Europeisk Miljøhovedstad 2019: Oslo rocker mangfold i år, og DU er invitert!

2019 er året hvor vi går fra prat til handling! Vi feirer Miljøhovedstadsåret og Kvinnedagen med å løfte blikket fra MeToo og over til banebrytende initiativer som vil akselerere mangfold og likestilling i Oslos næringsliv.

5. mars er det klart for State of the City 2019 i OsloRådhus , med et stjernelag av dyktige endringsagenter på scenen!

Møt Oslos nye næringsbyråd, Marthe Scharning Lund, sammen med Raymond Johansen, Lan Nguyen Berg, innovative ledere fra bl.a Microsoft, Nordea og EY, spennende gründere som Javad Mushtaq, Kimberly Larsen, Heidi Aven og Tobias Bæch – og kvinnen som har tatt norske SHE Index til verdens nest største marked for å akselerere likestilling i indisk shipping; prisvinnende Sanjam Gupta.

Vi er stolte av å introdusere en rekke nyheter i forkant av årets Kvinnedag!

5 Mars kl.17-19 – Hovednyheter og lanseringer under State of the City 2019:

  • Rangering av Oslos posisjon og utvikling på viktige områder knyttet til innovasjon og verdiskaping, målt opp mot andre byer internasjonalt. Basert på et tungt internasjonalt datagrunnlag, gir rapporten et verdifullt innblikk i Oslos internasjonale posisjon og utvikling. I år følger også ekstra dybdeinnsikt i hvordan Oslo presterer innen to felt; veksten i grønn økonomi, og mangfold/inkludering.
  • Oslo Business Region har gleden av å lansere en verktøykasse for mangfoldsløft i næringslivet, med MAK, Seema, HunSpanderer og SHE Community. Fra 2019 stiller Oslo Business Region krav til alle samarbeidspartnere og Oslos næringsliv om å bidra inn mot et av disse verktøyene, eller tilsvarende initiativ som fremmer likestilling og mangfold
  • SHE Community, med globale partnere EY & Microsoft, lanserer SHE Index Global, med en av verdens mest mannsdominerte næringer (shipping) og 800 indiske selskaper som første pilot. Prosjektet støttes av indiske og norske myndigheter, UN Global Compact, Microsoft, EY og en rekke av verdens største shippingselskaper (bl.a. Maersk, CMA CGM og DP World i India). Samarbeidet med India har kommet igang gjennom Oslo Business Region
  • Lansering av Diversity & Inclusion Pledge for ledere og bedrifter, ved Javad Mushtaq i MAK
  • SHE Community lanserer SHE Index SMB & Startup edition, en indeks som måler og sammenlikner bedriftenes innsats på likestilling og mangfold. Indeksen er utarbeidet etter oppfordring fra Oslo Business Region

Mangfold, miljø og fremtidig konkurransekraft!

Hvorfor styrker vi satsningen på mangfold i næringslivet? Oslo Business Region og Miljøhovedstaden 2019 har valgt ut Europas største mangfoldskonferanse – SHE Conference 6.mars – som en av hovedarenaene for Miljøhovedstadens næringslivsprogram. Det er ikke tilfeldig. Mangfold og inkludering er en helt sentral premiss for å lykkes med å nå FNs Bærekraftsmål, og bidra til fremtidens Oslo med smarte, bærekraftige arbeidsplasser som styrker byens internasjonale konkurransekraft. 

Målsetningen bak nye initiativ og krav er økt oppmerksomhet, bredere og bedre datagrunnlag og raskere endringstakt for likestilling og mangfold i Oslos næringsliv. Ved å stille tydelige krav, bidrar vi også til å skape et større og bredere marked for Oslos gründere som utvikler verdifulle løsninger og innovasjon på et område hvor Oslo kan innta en internasjonalt ledende posisjon, og være europeisk mangfoldshovedstad. Vi ser på mangfold og likestilling som et felt hvor Oslo kan lede an i eksport av løsninger og samarbeid til et internasjonalt marked.

Intervjumuligheter:

  • Byrådsleder Raymond Johansen
  • Oslos nye næringsbyråd Marthe Scharning Lund
  • Miljø- og samferdselsbyråd Lan Marie Nguyen Berg
  • Microsofts EVP for Global Partner Network, Gavriela Schutzer (Global partner med SHE Index, ansvarlig for P&L av $6.5B og leder en global portefølje som influerer over $1 trillion omsetning i økosystemet) 
  • Nordea Head of Wealth Mgt & CEO Norway, Snorre Storset og Thina Saltvedt (lanseringen av Nordea 1 Global Gender Diversity Fund) 
  • Styreleder, SHE Community, Camilla Hagen Sørli (SHE Community)
  • MD of The Perkins Fund, Founder of Broadway Angels, Sonja Perkins (Investeringer i tech)
  • Managing Partner EY Norway, Christin Bøsterud (SHE Index)
  • Professor Tim Moonen, MD, The Business of Cities (Oslos globale posisjon og rangering)
  • Javad Mushtaq, gründer – MAK (Diversity & Inclusion Pledge)
  • Sanjam Gupta, indisk shippingdirektør, likestillingsgrunder & pådriver av SHE Index India
  • Birgit M. Liodden, Director of Sustainability, Ocean & Comm., Oslo Business Region (Miljøhovedstadens næringsprogram og nye mangfoldstiltak)
  • Heidi Aven, gründer – SHE Community
  • Kimberly Larsen, gründer – Time to Riot
  • Tobias Bæch, gründer – Bakken & Bæch

