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17 Apr 2023

Karlsruhe becomes the capital of Female Empowerment!


Karlsruhe, 04/17/2023 - With the DIGITAL FEMALE LEADER AWARD (DFLA), Karlsruhe will become the capital of female empowerment in the coming years. The DFLA, the most important award in the female digital scene, will take place this year on September 22 and 23 - for the first time over two days and supported by the cooperation between Global Digital Women, Messe Karlsruhe and the City of Karlsruhe.

This means that the most important industry event for all digital topics relating to female leadership is coming to Karlsruhe and also shows what strong partners can achieve with strong cooperation. Together with Messe Karlsruhe, Global Digital Women (GDW) wants to give women in the digital business world a stage and put the topics of the hour ¬- digitalization and diversity - in the spotlight.

"Business has to be rethought in these times ¬- and that includes women being part of this business and making it more diverse," says Tijen Onaran, who first initiated the DFLA six years ago with her company Global Digital Women. The fact that a perfect match has now been found with Karlsruhe, the city where she was born, and Messe Karlsruhe makes her all the more pleased.

No other city stands for digitization as much as the city of Karlsruhe: the first e-mail was received here in August 1984. Even if sending and receiving an e-mail is taken for granted today, Tijen Onaran knows how important her work with GDW Global Digital Women, the leading company in the field of digitization and diversity, is and what kind of radiance it has. Added to this is Messe Karlsruhe, which implements events at the highest level and where the DFLA finds a new home. Tijen Onaran is certain: "Only together can we achieve great things and drive forward digitization, innovation and future issues.

Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, is pleased that his city will host the DFLA in the coming years and supports the event to the best of his ability. "Karlsruhe stands for liberality and is a city of law. Women's rights are human rights and Karlsruhe is therefore the perfect place for the topic of Female Empowerment. And, Karlsruhe is a city of change and a place to become,'" he says. "This is where ideas are initiated, brought to life and realized, and then taken out into the world."

The topic of female empowerment is also a matter close to the heart of Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. Working in a heavily male-dominated industry, she says, "We give DFLA a stage and are happy to put the spotlight on the issues." And, "As a trade fair, we are an institution of the city of Karlsruhe and a place for smart visions."

Tijen Onaran, born and raised in Karlsruhe, can only agree: "I laid the foundation of my career in Karlsruhe. In the meantime, the DFLA and my companies have an enormous charisma and I like to come back to my roots and my home. Here, where it all began, I want to empower and help create a strong network of women - in Karlsruhe, regionally and globally."

The Summit will kick off on Friday, September 22, with a networking event with invited guests at the Center for Arts and Media. On Saturday, September 23, the big thought leaders' forum will start at 11 a.m. with a keynote address and workshops on the topics of diversity, leadership, innovation and sustainability. In the evening, the award ceremony will take place at the Messe Karlsruhe - with inspiring winners, a top-class jury and great partners.

The Summit in 2023 is just the beginning. GDW Global Digital Women, Messe Karlsruhe and the city of Karlsruhe want to follow a common vision and establish THE Female Empowerment Festival in Karlsruhe.

This is the DFLA:

For the sixth year in a row, Global Digital Women (GDW) will present the Digital Female Leader Award (DFLA) as the most important prize in the female digital scene in the DACH region. Under this year's motto "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You", GDW wants to encourage especially those who are the first in their family: The first to start up or the first to get their own project off the ground. GDW wants to encourage Female Leaders to be trailblazers, to swim against the tide, to be themselves, to be loud, to be colorful - to raise their own voice and just be who they are. The DFLA is dedicated to the different ways of Female Leaders and the responsibility that brands, decision makers and teams take on every day through various initiatives. Because it is precisely this courage and responsibility that is needed to change the world and leave a lasting mark on society. Because good ideas deserve to be found!

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