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 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)

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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


Birgit Maun – Communications Consultant

  • Austrian Citizen
  • Lived in Germany over 23 years before moving to the USA in 2006
  • Former Paralegal and office manager for an International Law Firm in Berlin, focused on divorces of binational marriages and immigration law, later foreclosure specialist for PriceWaterHouseCoopers in Stuttgart, responsible for the biggest client in the automotive industry within the firm
  • Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams in Michigan since 2014
  • Active GPWA member since 2014
  • Birgit is very passionate about her family, friends, clients and about her work. She loves to travel and cares very much about healthy cooking. Fun fact: she does speak Austrian Dialect and she can not resist chocolate.

Danielle Workman – Treasurer

  • Michigan native
  • exchange student in Germany 1989
  • Financial Advisor
  • GPWA member since 2009, board member since 2019




Beate Kasi – Web Administrator


  • German-American citizen living in Michigan since 1995
  • Software Engineer
  • GPWA member since 2010