Fifty+, Portraits


[by Irma Heuven]

Heike Werner von Niessen’s biography

Heike Werner von Niessen, was born 1967 in Frankfurt, Germany. After finishing high school, she studied Art history and Medicine studies. Due to personal issues, she was not able to finish university. After school Heike worked as an Office maker, a Psychotherapist, a Cosmetician, and as an Executive. Currently, she is studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Media. One is never too old to learn.

This whirlwind is also participating in the Miss50Plus Germany contest of 2021. Her goal is to shine a light on the 50 plus women in a positive way. To show the world that 50 plus can be the start of a whole new chapter in life. Heike is happily married to Prof. Dr. Jochen Werner von Niessen and together they have two children, daughter Sarah and son Noah. She loves animals. She committed herself to take care of street dogs.

Heike is a passionate entrepreneur.

  • On one hand, she is managing a company with over 100 employees for a number of years. With expertise in parcel transport business at Frankfurt Airport.
  • On the other hand, Heike is really passionate about cosmetics. Trained as a professional skin therapist, she is running her own beauty institute. She is developing and in charge of her own cosmetics line named h!SKIN.

Because of family circumstances, she and her family moved from the Rhein-Main area to the Ruhr area to the city of Essen. In her new hometown, she repositioned herself as an event planner for the University Medicine Foundation.

Heike Werner Freifrau von Niessen is the face and the driving force behind the innovation festival “German Innovation Ball” She is a blogger and a charity lady and has her charitable account ” ” A platform for social institutions, foundations, and other charitable projects. For her channel, she has met and interviewed many interesting women and men in Germany.

Particularly close to her heart is Prof. Dr. Eggers Foundation, of which she is the ambassador. The foundation supports mentally ill children and adolescents.

How do you feel about being fifty plus?

I assume I am going to be 100 years old. That means that I’m in the middle of my life.

I can already reap the harvest from my previous experiences, and on the other hand, it means that it is also a new start of new opportunities and challenges.

At which age did you enjoy life the most? Would you like to go back?

I loved the mid-40s. At that time I learned to be authentic, to be me. Many positive relationships have been developed, both at professional and personal levels. And therefore my forties gave me the most satisfaction. It was a huge rise in my intellectual development. At the same time, I am very happy, where I am right now as well. Every age is giving me new opportunities and challenges. Just love it. I wouldn’t like to go back.

From which experience did you learn, what made you stronger?

Fact is, I evolved massively when I feel like being attacked or disrespected by someone. A statement like, “You can’t do this” has sparked ambition in me. So, THANK YOU to everyone who was against me. I am a real fighter. I will always try to prove them wrong!

What changes have you experienced after your 50th?

From my fifties on, I gained a lot of self-confidence. I am proud of myself. The person that I became.

What made you stronger in life?

The love that I receive from my husband and my son and the love of God

What is your favorite quote?

Carpe Diem.

Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase that literally means “seize the day.” It’s literary history can be traced back to the poet Horace, who wrote “carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,” which means “sieze the day, with minimum trust in the next one.


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