Finally Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Upcoming events  

QS World MBA Tour, Young Professionals, September 28

Culture Collide Festival, October 10 – 12 

Making it in America, October TBD

Young Professionals Business MixerOctober TBD

Eliason Merit Award, November 22


Gold members 

A Word from the Presidents


Hej Alla,
This has been busy and good week !!  It started off with the sold out, Pay it Forward, event in Santa Monica.  Everyone engaged in networking, panel discussions, advice sessions and the “giving wall” was one of the most appreciated features.  Glad to see so many of our members attending. 
We also participated during one our member’s, ONECLOUD Entertainment’s, film screening #SCANDICFILMS, where four Scandinavian short films were showcased.  The films are going to be submitted to the Academy of Motion Pictures for award consideration and we wish these fantastic films the best of luck !!
The Eliason Merit Award is coming closer, please remember to save the date, November 22nd, for the party of the year !!  We are very excited to be able to announce the winner shortly, stay tuned.  
Happy Friday !!  



Gudrun Giddings
President of SACC-LA

Kim H. Swartz

President of SACC-LA Foundation


#SCANDICFILMS Stories From Scandinavia

Jonas and Sy Smensgard from ONECLOUD Entertainment 

Last Wednesday our members, ONECLOUD Entertainment, hosted a film screening for four Scandinavian short films at the CGV Cinemas.  The films represented were: “Love at 3.56” by Dawid Ullgren, “Naked” by Daniel Hagberg, “The Wall” by Lars Klevberg and “Reset” by Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Åkerström. 
“#SCANDICFILMS is our way of sharing extremely deserving new films with an audience eager for compelling international cinema.  All four of our films in this showcase have something important to say, and we’re fortunate to have a hand in sharing these artistic statements,” says Sy Smensgard, Festival Director and Lead Acquisitions.
The four films included in #SCANDICFILMS will be ONECLOUD Entertainment’s submission to the Academy of Motion Pictures for award consideration.
Marissa Guerrero Joven, one of SACC-LA’s board members, was the MC and moderator during the screening and the following Q&A session.  Challenges when making short films, working with child actors, common themes or emotions that binds Scandinavian films together were a few of the topics being discussed during the Q&A.
The films are playing at the CGV Cinemas next week and all SACC-LA members receive a 15% discount.  Please see the info below:
When: September 24th, 25th and 26th at 2.30pm and 3.30pm each day.
Where: CGV Cinemas, 621 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005.  See map here
Tickets: $13. SACC-LA’s members receive a 15% discount on the price. To purchase the discounted tickets please email  
Parking: Parking for CGV is available at the Madang parking structure. A validated ticket from CGV Cinemas gives you 3 hours of free parking in the Madang parking complex.

Marcus Kryler and Fredrik AÌŠkerström, filmmakers representing “Reset”

Kim H. Swartz, President of SACC-LA Foundation, Birgitta Lauren, President of SWEA-LA, Bo Svenson, actor, Gunilla Persson, TV personality 

Win a Personal Planner That You Design Yourself!
Facebook Question of the Week

Finally Friday! What was the highlight of your week?

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Leave your answer on SACC-LA’s Facebook page before noon on Sunday September 22nd.  We will randomly choose a winner among all the ones who have participated.

Personal Planner is a Swedish company that just launched their products for purchase in the U.S. They offer you to create personalized planners just the way you want them. Choose a photo as your front cover, add clever little pictures showing working hours, workout sessions and weather and gather statistics on just about anything in the Weekly Graph.  The Personal Planner concept is already a huge success in Sweden, Norway, Australia, UK and Germany and now you can also order from the U.S.!  Check out their webpage and connect with them on Facebook


Successful Pay it Forward For Business event

Photo courtesy: Fund with Photo

We are so grateful to have been part of another successful Pay it Forward event at the Satelite space in Santa Monica together with Your Office Agent.  Every time the event grows bigger and the Incubate and Accelerate edition that took place last Monday was a sold out event with over 600 guests attending.  People came to network, mingle, listen to the panel discussions, receive help from the experts and enjoy the free gifts and refreshments.  

There was one panel of experts helping companies incubate by answering every question from legal to marketing and everything in-between, and another panel of some of the best funding sources in LA was that giving advice on how to grow your business.  

The Pay it Forward initiative is all about bringing the biggest businesses, mentors and angel investors in Santa Monica together to give free advice and help on how to grow a successful business.  And by looking at the growing number of participants it seems to be a winning concept. 


The Giving Wall. Photo courtesy: Fund with Photo

SACC-LA’s Marketing Managers: Adam Elvelin and Jessica Mansourati. Photo courtesy: Fund with Photo


Invitation to the QS World MBA Tour – Young Professionals 

September 28, 2013

SACC-LA’s Young Professionals invites you to attend Los Angeles MBA fair this fall

The QS World MBA Tour offers you the opportunity to meet with MBA admissions directors and alumni from top local and international business schools.  By attending the fair you can receive advice on your MBA admissions strategy, improve your GMAT or GRE scores, and find out how to apply for QS MBA tuition scholarships.  SACC-LA is happy to offer free entry to the fair for all our Young Professionals.  

When: September 28th, 12.30pm – 6.00pm.
Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Price: Free for all SACC-LA’s Young Professionals.  Save $15.
RSVP: Print your E-Ticket and register before September 28th.

Membership Spotlight

Executive Speaking Success 

Executive Speaking Success makes a difference for people who make a difference. You have high-leverage speaking opportunities. John Bates will make sure you make the most of them. Using human evolutionary biology and neurophysiology John shows his clients what to do, and why it works.
John Bates teaches TED and TEDx Speakers how to make their communications “TED-Worthy.” An award winning public speaker since high school, John has co-founded or been a very early employee at numerous startups, raised hundreds of millions in venture capital, failed big, succeeded big and he now shares his business and communications expertise with TED and TEDx speakers, individuals, corporations, government agencies and non-profits all over the world.
John has gotten rave reviews from top level execs at Prescience International, Motorola Solutions, the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, Janssen Labs in San Diego, LAZ Parking, Oculus International, RTI Solutions, DudaMobile and many others.
People regularly call John Bates “Creating ‘TED-worthy’ Pitches, Presentations and Communications” the best communications training they have ever received.
John’s pricing is going up in 2014. He is willing to give SACC-LA Chamber members who book his services in 2013 preferred client pricing, call him today and say SACC-LA. 

John K. Bates
Mobile 415-939-7873, Other 424-234-1063



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