Jelena Wahler
Little Giants GmbH

Daytime MBA

Class of 2002

Council Affiliation:

European Regional Advisory Board


Stuttgart Area, Germany


Jelena Wahler is co-founder and CEO of Giant Leap GmbH & Co. KG. Founded in 2006, Giant Leap currently operates 19 child care centers in Germany and offers day care for over 900 children. Her company specializes in bilingual education and teaches English as a second language through immersion. In 2010, Jelena started the non-for-profit child care project, Kleine Riesen, which gives underprivileged children an educational head start.

Prior to Giant Leap, Jelena was working as a consultant for the automotive Industry. Holding a Master's degree in mechanical engineering, Jelena worked for several years in the field of automotive and aerospace technology, including Robert Bosch GmbH, the University of Chicago and the University of the German Armed Forces.

Jelena is married with two children and lives in Esslingen, Germany