After the successful launch of our Ambassador Programme last week, we are now very happy to welcome Verena Bentele, a top biathlete; Birgit Fischer, an Olympic canoeist and Frances Hesselbein, President of the Leader to Leader Institute.
Verena Bentele | Top biathlete, four-times winner of the World Championships and twelve-times Paralympics winner
Biathlete Verena Bentele is a winner: she won twelve gold medals at the Paralymics and won the World Championships four times. Verena Bentele, who was born in 1982 in Lindau on the eastern side of Lake Constance, has been blind since birth, due to a genetic defect. The award-winning athlete is among others Ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee. Moreover she was awarded the Order of Merit of Baden-Württemberg and the Golden Ring of Honor of the City of Munich.
Birgit Fischer | Most successful Olympic athlete in sporting history
As a canoeist and canoeing instructor, Birgit Fischer is committed to sustainable and environmentally sound water sports. According to Fischer, Germany’s most successful Olympic winner in sporting history, sport has always been the “greatest pastime in the world”. Born in Brandenburg in 1962, she won the world championships 27 times and additionally eight gold and four silver medals between 1980 and 2004.
Frances Hesselbein | First Chairperson of the elite U.S. Military Academy in West Point, and President of the Leader to Leader Institute
Frances Hesselbein’s life is characterized by respect and being actively involved for others. She committed herself to the American management of the Girl Scouts for many years. After 13 years as their CEO, she received the highest civil award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was both the first woman and non-graduate to be appointed the management advisor of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, Virginia in 2009.