Gunilla Girardo

Speaker, International Business Development, Executive Recruiter, Mentor

SmartCEO's Brava Award (2016)

Gunilla Girardo, originally from a small farm in Western Sweden, has spent the past 25 years of her career in the United States helping companies and organizations grow and succeed. During her tenure as President for the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce the organization grew to be the 2nd largest European chamber of commerce in the U.S. She created two new regional offices and launched a highly successful business matchmaking program positioning SACC-USA as a key player in trans-Atlantic trade and commerce and a connection point for investors, businesses, government- and trade organizations and universities.

As President & CEO for Mentor Foundation USA, founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, she led the organization from a local to national key partner in drug prevention programs for youth by transforming its program platform to be portable, scalable, cost-effective and more accessible to thousands more youth across the U.S.

Gunilla is very excited to be part of the YER-USA team of executive recruiters as Sr. Director for its Scandinavian Desk. YER-USA provides a perfect platform for her to continue supporting Scandinavian companies by finding the right talent to achieve their growth plans through the utilization of her deep understanding of the US market and business culture, as well as her ability to 'matchmake.' Gunilla is a change-maker for goodness to be reckoned with! She is a master networker, generous connector and smart strategist, manifested in her desire to make the world better through effective action. She has made a remarkable difference in the lives of so many youth, while helping companies find talent, meaning and building a new foundation for their industries.

She is a proud recipient of SmartCEO's Brava Award (2016) and recognized as a Profile in Success (2016) by Bernhard Wealth Management and she is also a (passionate) speaker on Mentoring, Women Leadership, Personal & Professional Development and Networking. BUT what Gunilla is most proud of is to be Mamma to Elsa (21) and Sven (18).