Let’s Talk: Conversations Inclusion and Diversity

Let’s Talk: Conversations Inclusion and Diversity

The moderator will invite us to reflect on diversity and inclusion in workplaces as well as exchange perspectives, together with a panel of leading women from international companies in Düsseldorf and surrounding areas. 

Focus: the challenges that employers and employees face in this area. e.g. lack of talents, struggle to retain those talents, need for more diverse teams, difficulty in finding job openings as women of other nationalities: non-native speakers, without job experience in the German labour market.

The Speakers are

  1. women in senior positions with job experience in international companies or companies with an international perspective
  2. women with international mindset and the ability to take action in their positions and  lead teams
  3. women that see diversity as an opportunity and inclusion as an asset for workplaces

Martina Borghoff

Head of Corporate Talent Management at Rheinmetall

With several years’ Human resources, Talent, HR Transformation, Leadership and Human Capital management experience within the consulting and corporate environment, Martina currently heads up Corporate Talent Management at Rheinmetall AG. She holds an MBA from University of Passau, Germany. Born in Düsseldorf, Martina still resides here with her family.

Rachel Mackenzie 

Director of Asset Support and Outage Excellence at Uniper

Rachel leads teams of engineers delivering outage and scheduled maintenance projects across Uniper’s Power station fleet in Germany, UK, Central Europe and Sweden. She has 18 years’ experience within the Energy industry within diverse areas Projects, Energy Trading, Energy Economics, HR and Retail. Rachel holds an MBA majoring in Strategy, Financial Strategy, Creativity, Innovation and Change. She relocated to Düsseldorf in 2009 and holds German/English dual Nationality.

Simona Tonella

IT Transformations Programme Manager – Responsible of IT Transformations CoE at Vodafone

Simona is an Electronic Engineer with several years of leadership with international teams and large client services organizations. She has extensive experience in leading IT teams to implement enterprise-scale Transformations including transition to Digital and Agile Operating Model. Expert in Program and Portfolio Management, Shared Services through off-shore companies. She is a regular Conference Speaker at public events such as the annual ITSMF meeting and Simona is an active supporter of women´s career development through Companies’ initiatives and personal volunteering.


Feb 25 2021


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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