A conversation with Tord Magnuson on the value of mentorship
”It is amazing to watch intelligent young people grow and see them dare new things” says Swedish business executive Tord Magnuson. Parallel to his engagement in Swedish business and foundations, such as YPO and Interpeace, Tord Magnuson has a passion for mentoring young entrepreneurs. When Tord Magnuson last visited the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, he shared his perspective on mentorship. Tord Magnuson expressed:
“I stay in close touch with many young people, especially from the suburbs in Stockholm. Many of them have great ideas and potential but just need someone to talk to, and a helping hand. I think helping and staying engaged is exciting and fun, and I like to make use of my network and resources.”
The first time Tord Magnuson took on the role as a mentor was with Ahmed Abdirahman, whom he accidentally met at a lunch in New York. Over the years, Tord Magnuson and Ahmed Abdirahman cultivated a close friendship marked by sharing ideas and encouragement. Today, Ahmed Abdirahman stands as a successful entrepreneur, founder of The Global Village and Järvaveckan, and a prominent activist against segregation in Sweden. As a key figure in Swedish business and a part of the royal Swedish family, Tord Magnuson happily leveraged his unique network to contribute to Ahmed Abdirahman's journey. As an example, Tord Magnuson personally invited the world-famous academic and public speaker Hans Rosling to an event Ahmed Abdirahman hosted for high school students, resulting in a fully packed auditorium. As a mentor, you can always ask your mentee how you can add value to them. Tord Magnuson emphasizes the transformative power of giving young individuals acknowledgement:
“Most people become a better version of themselves as soon as they feel recognized by others. All it takes is to meet up, listen to their ideas, introduce them to your network and help when you can. People can often achieve so much more than they think. They just need someone who believes in them.”
For Tord Magnuson, mentorship has consistently been a rewarding experience:
“It is amazing to watch intelligent young people grow and see them dare new things. All I do is help activate an energy that already exists in them. When I see the great things Ahmed has achieved, I feel very inspired.”
Explore the value of mentorship by applying for the Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Mentorship Program 2024. The Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Mentorship Program 2024 offers a distinctive chance for both emerging professionals and senior business leaders to engage in an exclusive mentorship exchange. The program, spanning eight months, features five group seminars and individual mentoring sessions. Find more information and the application .
Are you our next management trainee?
Elevate your international career at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands! The Swedish Chamber is proud to present two scholarships for ambitious candidates looking to join the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands from June 26, 2024, to June 19, 2025. The scholarships create opportunities for creative young talents to deepen their knowledge of international trade and business relations by working for a year at our dynamic office in Amsterdam. The Management Trainee position has consistently been a stepping stone for numerous successful alumni careers. Former trainees are currently working internationally in areas such as brand management, sustainability, and business development. The following scholarship applications are now open: - The School of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of Gothenburg Scholarship. Application Deadline: January 15, 2024 - Gull & Stellan Ljungberg Foundation. Application Deadline: March 31, 2024 Learn more about the scholarship criteria, previous trainees’ experiences, and the application process .
Opening Hours during the Christmas Holidays
As 2023 comes to a close, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce extends heartfelt thanks to our incredible members and partners for a year filled with engagement, valuable conversations, knowledge exchange and activities! The Swedish Chamber wish everyone a joyful and restful Christmas break. Please note our office will be closed from December 21 - January 2. See you in the New Year with renewed energy and exciting plans!
Thank you for a lovely Lucia celebration!
The Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber would like to say thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s Lucia Celebration at PR Lab. A special thanks to our collaborative partners, PRLab and Inter IKEA Systems. We also extend our appreciation to the Young Professionals committee, who shared reflections about the past year and thank you for your valuable work within our community. We were delighted to enjoy Lucia songs performed by @swedishfestivitieschoir, and a Christmas poem by committee member Alexander Ljungström. The festive atmosphere was further enhanced with Swedish glögg and Christmas snacks, including gingerbread cookies sponsored by Inter IKEA Systems. The Young Professionals team and the committee wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in 2024! Find more pictures from the event . Don´t forget to secure your spot for our New Year's Kick-off hosted by Heussen, on January 16. Sign up !
Happy Lucia!
The Swedish Chamber want to wish all members and the Swedish Chamber community a joyous Lucia! Lucia symbolizes the bearer of light during the darkest days of winter, spreading warmth and goodwill, and is celebrated in Sweden through classic Lucia processions with Christmas songs. Happy Lucia everyone! Photo credits: OTW/
Meet the Swedish Chamber Committee Chairpersons!
As 2023 is coming to an end, Swedish Chamber Insights asked the esteemed chairpersons of the Swedish Chamber Committees what their vision is for the upcoming year. Gain exclusive insights into the vision and strategies for 2024 directly from the Chairpersons of the Swedish Chamber Committees. Read the full article on our website.
Young Professionals Member Survey 2023
The Swedish Chamber's Young Professionals are excited to share the Annual YP Member Survey 2023 with you! This survey is designed to boost member involvement and collect important feedback from YP members. Your input is valuable and helps us enhance the Young Professionals community to better meet your needs. Completing the survey takes about 3 minutes. Thank you for your participation!
Thank you participants & KPMG Meijburg & Co!
A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the Young Professionals After Work last week! Our gathering at Volkshotel penthouse bar Canva brought together a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs, students, professionals, newcomers, and YP committee members. It was an evening filled with making new connections and sharing experiences. A special thanks to our generous sponsor, KPMG Meijburg & Co, for providing drinks and snacks! See our reel from the event . Save the date for our next YP event on December 13, where we’ll be celebrating Lucia, one of Sweden’s coziest traditions! Join us in embracing this festive Swedish Christmas tradition with the Young Professional Community. Don’t miss out – sign up . We hope to see you there!