The event drew 35 women from NODE and Eyde clusters to Kristiansand on Thursday night.
First up was Marte S. Tuseth. She is the founder of Our Family Software, a company that develops software that organizes family activities, including planning of meals and shopping for them. The business idea was conceived while balancing early motherhood and a leading position at Cameron Sense.
“I needed to better organize and prioritize my time. Having worked with LEAN processes came in handy,” says Tuseth.
Her solution for better time management resulted in yet another time-consuming activity: Founding a company.
“Our objective is to assist in planning of family-oriented activities, with a clear mission: To make more time for meaningful things,” said Tuseth.
Anne Lene Dale, CEO of GCE NODE, talked about her career in male dominated settings and industries. Her background includes a number of years in the Norwegian foreign service and a varied work experience from Norway and abroad. Dale recently finished three years as Norway’s ambassador to Mozambique. She urged companies to recruit a mix of people.
“Gender mix makes for better working environments and is also good for business,” said Dale.
The third speaker was Åse Michaelsen, a long-standing Member of Parliament. Representing the Progress Party, Michaelsen was also and the first Norwegian Minister of Elderly and Public Health (2018-2019).
The event was facilitated by Erle Holstad Wright, political advisor for the Mayor of Kristiansand, and organized by NEW – NODE Eyde Women. The women network is established to promote women participation in two typically male dominated industries.
“I am a big fan of NEW. And I urge us all to find an exciting project to mark the tenth anniversary of NEW next year,” said Anne Lene Dale.