Maria Hamrin was selected Female Economist of the Year 2003.
Maria's speach at the ceremony
Ladies and Gentlemen, the first time I heard about the Female Economist of the Year scholarship, one distinct aspect made it stand out from all the other scholarships available for aspiring economists... This aspect was the emphasis on the personal contacts and the support network around the Female Economist. Looking around Confidencen tonight and seeing all of you celebrating with me, has only reinforced my initial opinion of the scholarship.
I come from a rather large family; in fact half of this theatre is filled with Hamrin´s arriving from different countries... My parents have always tried to teach us that “together is strong” and that challenging and supporting each other is a mutually beneficial thing to do. I believe we have managed to keep this spirit in my family, and I believe this is one of the reasons I am standing here tonight holding this speech…
It is my firm belief that the supporting spirit can be extended outside the immediate family boundaries, however, only very few individuals are willing to lend others a hand. With the Female Economist of the Year scholarship, Barbro has opened up the doors to all her family and friends. This is an amazing gesture and a true effort to support others. In fact, ever since the first time I met Barbro I have felt that she has a genuine interest in helping and supporting me. And I am sure this is something all of the BBB´s present here tonight can agree on. I still remember how I nervously waited outside the “Terass-rummet” at the SSE, anxious to meet Barbro for the first-round interviews. I remember how she, after we had talked for a while, started giving recommendations and inputs on how to improve the layout of my CV. Barbro really seemed to have a genuine interest in making it look less like a clustered mass of blocked letters on a far too small sheet of paper. Leaving the interview I felt extremely inspired and full of energy, a feeling, which has only been intensified during the past month.
As for myself, I could not imagine anything better than joining the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. It is an amazing opportunity not only to learn about Pfizer’s biggest European market, Germany, but also to learn about a market as diverse as the US-market. Behind the tailor-made program I am embarking on lies very much thought and consideration and a true desire to challenge and develop potential future female leaders. Pfizer has always been rated as a top-company to work for. They have been praised for their emphasis on diversity. However, by continuing in supporting and offering the Female Economists a fantastic head-start in their careers; Pfizer really does so much more: They are leading the way in allowing women a fair chance!
I do realize that the scholarship also comes with the responsibility to act as a role-model for other young aspiring women. Anna Levander and Blenda Kangas, the previous Female Economists have both been supporting me during the last months, and I can assure you that I will do my very best in following their example.
When it comes to tonight's wonderful event, there are some people who have made it all come true, and just like Barbro, I would like to thank all of them...First of all I would like to thank Confidencen and all the fantastic performers here tonight. Second of all I would like to thank Orrefors and Öyvind Saetre as well as Erika Lagerbielke for this amazing sculpture, which will always decorate my hopefully ever larger growing desk! Also, I would like to thank the designer Agneta Eckemyr for the lovely dress she made for me. Lasse Falck for really bringing out the best in me, taking photographs that will probably lead to a great amount of wedding proposals in the future... I would also like to mention the BBB girls; especially Sanna Francke and Camilla Borg. They have put an immense amount of work in keeping the scholarship running. I really am looking forward to working with all of you in the future, and I am sure we will all meet again. There is an amazing pool of talent in the BBB network. Naturally I would also like to thank the Stockholm School of Economics for preparing me to stand here confident today, and believing that I can actually contribute to Swedish business. And once again, a great thank you to Pfizer for continuing their support of the scholarship and for letting me prove what I actually can do.
I would also like to thank my family, my father Carl-Henrik, my mother Ann, my sisters Charlotte and Catharina and finally my brother Stefan, and my brother Johan - who is here despite the fact that it is his birthday today. They have always been there for me. They have continuously believed in all my dreams and aspirations, and they have done their utmost to help me in achieving them.
And finally to all of you friends, thank you so much for your continuous support! No one can do it alone, and your ongoing support for the scholarship really is what makes the difference.
My last but not my least thank you goes to BARBRO for making all my dreams come true and standing behind me, supporting me. I hope I will be able to do the same for other girls hungry for a challenge some day in the future. Thank you!