We have come a long way in terms of gender equity. But women in the workforce still tend to earn less than men. Women are still underrepresented in leadership roles. Only 10.4% of Fortune 500 are run by women leaders in 2023. Whether you are a groundbreaking entrepreneur, a seasoned executive, a mid-level manager, or a young professional who dares to dream and aspires to lead this is an event for you. Join us in celebrating women in leadership.
In this interactive event, you will not only hear from influential female business leaders from the German American business community about how they break barriers and persevere, but we are eager to hear your stories, opinions, and ideas. Let’s come together to inspire, support, and create opportunities to lift one another. A networking session with food and drinks will follow the panel discussion.
As the Commercial Plant Manager at the Robert Bosch LLC plant in Charleston, Annekathrin Mueller oversees a Automotive manufacturing site with an estimated workforce of 1,900 associates. Her position entails all responsibilities related to controlling, logistics, IT, HR, and training at the local plant. Throughout her 20 years at Bosch, Annekathrin has consistently demonstrated strategic resilience as she elevated teams, innovated projects, and provided insightful direction reflective of industry needs.
Her most prominent milestones include successfully implementing Industry 4.0 at Bosch’s oldest manufacturing site in Feuerbach, showcasing notable strategy in Anderson’s logistics during the pandemic & semiconductor crises, and most recently transitioning Charleston from Diesel to Electric motors in a post-pandemic environment.
Silvia began her career in 1981 as a freight forwarding apprentice. After successful completion of her apprenticeship in 1984 she transferred to San Francisco as the “Youngest female Management Trainee”. In September 1989 she moved to Charleston, SC to become the Branch Manager of FNC Intl. Currently, she is the Trade-Lane Manager, North Europe at JAS Forwarding. Focusing on growth of bi-directional volumes between NORAM and NOREUR. She supports the industry verticals as liaison between commercial and product leadership.
She held several BOD positions; KRE POA, Toastmasters, CBFFAC (President 2022/23) and has been an active member of the GACC. Silvia maintains industry certifications in regulatory compliance, OFAC, CBP, BIS, ITAR, IATA, TSA. Silvia engages with her Leadership team to find a more sustainable global supply chain and increase awareness of our ESG goals.
Elizabeth Gibbes leads Parker Poe’s International Business Practice, helping to coordinate how the firm serves clients around the world. She understands the needs of international companies like few attorneys in the Carolinas. As a dual-national of German descent, her clients benefit from legal counsel that considers their cultural perspectives and values along with their business and legal needs.
Elizabeth counsels foreign-owned companies that include those in the manufacturing, distribution, and commercial sales industries on immigration and corporate matters, serving as outside “general counsel” or assisting with specific legal issues as they arise. Elizabeth is a partner in Parker Poe’s Charleston office and also serves as the Honorary Consul to Germany for South Carolina and Georgia.
Caroline Frey brings international experience and a diverse legal background to her role at Parker Poe, where she advises U.S. and international companies on business expansion and economic development projects, focusing on manufacturing, warehousing, and corporate facilities. Caroline advises on all aspects of such projects, including government incentives, commercial legal transactions, and real estate needs.
She also provides corporate structuring and other legal counsel services to support U.S. business operations. Previously, Caroline worked on economic development deals for a large international law firm and served in legal and management roles for a hedge fund, a data company, and a group of private investment companies. She holds dual citizenship with Switzerland and has spent many years abroad, earning degrees in law and economics from institutions in England, Germany, Italy, and India.
Kristin Crawley is the acting Senior Global Logistics Manager within Boeing’s Transportation, Warehousing, and Logistics organization, supporting the commercial, defense, and aftermarket strategies and customers base across the enterprise. She is in her 10th year with the company and during her time has lead and coached various supply chain operations teams including manufacturing, procurement, inventory management, and now logistics and export aircraft delivery.
Kristin began her professional career as a high school science teacher in Washington State after receiving her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. She loves all things outdoors and during her teaching career stayed actively involved with her students as a club and high school softball coach. When she’s not hard at work, Kristin enjoys spending quality family time with her son, Reid, and daughter, Ivy.