More than 140 women, including 50 who flew in from Sweden, gathered in PricewaterhouseCooper's beautiful auditorium where a distinguished group of speakers, panelists and moderators addressed this year's theme: Is there a Future for the Future?
After a warm welcome by PwC Global Middle Market Leader Henrik Steinbrecher, the chamber's president and conference founder, Renée Lundholm, made opening remarks. She briefly spoke about the history of the EWC, observing that it was a great testament to its stature among business leaders that seven previous speakers were in the audience. "This is both a conference and a network," she said. "My greatest pleasure as the founder is to see the business ties and personal bonds that have formed over the years."
It was also fitting, given the current focus on the U.S. presidential elections, that two of the keynote speakers are leading voices within their respective political parties. SACC-New York was very proud to welcome Anna Kinberg Batra, the Leader of Sweden's Moderate Party, and Anna Throne-Holst, a democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress from New York to the EWC stage.
Finally, the 11th annual Mentor Award was presented to Carl Bennet, chairman & CEO, Carl Bennet AB, for his longstanding encouragement of women in business. He traveled all the way from Stockholm to be at the conference in New York City.
The conference wrapped up at the Swedish Residence, where all attendees were welcomed by Consul General Leif Pagrotsky for a networking reception.
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