatory method called “Whole Scale Change” through him, during a year-long change process for Continental´s division “Hybrid & Electric Vehicles” at that time. Paul, I am very grateful for our time together!
Started an Office Partnership (“Bürogemeinschaft”) with a female fellow trainer & journalist in Potsdam´s Media City. To leave active journalism was terribly hard, some colleagues even called it insane, but I left voluntarily. I wanted a fresh start as a coach and trainer. Looking back, one of my best business decisions ever!
Coaching & more
Said good-bye to my TV live discussion program “Vor Ort” (On Location). Voluntarily and with a grin on my face, because I had taken a stand and decided for myself when it was my time to leave. Being 37 years young at that time, I wanted to reinvent myself, using my 12 years as an investigative journalist, but also turning to the softer side of my personality that enjoys supporting others. I decided to grow and work a coach & trainer, moderator & mediator.
Hosting the election coverage in our German State of Brandenburg. Here interviewing Matthias Platzeck, at that time Prime Minister.
1995 – 2000
Next station ORB
Host & facilitator of the live discussion program “Vor Ort” (On Location) at the Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB). Every week, in the evening during prime time, we pitched our tent somewhere in Brandenburg to discuss current topics with citizens and political leaders. From the clearing of entire villages for open-cast coal mining, over the new airport for Berlin-Brandenburg, which was being planned at the time, to the obligation of residents to pay fees for a new road. I saw a lot, learned a lot, experienced a lot – and in in parallel completed my formal mediator training. All in all, the absolute highlight of my journalistic career!
1993 - 1995
Germany’s first private regional TV
Founding anchor woman of the TV station “1A Fernsehen” in Berlin, Germany’s first private regional TV station based on the American television model. It went on the air on November 28, 1993, and I was there as the news presenter. Our evening show lasted 3 hours (!), with two of us hosting each show. Long days, a lot of self-exploitation, but also a great training for my further career in television. After a good year, I was also able to set up and host a weekly talk show, as head of a small editorial department. Conclusion: My only short excursion into private television, an exciting time, but journalistically I remained and remain convinced of public broadcasting.
1991 – 1993
hosting a daily talk show
Host of the ARD talk show “Talk täglich” (daily talk). More than 100 live conversations conducted and many more accompanied editorially, with interesting and often prominent guests from politics and society. Here in 1991 with Regine Hildebrandt, then a minister in the first Brandenburg state government after German reunification. Far beyond Brandenburg, she was known by the nickname Mother Courage because of her open, direct and sometimes undiplomatic manner. It was really hard to interrupt her with my questions…
1988 – 1993
the first autograph card
My first professional autograph card from Sender Freies Berlin (SFB).I was so proud of it! Had completed my traineeship as a journalist and was then editor, anchor and commentator in the political department of SFB radio. There I was also able to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall journalistically!I had my traineeship in the bag and was then an editor, presenter and commentator in politics radio. A historic time in which I learned a lot about politics and journalism, about myself and “the world”.
the first Television
My first television appearances. I had just become a journalistic trainee at Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) when I surprisingly got the chance to be a presenter on the very popular talk show “Leute” from the Café Kranzler in Berlin, hosted at the time by Elke Heidenreich and Henryk M. Broder. Empathically questioning and listening to people gave me immense pleasure. To my great regret, it remained a short intermezzo, the station decided to discontinue the program. But I had succeeded in taking my first steps into public radio and television journalism. What a lucky start!
1984 – 1985 und 1986 – 1987
in the 80s
In 1984, I had finished my undergraduate degree in Hamburg and was granted a Fulbright scholarship to study “Broadcast Journalism” at Boston University for a year. That year was formative for me in many ways. In 1986, I went back there at my own expense to get my Master of Science degree. Then I was ready to start my journalistic life in Germany.
Born as the third daughter of my parents, who “should finally become a boy”. As a child, I often felt somehow “different” in the family, like a 5th wheel on the wagon. So I started early to go my own way.
“Sometimes she is cheeky,” my elementary school teacher wrote in one of my report cards. Today I can say: “Yes, exactly, and that was a good thing. Even as a child, I was internally strong and resilient, curious, very communicative and fun-loving.
So I continue to go my way, accompanied by people who like me, privately as well as professionally. And so my look backwards is just as full of joy as my look forwards.