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Therése is an extraordinary entrepreneur and international motivational speaker.
— Stefan Engeseth, Guest Professor and Author
 
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Therése Gedda Biographies

 
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Short Biography

Therése Gedda is an internationally recognized thought leader and Keynote Speaker on the Future of Work, and highly skilled serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of unparalleled accomplishments. She's named by Nordic 100 as one of the most influential people from the Nordics and she has received the prestigious innovation award, SKAPA, in memory of Alfred Nobel.

For 17 years, she has inspired over 30,000 people in over 10 countries. Therése has engaged with audiences of 5 to 5000 people at conferences such as TEDx, Web Summit and TNW as well as invitation-only events organized by Apple and LVMH. She's graced stages in cities including New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, Venice, Lisbon, Stockholm, Barcelona, Boston, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Dublin, and Toronto. Her most sought-after keynotes are within the Future of Work, business culture, workplace engagement, entrepreneurship, and the high achiever mindset.

At the age of 17, Therése started her first management consultancy, and for 17 years, she has supported thousands of founders, management teams and executives. At the age of 21, she became a guest lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Royal Institute of Technology. After more than a decade as a Performance and Achievement Coach, startup advisor and Keynote Speaker, Therése founded 30minMBA – the award-winning company dedicated to supporting companies in re-imagining their workplaces through the philosophy of the Future of Work.

While everyone else is focused on technology in the Future of Work, Therése's focus is on empowering companies and High Achievers to thrive in the context of disruptive changes in the workplace. It’s time to put people first. This culture-driven company has its foundation in empowering individuals to reach their full potential.

 
 

Full Biography

Therése Gedda is an internationally recognized thought leader and Keynote Speaker on the Future of Work, and highly skilled serial entrepreneur with more than a decade of unparalleled accomplishments. For 17 years, she has inspired over 30,000 people in over 10 countries. She has engaged with audiences of 5 to 5000 people at conferences such as TEDx, Web Summit and TNW as well as invitation-only events organized by Apple and LVMH. She's graced stages in cities including New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, Venice, Lisbon, Stockholm, Barcelona, Boston, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Dublin, and Toronto. Her most sought-after keynotes are within the Future of Work, business culture, workplace engagement, entrepreneurship, and the high achiever mindset.

She started earlier than most having learned more than 200 books by heart before the age of six. She took that same ambition and intellect to found her first management consultancy company on the Swedish market at the age of 17 in 2002. This early creation enabled her to successfully help companies from a large number of industries across European and North American markets – often serving as the catalyst for founders, executives, and management teams to create an impact with projects spanning strategy, leadership, communication, marketing, and growth.

Until she was 19, Therése worked out on a professional level in athletic fitness. The discipline she obtained from being around some of the world’s top athletes extended to other areas of her career, including public speaking. When she was 21, she started to guest lecture and speak at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Royal Institute of Technology on topics ranging from entrepreneurship and startups to achievement. During this time, she also became more involved in the startup community.

By the age of 22, she completed her International Coaching Education by Coach U in London. She used these learnings throughout her career and remained actively involved in education as a startup coach and adviser. Her passion for entrepreneurship made her a jury member at the largest business plan competition in Sweden, Venture Cup, at the age of 23. She also started to regularly organize 'business casual' events in central Stockholm, serving as a catalyst and connector helping grow one of the world’s fastest growing startup communities – Stockholm, Sweden.

Therése continued her education and earned her Master of Science in Business and Economics at the age of 26. Her degree from the Stockholm School of Economics was focused on marketing, and she conducted extensive research on the entrepreneurial mindset, publishing a paper titled “Courage, motivation, and setbacks – the road to success in entrepreneurship?”

By the age of 27, Therése became a board member for Silicon Vikings where she served for three years. In her role with this collaborative non-profit, Therése helped connect "Nordic assets" to Silicon Valley's networked business and educational ecosystems.

After more than a decade as a Performance and Achievement Coach, startup advisor and Keynote Speaker, Therése founded 30minMBA – the award-winning company dedicated to supporting companies in re-imagining their workplaces through the philosophy of the Future of Work. The purpose-driven company has its foundation in empowering individuals to reach their full potential. Today, she is leading a multidisciplinary team spanning three continents as CEO, and together they are bridging the gap between what science knows and what business does.

