Making it in America Jubilee Symposium

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
211 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Independence Seaport Museum
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

The 375th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Finnish and Swedish settlers in America will be celebrated in May 11th 2013 beginning with the Making it in America Jubilee Symposium.  The Symposium will be in the presence of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden; Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Mr. Eero Heinäluoma; and Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter.

The creativity and endurance of this group led to the establishment of the colony of New Sweden. Since those first Swedes and Finns arrived in America 375 years ago, their descendants have continued creating successful businesses throughout the country.

Today this Nordic heritage is found in a new set of entrepreneurs who are eager to bring the U.S. and Nordic countries closer together. Nordic values emphasis on integrity, sustainability and innovativeness have been put to good use by these entrepreneurs. Shining examples of those who have truly succeeded in America include Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Marcus Samuelsson, Mirkku Kullberg and Matias Myllyrinne who will all share their success stories and  their views on the secrets to success in America.

Led by moderator Dr. Stephen Tang, this panel discussion will focus on how the Nordic countries became global leaders in such innovative industries as design, travel and hospitality, cuisine and gaming.


  • Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and CEO of Carlson which includes such brands as Radisson Blu and Radisson Hotels, Park Plaza and Park Inns, Country Inns & Suites, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants. Carlson is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the U.S. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, there are 175,000 employees who work under the Carlson brands in 160 countries.
  • Marcus Samuelsson, chef and co-owner of Restaurant Red Rooster Harlem. Received more accolades in a few years than most chefs receive in a lifetime. Youngest chef to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. Rocketed to forefront of national and international culinary scenes by owning restaurants and writing books. Born in Ethiopia but raised in Sweden.
  • Mirkku Kullberg, CEO of Finnish Artek design company, world famous as a quality brand that has a long tradition of being a manufacturer of outstanding design products for daily use. The Alvar Aalto interior design collections and furniture are leading products of the company today.
  • Matias Myllyrinne, CEO of Remedy Entertainment. Remedy is a developer of state-of-the-art action games, game franchises and cutting edge technology; all fields where Nordic companies have become global leaders. Highly acclaimed games of Remedy include Death Rally, Max Payne and Alan Wake.
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