leaders talk by the female factor – Episode 2 – Solveig Menard-Galli, COO & board member Wienerberger

leaders talk by the female factor – Episode 2 – Solveig Menard-Galli, COO & board member Wienerberger

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Solveig Menard-Galli, COO & board member at Wienerberger, shares why listening to her team and to the market is one of the most important aspects of leadership, and why it is important to not rush too fast to decisions but instead take the time needed. She discusses diversity and business, and how we are going through a huge transformation of our society as a whole. Solveig also shares her experiences with changing industries as well as the challenges she has faced while working abroad – and going back home – both personally and professionally. She addresses how she as a leader and Wienerberger as company work with (gender) diversity goals, for example in regard to recruiting new team members and putting together leadership teams.

Speaker bio:
Mag. Solveig Menard-Galli: is the COO of Wienerberger Building Solutions and Member of the Wienerberger AG Board, the world’s largest producer of bricks. Prior to her role at Wienerberger, Solveig has worked in leadership positions in other large international companies, such as Heineken in the Netherlands. Solveig puts much emphasis on the importance of listening and being open-minded in leadership. She sees international experience as a valuable contributor to her own (professional) life and would advise others to take advantage of international opportunities.


Mahdis Gharaei:Mahdis​ is the co-founder & co-ceo of the female factor. She’s a passionate diversity advocate, business woman and opportunity maker by heart with a particular focus on creating cross-border relationships thanks to her Persian roots. Before starting the female factor she served as one of the youngest general managers of an international airline and had leadership roles at non-profit organisations such as the World Affairs Council, AustrianStartups and Female Founders.

About the female factor:

The female factor is a global community for the next generation of female leaders, enabling them to get their seat at the table. The brand recently launched Europe’s first job platform connecting female job seekers with inclusive companies.

About Senate of Economy: As an independent business network, the SENATE OF ECONOMY is a driving force in shaping a sustainable society and a global eco-social market economy. We offer concrete and practice-oriented know-how for entrepreneurs and political decision-makers.

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