PANDA Automotive is a networking event for women who are already experienced executives or strive for a leadership position. 100 great women from the automotive industry will attend the event.

As part of our event series “PANDA Women Leadership Contest”, PANDA Automotive is all about networking, experience exchange and personal growth regarding leadership. The contest is one element of a very interactive and dynamic day at the end of which the top 10,  elected by all participants, are being awarded. PANDA addresses women who like to be challenged, want to grow personally, but also as a leader, and support each other in doing so. The program offers the opportunity to test their leadership skills in different team situations and holds various benefits: Networking, knowledge and experience exchange, peer feedback, the chance to be awarded, direct contact to companies and jobs and access to the PANDA Female Leaders Network.


PANDA offers a great opportunity to connect with, learn from, and support other women who have the will and the skills to lead while having a lot of fun!

Bettina MaischSenior Key Expert Consultant Industrial Design Thinking, Siemens

PANDA is a fantastic chance to get to know women with lots of energy and drive. It is great to know that there are lots of enthusiastic and energetic women who take care of their own careers with the support of other Pandas. PANDA – keep going!

Thea FeuersteinPurchaser Motor Sports, Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

Most women do not like contest situations. But PANDA makes it for us as comfortable as possible. The atmosphere is inviting, very warm and the only thing that matters in the end is what you can gain from the simulations and feedback, to get to know great women and to have a great day.

Jessica HallerTeam Coordination, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

PANDA fascinated me! A great opportunity to get in contact with inspiring women. The events with the simulations and the feedback give new energy, fresh motivation and stimulating ideas.

Jeannine RappInternal & Change Communications, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

PANDA Automotive 2018 has strengthened my belief that success is only achievable by joint passion, open-mindedness towards new things and individual’s authenticity in team. I had a lot of fun during the exchange with great, impressive, and nonetheless, very different women that inspired me by their strength and their enthusiasm. For the future, I hope that especially women from smaller companies take the chance to participate in PANDA. Together one can achieve great things!

Janine CleverInnovation & Design: Strategy and Consulting | GENERATIONDESIGN GmbH



Regina Mehler

Founder, Women Speaker Foundation & First Row

Ghazaleh Koohestanian

CEO/Founder, Re2you GmbH

Yvonne Kania

Program Manager, Harman Connected Service

Anja Hendel

Director Innovation and Digital Transformation Finance, Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

Dr. Siu Ping Afonichev

Product Manager, Volkswagen AG

Dr. Caroline von Rudzinski

Visiting professor, Technische Universität Berlin

Elke Lücke

Leitung Personalentwicklung & Talentstrategie, Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

Annette Grimm

Vice President Human Resources, Continental Powertrain


We are convinced by PANDA’s mission! That's why we're launching a new industry special this year: PANDA Automotive for women in the automotive industry and those who want to be a part of it. With much, little or even upcoming leadership experience. I'm looking forward to the unique atmosphere - created by challenge, networking, getting creative, learning and by allowing oneself to be inspired. So far, I've experienced such energy and dynamics only at PANDA events, so I'm looking forward to it even more!

Barbara TexterHead of Employer Branding Germany, Continental

Discovering diverse perspectives is not only exciting, but also offers everyone and every company the chance to generate added value. Diversity is a part of Bosch. Due to different perspectives and respectful cooperation, new creative solutions, products and services arise. In the long run, innovation without diversity is impossible.

Maria Belén Arands ColásElectrical Engineer, Robert Bosch AG

We at Audi are looking forward to PANDA Automotive as a day full of impulses and networking with innovative women. Use this creative platform to exchange ideas with colleagues from Audi. Find out what moves the automotive industry in this exciting time and what opportunities it offers for you.

AUDI AG Employer Branding

Accenture supports PANDA because we are always looking for new and talented female colleagues who enjoy designing innovative and digital automotive trends. PANDA offers an interactive platform for direct networking and exchange with Accenture colleagues. See for yourself how you, too, can make a difference.


Two aspects impressed me most at PANDA Female Leadership Contest. First, PANDA is building up an incredible community of inspiring female professionals – a perfect networking set-up. Second, the contest creates a safe and friendly environment which allows the participants to step out of their comfort zone. Do you want to try out new roles and functions, test your leadership skills and get a constructive, motivating feedback? Then you’re at the right place.

Darya KamkalovaSenior Data Acquisition Lead HERE Technologies

The automotive world is in transition: new technologies, cooperation with other industries, complex customer requirements. In order to score points with innovations, we need a variety of perspectives. PANDA Automotive is a great opportunity to discuss the future trends of our industry from a female perspective. As hosts, we look forward to intensive discussions and new impulses from the participants.

Elke LückeLead of HR development and talent strategy, Porsche

A strong cohesion, flat hierarchies and a lot of fun in the development of strategies and approaches to digitalization for our customers in the automotive industry - that means teamwork at Strategy& for me. We are at PANDA because we believe that team diversity is the best driver of innovation.

Timo KronenPrincipal, Member of the director's board, Strategy&, Part of the PwC network