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Executive Women's Conference 2012

"New Trends - Innovative Business"

The Eleventh Annual Swedish-American Executive Women’s Conference was held on May 3, 2012 at the stunning headquarters of PwC on Madison Avenue. Among this year's accomplished speakers we were especially proud and honored to welcome H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden. 

The superb morning program was comprised of two keynotes and two panel discussions. Dr. Sofia Ulver-Sneistrup, Associate Professor at Lund University set the tone for the day with her insightful opening keynote “Trends You Cannot Ignore.” She looks at social and cultural trends affecting society and then speculates about the future. Valerie Salembier, Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Hearst’s Town & Country, delivered the second morning keynote where she examined the fresh talent and innovation that breathed new life into her publication.

The panels “Companies Require Innovative Leaders” and “The Challenge of Global Instant Communication” continued exploring women’s roles in the fast-paced, ever-evolving business landscapes. 

Breaking for lunch, the participants were guided to the Princeton Club where Rosemary Bova, President of Bova Enterprses, led a networking workshop. Each table had lively conversations on topics such as what they hoped to bring and take away from the inspiring day and how managers could motivate their teams while coaching talented members.

Deborah Hopkins, Chairman of Venture Capital Initiatives and Chief Innovation Officer at Citi, delivered the inspiring afternoon keynote “Lessons From the Frontline of Innovation” and how she believes that innovation needs to be built into the culture of the business.

The third and final panel of the day was “Building a Sustainable Brand” and was followed by the presentation of SACC New Yorks Mentor Program.

Before the conference wrapped up, H.R.H. Princess Madeleine and Charlotte Brandin, Executive Director of World Childhood Foundation, this year’s charity partner, took the stage to discuss the work of the charity organization founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden. Their dedication to children’s welfare perfectly capped the day’s extensive and dynamic dialogues.

Concluding remarks were delivered by Pia Gideon, partner at GAIA Leadership, after which attendees adjourned for a networking reception.

The Chamber was also very pleased to present its 7th Annual Mentor Award to Michael L. Corbat, CEO of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Citi, for championing diversity as a business imperative and a competitive advantage.

May 3rd

Swedish-American Executive Women’s Conference

8.00 am - 4.30 pm 
Conference including a Networking Luncheon
300 Madison Avenue
New York City

4.30 pm - 6 pm 
Cocktail Reception


8.00 am Registration & Coffee 

Welcoming Remarks
Renée Lundholm, President,
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Conference Introduction 
Joanna Heimbold, Master of Ceremonies

Trends you cannot Ignore 
Sofia Ulver-Sneistrup, Associate Professor, Lund University

Session 1: 
Companies require Innovative Leaders
- What does it take to foster a climate of innovation?

Lotta Edling, Managing Editor & Deputy Publisher, Dagens Industri Group

Johanna Fagrell Köhler, CEO, Mobiento
Natalie Pace, Founder & CEO, The Women's Investment Network
Catarina Ericsson, Executive Vice President, PwC
Vikki L. Pryor, Principal, Change Create Transform

The Oldest Magazine in America is also the Newest  
Valerie Salembier, SVP/Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer, Town & Country

10.30 am Coffee Break

Session 2:
The Challenge of Global Instant Communication
- How to balance constant interaction and integrity

Helen Jonsen, Communication and Social Media Strategist

Helene Barnekow, SVP WW Field / Channel Marketing, EMC Corporation
Sunny Hostin, Attorney and Multi-Platform Journalist, CNN/HLN/In Session
Christina Wayne, President, Cineflix Studios
Elisabeth Ström, SVP External Relations & Communications, Vattenfall

12.00 pm
Networking Luncheon at The Princeton Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
Workshop under leadership of Rosemary Bova, President, Bova Enterprises

Presentation of the 7th Annual Mentor Award

2.00 pm
Lessons from the Frontline of Innovation
Deborah Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer, Citi

Presentation of the Mentor Program
Yvonne Thunell, Program Director

Session 3:
Building a Sustainable Brand
- How to combine consistency with innovation

Eva Livijn-Olin, Owner, Galleri Futura

Efva Attling, Founder & Designer, Efva Attling
Linda Björk, CEO & Partner, Amore
Leija Graf, CEO, Select Collection
Maria Veerasamy, CEO, Svenskt Tenn
MaryKay Kopf, CMO, Electrolux

Presentation by Charity Partner: World Childhood Foundation

H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Concluding Remarks
Pia Gideon, Partner, GAIA Leadership

4.30 pm Cocktail Reception



"Balancing Life"

Restaurant Aquavit
65 East 55th Street
New York City

Featuring Keynote Speaker and Moderator:
Alexandra Charles, Founder & President, The 1.6 Million Club for Women's Health

Catarina Dolsten, MD, Director of International Programming, The What to Expect Foundation, NY

Karin Hehenberger, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Coronado Biosciences

Pre-Conference Seminar is offered free of charge, when purchasing a ticket for the Conference for May 3rd.

Recommended Hotels in New York:

Roger Smith Hotel –
501 Lexington Avenue
$235 for Standard Room

$265 for Junior Suites
$345 for One Bedroom Suites
$395 for Deluxe Suites

Park Lane Hotel –
36 Central Park South
$275 for Deluxe City View

$350 for Executive City View

Carlyle Hotel –
35 East 76th Street
Contact: Christina Lamoureux - +1 212 570 7129
$445 for Classic Room

Please mention The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce when you are making your booking in order to get the corporate rates above.

  • Vattenfall's vision is to create a strong and diversified European energy portfolio with sustainable and increased profits, significant growth options and will be among the leaders in developing environmentally sustainable energy production.

