Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2015, the American Swiss Foundation is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1945 to preserve and strengthen the historic friendship between the United States and Switzerland.
The main program of the American Swiss Foundation is the Young Leaders Conference, held annually in Switzerland since 1990. Alumni of the Conference now number more than 1,000 leaders in both countries. The Foundation hosts monthly Young Leaders Reunions and public discussion events in both countries to bring together American and Swiss opinion leaders for person-to-person exchange on current topics. In addition, an Annual Gala Dinner is held in the spring in New York, featuring a keynote speaker of international stature.
A private, non-profit organization, the Foundation is chaired by Steven G. Hoch, Co-founder and Partner of Highmount Capital LLC, and directed by Patricia Schramm, President. Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, who chaired the Foundation for almost 20 years, serves as Chairman Emeritus. The Foundation focuses on developing and managing various activities of its own, rather than serving as a funding source for outside programs.