At the age of 29, Therése took her keynote and motivational speaking endeavors to the next level when she spoke at the Web Summit, one of the leading tech conferences in the world, as well as several other top conferences – influencing more than 10,000 people in one year alone.

Offstage, Therése has graced the pages of some of the biggest media publications with key features and interviews in Sweden's largest newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), leading Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer, and Shortcut Magazine, to name a few.

By the age of 30, she began to be recognized on prominent stages for her work. First, she was awarded the second place in the Swedish Final for TEDx Made In Europe. A few weeks later, she was awarded the prestigious award and Sweden’s largest prize for innovators, SKAPA – in memory of Alfred Nobel called The Future Innovation Award.

At the end of 2016 at the age of 31, Therése was included in the Nordic 100 list, recognizing the most influential and impactful individuals in the tech and startup communities in the Nordics. In May 2018, Therése founded Be Brilliant Academy with actionable on-demand courses tailored for high achievers.

Today Therése is advising leading companies worldwide in re-designing their culture. She also works as a Performance and Achievement Coach for founders and C-level executives globally to excel both personally and professionally. Additionally, Therése spends a significant amount of her time traveling as she is frequently invited to speak about the Future of Work at conferences all over Europe and North America.

While she has been successful on many fronts and has accomplished it all at a young age, she is very focused on what’s ahead and believes her greatest accomplishments are still to come.

 
 

 
 

Therése has graced countless stages as a Keynote Speaker and inspired over 30,000 people

Here is a selection of endorsements

Therése is an extraordinary entrepreneur and international motivational speaker. A conductor of energy and magnetism, she engages audiences through her passionate performances, providing audiences with immediate and actionable insights. Combining her background in elite fitness and her extensive professional experience, Therése has motivated people all over the world to reach their goals in both their personal and professional lives.
— Stefan Engeseth, Guest Professor and Author
Therése has the ability to create magic – constantly, it seems. With loads of creativity and determination, Therese has demonstrated a remarkable ability to create exceptional value and media attention from limited resources. She is a phenomenal startup CEO, an incredible leader and she has an amazing passion for empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential. I’m proud to vouch for her, because I’ve seen from the inside how she works and what she does to always deliver - both on stage as a keynote speaker and behind-the-scenes in business. Therése is extremely talented across the board and with her determination, no industry is safe from disruption.
— Tony Friede, Investment Manager at VINNOVA
 
 

Having founded three companies over the years, I realized one important thing along the way - you can never afford to stop learning. As each company grew from a handful to hundreds of people, the challenges have rarely been the same, so after 15 years of start-ups, I had the pleasure of meeting and engaging Therése to be my personal founder/executive coach. While I’ve worked with other “coaches” in the past, none of them had the extraordinary and rare combination of skills and experience that I found with Therése: she’s a founder herself, she’s worked with an international cohort of clients (giving her a uniquely diverse perspective), she’s a sought-after keynote speaker on business culture and lifestyle design (which are key for any entrepreneur or executive). Her programs are rooted in a behavioral science framework that allows each client to have a highly curated plan to achieve lifestyle and professional leadership goals; she then coaches you within a support structure that helps you stay accountable and ultimately catalyze the transformations you are seeking. By teaching you how to design and scale a strong culture, she shows you how to align the key pillars of leadership, recruitment, and strategy to grow your business. She is always well-prepared and proactive in her teachings to ensure that her clients maximize the value of the programs. When I talk about Therése with fellow founders, I often refer to her as a “founder therapist” - someone that can empathize and share the burden of your journey and help you navigate successfully. I’ve personally recommended her to many of my founder friends who have subsequently gone on to refer her to their friends - a testament to her continued impact.
— Sridhar Iyengar, Founder and CEO at Elemental Machines

Highly driven, goal-focused and with an extraordinary degree of commitment to her projects. She can handle the grit of being an entrepreneur – not being someone to quit or easily doubt her ideas or vision. She wants to bring about change and engages the people around her in her ideas. She is also an advocate of entrepreneurship and has helped countless people on their path to building their business. I count her among the most inspirational and brilliant people I have the fortune to know
— Jakob Persson, Co-founder and CKO at NodeOne
Therése is a fantastic person in so many ways. On top of being a serial entrepreneur, she is an absolute top-class networker and extremely entrepreneurial. But, what really makes her shine is the immense passion
she demonstrates for what she is doing. As a startup advisor and speaker, she is constantly connecting with other entrepreneurs to generously sharing her learnings, insights and experiences to help them
grow as well.
— Mats Vindefjärd, CEO at Future Sports Media

