Kristin Engvig is the founder and managing director of WIN & WINConference. She is a renowned thought leader, speaker and the driving force behind WIN's activities.
She transformed her vision of ‘bringing a more feminine, global and sustainable vision into work, communities and life’ through the creation of the WINConference. The mission is to inspire women worldwide by empowering, developing and connecting leaders in a way that integrates feminine values, global awareness and authentic contribution.
She was born in Kristiansund, Norway. She comes from an artistic family. Her father was a photographer and she was raised in his studio. She was influenced by her mother who was a nurse, a large family and surrounded by nature and the ocean.
In 1997, she started Women's International Networking (WIN ) while after working for JPMorgan and Citibank in Milan. WIN was initially created as an umbrella organization for international women's associations and as a learning platform to prepare leaders for the future. She became involved in the international community in Milan and saw an opportunity to create support for women working globally. In 1998, thanks to sponsorship from SDA Bocconi School of Management and with the help of a group of enthusiastic volunteers and companies the first WINConference was born.
In 2002 at WIN the international women's associations who were part of it joined PWN Paris in creating the European Professional Women's Network (PWN) contributing to the success of the initiative. From that moment WIN intensified its foucs on thought leadership, globalizing the WINConference and on company learning events whilst PWN continued the part of activities that had to do with the networks.
Kristin holds an MSc in business and marketing from BI, Oslo and an MBA in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. She has taken numerous courses in coaching, psychology, Kundalini Yoga, Zen and studied acting and creativity at Studio De Fazio in Rome. She is the mother of Leonardo.
In 2010, Kristin has been winner of The International Alliance of Women (IAW) Award. Founded in 1904 and based in Geneva, the International Alliance of Women has general consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.
With more than 20 years of daily experiences working with women from all continents, Kristin believes women's authentic and empowered leadership is a vital responsibility of our time.