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!

Leadership Team

Monica Breitwieser

Monica Breitwieser (CFO)

Tania Weinfurtner

Tania Weinfurtner (CEO)

Dorothee Winkler

Dorothee Winkler (CPO)


  • Dr. Alexandra Arnold, Senior research and teaching associate, University of Lucerne
  • Dr. Eva-Maria Aulich, Geschäftsführerin Giessener Graduiertenzentrum Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften (GGS) der Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
  • Dr. Heidi Bodenmann, Organization and Workforce Planning, Generali
  • 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
  • Asst. Prof. Katharina Dittrich, Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Warwick
  • Dr. Anja Feierabend, Senior research and teaching associate, University of Lucerne
  • Prof. Dr. Diana Festl-Pell, Professor of Finance & Accounting, Karlshochschule International University
  • Dr. Parisa Ghazi, UZH Alumna
  • Dr. Irina Koitz, Application Manager – Industrial Applications and Data Analytics, Siemens, Zug
  • Katharina Jaik, Research Assistant, University of Bern
  • Dr. Martina Kolpondinos-Huber, UZH Alumna
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anne Koziolek, Institute für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Dr. Annette Krauss, Geschäftsführerin Center for Microfinance, Institut für Banking und Finance, UZH
  • Dr. Susanne Mehr, Project Manager, CrossKnowledge
  • Dr. Manuela Morf, Senior research and teaching associate, University of Lucerne
  • Dr. Maria Olivares, Innovation Leader, UZH
  • Dr. Miriam Rinawi, Economist, Swiss National Bank
  • Dr. Patricia Ruffing-Straube, UZH Alumna
  • Dr. Lea Rutishauser, Senior research and teaching associate, University of Lucerne
  • Dr. Anna Sender, Associate Director of the Center for HRM, Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, University of Lucerne
  • Dr. Susanne Suter, Project Manager and Software Engineer, Super Computing Systems
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Hannah Trittin, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Dr. Anna-Laura Wickström, Associate, Mercer (Switzerland)

Activities 2020

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
January 2020 Feedback Circle 
February 2020 Writing Club (monthly since summer 2018)
March 2020 Themed Lunch with Prof. em. Margit Osterloh
September 2020 Feedback Circle
Fall 2020 Public Panel Event «Science Communication»
December 2020 End of Year Meeting and Christmas Dinner


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.