The Zeppelin Group is starting its Z NOW (Network of Women) initiative, which focuses on women's professional development, and is thus setting new standards. The Group is offering women the opportunity to network successfully and become even more involved in shaping management and corporate culture – and this in a sector considered to be male-dominated. The first women's colloquium took place on January 17 and 18, 2017. In addition to female managers, up-and-coming talents, and technical trainees from the Zeppelin Group, successful women from local companies with which the Group has links were also invited to the event.
"Our aim is to make the Zeppelin Group more appealing to women and therefore secure our company's potential for success for the future," said Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH and initiator of Z NOW, explaining this decision. "Equal opportunities are an important success factor for any company."
"A lot has happened in recent years regarding equal opportunities in business. Despite these positive developments, women are still underrepresented in management roles," added Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH and Mayor of the City of Friedrichshafen, who is also a patron of Z NOW. "I welcome the initiative from the Zeppelin Group. Z NOW lets women have the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other, to benefit from other people's experiences and build strong networks."
The first Z NOW event took place at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. A total of 120 women from different countries and fields of activity came together under the motto "Inspire – Foster – Network." The participants shared two exciting days of keynote speeches, workshops, and discussions by women for women from the business, education, and lifestyle sectors. Management Board Members Peter Gerstmann (CEO), Michael Heidemann (Deputy Chairman of the Management Board), and Christian Dummler (CFO) also answered questions and discussed the opportunities and challenges that equal opportunities present to businesses.