We are about 50 members working for different companies in and around Frankfurt. Meetings include interesting lectures, workshops, visits to new and interesting meeting locations and much more. Professional development as well as networking within our peer group are our main goals.
26 April Kollegin, Vorbild, Internationalität - Wie international ist IMA? Read more here
26 September Goal-oriented decision making Read more here
28 August Seminar Employment Law Read more here
25 July Painting workshop Read more here
20 June RMCC/Guided City Tour Wiesbaden Read more here
18 February Kick-off-Meeting Read more here
At 28. October 10 IMA friends met for the last face-to-face meeting of our regional group this year in the Memox.World in the newly built Marienturm (4th floor) at the Taunusanlage. From 18:00 h the ladies arrived in the open kitchen area, which leads to one of the meeting rooms (see group picture). First of all, everyone could choose one of the colourful masks I had sewn. Ramin Brand, who studied business administration coming from the catering industry, the Communication Manager at the Frankfurt location (15 people) welcomed us and presented us in detail the concept of Memox, a young start-up company with locations in Zurich and Frankfurt. Agile workshops such as DESIGN THINKING, meeting and conference rooms, presentations, training and SALES PITCH as well as board meetings are part of the package that Memox offers in cooperation with hotels, suppliers and coaches. Ramin presented to us with heart and soul the individually developed room layouts for result-oriented cooperation, which are available at all Memox locations according to the customer's wishes, spread over an area of 500 m². Circular seating instead of U-shaped seating, various types of seating that force mobility and prevent fatigue and boredom, and break fillers to increase creativity and find solutions together should lead to a good overall result. Convertible tables with writable surfaces, instead of white light grey walls and boards, green plants and bistro corners in every room are also part of the inventory. Digital recordings and meetings are in the planning stage. I would also like to add that anyone interested in working in a start-up company is a "girl for everything", there are no fixed working hours and even he himself is used to helping out when it comes to tidying up, thoroughly cleaning the boards and tables etc., in short, a lot is done on his own. Finally we had a snack and I thanked our host with chocolates and sparkling wine from Wiesbaden. We had a lot of fun with lively discussions. A wonderful evening in a difficult time. My thanks go to the energetic IMA ladies and the dynamic host Ramin Brand.
On Thursday, 13th June, we arrived at the Lufthansa Aviation Center, (LAC for short) the headquarters of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, for the Lufthansa Classic Tour. Mia Sigmund, a former flight attendant, and Alexander Riegel, a propulsion engineer from Lufthansa Technik AG, warmly welcomed us at the beginning. 20 participants were divided into two groups for the three-hour tour. I was assigned to Mr. Riegel’s group, who was able to provide us with many detailed and fascinating technical facts, due to his professional background. We started the tour in the Aviation Training Center (LAT) - a striking aluminum building that is clearly visible from the airport motorway. There are over 20 flight simulators and impressive training devices, some of which are rented for training purposes (day and night use). You can recognize them by their sudden movements and loud noises, which were immediately explained to us as simulated emergency landings. Pilots for short and medium distances as well as long distances of the brands Boeing and Airbus of Lufthansa and also other airlines are trained there. The fully equipped cockpits, which correspond exactly to an aircraft cockpit, are mounted on stilts on an electrically or hydraulically operated movement system and are fully movable on all axes. Acceleration e.g. as when taking-off, braking after landing or turbulence during the flight for all possible situations are simulated and then discussed with the trainer to find a solution. 3 beamers on the roof of a flight simulator project depth and distance on the screens in the cockpit. As the thrust develops, one is easily pressed into the seats and the trainee gets the feeling of actually tacking off. The pilots are tested according to a training plan for situations e.g. bird strike, engine failure, pressure drop in the cabin and leaking gases. They also practice take-offs and landings at different airports around the world with their various challenges and difficulties. After obtaining the pilot's license, every pilot has to undergo examinations twice a year in order to maintain the license. They only receive the rating for a specific aircraft type in order to guarantee absolute reaction safety in dangerous situations and blind mastery of the instruments. For efficient use and cost recovery, the devices are usually in use 24 hours a day and are also rented to external airlines - a simulator costs between 20 and 50 million euros and has an energy consumption per year equivalent to a small town! We then went on to the training area for flight attendants. From a gallery we saw the cabin simulators with extended slides, in which pilots and flight attendants prepare themselves for a possible emergency watering or evacuation in emergency situations. The training deals with various dangerous situations, e.g. smoke development in the cabin, unruly passengers, medical first aid and for some time now, even obstetrics. Service training for guests is provided in so-called mock-ups. This includes the construction of a galley (on-board kitchen) with all the equipment, trolleys and work utensils and crockery needed during the service. Various scenarios are practiced for becoming flight attendant all of which under realistic conditions in different travel classes - from the handling of the technology in the seats to serving the offered menu and the competent advice for the suitable wine. Always with a smile, of course. During the tour through the Training Center many questions of the participants came up about emergency situations, automatic flying, duration of an aircraft, material fatigue and the aircraft cemeteries in the Arizona desert, which Mr. Riegel patiently answered.
