leaders talk by the female factor – Episode 9 – Sandra Kolleth, Managing Director of Miele Austria, Slovenia & Croatia
Quote: “Passionate for people. Passionate for leading.”
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In this episode, Sandra Kolleth, Managing Director of Miele Austria, Slovenia & Croatia, talks about her career path from Xerox to Miele. She describes how she developed her „passion for sales“ vision and replaced it with a „passion for people“ as the biggest element of the communication process. Sandra highlights the biggest challenge in her transition from B2B to B2B2C and B2C sales. Sandra also explains how she decided to accept Miele’s offer and switch companies, after working for Xerox for 23 years. Sandra, who is loyal to the company she works at, shares her vision for different career cycles and the younger generation in terms of switching between professions and companies. She also points out how this affects diversity within the organisation. During the episode, Sandra describes her leadership style, gives advice to leaders, talks about how women tend to underestimate their strengths, and highlights the value of coaching and mentoring – for both mentor and mentee. At last, Sandra talks about her commitments to close the gender leadership gap.
Sandra Kolleth: Sandra Kolleth is the Managing Director of Miele in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. She has been the President of the American Chamber of Commerce and a contributor to a non-profit organization on social policy and education.
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.
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