Holiday letter 2018
It's time for the holiday letter from mom. You might think you are too old for it, but I beg to differ and have high hopes for you and your generation to help us create the world we want to live in. I ask you to protect Mother Earth, Respect every life, be responsible and enjoy the ride.
The B Team: Making a Meaningful Difference
On August 1st I will become the CEO for The B Team. I'm deeply honored to be joining an amazing team of courageous leaders who agree that business as usual is no longer an option and set out to lead the way when it comes to creating sustainable profits as well as prosperity for people and our planet.
We need to teach the value of humility, the cornerstone of good leadership
I am delivering a keynote at the Go Forward Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania in May. The Lithuanian magazine Moteris asked me for an interview on this occasion and I am sharing the English version as I assume that most of you, like me, don't read Lithuanian.
From #MeToo to Respect & Healthy Cultures
In this year's holiday letter to my children I address the #MeToo movement. I sincerely hope this global revolution will eventually bring about more respect and healthier cultures everywhere. I want to encourage my children to become the change we need to see.
Leadership Values in a Changing World
Last week I participated in a conversation about Leadership and Values at a WISC conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here are a few highlights from our dialogue.
Transformational Leaders Needed
We need women and men with transformative leadership skills to address the complex and critical challenges the world is facing. This summer global women leaders gathered in Bellagio to discuss the challenges of climate change, inequalities, human security and technology.
One hundred and two years
Today Iceland celebrates June 19th, the day women got the right to vote, one hundred and two years ago. We have since made great progress and now our country leads the world in closing the gender gap. We can be proud of the progress made, but we must also agree that there is still more work to be done and taking another century to get there is neither smart business, nor sustainable.
Swept off my feet to learn some valuable lessons
The doctor said I was unlucky, and I probably was, but I also know how incredibly lucky I am. Sharing the valuable lessons from being swept off my feet.
Four Lessons from Iceland for America’s President-Elect
Dear Donald, you do not only have the opportunity, but also the responsibility, to set a new and inclusive tone when you move from President-Elect to becoming the US President. With good leadership it is possible to empower and unite everyone to contribute to economic and social progress in America and beyond.
Ten life lessons for my kids
We are nearing the end of a remarkable year in the world at large. The challenges the next generations face are significant in nature. I humbly share the following lessons with my kids and hope they may help them and their generation live well and lead all of us into a better future.
Role Models Matter
I have always been fascinated by the power of role models and consider myself lucky to have been exposed to some truly great role models from my parents to the first female president in the world. This fall I volunteered at my children’s school and used the opportunity to do a role-model experiment with 13 year-old boys and girls.
On Thanksgiving I always think about my American friends. I love the tradition of giving thanks, and yes I also love a good Turkey with its trimmings. More than anything I love the opportunity to enjoy a quality conversation in the company of family and friends.
My story from TED
My new TED talk has just been published. Dale Carnegie used to say that there are three talks in every speech you deliver, the one you plan, the one you deliver and the one you meant to deliver. Well, here you can read the one I planned and/or watch a link to the one I delivered. Of course I still think I can do so much better, so I will continue to improve and one day I will deliver the one I meant to.
My take on TED
I gave my second TED talk yesterday, this time at TEDWomen in San Francisco. I shared my story of running for President of Iceland. I had hoped it would be easier to get on the TED stage for the second time, but it turned out to be every bit as challenging as in 2010, possibly even harder.
Thank you Donald!
I woke up yesterday thinking that I should write a letter to Donald Trump. I believe he has become a powerful force for positive change in this world.
Where to Invade Next on Iceland’s Gender Equality
In his latest documentary Michael Moore visits Iceland to learn about Iceland's leadership when it comes to gender equality. As I am passionate about the topic, I agreed to share my views.
PBS Interview: Report from Santa Fe
I visited Santa FE, New Mexico in August and spoke at the Women's International Study Center's conference. Afterwards I sat down with Lorene Miller of PBS and we discussed topics ranging from Iceland's economic collapse to my run for President of Iceland.
Five Reasons Why We Are Moving From the Economy of ME To The Economy of WE
Demographic and social changes are already leading an important transformation to our economy.
Lean In But Thrive
We can never lose sight of the fact that diversity in top leadership allows us to avoid sameness, to innovate and to think of ways that allow people, women and men, to choose both work and life, both profit and purpose and both wealth and health, the former isn’t really worth much without the latter. And one without the other is simply not sustainable.