Being a strategic advisor of 30minMBA, I have had the great opportunity of working together with Therése. She is an amazing person and an exceptional leader who has built several companies from scratch. She started her entrepreneurial journey as a 17-year-old, founding a management consultancy company successfully working with startups and fast-growing firms for over a decade. With over 15 years as a founder and keynote speaker, she is one of the most talented individuals I have ever met. Therése has a great passion for entrepreneurship with a remarkable degree of commitment to her projects. The dedication to getting things done, the passion for challenging the status quo and empowering people to greatness, makes her an extraordinary inspiration for myself and other founders.
— Anneli Viklund, Innovation Expert at ALMI
I hereby give Therése Gedda my highest recommendation both as a strategic advisor and as a motivational speaker. I have had the great joy of encountering Ms. Gedda on several occasions and she continually over delivers – most lately as a keynote speaker on Internet Discovery Day, an industry leading event geared towards key people in the Swedish start-up and new media sectors. Her spoken qualities are excellent as well as her analytic capabilities as an advisor. I fail to see how anyone doing business with Therése Gedda could fail in being satisfied with the encounter.
— Johan Jörgensen, Founder and Partner at Grädde Invest. Venture Capitalist of the year, 2011

Therése is an extraordinary individual with a great drive. She has an exceptional ability to quickly grasp new information and converting it into concrete actions. She is also an exceptional facilitator and contributor: sharing her extensive knowledge with high energy and charisma, paired with professionalism and a genuine interest in making individuals excel. Therése is truly phenomenal at empowering people.
— Annelie Sule, Innovation and Business Development Manager at Umbilical Design
Therése is a very talented, sharp and competent professional who is extremely passionate about her work and making a difference. She has acquired immense knowledge through her experience as a serial entrepreneur and international speaker. This unique combination of personal experience and scientific research is what has made her, her business and the people around her so successful. I believe she is an invaluable mentor, speaker and advisor.
— Jonas Almeling, Regional Director Nordics & Northern Europe of Startup Grind

A collaboration with Therése Gedda means that you can feel completely confident with the outcome. She is very committed and is always well-prepared. She is amazing on stage, inspires many people and adds a great value to our participants. We at Venture Cup are very grateful and excited about our partnership with Therése.
— Emilie Lidgard, Regional Manager at Venture Cup Sweden
Good leaders inspire action, but great leaders inspire change! Therése has the ability to identify the smallest things that make you thrive and grow as a person both professionally and personally. She moves seamlessly between empirical evidence to business know-how. She has the global network to connect the individuals and ideas that create real impact and change the world for the better. Regardless, if you are looking for a keynote speaker to wow your audience or an experienced advisor to guide your board, Therése is a true asset.
— Jonathan Danemo, Analyst at Vinnova

Awesome performance Therése! Very interesting to listen to your insights.
— Fredrik Heleander, CEO Boo Energi
 
 

Selected Press Appearances

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Selected Highlights From The Life as
a Keynote Speaker and Founder

 
VIP mingle in the beautiful city hall in Stockholm before the conference, Sthlm Tech Fest, with the inspiring Mike Butcher from TechCrunch and investor Linus Dahg from Inventure.

VIP mingle in the beautiful city hall in Stockholm before the conference, Sthlm Tech Fest, with the inspiring Mike Butcher from TechCrunch and investor Linus Dahg from Inventure.

The prize ceremony for receiving The Future Innovation Award in Stockholm in memory of Alfred Nobel – SKAPA.  It’s Sweden’s largest and most prestigious innovation prize. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Tessinska Palace, next to The Royal Palace in the heart of Stockholm. The honorable guest, Chris Heister, the governor of Stockholm presented the award.

The prize ceremony for receiving The Future Innovation Award in Stockholm in memory of Alfred Nobel – SKAPA.

It’s Sweden’s largest and most prestigious innovation prize. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Tessinska Palace, next to The Royal Palace in the heart of Stockholm. The honorable guest, Chris Heister, the governor of Stockholm presented the award.

Spending time with the brilliant Raph Crouan from Startupbootcamp after delivering a keynote at Arctic15 in Helsinki, Finland.

Spending time with the brilliant Raph Crouan from Startupbootcamp after delivering a keynote at Arctic15 in Helsinki, Finland.

