Ingrid Mjøen is many things: A Norwegian who moved to Denmark to further her career. A woman who worked her way up in a leading tech company. A mother who is raising a family with three small children. But most of all, Oracle Denmark Country Leader, Ingrid Mjøen, is testament to the fact that women’s leadership in the tech industry is no longer just a buzz phrase—but a reality.
"I am the living proof that you can make a career at Oracle while having young children and prioritising your family. Many women feel like they fall behind with their career when they have children, and that's a shame.”
A business economist by training, Ingrid entered the tech world almost by accident. More than 14 years ago, fresh out of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, she was approached by an Oracle recruiter—and said yes even though she didn’t know much about the company—or what she had said yes to.
“There’s this prejudice that you can’t work in the tech industry if you don’t have an IT background and it’s completely wrong. It’s not about selling a lengthy technical solution over the counter but about making it work. You just need to have the ability to listen and talk to people, to understand their business. What’s fascinating here is that our solutions can help very small and very large, complex customers alike.”
When she stepped into her Country Lead role in 2017, Ingrid knew, beyond doubt, that her role was twofold: to help advance Oracle’s global cloud strategy in Denmark, and to encourage more women to start a career in the IT industry.
"There is constant change and evolution. It’s a riveting setting to grow your career in. Add to that, exciting emerging technologies and the amazingly smart, talented people that I get to work with and you can see why it’s a career I’d recommend to anyone. I get a lot of perspectives on what's happening globally. Oracle is the place to be for anyone who wants to go out and see the world."
What about women who don’t want to sacrifice their dedication to family life? Believe it or not, Ingrid is a regular face at her children’s school. Her children are aged 4-12, so mastering the school run is all about planning, she reveals. "I have decided that for me, family is important. But, so too, is having a challenging job. And we have agreements about that at home. We share all tasks equally, which I think is essential."
She also thoroughly plans her work agenda and relies on collaboration with her team. “Even though we are a technology-driven world, our lives revolve around human relationships and trust,”she observes. A well organised schedule coupled with flexible working hours allow her to spend the afternoons with her children before going back to her desk to finish off the day’s work.
Naturally, there are times when work or business travel keep her away from her family, but Ingrid is a firm believer that balancing one’s priorities is vital. A dynamic job, a flexible company, and a life partner that will share in the responsibility—these were all critical in Ingrid’s success story. “Working 60 to 80 hours a week is glorified a lot but it’s something I do not understand. For me, family and career are intertwined.”
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