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Senior director strategy

Katharina Engelhardt

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Consumer Goods / FMCG, Operations



English, German


Multinational (>1000)




"You got this!
Just do it!"

inspiration collaboration balance
Katharina can support with:
Agile development / project management Decision-making Coaching Confidence building Conflict management Intercultural communication Leadership skills Product development Starting a business / project / side-hustle Strengths & weaknesses identification Team management & leadership
Katharina's work experience:
Consumer Goods / FMCG Operations Manager Coach / Trainer Owner One-woman business Medium-sized business (<250 employees) Corporate (>250 employees) Multinational (>1000) Germany

I’m Katharina, a senior director strategy at adidas and your career and leadership coach.

I empower ambitious women so that they get more recognition for their work and create career opportunities that are exciting for them and match their potential. I believe that women can have it all - a successful career and a great family life!

My unique understanding of processes in the corporate world, as well as my coaching and leadership experience with executives, helps women worldwide to create real business-relevant added value for a company and to position themselves as highly sought-after experts or leaders.

I have supported many women around the world to create quality career opportunities, to move into the jobs they really want, to successfully manage their leadership roles, to negotiate the terms that suit their career stage and to negotiate their salary with confidence and fun. I support women to go their own personal way authentically and self-confidently in order to be successful and relaxed. Mindful high performance!

For more than 25years, my mission has been to promote equal opportunities and close the gender pay gap. You too can make a significant contribution to this if you take active responsibility for your own career development, both in terms of content and financially.

Get more recognition for your work and create career opportunities that are exciting for you and match your potential - I am by your side!

Katharina is open for:
some brainpicking 🧠 becoming a sparring partner 🤝 coaching 🏆
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