Past Events

Post Archives


September 13- Premiership Rugby Happy Hour

Join us for a Networking Happy Hour to celebrate the upcoming Premiership Rugby American Series match coming to Philadelphia!

When: September 13, 2017
Time: 6:15 pm- 8:15 PM
Where: Pyramid Club – inside BNY Mellon Center
1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


September 5-16, 2017: Friends of the British Council – Premiership Rugby

BABCPHL member Friends of the British Council is supporting a new initiative in partnership with Premiership Rugby, AEG, and NBC Sports in the Greater Philadelphia region to bring innovative community outreach and youth development programing to the United States. This is an extension of a global partnership co-created and launched internationally by the British Council and Premiership Rugby in 2011, and is already achieving tremendous impact, supporting the growth of the game and its associated social values around the world. The initiative includes capacity-building programs for coaches, clubs, players and their local communities designed to bring them together, develop practical skills, and to inspire them to build sustainable pathways to introduce the sport and the power of its values to change lives.

A series of rugby player and coach clinics will be held in New Jersey (September 5 & 6), Philadelphia (September 7 & 11) and Washington DC (September 10). The players’ clinics are open to male and female participants aged 15-24. From these clinics, 20 players and 10 coaches will be selected to attend an amazing overseas rugby experience with Premiership Rugby in England next year.

Rugby players and coaches are invited to attend these clinics in Philadelphia!

September 7th Player Clinic at Penn Park located at 3000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 from

5​:0​0-​8​:0​0 PM.

September 11th Coach Clinic at 1101 First Avenue, Media, PA 19063 from 6:30-9:00 PM.

During the week of September 11-15, several outreach events will be planned for schools and colleges, together with networking opportunities for the community in Philadelphia.

To get involved in these activities or find out more information, updates will be posted on the website:

http://www.premiershiprugby.com/usa.

To cap off the week of rugby activities in the Greater Philadelphia region, Premiership Rugby is hosting a match, Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens on September 16, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium, home of BABCPHL member company, Philadelphia Union.

Also on September 16th a Flag Rugby tournament for boys & girls in grades 2-8 will take place on the outside fields of Talen Energy Stadium from 1:00-3:00pm, alongside a Premiership VIP Clinic for selected players. Bring your kids to this wonderful event by contacting Angela Johnson at ajohnson.aeg@gmail.com to sign-up!

The curtain-raiser match inside Talen Energy Stadium at 2:30PM is between the famous Oxford University Rugby Club from England and the USA Collegiate All-Americans. This is followed by the Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens at 5:00PM.

All BABCPHL members will receive 20% discount on match day tickets using the promo code: FOBCRUGBY17. Click here to buy tickets! Type the promo code on the right-hand side of the website where it says “Enter Promo Code” then click “GO”.

ABOUT

Friends of the British Council’s mission is to collaborate with global corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals, identifying synergies, sharing knowledge, leveraging resources and contributing financially to British Council programs. Their goal is to customize and add value to these partnerships and projects, resulting in meaningful relationships between the British Council and its key stakeholders.  The British Council works in 110 countries touching 600 million lives each year through programs in education, the arts, English, sports, skills, and community development. They engage all levels of society, including civil and community leaders, influencers, educators, scientists, artists, business leaders, and the media, working extensively with marginalized and vulnerable populations. The British Council is also involved with secondary and higher education sectors and with young people beginning their careers.

 


Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) partnered with the Asian, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Israeli, Italian, Russian, Norwegian, and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce for the Seventh Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception. Nearly 300 global business executives gathered at the National Museum of Jewish History for this annual meeting of the who’s who of international relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.  Councilman At-Large, David Oh was the featured speaker.

Councilman Oh began his remarks by referencing a recent injury he had suffered when returning to his Philadelphia home after a long night at work. He spoke about motivation and spirit, and how he was inspired to return home from the hospital after seeing his children’s reaction to his injury.  He then related this to the City of Philadelphia, and how the region has recently enhanced its international trade presence.  Councilman Oh credited this to the cutting-edge businesses, organizations like the International Chambers of Commerce, and people within the City of Philadelphia, and explained how they are the driving force of advancement.  He acknowledged the twelve participating Chambers, and noted organizations like these are what stimulate the Mayor’s Office to become a larger player in the international business arena.  Councilman Oh closed by thanking all in attendance, and offered an invitation into his office for anyone with any suggestions or ideas they may have, adding, “if you do not push us, we will not come together.”

