In Norway, as in many other countries, a significantly higher proportion of men work within technology. Women account for only 26 percent of the employees, and 17 percent of senior executives in the IT industry.
On the International Women's Day, it's extra fun working in a company that's modern in every way!
After talking to appear.in colleagues and industry acquaintances with female executives, it's clear that we share the inspiration, motivation and importance of both working for and representing a company with a female leader in the tech industry. Not only is Ingrid in the 17 percent category of women executives in the IT industry. Our CEO is also a female leader in a tech Startup, representing a small group of only 1% female tech founders in Norway, according to recent studies.
Being an influencer
As Ingrid said when being asked by the host at the award seminar, she never expected she would "end up" in the tech business. However, she does think it might have been a meaningful inspiration that her dad brought home a computer that she got to play with when she was just 13 years old.
"I had to learn how to code a little at a very young age when my dad brought a computer back home. I guess I knew it was possible to learn IT already back then, and subconsciously followed the tech path"
– Ingrid Ødegaard, Founder & CEO
Subconsciously or not, Ingrid is a role model in the industry, and so was her dad. It is important to emphasize that a leader will always be a role model and influencer regardless of gender. The actions and leadership style you choose will affect how attractive the IT industry is for both women and men.
In the "Founder/Entrepreneur Section" of the ranking, Ingrid Ødegaard is joined by 9 other female leaders;
Laila Danielsen, Elliptic Labs
Karen Dolva, NoIsolation
Åste Einn, Payr
Kristil Erla Håland, JodaCare AS
Kathrine Molvik, FeC AS
Sigrid Petersson Nedkvitne, Friskus AS
Marianne Bratt Ricketts, Vibbio
Christine Spiten, BluEye Robotics
Anne Lise Waal, Attensi
Ingrid Oline Skeide Ødegaard, appear.in
Abelia is, with their 2100 members, the NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) Association for Knowledge and Technology.
ODA is the leading meeting place for women in tech in the Nordics with more than 8000 members and more than 30 strategic partners across various industries.
You can read more about the awards here (in Norwegian).