Christmas Calendar 2021
Female leadership wants to use this festive season to celebrate some of the many female leaders within their field in Denmark 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.
The female talent in Denmark is vast and we could easily produce a calendar of talent every month. There are no excuses for not celebrating, promoting and give women the chance to flourish on all levels. We all need to move from unconscious bias to conscious inclusion of all talent.
Josefin Salomonsson, Director Digital Governance at VELUX, is energetic, creative, kind, and drives transformation. Her strong engagement and positive mindset are contagious and enhance collaboration. Helping others develop or thriving is a key passion. She has a strong commitment to higher levels of excellence and the creative and risky path of innovation. She likes to build something great by thinking out of the box and to discover new and fresh perspectives and using her imagination. She focusses on what is strong and manage around what is weak. She evokes interest through her inspiring vision and passion to improve processes and products. She trusts her instincts and dares to dream big and believes in her ideas. Her ability to be energized by new possibilities makes her a purpose driven leader that thrives by trying new things and focus on the bright side.
CliftonStrengths: Strategic & Positivity
Ditte Buch Andersen, Learning & Development Partner at Vivino, is curious, likeable, inspiring, and an eager learner who drives developmental change and transformation. Her emotional intelligence makes it possible for her to sense other people’s feelings and decide in the moment how to act. She is an authentic and caring person with a holistic approach. Others appreciate her for leading with fairness and acts of kindness. Her motivation is driven by having a cause or purpose for which to work. As a leader she is always eager to help others flourish and create developmental opportunities to maximize talent and accelerate them and the organization to next level. Her growth-mindset makes her an adaptable leader with a passion for leaning and willingness to follow the lead of change and design solutions that will have an impact right away.
CliftonStrengths: Empathy & Adaptability
Ava Davani, Advanced Business Consultant at NNIT, is analytical, pragmatic and dynamic and her organizational skills can enhance all team collaborations and results. She takes puzzles apart to clarify and simplify to learn and improve process, products, and performance. Her logical and objective approach makes it possible to think about all factors that might affect a situation or decision. She loves to collect and analyze data and fact and find a way to initiating and managing necessary change with agility and a calmness. 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 flexibility helps others playing their strengths and having successful iterative processes where all can contribute and feel appreciated.
CliftonStrengths: Arranger & Analytical
Pernille Hippe Brun, Owner and Chief Executive Officer at Session, is courageous, compassionate, and happy to share her knowledge and her points of view especially about talent development, equality, and culture. She trusts her instinct and has confidence in her own abilities as an entrepreneur with a thriving vision. When she sees potential in others, she invests and promotes growth and loves seeing them succeed. As a leader she facilitates unity cross borders and invites others to take part in a movement of excellence and sustainable transformation. Her focus on strengths makes it possible for her to stimulate personal and group excellence and connecting the right coach for her clients. Her growth-mindset and mindful approach make her body, mind, and spirit brand authentic and regard her as a trustworthy partner that elevate people’s potential and help leaders transform their team and organization.
CliftonStrengths: Connectedness & Maximizer
Anna Kathrine Skjøtskift, Consulting Delivery Lead at Microsoft, is curious, strategic, emotional intelligent and has a contagious enthusiasm. Her agile and growth mindset make it possible for her to be a leading force in the digital field and help her clients not only understand the need for transformation but co-create new sustainable solutions. It is easy for her to put her thoughts into words, and this makes her an engaging, mindful, and appreciated facilitator 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. She can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues and find the best route forward. Her kind, inclusive and imaginative approach invites others to participate in co-creation and iterative processes and feel included in positive transformational process.
CliftonStrengths: Activator & Communication
Anne Caroline Rytter Helstrup, Associate at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is curious, inspiring, passionate and an exceptional learner and true influencer. Others are energized by her knowledge, inspiring vision and catalytic sense of initiation that turn thoughts into action. As a facilitator she is motivated by creating a trusted room for sharing, elevation, and transformation. She is at her best when she can utilize her growth-mindset, deep knowledge, and agile mind to challenge status quo and create sustainable impact. She understands how to maximize other people’s strengths and input, and strategically helps them develop and deliver work and new concepts that are applicable. Her determination to deliver excellence and initiate transformation makes her a leader that others follow and look up to. Strategically it is easy for her to not only imagine a better tomorrow for all of us, but also seeing the path and create it, setting a new agenda, and make a difference.
