Christmas Calendar 2022
Female leadership will use this festive season to celebrate some of the many female leaders within their field who are an inspiration to all of us.
All 24 women are sustainable authentic inclusive leaders with a courageous, compassionate, and strength-based leadership style who are making a difference every day.
We believe that we are in the middle of a transformation where we all need to meet the world with growth mindset, authenticity and aim to make a difference. Be true advocates of hope, kindness, gratitude and contributing to a sustainable authentic inclusive culture and world wherever we are.
There are no excuses for not celebrating, promoting, and giving women the chance to flourish on all levels. We all need to move from unconscious bias to conscious inclusion of all talent.
Karin Stridsberg, Director, Product Leader for Partners at the LEGO Group, is purpose driven, playful, kind and an authentic leader with a deep insight and ideas to create impactful results and transformation. Her kind, inclusive and imaginative approach makes her an engaging and appreciated leader that speaks with passion and can talk, collaborate, and co-create with all people. As a facilitator she is motivated by creating a trusted inclusive room for sharing, elevation, and transformation. She loves a challenge and can attract and include all talents and deliver successfully both individually and as a team. She chooses words and images that clarify her message and talk with conviction that can elevate her audience and make them believe in her vision. Her ability to communicate and present in an authentic way makes it easy for her to win others over. She is respected for her ability to lead with the heart, create hope and having fun.
CliftonStrengths: Inclusive & Communication
Dorte Wimmer, Director at Retail Institute Scandinavia, author, speaker & trend researcher, is strategic, visionary, enthusiastic and a leader with a passion for transformation. She is curious about the future and a first mover she can challenge conventional thinking. Her imagination and dreams prompt her to action. Her agile and growth mindset make it possible for her to be a leading force and voice within retail and help her clients understand the need for transformation to stay relevant. She is appreciated for her ability to engage her clients in the co-creation of new sustainable services. It is easy for her to put her thoughts into words, and this makes her an engaging, mindful, and appreciated facilitator and speaker that can elevate her audience. She is a true influencer, and her words inspire others to believe in her ideas and visions, but also being activated to get started and keep moving towards new opportunities.
CliftonStrengths: Futuristic & communicator
Nini Roed, Head of Microsoft Technology Center, is curious, agile and enthusiastic, and a leader who can maximize potential. Creating a trusted room for sharing, elevation, and transformation is key to her. She is at her best when she can utilize her growth-mindset and challenge the status quo and create sustainable transformation. Strategically it is easy for her to not only imagine a better tomorrow for all of us, but also seeing the path and make it a reality together with her team and clients. She understands how to maximize other people’s strengths and input and helps them develop new concepts that are applicable. Her determination to deliver excellence and initiate transformation makes her a leader that others follow and look up to. Her inspiring vision and passion make others feel included, and she is regarded as a kind trustworthy leader that elevates people’s potential and helps them develop.
CliftonStrengths: Maximizer & Ideation
Maja Kim Madsen, CEO and Founder at surisuri.dk, is agile, passionate and curious, and an authentic leader and trendsetter. Her ability to be energized by new possibilities makes her a purpose leader with her own K-beauty (Korean beauty) online universe. Her kind, inclusive and imaginative approach makes her an engaging and appreciated leader and seller that speaks with passion and can talk and collaborate with all people. It is easy for her to imagine how she strategically can make an impact and facilitate excitement and present unique products to the market that increases her customers' well-being. If she believes in a product, she can win others over by sharing her compelling vision and personal experiences. She prefers to work together with people she knows well, and one-on-one interactions makes her feel appreciated and motivated. She loves spending time with good friends and listening, talking, and helping them thrive and feeling appreciated.
CliftonStrengths: Strategic & Realtor
Venkata Madhuri Ravi, Manager at Management Consulting at PwC Sweden, courageous and enthusiastic and curious, and is driven by her will to build a legacy and making an impact. She has a strong desire to be innovative and understand how to investigate new solutions and products. She loves a challenge and is not intimidated by problems or by their emotional repercussions. She is forceful and resourceful and faced with resistance; she can take charge and deal with the ambiguity of innovation. She is a strategist who is endlessly both is analytical and creative and happy to facilitate and co-create workshops and processes. She brings her personal experience to life and lead others towards success. Her ability to inspire others and be confident makes her a leader others want to join on the journey to create sustainable transformation. She loves to see others succeed. She is a kind leader who acknowledges potential in ideas and individuals and is appreciated for her genuine encouragement and positive approach and ability to create hope for others.