Special thanks to the Chilean Chamber for organizing such an important program for the international business community and to event sponsors: Aramark, DRS, Fox Center for International Business & Research, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, Santander, and Wouch Maloney & Co. LLP.

View photos HERE.

 


Board Member Appreciation & Membership Development Dinner

On Monday, June 12, 2017 the BABC of Greater Philadelphia hosted a by invitation only, end of year Board Member appreciation and membership development dinner, featuring two UK Government officials as the keynote speakers. Freya Jackson, Counsellor, Head of Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy in Washington, DC and Matt James, Managing Director, Commercial, and Acting Director USA for the Department for International Trade traveled to Philadelphia to discuss the current climate for UK/US trade.  More than 65 attendees enjoyed an active networking reception and informative evening program in the iconic Lincoln Memorial room at The Union League of Philadelphia.

Rhett Workman, Chairman of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Managing Director of Government and Airport Affairs for American Airlines welcomed guests and introduced the speakers. He thanked the entire Board of Directors for another strong twelve months, and for dedicating their time and resources to the BABC.  Rhett talked about our recent 25th anniversary, and announced the unveiling our new brand which will go-live at the official start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2017.  Rhett explained, while we are launching a more modern look to our logo, our mission will remain the same – to serve British businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region, including, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware by focusing on what we do best – providing our members with valuable and timely programs and events; business development and networking opportunities; and thought leadership about current events and government regulations that affect transatlantic business.

The US and the UK are each other’s largest investors – together we have approximately $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. There is no more important time than today to share information, create valuable business relationships, and learn current trends that will affect the transatlantic relationship.  The BABC is the go to organization to help member companies improve and grow business by introducing them to clients, customers and service providers. Rhett explained we could not do this without the dedication of our key stakeholders, our diverse group of Club Level members, representing a myriad of industry sectors as well as our partners in the British Embassy, the Consulate, and the Department for International Trade (referred to as “DIT”).  Collaborating with the UK Government throughout the year bolsters regional transatlantic business development and commerce, and enables us to better serve our members.  The BABC is grateful to the UK Government for their partnership and thanked their alignment with us in Philadelphia.

Rhett introduced Freya Jackson who joined the Embassy team in July 2016, just shortly after UK citizens cast the momentous vote to exit the European Union. Freya leads the Embassy’s teams covering a wide range of issues including trade, investment and economic policy, environment and energy, transport and science, research and innovation.  Prior to joining the Embassy, for the past three years Freya led the Foreign Policy Team in the National Security Secretariat of the UK’s Cabinet Office (NSC equivalent).  Before that she was the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser during the UK’s Presidency of the G8 in 2012, and from 2007 to 2011, Freya led the Climate Change and Global Economy negotiating team in the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York.  Prior to that, Freya worked as the Head of Nuclear & Missile Defense Team for the Security Policy Department, and at various assignments with the FCO across the globe including Buenos Aires, Casablanca, and Mumbai.  Freya received her BSc Honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and her Master of Sciences from Kings College, London.

During dinner, Freya spoke about the unpredictability of government affairs during the past year – the momentous Brexit vote, the US election, and the snap UK election. No one could have imagined the surprises in store for us and the world.  While the elephant in the room – Brexit – was unavoidable, Freya focused her discussion on four main facts:

  1. The UK and US political relationship is as robust as it has ever been;
  2. The UK and US trade relationship is stronger than ever – the two countries are each other’s largest trading partners and employers;
  3. The UK economy is sound and growing, and employment is up – it is the highest rated economy for doing business; and
  4. The UK is a great place to live and to conduct business.

While there are definitely uncertainties, two fundamentals hold true – the strong relationship and economic ties between the two counties.

Freya introduced Matt, the Commercial Director at the Department for International Trade, a post that he has held since the department was created in 2016. Matt is currently covering for the Director of DIT USA, leading a dynamic team who assist British companies exporting to the US, and work with US companies looking to invest their business in the UK. Matt joined the UK civil service in 1995, and over the last 20 years has held roles as Commercial Director in the Cabinet Office, the National Health Service and Department for Work and Pensions. He is a qualified commercial mediator and specializes in complex deal-making and negotiation, having led on many of the UK Government’s most challenging commercial issues.  Matt has a PhD from Bath University in organizational identity, narrative and power, and an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in music. He works and lives in London, and was honored to travel to Philadelphia as his first official visit outside of New York City.  Matt echoed Freya’s comments regarding the four truths about the UK economy and the relationship with the US.  He also spoke to the important ties between DIT and the BABC of Greater Philadelphia.  DIT is grateful to the BABC for our partnership and the valuable work we do to promote trade and commercial links between the two regions.

