The women's peer mentoring group CareerElixier was founded by fourteen female Doctoral students and post-docs of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics with the aim of motivating participants to pursue careers in academia and to provide mutual support in developing expertise within and beyond their fields of study.

CareerElixier needs you! Become a member, profit from our support, and enhance your chances of pursuing a successful (academic) career. We are looking forward to meeting you!


  • Dr. Alexandra Arnold, Post-Doc, School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, USA
  • Dr. Eva-Maria Aulich, Geschäftsführerin Giessener Graduiertenzentrum Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften (GGS) der Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
  • Heidi Bodenmann, Research and teaching assistant, PhD candidate, UZH
  • Dr. Katherine Caves, ETH Zürich, KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle
  • Dr. Donja Darai, Data Scientist at King, London, UK
  • Dr. Patricia Deflorin, Projektleiterin und Lehrbeauftragte für Entrepreneurial Management, HTW Chur
  • Dr. Anja Feierabend, Senior research and teaching associate, UZH
  • Prof. Dr. Diana Festl-Pell, Professor of Finance & Accounting, Karlshochschule International University
  • Parisa Ghazi, Research assistant and doctoral student, UZH
  • Dr. Irina Koitz, Application Manager – Industrial Applications and Data Analytics, Siemens, Zug
  • Katharina Jaik, Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, Swiss Leading House "Economics of Education"
  • Martina Kolpondinos-Huber, Research Assistant, UZH
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anne Koziolek, Juniorprofessorin, Institute für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Dr. Annette Krauss, Geschäftsführerin Center for Microfinance, Institut für Banking und Finance der Universität Zürich
  • Dr. Manuela Morf, Senior Research Associate, Universität Luzern
  • Dr. Maria Olivares, Technology Transfer Manager, Disney Research Zurich
  • Dr. Miriam Rinarwi, Ökonomin, Schweizer Nationalbank
  • Dr. Patricia Ruffing-Straube
  • Lea Rutishauser, Wissenschaftliche Assistentin, Universität Luzern
  • Dr. Susanne Suter, Project Manager and Software Engineer, Super Computing Systems
  • Prof. Dr. Hannah Trittin, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Dr. Anna-Laura Wickström, Associate bei Mercer (Schweiz) SA in Zürich

Activities 2018 / 2019

The peer mentoring group focuses on four main areas in order to meet the challenges that women face in academia, i.e., fostering publications and the acquisition of third-party funds as well as improving teaching activities and the integration of career and family.

When What
May 2018 Themed lunch: Third-party funding 
May 2018 Workshop: "Powerful communication" in hierarchical organizations ((in German)
September 2018 Business Meeting & Grants Peer Review
October 2018 Workshop and public panel discussion: Social media in science
December 2018 Workshop: Visual thinking
December 2018 Business Meeting & Christmas Dinner
January 2019 Workshop: Political Scills


Current and former members of the peer mentoring group CareerElixier have been able to celebrate significant successes during their time in the group. One former member, for instance, has been named junior professor, and various third-party funds as well as scholarships have been acquired. The success of the peer mentoring group is reflected in the following quotes:

"The concept of peer mentoring impressed me so much that I immediately introduced it at the University of Giessen in my role as managing director of the Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law (GGS)." (Dr. Eva-Maria Aulich)

"Without a doubt, I owe a debt of gratitude to this group for their role in my receiving the SNF scholarship to continue my research activities abroad!" (Violetta Splitter)

"I benefited especially from peer feedback on writing the application for my SNF scholarship so that people outside my specialty could understand it." (Susanne Suter)

"The peer mentoring group really helped me to get clear about my own career goals." (Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anne Koziolek)


We would like to thank the Office for Gender Equality of the University of Zurich for its financial support in 2012, as well as the Graduate Campus (GRC) of the University of Zurich for its financial support since 2013. In addition, we would like to thank the chair for Quantitative Business Administration under the direction of Prof. Dr. Karl Schmedders for its generous support.