Together with the Initiativkreis Ruhr, German steel giant ThyssenKrupp launched a new networking format for female executives in the region. For the first time, around 140 leading women from the Rhine and Ruhr met at the her.summit in the ThyssenKrupp Quartier in Essen. The new format is designed to bring together women in positions of leadership from the region to discuss and facilitate ideas for particularly relevant industrial policy issues of our time. The opening event was held under the motto of: the Ruhr region and hydrogen, a region as a pioneer for the green transformation. The participants are drawn from business, science, associations, media and medicine.The goal of the initiative is to establish an additional, sustainable network for female managers in the region, to inspire more women to take on leadership and key positions, to support them on their way there, and to give them greater visibility. In addition, the Ruhr region is to be positioned throughout as a strong region with strong players in future topics.The program of the her.summit includes keynotes, panel discussions and workshops on the topics of green transformation, female career paths and innovative strength. Speakers included Westenergie AG CEO Ms Katherina Reiche, RWE Generation SE’s Chief Operating Officer Hydrogen Dr Ms Sopna Sury, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG’s Head of Decarbonization & Sustainability Dr Ms Marie Jaroni and Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Chairwoman Prof Dr Ms Ursula Gather.In the future, the her.summit will be held once a year as the premier networking event for leading female managers in the Ruhr region and beyond. The event will be hosted by one company from the region at a time, with each company passing the baton to the next in successive years. Following the premiere at ThyssenKrupp, the second edition of the her.summit in 2023 will be hosted by Vonovia SE.