December 2021
Season Greetings,
I hope everyone enjoyed a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday with family and lots of wonderful food. As always, we are grateful for our members and sponsors. Your support is appreciated.
We invite all our members to attend our virtual Annual Meeting and Happy Hour on December 15. It's members only for the annual meeting portion but be sure to invite you friends for the happy hour.

The SACC USA Talent Mobility team is touring the US to promote young Nordic talent. They will travel 10,000 km (6,600 miles) and visit 15 cities to meet with SACC GA member companies interested in hosting a Swedish trainee. They are stopping in Atlanta next week and I would love for them to meet with as many of our members as possible. Please reach out if you have an interest in finding out more.

Ida Pond
Executive Director SACC GA
December 4, 2021
Swea Atlanta's Christmas Market, Atlanta, GA
December 7-9, 2021
International Volunteer week, Norcross, GA
December 15, 2021
Virtual Holiday Happy Hour, Zoom
Are you interested in elevating your business and attaining an additional international perspective to your workplace? In that case, hosting an ambitious and qualified Nordic intern or trainee should be on your next to-do list. 
SACC-USA’s Talent Mobility Program is currently on tour to promote the many benefits of engaging Nordic interns and trainees into your corporation. We offer you highly qualified Nordic talent, international exposure, and handling of all administrative processes through our time-efficient and cost-effective service. Through the program, we place over 100 interns yearly and have since 2006 worked with over 400 host companies to bring talent across the borders of Sweden and the U.S.

The Talent Mobility Program will be on the road for a month and travel to 15 cities from Washington D.C. to Denver. If we set up a meeting we will explain more about our program, how you can get top talent easily and cost-efficiently, and how it benefits your business. If you are interested in learning more about it, send an email to Jesper.

We had the honor to speak with Susanne Howard, President of SWEA in Atlanta.
What is your connection to Sweden?

I was born and raised in Sweden. After High School I went to Germany to work and I met my husband who was stationed there with the US army. I try to go to Sweden as much as I can to see my family and of course it is easier now to stay in touch via phone and social media. 

Tell us a little bit about your organization, what does SWEA Atlanta do?

SWEA Atlanta is a local branch of SWEA International, Swedish Women's Educational Association, which is a global non-profit association for Swedish-speaking women who are or have lived outside Sweden's borders. Our vision is to reach out to as many Swedish-speaking women in the world as we can. SWEA was founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Agneta Nilsson when she met other Swedish women in the area who were all eager to keep in touch with each other. SWEA is also located in Sweden and is a support for many Swedish women who return home after years abroad.
Do you have anything planned for the coming months?

The main event that we are planning is an outdoor Christmas market on December 4th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Chamblee First United Methodist Church 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody RD, Atlanta, GA 30341. Our Annual Swedish Christmas Market showcases the culture and holiday traditions of Sweden and draws many international and American families from around the state. You can find unique Swedish crafts and gifts such as Swedish home-baked goods, Swedish chocolates and candy as well as traditional and modern handicrafts. We have been meeting regularly via zoom and outdoors during the pandemic, but are hoping to resume indoor gatherings for our members in January and February. 

Is it something else you want to bring up? 

SWEA Atlanta awards one scholarship a year to a male or female who plans on studying the Swedish language, literature, culture, tradition, music, design, or environment. The scholarship must be used in conjunction with university-level studies. The scholarship can also be awarded to a female non-student who works or is otherwise involved in any of these areas.
For more information about SWEA in Atlanta please visit the website.
Corporate Membership
$650 - midsize to large companies, over 50 employees

Business Membership
$275 - small companies, under 50 employees

Individual Membership
$100 - for individuals, not companies

1+1 Individual Membership
$150 - for 2 individuals to join together

Young Professional Membership
$50 - for individual members up to 40