Rhett thanked Matt and Freya for their kind words and reassuring commentary about the current state of affairs. “We are undoubtedly living in tumultuous times, but one thing is sure – the relationship the US shares with the UK is strong and will become more so as we develop strategies and form partnerships to navigate the changing landscape.”  Rhett explained the BABC of Greater Philadelphia is here to help our members do just that – navigate the evolving business climate.  Now that we have entered our second quarter century of operations in this region, we thought it was the perfect time to rebrand.  Rhett introduced attendees to Ian Cross, BABC Vice President of Marketing & Communications.  Ian is a creative entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience growing and managing start-ups in technology, entertainment and hospitality.  He is CEO and a co-founder of I-SITE – an award-winning Interactive Design and Technology firm specializing in web and mobile solutions for civic initiatives, business, healthcare and entertainment.  Ian has been an active member on the BABC Board of Directors since the early 2000s, and has served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the past ten years.  He helped the BABC transition from a traditional chamber of commerce model to one of the first Chapters to have an active website and a presence in social media.  He has been the ever present force leading the BABC through advances in technology, making it easier for us to communicate with members, share information, and stay connected with our counterparts throughout the world.

Ian opened his remarks with the definition of “rebrand.” “We all know what a ‘rebrand’ is – changing the way an organization, company or product is seen by the public or its customers.”  He explained the BABC VIP dinner was a soft launch pad for the new BABC logo.  The design will officially go live to the general public by July 1 – the start of our new fiscal year.

The BABC has spent the past quarter century positioning itself as the go to organization for UK business-related matters. That holds true – and will remain even more so as the two nations navigate the rapidly changing global landscape.  Our new logo communicates: forward motion/moving into the future; partnership between the two countries; transatlantic travel; growth, speed, prosperity, connections, and the geographies we represent.  The new logo is contemporary, clean and clear.  The BABC of Greater Philadelphia’s brand speaks to members’ trust in us to help maximize their business potential.  The BABC looks forward to helping members create valuable relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.

Before the evening concluded Ian encouraged everyone to stay connected with us, visit our website, follow us on social media for current BABCPHL news, and attend our upcoming events. He then drew a winning business card for two complimentary tickets to our next program, thanked people for attending the dinner, and reminded everyone to pick-up their branded BABC gifts before departing.

The BABC fiscal year is ending on a high note. Optimism is in the air and as Matt so clearly stated, while there is uncertainly, and transition is afoot, the UK will ensure Brexit is a success as a result of partnerships with the BABC and other organizations.  We would like to extend sincere thanks to our current members for their support throughout the fiscal year.  If you are not a member of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia we hope you will become one.  We look forward to upholding our promise to serve you.

Click here for photos.


2017 International Soccer Night

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia teamed up with the Chilean, French and German American Chambers of Commerce for International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. More than 50 attendees gathered on the deck overlooking the beautiful stadium and river for networking, food and drinks.  The evening was perfect – the sun was shining and it was warm and breezy.  And, Union earned their third win, ending in 2-0 against Houston.

Before guests were escorted to their reserved stadium seats, BABC sponsor companies, TD Bank, N.A., Pepper Hamilton LLP and Johnson, Kendall & Johnson as well our hosts from the Philadelphia Union spoke briefly about their businesses. Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia welcomed guests, thanked the partnering organizations, and introduced the sponsors.

Todd Sturza, Managing Director for TD Securities spoke on behalf of TD Bank. Todd has been an active BABC Club Level and Board Member for the past ten years.  He has 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, and has spent the past nine years at TD.  TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the US, with approximately 26,000 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. The Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to more than 8.5 million customers through its extensive network of approximately 1,300 locations.  In addition to banking products, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services.  TD Bank is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America.

