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Womenomics: Economic Growth and the Female Consumer

The Womenomics conference has been created to outline and explore the growth potential of the female economy. Not only are women often underrepresented in the labour market, but research shows that the gender imbalance in top leadership roles weakens the bottom line, while also impeding innovative thinking, and diversity of thought. Diversity is not only […]

Fast-Track Insights – Interview with Carla Torregrosa Calvet, Danaher Business System Leader at Radiometer

Carla Torregrosa Calvet flew in to Copenhagen from California to participate in the Fast-Track Program for Emerging Female Managers in June 2019. No stranger to new challenges, she embraced the week as an opportunity to reflect on her purpose, and we met her to discuss the key takeaways she gained and how she came to believe ‘the sky is the limit!’

I am originally from Valencia, Spain. I moved to California in 2010 and been here ever since. 

My career as an engineer started in Spain, where I worked as an accoustical engineer for the University. After this, I moved to the US and started to work for a Life Sciences company as an Industrial Engineering junior project manager. During these years, I had several titles as I got more experienced and promoted to higher responsibility roles. Some of these included: Associate Project Manager, Specialist Project Manager, Project Manager, Sr. Project Manager… During my exposure through the years working as a project manager and having the opportunity to manage employees to accomplish goals (directly and indirectly), I also had the opportunity to develop in Lean Six Sigma and coordinated numerous continuous improvement initiatives. I got my official Lean Six Sigma certification and was certified as an internal Continuous Improvement facilitator during these years. 

My passion for continuous improvement was something I could not ignore and made the decision to accept the new opportunity of becoming a Danaher Business System Leader for Radiometer (a Danaher company). I’ve been in this role for approximately a year now and could not be happier.

The “aha” moment for me came on day 3, when the discussion around innovation made its way through. I’ve never been involved in the company’s innovation strategy before and it clicked that having a clear plan around our product’s innovation is as fundamental as meeting our 2-3-5 year plans and delivering on KPIs and annual objectives. It’s essential to ensure that any given company will be prepared to meet customers’ needs as our society evolves, and a fundamental piece for any company’s long term survival in the market.

I really enjoyed day 3 with Ricardo Perez as the topic really pulled me in, but I do have to say that I practically enjoyed every day at the event. The information shared, the activities that we all did together to make sure the key learnings were understood were really well thought-out and engaging. I felt my energy levels increase as the week progressed as I truly found every day very interesting.

It was a great experience to be part of and I learned a lot from all my peers and their different perspectives. Each woman there had a different journey, aspirations, short- and long-term goals and it was great to learn about them and take advantage of their stories and their experiences. I was able to accelerate my learnings and was able to make key contacts/friends that I am sure will there for me for career support when reached if needed. Thank you ladies!

Yes, it did. The program encouraged growth and that the sky is the limit for any woman ready to assume high responsibility corporate roles. It also showed that you need to always be aligned with your life purpose in order to be able to succeed in anything. It is key to not lose this perspective. I am now more aware and ask myself about my purpose and make sure that this alignment is always present.

I would say “Go for it!”. The key learnings you will walk away with are fantastic. Meeting other women leaders is very inspirational and the key lessons/takeaways are very useful. I would recommend this course to any woman as we are all leaders, in our own ways.

Carla Torregrosa Calvet

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Name: Carla Torregrosa Calvet

Age: 37

Education: Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain

Company: Radiometer

Title: Danaher Business System Leader

Civil Status: Married

Children: One little girl, Alexia, that is 18 months old

Fun fact: Love to rock climb and be out and about in nature. My vacations are always planned around visiting national parks. I think I’ll never get tired of it.

Fast-Track Insights – Interview with Julie Louise Nielsen, Operations Manager at Maersk Tankers

As an Operations Manager for an international shipping company, Julie Louise Nielsen is used to questions about her position in a male-dominated industry. But when we met her to discuss her participation in the Fast-Track course in June 2019 she was keen to point out that times are changing, with female role models championing the debate, and corporations taking responsibility for creating diverse and inclusive cultures.