CliftonStrengths: Maximizer & Learner
Catrine Magnusson, Associate Director at Nykredit, is analytical, strategic, cheerful and has an energetic nature. She likes being productive and making a difference with her team and driving impact with a contagious enthusiasm. Her work must be meaningful, inspiring and give her the opportunity to search for reasons and causes. She loves to learn and bring cutting edge knowledge to complicated problems. She is regarded as an inspiring and optimistic leader that easily creates followship. Her generosity attracts others because they know it will be a rewarding opportunity to deliver excellence and to grow together as individuals and as a team. Her desire to learn makes her a first mover in her field. She is curious by nature and loves to be exposed to something new that she really wants to understand. She uses her curiosity to build relationships and unlock the potential of those with whom she collaborates.
CliftonStrengths: Achiever & Learner
Monsurat Nurudeen, Chief of Staff at Nordic SAP at Deloitte Denmark, is organized, analytical, caring, honest and take ownership. Others can count on her, especially people she has a close relationship with both professionally and privately. Investing and establishing close relationships with others is a core strength. She is authentic and genuine and brings out the best in a team that helps others succeed and achieve great results. She is respected for her determination and commitment to follow through and make necessary corrections to stay on track and reach a goal. She prioritizes and then acts. Her stable values, integrity, and discipline make even challenging task to successfully completion. As a leader she is known for her calmness and mindful way of practicing acts of kindness and at the same time establish common ground that enhances team performance and create followship.
CliftonStrengths: Responsibility & Relator
Mia Pontoppidan, Senior Consultant in Business Intelligence at Capgemini, is an inspiring, visionary, and systematic thinker. She loves to create new structures and systems that can ignite new knowledge and learning especially within Artificial Intelligence. She dreams of a better world and can often foresee how new structures, processes and systems can make them come through. She is fascinated with tomorrow and likes anticipating and imagining what could and should be. But also, how she can contribute actively to a new and more sustainable world with new innovations and democratize new technology. She treats all people in a similar way based on equality which foster a culture that promotes fairness and inclusiveness. Her kindness, empathic and courageous attitude promotes learning and dialogs that make her to a leader that create followship and strong relations.
CliftonStrengths: Consistency & Futuristic
Maja Rolst, Senior Patient Partnership Manager at Novo Nordisk, has a contagious enthusiasm and eager to always try to deliver the best possible products. She loves to make a difference and strive to deliver quality and value. She naturally focusses on strengths as a mean of transforming her work and collaborations into something superb. She is always aiming high to maximize return on investment and is able to argue for her case in an authentic way that creates hope and energy. She is a natural networker that can talk with 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 that potentially can advocate for her. She chooses to focus on good rather than evil and on strength rather than weakness, and this is how she creates followship and leadership and creates energy and hope for all with whom she collaborates. She thrives with like-minded people who wants to play to their strengths, have fun, deliver excellence, and make a difference.
CliftonStrengths: Maximizer & Positivity
Josefin Ittichai, Managing Director at Honebox Consulting, is an inspiring, confident, and passionate learner with deep insight and ideas to create impactful Digital transformation. Others are energized by her inspiring vision and strategic mindset. As a facilitator she coaches the participants to take responsibility for own learning by creating a trusted and challenging room where all can flourish. It is easy for her to imagine new sustainable solutions that will create transformation and new business. Her knowledge and core belief in herself and the ability to challenge status quo makes her a respected leader within her field. Her growth mindset and authentic leadership style helps her appreciate other’s strengths and help them make the most out of their talent. Her ability to collaborating and connecting people is an important advantage in an ever-changing world and makes her an impactful leader of change and kindness.
CliftonStrengths: Learner & Strategic
Mia Heslegrave, Senior Director at Arla Foods, is energetic, inclusive, kind and a leader that can bring out the best in everyone she is collaborating with. She is intrigued by the unique qualities and potential of each person she meets. Her ability to figuring out how people who are different can work together and maximize the team performance makes her a true investor in talent. She can form the best teams for everyone by giving all a unique change to play to their strengths and being able to execute the perfect role. As a facilitator she can elevate the experience, productivity, and solutions with her talent for organizing and invite to co-creation. Maximizing productivity and at the same time creating a dynamic flexible environment makes her a leader that makes a difference and initiating strong collaboration and managing necessary change.