    The geographic focus is our core markets Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, the three main products are electricity, heat and gas.

  • As one of the leading global law firms, we undertake the most important and challenging assignments for the world\'s leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them to achieve their objectives by solving their most complex and important legal issues. We build lasting relationships with our clients, and we are committed to supporting them at all times, as they adjust to changes in their markets and the regulatory landscape.

  • Our commitment: Deliver Value, with you, every day Imagine the power of 160,000 people with a common purpose — building relationships that create value for you and your business. This is PwC. Every day, our people work with you to build the value you are looking for. We'll start by getting to know you. You do the talking, we'll do the listening. Our tailored solutions will help you meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the US market, and beyond.

  • Scandinavian Airlines or SAS is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the largest airline in Scandinavia. As the national carrier of not one, but three of the world’s most contemporary, innovative and modern countries, Scandinavian Airlines prides itself on representing the region well.

  • Volvo Group North America is the corporate office that provides Group Representation, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for North America. Government Relations and Public Affairs is an important part of its functions.

  • Handelsbanken has been acclaimed one of the strongest banks in the world by news agency Bloomberg. The ranking is based on factors such as financial strength, the ability to manage risk and cost-effectiveness. Handelsbanken is in second place on the list of the strongest banks in the world published by Bloomberg on 10 May, 2011. Only one other European bank is among the top ten – Swiss UBS in ninth place.

  • IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. This is the idea at the heart of everything IKEA does, from product development and purchases to how we sell our products in IKEA stores globally. Anybody can make a good-quality product for a high price, or a poor-quality product for a low price. But to make good products at low prices, you need to develop methods that are both cost-effective and innovative. This has been the focus of IKEA since its beginnings in Småland, Sweden Maximising the use of raw materials and production adaptation to meet people\'s needs and preferences has meant that our costs are low. The IKEA way of doing things is to pass these cost savings on to you, our customers.

  • Investor is a Nordic-based industrial holding company founded almost 100 years ago by the Wallenberg family. We have investment activities in Europe, the United States and Asia. The business concept is to generate long-term attractive returns for our shareholders by owning and developing companies with solid potential for value creation. We are an engaged owner and apply experience, knowledge and a unique network to develop listed and unlisted companies to make them best-in-class.

  • Restaurant Aquavit invites you to experience exquisite seasonal Nordic cuisine in an incomparable restaurant setting, located in Park Avenue Tower at 65 East 55th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in Midtown New York. With respect to tradition, a penchant for excellence and the conviction to try new techniques and ingredients, Aquavit transforms Nordic cuisine with extraordinary care. For lunch, we serve an a la carte menu of Scandinavian classics such as Swedish Meatballs, Gravlax and Toast Skagen. For dinner, we offer a four-course prix fixe or seven-course tasting menu of modern Nordic selections. The dining room has just been redesigned with modern and rustic elements that complement and complete the Nordic dining experience. In the Bar and Lounge you can savor craft cocktails and a variety of Nordic tastes tailored to your selections ideal for a date, casual meeting or an after-work gathering. Our Linné Salon and Nobel Room accommodate Private Dining functions for meetings, social gatherings and elegant entertaining for up to 100 guests.

  • Sandvik is a high-technology, engineering group with advanced products and a world-leading positions within selected areas. Worldwide business activities are conducted through representation in more than 130 countries. Sandvik’s operations are based on unique expertise in materials technology and extensive insight into customer processes. The Sandvik Group conducts operations within three core areas - Sandvik Tooling, Sandvik Mining and Construction, Sandvik Materials Technology.

  • The Electrolux Group is a Swedish appliance maker and as of 2010 the 2nd largest home appliance manufacturer worldwide. Their products sell under a variety of brand names including its own and are primarily white goods and vacuum cleaners. Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in 150 countries every year.

  • d.brand is fashion lifestyle brand from Sweden which today consists of 4 divisions; denim, sports fashion, outerwear, and fragrances. d.brand denim was first produced as an alternative to overpriced designer jeans. At the core of d.brand's philosophy are these three elements; exclusivity, denim, and affordability. Derived from this d.brand was able to create a new segment. Initially the exclusivity was kept by a strict distribution but as demand grew it had to change strategy. Today the exclusivity is maintained by the overall feel when buying a d.brand product that goes all the way from the production floor, to using the finest materials and having some of the most influential people as brand loyalists. Look Good. Feel Good. d.brand.
  • ELSA AND ME was founded in 2009 in response to an increasing demand for conscious business wear for women. Inspired by her independent, colorful and stylish grandmother named Elsa, founder and designer Maja Svensson wanted to create an elegant and classic alternative to fast fashion and ever-changing trends. The combination of Maja's classic design and thoughtful tailoring allow the ELSA dress to embrace and compliment every figure. The ELSA dress is made in luxurious organic cotton and produced on an individual order basis locally in New York City. It has a comfortable fit and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Available online:
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  • Svenskt Tenn is an interior design shop located on Strandvägen in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson, who recruited Josef Frank to the company 10 years later. Together they created the elegant and boldly patterned personal interior design style that continues to pervade the collection to this day.
  • Town and Country is a monthly magazine owned and published by the Hearst Corporation.
  • Xanté – the intimate result of a ménage à trois between the finest French cognacs, the affection of French Limousine Oak with its touch of vanilla, the perfect penetration of pear, and the slow tender mating process which seals the great conception delivering a flavour and taste beyond all known experience. It is like a giant step forward, a transformational boost to the Golden Age of Women. Like succes and prosperity. Like men that women want them to be: gentle, soft, caring, romantic, smart, well built and willing to please. We call it pure oral pleasure from the country of Europe– Imported Unimaginable Pleasure.

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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.

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