CliftonStrengths: Restorative & Intellection
Helle Oest Iversen, Sales and Delivery Executive Director at Nine A/S, empathic, agile and strategic, and an authentic visionary leader who takes ownership. She is committed to action and happy to do what is necessary for a great idea to become a reality. Others can count on her ability to deliver results and transformation. She is trusted and loves to help others achieve an important goal, develop, and reach their full potential. She is appreciated for her ability to be mindful and intentional in all her collaborations. Her positive attitude helps others focus on what is possible and it creates hope and restores energy. She is happy to share her inspiring visions and use storytelling as way to win others over. Words come easy to her, and she knows how to make an impact with the right story for each situation. As a facilitator and leader, she makes others feel included in a process that will transform and achieve a better tomorrow. Her kindness and generosity makes her a leader that others wants to follow.
CliftonStrengths: Responsibility & Communication
Frederikke Antonie Schmidt, Founder & Creative Director at Roccamore, is curious, creative, passionate and an exceptional influencer who knows how to maximize potential. She is courageous and dare to be an active and leading voice in breaking the norm in the equality agenda. She is respected for the creation of her own label Roccamore, with a mission to inspire women to stand strong and take their place in the world. Her idea of bringing comfortable shoes with high heels to women together with creative marketing campaigns has given her a strong platform. She naturally focusses on strengths as a mean of transforming her work and collaborations into something superb. She is always aiming high to maximizing an authentic way that creates hope and energy. She can talk to all people, appreciate what makes them unique and help them thrive. Her optimistic, hopeful, and fun-loving nature helps her achieve greatness, respect, and winning others over who potentially can advocate for her.
CliftonStrengths: Ideation & Communication
Pernille Elvej Madsen, TeamLead at Nordjyske Museer's new location, Cold War museum REGAN Vest, is curious, kind and creative, and a leader who always is top organized. She knows how to activate her ideas and develop a process that leads to a successful implementation and outcome. As a leader she is calm, and her objective approach makes it possible to think about all factors that might affect a situation or decision. She approaches new tasks and opportunities for transformation with agility, excitement, and mindful of including other people’s perspectives to create an even stronger service or product. It is easy for her to win others over with her positive mind and ability to believe in both her own and others’ ideas and visions. She is a brilliant coordinator who loves making a difference and appreciates a fun and positive attitude from all the people she collaborates with. It comes natural to her to wish the best for her team and audience, and she truly believes that together we can elevate experiences and each other.
CliftonStengths: Positivity & Arranger
Nanna Schultz, CEO & Founder at Momkind, is visionary, kind and pragmatic and a leader who is driven by making a difference with new innovative products. She has a strong desire to help others and create growth and new opportunities and partnerships. As a leader she is determined to create an organization where people can flourish and feel valuable. Her encouragement helps others to be daring and taking the first step. She shows the way and uses her creativity and experiences to influence and effectively deal with all the people she is collaborating with. She feels comfortable and effective in the spotlight where she can showcase her products. She is appreciated for her willingness to invest herself in projects and talent development. Inclusive behaviors come naturally to her, together we are stronger, and she loves to share praise and feedback with her people and organization.
CliftonStrengths: Individualization & Significance
Malin Nilsson, Partner, SAP, Deloitte Sweden, is strategic, passionate, creative, and able to cultivate the potential in others, clients, and organizations. As a leader she brings emotional clarity and can handle challenges and drive transformation. She is at her best when she can utilize her growth-mindset, creativity, and agile mind to challenge the status quo and create sustainable impact. She prefers to act, and her helpful courageous encouragement is appreciated by her people, team, and clients. She loves to have fun and work with people and help them maximize their potential. She is genuine, kind, and authentic and appreciates others' commitment to develop. She is a true talent spotter and love to Invest in others and help them develop and it makes her happy to see them succeed and flourish. She actively drives the equality agenda every day and makes sure all her people feel included and have equal opportunities. She is a true role model, and a purpose driven leader others want to follow.
CliftonStrengths: Stragtegic & Developer
Wenche Fredriksen, SVP Head of Inclusion & Diversity at DNB, is courageous, curious and passionate, and a leader with a mission who makes an impact with her inspiring words. She is the definition of kindness, and her caring attitude creates trust and touches the people she meets. Authenticity is important to her, and she is open about who she is and what she believes in. As a leader she makes an impact by owning her story and generously sharing it with her audience, organization, and friends. She challenges status-quo and behaviors that no longer serve a purpose, exclude others, or are perceived as rude. She is appreciated for her ability to invest herself in projects and sharing her experiences. She feels comfortable and effective in the spotlight where she can showcase her wisdom, passion, and values and emphasize the willingness to investing and questioning. She is the Queen of Inclusion and deeply appreciated for her ability to light and lift others up to believe and hope for change and a better world.
