Caroline Farberger has been named this year’s 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.

Caroline Farberger has shown proof of both civil courage and great bravery by being Sweden’s first top manager in business to publicly share her transition journey from man to woman. Her life story has helped highlight inequality and the importance of inclusion, and she has been active in her leadership roles to make a difference.

– Through her personal courage and her great commitment, Caroline Farberger has worked to raise the issue of equality and inclusion in workplaces and in society, says Carina Malmgren Heander, board chairman of Sweden’s HR Association and jury chairman for the Kerstin Hesselgren prize.