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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.
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
8.00 am Registration & Coffee
Renée Lundholm, President,
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Joanna Heimbold, Master of Ceremonies
Trends you cannot Ignore
Sofia Ulver-Sneistrup, Associate Professor, Lund University
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
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
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
Lessons from the Frontline of Innovation
Deborah Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer, Citi
Presentation of the Mentor Program
Yvonne Thunell, Program Director
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
Pia Gideon, Partner, GAIA Leadership
4.30 pm Cocktail Reception
May 2nd - PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR
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 – www.rogersmith.com
501 Lexington Avenue
$235 for Standard Room
$265 for Junior Suites
$345 for One Bedroom Suites
$395 for Deluxe Suites
Park Lane Hotel – www.helmsleyhotels.com
36 Central Park South
$275 for Deluxe City View
$350 for Executive City View
Carlyle Hotel – www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle
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.
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