In a study published by the EU Commission in April 2016, the proportion of women in the entire transport industry was estimated at 22 percent. The biggest imbalance is in road construction and rail technology with only 14 percent women. As early as 2015, the International Transport Forum had pointed out that in the EU only 17.5 percent of employees in local public transport are women, of whom less than 10 percent work in technical areas. Following an initiative started by Larissa Zeichhardt, leading companies and associations joined forces and organized a “Ladies Lunch” at InnoTrans 2016. The goal was to foster NETWORKING amongst leading female talent in mobility.
To enhance VISIBILITY, the original “InnoTrans Ladies Lunch” partners joined forces with Bahn Manager Magazin, IPM and Allianz pro Schiene. Their goal: Publish the top 100 female leaders in sustainable mobility, to make role models visible, and foster followers.
The jury, consisting of Berlin Partner, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Women's Network of the Pro-Rail Alliance and the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (VdU), selected from over 470 fascinating women. Proposals were made via various networks, including the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) transport associations such as the VBB, virtual networks like WomeninMobility.de and local trade organizations.
Ultimately, 100 women were nominated and published as the TOP 100 (Link: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a04325abff2006de457b3d3/t/5a8c3da09140b71c5c8bfa54/1519140257280/TOP100_Frauen_der_Verkehrswirtschaft_2017.pdf) all of them known as influential leaders, described as inspiring, innovative and driving, and well connected across industries. Among them are well-known top managers, entrepreneurs and scholars. One partner, Frauennetzwerk Allianz pro Schiene, took the initiative to the next level, and keeps adding to the virtual gallery of STRONG WOMEN IN STRONG POSITIONS (LINK https://www.allianz-pro-schiene.de/ueber-uns/frauennetzwerk-in-der-bahnbranche/galerie/).
Today we are on a joint quest: This year, the event is organized by a whole group of amazing women, operating under the flag of Women in Mobility (LINK: https://womeninmobility.de/berlin). Together, we lead the quest of #EMPOWERMENT.
Our Idea is simple: Each of the TOP100 female leaders have received two copper coloured #womeninmobility wristbands. One to wear to our InnoTrans Luncheon for Women in Mobility, the other one to pass on to another inspiring talent in our industry.
Our goal is to motivate women around the world to work together and help bring talent to the top: By mentoring, through sharing the stage, by speaking up for each other or simply through inviting each other to networking events.
If you know a great women in mobility that needs to receive one of the wristbands, please join the cause. You can pick them up at any of our partner or sponsor boots at the InnoTrans Trade Fair; or – if you can’t wait – contact us via berlin(AT)womeninmobility.de
Selected role models