In the course of this series I am meeting various successful women at the adidas Group who have successfully tackled hurdles and advanced their careers. This time I spoke to Beate Stoll, Director End User Computing at the adidas Group. I can tell you: Beate impressed me! She didn’t only impress me because she is in her current role instrumental in the creation of the Vision for the IT Workplace of the future and strategy for the adidas Group. She didn’t only do so because she has a team of 28 people located in three regions, overseeing the IT Workplace for 30,000+ employees worldwide. What impressed me even more is that Beate seems to be always open to change and brave enough to embrace it. Her motto is “change the things that you are able to change and accept the things that you can’t change but try to make the best out of it”. I find this approach very inspiring and interviewed her on various facets of change to understand what this mindset is all about.
Author Archives: Sonja Hildel
Following my blog post on the international women´s day I want to introduce you today to Sanae Parra, Senior Manager, Policy & Planning at the adidas Group. She is a married mum of two kids and with her team of eight at adidas she creates and governs policies & procedures, tools and systems for retail store operations, affecting about 2,500 stores and 20,000 store employees worldwide. She is the first women I spoke to during my little research on what makes women in leadership positions successful.
Check out the video below where she explains amongst other things how she managed to continue with her job with a new born at home and which recommendations she has for working mums. For her it is for example all about conscious decisions, happiness and about being authentic and true to yourself.
International Women’s Day means many things to many people: celebration, a call for action, an opportunity. We’d like to use it to kick off a new women´s series on our blog: women who shape the future of sports and business every day!
I’ve been working for the adidas Group for over five years now. During this time, I have had the chance to work in numerous departments, and I have got to know various types and characters of people in different positions. Regardless of which business field I worked in, I met inspiring, target-oriented and successful business women, in both leadership and non-leadership positions.
My experiences as a former apprentice
Should I leave the company or not? Do I have any chance to come back after having finished my studies? These questions and many more were running through my head during the last stage of my apprenticeship as an industrial management assistant (in German: Ausbildung zur Industriekauffrau, IHK) at the adidas Group at the beginning of the year 2007. Now it is summer 2012, and I am back in the company I have always wanted to work for. In the time in-between, I studied, spent one semester abroad in Spain and worked for several very interesting companies. Looking back at the time between my apprenticeship and the Public Relations Trainee Program I started in August 2011, I would not have wanted to miss any of these experiences. Some people confronted me with the statement that an apprenticeship was a waste of time if you want to study afterwards. For me, however, it was totally different …
(Image: This is me with the “Fiitest on Earth” Rich Froning Jr. and Annie Thorisdottir during a media event in Copenhagen)