Female Entrepreneurship – Myths and Realities — discussed at a seminar at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Charlotte Marcus, Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Svetlana Bagaudinova, Sarah Iqbal and Dr. Cecilia BerghProfessor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum; Charlotte Marcus, Founder, ESI, Total Fuel Management Inc., Chantilly, Va.; Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Wake Forest University and the 2007 recipient of Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research; Svetlana Bagaudinova, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, The World Bank; Sarah Iqbal, Gender Analyst, The World Bank; and Dr. Cecilia Bergh, Founder of Mando Group.

“FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Myths and Realities” was the title of a panel discussion at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, March 15, 2011. The seminar was part of the House of Sweden Spring 2011 Program “Fabric of Life.”

THE DISTINGUISHED participants on the panel came from the United States and Sweden. They were Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum; Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Wake Forest University and the 2007 recipient of Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research; Sarah Iqbal, Gender Analyst, The World Bank; Svetlana Bagaudinova, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, The World Bank; Dr. Cecilia Bergh, Founder of Mando Group with business operations in both Sweden and the United States; Charlotte Marcus, Founder, ESI Total Fuel Management Inc., Chantilly, Va.; and the seminar’s moderator Ulrika Stuart Hamilton, Deputy Managing Director, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.

THE WELCOME REMARKS to House of Sweden were delivered by Karin Olofsdotter, who is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in the U.S. capital. Additionally Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm from the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum delivered an introduction of the program.

Dr. Cecilia Bergh, founder of Mando Group, discusses her innovative treatment for eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Cecilia Bergh, founder of Mando Group, discusses her innovative treatment for eating disorders and obesity.

DURING THE event, the myths and facts behind female entrepreneurship were explored, and a few of the speakers pointed out that women are an untapped source of creativity and growth. In Sweden and the United States 30 percent of the entrepreneurs are women.

THE SEMINAR WAS arranged by House of Sweden in partnership with Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. For more information about event at House of Sweden in Washington: www.swedenabroad.com/washington.

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