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Scandinavian graduate Lauga Oskarsdottir attended classes at Berkeley College in an effort to strengthen her business knowledge and management skills. By the time she graduated in 2012 with a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration – Management, she had broken down barriers within athletics.
Scandinavian Graduate Breaks Down Barriers in Berkeley College Athletics and Norwegian Entrepreneurship
Scandinavian graduate Lauga Oskarsdottir attended classes at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan in an effort to strengthen her business knowledge and management skills. By the time she graduated from Berkeley College in 2012 with a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration – Management, she had broken down barriers within athletics.
While balancing her studies with full-time work and internships, Ms. Oskarsdottir was also the goalkeeper on the Berkeley College Men’s Soccer team prior to the establishment of the women’s teams. She is the only student athlete to have competed on both the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams at Berkeley College. Ms. Oskarsdottir also played in the winning game at the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference Championship in 2010, and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Ms. Oskarsdottir returned to her home country of Norway to build on her marketing experience. By 2014, she co-founded two businesses – marketing agency United Influencers and software solutions company SuitMe. “The effort required to maintain a schedule of school-work, a full-time job, internships, and playing soccer at Berkeley College helped me prepare for the ruthless determination it took to build my own company,” said Ms. Oskarsdottir, who is currently the Chief Influencer Officer of United Influencer and a silent partner in SuitMe (recently renamed Mesher).
In addition to overseeing her own business, Ms. Oskarsdottir recently became a board member of the Norwegian-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce, which promotes and maintains business relationships between Norway and Iceland. “Being an Icelandic entrepreneur living in Norway, I am passionate about creating bridges between the two countries, especially in the startup community,” said Ms. Oskarsdottir, who moved from Iceland to Norway with her family at the age of 9. “Access to mentorship and investors is scarce in both countries, but even more so in Iceland.”
Ms. Oskarsdottir (center) poses with her teammates from the Berkeley College Men’s Soccer team.