Her profound understanding of business life as both a man and a woman, stemming from the unique experience of being born and raised as a boy and later transitioning to live as a woman at the age of 50 in a position as a corporate CEO, makes her an authentic and credible source.

Through her story, she provides invaluable insights into the nuanced treatment individuals face based on their gender in corporate life. This perspective resonates universally, making her testimony relatable to people across diverse backgrounds, including considerations of skin color, disability, religion, or gender. She profoundly engages and resonates with individuals through her distinctive story, leaving a lasting impact on all.

Caroline masters an exceptional ability to articulate the true essence of diversity and inclusion, explaining the nuances that distinguish the meaning of inclusion. She skillfully guides her audience through her personal journey, sharing how she diligently worked from the outset to conform to societal norms she believed were synonymous with being recognized as a genuine male. She shares her personal history from completing her dual academic degrees to when she started to work as a management consultant with McKinsey for six years, followed by 25 years in several senior management positions and ultimately as CEO and Board Executive.

Caroline’s willingness to share both her successes and challenges combined with her personal story reflects the importance of embracing diversity and creating an environment where every individual can thrive, regardless of their background or identity. She knows by own experience that inclusion is the key for organizations to make better business decisions and use their full potential capacity. Her message effectively communicates to both the C-suite and the entire organization, fostering a shared understanding and a collective desire to embrace inclusivity in their actions.

Caroline is the first senior business leader in the Nordics to speak openly about her gender transition, having formerly lived as Carl Farberger. Until 2022, she held the position of CEO at ICA Insurance, a prominent Swedish insurer. Presently, she serves in the capacity of a Board Executive and Investor. Concurrently, Caroline shares her insights through keynote addresses, with a particular focus on themes such as authenticity, diversity, and inclusive leadership.

I have always felt that I want to leave behind something greater than what I have been assigned”

Selected awards

Caroline received the LGBTQ Person of the Year Award from the hands of the Speaker of the Swedish parliament at the QX Gala in 2019.

In May 2022, Caroline received the Womenomics Leadership Award from the hands of HRH Crown Princess Mary, being honoured as an accomplished CEO and transgender role model, using her platform and personal story to challenge corporate gender biases.

Caroline Farberger was named the 2022 winner of the Kerstin Hesselgren award. The prize is awarded annually by Sweden’s HR Association to a role model who, with a long-term commitment, focuses on equality and humanity in our workplaces and in our society. The decisions and actions of the laureate, or laureates, are characterized by civil courage, bravery, and outspokenness.

Photo: Caroline and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 17 2022