My intention with this book is to inspire you. I want to tell you exciting stories of how I turned my start-up in 2016 into an internationally established consulting firm of more than 130 employees with 12 branch offices in 8 countries.
This book should also be an entrepreneurial guide. I’m thinking of start-ups on the level of medium-sized, international operations who attach importance on financing growth from their own resources.
With my story, I would especially like to encourage women, independent of age, industry and origin to believe in themselves and to realise their own dreams and visions. My advice: live by your own goals and ideas - not by the expectations that are imposed upon you.
Goals, dreams and visions are important in order to achieve exactly what you want in your professional life. You will only succeed if you perform your occupation with passion. Of that I am convinced.
I’ve always had goals. My grandparents were successfully self-employed, my parents as well. That’s how I was brought up.
I was also strongly influenced by competitive sports. I always wanted to be successful, to do great things, to realise my goals and dreams. I dreamt of working in consulting without the limits of time and space. I wanted to work globally and with people of varying talents and nationalities. I wanted to help clients offer their innate value and implement their strategies around the globe.
As a woman and entrepreneur in the consulting field, I was at first ridiculed by the competition. But in spite of all the prejudice and difficulty, I was able to lead my international consulting firm to a success I can be proud of within just 3 years.
At this juncture, I would like to thank my partner and co-founder, Dr. Oliver von Schweinitz, who always encouraged me to start passcon. I am also grateful to my husband, Mathias, who constantly supports and stands by me. Without him, it would not have been possible for me to be a good mother to our two children as well as establish an international enterprise.
A huge thank you to my two employees who have been with me from the start, Benjamin Schmidt and Jean Marc Bieger. When our start-up was still in its infancy and no one had a clue where the journey would take us, you helped me realise my vision for passcon. In spite of this uncertainty, you decided to take a chance on passcon, believed in my idea, and have continued to be faithful and loyal employees. Without you I would never have come this far.
I’m pleased you are taking the time to read this book.