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Mentor Award

Mentor Award

Instituted in 2006, and presented annually at the Swedish-American Executive Women's Conference, this Award honors a businessman who has extensively encouraged and supported women in business.

Recipients include:

2015: Dominic BartonManaging Director of McKinsey & Company

The 2015 Mentor Award was presented to Dominic Barton, Managing Director of McKinsey & Company, at the 14th Annual Executive Women´s Conference on May 7, 2015 at PwC, Torsgatan 21, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Mr. Barton was appointed Global Managing Director in 2009 and has ever since significantly increased the number of female leaders at McKinsey. The number of female Partners has doubled in the past five years, and Mr. Barton’s aspiration is to double this number again by 2020.

Furthermore, Mr. Barton has personally appointed more women to senior leadership roles than the combination appointed in the past twenty years. He is the initiator and a key supporter of McKinsey’s internal gender diversity initiative, which is one of the key priorities of the firm. He is also a member of UN Women Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council, a group of 10 CEOs of the world’s leading organizations that provides strategic input to guide advocacy and resource mobilization efforts to advance women in business and society. Mr. Barton is a frequent speaker at events and webinars for female students as well as a coach and mentor to several women, both within the firm and in the broader community.


2014: Jonas PrisingCEO of ManpowerGroup

The 2014 Mentor Award was presented to Jonas Prising at the 13th Annual Executive Women´s Conference on May 8, 2014, at NASDAQ MarketSite on Times Square in New York.

As CEO of ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, Mr. Jonas Prising, is addressing the current efforts on global gender parity to create a gender quality strategy, emphasizing that developing women leaders is key to driving economic growth and business success. At ManpowerGroup, Mr. Prising has worked intensely to break down gender stereotypes and empower women by helping them recognize their talents and realize their potential.

With one out of three top executives being a woman and 31% of female board representation, ManpowerGroup recently published the report ”Cracking the Case – Why you need women leaders. How to get them and keep them”. The company believes women leaders helps drive success across businesses.

2013: Olof FaxanderCEO of Sandvik

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York presented 2013 the 8th Annual Mentor Award in connection with their eleventh Annual Swedish-American Executive Women’s Conference in Stockholm on April 18, 2013.

Olof Faxander has doubled the percentage of women in leading positions within Sandvik’s business areas from 9% to 18% in two years, and is the first CEO in the history of Sandvik to promote a woman to become president of one of Sandvik’s business areas. For the first time, Sandvik now has two women in the Group Executive Management Team.

Sandvik presents a clear strategy and sets targets for diversity and inclusion, which include increasing the share of women in operative managerial positions globally in the organization.


2012: Michael L. CorbatCEO of Citigroup

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York presented the 7th Annual Mentor Award in connection with their eleventh Annual Swedish-American Executive Women's Conference in New York on May 3, 2012.

2012 year's Mentor Award was awarded to Michael L. Corbat, CEO of Citigroup. Throughout Michael Corbat’s distinguished career at Citi, he has championed diversity as a business imperative and a competitive advantage. Mr. Corbat recognizes the importance of fostering a diverse meritocracy and the value of a range of perspectives, experience, ideas and backgrounds to creating meaningful value and driving innovative solutions.

Recently, Citi was named by the National Association for Female Executives as one of the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women,” leading corporate America in recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the workplace and by Working Mother magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies” in 2011. Citi has appeared on the “100 Best Companies” list for twenty-one consecutive years.

2011: Hans VestbergCEO, Ericsson AB

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York presented the 6th Annual Mentor Award in connection with their Tenth Annual Swedish-American Executive Women's Conference in Stockholm on October 6, 2011.

2011 year's Mentor Award was awarded to Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson AB, for his endeavors in promoting women to executive positions within Ericsson. Mr. Vestberg’s priority and ability to foster diversity in race, culture and gender in Ericsson’s corporate management as well as throughout the company has lead to a strong leadership with a significant increase in diversity within the company.

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