30minMBA at Slush, the massive tech conference in the Nordics with 15,000 people, with the Swedish delegation and Team Sweden.

30minMBA at Slush, the massive tech conference in the Nordics with 15,000 people, with the Swedish delegation and Team Sweden.

A great moment with the talented Anneli Viklund at the SKAPA award ceremony celebrating 30minMBA’s journey to date.

A great moment with the talented Anneli Viklund at the SKAPA award ceremony celebrating 30minMBA’s journey to date.

A fascinating meeting with the Swedish mentalist – Henrik Fexeus.

A fascinating meeting with the Swedish mentalist – Henrik Fexeus.

Catching up with the fantastic Robin Wauters from tech.eu before delivering a keynote at Uppstart in the Uppsala castle.

Catching up with the fantastic Robin Wauters from tech.eu before delivering a keynote at Uppstart in the Uppsala castle.

Enjoying spending time with a vibrant group at Kinnernet, an invitation-only un-conference, after delivering a keynote in beautiful Lisbon.

Enjoying spending time with a vibrant group at Kinnernet, an invitation-only un-conference, after delivering a keynote in beautiful Lisbon.

Exchanging ground-breaking ideas with the Creative Futurist, Stefan Engeseth.

Exchanging ground-breaking ideas with the Creative Futurist, Stefan Engeseth.

Amazing interview with the one and only, Dan Ariely, the Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

Amazing interview with the one and only, Dan Ariely, the Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

Always exciting sharing insights and see then featured in magazines. Here in the leading Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) for a piece about pursuing a career in the thriving startup world.

Always exciting sharing insights and see then featured in magazines. Here in the leading Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) for a piece about pursuing a career in the thriving startup world.

Celebrating another achievement with the 30minMBA team. Here with the wonderful Tony Friede, one of our rockstar advisors.

Celebrating another achievement with the 30minMBA team. Here with the wonderful Tony Friede, one of our rockstar advisors.

Sharing stories from the road with knowledgeable Marvin Liao from the accelerator, 500.

Sharing stories from the road with knowledgeable Marvin Liao from the accelerator, 500.

Great chat with the always insightful Chris O'Brien and the passionate Joanna Kirk at the Chairman’s dinner at 4YFN in Barcelona.

Great chat with the always insightful Chris O'Brien and the passionate Joanna Kirk at the Chairman’s dinner at 4YFN in Barcelona.

Exchanging ideas with investor and change-maker, Fredrik Bentlinger, at the extraordinary invitation-only event, Angel Island, in Amsterdam.

Exchanging ideas with investor and change-maker, Fredrik Bentlinger, at the extraordinary invitation-only event, Angel Island, in Amsterdam.

Honored to speak to Prince Daniel of Sweden about the future of entrepreneurship.

Honored to speak to Prince Daniel of Sweden about the future of entrepreneurship.

 
 

 

Companies Therése Has Founded

 

30minMBA

Re-imagining the workplace

 

30minMBA is an award-winning company dedicated to increasing workplace engagement through cultural consulting and actionable learning. In a context of the increasing importance of creativity and productivity along side the more than ever fierce competition for talent, we empower companies through a cultural transformation; preparing them for the Future of Work.

We help you design your purpose-driven company to keep and attract High Achievers and to build a strong base for growth focusing on purpose, values, and empowering behavior. We are uniquely positioned to serve startups, scale-ups, and fast-growing companies looking to build and grow a business in which culture, leadership, and strategy are enabling long-term sustainable success.

 

Be Brilliant Academy

Grow personally and professionally to reach your full potential

 

This is for you – the High Achiever. The builder. The creator. The Giver. The leader. The change-maker. The thought leader. The innovator. To help you thrive. To realize your dreams. To achieve greatness. Be Brilliant Academy is designed for you.

We, the 30minMBA team, built Be Brilliant Academy with the purpose to empower individuals to reach their full potential. Our ambition is to be the champion of all High Achievers out there. There are already plenty of options for the masses, so we decided to tailor all our courses to you. The ones who dare to dream big. The ones that imagine things that seem impossible and never settle. The ones who want to live in line with their purpose and values. The ones who strive for more. All our actionable courses are founded in behavioral science, positive psychology, and extensive experience.

Imagine developing your business and personal skills when and where it fits you. Welcome to Be Brilliant Academy!

 
 

 

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