And the winner is...... ?
Since 2006, DLD has presented the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership to innovative women who change and shape the future with their outstanding vision. The Award honors Aenne Burda, mother of publisher and DLD Chairman Dr. Hubert Burda. A visionary powerhouse, Aenne Burda built one of Germany’s great post-war success stories, turning a small publishing house into the world’s largest fashion publisher. Previous winners include Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington, architect Zaha Hadid, online luxury fashion pioneer Natalie Massenet, Mozilla Founder Mitchell Baker, Internet entrepreneur Esther Dyson, magazine publisher Martha Stewart, Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
Cherie Blair presents this year's Aenne Burda Award and introduce the Aenne Burda Award honoree Viviane Redding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Co-Chairwomen. One of her concerns as EU Justice Commissioner is the strengthening of the EU's data protection rules. Her second playfield is to set up a women's quota for more women in leadership roles. She is a role model as well as Aenne Burda was. But the world need more women as leaders. Gender gap doesn't only exist in developing countries! Cherie Blair mentioned it that there's a huge gap in the US and Europe - women showing a growth everywhere EXCEPT seats of power.
What's the reason? Azeem Azhar, Founder of PeerIndex might have an answer and offers some data on gaps in women in engineering roles.
Award winner Viviane Redding gives a hint to every single woman in her acceptance speach: "If you have a vision for the future, just do it. Don't ask permission."
Not to forget the privacy discussion at the moment. "It's good that trust and privacy are back on the table again. Internet companies need that to function"
Congratulations, Viviane Redding! Keep up your good work as a role model.