Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
The Swiss Council André Schaller welcomed connectUS at the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and talked about his personal success story as well as the duties of the Swiss Consulate in New York City. Furthermore he explained to us how Switzerland is being perceived by Americans as one of the most innovative and competitive countries in the world.
Afterwards connectUS heard two interesting speeches. The trade commissioner told us about the importance of the US as a trading partner for Switzerland as the US is its second largest export market. He also shared with us how Swiss companies are valued as high quality and innovative. Therefore Swiss companies operating in America are very valuable to the economy as they provide high level jobs.
Continuing with the last speaker Michael Smith who is a Swiss-American entrepeneur. He shared his experience of enterpreneurship and start-ups both in the US and Switzerland. His top five learnings are: there is more than one way, just do it, don’t be afraid to fail, be a connecter and last but not least don’t be humble.
In the afternoon the connectUS delegation had the chance to visit the UN Headquarters in New York city with a guided tour.
After the tour the delegation was introduced to the principals of the UN with its Global Compact program via a private UN HQ briefing by one of the leading project managers. All the principals they promote today are still based on their core values; maintaining peace in the world, retain human rights and support sustainable development. The Global Compact program offers companies the opportunity to support the UN’s sustainable goals and help tackle important issues and receive some recognition as an additional incentive.