Katharina Seehuber

In one sentence: What motivates you?

I am a curious person in a way that I want to expand knowledge, learn new things and especially understand the interconnections or ties of our surrounding world.

In two sentences: in your opinion, why do diversity and digitalization belong together?

When moving in a – by the way widly varying – digital world, we can become voices without having to show our gender, age, religion or skin color at first stage, therefore digitalization enables diversity. But diversity also enhances digitalization, since only with diverse knowledge, approaches and methods we can improve the functions of digital tools for all of us – a way that not only leads to a more equal future, but that is also clearly in the interest of anyone who's making profit or usage of digital tools.

In three sentences: Do you have a role model? If yes, who and why?

I take the term "role model" literally, since I believe that in different situations in our lives we take different roles: partner in private or business life, daughter, aunt or mother, CEO, speaker, coach for team members, best friend or sports partner. Given this, I have several role models for the many roles I have in my current life. One who is especially remarkable in the context of digitalization is Michelle Obama, who uses twitter, youtube and other digital channels same as “offline channels” such as her new book to promote ideas and developments that I relate to.

Your tip for newcomers and young talent?

My tip is to stay curious! It is a rather negatively connoted adjective, especially when given to women, but I think that curiousity and the drive to understand things deeper is what keeps us going. It also enables us to learn new things and switch in between disciplines, a skill that I see as very important for future careers.

Your favorite social media channel?

Social Media channels needs to fit the need. There is no one-for-all, so while professionally I really like LinkedIn for being able to bring offline business networks online in a very structured and useful way, i personally like Pinterest a lot for all the inspiration that it gives.

A book that changed your life?

Michael Ende – Momo. While being seen as a childrens book, only now as grownup I really value the underlying messages of taking time as something that belongs to us, of fighting the waste of it and especially the idea of taking one step at a time when a task seems too massive – a thought that always calms me down when my life seems too crazy and unbearable.

What is your goal for 2019?

Stabilization. 2018 has been a year with a lot of development, both in my company and in my PhD project. In 2019 I move things forward while learning how to balance both projects and myself in them. Sounds pretty conservative, but as a surfer I believe in waves: When something speeds up and rolls over you, it will also have to calm down and retrieve a little before the next wave will inevitably come up again.