CliftonStrengths: Arranger & individualization
Marie Hansen, Lead Consultant at Devoteam, is creative, visionary and loves to collaborate and come up with something brand new that can be a fun, innovative, and competitive advantage. She is curious about the future and a first mover that can challenge conventional thinking. Her imagination and dreams prompt her to action and great achievements. She is comfortable with ambiguity and risk and loves to create new and fresh visions. She thrives in an inspiring environment where she can facilitate and design processes and new solutions together with others. Her kindness and innovative mind bring out the best in everyone she collaborates with. She invites others to co-create and engage in new, agile, and fresh perspectives that not only are relevant and original, but also an opportunity to learn and grow and create stronger products and results. Her passion for helping others and bringing new ideas to life make her a true inclusive facilitator and leader.
CliftonStrengths: Ideation & Futuristic
Anne-Sophie Hougaard, EA & Head of Leadership Impact Enabling at The LEGO Foundation, is positive, compassionate, strategic and has a contagious enthusiasm. Her energetic 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. Her talent for coordinating and managing multiple changing variables makes it possible for her to deliver effectively and efficiently. Her flexibility makes her comfortable with change and able to operate in a hectic environment and organize and deliver the right solutions or find the right people. Her fun-loving and genuine nature makes her a respected friend and colleague that makes a difference with her caring, optimistic, and authentic mindset. Others appreciate her for her core values and actions and will always be there for her to pay back her many acts of kindness.
CliftonStrengths: Arranger & WOO (Wining Others Over)
Kristine Nedergaard-Berntsen, Director, Head of Group Commercial Excellence at GRUNDFOS, is courageous, kind, engaging and can create alternative ways to positive outcome. She can take control of situations, make decisions, communicate it, and help others see clarity and restructure their thinking. She can push through and is comfortable in the driver’s seat. Contributing with emotional clarity, being direct and decisive comes natural to her. She exerts control in situations that seem out of control where she can help finding the best route forward. People are drawn to her because she is transparent and want to empower them by utilizing their strengths. Time spend with her is time spend well and an opportunity for growth. Colleagues and partners value her imaginative, creative, and inspiring ways of facilitating new possibilities and encourage trying something new. Her integrity and caring nature make it easy for her to be trusted and appreciated.
CliftonStrengths: Command & Strategic
Marianne Mia Jensen, Senior Director, SAP-enabled Business Transformation at NTT DATA Business Solutions, is positive, energetic, knowledgeable, and appreciated for her strengths. Her way of approaching a task and take charge makes it possible for her to deliver outstanding achievements. As a leader she focusses on how each person is distinct and how she can help them grow their talent and become equally successful. She easily attracts the best people who also want to move away from mediocre toward the exceptional and keep reaching higher. She is admired for her ability to not only solving complicated issues, but also building a positive legacy as a true professional within her field SAP Consulting and Business Development. Winning together with high performing people and as a team is her motivation. She measures progress so she can validate and learn from success and deliver even better next time. Her ability to communicate and include others in her vision creates followship and makes her a leader that makes a difference.
CliftonStrengths: Competition & Significance
Shakila Shaheen, health-tech entrepreneur, is curious, kind, knowledgeable and a true first mover. She has a craving to know more especially within her field of digital health care. She likes collecting all kinds of information that can potentially become helpful. She kindly shares her knowledge and helps people by sharing her creative ideas in an innovative way. Her clients see her as first mover that facilitates growth, high performance and offers relevant and tangible help. Socially she is regarded as the one who brings energy to various social situations, meetings, and events. Her outgoing nature makes it natural for her to meet new people and winning them over. She thrives in collaborations with people both well-known and new acquaintances. She is excellent at pitching new ideas and knowledge and can think on her feet. Her attitude and passion are contentious, and she has the willpower to take calculated risks and go for the dream. Her positive attitude, kindness and open nature make her a winner.
CliftonStrengths: Input & Woo
Alina Bach Belinskaya, Senior Insights Manager at Nets Group, is a great networker, positive, knowledgeable and appreciates diversity and the unique qualities of everyone she meets. Her strategic mindset and proactive leadership style create engagement and momentum around her. She is curious, an eager learner and can think on her feet. She loves to collect knowledge and input, but also establishing a network with individuals that will be able to help her with their key insight in the future. She is known for her kindness, being a true advocate of talent and promote positive change. As a leader she aims high, operates with agility, and effectively helps others play to their strengths, which enables her team to succeed and promote sustainable transformation.