Jay Jumper, Partner at Pepper Hamilton, in the Berwyn office spoke on behalf of the Firm. Jay is a member of Pepper’s Corporate and Securities and Life Sciences practice groups and a member of the steering committee of the Firm’s Emerging Growth Group.  His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities-related transactions, and general corporate matters.  Pepper is one of the founding members of the BABC.  Pepper Hamilton is a multi-practice law firm with more than 450 lawyers nationally.  The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.

Michael McGuire, Account Executive from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson (JKJ) participated on behalf of the company. Michael has been with JKJ for two years, and has been tasked with developing new client relationships both abroad and domestically.  JKJ has been a corporate member of the BABC for several years.  JKJ is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm located in Newtown, PA, that has been managing corporate and personal needs for more than 60 years. JKJ’s personalized services in property and casualty insurance; risk and safety management services and claims consulting; group benefits; individual life, home and asset protection program development; financial services; and retirement planning allow JKJ clients to focus on their respective business while JKJ provides direction in managing the risk.  The Company is licensed in various lines of business in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets. In addition, JKJ is the founding board members of RiskProNet International and UNiBA Partners international insurance brokers. These organizations support JKJ and one another’s ability to work with and provide dedicated services to international clients, and conduct various business lines in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets.

Carl Cherkin, Vice President of Business Relations & Communications with Philadelphia Union was our last speaker.   Since the stadium opened, Philadelphia Union has been a steadfast friend to the BABC – we have hosted numerous events with them, and they have always offered coveted branded gear and tickets to games throughout the year.  Carl has been on staff with Philadelphia Union from the very beginning.   He originally joined the club in 2009, as VP, Public Relations and helped guide the successful launch of the 16th team in MLS, in one of this country’s most competitive sports environments.  Carl spoke about Philadelphia Union’s history and development.  Philadelphia was awarded Major League Soccer’s 16th team on February 28, 2008. The combination of extensive grassroots support spearheaded by the Sons of Ben and a public/private partnership between Philadelphia Union, the State of Pennsylvania, Delaware County and the City of Chester enabled the construction of a state-of-the-art soccer stadium and convinced MLS that the Philadelphia region deserved a soccer team.   On March 25, 2010, Philadelphia played its first ever match, a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC.  On April 10, 2010, the club’s Inaugural Home Opener, Philadelphia notched the first victory in team history beating D.C. United 3-2 in front of 34,870 fans.

The stadium is a magnificent place, and the international business community enjoyed a perfect evening. The weather was ideal, networking food and drink flowed freely and the Union won!  Special thanks to sponsor companies TD Bank, N.A., Pepper Hamilton, LLP and Johnson, Kendall & Johnson for sponsoring the evening.

View event photos here.


Department for International Trade Briefing

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

On Monday, May 15, 2017 BABC Board Members along with a select group of executives from other businesses and regional organizations visited the British Consulate in New York City.   More than 50 people participated in the meeting led by Ross Allen, Director, Department for International Trade (DIT), USA and Deputy Consul General in New York.  Ross opened the meeting with a briefing and high level overview of what is currently happening in the UK.  Theresa May’s surprise June 8 general election announcement started a period of “purdah” (the pre-election phase in the UK, specifically the time between an announced election and the final election results).  Ross introduced members of his team, and a leader from each sector represented spoke about their campaigns and regional opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia region.

 

Rhett Workman, BABC Chairman, talked about the BABC mission – bringing businesses together to bolster the trade and commercial relationship between the US and the UK. He presented the BABC as the go to organization for British business development in the region.  The BABC’s job is to help members connect the dots, and create valuable relationships to enhance their businesses.  Rhett mentioned the importance of partnering with DIT and other organizations in order to best serve our members.

Rebecca Lewis, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment, New York is the DIT liaison on the BABC Board of Directors. She is also the lead for the energy sector.  Rebecca kicked-off the DIT sector discussion and financial services, life sciences, advanced engineering, UN trade, food & drink, retail, tech & digital followed.  The breadth and scope of DIT’s work is expansive and impressive.

Everyone sitting around the table had the opportunity to introduce themselves. A dynamic question and answer session followed, focusing on how DIT generates their business; the areas of growth and greatest focus for the UK government; and trends related to trade with the US and the rest of the world.

The BABC thanks DIT for hosting this informative meeting and for the valuable time spent speaking with us about their role and objectives. The BABC invites DIT sector leads to contact us when they are in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Click here to view photos from the event.