CliftonStrengths: Belief & Communication
Inga Stein Burgaard, CEO at Seek+See ApS and start-up mentor, is creative and courageous entrepreneur with stamina and determination. She sees clear images of new opportunities and detects the best path leading forward. With experience from management consulting, a strong drive to learn and build a business, she ventured out to become an entrepreneur. By painting a clear picture of the future and understanding the needs of others she inspires and attracts talents, investors and customers, which has enabled her to turn a business idea into reality. She iterates fast (better done than perfect) and together with the team she learns while doing as start-ups move quickly. As a leader, she brings a positive energy, promotes diversity, acts as role model for a more balanced entrepreneurship and loves to help others. Her energetic mind and trust in her own ability make her an attractive leader who others seek out to collaborate with.
CliftonStrengths: Maximizer & Activator
Gitte Fogtmann, Lead of Sales & Support at TopDanmark, is emotional intelligent, inspiring and passionate, and a leader who acknowledges others potential and helps them grow. She intuitively understands the relationship between emotions and effectiveness, and this enables her to help others to deliver first class service and results and thriving at the same time. Spotting potential and seeing the unique nature of other people makes her an authentic leader that attracts talents. Others feel appreciation for her ability to help them play to their strengths and feel connected to the team and mission. As a leader she facilitates a culture where others can bring their whole self to work and feel a sense of belonging. She is recognized for building trust and inclusion of all in the contributing and delivery of results and transformation. Her kindness and thoughtfulness are deeply valued and respected.
CliftonStrengths: Empathy & Connectedness
Juliet Biira Hansen, Strategy Manager at Novozymes, is empathetic, passionate and creative, and is a trusted authentic leader. She is appreciated for her ability to take ownership and not only deliver and high quality but also innovative products. She likes to consider multiple options before she decides to act and deliver new products and results. For her, a good day is a productive day with the opportunity to solve new issues. It is easy for her to imagine how she strategically can make an impact and facilitate positive change within an organization while bringing everyone on the team along. If she believes in a solution, she can win others over by sharing her compelling vision. She is appreciated and respected as a trusted and caring leader. She loves spending time with good friends and her loved ones; listening, talking, and helping them thrive through feeling recognized and appreciated.
CliftonStrengths: Restorative & Relator
Jeanettte Nikolaisen, Theme Integrator at Danske Bank, is curious, kind and energetic, and a leader who knows how to engage others in her ideas. She is appreciated for her authentic and passionate style. She uses her great and deep knowledge to create stories with words that reach her audience. Her stamina makes her productive and others can count on her to deliver. It is easy for her to imagine how she strategically can make an impact and facilitate change with new initiatives. Words come easily to her and makes it possible to get her point of view across. She loves talking to other people and share stories or even co-create new concepts that can create transformation. She is fascinated with their stories and experiences and is a key listener. Helping others comes naturally to her and she is respected both as a leader and mentor for her generosity that creates hope and empowerment.
CliftonStrengths: Input & Communication
Priyanka Sharma, Senior Manager at Deloitte Finland, is curious, strategic and emotional intelligent and a purpose driven leader. Her growth mindset make it possible for her to help her clients with transformation and solutions. She is happy to share her experiences and use her creativity to help others to come up with new and better ways to execute, deliver and learn together. Others can count on her, and she is recognized for her ability to get things done and facilitate a process where all feel included. She can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues and find the best route forward. Others' well-being is important to her, and her strong intuition enables her to see the unique talents and sense the emotional state of all the individuals she is collaborating with. She is appreciated for being a compassionate leader who helps others express their feelings an achieve their potential.
CliftonStrengths: Empati & Strategic
Sruthi Surendran, Sustainable Sourcing Program Manager at Chr. Hansen, is passionate, pragmatic and dynamic and her organizational skills can enhance all team collaborations and results. She is productive and love to take puzzles apart to clarify and simplify to learn and improve process and products to create sustainable transformation. Her engagement in initiating and managing necessary change is second to none. She is a great facilitator, and her curiosity makes her flexible and comfortable with co-creation of new ideas and solutions. Her ability to coordinate and include all people makes her a valuable and caring leader, who enhances collaboration and makes the most of all talents. Her kindness and welcoming attitude makes it possible for her to facilitate and engage others in processes where all can contribute and feel appreciated.
CliftonStrengths: Arranger & Analytical
Juliane Fjelsted Rasmussen, Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is an inspiring, confident, passionate leader and has deep insight and ideas to create impactful transformation. She has an inner compass that gives her confidence in her own ability and decisions. She believes in a more inclusive world and her engagement and knowledge in diversity and equality drive her determination to improve the area on a daily basis. It is easy for her to imagine a different future and how to make it become reality. Her core belief in herself and her vision makes it possible for her to push through doubt and resistance by challenging traditional thinking and show a different way. Her curiosity and creativity help her find new opportunities to challenge contentment with status quo and win others over in her work to make a difference. She leads the way to transformation and a better and equal future.
