A selection of our many previous events
We regularly host events for our members and discussions with experts covering a range of topics of importance to the Swedish-American business community.
2021 Events Archive
Nordic Happy Hour!
We had the pleasure to host a Nordic Happy Hour together with NACCMA. Thank you to everyone who came out for Happy hour! It was wonderful to see both new and familiar faces. Let’s do this again soon! 🇸🇪 🇺🇸
As a part of SACC-DC's sustainability series we hosted on June 14th a webinar discussing on how leading Swedish corporations tackle the climate challenge. Senior executives from SEB, Skanska, Volvo Cars and SSAB shared how they are working towards a more sustainable world. You can listen to the webinar here.
Network Virtually With Total Confidence
On May 26th, SACC-DC co-hosted together with other SACC chambers a webinar about networking. Stephanie Michelle, a Forbes-featured leadership & life coach, certified hypnotherapist, and best-selling author of the transformational networking book, Confident Introvert, led the webinar and shared her knowledge in the subject. Several new connections were made that day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a crisis of global dimensions, which has magnified the differences in how countries engage in disaster management, resilience, and recovery. In order to surface valuable lessons learned, Institute for Sustainable Development, SEB and Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Washington D.C teamed up to shine a spotlight on the similarities and differences between the Swedish and American responses to the novel coronavirus. See the full webinar here.
To celebrate International Women's Day, March 8 2021, SACC-DC together with SACC-Georgia and SACC-Carolinas created a lunch-webinar highlighting highly successful women in various industries talking about their relation to sustainability. The featured speakers included Caroline Decker, VP of the Northeast Corridor Service Line at Amtrak; Petra Wadström, the inventor and CEO of Solvatten; Katarina Thorstensson, Smart Tourism & Sustainability Strategist at Göteborg & CO; Anna Lindberg, CEO and founder of Anima; Katarina Fjording, Head of Volvo Car University & Sustainability of Americas. As a part of SACC-DC's sustainability series the webinar included the impact of female leadership, sustainable innovations and much more. Listen to it here.
We spent this year's midsummer day picking up trash while jogging up in Haines point. For you who missed this event we can assure you that Washington D.C.'s streets are much cleaner now! In total we gathered 4 bags of plastic and other trash and we also got some exercise while doing it. This was a great way to do some community service!
The Swedish National Day at Mikkos
To celebrate the Swedish National Day on June 6th the SACC-DC organization gathered at Chef Mikko to enjoy some delicious Scandinavian food. It was a pleasure to see you all!
Last year was challenging in many ways but with the vaccination going well, it was with great pleasure for the chamber to host its first 2021 in-person event on May 13th. Many of our members joined us for some Happy Hour networking at Angolo Ristorante and with this we could see some light at the end of the tunnel.
On March 23, SACC-DC together with Swecare hosted two webinars about regulatory and reimbursement issues in the pharma, life science and medtech industries. The first webinar featured Peter Lindroth and Camilla Appelgren from Mannhaimer Swartling law firm; Fredrick Stearns from Keller and Heckman and Karin Eklund Vanderpol from Oncopeptides AB. The second webinar included Mary Scheuermann, Steve Stranne from Polsinelli law firm and Philip Siberg Co-founder and President of Coala Life, inc. Press the heading to see the whole recording.
2021 SACC-DC Annual Meeting
With the start of a new year, the SACC-DC Annual Meeting were hosted online, January 28, to evaluate the past year and elect new members to the Board of Directors. All SACC-DC Members were welcomed to attend.
On January 21, SACC-DC hosted, together with Swecare a pre-delegation webinar. Various speakers including Ann Taylor, Michael Hoak, Robert Thomas, and Kevin Holst contributed to a very interesting webinar. Business Sweden presented their brand new report on the Swedish-American Life Science Landscape, covering topics such as digitization, importance of prevention and access to healthcare and focus on collaboration, innovation and building back better. During the second part of webinar, participants had the opportunity to listen and interact with a panel of experts discussing the US healthcare system under the Biden administration.
2020 Events Archive
Virtual Holiday Celebration
On December 3, SACC-DC hosted a highly successful Holiday celebration on Zoom. Various guest speakers, fantastic sponsors who donated a wide variety of prizes to be raffled off, an auction, live music and a broadcast from the Swedish trainees filled the program and made it a great time. Thank you to all sponsors and attendees for making this a wonderful virtual event celebrating one of our favorite holidays!
This exciting webinar was produced in collaboration with HAYPP GROUP and also featured Jim Solyst, regulations consultant to Swedish Match. The topic covered consumer base research and regulations on the nicotine product market.
