Finally Friday, August 30, 2013


Friday, August 30, 2013

Upcoming events  

Pay it Forward,  September 16
QS World MBA Tour, Young Professionals, September 28
Culture Collide Festival, October 10 – 12 
Making it in America, October TBD
Eliason Merit Award, November TBD


Gold members 

A Word from the Presidents
Hej Alla,This past Wednesday we had our first business mixer after the summer break, with well over 200 guests attending, this was our biggest business mixer so far !!  A special thank you goes out to Plotagon who gave away their filmmaking tool as the price in our raffle.  The happy winner is revealed further down in this newsletter and please visit our website and Facebook for more fun photos from this splendid evening.
In this edition of Finally Friday we would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Jessica Mansourati – our new Marketing Manager who will focus on event planning, strategic partnerships and general marketing at SACC-LA this fall.  Jessica has an impressive background as she has already worked with PR, Communications and Events at companies like Spotify, Universal Music and Prime.  Please read more about her in this newsletter and welcome to SACC- LA Jessica !!
A great event to check out this weekend is the 5th anniversary Barn Party that our member; Special Spirit is hosting tomorrow Saturday, a fun evening with live music, games, live auctions, food and drinks and more at the Moonshadow Ranch.  We are also grateful that they are donating 2 riding lessons for the Facebook Question of the week.  Visit SACC-LA’s Facebook Page to compete.
Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day weekend !! 

Gudrun Giddings
President of SACC-LA
Kim H. Swartz
President of SACC-LA Foundation

Thank You For Attending Our Business Mixer

What a successful business mixer we had at the rooftop of The London West Hollywood Hotel this Wednesday!  This was by far our most popular business mixer yet and it is great to see our network growing.  Everyone seemed to enjoy mingling with old friends and making new contacts while sipping on cocktails and listening to the DJ who created just the right relaxed vibe for the night.  The London’s 10th floor rooftop has spectacular views all the way from Downtown to The Getty Center, which may also be one of the reasons why the mixer went on all night, far longer than expected…  

Jennings Segura – SACC-LA Board Member,  Elena Alexandra – ScandiTV, Patrice Courtaban – ScandiTV

Kent Isaacs – Cosmos Music Group

Kristoffer Diös – Phosworks, Liz Botes, Michael Backlinder

Please enjoy the rest of the photos on our Facebook page where they will be uploaded shortly.

During the night we had a greatly appreciated Business Card Raffle sponsored by the revolutionary filmmaking tool from Plotagon.  We are happy to announce that the winner is Marvin Sandoval at Coalfire! Congratulations Marvin!! You can start to create movies with Plotagon right away. 

Jessica Mansourati and Marie Wennergren promoting the Plotagon Raffle

Plotagon is a tool that lets anyone create an animated movie directly from a written screenplay. You can just write your story, choose actors, environments and music, press play and your movie is done. You can watch the movie and share it with the world.


Some of the response we received throughout the evening:

“We’ve been looking forward to this event for 1 year, ever since my co-workers told me about The Swedish Affär that they attended.”
Lily T. Ning, Lycky Stars Productions
“The SACC-LA provides opportunities for dialogue that are unmatched anywhere else in the city.”
Michael Zdarsky, Beyond Life Entertainment
“It was a great event. The rooftop was pretty awesome, cool with the Plotagon Business Card Raffle – I hope I win!”
Anton Gunnarsson – Young Professionals 

Our Marketing Manager

Jessica Mansourati

Jessica Mansourati is a music fanatic who has worked with PR at the music streaming giant Spotify and as a business development and event intern at Universal Music in Sweden.  Other than music, she has worked with communications at Prime, one of the leading communication agencies in Europe, for two years prior to coming to Los Angeles.  Jessica was born and raised in Stockholm where she studied economics with a marketing specialization at the Stockholm School of Economics.  Jessica has an interest in international business and promoting international relations.  During her six months at SACC-LA, Jessica looks forward to arranging top business events that bring together inspiring and driven people. 

At SACC-LA, Jessica will be in charge of the event planning, strategic partnerships and general marketing. You can reach her at or 310-622-3617

Win Two Riding Lessons
Facebook Question of the Week

What’s the name of Pippi Longstockings horse? 
Leave your answer>>

Leave your answer on our Facebook page before noon on Sunday September 1st.  We will randomly choose a winner among all the right answers.

The winner will receive 2 riding lessons at Special Spirit’s Moonshadow Ranch worth $90.  Find out more about Special Spirit on their website: and don’t miss Special Spirit’s Barn Party Fundraiser tomorrow.  See information further down in this newsletter.

Abba Fest at the Hollywood Bowl

September 8th

Dance and sing under the stars with the best ABBA tribute band in the world: Waterloo, direct from Sweden!  Become a “Dancing Queen” for the night and sing along to all the hits, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All” and more.

When: Sunday, September 8th at 7pm.
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave.  See map here
Price: $24 – $86. All members of SACC-LA receives a 20% discount on the tickets.  Click here and use the code “ABBA” to receive the discount.
Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information visit

Special Spirit’s
5th Annual Barn Party Fundraiser
Saturday, August 31

For the 5th year in a row our member, Special Spirit, is organizing a Barn Party Fundraiser with the legendary The Cadillac Band from Sweden.  Special Spirit is a therapeutic riding center that is dedicated to expanding autism awareness.  This year’s fundraiser will provide funds needed to expand their program.
Be prepared for an eventful and fun evening with live music, games, live auctions, Texas Hold ‘em, raffle, food and drinks and more!
When: Saturday, August 31st at 4pm.

Where: Moonshadow Ranch, 9889 Helen Ave, Shadow Hills, CA 91040.  
Price: Admission donation $15 at the door. Buy tickets in advance if you want to play Texas Hold ’em. 

For more info please visit Special Spirits website and check out the schedule here
For any questions please contact Eva Lund at 323-428-5005 or

Do you need help with your Swedish passport?

The Consulate of Sweden in San Diego will be at the Church of Sweden in San Pedro September 6th between 11am – 1pm, assisting Swedish citizens with emergency passports, applications for co-ordination numbers and to hand out passports and driver’s licenses.  Please note that these services are by appointment only.  

Please call (858) 271-1573 to make your appointment.
The Church is located at 1035 South Beacon Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 

Membership Spotlight


Huset, which means “the house” in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, is a one-stop shop for the best in modern Scandinavian design. Huset offers a thoughtful collection of clean, clever, and contemporary items for modern living. In addition Huset also present designers, and design news for those of you that are interested to know more about what is going on in the Scandinavian design arena.
Huset is “the house” for the savvy design enthusiast; bringing together the rare and unusual of today’s visionaries plus the time-tested Scandinavian icons of design, directly to your front door. Their search for more individual, design oriented products has yielded a collection which includes furniture, gifts, accessories, textiles, jewelry, clothing, kids items, fine art and objects for the home; featuring the works of more than 60 Scandinavian designers. On their bi-yearly return to Scandinavia, they are committed to search out and bring you emerging designers and trends for you to discover as well.
Scandinavia has long been known for it’s great design heritage; using natural materials to create classically elegant yet very contemporary style, with simple but comfortable refinement. Huset believe that great art and design are incredibly life-enhancing. Their passion is making great Scandinavian design accessible, inspiring, functional and exciting.

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