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Executive Women's Conference

Executive Women's Conference 2003

The First Annual Swedish-American Executive Women’s Conference was held on October 9 at the Scandinavia House and was a significant milestone in the history of the Chamber, which for decades has been a strictly male-dominated organization. The mission with the Conference- to create a network of professional and executive Swedish and American business women, and to strengthen corporate networking among them- was received with great enthusiasm by businesswomen from both sides of the Atlantic.

8:00 a.m.  |  8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee

Welcoming Remarks

Renée Lundholm, President, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York

Conference Introduction

Joanna Heimbold, Master of Ceremonies

Executive Women - U.S. Perspective

Francine Moccio, Ph.D., Director of Institute for Women and Work, Cornell University

Executive Women - Swedish Perspective

Anna Bünger, Analyst, NUTEK, the Swedish Business Development Agency

Session 1  |  The Economic Empowerment of Women Through Entrepreneurship

Martina Arfwidson, President, Face Stockholm
Kerry Hatch, EVP and General Manager, OPEN: The Small Business Network from AmEx
Julie Livingston, Director of Corporate Communications, Scholastic
Harriet Mouchly-Weiss, Managing Partner, Strategy XXI Group
Else-Marie Östling, President, Xeeda, LLC
Moderator: Ellyn Spragins, Editor-in-Large, Fortune Small Business Magazine

Coffee break

Session 2  |  Critical Success Factors for Women in Today's Corporate Environment

Karen Katen, President, Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, Executive Vice President, Pfizer, Inc.
Annika Bolin, Executive Vice President, SEB, Stockholm Sweden
Debra Kelly Ennis, President, Saab Cars USA
Sue Pregartner, President, iittala, Inc.
Moderator: Susan Kohlmann, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop

12:30 p.m.  |  Networking Luncheon Roundtable Discussions

Moderator: Rosemary A. Bova, President, Bova Enterprises, Inc. Advisors to Management

Session 3  |  Redefining the Role of Women - Work-Life Balance and Personal Choices - Looking Toward the Future

Kerstin Eliasson, Science Counselor, Swedish Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Carol Evans, President & CEO, Working Mother Media
Louise Firestone, General Counsel, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
Unni Jerndal, Business Editor, TV4 Ekonominyheterna
Martha McCully, Executive Editor, InStyle Magazine
Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President & CEO, IKEA North America
Moderator: Carina Sinclair, Partner, Ernst & Young

3:45 p.m.  |  Concluding Remarks

Barbro Ehnbom, President, DuHaan Groupe Inc.

  • Heimbold Foundation
  • IKEA North America
  • OPEN: The Small Business Network from American Express
  • Pillsbury Winthrop LLP
  • The Swedish Export Association
  • FACE Stockholm
  • General Atlantic Partners
  • iittala, Inc.
  • InStyle Magazine
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pepsi Cola Company
  • Working Mother Media, Inc.
  • World of Hope International

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Partnership Opportunities

Take the opportunity to reach out to this impressive and exclusive group of executive women and contribute.

Some of the benefits enjoyed by sponsors include exposure in all printed and electronic material consisting of, but not limited to Save the Dates, Invitation, Conference Program and being featured on our website and newsletter. In addition sponsors will be promoted during the event with the possibility of a promotional booth at the venue but also by reaching the ideal target group of conference participants by including products and/or informational about your company in the goody bags distributed during the Conference. If you would like to discuss these partnership opportunities further please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please contact Jennie Purushothaman, Project Manager, The Executive Women's Conference, for further information.

T: +1 212 838 5530

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