Growing up on the turbulent west coast of Norway, surrounded by mountains leading to open seas, WIN founder Kristin Engvig understood at a young age how important it is for everyone to be connected, and to do something in their life that would leave the world a better place. Kristin knew that ‘going global’ was the right thing for her to do, and after receiving her degree in Business & Marketing from Oslo’s BI School of Business, she set out to pursue her MBA at SDA Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She has also trained as an actress, and through the performing arts was able to research creativity and communication.
The early stages of her career as an international strategy and global marketing consultant, helped form the foundation of what would later become WIN (Women’s International Networking). Since then, Kristin has travelled extensively and worked with women across all continents and employed her own strategic plan for the continuing evolution of WIN. Having started out with major multinational companies like JPMorgan, Citibank and Innovation Norway, Kristin realised that there was a gap in the workplace and in how we dealt with each other and the world at large. Working as a consultant with global companies, she felt that people should be able to bring their creative sides into the workplace.
This gap was transformed into a vision for WIN: ‘to bring a more feminine, global and sustainable vision to work, communities and life’. And this vision would in turn be transformed into a platform – a global annual conference to empower, develop and connect women leaders. From this initial platform, Kristin’s vision has developed into a mission: to provide a global networking and learning symposium that serves as a reference point for women working internationally, and connects them with organisations active in women’s leadership and diversity & inclusion.
Kristin pursues this mission throughout the year, hosting ‘mobilizing women events’ in various countries, and holding quarterly ‘corporate networking group’ meetings where professionals meet to discuss topical issues in the business world. An expert in networking, community building, and strategic partnering, she has become renowned for inspiring people to make a project or a dream, a reality. She frequently speaks at conferences for companies and organisations around the world and writes regularly about women’s journeys. In Kristin's own research and “journey life” (as she calls it), and essential to her vision and being, is her passion for family, community, creativity, acting, yoga, Zen, and continuous learning.