Since its launch in 2003, the Swedish-American Executive Women's Conference has become one of the New York Swedish American Chamber's marquee events. It’s a forum for women in leadership positions in Sweden and the U.S., and this year the New York chamber cooperates with Dagens Industri and DI Digital to add an edge to the May conference.

The transatlantic meeting kicked off on April 10 in Stockholm at the DI Digital Female Founders 2019, where Sweden’s most interesting female-run startups pitched a jury for space at the DI Startup Tour Finals along with participation at the American leg of the conference on May 9 and 10.

A visit at House of Sweden and the Swedish Embassy, and lunch with Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter in Washington, DC, opens the U.S. experience on May 9, followed by an afternoon at the U.S. Capitol and a meeting with female representatives in Congress. The Washington visit ends with a reception organized by SACC DC.

The EWC conference then starts in New York City at PwC on May 10, hosted by the chamber’s president Anna Throne Holst and emceed by Doberman’s Lisa Lindström. Two companies - Adressya, which won the pitching in Stockholm in April and the runner up, The Fit, a 3D body scanning solution for mobile devices - will deliver a pitch at the end of the day. The founder of Pink Programming, Vanja Tufvesson, was voted Female Founder of the Year by the readers of DI Digital at the event in Stockholm.

It's not for us to say whether modern, postindustrial society is better suited to women, as an Atlantic Magazine article of 2010 implied (“The End of Men,” Aug 2010), but expect prominent speakers and moderators to explore a variety of themes; this conference always succeeds in attracting the best. For more info, see www.saccny.org/ewc-2019