Dagmar Wöhrl can be seen regularly on TV with the VOX show “Die Höhle der Löwen”. In the interview she talks about special moments, her greatest role model and her craziest job.
Which moment(s) of your career do you remember most?
Dagmar G. Wöhrl: Oh, there are many. Of course, it was a special moment when I passed my second state exam. This is how I laid the foundation for my professional life. Getting into the Bundestag was indescribable because I had never planned my political career. In my wildest dreams, I would never have dreamed that I would even become Parliamentary State Secretary and Maritime Coordinator for the Chancellor. Well, I will always have special memories of my first day of shooting “Die Höhle der Löwen”. At an age when others are looking forward to retirement, I have devoted myself to a completely different field of work and have become part of a TV show.
Dagmar G. Wöhrl is an entrepreneur and investor in the TV show “Die Höhle der Löwen”. From 1994 to 2017 she was a member of the German Bundestag for the CSU. From 2005 to 2009, the lawyer was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Government’s coordinator for the maritime economy.
What is the greatest luxury for you, apart from material things?
Wöhrl: A relaxed evening with a good glass of wine and nice people around me. That’s a luxury I rarely get to experience. Before I treat myself to that, I tend to use my free time for my social projects – regardless of whether they are about children, animals or the environment.
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What was the craziest job you’ve ever done?
Wöhrl: During the holidays, when I was still going to school. At that time I worked in a bank and sorted file data. All the details of our neighborhood’s assets were on the maps. Nowadays it is rather unlikely that a 15-year-old will see this information. Apparently I didn’t find it that exciting, because during the next summer holidays I preferred to work for the football newspaper “Kicker”. Football was more to my liking back then and the job enabled me to take part in many Bundesliga games.
Who is your personal role model?
Wöhrl: I found my role models in my family. My grandmother was a woman who kept the family together and valued traditions. She was of the opinion that you send positive or negative rays to your fellow human beings. She said: “If you send out positive rays, they will come back to you.” I still orientate myself on that today. My mother was my role model in professional matters. At a time when women generally didn’t go to work once you had started a family, she even worked shifts. She showed me how important it is for a woman to earn her own money and be independent.
What does female empowerment mean to you?
Wöhrl: To be honest, I’m not a big fan of these keywords. It is important to me that we support women and each other – no matter in which areas. I wish that women would accept that part of them would rather be at home and take care of the family. On the other hand, it should be perfectly normal for a woman to juggle a career and a child. In the end, it should be crucial that a woman has free choice and uses it. This requires better support in childcare – but everything else is then up to the women. Because it is not enough to demand a quota for women in management positions, there must also be women who want to take on this task. In the end – and I know this from my own experience – family life falls by the wayside.
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