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FOUNDERS

NSLI founders Megan and Braden Penhoet appreciate the power of American innovation and industry, as well as rising concerns regarding growing income inequality, sustainability and community economic development.

The Nordic Scholars Leadership Institute arises from the  Penhoet’s deep family roots in the Nordics, starting with Swedish Finns’ immigration to the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of the 20th Century.

 

The Penhoet's professional work in university innovation at U.C. Berkeley, international educational programs at Stanford University, and leadership for sustainability research at Malmö University drives the NSLI mission. Academic research, professional expertise in innovation and higher education combined with their family summers in Sweden to form a strong appreciation for Nordic models.
 

When their eldest daughter returned from her junior year in Denmark, she shared her sense that the many lessons the Nordics can teach were not adequately captured in traditional study abroad programs. The real value of the Nordic Model had not yet been leveraged. The collaborative model of leadership touches every Nordic success and could be taught to rising American leaders.
 

The Penhoets and their collaborators developed NSLI to investigate the possibility of a leadership education program for motivated, high-achieving  U.S. college graduates. The program design promises to uniquely leverage the Nordics’ investments in responsible innovation and collaborative leadership.


NSLI research and program design aims to create pattern-breaking, positive social change in the U.S. and strengthens Nordic- U.S. relationships for shared global impact.

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MEGAN PENHOET

Founder

Researcher, Writer and International Public Speaker on Leadership for Sustainability, Organizational Culture, and International Education.

 

Education and Business Board Service

 

Spanish, French, Japanese, Swedish Languages

 

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BRADEN PENHOET

Founder

Academic innovation

 

Startup accelerator Advisor

 

Social Venture Partner

 

Swedish Finn heritage 

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PELLE SIMONSON

Co-Director

Senior Business Advisor 

 

Mid Sweden Science Park 

Senior Vinnova Wallenberg

Fellow

 

Certified Trainer, Understanding 

Groups and Leaders

 

Swedish citizen

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MEV HOBERG

Co-Director

International educational travel, senior financial management 

 

School Board Vice President

 

Speaks Spanish and Mandarin

 

Lived in China, 2 years