Women in Leadership: Leïla Rezzouk

Women in Leadership: Leïla Rezzouk

At HerSpace, we are proud to be part of a collective and necessary effort to be active participants in helping women advance in their social, personal and professional lives. We have designed the Women in Leadership series as a way to amplify the voices, stories and experiences of women. Our featured women speakers have diverse backgrounds, have reached milestones in their careers,  and have made an impact in their industry and communities. We all benefit when stories of challenges and wins are shared. We offer their stories, knowledge and insights to help empower you in your own journey.

Women in Leadership is a recurring event that will feature an inspirational female leader every month. If you would like to nominate a woman in your network as a way to honor her work, please reach out so our collection can grow with our community.


Cost: NOK150

*This event is free for HerSpace Members*

Leïla Rezzouk

Leïla is a brilliant and unapologetic champion for measures across societal structures that have inclusion and integration in focus. A nurse by training, she has broad experience from multicultural work with children and adults through various positions: Founder and General Manager of Papillon, Co-founder of Support not Protect & Public speaker. She moved to Norway and Bergen 14 years ago, and is of French-Moroccan descent.

She considers her cross-cultural background and immigrant status as an important resource as it has helped strengthen her identity and genuine belief in each human being and their unique resources. Leila is positive, solution-oriented and a relationship builder. She enjoys creating results with others, while not being afraid to take responsibility.

Leila is involved in a number of organizations and committees with the focus on immigrants and minority groups. Among other things, she is a member of the resource group for diversity and inclusion in the Bergen Business Council and was jury member for the Diversity Award. She wants to promote her commitment through her work in Papillon which is based on basic values: Love, Empowerment, Equity and Self-Determination.

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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