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What Our Participants Say About the Program

“SACC New York’s Mentorship Program is of very high quality. It gives mentees a great opportunity to get help to reflect on their selves, their leadership and approach to business. On top of that, it helps both mentees and mentors to broaden their network within the Swedish-American business community.”

Mats Johansson, President, Skanska USA Commercial Development
Mentor, New York 2012

“The SACC New York Mentor Program has allowed me to extend my network and gain valuable insights and learning experiences from highly regarded thought-leaders and decision-makers within the global business world. The program has also yielded a great opportunity to reflect not only on my own career development, but more importantly, it has given me the confidence to embrace such an endeavor within a supportive community. Participating has been a truly rewarding experience for the education and greater sense of connection.”

Erik Eric Buchka, Big Arrow Group
Mentee, New York 2012

“The SACC Mentor Program has far and away exceeded my expectations. The program has proven to be an unbelievable growth experience for me both professionally and personally, teaching me more as a mentor than I thought possible. The relationships developed through the Mentor Program are based on a solid foundation and will no doubt endure for many years to come.”

Aron Schreier, Managing Director, Cassidy Turley
Mentor, New York 2012

“The SACCNY mentor program gave me a fantastic opportunity to reflect on my current working situation and context in order to identify future opportunities given who I am and the company I am working for. The program offered discussions and sessions around important topics and I had the luxury of having a successful and insightful woman as mentor together with the meetings where I could meet and exchange ideas with all the mentors that participated. I also got a great network of mentees being other women with similar challenges yet from a broad range of industries and I still have contact with several of them. The program was influenced by joy, ambition and creativity and has nurtured my professional path as well as my own journey as a person. The program has a thought through structure and content that enables every participant to end the program with more tools, more insights and more confidence for the opportunities awaiting. ”

Christina Åqvist, Country Manager, ELFA
Mentee, Stockholm 2009

“The SACCNY mentor program has been a tremendous experience. Not only due to the privilege of having a dedicated and knowledgeable mentor for a full year, but also due to the mentor program itself and its community, which consists of so many inspiring and proficient people. ”

Emelie Jarnesten, Global Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ OMX
Mentee, Stockholm 2012

“When entering a mentor program it is always hard to know what to expect but I got the program recommended from a trusted colleague which lead to me signing up for SACC’s program. It proved to be a good choice; the mentors in this program are very qualified and have far more experience then you would find in most other mentor programs. SACC supported me in finding a mentor with extensive experience in the area that I wanted to focus on which was general management. Working with my mentor, having access to her insights has truly prepared me for the roles that I’m aiming for in the future.”

Marcus Stjernstrom, Global Marketing Director, Pfizer
Mentee, New York 2011

“It’s very generous of the SACC New York to open up its extensive network of senior leaders, and then connect them with a select group of young professionals. I personally gained a lot from this experience, as it provided me with a strong framework to help navigate my future career goals. To sustain the momentum, the program was perfectly balanced between group sessions and the individual mentor meetings. I am very thankful to be given this unique opportunity to join such a talented and experienced group of professionals.”

Per Jirstrand, Associate Director, Deloitte
Mentee, New York 2011

“The SACC Mentor Program has been an invigorating professional experience. The lectures on interesting business and career topics have been rewarding. The discussions and workshops with mentees and mentors have added to my world of ideas. Also, the continuous contacts with my mentee have given the joyful satisfaction of being a partner in dialogue, with another woman working on reaching her professional goals.”

Unni Jerndal, Head of Communications, Swedish National Debt Office
Mentor, Stockholm 2011

“I think the program is really rewarding. I have now been in the SACC New York Mentor Program for three years which means I have met three great, capable, interesting, and ambitious women. All of them have had challenges, but of completely different kinds, and it is so obvious what strengths they have and shall use. The meetings with them have given me a lot to think about and to reflect on my own experiences and my own life. Apart from those more intimate meetings, it has been great to meet all the other mentors and mentees in the different gatherings we have had during the years.”

Cecilia Versteegh, Senior Vice President, Bonver
Mentor, Stockholm 2008 & 2009

“The mentor program has been very rewarding. I have very much appreciated the meetings with my mentor and the inspiring discussions we have had. The topics in group sessions regarding leadership and personal development have been a good starting point for further discussions and a tool that I can use in my career planning. Via the mentor program I have also extended my network and I value the peer-group meetings we had where we could talk about our challenges as young leaders, share experiences, and give each other advice.”

Linda Corneliusson, Authorized Public Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mentee, Stockholm 2010

“I feel that the program allowed me to really spread my wings and learn about industries and leadership in a completely different way. I enjoyed listening and learning from my peers, the other mentees, and from the advisers - the mentors. The program gave me a new set of skills that added to my confidence as an individual entering the business world. My mentor believed in co-mentorship and allowed me to share my insights into her questions about my generation and what we find important. This relationship we formed was one of the most important relationships I have formed over the years both personally and professionally.”

Sarah S. Shaikh, Associate Financial Analyst, Time Inc.
Mentee, New York 2008

“The surprising thing about being a mentor is that you don't expect that you, too, will learn and grow from the experience. The SACC New York program has assembled an impressive group of women whose success never fails to inspire me. The mentors are examples that, still, it's possible to succeed - and more, that it is possible to succeed on a global, multi-national scale.”

Cole Ruth, Communications and Brand Manager, Skanska USA
Mentee, New York 2007 & Mentor, New York 2008

“The SACC New York Mentor Program offers an expansive program of professional development for young women...and unique insight and creative opportunities for the seasoned executive.”

Yvonne Ericson, Owner, Ericson Associates LLC
Mentor, New York 2008 & 2009

“It has been a great opportunity to reflect over my own career and future development. The program also gives an opportunity to learn how other successful women are managing their careers, family, and business opportunities”

Anita Karlsson-Dion, Vice President, Finance and Operations, IBM
Mentor, New York 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010

“It is incredibly rewarding to feel that one is helpful to someone else in developing their career. I have been part of mentoring efforts in the past that lose steam after a few months. Instead, the design of this program made the sessions get increasingly meaningful as people got to know each other better.”

Cathinka Wahlström, Managing Director, Accenture
Mentor, New York 2007 & 2010

“I found this experience absolutely fantastic and inspiring in so many ways. I would recommend it to anyone interested in growing professionally.”

Marie-Louise Adlercreutz, Conference Director, IQPC
Mentee, New York 2007

“I have really gained a lot of insights. Getting to know so many women in senior roles both as mentees and mentors - and on a professional and personal level - has been great and valuable.”

Angelica Wadeborn, Head of Marketing, Marsh & McLennan Co.
Mentee, New York 2007

“I gained a lot of insight about myself, about my strengths and weaknesses. I also got help in organizing myself at work and in delegating in better ways. I now have less stress at my work.”

Helena Andersson, Planning and Reporting Mgr, Schering+Plough
Mentee, Stockholm 2007

“The program broadened my perspective on my career and thought processes, as well as on my demands and expectations. It is an exceptional opportunity to have uniquely in-depth discussions.”

Susanna Francke, Brand Manager, Pfizer AB
Mentee, Stockholm 2007