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We were excited to welcome Wolfgang Link as a guest at our PROUT PERFORMER Lunch Talk on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Click here for the recording of the interview (German):

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About Wolfgang:
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Wolfgang Link was appointed to the Executive Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE in March 2020. He is responsible for all entertainment activities of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and is CEO of Seven.One Entertainment Group.

He joined the ProSiebenSat.1 Group in 2009 as Head of Entertainment at SAT.1, and was later responsible for all entertainment formats of the German station group as Senior Vice President, bringing ‚ÄúThe Voice of Germany‚ÄĚ to Germany, for example. From 2012 to 2016, he was Managing Director of ProSieben, became Managing Director of ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH in October 2013 and took over as Chairman of the Executive Board shortly afterwards. In 2019, as co-CEO, he was responsible for merging the station brands, content, marketing and distribution operations under the umbrella of the Seven.One Entertainment Group, which will operate in 2020.

After studying communications, arts and psychology, Wolfgang Link initially worked for various musical and live productions. From 2003, as a producer and executive producer at Grundy Light Entertainment, he helped make the ‚ÄúDeutschland sucht den Superstar‚ÄĚ format a success, among other things.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

This event took place in German.

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Guest of the day

Birgit Spors
Head of Marketing + Digital Channels (Director) at KfW Bankengruppe
3rd place PROUTExecutives 2021

Birgit Spors is responsible for all customer interfaces at KfW Germany. In this role, she plays a key role in driving KfW’s connectivity to the digital economy. She wants to make funding simple, digital and accessible everywhere. Internally, she is involved in KfW’s Rainbow Network and, through her management function, also sends an important signal that equal opportunities are a reality at KfW and that she is an exemplary diversity employer.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

This event took place in German.

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guest of the day

Dr. Christophe Campana
Founder and Managing Director of Campana & Schott
3rd place PROUTExecutiveAllies 2021

Dr. Christophe Campana is founder and managing director of the Campana & Schott group of companies. He has over 25 years of experience in (top) management consulting and is a member of various expert and advisory boards. He has been instrumental in shaping the company’s open, tolerant and diverse culture from the very beginning.

Christophe is also a sponsor and one of the biggest supporters of Campana & Schott’s LGBTQ+ network SCOUT. He has already accompanied the community on its way to coming out and is its trusted ally, advisor and friend.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

This event took place in German.

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GUEST OF THE DAY
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Sven Bäring
Lieutenant
Chair of QueerBw
1st Place PROUTinthePublicService 2021

Sven Bäring is chair of QueerBw. The 26-year-old has been leading the network for queer members of the German Bundeswehr since 2019. The network consists of around 300 members who are active throughout Germany. In his role as chairman, he is in close exchange with those affected and their superiors, advises the military and political leadership on diversity issues, and provides support for education and training in the area of diversity. The network operates a 24-hour hotline, which is ensured by him.


Sven Bäring strongly values a collective queer community and sees cohesion and solidarity as essential components of his commitment.

Together with his deputy Anastasia Biefang he works on the rehabilitation of discriminated soldiers. In addition to networking with other associations and organizations, this also includes exchanges with politicians in the Bundestag.
The goal is to come to terms with the decades of injustice that queer soldiers have had to endure. Until 2000, homosexuality was an eligibility criterion in the German armed forces.


In Munich, Sven Bäring not only supports the regional group of the network, but also volunteers at the SUB, organizes community events and is involved in other associations.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

This event took place in German.

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GUEST OF THE DAY
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Nico Hofmann
CEO of UFA GmbH
10th Place PROUTExecutives 2021

Diversity is a central part of UFA’s corporate culture, which Nico Hofmann as CEO has been actively promoting for years – whether in front of or behind the camera, diversity in teams is essential and inspires UFA in its daily business. As Nico Hofmann’s stance and commitment to LGBT*IQ+ issues has changed UFA’s corporate culture, he makes an important contribution to an open, tolerant, respectful and democratic society not only inside but also outside his workplace. From the employees of UFA originates the strong will to live diversity, inclusion, equal opportunities and tolerance as a self-explanatory matter. To drive this forward, UFA was the first German media company to dedicate itself to more diversity.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

This event will took place in English.

