Going Beyond: the Power of Integration. Keynote and Workshop

Nov 18, 2014

    Helga Hengge takes her audience to the summit of the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest. Illustrated with spectacular images of her two-month long ascent via the North East ridge in Tibet, Helga shares her enthusiasm & motivation for the adventure of a great goal and for pushing physical and emotional boundaries in the face of challenge. She talks about the power of a diverse team, the step-by-step ascent, dealing with setbacks, and about trusting your inner strength. The highlight of her presentation is the ascent to the summit and the fulfillment of a great dream.  The moment, when there is “Only the Sky above”.


    • Mount Everest – the adventure of thinking big
    • An international team – individuality and team spirit
    • Basecamp at the Rongbuk Galcier
    • Sherpas – the tigers of the Himalayas
    • Climb high–sleep low - setting up four high camps
    • Different values – trust, respect and partnership
    • Courage and self-motivation
    • Dealing with setbacks without losing sight of the goal
    • 7 weeks into thin air and nowhere near the summit
    • Pushing boundaries and critical self-assessment
    • Getting to the top


    Content: Helga Hengge will give us insights on how she came up with the idea to climb the highest mountain on Earth, which personal bias she had to overcome, what inspired her and the secrets of her success.

    What´s your Mount Everest in life? Go on a personal journey with an expedition team and find out what your biases are and how you can overcome them to step out and try something new or different. Climb up and go beyond yourself!


    How diversity and Inclusion can help you go BEYOND
    Career Talk by Deborah Zitterbart, November 17, 2014 5:10 pm 

    Going beyond – the power of integration. This was the motto of this year’s Diversity Day at our headquarters in Herzogenaurach. It was the 5th Diversity Event and the 4th time I have organized this event – but the first time I was on stage and not behind the scenes. So it also was my very own personal going beyond!

    Through speeches, discussions, workshops and info booths the event gives everyone the chance to enrich themselves, network and get inspired.

    One of my personal highlight was our inspiring keynote speaker, author and mountaineer expert Helga Hengge. She captured the audience’s full attention when she took us to the highest place on earth where the earth touches heaven – to Mount Everest.

    How to climb Mount Everest

    Helga raised the question why so many teams fail in their attempt to climb Mount Everest. Interestingly enough, avalanches, winter storms, ice, etc. are not the main reason for failure. The reason why so many teams fail is because on the mountain they face the same difficulties that we all face in real life challenges:

    • picking yourself up after severe setbacks and getting back on track
    • keeping your focus on the goal in spite of all the side steps and firefighting on the way
    • …and most importantly, the need to keep up team spirit in times of difficulty.

    One of my key sentences out of Helga’s presentation was that respect is something you have to earn step by step, inch by inch. It never comes for free, for nobody.

    Sometimes we get to our limits. But if we want to reach a goal as a team, we have to be ready to fight and not waste time discussing who in the team carries the ‘heaviest backpack’. To reach the goal, our differences are important because a diverse team makes the strength and success of a team.

    Diversity & Inclusion is a heart and passion topic for me and with all the volunteers this year I really have seen that a big step has been taken to reach the goal of getting more inclusion in our diverse work environment. It was great to see people engaged in deep discussions around how to make the adidas Group an even more diverse and inclusive place to work. We had many participants confirm that they took away new impulses and ideas and that they felt empowered to make a difference and go beyond.

    The key learning is and was as always that I have to start with myself by showing that I want to make the difference. So let’s leverage our teams’ diversity.

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