Finally Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Upcoming events  

Eliason Merit Award, November 22

SWEA-LA Christmas Fair, December 15


Gold members 

A Word from the Presidents

Hej Alla,

We were very proud to, once again, co-promote and be part of FILTER Magazine’s annual Culture Collide Festival, we are already excited for next year’s event. 

The Young Professionals had their first mixer of the season this week. The special guest for the evening, actress Liisa Evastina was happy to share experiences from her acting career.  She emphasized on the importance of networking and gave a few useful tips that the Young Professionals could practice at the mixer right away.

I also had the pleasure to have lunch with the Swedish Church of Los Angeles’ new pastor, Staffan Eklund, this week.  A warm welcome to him and his family as we also are looking forward to some fun collaborations in the years to come.

Happy Friday !! 


Gudrun Giddings
President of SACC-LA

Kim H. Swartz

President of SACC-LA Foundation

Application Deadline October 20th

Internships at SACC-LA

Spring 2014


This is the last week to apply for the internships at SACC-LA Spring 2014.  We are looking for four new interns, one intern within Communication, PR & Social Media, one intern within Accounting & Finance and two interns within Event Planning.  Take a look at the ads on SACC-LA’s webpage.

You can find all information about the application process and requirements SACC-USA’s webpage.

Application Deadline: October 20th, 2013

For questions please contact:
Paula Thelin
Tel. +1 323-309-5037


Swedish invasion at Culture Collide 2013

”Sweden Happy Hour” that took place last Friday is a popular feature during the Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park where fresh Swedish music is presented.  Jesper Thorsson, CEO at Export Music Sweden AB, one of the “Sweden Happy Hour” sponsors and contributors, held an opening speech and thanked everyone involved for creating this important platform for Swedish Music in the U.S.

 Melpo Mene was the first one of the performers to enter the stage with his signifying bittersweet and nostalgic songs.  “Melpo Mene’s songs give us a wistful, lovesick bliss, like dreaming about an ex-lover,” writes Omar Singer in the online publication Promote & Preserve.  The ones of you who attended The Swedish Affär 2012 remember Melpo Mene’s brilliant performance at Sowden House’s outdoor stage.  Erik Mattiasson, the man behind Melpo Mene recently moved to Los Angeles and is now fully focusing on his a career in the U.S.  We are looking forward to hear more from him!  

Melpo Mene. Photo courtesy: Stellan Stephenson 

The tempo was turned up when the next band, Like Swimming, started off with their new hit single “Go Buffalo“.   Like Swimming has performed at Culture Collide with a different band before but makes their U.S. debut as a trio at this years festival.  

Like Swimming. Photo courtesy: Stellan Stephenson 
The very promising duo The Deer Tracks were the last band to enter the stage with a mind blowing performance that invited the whole audience to an experimental electronic music experience in the primeval swedish forest.  Their performance at Culture Collide in Los Angeles was the beginning of their 3 month tour in North America. 

The Deer Tracks. Photo courtesy: Stellan Stephenson 

SACC-LA’s Young Professionals
Inspirational Business Mixer in Santa Monica

This week SACC-LA’s Young Professionals gathered for an inspirational evening with actress Liisa Evastina at Bar Chloe in Santa Monica.  Many of the Young Professionals that turned up were also actors and actresses and Liisa shared some useful experiences from her acting career in LA.  Liisa also talked about the importance of networking and presenting your self in the right way.  “Small talk is a skill that needs practice” Liisa said and she shared some of her most useful tips on how to get what you want out of a brief conversation.  

We feel very fortunate to have so many talents within acting among our Young Professionals and we are following their projects with big excitement.  We also encourage all Young Professionals to post on our Facebook wall when there is an interesting play or event coming up so we can share it to our whole network.

If you are a Young Professional and wants to get involved in our network please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Öhberg,

Lisa Öhberg Head of SACC-LA’s Young Professionals, Nathalie Söderqvist, actress, Liisa Evastina, actress, John H. L. Viking, actor

Honoring Steve Angello


Cancel the weekend trip to Paris, buy a new outfit and find a date!  The Eliason Merit Award is about one month away and we hope that you are as excited as we are.  The award ceremony with an open bar and delicious food bites on the W Hollywood Hotel Rooftop is going to be spectacular and the after party equally amazing with top performances all night long.  This is for sure going to be the most glamorous Eliason Merit Award ever! 

We are looking forward to release more information very soon.  Tickets will be available for purchase on Eventbrite, details will follow. 

Save the date – November 22 for the party of the year!

Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive the latest updates first. 

When: Friday, November 22, 7.30pm – 2am. 
Where: W Hollywood Hotel Rooftop, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, CA 90028, Hollywood



CESMI 2013 – From Ocean to Shore

Major investments are made by ship owners and ports to make the maritime industry more sustainable and more profitable.  The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will invest more than $8 bill in the  next ten years in upgrades, infrastructure, and sustainability projects.  And, this is just the beginning.  We are talking about a major shift in the industry and it’s happening now!

Today was the last day of the CESMI maritime conference that puts the attendees right in the middle of these existing developments. 

During the three day conference over 20 speakers and keynotes such as Mario Cordero and Benjamin De Alba discussed topics that ranged from ocean power and ship design to cargo handling in ports: “Ocean to Shore.”

CESMI stands for “Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Maritime Industry” and the conference is creating a forum in Los Angeles where global maritime industry leaders, researchers, and Government Officials can meet, share ideas, and develop business and research opportunities, with the aim of creating a highly environmentally sustainable and profitable maritime industry.  


Visit the CESMI website for more info and follow the CECMI blog for the latest updates. 

Membership Spotlight
Systems Training Center


Systems Training Center is Hawthorne’s premier MMA Training, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Self-Defense, and CrossFit gym in the South Bay.  Drop the boring gym routine and join us if you want to get into the best shape of your life and have fun doing it too.  We offer a wide range of classes covering: self-defense, fitness, and fighting.
If you are looking for self-defense classes in the South Bay, we offer specialized Krav Maga courses taught by our certified black belt, Marcus Kowal.  Krav Maga is a martial art designed to keep you safe both in the gym and on the streets.  You will learn practical self-defense techniques against single or multiple aggressors with and without weapons.  Keep safe in Hawthorne with Systems Training Center’s Krav Maga self-defense courses.
Lose weight and tone your muscles with our STC fitness classes.  We have various kickboxing for fitness and boxing classes to help you burn calories in fun, high-energy environment.  You will punch and kick bags, pads, and mitts in a series of workouts involving partner drills and solo work.  Show off your new beach body year round at Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach nearby.

Systems Training Center is home to Hawthorne’s premier CrossFit gym.  Our certified CrossFit program comes complete with state of the art equipment located in the back room of our 5,000 sq. ft. facility.  CrossFit is a series of intense workouts that will help you improve endurance, flexibility, power, and gain muscle while burning fat.
Systems Training Center offer the South Bay’s top fight program consisting of MMA, Kids MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Boxing.  Our experienced professional trainers will help you learn the proven techniques of these arts, whether your goal is to one day fight in the UFC, or simply learn self-defense from successful combat athletes.  We are also home to one of the best professional and amateur MMA fight teams in the South Bay.
If you are looking for the best MMA Fitness gym in the Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach area that also offers Crossfit taught by the best and most experienced professional trainers, then Systems  Training Center is right for you.


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