CliftonStrengths: Futuristic & Self-Assurance
Sif Neldeborg, Senior Consultant at Devoteam, specialized in digital and sustainable transformation, is inspiring, appreciative and has an energetic nature. She is very engaged in her client’s strategic journey to become better companies for the planet and people. Her work is meaningful to her and gives her the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable future. She loves to learn, bring cutting edge solutions to complicated problems, and develop innovative data solutions. Her ambitious visions and contagious enthusiasm makes her an inspiring and optimistic leader that easily creates fellowship. Her desire to learn makes her a first mover in her field. She is curious by nature and enjoys being exposed to new areas of knowledge. Her curiosity enables her to build a strong network and unlock the potential of those with whom she meets and collaborates with.
CliftonStrengths: Achiever & Learner
Louise Boni, Clinical Operations Lead Novo Nordisk, is curious, emotional intelligent, fair and has a contagious enthusiasm. Her agile and growth mindset make it possible for her to be a leader who can drive an agenda forward successfully and at the same time create followship. She finds it easy to engage with new people. Her contagious enthusiasm can get others excited about her content. She speaks with clarity as well as with a pleasant charm, which makes her interactions with others effective and rewarding. It is easy for her to put her thoughts into words and this makes her an engaging, mindful and appreciated facilitator and presenter who can elevate her audience, teams and individuals. Her words inspire others to believe in her ideas and visions, but also being activated to get started and keep moving forward. CliftonStrengths:
Communication & Woo (Winning others over)
Anita Krohn Traaseth, Chair, Non-Executive Director and Investor in green tech companies, member of the European Innovation Council Board (EIC), is a dynamic, authentic and passionate leader who takes initiative and know how to transform and make a sustainable impact. Her confidence makes her a determined leader who trusts her instincts and doesn’t spend time on external critics. Her social charm, words and actions inspire others to get started and keep moving. Being in the spotlight, using words and storytelling is a natural way for her to Inspire, engage and encourage her audience, people or protégés to be more courageous. She believes that the best way to influence others is by walking the talk, deliver results, share experiences and encourage others to find their own 'playbook'. She is appreciated and recognized as a leader and mentor for her ability to acknowledge others' raw potential and happily investing in it. This makes her a compassionate leader who is known for elevating others' and create followship. She is socially and emotionally influential and finds it easy and enjoyable to meet new people, having fun and give hope to others.
CliftonStrengths: Communication & Activator
Karen Nørgaard Heide Vestenbæk, Director at Udviklings- og Forenklingsstyrelsen, is courageous, kind and agile, and an authentic leader who creates trust and engagement. Her strategic and growth-mindset makes her a respected leader within her field. As a facilitator she understands how diversity of talents can enhance the process and deliver more sustainable outcomes. Challenging the status quo, developing and create transformation are core values to her, both in relation to business and individuals. She trusts her instinct and has confidence in her own abilities. She is willing to take necessary risks to make a difference and transform something weak to become strong and relevant. Spotting other peoples’ talents comes naturally to her. When she sees potential in others, she invests, helps them develop and promotes growth. She loves seeing others learn new capabilities and succeed which makes her a leader where others seek advice and collaboration.
CliftonStrengths: Strategic & Individualization
Anita Lindgreen Bogh-Frederiksen, Director of Marketing Operations at Milestone Systems, is energetic, compassionate, strategic and has a contagious enthusiasm. Her positive mindset and hopeful way of approaching both tasks and people makes it easy for her to win others over and build a strong network. Meeting new people, breaking the ice, and making a connection that leads to friendship comes natural to her. She is a great facilitator, and her curiosity makes her flexible and comfortable with co-creation of new ideas and solutions. Her ability to execute, take charge and include all people makes her a valuable and caring leader, who enhances collaboration and makes the most of all talents. Her fun-loving and genuine nature makes her a respected leader that makes a difference with her caring, optimistic, and authentic mindset.
CliftonStrengths: Arranger & WOO (Wining Others Over)
Heidi Wassini, CEO & Founder of #Heartfelt, is strategic, kind and visionary, and a leader who creates and implement new innovative ways of recruiting talent. She is respected for her ability to take ownership and making an impact. She is driven by her fire in her belly and can put together all the pieces to deliver a successful project or speech. Her orientation to serve others is fortified by her internal trust and confidence she has in her own abilities. Her admirable and generous leadership style makes it easy for her to be a strong collaborator and deliver great results. She trusts her own evaluation and suggestions to create unbiased recruiting and authentic branding together with her clients. She is creative, imaginative and words come easy to her and excite her clients and audience. People can count on that what she says is what she will act on and deliver. She is appreciated for being a leader who understand others feeling and will always respond to their needs with kindness and help.
CliftonStengths: Responsibility & Self-Assurance