Welcome to a special Thought Leaders episode for Pride month with Jens Schadendorf, economist and book changemaker, in which we learn why it’s important to invest in LGBT+, diversity and inclusion to drive positive results at corporate, societal, and personal level.
Jens chats about work and family relationships, his own personal struggles as a gay white man serving in the German army, his bilingual studies, and the fascinating global research behind his latest and extremely successful book “GaYme Changer: How the LGBT+ Community and Their Allies Are Changing the Global Economy”
We also talk about sports, good pasta, and dachshunds.
Guest: Jens Schadendorf
Economist and Book Changemaker
As an author, keynote speaker and panelist, Jens focuses on LGBT+ equality, responsible business, organizational and social change and thought leadership. He has written several books. His latest, “GaYme Changer”: How the LGBT+ community and their allies are changing the global economy”, was published in spring 2021 and is the first of its kind. He has also written for leading German media, including Financial Times Deutschland, Zeit online, and Spiegel, and is an independent LGBT+ researcher at the Chair of Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich, Bavaria, where he lives.
Jens makes change via books in another way, too. An award-winning editorial and publishing director for many years, he has worked with bestselling authors such as Jack Welch, Bill Clinton, Anita Roddick, Philip Kotler, Peter Drucker, Don Tapscott, and Hans-Werner Sinn. Today his main business is to advise companies, scientists, managers, and medical doctors on book projects globally. These have been published by well-known US, British and German media houses, as well as some in Japan, China, France, Brazil, Korea, and Russia.
Jens has served as a medical corpsman in the German army and holds a degree in shipping management and a Master’s in economic and social sciences from the bilingual French-German university of Fribourg, Switzerland. There, he also worked as a research associate at the Institute of Political Economy, followed by postgraduate studies on East Asian economic development and culture in Bangkok and Singapore, funded by the Swiss National Fund.
Jens is also a passionate runner and a sports, books and arts enthusiast. He loves baking and good wine, his (Danish) husband Karsten and their extraordinary dachshund Nelly, the headstrong lady governing their household.
GAYME CHANGER – The economic power of human recognition (Download as PDF)
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References & Recommendations
- Book website www.gaymechanger.com which, among other things, shows the more than 400+ companies, NGOs, and further organizations mentioned or featured in the book. It also shows the book’s journey, including some of the upcoming book related events with companies, universities, charities, and more.
- The book website also shows the 28 advance endorsements, including from CEOs, Senior Vice Presidents, Partners, and Professors, coming from the US, the UK, Canada, Japan, France, the Netherlands, India, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, South Africa, and Germany.
- Four book endorsements as examples:
- “GaYme Changer is a unique overview of the rise of LGBT+ inclusion in global workplaces and beyond. With rich stories and background analysis, it demonstrates how LGBT+ equality is not only a moral imperative but also a dynamic driver of growth, cultural change, and business success. Jens Schadendorf’s book is an insightful and compelling read – essential for every leader and those driving inclusion at all levels.” – Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation, London
- “GaYme Changer is the book we need in these turbulent times. I highly recommend it.” – Todd Sears, Founder and CEO, Out Leadership, New York
- With compelling narratives on creative and sustaining endeavors from both individuals and organizations and an acute sense for the bigger picture, Jens Schadendorf shows investment in LGBT+ diversity and equality delivers a return. It is good for business and the right thing to do.” – Christian Klein, CEO and Member of the Executive Board, SAP
- “Global developments and new role models, corporate social responsibility and the economic benefits of LGBT+ diversity and inclusion – all in one. GaYme Changer is unique – a must-read!” – Professor Christoph Lütge, Chair of Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich
- Book review in British “The HR Director”: https://www.thehrdirector.com/hr-book-reviews/gayme-changer-lgbt-community-allies-changing-global-economy/
- First blog of a series related to his book: https://lidpublishing.com/the-rise-of-lgbt-euqality-in-the-global-economy-by-jens-schadendorf/
- Corporate website: www.schadendorf-bcc.com
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