GAIA Insights was established in January 2012 by founder and Managing Director Martina Mangelsdorf.
Martina is a dedicated Human Resources professional with more than a decade experience in Staffing, Talent Management and Leadership Development. Her functional expertise was built in small niche firms as well as in large multinational corporations such as DuPont and Novartis, where she held different positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Martina was Head of Talent Management and Staffing for region Latin America with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, based in the United States. She is the author of the German book "Generation Y" (published in February 2014 by Gabal Verlag).
Having lived in five countries and worked or travelled in over 50, Martina embraces life as a truly global citizen. She was fortunate to see a lot of the planet’s diversity and benefit from inspiring encounters when, in her late 20’s, she fulfilled her childhood dream of backpacking around the world solo. This life changing experience shaped her view of human nature and led her to infuse her newfound insights into corporate talent management.
Martina has always been fascinated with the personal development process and its impact on expanding potential. Specifically, she is intrigued by the role memorable experiences play in that process, serving to reconnect individuals with their own true sense of purpose. Influenced by the principles of gamification and positive psychology, Martina has developed energizing concepts which initiate positive behavioral change and result in sustainable leadership qualities that drive business.
Realizing how corporations of all industries struggle to engage their next generation of leaders, Martina brought together her passions for people, the planet and for expanding potential by founding GAIA Insights.
On occasion, Martina may choose to collaborate with a partner from her extensive network of qualified consultants and subject matter experts.
Most recently, GAIA Insights formed a new partnership with event agency Authentic Escape, a specialist provider for tailor-made corporate events around the world. Their motto "Disconnect. Reconnect." is a great expression of the values we share: ethical responsibility and an active contribution to sustainable development by honoring authentic local properties with a great tradition that inspire creativity and collaboration. This includes healthy seasonal cuisine made from local fresh produce as well as extraordinary activities that guarantee unforgettable memories. Authentic Escape offers fantastic alternatives to classic meeting venues in anonymous chain hotels and business centres.
In 2014, GAIA Insights became the first European-based license holder for Actionable Workshops! Turning ideas from top business books into conversations & action plans, Actionable Workshops are offered by Actionable Books and we are proud to act as their European representative. Actionable Books also offers 550+ free business book summaries with personality. Insights you can apply in minutes - we love it!
In 2013, GAIA Insights also became an affiliate of The Denovati Group. Sharing a passion for preparing individuals throughout their careers to work more effectively with one another is the foundation of our partnership, as the Denovati are Digital Era explorers, pathfinders, and pioneers who seek to understand and effectively leverage social and digital technologies. The Denovati Group enhances the success of individuals and organizations in the Digital Era through an alliance that provides thought leadership and guidance, research, consulting and training services, and a professional community that fosters the sharing of information and best practices.
Since 2013, GAIA Insights is proud to be affiliated with Future Workplace, an executive development firm dedicated to rethinking and reimagining the workplace. Future Workplace provides executive education to HR leaders and high-potential managers to build the skills and capabilities needed for success in the workplace of the future. Martina serves as the European Director of the 2020 Workplace Network sponsored by Future Workplace.
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