CliftonStrengths: Input & Relator
Mette Langhorn Wagenblast, Programme Director at Tryg, is a visionary, creative and forward-thinking leader. She celebrates diversity and sees the individual's potential and encourages growth and development. Her eye for the individual talent and how each individual tap into to the overall purpose, makes people feel valued and appreciated for their contributions. Maximizing other people’s strengths and genuinely caring for others come natural to her and is a true gift in her leadership. As a facilitator, she understands how to leverage other’s perspectives, and when to challenge assumptions, and redefine problems. She understands, that by taking the spotlight as a leader, one may prevent others from stepping up and releasing their full potential. She invites others to take part in an imaginative and iterative process that creates new innovative possibilities and solutions. Naturally considering alternative routes makes her agile.
CliftonStrengths: Individualization & Strategy
Helle Risbjerg Nielsen, Vice President, Head of Risk Management & Market Analytics at Ørsted, is an inspiring, purpose driven, and passionate leader and has deep insight and ideas to create impactful results and transformation. She has an inner compass off core values that gives her confidence in her own abilities and decisions. She believes in a more fair, sustainable, and inclusive world and her engagement in creating change drives her determination to improve and learn on daily basis. She is respected for her ability to focus, co-create and collaborate with all people. Her kind and warm attitude makes her an engaging and appreciated leader that speak with passion and can talk with all people. 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 makes it easy for her to clarify intentions and keep others and herself on track. She is respected for her ability to lead with the heart, create hope and many acts of kindness.
CliftonStrengths: Belief & Communication
Mia Agergaard Jacobsen, Delivery Director, Digital & Technology at Pandora, is analytical, pragmatic, kind, and naturally takes ownership of the responsibility she takes or is given. Her integrity makes her a trusted advisor and an attractive leader that creates followship. Her ability to unite others and treat them equally together with her investment in their talents makes her a compassionated leader and mentor that loves to help others grow and shine. She prefers to apply data and facts in a logical based argument and can justify her decisions. She seeks truth and speaks truth. In an ideal world she prefers to have time to think and research, but she can find simplicity in the midst of complexity. She has a talent for putting words together to get her point across and win others over. She will stand up and defend what she believes in even when she is the only one with a specific point of view.
CliftonStrengths: Analytical & Responsibility
Anne Kathrine Wennergren Holm, Partner and Responsible for Clients & Industries for Deloitte in the Nordics, is courageous, kind, empowering and happy to share her points of view in an impactful way. She trusts her instinct and has confidence in her own abilities. She is willing to take necessary risks. When she sees potential in others, she invests and supports them in their growth and loves seeing them succeed. As a leader she is respected for her ability to take charge, even when the road ahead is unknown and the path unclear. Collaboration comes naturally to her and both people and clients appreciate her inclusive and kind way to enhance relationships, and drive transformations, and results. Her innovative and imaginative mind makes it easy for her to act quickly with confidence and conviction. She is appreciated for being a positive force who empowers others and a true influencer who makes a difference.
CliftonStrengths: Developer & Futuristic
Ea Emilie Rytter Helstrup, Student Associate at the Danish Ministry of Finance, is curious, analytical, and an exceptional learner. She has a great desire to learn and continuously improve, make a difference and is always happy to offer her help. High learning curves motivate her. She loves to be a true frontier and be involved in cutting edge research and work within her field of economy and sustainability. She likes to be exposed to new experiences, information, and people. She is a social butterfly who accepts others and shows awareness of those who feel left out and tries to include them. As a facilitator she has a high level of tolerance, appreciates diversity, and can find room for all. This ability makes it possible for her to always deliver cutting edge work by combining the creativity, ideas, and knowledge of all participants. Her social intelligence, kindness and curiosity makes her a strong networker and able to bring out even stronger results together with all the people she collaborates with.
CliftonStrengths: Includer & Learner
Julie Porskjær, Digital transformation and organizational effectiveness Senior Manager at Accenture. She is the embodiment of an authentic leader of heart and mind with a unique strategic compass that makes her a true first mover, taking responsibility and engage others with her visions, deep knowledge, and actions. She is respected for her ability to quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues, drive and skills in digital transformation. She adapts easily to various organizational cultures and show deep respect for people, leadership and how they act and think. However, she never shies away from engaging her clients in her bold vision of what could be and how it can be achieved. She is known for her wisdom, ability to drill deep and understanding the theoretical ideas behind practical actions. Which makes it possible for her to create alternatives ways to proceed and reaching a goal. She can see a way when others assume there is no way by considering all possibilities, imagine and creating the best route forward. Her kind nature and high intelligence makes is easy for other to believe in her and want to collaborate with her.
CliftonStrengths: Intellection & Strategic