Our event

The WIL conference 2021 will take place on May 8th & 9th 2021 online.  

Program of the event

During our conference, we will offer you a diverse program of speeches, panels and campfire sessions as well as a networking event after the conference. Our program is aimed to present projects and activists from all around the world who are working on topics of gender, feminism, diversity and intersectionality in their specific fields, ranging from IT security to StartUps to political activism, development work and more! All the times given in this program are set in the Bremen timezone.  

SAturday, MAY 8TH, 2021

9.00 - 9.30

Opening Ceremony

9.30 - 10.35

Overcoming trauma to live a self-determined life

10.45 - 11.45

Diversity is capital: How to raise it?

11.50 - 12.50

Campfire Sessions

12.50 - 13.20

Lunch Break

13.20 - 14.20

Panel: Gender diversity at  Schaeffler

14.20 - 15.20

Women in security and politics

15.30 - 16.45

Panel: Intersectionality

16.50 - 17.50

Women in STEM

17.50 - 18.00


SUNday, MAY 9TH, 2021

10.00 - 10.15


10.15 - 11.30

Panel: Gender in Academia

11.30 - 12.30

Networking Session

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch Break

13.30 - 14.30

"Inspiring & Empowering Women Inside & Out" - Facing the criminal justice system and becoming yourself

14.30 - 15.30

Political Organizing: The future of progressive politics and people-centered governance in Minnesota, USA

15.30 - 16.00

Closing Ceremony


Our speakers

Meet our speakers, panelists and campfire session leaders! In the coming months, we will introduce more and more of the amazing people that will speak at the WIL conference 2021. 

Are you curious to learn more about them? You can meet them during our conference in May... 

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Jenny Davidson

CEO of Stand UP Placer -empowering survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence

Society of Women Engineers - Principal consultant, HEDGE Co 

Mary Isaac 

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Laura Lazar

Founder of BE COSMOPOLITE - Gender and Diversity Leadership

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Women working in Security – International Security & IT Security 

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Amane Badhasso

TakeAction Minnesota – promoting people-centered democracy

CEO of behindbras – inspiring and empowering women inside and outside of prison 

Barbara Burton 


Women working in Security – International Security & IT Security 

Caroline Krohn

Panel on intersectionality

Defined as an analytical framework combining and creating different modes of discrimination and privilege, "Intersectionality" is seen as a debate of the present and a solution of the future. Aligned with this theory we have the honoured panelists of the Intersectionality Panel in the WIL Conference who will discuss on multiple areas connected to the main topic in hopeful grounds that these exchanges of ideas will create a more diplomatic, diverse environment for the youth in our future. The discussion will combine theoretical insights with practical discussions on how to navigate spaces like the workplace.  

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Korean American theologian and Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, Indiana - Intersectionality, Feminist & Theology 

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Anne Sisson Runyan

 Professor of Political Science and former Head of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati (UC) 

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Professor of Political Sciences at Jacobs University Bremen 

Marco Verweij – Moderator 

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Writer, Founder and a Global Category leader in the industrial sector 

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa 

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Consulting, identities, self-actualization and branding from a LGBTQAI+ perspective 

Trevor Walker

Panel on gender in academia

Gender, an acting agent in influencing higher education and research, has long been overlooked and has caused inequality in many aspects of an academic career. The Gender in Academia panel has gathered six individuals from different fields and positions in academia to discuss the past, present, and future of the cis-male dominated industry, and how gender inequality within affects from students in high education, to academic scholars, to the rest of the world. We will tackle the topic through the lens of personal experience, administration and leadership perspective, male ally-ship, and much more. This panel will serve as a space and platform for open dialogues between agents within academia and wishes to inspire further communications, activism, and participation in efforts toward an equitable industry that supports scholars from all gender identity and sexuality. 


Susanne Täuber

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior at the University of Groningen

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Thomas Auf Der Heyde

Provost at Jacobs University Bremen 

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Mandi Larsen - Moderator

University Lecturer for Methods of Empirical Social Research Methods at Jacobs University Bremen 

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Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University Bremen

Sebastian Springer

University Lecturer in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering at Jacobs University Bremen

Kinga Lipskoch 

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Sociologist, Co-founder of motus5 - Diversity strategies

Dr. Ruth Müntinga


As opposed to presentations in front of a large group of people, campfire sessions are smaller and more intimate with a focus on conversation and networking amongst the participants rather than projecting content. The facilitator of this session normally speaks for 10-15 minutes about a topic that leads to a group discussion in order to increase learning and engagement for the participants. 

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Marlen de la Chaux

Technical expert at UN's International Labour Organization

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Founder of BE COSMOPOLITE - Gender and Diversity Leadership

Laura Lazar


Aurelie Salvaire

French Author & social entrepreneur - Diversity and Inclusion expert 

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Annabelle Deisler

Management consulting & CornerOffice, a fashion startup



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Your company is seeking to have more women in leadership? 

Your organization is working to improve the situation of women anywhere in the world?  
Then, let’s collaborate!  


  • 200€ for a speaker. 

  • Your logo will be displayed on our social media accounts as well as on our website.  

  • You will get the chance to participate in our networking event. 


  • 400€ for a speaker and logistical costs.  

  • Your logo will be displayed on our social media accounts and our website. 

  • You will have the chance to introduce yourselves during the conference through a video.  

  • Moreover, you will get the chance to participate in our networking event. 


  • 600€ for two speakers and logistical costs.  

  • Your logo will be displayed on our social media accounts and our website. 

  • You will have the chance to introduce yourselves during the conference.  

  • You will get the chance to participate in our networking event.  

  • You will get a slot in our program to send a speaker from your company/organization.