Founder/CEO, Sisters Capital
Halla Tomasdottir is an experienced entrepreneur, business leader, board director and investor who is passionate about bringing about a more balanced approach to business and the bottom line. Halla started her career in corporate America working for M&M/Mars and Pepsi Cola before returning to her home country Iceland. She was VP of Human Resources for the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation before she joined the founding team of Reykjavik University where she founded the Executive Education department and led a successful entrepreneurship initiative focused on driving economic growth through women empowerment. Halla was the first woman to become CEO of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce. She co-founded Audur Capital, an investment firm founded to incorporate more feminine values into the world of finance and the company survived the infamous financial meltdown in Iceland in tact. Halla has served on numerous corporate boards as well as on the boards of educational institutions and non-profits and she founded and now co-chairs the Women Corporate Directors chapter in Iceland. Halla graduated with an MBA in international business from Thunderbird in the US and she has conducted doctoral level research in Organizational Behavior at Cranfield School of Management in the UK. She has delivered keynote speeches and participated in panel dialogues at many high profile international events, including TED, the Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller University, Women´s Forum, Omega, IESE Business School and the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. She has been widely recognised for her work on empowering women and was chosen the Business Woman of the year in Iceland and received the gender equality award from her hometown. She received the Cartier Initiative Award for outstanding women entrepreneurs in Europe, an award given in cooperation with McKinsey and Insead and Newsweek named her to their list of 150 women who shake the world.