History – Talent Meets Bertelsmann

Talent Meets Bertelsmann

Networking at its best since 2008

Bertelsmann has been inviting top students from all over the world to Talent Meets Bertelsmann in Berlin since 2008. At the 12th edition in 2019 more than 50 students from 20 different countries had the chance to get to know Bertelsmann from an inside perspective and to put their creative and entrepreneurial talents to the test. Get an impression of our networking event!

Creative Assignment 2019

“Why is your team greater than the sum of its parts?” In the creative assignment our talents show what they’ve got!

Best of Creative Assignment

Browse through some highlights of the last years!

Marcus Fetzer, 2018

“The get-together of the group and getting to know each other made the first day of Talent Meets Bertelsmann very special. And of course, the deep dive into the group roles. First you have to find your place in the group pretty quickly, then come out of your comfort zone.”

Saruul Krause-Jentsch, 2015

"Talent Meets Bertelsmann is much more than just a recruiting event, it really IS a networking extravaganza. On the first day, Bertelsmann asked us to work on a creative task, which was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get to know our team members."

Jan Tenenbaum, 2017

“TMB was very special because of all the new people I met. It was an outstanding bunch of great individuals coming from different backgrounds and locations. Also, the pace at which we worked was incredible. I hardly remember any occasion where I needed to elaborate something that quickly.”

Best of Workshops

Various divisions and diverse teams: Together with experienced company representatives the participants work on case studies focusing on the future trends in our business areas media, services and education.

Jan Tenenbaum, 2017

“I didn’t expect the high level of support we received to perform so well. Not only did we get clear instructions and great support from the divisions – Arvato in my case – those guys were very much into it and did everything to help us. But also we had an internal consultant who provided a different point of view which definitely speeded up our work.”

Jenny Dreier, 2013

"The workshop was intense and with a great team, we managed to develop a new concept for Bertelsmann’s BePrinters division in order for it to leverage the digital developments for their business. Besides getting to know Bertelsmann as a company there were many opportunities to get to know the other participants as well as the media business in general and most importantly: it was a lot of fun."

Benedikt Dalkmann, 2008

"The event – which in 2008 was still called Talent Meets Media – was simply fantastic. The workshops were stimulating, the social program was a lot of fun, and the participants were curious, open-minded and fun. I was inspired by the many facets of Bertelsmann and the entrepreneurial mind-set of the executives whom I spoke to." 

Best of Presentations

The teams present their ideas and solutions in front of members of the Bertelsmann Executive Board. Attractive prizes are awarded for the best ideas.

Sascha Firtina, 2016 

“I enjoyed most how interactive the audience was. It was also good to see how interested the Board members of Bertelsmann were and how involved they got with our presentation and our questions. And, of course, the applause in the end and the positive feedback we got for our presentation. That was really incredible.”

Ute Brade, 2012 

"All in all TMB was a successful event, where I learned a lot and gained great impressions! In particular, I liked the presentation of the workshop results. It was great to get the chance to present our ideas in front of the business representatives and obtain their feedback."

Tessa Niemann, 2013 

"TMB is a great opportunity to take a look into so many interesting facets of Bertelsmann and to present your ideas and visions in front of the Bertelsmann Board."

Best of Networking and Party

An unforgettable experience: After the case study presentations and award ceremony, participants enjoy a memorable party, which includes not only a live concert from a BMG music act, but also the opportunity to network with other guests: students, TMB alumni as well as Bertelsmann entrepreneurs and executives.

Raphaela Ring, 2017

“I enjoy most that I got to meet people – fellow participants as well as Bertelsmann employees – who had similar interests but came from very different backgrounds. So, I think me and all of these different minds figuring out how I would fit into that world was really useful.”

Jenny Dreier, 2013 

"TMB was a lot more than just another employer branding event. The whole event was perfectly organized and besides getting to know Bertelsmann as a company there were many opportunities to get to know the other participants as well as the media business in general and most importantly: it was a lot of fun."

Annika Senkovic, 2010

"The TMB event offered a lot: interesting and challenging group work, great care by employees and executives of the Group's divisions, an attractive and well-organized program with an "after-show party" where you had the chance to get to know many company representatives and party together in the evening."

What happened after?

The Talent Meets Bertelsmann community already includes almost 700 outstanding members. Former TMB participants share their stories: What happened after Talent Meets Bertelsmann?

Sascha Firtina

“We came first in the competition at TMB, and right after the presentation one of Bertelsmann’s Board members approached me and asked me if I wanted to become his personal assistant. I got to know him and decided to decline an offer from Google to join Bertelsmann as his assistant in September 2016. It was one of the best times I have ever had. I learned a lot, traveled the world and got to know the media industry working for a really experienced CEO. That was an incredible experience.“

Marcus Fetzer 

“I finished my Master’s thesis with new enthusiasm because data was a topic of TMB and also of my thesis. After that, I started my traineeship at Gruner + Jahr." 

Jana Latzel

"I participated in TMB in 2012. Afterwards I finished my internship at careerloft in Berlin, then enjoyed the summer at my parents before writing my Master’s thesis in Montréal, Canada. During all that time I never lost contact with Bertelsmann, which was great for me, since I was looking to start a job right after my thesis." 

Svenja Ziegert

"When TMB was over I returned to London, where I finished writing my Master’s thesis. After handing it in, I spent the five months from October 2011 to February 2012 in Brussels as a Blue Book trainee with the European Commission. Then, at Halloween, I joined the other team members and the leaders of our group on a trip to New York!" 


Become part of our community

After the event, TMB participants become part of the exclusive Talent Meets Bertelsmann community, which includes almost 700 outstanding members and grows every year. It allows our talents to stay in touch with Bertelsmann and other TMB alumni via regular communication, a yearly alumni reunion in Berlin as well as regional meet-ups throughout the year.

Learn more about the community


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Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 126,000 employees and generated revenues of €18.0 billion in the 2019 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

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