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Company: SAP SE, Walldorf, Germany
Company Description: As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. SAP helps you streamline your processes, giving you the ability to use live data to predict customer trends – live and in the moment. Across your entire business. When you run live, you run simple with SAP.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Women Helping Women – Business

Nomination Title: An economist, change agent and global advocate for gender equality

Describe for the judges the nominated individual's activities and accomplishments that provided support and assistance to other women since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Anka Wittenberg is an economist, change agent and global advocate for how to design and implement a workplace structure and culture that supports true gender equality. For SAP, an 86,000-employee global tech leader, she oversees a team focused on gender equity, cross-generational intelligence and support, culture, race and LGBT awareness and equality, and integration of differently-abled people into the workforce.

Using her aptitude for change management and organizational dynamics, Anka created and has successfully implemented a strategy to drive change starting at the very top with CEO Bill McDermott, whose vision for the company is helping the world run better and improve people’s lives.

In 2017, Anka and her team achieved their board-stated goal for women in leadership positions. In 2011, the company set a goal to have 25% women in leadership positions by the end of 2017. At that time, SAP was at 18% and growing less than 1% each year. The team took a hard look at the data, leadership pipeline, and entire HR lifecycle of women at SAP to learn about the blind spots. They worked closely with the business to increase the talent pool, develop amazing talent, and focus on retention. Anka encouraged open discussions in employee network groups and created training, development and mentoring/sponsoring programs for women. Using HR analysts and SAP’s own software including the SAP Digital Boardroom and Diversity Dashboard to track progress, Anka’s team delivered on its commitment in June 2017.

This announcement is just the latest example of Anka’s efforts to promote a culture of gender diversity, following SAP’s global EDGE certification. SAP’s gender equity journey continues with a new commitment to an increase of 1% each year to 30% by 2022. For Anka, the next leg of the journey will be about ensuring a culture that is truly inclusive of the thoughts and opinions of women in every organization and team, and for every individual.

Anka’s influence extends beyond SAP’s internal gender equality programs. In 2016, Anka worked with a team of technology and HR leaders at SAP to support Business Beyond Bias, designed to complement and scale ongoing diversity efforts by connecting customers with the capabilities of SAP’s leading SAP SuccessFactors machine learning technology. By helping develop technology that spots gender biases throughout the workforce, Anka and SAP are helping other companies realize a workforce free of potential obstacles for all employees, regardless of gender.

In addition, Anka is focused on protecting the rights of young women and children. She is a frequent speaker at global conferences and is active with UN Women helping to drive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment by 2030. She is the Chair of the Board of the World Childhood Foundation, an organization that defends the rights of children and promotes better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. She also raised three children as a single mother and serves as a role model for others, especially so many women globally who much choose between career and family.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated individual (up to 125 words):

-Anka Wittenberg leads a team of global professionals focused on diversity & inclusion and business health for 86,000 employees worldwide.
-Anka is pivotal change agent on how to design and implement work relationship at SAP in an inclusive environment based on mutual respect, care and trust.
-She joined SAP in August 2011 as a global HR Business Partner and was promoted to Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer two years later.
-She is a member of the supervisory board of Westfalen AG in Münster, Germany
-Anka is the Chair of the Board of the World Childhood Foundation Germany.
-She holds a Master of Economics from the Leibniz University of Hannover