The WiM 100 were elected

100 women leaders in the mobility sector, German-speaking countries, with a focus on technologyNominated were women who work full-time in the transport industry in German-speaking countries with a focus on technology.

The award-winning 100 women leaders influence the industry through their specialist knowledge, leadership strength, consistent and self-reliant improvements, decisive participation, innovative strength and exemplary behaviour. Some have attracted attention as hopefuls, others as influencers with such a presence in the industry that they exert a positive influence beyond their own specialist area. Proposals for the nominations came from the transport industry, headhunters, human resources departments, industry networks and politics. The aim of this publication is to make role models visible and to promote networks in which specialist issues are discussed. The jury is made up of representatives of the partners:

Flora Bellina (The Mobilists)
Evelyne de Gruyter (Association of German Women Entrepreneurs)
Lutz Hübner (Berlin Partner for Business and Technology)
Isabel Vollmer (Allianz pro Schiene)
Kristina Kebeck (GIZ, Women Mobilize Women)
Martina Löbe (Women in Mobility)
Carolin Preuß (IHK)
Sarah Stark (German Transport Forum)


There is enormous potential for the sector to improve equal opportunities and I am pleased that we have created the right EU platform for change to increase employment for women in the transport sector and promote equality between men and women. If we want our society to flourish, we must use all talents and all human resources at all levels.
— Violetta Bulc, EU Commisioner for traffic

Selected role models


Background

In 2016, at the initiative of Larissa Zeichhardt, leading associations joined forces at the InnoTrans trade fair to invite entrepreneurs and managers from the "Around the Track" departments to a "Ladies Lunch". "When I learned that in the EU only 17.5 percent of employees in local public transport are female and less than 10 percent of them work in technical areas, I had to take action." A study published by the EU Commission put the proportion of women in the entire transport industry at 22 percent. The greatest imbalance in 2016 was in road construction and rail technology, where women accounted for only 14 percent.

The aim of the first publication of the top 100 women in the transport industry (2017) and the corresponding network event at the 5th Railway Forum in Berlin was to make role models visible. Larissa Zeichhardt and the organising team of Women in Mobility Berlin then formulated a goal: "The proportion of women in the rail industry is to rise from currently 22% to 40% by 2020". At InnoTrans 2018, it became more than clear that the industry is longing for women's networks: 800 women came together to network at the Women in Mobility InnoTrans Luncheon.

Just in time for the 6th Railway Forum in 2019, the 100 women leaders of the mobility industry will again be published. "This time we are focusing on professional competence" underlines Martina Löbe, member of the jury and designated successor to Larissa Zeichhardt. "It's time to show who is innovating in the mobility industry and driving change".