“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” — Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of the State

Everyone remembers Madeleine Albright’s ripple causing statement, igniting the conversation on what every professional knows: the importance of women supporting women. We often (although not often enough!) hear the names or see the faces of successful women, but it is less common to hear about the women who lifted and supported them — often behind the scenes and not so obvious. The 18th annual, SACCNY Executive Women’s Conference will dive deep into ‘Women Backing Women’ – knowing that behind all successful women is a tribe of other women who lifted them up and had their back. By opening the floor to all participants, we will hear from both the known and not so known, but we think equally important, to give insight on both lessons shared and lessons learned. How does effective support manifest itself? How can we together help more women support more women? – and most importantly grow that impact? Join us for this special conversation!


The Swedish-American Executive Women’s Conference (eWc) speaker luncheon in Stockholm was a successful event with over 140 women in attendance. Much has changed since then and in light of the recent developments regarding COVID-19, we are therefore postponing the USA portion of eWc until further notice. Again, we will be back to you with the new dates as soon as we are able to.
– Anna Throne-Holst, President of SACCNY




MARCH 5, 2020



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The Swedish-American Executive Women’s Conference (eWc) was launched in 2003 with the purpose of creating a network for executive women in Sweden and the United States, harnessing the collective power of these women’s talents, energy and vision. The annual event, held alternately in Stockholm and in New York, has ever since its foundation grown in importance and significance. In its seventeenth year, the eWc has become a well-established transatlantic event and an important part of leading business women’s calendar. Make sure to mark your calendars today!

March 5 | Stockholm, Sweden | at Blique by Nobis | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | eWc kicks off with the first of its exciting, one-of-a-kind, trans-Atlantic three-day Executive Women’s meet-up. Following on the heels of the previous evening’s “Näringslivets Mäktigaste Kvinna” Gala and in partnership with Dagens Industri, we invite you to be part of a fast-paced women’s networking and speaker luncheon featuring today’s most exciting females making a difference in the professional and business world. Building on this year’s theme “Women Supporting Women”, we do an intimate deep-dive into this important part of every professional female’s career. Featured speakers have been invited to bring their most valued female supporter – and share how this all-important relationship has supported and facilitated their success as a female leader. Among the speakers include winners from Dagens Industri’s gala presenting this year’s “Näringslivets Mäktigaste Kvinna”.*
*Most Powerful Businesswoman

Washington, D.C., USA | Networking Tour | Conference participants are invited to travel to Washington, D.C. with the chance to tour Capitol Hill and House of Sweden and network with female leaders in both high level public and private sector roles. Meet today’s female leaders – in and out of politics – in the political capital of the world.

New York, USA | Full-day conference | Meet exciting speakers and panelists, both backing and backed by, other women – and the insights into this very special and important support system. This fast-paced day includes c-suite female-led and founded company visits, workshops and seminars – on and with – women supporting women – including special guest seminar led by Women For Leaders – and culminating in a funfilled and unparalleled networking mingle at Gateway. Join this special community of female professionals and know who has – or needs – your back!



Lisa Lindström - CEO, Doberman

Lisa leads the digital design firm, Doberman since 2003. In just a couple of years, she managed to turn the firm and its negative result into a top-ranked design firm with a turnover of 40 million SEK with customers such as SVT, DN, Apoteket, BabyBjorn, Posten. Since Lisa’s takeover, the firm has been recognized with several design awards and appointed Sweden’s best agency for nine consecutive years by Dagens Industri.

Lotta Edling - Editorial Director of Development, Bonnier News

Lotta Edling is on the Executive Management team of Bonnier News, part of Sweden’s largest media company and the owner of Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Dagens industri, HD-Sydsvenskan and local newspaper group MittMedia. Prior to this, she was the Editor-in-Chief of Dagens Industri and has a background in business press for 20 years. Lotta is also on the boards of danish business daily Dagbladet Börsen, Sweden’s national news agency TT (Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå) and Swedish Media Publishers’ Association TU (Tidningsutgivarna).

Anna throne-holst - President, SACCNY

Anna Throne-Holst is a hard-working leader, devoted mother of four and the President at SACCNY. Prior to her presidentship at SACCNY, Anna was active in the political arena: She worked for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, served as the Town Supervisor of Southampton for six years and most recently she ran as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress to represent the First Congressional District of New York in 2016. Notably dedicated to supporting children from low-income families, Anna also co-founded the Hayground School in Bridgehampton and served as the Executive Director at Bridgehampton Child Care & Rec. Center.


Karin Rådström - Executive Vice President Head of Sales and Marketing, Scania

After graduating with a Master of Science in Industrial Management at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, Karin Rådström joined Scania in 2004 as Management Trainee. In November 2007 Karin became Group Manager of Product Information within Sales and Marketing. In January 2012 Karin became Director of Fleet & Driver Services with global responsibility for the service portfolio of connected vehicles and driver services. She held that position until in November 2014 when she moved to Kenya for a position as Director for Product Marketing for Scania East Africa, based in Nairobi. Karin returned to Sweden in 2016, at which time she was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Scania Buses & Coaches, heading up the global bus business. She was appointed to Scania Executive board as Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing in March 2019.

Caroline Farberger - CEO, ICA Insurance

Caroline is CEO of ICA Insurance. She has dual university degrees in electrical engineering and business administration and started her career as a consultant with McKinsey for six years. Caroline then continued a line management career in the insurance industry, mostly with Trygg-Hansa, with a brief period as a dot.com entrepreneur around 2000. She has been in her current position with ICA Insurance since 2016.

Azita Shariati - President & CEO, AniCura

Azita Shariati grew up in Tehran and came to Sweden in 1988 as a 20 year old. After receiving a bachelor’s degree as a dietician at Gothenburg University, she continued her education in statistics, marketing and leadership. Subsequently in 1998, she took up employment at Sodexo as a restaurant manager in Stockholm. Her career within the company gained momentum and in 2017 she became the CEO of Sodexo in the Nordics. In 2019, Azita took the step forward to AniCura as President and CEO. Azita has been a great gender equality fighter and often speaks on the importance of gender equality and diversity in change management. Azita has been appointed as Sweden’s Most Powerful Woman in Business and Sweden’s Best Manager, and she has been one of the summer hosts in P1 and released a book on her biography as well as her philosophy on leadership.

Ishtar Touailat - Award-winning serial-entrepreneur & innovation angel investor

Ishtar is a praised entrepreneur who has made an impact through her many companies, creating platforms to share insights on entrepreneurship, technology and social skills. Ishtar’s latest movement, FUTURISTAS, is created with the mission of equality in all fields. This is done by supplying knowledge and insights from the forefront of tech, entrepreneurship and business disruption to women of different occupations, backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. Ishtar is an acclaimed public speaker and is currently organizing the biggest AI Hackathon in the world.


Toppchef (Top Manager)

Näringslivets Mäktigaste Kvinna 2020
Dagens Industri

To be presented at eWc Stockholm on March 5. Join us!

Entreprenör (Top Entrepreneur)

Näringslivets Mäktigaste Kvinna 2020
Dagens Industri

To be presented at eWc Stockholm on March 5. Join us!




Emma Fredwall, COO & Head of Business Services, SACCNY

Irena Nilaj, Gateway & Event Manager, SACCNY