Springboard bergen 2021

Bergen Panel Discussion: Finding Employment in Norway – Challenges and Opportunities

Join our Panel Discussion Springboard: Job Creation for and by Immigrants & Internationals. You can register for it HERE.

The purpose of this panel is to address the challenges people of immigrant backgrounds face in Norway, particularly as they relate to securing employment or growing their own businesses. In Norway, immigrants, internationals, and repats find it difficult to find work, especially those that match their skills and education. Also, they can not easily access societal and institutional structures that facilitate employment opportunities, job creation, and network building. Some of them face challenges on the basis of nationality, religion, culture, language, and thinking styles, irrespective of their skill, profession, or academic attainment. With this panel, we would like to highlight these challenges, take note of best practices, and provide tools, resources and networks to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of our target group. Along with that, through the broader Springboard program, we also aim to challenge and shatter personal and societal limitations that have been internalized by people in our target group, and chart a new way forward, together. At this panel discussion, you will hear several experienced and knowledgeable speakers (TBA). They will share their experiences, challenges, and advice on how you can secure relevant work in Norway or start a sustainable business. The panel is part of our Springboard program which also includes a one-week workshop on a variety of topics, including making a business plan, business strategy & growth, design thinking, digitalization, accounting and legal, etc.

Springboard Panel Discussion and Workshops are FREE for all participants.

We will strictly adhere to the rule and regulations by the Norwegian Authorities with regards to the COVID-19. Consequently, tickets are limited and available on a “first come first serve basis”. Book your free ticket ASAP to reserve your place.

Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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