Event Archives


Young Leaders Alumni Dinner, Zürich

On September 23, 2014, a Young Leaders Alumni Dinner was held featuring the OECD’s Director for Employment, Labor, and Social Affairs, Stefano Scarpetta.


Soirée Suisse, Washington, DC

Alumni of the Young Leaders Conference and Board members of the American Swiss Foundation were invited to join the Ambassador of Switzerland, H.E. Manuel Sager, and Mrs. Christine Sager, for the Annual Soirée Suisse on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.


69th Annual Gala Dinner

Nearly 300 guests gathered at the Union League Club in New York City on June 9, 2014 for the Sixty Ninth Annual Dinner, hosted by Ambassador Manuel Sager and American Swiss Foundation President Patricia Schramm (YL '99). The event featured a keynote address by Martin Senn, Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Insurance Group.



24th Annual Young Leaders Conference

The 24th annual Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by Holicm, was held in Zurich, Switzerland from November 10-16, 2013.



Solar Impulse Displayed at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Founders of Solar Impulse, hosted an exclusive display of the Solar Impulse aircraft at a hangar in New York City to celebrate the craft's completion of its first transcontinental flight.


Solar Impulse Reception at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The Swiss embassy in DC held a reception at the National Air and Space Museum on June 20, 2013 to celebrate the trans-American flight of Solar Impulse, the Swiss-made solar airplane. Swiss aviators and Solar Impulse inventors Bertrand Piccard (pictured here with ASF President Patricia Schramm) and André Borschberg both attended.


68th Annual Gala Dinner

On May 16, 2013, the American Swiss Foundation honored Greg Scheu, Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions and Member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB, who addressed nearly 200 guests in attendance at the Union League Club in New York City.


9th Annual Swiss Re Young Leaders Reunion

Entrepreneurs and innovators, Ralph Müller, Professor at ETH Zurich and Director of the ETH's Institute for Biomechanics, and Taylor Rhodes, Managing Director of Rackspace, discuss the challenges to maintaining and improving conditions for world leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. Panel moderated by Markus Spillmann, Editor-in-Chief, Neue Zürcher Zeitung.


Reception with Ambassador Faith Whittlesey

Reception hosted by Ambassador François Barras at the Swiss Residence in honor of Ambassador Faith Whittlesey's biography, Backwards in High Heels.



Luncheon and Presentation by Professor Ann Lee

Luncheon and presentation by Professor Ann Lee (Young Leader 2012),  on The Impact of International Regulatory Issues on Economic Growth.

Ann Lee is the author of What the U.S. Can Learn from China, a professor at New York University, and a frequent speaker and media commentator on economic issues.



Dinner and Discussion: Reforming the UN: How We Can, Why We Must, and What It's Going to Take, February 26, 2013

Dinner and discussion hosted by Ambassador François Barras, Consul General of Switzerland in New York featuring Ambassador Joseph Torsella (Young Leader 1992), U.S. Representative to the United Nations for UN Management and Reform.


23rd Annual Young Leaders Conference

The 23rd annual Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group, was held from November 10-17, 2012, in Zurich, Switzerland.



Book Event at the Institute for World Politics featuring Dr. Thomas J. Carty and Ambassador Faith Whittlesey

Dr. Thomas J. Carty presented Backwards in High Heels, his biography of former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, Faith Whittlesey. Dr. Carty discussed Ambassador Whittlesey's role as a key member of President Reagan's staff and highlighted some of her many diplomatic achievements, such as her involvement in preventing a confrontation between the U.S. government and Swiss banks. Ambassador Whittlesey concluded the event by praising the work of the Institute and its continued educational efforts. A summary of Dr. Carty's presentation can be found here.

This event concluded the 3-day Building Bridges: American Swiss Leadership Conference And Alumni Reunion held from October 3-5, 2012 and hosted by the American Swiss Foundation. 


Building Bridges: American Swiss Leadership Conference And Alumni Reunion, October 3-5, 2012

The first ever US - Swiss Alumni Reunion was held in Washington, DC from October 3-5, 2012. The Conference featured many prominent speakers, many of whom are Young Leaders Conference alumni. On October 4, Ambassador Faith Whittlesey was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.



67th Annual Dinner, May 9, 2012

The Sixty Seventh Annual Dinner, hosted by Ambassador Manuel Sager and American Swiss Foundation Chairman Steven G. Hoch (YL '90) featured a keynote speech by Kevin Conroy (YL '10) and remarks from Swiss Federal Councillor Christa Markwalder (YL '06).


Dinner & Discussion - 2012 Elections: Policy Implications for International Trade and Investment

Young Leaders Kent Anker (YL '96) and Mark Smith (YL '09) engaged in a lively debate on the 2012 Elections: Policy Implications for International Trade and Investment.



22nd Annual Young Leaders Conference

The 22nd Annual Young Leaders Conference was held from November 12 - 19th in Montreux, Switzerland



Dinner & Discussion With Christopher Ruddy & Markus Diethelm

The American Swiss Foundation hosted a dinner and discussion with Christopher Ruddy (YL '01), CEO of Newsmax Media, and Markus Diethelm, Member of the Executive Committee, UBS AG.



10th Annual Soirée Suisse

Young Leaders gathered at the residence of Swiss Ambassador Manuel Sager in Washington, DC on September 14th for the 10th annual Soiree Suisse where Ambassador Faith Whittlesey was honored with the distinguished "Tell Award".



A Bluegrass Celebration: The American Spirit Renewed

On September 8, 2012, Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer, Jamie Dailey (YL ’05), performed with his band, Dailey & Vincent, for an audience of Young Leaders Conference alumni and Friends of the American Swiss Foundation at Ambassador Donald Beyer’s residence in Bern.