The 2017 Transatlantic Conference – Recap

Each year the BABC brings together global business leaders to promote dialogue between the United States and United Kingdom. This year Chicago hosted the annual meeting.  The two-day Conference explored the 2017 theme “Navigating the New World,” focusing on evolving opportunities as the United States, Canada, and Europe absorb changes in the realities of economies, trade, borders, and governance.

The program opened at Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday evening, May 10. Lawrence Geller, CBE and Chairman of the 2017 Transatlantic Conference introduced speakers: Robert Winslow, Chairman, CBRE; Stephen Bridges, LVO, British Consul General; and Brad Keywell, Co-Founder Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Echo Global Logistics, MediaOcean, and Lightbank, to name just some of his ventures.  These dynamic speakers set the tone for the conference and paved the way for more than 40 presenters who engaged conference attendees in meaningful dialogue throughout the day on Thursday, May 11.

Sessions began very early on Thursday, and were planned down to the minute. Speakers presented in the Cathedral Room of the University Club – a remarkable building.  Leading global multinational executives spoke about: healthcare; energy; UK/US consumer trends; global talent mobility; big data; fintech; financial markets; and the dynamics of enterprises and startups.  Penny Prizker, Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and the 38th US Secretary of Commerce was the keynote speaker.  The day concluded with a closing reception and dinner at the legendary Art Institute of Chicago, in the Terzo Piano Modern Wing.  The Lyric Opera received the 2017 British Consul General Award and JB Pritzker, Chairman of the Pritzker Group was the keynote speaker.  PJ O’Rourke provided entertainment, and comic relief.

The 2017 Transatlantic Conference was flawless. It was meticulously planned and organized.  Attendees enjoyed the educational panels and speakers, and networking with senior business, government and academic participants from across many industries and regions.  We offer special thanks and congratulations to the Chicago BABC Chapter for hosting.

Click here to view photos.


Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

REGISTER HERE

For the seventh consecutive year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international chambers have joined forces to host an international business networking reception to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

On the evening of July 26th, join hundreds of your business peers to network together and reaffirm Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Participating Organizations:

  Asian American Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                       British American Business Council of Philadelphia                                                                         
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
French-American Chamber of Commerce
German American Chamber of Commerce
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.
Italy-America Business Council and Network
Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council
Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce
Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce

 

Corporate Sponsors:

                                                        

                                

 

 


Uber & Out – What Happens After Start Up?

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted the sixth annual panel discussion and networking event: Uber and Out – What Happens After Start Up? Young professional entrepreneurs are the driving force behind current economic development in our region and around the world.  The creative and information technology sectors are two of the fastest growing industries.  This discussion focused on our region’s entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and how Philadelphia compares to other Smart Cities.  Panelists addressed the Internet of Things and how this topic is shaping not only regional development, but the trajectory of the global economy.  Creative and information technology sectors, innovation, Smart Cities, young professional entrepreneurs, Brexit, and cybersecurity were all part of the discussion.  Jason Gosselin, Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, moderated the session and led the panelists through their talk.  It was a free-flowing, dynamic discussion with questions from the audience peppered throughout.

Dimitris Horiatis, Vice-Consul, ICT & Creative Media, Department for International Trade, set the stage. He discussed the creative sector, the largest sector in the UK after financial services.  The UK is setting trends in music, art, and advertising.  The largest global brands are concentrated in London.  The UK spends a higher proportion of its GDP on advertising than other major markets, and leads Europe in digital advertising. Its £8.6bn digital advertising market is bigger than the French and German markets combined and only second to China’s in terms of its share in proportion to the overall advertising market.  Technology is creating new developments in the creative sector.  The crossover generated by VR / AR technology and creative approaches to traditional industries and enterprise is a key UK opportunity.  UK software and tools businesses are creating new platforms for content development.  While hardware manufacture is unlikely to form a key part of the UK VR industry, UK companies are able to deliver software tools and peripherals to support VR content production and experience.  US companies looking to expand internationally choose to look toward the UK first for automotive, consumer goods, multiculturalism, and a large talent pool.  The UK is interested in negotiating a favorable trade deal with the EU – this will create and grow the international talent pool.  Philadelphia is a key market for the UK due to geography/accessibility.  The Greater Philadelphia region boasts a burgeoning tech sector and artistic community, making it a great partner for UK businesses.

Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia and Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia explained the “Smart City” initiative and how the region compares to other areas. They discussed the important economic development impact of start-ups, and the entrepreneurial community, and civic tech organizations in Philadelphia.  Archna highlighted the StartupPHL program – a platform supporting entrepreneurs in the City – and what commerce is doing to enhance this initiative.  Philadelphia is at the forefront and can provide leadership outside of the City.

Jay Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP spoke about emerging companies and venture capital markets. He provided data and other findings from 2016 and talked about the economic outlook for 2017.  Jay’s discussion touched upon market performance, trends and expectations, and the “hot” sectors.  Where and what are the trends for entrepreneurs to seek capital and grow their business?  What does “working smarter” mean and how are emerging companies embracing these trends?  For example, Jay highlighted shared workspace, networking and meet-up groups, online resources and tools.  Jay discussed what’s unique about Philly and the local start-up environment.

Sophie Ding, Senior, Advisory Services – Cybersecurity, Ernst and Young LLP highlighted the key trends in the global cybersecurity market. She talked about Brexit and cybersecurity and what BABC members need to know.  Disruptive technology, like that of Uber for example, creates new risks for businesses and individuals.  Sophie also touched upon her Firm’s entrepreneurial environment, innovation and thought leadership in emerging technologies.

Shari Shapiro, Senior Manager for Public Affairs for Pennsylvania and Delaware at Uber, talked about the City’s adoption of Uber, drivers and riders. She provided interesting international visitor stats for the Greater Philadelphia region.  Uber had riders from 76 different countries last month, and many more during the DNC and other major events.  Shari explained how Uber has met with success and grown through partnerships with local institutions.  She explained how there have been challenges and hurdles in the regulatory environment both at the State and City levels.  Uber and companies like Uber are imploring the City to translate “Philadelphia is open for business” into practice.

While each presenter covered a different topic, a consistency across the board was the importance of education – developing a pipeline of STEM students and ensuring diversity and minority participation. Mentoring future professionals and grooming the up and coming working pool of potential employees will provide a competitive advantage for businesses and our region.

Conversation and questions from the audience could have gone on well into the evening. Jason thanked partnering organizations: Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) and Select Greater Philadelphia.  PSL began in September of 2007 as a handful of entrepreneurs meeting in the back of a neighborhood bar to trade war stories – fast forward and PSL years later has thousands of members.  PSL is a volunteer, grassroots organization of startup entrepreneurs dedicated to helping each other on their entrepreneurial journeys.  PSL provides emotional and practical support to mentor and coach new entrepreneurs.  The group collaborates and connects with other people and organizations who are not themselves entrepreneurial.  Select Greater Philadelphia is the region’s business attraction organization for the 11 counties within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  Select provides comprehensive regional data to help companies, site selectors, economic development teams, real estate professionals and others make informed decisions when relocating to and expanding across the Greater Philadelphia marketplace.  Jason asked Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director to pull the winning business card for four tickets to a Philadelphia Union home game this season.  Lastly, he thanked BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman and long-time board member Ian Cross, proprietor of the Trestle Inn for hosting us.  Jason encouraged attendees to join us for our next program – International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium to watch Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9:30 pm.

Attendees networked long after the formal part of the program ended. Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties. http://www.thetrestleinn.com/

Special thanks to Philly Startup Leaders and Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Philadelphia Business Journal Article


Opening of “Their Finest”

STX Entertainment’s new British historical drama, THEIR FINEST, opened at the Ritz Five last week and is expanding to additional theatres including the United Artists King of Prussia and Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Inspiring, funny and genuinely romantic, “Their Finest” is a solid, refreshing crowd-pleaser.” Lindsey Bahr, ASSOCIATED PRESS

“A heart tugging salute to all the impossible dreamers who believe in the magic of the movies” Allan Hunter, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

‘Their Finest’ delivers in a way that would please the Ministry of Information: it’s rousing and emotional, there are laughs and tears, and it portrays people trying and, mostly, succeeding at being their best selves in the service of their country.” Alonso Duralde, THE WRAP

Cast:

Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy

Director:

Lone Scherfig

Writer:

Screenplay by Gaby Chiappe

Based on the novel by Lissa Evans

Producers:

Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey Finola Dwyer, Elizabeth Karlsen

With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is

hired by the British Ministry as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch”

to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing

movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime.

As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to

make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks

down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion

behind the camera as there is onscreen.

 

↑ back to top


The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ernst & Young
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic