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WHU invites successful women in SMEs to apply for award

A nationwide award intends to encourage companies to rely more on women in management positions.

For the second time, the Institute of Family Business and Mittelstand at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management is offering a nationwide prize for female managing directors, founders, and successors of SMEs together with the Women's Council of Rhineland-Palatinate (Landesfrauenrat Rheinland-Pfalz). Applicants from companies with 50-500 employees are invited to make evident what they have achieved over the past six years in the fields of sustainable corporate management, the promotion of the compatibility of work and family life, or in connection with a successful succession within their company.

The aim of the initiative is to create greater public awareness of the performance of women and their contribution to the success of companies. "As a business school, WHU and I are particularly interested in encouraging young, well-trained women to take on management responsibilities," says Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Head of the Institute of Family Business and Mittelstand. "With our commitment to this award, we would like to put women who are already doing so in the spotlight. Their example should motivate others to follow their example.” As a scientist, Kammerlander also knows that companies with mixed management teams are more successful than male-dominated organizations.

WHU is not only a co-initiator of the prize, Professor Kammerlander is also member of the jury that selects the prizewinners. The prizes are endowed with handmade jewelry from a medium-sized goldsmith.

Applications are accepted until August 10, 2020 via the mail addresses frauen-im-mittelstand(at)whu.edu and frauen-im-mittelstand(at)landesfrauenrat-rlp.de. Further information on the competition can be found at www.frauen-im-mittelstand.de.