Welcome to the third post from the series “Globetrotter Careers”, showcasing inspirational stories from adidas Group employees that at some point in their life have taken on the challenge of relocating to start a new job.
After hearing about how it feel to work and live far away from home and what you can learn from an experience like relocating, today we are meeting Lilian and Kathryn who did not hesitate to leave their home countries to settle in Germany at the adidas Group headquarters (click here to find out how work and life in Herzo is like).
Who would think that employees from competing companies could get together on a regular basis to help develop themselves? Logically you would think that there would be all sorts of issues with confidentiality, collusion, or stealing employees from each other. Luckily logic doesn’t always turn out right.
Since tomorrow is International Women’s Day, let me tell you how fortunate I have been in my career in the footwear industry to mingle with bright and generous women thanks to a group called the Women in Footwear Industry (WIFI).
After working for several years in my dad’s company, an automotive supplier, I was ready for something new. I was sick of being the son of…. and I wanted to be independent. Although I was studying Production Engineering and the dream of all my fellow students was to work in the automotive and aircraft industry I couldn´t see myself there. Thinking back, I was more interested in sport, streetwear and sneakers than in cars. Already at the age of five, I was more attracted by my dad’s adidas ZX9000 and adidas Fire running shoes instead of playing with matchbox cars. I was inspecting the sole, the different materials of the shoe and dismantling the interchangeable cushion elements of the adidas Fire like I was dismantling my watch to check why it makes a sound.
Last time, I wrote about the adidas Group’s engagement with the Sticks & Stones and how the company publicly showcased its ambition to be a “proud employer” and to promote diversity and inclusion amongst its workforce. Back then, I asked you to stay tuned about this exciting topic to see where the journey takes us. And I can tell you, a lot has happened since then!
When talking to a few employees and some of my friends, we agreed already during Sticks & Stones that we want to establish an LGBT network within the adidas Group. This is something that some companies already have but we never thought we would need because all of us feel accepted at work. However, after having been exposed to representatives of other companies at the 24/7 Unicorn, I am convinced that an LGBT network can benefit the company and the employees equally.
As you probably know by now, Globetrotter Careers are one of the five top aspects that the adidas Group employees value most about their company. In the opening post of the series on this topic, you’ve met Maria and Ly, who took over leading positions far away from their home countries.
But there are so many more Globetrotters amongst my colleagues with truly inspirational stories to share. This week, you will find out why Australia might feel closer than France, what it takes to master the challenge of relocating and what you learn from an experience like this.