Helga Breuninger, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Breuninger Department Store Group, was born in Stuttgart in 1947. After studying economics in Tübingen and psychology in Munich, she gained a doctorate in psychology at Essen University in 1980. She developed the method of Integrative Learning Therapy and established the Helga Breuninger Foundation to finance a research and training institute at Essen University where she elaborated the therapy. In 1989 she played an important part in founding the Fachverband für integrative Lerntherapie, Fil e.V. (Professional association for Integrative Learning Therapy) of which she was chairwoman until 1999.
Since the death of her father Heinz Breuninger in 1980 she has been head of the Breuninger Foundation in Stuttgart. She initiates and supervises operative projects in cooperation with partners in Germany and on an international basis.
In 1995 she founded her own consulting firm, the Helga Breuninger Consulting GmbH, in order to support family businesses in the appointing of successors and in dealing with related conflicts.
Helga Breuninger holds several honorary positions in Stuttgart, among others the chairmanship of the House of Literature, of the Children’s and Young People’s Theatre and of the Stuttgart Community Foundation.
In recognition of her outstanding achievements she has been honoured with various awards including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic on Ribbon in 1999, the Hans Peter Stihl Prize in 2002 and in 2007 the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic, First Class.