Our last stop was in the technical hall 5 - after a thorough safety check of all participants, where we were allowed to enter a B-747-8 stationed for repair. Mr. Riegels group first. A highlight for everyone! The plane had suffered a lightning strike in Mexico, but could land safely in Frankfurt and was now checked by technicians for damage to the hull and electronics. Before the machine, which has been in use for 5 years, we were allowed to take some pictures. We were also allowed to take a seat in the Business Class, in the 4-er cockpit, similar to the models of the 60's designed and in the comfortable seats of the First Class under the cockpit. Also here Mr. Riegel answered many questions. His explanations in the cockpit and the possibility to take seat at the captain’s or first officer’s seat were very well received. It was a very interesting and informative event for all of us - many of us won't get so close to business and first class as well as the cockpit of a Lufthansa aircraft again so quickly. I would like to thank Gabriella Halmai for her suggestion and organisation as well as Ms Sigmund and Mr Riegel for the time they took and their very entertaining explanations.
IMA Germany Lilian Helbig, Regional Head of Frankfurt chapter, organised the visit of an A-Rosa river cruiser on its way from Cologne to Basel. On Sunday, 28th April we visited the ship while stopping in Mainz and were heartly welcomed by hotel manager Michael Frahn. After a delicious lunch we were shown around and some of the group thought about how to be able to get hold of the one vacant cabin. Afterwards Nancy Mehnert, HelmsBriscoe‘s representative, presented interesting information about today‘s and modern meeting culture: very interesting - and partially surprising. HelmsBriscoe, by the way, helped making arrangements for IMA‘s National Training in November. Overall a wonderful networking event with interesting insights and good suggestions for thinking outside the box. Thank you Lilian for organising!
On Saturday afternoon March 2, 2019 a small IMA-groupmet. I had organized a tour of the exhibition BRUNO GIRONCOLI. Prototypen einer neuen Spezies(prototypes of a new species) at the Schirn Kunsthalle, a tour of the reconstructed old town and finally a dinner at the wine tavern in the Römer. In a small, yet very interesting exhibition we saw the Austrian artist’s monumental sculptures made from papier mâchéfeaturing surfaces made from gold, silver and copper which appeared futuristic and strange and stimulated our imagination, evoking different associations in the participants. Afterwardswe took a short tour of the reconstructed old town in Frankfurt, thenew attraction for locals and tourists alike starting at the Alte Markt. I provided some historical facts regarding the significance of the Alte Markt, the former coronation route for kings and emperors during the Middle Ages and the long process until the final planning and implementation of the Dom-Römer-project. In total, 35 new buildingswere erected, among them 15 reconstructions of historic houses in the old town described as creative replicas.The„Haus zur Goldenen Waage“isconsidered the most valuable reconstruction. In the future it will house an annexe of the Historic Museum on the ground floor. On the open ground floor of the NeueRote Hauswhich is grounded on mighty wooden pillars sausages were sold. Historically, the property marked the access to the butchers‘ quarter.At the Hühnermarkt I pointed at the Esslinger Haus (Hinter dem Lämmchen 2) where 6-year-old Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and his sister watched the busy market scene from their aunt’s apartment. The Struwwelpeter Museum will move into the house where a plaque commemorates the auntand the house next door (to be opened in summer 2019). At the center of the Hühnermarkt one once again finds the Stoltze-Brunnen featuring a bust of Frankfurt’s famous dialect poet and free spirit Friedrich Stoltze.Fairly cold and hungry we reached the wine tavern in the Römer where we sat in a separate area and after dinner discussed at length modern forms of the office such as mobile working and home office as well as our duties. There was an at times heated and passionate discussion regarding the pros and cons of the various work forms and cultures and we realized that nothingcan be generalized, since everybody has different needs and ideas and a lot depends on the duties.
Lilian Helbig Regionalleitung Frankfurt