“Even a Hartz IV child must be able to become a DAX CEO,” says Natalya Nepomnyashcha. A social climber herself, she talks openly in her book about her tough path to the top. She reports how she was repeatedly discriminated against because of her Hartz IV background - until she achieved her career breakthrough after many years. Today she supports over 2,000 adults on their professional path.
Nepomnyashcha shows how much the society benefits when people of different social backgrounds work together at all levels.
It empowers those who want to get promoted, because after they have made the step to graduating from high school or university despite the many hurdles, the glass ceiling often follows in their job. That is why social origin must finally be recognized as a diversity factor in companies. However, there needs to be an awareness of the problem in the boardrooms and human resources departments. Using her own story, case studies and the situation in companies, she shows how we can create space for upwardly mobile people in companies, politics and society - and why that is good for everyone.
Natalya Nepomnyashcha, born in Kyiv in 1989, grew up in a socially disadvantaged area in Bavaria and managed to study international relations in Great Britain without a high school diploma. Afterwards she worked, among other things, for an NGO from West Africa and now works for one of the largest global management consultancies. In 2016 she founded “Network Opportunities” as a part-time job. The social enterprise offers an ideal support program for social climbers between the ages of 18 and 39 and involves employers. Natalya Nepomnyashcha runs the organization on a voluntary basis alongside her full-time job and is a sought-after keynote speaker.
An event organized by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with Ullstein Verlag and Thalia Bookstore.