About GPWA

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Who We Are

The principle purpose of GPWA, Inc. is to provide a forum for German-speaking professional women:


  • To assist and support one another professionally for career, education and business development
  • To provide opportunities to network and develop business and social relationships
  • To encourage exposure to the German culture and language
  • To understand and help one another in cross cultural aspects


Mission Statement

GPWA Inc. is an organization dedicated to serving the business and cultural interests of German-speaking women in the United States. The association promotes business networking, the development of ideas and the exchange of information among German-speaking professional women.

A Brief History of the German Professional Women’s Association (GPWA Inc.)

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Our Board Members

Christina Griesser – President

  • German/American Citizen
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Studied in the US, Germany and France
  • Previous employment included Account Manager for automotive supplier
  • Freelance assignments including translations and event planning
  • Director for Customer Relations at Deutsche Schule Metro Detroit (DSMD)
  • GPWA Founder




Erika Soeding – Public Relations

  • German/American Citizen living in the US since 1967
  • Bachelor in business/banking
  • Relocation Specialist
  • Business owner of global business, specializing in nutrition and skincare
  • Vacation rentals in Florida and northern Michigan
  • Interests: reading, tennis, kayaking, x-country skiing, gardening, traveling
  • GPWA member since 2000




Gisela Blevins – Communications Consultant

  • German/American citizen living in the US since 1972
  • Volunteer Executive Assistant to the German Honorary Consul in Michigan since 2012
  • Previous experience includes 22 years in Public Relations at the German Consulate in Detroit and three years managing a German economic development office
  • Freelance translator
  • Interests: reading, politics, psychology, people, gardening
  • GPWA member since 2000




Beate Kasi – Web Administrator


  • German citizen living in Michigan since 1995
  • Masters degree in Computer Science
  • Software Engineer
  • Hobbies: small-scale farming, Watercolor painting
  • GPWA member since 2007




Christina Simon – Treasurer


  • German citizen, living in Michigan since 2007
  • German law degree with a MBA from Michigan State University
  • Hobbies: gardening, tennis, cooking, traveling
  • GPWA member since 2011




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