Rikke Østergaard is a Danish Sociologist, keynote speaker, advisor, and author.
She specializes in the fields of leadership development, mind-training, and job satisfaction. Rikke is the first Corporate Sociologist in Denmark and differentiates herself by having unique perspectives and a 360-degree view on business and societal structures, social psychology, and neurosociology. She is also the author of the first Danish book on gratitude, which examines how gratefulness is an invaluable tool against stress-related diseases, to create healthy work environments, and to strengthen social relations.
Rikke’s unique and rebellious approach challenges the classic corporate way of thinking. She is not afraid to turn everything upside down to make room for new and creative ideas that can instantaneously propel people and projects forward to the next level. In conjunction with this approach, one of Rikke’s core competencies is to give the audiences or course participants grounded and tangible methods to easily kickstart a lasting transformation process themselves.
With her contagiously jovial demeanor and her professional profoundness, Rikke effortlessly builds bridges between herself and the audience or the person in her presence. Complex material and scientific facts are imparted in an easily understandable and functional manner.
Rikke maintains a distinctive ability to see and understand the individual employee, executive, corporation and corporate structure as a dynamic whole. Utilizing her unique areas of specialization and extensive experience together with her progressive and simple approach, Rikke has assisted leaders on all levels in various countries around the globe to sharpen their role as both captain of the ship and as a secure harbor for employees. This has motivated exceptional results, agility, and advancement in the corporations. Her extensive experience with optimizing motivation and the employees’ personal and work-related gratification have similarly generated measurable effects. Her many years of work experience with leadership development and recruitment has also offered Rikke a deep understanding of the importance of trustful relations between management and the workforce, as this is unquestionably the foundation for all successful companies.
Rikke is frequently invited to participate as an expert in these focus areas at conferences and on various media platforms. She teaches at some of Denmark’s leading board and leadership institutions, as well as being a guest lecturer at University of Sydney and the renowned Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
Rikke has had assignments for many large national and international corporations including Novo Nordisk, Rambøll, The Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Maersk, The Financial Union, PWC, Leo Pharma, SKAT, Assa Abloy, and Danske Bank.
With her unique knowledge and expertise and her two best-selling books, Rikke is now one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and facilitators in Denmark.