Professor Alina Sorgner Invited to Join Think20 Taskforce on Gender Economic Equity

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Panel discussion on the topic of "Digital SMEs - new opportunities and challenges in the world of work"

Photo courtesy of Mittelstandsunion. From left: Wolfgang Becher (moderator), Hans Michelbach (member of the German Bundestag and Director of the Bavarian Mittelstandsunion), Prof. Alina Sorgner, Valerie Holsboer (Board member of the German Federal Employment Agency), and Eva Maria Himmelbauer (Member of the Austrian National Council and CEO of a digital enterprise)

JCU Professor Alina Sorgner was recently invited to be a member of the Think20 Taskforce on Gender Economic Equity. Think20 is a worldwide research and policy advice network for the G20, which is under the Argentine presidency this year. Professor Sorgner actively participates in T20 public outreach activities. For instance, she recently advised members of the German Bundestag from various political parties on new opportunities for closing gender gaps in the digital age. She was a co-author in a recently published policy brief on “Achieving “25 by 25”: Actions to make Women’s Labour Inclusion a G20 Priority” She also gave a public lecture on “Women as winners in the digital age” during this year’s “Kieler Woche,” which is the largest sailing event in the world and one of the largest public festivals in Germany attracting millions of people from around the world.

Dr. Sorgner is Assistant Professor of Applied Data Analytics in the Department of Business Administration at John Cabot University. She received her doctoral degree in economics from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. Her research work in the field of entrepreneurship, regional studies, and digitalization has been published in peer-reviewed journals and discussed in leading newspapers including Süddeutsche ZeitungFrankfurter Allgemeine and La Nación. 

Earlier this month, Professor Sorgner was invited by the Mittelstandsunion (a working group of CSU on Small and Medium Enterprises) to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “Digital SMEs – new opportunities and challenges in the world of work” together with Hans Michelbach (Member of the German Bundestag and Director of the Mittelstands-Union of CSU), Valerie Holsboer (Board member of the German Federal Employment Agency), and Eva Maria Himmelbauer (Member of the Austrian National Council and CEO of a digital enterprise). The event was opened by a keynote address by Kerstin Schreyer, the Bavarian Minister of Family, Employment and Social Affairs and was highlighted in the German media (e.g. Bayernkurier).

In Fall 2018, Prof. Alina Sorgner will be teaching MKT 305 Market and Marketing Research and MKT 310 Consumer Behavior.