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What does it take to work your way up from a position
washing offshore oil drillers' work clothes to CIO?

I

vividly remember the day 25 years ago when
I stepped into a bright orange survival suit and
boarded the helicopter bound for my new job
on Gullfaks B, an offshore oil platform in the
North Sea.

THE CORPORATE EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE WAS FAR BEYOND MY
WILDEST DREAMS, BUT I COULD
LOOK AT THE WOMEN WORKING
A LEVEL OR TWO ABOVE ME AND
THINK, "YEAH, THEY'RE GOOD, BUT
MAYBE I COULD DO THAT TOO."

Twenty-six years later, I'm Equinor's CIO. I didn't
really have a master plan for my career; I just
worked to balance having some ambition with
trying to do a really good job at whatever I was
doing. Even so, I did learn a few things in the
process that I think might be useful for young
women launching their careers today.

ALL JOBS MATTER
My education began right away. That first job
- as an "offshore catering assistant" - was
hardly glamorous. Responsibilities included
cleaning up in the kitchen and doing the laundry
of the workers on the rig. But my six years in
that job taught me two important lessons. First,
regardless of where your job is in the hierarchy,
you can and should do it well. And second, all
jobs - big and small - matter. If there were no
catering personnel, for instance, there would
be no food, no clean beds or towels - and
eventually no workers on board!
Female role models were also important to me,
not so much at the top level but further down.
The corporate executive committee was far
beyond my wildest dreams, but I could look at
the women working a level or two above me
and think, "Yeah, they're good, but maybe I
could do that too." Peer coaching also helped
me. I've been lucky enough to have both female
and male sponsors and mentors throughout my
career who have encouraged me to say yes to
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