Joint US-Swiss Alumni Reunion

Date: October 3-5, 2012

The American Swiss Foundation's Young Leaders Conference was initiated in 1990 to promote person to person exchange and foster mutual understanding among the next generation of leaders in Switzerland and the United States. Alumni of the conference now number 900 leaders in both countries.

"Building Bridges" is an initiative of the Young Leaders Alumni Council. For the first time, a two-day reunion will bring together Swiss and U.S. alumni of the conference in Washington, DC, for intensive discussions of the most pressing issues of the day. They are joined by senior diplomats, business and political leaders, and friends who support the Foundation’s mission: to strengthen the friendship and respect between the two “Sister Republics,” the United States and Switzerland.

You are invited to join us at prestigious locations around Washington: Capitol Hill, the Cato Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Swiss Ambassador’s Residence. You will hear prominent speakers — many of them alumni of the Young Leaders Conference — address current issues facing the two countries in government, business, finance, healthcare, foreign policy, and the upcoming U.S. Presidential election. The highlight will be a festive private Gala Dinner at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum honoring the lifetime achievement of Ambassador Faith Whittlesey. The award will be presented by United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

We are profoundly grateful to the Swiss Advisory Council of the American Swiss Foundation whose generous financial support made this event possible.

Invitations will arrive by postal mail in mid-August. Please contact Laura McGeary, Director of Alumni Relations, for more information.