Cracking the Ceiling: Gender and Labor in the Global Economy

Event Date: 
01 Apr 2017

The Berlin Shapers partnered with the Hertie School of Governance's Gender Equality and Sexuality (GES) Club to host a conference on the interaction of gender, employment and childcare in today's global economy. The conference focused on the German scenario within a global context through speeches, a panel discussion, and interactive workshops.

The keynote speaker, Henrike von Platen, pointed out the gender pay gap in Germany which stands at 22.4% compared to the EU average of 16.4%. This is higher in Berlin's tech startup scene which has a pay gap of almost 25%.

The panel, moderated by Prof. Dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld, Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance, consisted of:

  • Benjamin Nanz Snow, CEO of and Global Shaper
  • Henrike von Platen, former President of Business and Professional Women e.V.
  • Katri Kemppainen-Bertram, Head of Advocacy and Policy, Save the Children Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Höyng, Professor of Social Work with Boys and Men, Catholic University of Applied Social Sciences, Berlin
  • Ludger Ramme, President of CEC European Managers and Director of United Leaders Association (ULA) Germany