About us

Welcome to Initiative Women in Leadership (IWiL), your partner for the empowerment and growth of female leadership talent. Founded by Sabine Hansen and Dr. Natalie Daghles, IWiL offers a comprehensive and dynamic program to develop women who are ready to advance into top management positions.

Our mission is clear: We want to see more women in leadership positions and are working hard to achieve that goal. With a strong network of mentors, we support nearly 200 female talents on their way to the top. We are proud that 60% of our mentees have made significant career strides, many within just a few years of starting their mentoring at IWiL.

Our network includes impressive leaders such as Annette Grabbe, CEO of Rheinbahn, Dr. Lena Lindemann, Chief Human Resources Officer at Ergo Versicherungen, and Christina Sontheim-Leven of CEWE, all of whom have been helped in their careers by IWiL.

We invite you to learn more about our work, our network and our success stories. Become part of IWiL too and actively shape your future as a female leader. Together we can change the landscape of corporate leadership and pave the way for more women to reach the top

Jasmin Renelt

Jasmin Renelt

Office Managerin

Juliana Korte

Office Managerin

Jasmin Biesenroth

Communications & Events

Jana Henn


Tatsiana Suermann

Events & Office Coordination

Saskia Leininger

IWiL Spokesperson

executive board

The Initiative Women into Leadership e.V. has expanded its board and proudly introduces five new board members. Sabine Hansen and Dr. Natalie Daghles are joined by three other well-known members.

Nicole Riggers, a long-time mentor at IWiL, takes over Relationship Management. Dr. Werner Grünewald, also an experienced mentor, will be responsible for Financial & Operation Management. Dr. Maike Albers-Malkus, a former mentee and faculty member of the LeadershipNext Academy, will take care of program and communication management.

Vorstandsvorsitzende Sabine Hansen

Sabine Hansen

Chairwoman of the executive board

Dr. Natalie Daghles

Deputy Chairwoman of the executive board

Dr. Maike Albers-Malkus

Member of the Board

Dr. Werner Grünewald

Member of the Board

Nicole Riggers

Member of the Board

advisory board

The Initiative proudly announces the formation of its new Advisory Board. This step underscores our goal of successfully establishing women in leadership positions.

Our Advisory Board, consisting of seven renowned representatives from IWiL member companies, including Daniel Kapffer (DekaBank), Matthias Schellenberg (Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank), Vito Volpe (Santander), Jacquiline Harvey (AUDI), Dr. Elke Frank (Scout24 Group), Dr. Christian Kohlpaintner (Brenntag) and Melanie Wiese (Deutsche Beteiligungs AG), will strategically strengthen us and expand our international reach.

Together, we strive to help more women achieve leadership roles in various industries and to consolidate IWiL’s impressive presence both in Europe and globally.


Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank


Regional Director China and Hongkong


Santander Consumer Bank AG


Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Daniel Kapffer


Dr. Elke Frank

Supervisory Board Member
Scout24 Group

Dr. Christian Kohlpaintner

Brenntag SE

Become part of IWiL: Your platform for leadership and networking!

Do you feel inspired by the vision and goals of the Initiative Women into Leadership (IWiL)? Would you like to actively participate in our network as a company or leader and shape it together with us? Then we cordially invite you to become a member of IWiL!

IWiL offers you a unique platform to network with top personalities from different industries, to exchange experiences and to develop your leadership skills. As a member company or top executive, you will be part of a dynamic community that champions diversity, innovation and leadership.

Contact us now and start your journey with IWiL! We would be happy to arrange a personal meeting by phone or video call to give you a detailed introduction to IWiL and the many ways you can become a member.

IWiL – Empowering Leadership, Connecting Leaders!

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‘Diversity on the leadership level is not an end in itself,
but effectively promotes successful entrepreneurship.’
Dr. Natalie Daghles
Noerr LLP