HLFF Inspiring Minds



The HLFF Inspiring Minds project is a collaboration between the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation and the MCI – The Entrepreneurial School® and is dedicated exclusively to supporting all HLF alumni in developing their personal career paths in mathematics and computer science. The activities are bundled on the HLFF Inspiring Minds platform, where the HLF alumni get the unique opportunity to interact and build meaningful relationships with laureates and experts from academia, business and industry. One of the main objectives is providing expertise and guidance through an expert mentoring program. In addition to that, the project offers a range of engaging digital formats adressing topics such as career building, diversity and personal development as well as social and professional skills.

All HLF alumni can join the platform via AlumNode: https://alumnode.org/groups/45/

 

  • HLFF Inspiring Minds Expert Mentoring

    Mentoring is a fundamental part of the professional and personal development of young talents. Mentees will receive the opportunity to expand their professional network, enhance their skills and discuss their future career steps with an expert from business and/or academia. Each mentoring pair will spend four to six months together working on individually set goals. The HLFF Inspiring Minds Expert Mentoring Program launches January 2023, with the first round exclusively reserved for women mentees. The application phase has ended. All applicants will be notified by the end of January.
    After the 10th HLF, the mentoring program will be open to all HLF alumni.

     

  • Digital Formats

    In addition to the expert mentoring program, the HLFF Inspiring Minds project offers a range of engaging digital formats adressing topics such as career building, diversity and personal development as well as social and professional skills. Within these formats, leading experts from academia and business have the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge with the HLF alumni. The project focuses on three different formats:

    Inspiring Talks
    Within this format, outstanding personalities from the fields of mathematics and computer science share inspirational experiences, ideas and topics of interest with the HLF alumni. These Inspiring Talks are thought-provoking as well as entertaining, with less of a scientific focus. The themes may be linked to personal experience, current events, global news and developments that impact society.

    Learn More About …
    Personal and professional development are an essential part of building one‘s career. The informative Learn More About… format focuses on expanding the competences of the HLF alumni. Topics can vary from soft skills and methods like design thinking or project management to diversity and empowering women in STEM.

    Ask Me Anything
    Ask Me Anything is an interactive format where experts from academia and business in the fields of mathematics and computer science offer the valuable opportunity for the HLF alumni to learn from their personal experience. The experts choose a specific topic of focus and answer questions posed by the HLF alumni. This format offers a safe space to talk about more sensitive themes, such as career advice, diversity issues, balancing family and career, etc.

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  • HLFF Inspiring Minds Expert Board

    A board of experts provides the HLFF Inspiring Minds project with insights, feedback and knowledge on the areas of careers in mathematics and computer science in academia and/or industry. Current board members:

    • Anna Maria Hartkopf | MIP.labor
    • Cherri Pancake | Oregon State University
    • Ragni Piene | University of Oslo
    • Christine Regitz | Global Head of SAP Women in Tech
    • Beate Spiegel | Chairperson of the HLFF
    • Anna Wienhard | Scientific Chairperson of the HLFF