Each year ODA-Nettverk awards dedicated work supporting the promotion of gender equality and diversity in the tech industry. The ODA Award Woman award will be presented for the 13th time this year. The winner will be announced at the digital Inspiration Day on 7 May. The finalists are:
Candidate 1: Cecilia Flatum | Deloitte
Cecilia Flatum is an inclusive and energetic leader, who has been an active spokesperson for diversity and inclusion for more than a decade. She has been co-founding several D&I initiatives, like the Powder Puff Girls and Women@Deloitte. As the leader for Deloitte Consulting, she has put D&I KPIs on all leaders. Through her blog, her leadership work at Deloitte, and as a contributor to SHE Leads, SHE conference, Pride, podcast, panel debates and Sport conferences, she has cheered on diversity of people. She has addressed publicly the danger of women losing out on career opportunities due to the pandemic.
Cecilia’s commitment and passion for diversity, equality & inclusion, is an inspiration for other consulting houses and technology companies.
Candidate 2: Letizia Jaccheri | NTNU
Letizia Jaccheri is an impactful professor and role model. Through her work in academia and computer science she inspires female academics and young technology enthusiasts to take actions. She has worked systematically to increase the number of women in top positions at NTNU, which has resulted in employment of 9 female adjunct professors and associate professors. Letizia has started and is involved in an impressive amount of initiatives to increase diversity in the technology industry, including the IDUN Project funded by Research Council of Norway and NTNU, Trondheim ACM’s Women in Computing Chapter, the European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics (EUGAIN) with participants from 38 countries, and the “Code Trail (Kodeløypa)” where young people learn about programming.
Letizia inspires to lead the change. She is recognized for her ability to coach other women to take on bigger opportunities.
Candidate 3: Åshild Hanne Larsen | Equinor
Åshild Hanne Larsen is described as a technology thought leader who is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Through targeted work, she has in her position as Equinor’s CIO contributed to increasing the proportion of women in IT and has improved the diversity in her team from around 15% to almost 50%. She has achieved this by setting clear expectations for diversity when recruiting, and by following up until the requirements are met. She puts the challenges associated with the large gender gap in technology on the agenda, both internally and externally and engages in actions to close it. Her work has led to a place among Norway’s leading Tech women, and awards as Female Leader of the Year 2019 at the SHE conference, and as CIO of the Year Europe 2019.
Åshild inspires by paving the way for the women who come after her.
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