saccny Mentor Program

Boost your career, get a mentor

The Mentor Program supports the next generation of leaders by connecting young professionals with experienced mentors involved in international business. By utilizing the Chamber's extensive network of international business leaders, the program offers young female professionals a unique mentor experience. SACCNY's Mentor Program values close relationships, and has a limit of 15 mentors and 15 mentees each year.

Applications will REOPEN in 2018

Nyamko is a former Swedish politician who served as Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, and Deputy Minister for Education in the Swedish government from 2006 to 2013. In her role as Vice President of Sustainability at ÅF, Sabuni's mission is to strengthen the company's offering and brand image in the fields of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Nyamko Sabuni
Vice President Sustainability, ÅF



Gideon has a broad experience ranging from management positions in global operations, marketing and communications, leadership development and executive coaching. In addition. Gideon has ten years of experience from the Telecom industry in both Sweden and the U.S. and over fifteen years of experience in board assignments in listed, state owned companies and startups. 

Her career has involved working with brand repositioning, mergers and acquisitions and crisis management, stretching from downsizing to cultural change and governance systems. She currently divides her time between being an advisor and an executive coach. 

Pia Gideon
Chairperson, Klövern & Action Aid.



Ms. af Ekenstam is Partner and Board Member at PwC Sweden. She works with Swedish large listed multinational companies and has a background as specialist in corporate governance and internal control over financial reporting. During 2012-2014 she was Chairman of the Board of FAR (the Swedish Institute for the Auditor Profession), where she was first elected in 2005. Ekenstam is also an advisor to the Government Committee for implementing new EU rules for Auditors and Audit Committees in Sweden

Anna-Clara af Ekenstam
Partner, PwC Sweden.


MENTORS 2017-2018

Program includes

- Evening workshops focusing on leadership, business strategy, and career development in international organizations.

- Personalized counsel and valuable networking opportunities.

- One-on-one sessions with a mentor in international business.

- Seminars with prominent guest speakers.

- We are currently welcoming mentor applications from female business leaders.

- Mentoring relationships provide mutual growth and learning.

- Take the opportunity to offer guidance to young women in their early career and play a first-hand role in shaping the global business leaders of tomorrow.

are you a mentor?

are you a mentee?

- The highly successful year-long program, includes one-on-one sessions, seminars, and workshops.

- It is designed for female professionals between the ages of 26-35 with high ambitions to become future leaders.

- The ideal mentee has a few years of work experience, knowledge of managing and executing projects, as well as a proven ability to lead.


Program fee:

For inquires about the program, don't hesitate to reach out!

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It was truly valuable to have a mentor together with whom I could discuss and reflect on certain topics in relation to my job. In addition, the SACC New York Mentor Program creates value by showing female role models.

— Helena Stjernholm, CEO, Industrivärden SACCNY Mentee 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, 2012

A mentor, by definition, is responsible for personal and skill development. In the SACC-NY mentoring program, the word mentor has a completely different meaning. 

To be assigned a mentee who is already a qualified, successful and competent individual and be offered inspirational lectures from some of Sweden’s foremost role models has meant that I have grown at least as much as my protégé. 
I have expanded my network and found at the very least one new friend.

— Nyamko Sabuni, VP of Sustainability, ÅF
 Current SACCNY Mentor


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