Julie discussed the inspiration she gained from the week, from quiet reflection, to the igniting of further ambitions.

I started my career in shipping right after finishing high school in 2006. For the longest time I had planned to become an Air Traffic Controller, but it was that exact year when they stopped recruiting for 3 years. So, I landed a job as a shipping trainee and I was quickly captivated by the pace and energy of this global industry, where no day is the same.

It’s been 13 interesting and challenging years during which I have grown personally and professionally in a constantly changing industry, and still do today.

From jobs as a Tanker Operator, Bunker Purchaser and Bunker Broker, I am today working for Maersk Tankers as an Operator, where we handle one of the largest product tanker fleets in the world. As a Tanker Operator, you are basically running a taxi service at sea. We are responsible for transporting our customers’ cargo from A to B, and we are the keyholders for all parties involved in a transshipment.

The company I work for, Maersk Tankers, has also been on a journey since 2017, when it separated from A.P. Møller Mærsk. They joined the Diversity Council as part of their efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. The shipping industry itself is usually not perceived to be an industry for women, but I disagree. And it is also down to us, women in shipping, who must, together with our companies, prove and highlight this. It is very interesting and challenging to be a part of this journey and a lot has happened since 2017.

Maersk Tankers trusted me, by appointing me as one of their talented females to attend the Fast-Track Female Leadership Program. Representing these efforts in an industry primarily dominated by men is indeed a role I hold close to my heart and with pride, for a more diverse future workforce in shipping.    

All modules were interesting in their own ways, but key learning for me was the self-reflection on day 1 and day 5. It has been great for me to sit down, make lists of do’s and don’ts and to accept, that it is okay that I am ambitious and that it is okay that some people may react in different ways to my approach and to my ambitions.

It has assisted me in my day-to-day work, to understand and tackle my reactions to things and situations. Now I am able to pull out my tools from my course files, acknowledge the situation I am in and put myself in the other person’s position and try to understand their needs.

The way we were told to design our own lives, was an eye opener. To sit in the small groups and say out loud, how you would like to design your life, was challenging but very rewarding. The group provided feedback and suggestions on how to achieve your ambitions, and pointed out that the things you might think are out of reach, may actually be right in front of you, if you just take another approach.

Dr. Kriti Jain, who taught us about self-awareness, as teams, individuals and in the society, was very interesting. I could have listened to her for days, I think. The way she challenged my purpose, vision and impact was outstanding. She taught me how to distinguish the patterns of thoughts and behaviors that enable me, or hold me back from reaching my truest potential.

Furthermore, a week without Morven McLean, the Academic Director, would have been far duller! She pulled us up, when the lessons have been long and full of information. Her energy way of refreshing all the modules so they came together as one, was of great value.

I was anxious to face a week with 30 women, given that in my daily work I am surrounded mainly by men. However, the diversity within the 30 participants was still fantastic. All the different nationalities, the different back grounds and different career stories were inspiring. For me it was also very rewarding to learn from their experiences and to take away some of their thoughts and actions. It has been invaluable.

It has lit a fire in me, sparking the thought that I should allow myself to aim for something more in my career and stop worrying about other people’s reaction. It has also shown me that my ambition to become a leader someday, is reachable, if I dare to develop and further explore my patterns.

Do it! Accept the opportunity your company is offering you to be able to take the next step in your career, even if you think that you are not qualified to attend. Because, if your company sees it, you do have what it takes. This course may be an eye-opener for you to see what your company is seeing and what your opportunities are. At least it was for me!

Fact Box

Name: Julie Louise Nielsen

Age: 33

Education: Danish Shipping Academy

Company: Maersk Tankers A/S

Title: Operator

Civil Status: Single

Children: Nil

Fun fact: I am the first member of my family who has graduated from high school. My high school teacher was disappointed to see that I was attending shipping and not politics.

Maersk Tankers