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Women in Leadership: Shine Theory

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.

Join us to hear Chisom Udeze and Sarah Przedpelska discuss Shine Theory.

Shine Theory, developed by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, is described as the practice of mutual investment in each other. Shine Theory represents an intentional commitment to collaborate with and support each other instead of competing with each other.

Rather than engage in insecurity, Shine Theory encourages us to come into our power and have the confidence to be excited and supportive of someone else’s success. It embodies the attitude of “I don’t shine if you don’t shine.” It’s a practice of cultivating a spirit of genuine happiness and excitement when your friends are doing well, and being there for them when they aren’t. When we find ways to elevate each other and help each other thrive, it becomes contagious.

This is the second time we take on this topic, and in the 17 months since out last discussion, A LOT has changed.

This conversation will explore what builds energy, how we support one another in rebuilding or reinventing in a pandemic world and how we navigate our human capacity in times of scarcity.

This discussion will run from 18:00-19:00, and for those who attend in-person, from 19:00-19:30 you will have the opportunity to mingle and network.


In-person: 150NOK

Online: 100NOK

To register for the event follow the click HERE.

This event is free or discounted for HerSpace members. 

About our speakers:

Chisom Udeze
Chisom Udeze, according to Sarah Przedpelska:
“When Chisom Udeze encounters a problem that irks her, you can be certain she does not rest until something moves. She’s done it for over a decade within business development and economics, and more recently, she has been moving things in Oslo to create social impact through Diversify and HerSpace. Chisom is seldom perplexed by problems, instead she sees them as puzzles in need of new constellations. The constellations she forms depend on collaborating with others and lifting together to form synergies and new solutions. No wonder the concept of Shine Theory has such a great appeal to her.”

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Sarah Przedpelska

Przedpelska is a curious, brave, warm, and brilliant individual. She approaches every situation with an open mind, and a willingness to truly learn. She sees and values people as they are. In the years I have known Sarah she has been a confidante and a force of nature who I can reach out to when I need unfiltered honesty and advice. She expects me to be better than I am, and she encourages me to aim higher. While I have practiced Shine Theory in one way or another throughout my adult life, it was with Sarah that we first decided to make it intentional. She introduced me to the concept of Shine Theory and I look forward to continuing learning from her.”

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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