On November 5, our panel of political experts discussed their key takeaways from the election. They provided analyzes of the strategic decisions of the Trump and Biden campaigns and covered the likely political dynamics that the next administration will face, as well as the politics that they will try to enact.
Our forerunners The Absolut Company and BillerudKorsnäs provided us with exclusive insights in their unique partnership in helping our economy switch from fossil to renewable materials.
Together with Swecare and SACC-USA, SACC-DC initiated a virtual trade delegation to the U.S. on November 10. Webinar #1 covered the U.S. life science market and the opportunities, challenges and effects of the pandemic.
In collaboration with Hallvarsson & Hallvarsson and the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, SACC-DC hosted a webinar discussing the outcome of the presidential election and the entailing implications on U.S.-Sweden trade and business relations.
SACC-DC OPEN 2020
The 32nd Annual SACC-DC Open took place on October 15 at Westfields Golf Club! Fantastic weather and happy players made for another successful event.
Congratulations to our top three finishers:
1. Icomera 2. Beyer Volvo Cars of Falls Church 3. Volvo cars. Numerous holes featured competitions, including one requiring all golfers to putt with a hockey stick. Exclusive prizes included a signed hockey stick from the Washington Capitals and signed memorabilia from professional golfers Annika Sörenstam and Henrik Stenson, provided by Securitas. A big thank you to our many sponsors, especially our Gold Sponsors Haypp Group and Nammo, our participants and Westfields Golf Club staff who made the event into a tremendous success - we hope to see you out on the course again next year!
In collaboration with the British-American Business Association Washington D.C and BABA Platinum Member as well as Oxford University and AstraZeneca, SACC-DC hosted a webinar on the latter two’s joint venture to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. Professor Teresa Lambe represented Oxford, accompanied by Dr. Ann Taylor from AstraZeneca, and together they shared their expertise on this highly relevant topic. The discussion included adhering to safety regulations during production and testing, what the general public should do while waiting for a vaccine, the logistics and distributional factors that come into play, and much more.
Kevin Holst provided an incisive readout of the Conventions and analyzed the current juncture of the election campaigns. The discussion also covered details on VP candidate Kamala Harris, virtual campaigning, how to analyze polling, and more! Kevin is an Advisor at New Politics, where he serves as an advisor, coach, and liaison to Members of Congress, congressional candidates, and their staff.
SACC GA and SACC DC hosted a Zoom webinar on how to bring employees back to work during and after the pandemic. Our panelists covered the practicalities of returning to work from a legal, insurance and essential business point of view.
Artificial intelligence is going to play a central role in achieving a stronger economy, company growth and stability in society. Join us and Nordic West to explore, with the help of a distinguished panel, how we can achieve a more resilient economy through AI.
Chef Mikko has prepared his Nordic cuisine for ambassadors, politicians and royalty across the world — On Thursday May 28, he shared his highly celebrated and innovative dishes with us through a virtual cooking demo. Nordic cuisine is unique in its simple, yet versatile, presentation. Using traditional cooking techniques and ingredients sustainably and sparingly, but with intention, every plate delivers a distinct and refined taste. Chef Mikko and his sous chefs will instruct you on how to prepare several classic yet delicious dishes at home which you can try at the same time! On the menu is gravlax on Rye with pickled cucumber and mustard sauce, cocktail bite yellow beet root salad and cocktail bite Swedish meatballs!
Peter Dahlen, Managing Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, and Jonas Hellman, Managing Director of Politics and Social Analysis at Prime Weber Shandwick in Stockholm joined us for a conversation on navigating into the new normal, moderated by Foreign Correspondent and Broadcast Journalist Tomas Kvarnkullen.
In a time of global crisis, businesses are beset by challenges hitherto unthinkable. As international companies face disruptions to global supply chains, a need for navigating unpresedented government interventions into the economy and a rapidly changing political environment, SACC-DC and Pillsbury teamed up to shed some light on these issues. The conversation with Pillsbury partner and SACC-DC Chairperson Nancy Fischer, partner Elizabeth Vella Moeller and partner Matthew Oresman covered a range of business implications surrounding COVID-19 providing valuable advise for any organization impacted by the crisis.
Alan Gregerman, author of The Necessity of Strangers, joined SACC-DC for a Webinar and Q&A to discuss why meeting strangers is an opportunity for unlocking your potential. He will provided insights into how we can work to broaden our network whilst practicing social distancing and why it might be even more important now than before.