Swana Schuchmann, a woman with short hair, a bright smile and a white blazer, smiling
Swana Schuchmann, a woman with short hair, a bright smile and a white blazer, smiling

Welcome on board, fellow changemaker!

I am thrilled to have you here! Let's e-meet, shall we?
Learn more about how I work, who I am, what drives me - and how we can shape a more inclusive future together.

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a yellow and orange form with a white background

So...

I address social justice issues in my work through trainings, sensitivity readings and qualitative process support for your DEIB management.
I combine heavy or scary topics with a playful interactive training style that provides connecting experiences for all.
I am interested in leaving people saying "Oh, now I get it!", and them feeling empowered to boldly take action.

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a photo of Swana Schuchmann with a red blazer, smiling
...what exactly are you doing again?

I support you in establishing inclusive and equitable structures in both your professional and personal lives.

As a trainer

My approach

I bring a compelling blend of data-driven research insights, creative knowledge dissemination methods, unwavering enthusiasm, and a deep sense of compassion.

Trainings establish an appreciate and inclusive atmosphere in which attendees can openly share experiences, thoughts and insecurities, as they are seen as opportunities to growth.

As a first-generation student from a working-class background, I'm passionate about overcoming challenges in forwarding knowledge and fostering a culture of lifelong learning. Join me in the journey of making DEIB more accessible!

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Swana Schuchmann sitting on a stool with orange pants and a white blazer
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a bunch of orange sprinkles

Experiences

I advised...

schools and (non-)profit organizations, and my experience spans NGOs, ERGs, and interorganizational DEIB initiatives.

I am also known for my leadership at an LGBTIQ+-led social enterprise, where I pioneered initiatives like #Gesichtzeigen, a queer-to-queer mentoring program for LGBTIQ+ lawyers, and developed the world's first audit regarding LGBTIQ+ friendliness in legal counselling.
My work has been recognized in media articles such as in Proudr and Anwaltsblatt, and nominated for the 'Impact of Diversity Award' (IOD) in 2023.

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a large orange circle

Qualifications

My background

I'm a certified Diversity Trainer and Organizational Development Manager with an academic background in sociology, gender studies, sinology and ethnology.
My expertise includes stigma theory, social identity, disparities in hiring and promotion regarding marginalized communities (the so-called 'leaky pipeline', glass ceiling and glass cliff phenomena). I am an expert in power dynamics, including online violence and e-harassment. Moreover, I am experienced in designing, conducting and analyzing qualitative research (group discussions, interviews).

Do you wish for further support in identifying DEIB KPIs, your employees' opinions on your current strategies, or team members' urgent DEIB-related needs?

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Swana in a yellow top and orange pants leaning against a column, smiling
  • Pre-Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO) / Goethe University
    2024 - continuing

  • Sociology (Master of Arts, Frankfurt a.M.),
    focus on sociology of work, gender and migration,
    2021- 2023

  • Transcultural Studies (Master of Arts, Heidelberg),
    focus on China and East Asia,
    2016- 2017

  • Sinology, Ethnology, Gender Studies (Bachelor of Arts, Frankfurt a.M. & Beijing), focus on gender, demography/ population politics,
    2012- 2016

CERTIFICATES
  • Advanced (Interdisciplinary) Gender Studies (Cornelia Goethe Centre for Women's and Gender Studies - 2022)

  • Diversity, Anti-Bias & Allyship Trainer (Living Diversity, Berlin - 2021)

  • Organizational Development, Change Management, Project Management (Certificate Program, IU - 2021)

  • Right of Asylum, Didactics & Intercultural Sensitization (2017)

ACADEMIA
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Swana Schuchmann smiling in the camera, flowers in yellow and purple the background

"If a flower does not bloom, you do not blame it on the flower - you blame its environment"

is to accompany you on a learning and transformation journey towards greater empathy for yourself and others.

As a professional

My passion

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an orange graphic that looks like a splash of paint
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a yellow graphic that looks like a splash of paint
  • I'm a neurodivergent (HSP) "scanner personality" with a zest for meaningful connections, discovery, and expanding horizons.

  • I love dance, vibrant colors, walks in nature, sculpturing, painting and performing arts.

  • Improvisational theater fuels my diversity training journey, emphasizing embracing mistakes with humor ("ScheiterHeiter" principle).

  • Backpacking (traveling) is another passion of mine, pushing me out of my comfort zone regularly.

  • I cherish a transcultural partnership that enriches my life daily.

More personally

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9 people smiling and laughing on stage
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