On the search for more

It all began with Hannah struggling to understand her difficulties of finding a place for her newborn son, Henry, and herself that supports her working routine as well as takes care of Henry. She was looking for a perfect place for her every-work-day. An idea was born. Hannah has been carried by the idea to build up the place that offers everything a working women needs.

Hannah is our machine! She is the head and the soul of CoWomen, never tiring of pushing the idea forward.

When Hannah reached out for more women to join CoWomen, she didn’t have to look too far. Sara, a well-known colleague in software consultancy, got on board and adds skills in project management and community building to the team. Sara has a passion for digitalization and modern feminism and leads her teams with empathy.

Sara is our Community Manager and as such is looking forward to getting to know and bring together a lot of great women.

Kat is a media enthusiast and leadership nerd. She is our marketing wizard and supports us developing our homepage and our marketing strategy.

Our inspiration

Hannah Dahl CoWomen Managing Partner

I was born in Texas, but I grew up in West Germany. To be honest, there is no deeper connection to Texas or the US except perhaps my rather unusual hobby, softball. Having an exciting place of birth however may be the reason for my passion for travelling. When I was 12, I went to Canada to visit my godparents all on my own. At age 16 I went to school for a year in Mexico. Mexico has a place in my heart, I always carry the people and experience there with me. Another place which had an early impact on me had been Peru, where I spent one semester during my studies at the University of Mannheim.

Making the world a better place – Meanwhile and driven by personal challenges, I initiated and sponsored several projects with public impact. Winning awards for my personal commitment and having been publicly honored makes me proud and thankful. It further gave me the chance of making early experience with press on television, in newspapers, magazines and on the radio. When I was young, I believed I could make the world a better place. Helping and supporting others to overcome and solve their problems to create a better life for themselves is important to me.  In my current position, I am well-known throughout all departments for being active for the equal rights and support especially of women and disabled people.

Showing the highest commitment – To me, showing outstanding commitment in my personal and professional career is key. Turning obstacles into opportunities characterizes me as a personality. I am ambitious, resilient and have a pragmatic and efficient approach to getting things done which I want to share with others.  I will never stop trying to make the world a better place and I am very happy to fulfill our mission to give the women a space to unleash their full potential and grow together as and within a community.

Finding inspiration – I have been very fortunate to meet many people in my life who have given me inspiration, strength and have accompanied different sequences of my life. I am thankful for their input, guidance and mentorship and I know, that this kind of inspiration helped me to believe in myself and in my ideas.

In addition, there have also been people, which  I only met briefly and who nevertheless deeply impressed me: There was the cleaning lady in my former office, for example, who was always incredibly happy and thankful. I have learned the essence of life from moments and people like her.

It hasn’t only been women who influenced me. There have been male role models in my life who helped me a bit along the way, who trusted me, transferred difficult tasks to me while not leaving me alone finding the solution.

In a professional context, I have met many women who have shown me that you do not have to pretend that you are a man to progress in your career, but can also get ahead professionally with female strength.

Last but not least, in addition to my male mentors and female protégés, I can count on a large community that is reliably at my side for all sorts of questions about life and work. I believe network is key.

Connect with me on LinkedIn here.

Sara Community Manager

A small town girl from the south of Bavaria, I have always been interested in politics and team sports. I guess, I am a debater with lots of sporty spirit and lifelong team building experience.

I get along perfectly with my male colleagues and I do not feel left behind in any way. I learned however that I have a different relationship to my female colleagues – an even more trusting and even more giving relationship. When we are working together, we push each other as much as we build each other up. This amazes me so much. I want to transport this opportunity and get other girls to form strong bonds to other women in business, in order to get the most out of their career and the most out of other women’s experiences.

Living Variety – I have always been on a search for my perfect education, my perfect job, my perfect life. This search is responsible for a winding path in life in some aspects. My journey however includes exciting stops like Seattle, London, Saigon, Cologne and Berlin which each had their own impact on me. Our generation has the opportunity of travelling and seeing the world before understanding ourselves. Each of my life stops have taught me a little bit about myself and build up a colourful network of impressive people.

Finding Expertise – In a diverse and complex world it has been my main challenge to find the expertise I wanted to be active in and work with. Milestones on this search have been finding politics, smart cities and finally e-government and digitalisation as fields of study and work. None of my decisions I would have seen coming years ahead. They all resulted from thought processes and I do not regret any of them. My path is characterized by higher education, being a founding member of a British university’s society called Sustainitect for sustainable life at university. Starting a job which university didn’t prepare me for and becoming senior consultant, team leader and project manager within four years of working in the digital sector.

Learning lessons – On this journey, I learned that I want to share my early experience with others and help them taking their decisions and finding their path and to keep the following in mind: Never regret decisions and make the best out of what you get! Always have fun in each aspect of your life! Be furious! And last but not least: Keep the awesome,  mind blowing people you meet on your trip through life. They can be one of the most important factors of success and a valuable source of inspiration!

Finding inspiration – My inspiration is nourished by the diverse and unbelievably powerful women across my large family. They are creative, empathetic and enduring, loving successful women who I owe so much!

Colleagues at university who always pushed me.

A mentor at work who taught me how to open doors and how to be visible.

By my co-founder, Hannah, who never seems to get tired and who I am thankful for getting us here.

My dear and in most parts crazy girlfriends, who are responsible for who I am in the end and carry every decision I make with me.

And my wonderful sister, who I share so many passions with. She is a much better me and my most important source of inspiration.

Connect with me on LinkedIn here.

Kat is our badass! She has a background in journalism and international business practice and is the host of the women’s leadership podcast Leading Rebels.

Kat is CoWomen’s Marketing Manager. If you have input or questions on our marketing, she’s the gal to ask.

Connect with Kat and learn more about Leading Rebels here.