Mia Therese Wagner is a lawyer, founder, executive, and one of the four investors of the Danish version of Dragon’ Den, 'Løvens Hule'.
When Mia started her career, she became a defense attorney, and later she became a partner in “Wagner attorneys”. In 2017 Mia became CEO of the family-owned company, Freeway until 2020.
In November 2020, Mia co-founded Nordic Female Founders together with Anne Stampe Olesen, and she is currently the CEO. Nordic Female Founders is working towards equal rights and terms for male and female entrepreneurs in Denmark.
Mia is known for her performance in the Danish television show “Dragon’s den” on DR1 and is currently the only female investor on the panel.
It is important for Mia to use her voice to ensure justice and equality, and she is especially active in the gender equality debate for female entrepreneurs. She is a board member of UNICEF in Denmark with the important mission of helping all the children of the world.
In her spare time, Mia loves to read a good book, a nice glass of rum, and spend time with her family and friends.
In our interview, we explore her career, life, and decision to start a new venture after a prolific career as a CEO.
Follow Mia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miawagner/
02:52 Did your experience change your idea of success?
03:50 What lessons did you bring from your experience as a lawyer and CEO of Nordic Female Founders?
05:33 How did you decide to start a new venture in 2020?
08:24 How important is it to have a good relationship with your co-founder?
10:54 What advice do you have for entrepreneurs starting up?
13:00 Do you feel any pressure to be the only woman on Løvens Hule?
16:00 How can men be promoters of women in leadership?
17:00 What do you see as traits to succeed in entrepreneurship?
18:45 What surprised you most when working with women entrepreneurs?
19:46 What is a winning strategy for a pitch?
21:55 What sort of profiles are you looking for at Nordic Female Founders?
26:20 What do you advise women about sexism in business?
29:05 What is your view on being feminine and being taken seriously?
32:05 What surprised you in your career?
33:15 Would you do anything differently looking back?
34:18 How do you manage work-life balance?
37:40 What are the new plans of Nordic Female Founders?
42:35 Final 5 Fire Questions.