"You always saw the world as your workplace."
In 2009, this was how Reinhard Mohn--the man who turned Bertelsmann AG from an unremarkable, postwar German business into a successful, international media conglomerate--described the professional dedication of his wife, Liz Mohn. Born into a seemingly hopeless world, this girl from Wiedenbruck, Germany, grew into a proactive woman who, following her late husband's death, now represents the fifth generation of Bertelsmann's ownership. She sits on the company's supervisory board, where for decades she has brought unconventional ideas to a traditional media empire, and she also serves as vice chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Foundation's executive board.
In her new book, "Key Moments," Mohn tells her remarkable personal history, recalling with great candor the difficult early years in Gutersloh and how she grew into her role at the side of her influential husband. She met challenges with curiosity and a desire to learn from her mistakes. Through it all, she followed her life's motto: Try it. You can do it.
An active philanthropist, Mohn highlights the importance of every individual being accountable to a greater good while appealing to the social responsibility of the political and economic sectors as well. She makes the case that each of us is called to contribute his or her part toward creating a successful future. This, of course, is what Liz Mohn has done all of her life. In light of her efforts and successes, she is often asked, "How do you do it all?" "Key Moments" gives readers a fascinating insight into the answer.
About the Author
Liz Mohn is chairman of the board of the Bertelsmann Asset Management Group (Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH), deputy chairman of the Bertelsmann Foundation, and a member of the supervisory board of Bertelsmann AG. She is in charge of corporate culture at Bertelsmann and the first woman to be a member of the Club of Rome, a global think tank based in Hamburg, Germany. In 1993 she founded the German Stroke Aid Foundation. She is also a recipient of the medal of honor of Germany's Order of Merit and the service medal of the German Medical Society for her work on behalf of stroke victims.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.