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GUEST OF THE DAY
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Angela Matthes
Founder/Creator of becurious.li
Former CEO of Baloise Life (Liechtenstein) AG

Until recently, Angela Matthes was CEO of a subsidiary of a European insurance group for 8 years. She also transitioned during this role in 2014. Since the beginning of the year, she has started her own business “becurious.li” to focus on innovation and disruption in the area of prevention and protection. Her website will always have a strong human component with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Firstly, because Angela Matthes is deeply convinced that our ever faster changing business environments need teams that have the ability to look at challenges from as many different angles as possible. And secondly, because through her own personal journey of change, she knows first-hand how much energy is released when we create environments where we can all bring our best authentic selves to work. On the latter, she is fortunate to be able to speak at lectures or panel discussions time and time again.

Regularily, our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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Guest Of The Day

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Margot Slattery
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Sodexo Group

As the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Sodexo Group, a world leader in integrated facilities services, Margot has responsibility for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of its integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives.  

Limerick-born Margot joined Sodexo Ireland in the early 1990s and prior to her current role, was country president of Sodexo Ireland from 2015-2019.   For her work in championing successful inclusive leadership in Ireland, Margot was regularly listed on the Financial Times‚Äô Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders and was made a Chevalier de l‚ÄôOrdre National du M√©rite by the French Ambassador to Ireland. She has also been the recipient of many other business and professional awards in Ireland and abroad.

Sodexo delivers services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial, pharma and healthcare. These include food services, infrastructure build, facilities and estate management, optimising the workplace experience, wellness experiences, personal and homecare services.

Once a month our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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GUEST OF THE DAY

© Vaughan Price

Vaughan Price

Partner at PwC
Founder and partner sponsor for Shine, the PwC LGBT+ network and member of the global PwC LGBT+ Partner Board
Ranked 7th on the TOP 100 OUT EXECUTIVES list 2020

After completing his mathematics degree, Vaughan started his career with PwC in London in 1985. After 6 years he moved to Munich as an FCA where he joined the PwC Germany partnership in 1998. He is an Assurance Inbound Leader at PwC Germany as well as Leader of the UK-German Business Network.

He is a founder and partner sponsor of the LGBT+ Network, as well as a member of the PwC Global LGBT+ Board and the regional committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany. As part of a global mentoring programme, Vaughan mentors a young gay future leader based in Africa, supporting him through regular face-to-face and virtual meetings to help him develop at this critical stage in his career.
He speaks at numerous events and participates in panel discussions at companies as well as LGBT+ organisations, thereby promoting the visibility of LGBT+ issues in the workplace and establishing LGBT+ inclusivity as an inherent part of corporate culture.

Once a month our board member Albert Kehrer invites an inspiring role model of the LGBT*IQ community or an LGBT*IQ Ally for a chat. You can look forward to an interesting exchange about role models and visibility in the LGBT*IQ community.

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Guest of the day

Nick Mott
Senior Adviser at Dentons; Chair Dentons Global LGBT+ network
100 OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives Role Model Lists 2018 and 2019

Nick has been at global law firm Dentons for many years, most recently as Assistant General Counsel (Partner). Between 2014 to 2019 he was also Diversity and Inclusion Partner in the UK during which he significantly raised the visibility and importance of Inclusion and Diversity within the Firm. He co-founded Dentons UK  LGBT, Black Professionals and Asian Professionals (Fusion) networks, and was an early promoter of the concept of intersectionality . He also set up, and continues to chair, Dentons Global LGBT+ network which connects Dentons LGBT+ staff and their allies across its many regions, and raises awareness in a variety of ways, including an annual Dentons Global Pride Day. A passionate supporter of trans* colleagues, Nick instituted Dentons’ UK transitioning policies and related training, and has promoted greater staff awareness of trans* issues. During Nick’s tenure as D&I partner, Dentons UK was listed as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for 4 years running.  Dentons is also recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer 2020.

Externally Nick supports a number of LGBT+ charities including Diversity Role Models (which supports schools and pupils with LGBT+ awareness and bullying prevention) and is a volunteer with Opening Doors London as part of their tele-friending service for older LGBT+ people.

Nick retired from the partnership in 2020 and is now a senior global adviser to Dentons, advising on LGBT+ issues and awareness. He was proud to be named in the 100 OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives Role Model in 2018 and 2019.