Oslo Business Region, Miljøhovedstaden & partnere inviterer til ytterligere én viktig lanseringsarena kommende uke SHE Conference – Equality Matters (6 mars).

SHE satser modig, og bygger Europas største mangfoldskonferanse, som er valgt ut som en hovedarena for næringslivsprogrammet til Miljøhovedstaden 2019, med Gro Harlem Brundtland, Siv Jensen og Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Elisabeth Grieg og ca 70 ledere & eksperter på programmet. 

Under konferansen organiserer Oslo Business Region og Miljøhovedstaden en parallelsesjon om Partnerskap for Mangfold & Inkludering, sammen med et bredt antall samarbeidspartnere fra Oslos næringsliv; Polyteknisk Forening, MAK, Næring for Klima, Maritime Oslo, WISTA Norway, Professional Women’s Network, m.fl.

Pressekontakter:

Birgit M. Liodden, Kommunikasjonsdirektør, Oslo Business Region: tlf. 951 71 389 birgit@oslobusinessregion.no

Marianna Wachelke, Komm.koordinator, Oslo Business Region: tlf. 906 21 687 mari@oslobusinessregion.no

Ninja Sandemose, Pressekontakt Byråd for næring og eierskap: tlf. 907 957 60 ninja.sandemose@byr.oslo.no

Update from our Women for Women Int. fundraising on 8 March; WOOWWWWW!!!

Who´d have thought 1,5 month ago, starting from scratch with the 8 March planning, that we´d manage to raise some 50.000 NOK for future female business women? Starting to work on our little idea, brought to the table by Susan Clark (of Nordisk Skibsrederforening), we decided to make Saturday 8 March matter this year. To put solidarity in the front seat, and see how we could create an inspirational event for a good cause. You can read more about the Women for Women International and their social entrepreneurship to empower female victims of war here, as I previously wrote an article on their incredible origin and history… Our headline for the day “The new definition of a Business Woman” describes it quite well, and to me it states so clearly that whether we´re based here in Oslo or in Lagos, Kabul, Sarajevo or Kigali, we all have an important role to play in the ongoing generation shift towards a more open, equal and sustainable global society.

I must say that I´m overwhelmingly amazed!!! Amazed by our fantastic contributors, recruited through Facebook and our networks, who generously donated their own works or art they had at home. Amazed by a number of ab-fab companies, who sponsored our goodie bags with really nice items to pamper our guests – around 70 dedicated and hard working business women. Amazed by the great bunch of women who has been involved in organising the event – not to mention that I am completely and utterly euphoric for our fantastic guests, who put their money where their heart was and enthusiastically placed their bids, building the support for new sponsorships one by one. Madeline Albright said there´s a special place in hell for women who don´t support other women. If that´s the case, I am certain that all of you mentioned above will get a special place in heaven! <3

Working with the WISTA/YoungShip/Høye Hæler event to the benefit of Women for Women Int. has been extremely rewarding, and I am just so happy! Didn´t know if I should laugh or cry (or both) when we got the final auction results, this actually helps more than 20 women turn their lives around – it makes a huge impact and difference for them, their families and their communities…

You guys are the best!!! Joining the 8th March appeals after the gathering at Café de Concert, I kept thinking that changing the world doesn´t require more than one simple thing; for us to engage – care – take action! 🙂

Save the date for next year already now! We´ll be back, and as we only spent 1,5 month to prepare this, imagine what we can achieve with 1 year of dedicated & enthusiastic efforts…. 😉 As one of the driving forces of the WfWi program stated it; “One woman can change anything – many women can change everything!”

Sponsors: Nordisk Skibsrederforening, Baker Hansen, Dagens Næringsliv, KK, Henne, Max Factor, Mary Kay, Clarins, Mester Grønn

Contributors (donations): Grieg Shipping Group v/Elisabeth Grieg, Astrup Fearnley museum of modern art, Jørgen Holen, Laila Hansen, Tone Kristiansen, Ingjo Hjertholm, Sissel Aurland, Lena Eidem, Marion Hansen, Trine Rasch-Willumsen, Anne Grete Istad, Ragnhild Willumsen – and our great project group; Susan Clark, Laila Hansen, Nina Grieg, Paige Young & Eva Charlotte Stenset

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When a personal crisis hits you – how do you handle it as a leader?

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This is something I reflected a bit on earlier today, as I´ve experienced many different leaders throughout my 16 years of working in various fields and roles. The personal situation of a leader will affect the organisation and co-workers one way or the other, so what is the best approach?

The traditional way, of course, is to keep it together and pretend all is well. Separate business from your personal life. A leader is someone the others need to look up to, a person who has to be strong and able to handle anything – both personal or professional challenges. Also, it could create insecurity in the organisation, or even worse, someone could try to take advantage of the situation and jump for your position. So better keep your mouth shut and keep your personal challenges to yourself. Right?

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Well…. I don´t completelly agree (of course). My experience, both as a co-worker and a leader, is that openness is always the best approach. It might cost you a bit more, ´cause displaying your weaknesses or vulnerable situation can be tough. Ifyou see that you are put in a situation where you´re not likely to perform as usual, people tend to read some signals even if you don´t share. That´s what creates insecurity. Also, it might be that during a difficult period in your personal life, you might react quite differently than you normally would; with irritation, anger, sarcasm, lack of patience, sadness, silence, mood swings, etc. Those kind of reactions are much easier to deal with for those around you if they know and understand why. Opening up towards your co-workers also brings the potential for several positive benefits;

  1. Easier to delegate, share workload and reduce the pressure you´re facing
  2. Reduces the extra stress of having to wear a mask, trying to pretend all is fine
  3. Increases the co-workers trust and confidence in you, by showing that you´re human and that you trust them
  4. Provides extra opportunity of others getting to test & demonstrate their capabilities
  5. Strengthens the shared team feeling “Yes, we can!”
  6. Reduces the risk of negative impact for the organisation/corporation, as it´s less probable that your situation and eventual errors/uncompleted tasks will affect the everyday work. You are not, after all,irreplacable – others cancoveryour areas just as well
  7. Increases the probability that co-workers will feel confident enough to be open in return when they´re facing a challenging situation,which again will reduce risks ref. to deliverables & reaching targets
  8. Builds a better fundament for respect, openness and honesty – which in turn creates so much more loyalty than any salary increase or bonus scheme

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My message here is simple. I have a strong belief that we all perform best if we are trusted and treated with empathy. If we experience that our co-workers and leaders truly wants the best for us, want each other to prosper and grow, and that it´s not expected to be flawless or “perfect”, we don´t need to wear a mask at work. It´s so much easier to be ourselves, and so much better for creative processes and the ability to innovate and create change.

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This requires that you as a leader leads by example; displaying your own challenges, weaknesses and eventual limitations to expect ref. to availability and job performance – daring to share

who you really are as a person. And being generous – utilizing the situation to allow the people you´re working with to take on new tasks/responsibilities, test their limits, grow and develop to hopefully be even better at it than you. It requires that you know yourself well enough to dare let go of control (which is just an illusion anyway…), and it requires some level of confidence. Don´t be afraid to let others outshine yourself. A good leader has the talent of bringing out the best potentials in others – that is what defines you as a leader.

On my part, I am far from perfect. I can be impatient, too quick at concluding when I get a “great” idea, and I get really frustrated and annoyed if people don´t deliver what we have agreed (unless they are open and let me know in advance, so that we can actually re-plan and shift priorities). Also, for better and worse, I am really direct and can definitely step on people´s toes unintended. I expect a lot from my self, and almost as much from others. And I expect people I´m working with to be self-driven, meaning that once we´ve made plans and delegated responsibilites & tasks, I expect not having to be a baby-sitter. I can definitely be quite tough, and have been working a lot trying to adjust my style to various personality types. It´s a never-ending process, where you also learn a lot. We never know the perfect approach, but as long as we try our best and aim for an open and trust-ful environment, I still think miracles can happen… 😉

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Including personal example of my way of handling a difficult time 2 years ago; My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and I was still Chairing the YoungShip Oslo branch (while being Secretary General of YS International). The timing was not the best, as it was in the final preparations for the general assembly, budgets and re-elections, with a lot of deadlines and deliverables. I knew my limitations, and understood that I had to delegate the work that I couldn´t handle on my own. The mail is in Norwegian, but basically explains the situation and how this effects me personally and professionally. I had talked to several before sending the mail, agreeing some new responsibility splits and identified the capacity of the others; so I also listed the key most important areas and tasks that had to be handled, and asked the great team of board members I was working with to let me know which areas they wanted to take over. It all went really well, thanks to their dedication and team-work, and I felt so relieved in letting go of the responsibility at that specific time, knowing it was all in the best hands possible.

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