I went to the job market in January 2015 and received several offers. I decided to accept a tenure-track position at the University of Cologne. But before starting in Cologne, I had the unique opportunity to visit Stephan Meier at Columbia Business School. Together with this inspiring and extremely clever scholar, I dug deeper into the topics I was so passionate about, such as corporate social responsibility and the meaning of work. While it was hard to leave New York, my four years in Cologne were very formative as I started to fill increasingly at ease in the shoes of a (junior) professor. My academic profile was taking more and more shape. I had a clear research agenda and could align my teaching with my research interests by developing new courses on social entrepreneurship and on intrinsic motivation and leadership. It was such a blessing to be able to convey the students my enthusiasm about these topics! Furthermore, during these four years I could finally harvest the products of the long and hard labor of my PhD by seeing my papers finally being published. But most importantly, during this time, I gave birth to my two adorable sons, Lorenz and Julian. In June 2019, around the same date of Julian’s birth, I received the official offer for the position at the University of Regensburg.
So now, here I am… living in a small old farm in the Bavarian country-side in the north-east of Munich with my family… and Alpacas.