For as long as I can remember, I have been searching for belonging and connection. Growing up in Norway, my family moved several times, and during most of my childhood I felt as if I didn’t fit in anywhere. As a young woman, I was eager to travel and find my home. In high school, I went to the United States as an exchange student. Later, I moved to France and then to Switzerland where I got married and founded a family. But even with a family on my own, I felt that something was missing. That’s when I realized that I wouldn’t be able to fill that hole inside of me with more people, material objects, or titles. I had to come to terms with me, my wounds, and reconnect with that young girl inside of me who was not only hurt and angry—but who is strong, courageous, and tells the truth.

I’ve been driven to accomplish a lot in my life (from a place of hurt and anger), and for that I’m grateful. I have lived in several countries and speak several languages. Throughout my career, I found that women spend a lot of their time fighting one another, whereas men join clubs and collaborate—even though they may not like each other. Because of this lack of female community, I’ve often felt alone in my struggles. It was always a man who believed in me and decided to give me a chance to prove myself, never a woman. And although I felt comfortable around men, I missed having support of other women around me in the workplace, women who understood what it means to be a woman in the corporate world.

When I decided to share my story, I found that many other women felt the same. Although the details of our stories are different—our struggles are universal.

But, we don’t have to go it alone. In fact, we’re not meant to.

Unni’s ETHOS


We need courage to dare to be seen, to be vulnerable, and to connect. When we are connected, we also feel understanding and compassion for others.


Without faith in ourselves and in a higher purpose, we fall into hopelessness and despair. You already are all that you need to be. You are good enough. You just need to peel off the unnecessary baggage of your conditioning.


Unity is knowing that we are all part of each other’s lives. When you are consumed by your own story—and lies—you are blind to see other people for who they really are behind their masks. You fail to see that you are connected to them and they to you.

Norwegian-born Unni Turrettini is a best-selling author, international speaker, and thought-leader.


Her work is about helping women rediscover their truth, shift to their feminine power, and—ultimately—build a community of support around them. She also works with corporations on gender equality issues, empowering both men and women with the goal to unite, not separate, creating a win-win situation for all parties involved.


During her years as a corporate lawyer in Paris, France and in finance in Geneva, Switzerland, she realized that when people don’t feel valued or seen, they struggle for power and influence. “We believe power will make us feel worthy and relevant,” she says. “We need to prove our worth to belong—and we seek belonging because what we’re really longing for is connection.”


Disconnection is the main underlying reason for abuse, #MeToo, and selfish leadership. By disrupting global beliefs and challenging mindsets of separation, her goal is to redefine and implement a new type of leadership.


Unni has law degrees from Norway, France, and the United States and is a member of the New York Bar. Her multicultural life has provided her with a flexible worldview and a deep understanding and compassion for differences in people and cultures. After more than twenty years abroad, she now lives with her husband and two children in Oslo, Norway.
Unni travels frequently to speak, hold workshops, and retreats.