Leader Spotlight

schrammpPatricia Schramm (Young Leader 1999)

President, American Swiss Foundation

What can Americans learn from the Swiss?
To take the long view; value consensus and political dialogue; improve our public education system and infrastructure. To ask ourselves: How do our decisions affect the next generation?

What can the Swiss learn from the Americans?
To embrace change, reach for the stars, risk failure. To ask ourselves: What do we have to lose?

What defines your leadership style?
Listen and lead by example.

What qualities do you most admire in a person?

Kindness and generosity.

What are your greatest strengths?
Intellectual curiosity and emotional intelligence.

What is your greatest weakness?

Where do you live?
Near New York City in Montclair, New Jersey.

Where are you from?
The beautiful city of Zürich.

What is your favorite leisure activity?
Hiking in the Swiss Alps with my husband and three children.

What is your goal in life?

To do the best I can, wherever I am, with whatever I have. It’s what my Swiss grandmother advised many years ago: “Mach was’t chasch, deet wo’t bisch, mit dem wo’t häsch”. To make a difference.


About Patricia Schramm

Patricia has served as President of the American Swiss Foundation in New York since 2003. From 1996 to 2002, she was Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York. She enjoys playing Brahms on her Steinway piano.


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