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A Royal Evening Recap

A Royal Evening – UK Business, Culture, History & Networking

On November 2, 2017, the BABCPHL partnered with Select Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia for a “Royal Evening” at the Pyramid Club, 52 floors above the magnificent City skyline. The view swept guests off their feet as they arrived around 5:30 pm to network with international business professionals, and enjoy British themed food and drink. More than 50 members and friends from these three organizations filled the room for an exciting evening and discussion about UK business, culture and history.

Linda Collin, President of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia welcomed guests, and provided trade statistics on the Greater Philadelphia region and the United Kingdom.   She then introduced the speakers – Oliver Franklin, OBE, the Honorary British Consul and Austin Morris Jr., Chairman of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park.  Oliver provided a personal perspective about the value of the business relationship between the US and the UK, stating UK organizations are “your perfect business partners.” Following Oliver’s brief presentation, Austin told attendees the story of the Bicentennial Bell. The historic bell was a gift from Queen Elizabeth II who visited Philadelphia in 1976 in honor of the Bicentennial. Austin described the plans and transformation of the Park where the Bell will be housed, located at the corner of 3rd and Walnut Streets. The Bell is going to be placed in the center, surrounded by interpretive and interactive gardens. The space will also be used for outdoor classrooms. He explained the historic significance of the Bell and the symbolic relationship it represents between the US and the UK.

Immediately after speaker remarks, networking resumed. As the sun went down, the City’s lights twinkled, enhancing the glow of the evening and sparking conversation. Throughout the night guests enjoyed Beefeater gin, Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and much more.  To top off the evening, there was a business card raffle draw. The BABCPHL provided a branded umbrella and cap, and the Pyramid Club graciously donated a dinner for two. After the drawing event partners, speakers, and guests were thanked for making the night a great success.


2017 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) hosted our signature annual holiday luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton. The room was abuzz with networking and merriment. We are proud to offer the international business community this opportunity to create valuable relationships and learn current information about pressing global issues related to the UK before the end of each calendar year. This year’s program featured the Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia and Her Majesty’s Consul General & Director-General of International Trade for North America, Antony Phillipson. More than 150 international executives and leading UK and regional government officials attended the event.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President opened the meeting and welcomed special guests and keynote speakers. He introduced Mayor Kenney who was eager to take the stage. Mayor Kenney spoke about UK investment in the region and the City’s commitment to UK business ties. He lauded the BABCPHL for our efforts and introduced Consul General Phillipson.

Mr. Phillipson assumed his position in mid-November, and this was his first official trip to Philadelphia. Previously he was Director for International Agreements and Trade in the Department for Exiting the European Union. Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993 and began his career in the Department of Trade and Industry where his posts included Private Secretary and then Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. After four years serving as a Counsellor (Global Issues) in the Embassy in Washington, he was the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2004–07) and also was Head of the Iran Coordination Group in the FCO. In April 2011 he was appointed as High Commissioner to Singapore. He returned to London in April 2015 as Director (EU External) in the European and Global Issues Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. As Consul General, Antony will lead the Government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in New York and the surrounding area. As Head of International Trade in North America, Antony will lead trade and investment promotion and trade policy throughout the North American region.

Antony assumes his new position at an important time, with the total UK-US trade in goods and services worth more than $200 billion annually supporting more than a million jobs on each side of the pond. The US and UK are each other’s largest foreign direct investors and trading partners. During the BABCPHL lunch Antony addressed topics pertaining to the UK-US economy; the UK-Philadelphia and UK- Pennsylvania economic relationship; and provided a Brexit update. Antony noted the UK is the number one European market for Pennsylvania exports. There are more than 1,550 UK-owned companies that provide more than 53,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. And he explained the current climate and goals regarding Brexit, notably, the UK’s goal is to create a “partnership with the EU to reflect the kind of mature, cooperative relationship that close friends and allies enjoy.” Antony said this new relationship with the EU will be “one that will deliver prosperity and security for the people of the UK, as well as the people of the EU in the future.” Lastly, Antony recognized some of the larger British employers in Philadelphia including sponsor companies HSBC Bank and the Almac Group.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2017 Holiday Lunch headline sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; United Airlines; Almac Group; Deloitte LLP; and The Department for International Trade. Following a delicious lunch, George Tiger, Vice President of Global Business Development for Almac Clinical Technologies; Phil Nuttall, Senior Vice President and Wealth Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region at HSBC Securities; and Linda Harding, Key Account Manager for the UK for United Airlines, spoke about their companies and connections to the UK.

It would not be a BABCPHL holiday event without some fun and good cheer. Almac Group generously sponsored a Bushmills whiskey tasting, featuring Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey; Red Bush; and ten-year old Single Malt Whiskey. Christmas crackers were popped, paper crowns were donned, and Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL Programs & Events Chairman was the Master of Ceremonies for our coveted gift giving tradition. Our program concluded with nearly 20 raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including two United Airlines roundtrip Polaris Business Class tickets to/from US48, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and Europe.

Holiday time is about giving, and the BABCPHL is proud to be involved with the local community. A portion of proceeds from this annual event will be donated to the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) Work Ready Summer Program. PYN is an intermediary organization dedicated to equipping young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. The Group coordinates and supports large-scale, cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved youth.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season. We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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The Future of Business Immigration

On October 27th a group from the German American Chamber of Commerce, French American Chamber of Commerce and British American Business Council gathered for a Lunch & Learn, hosted by Green and Spiegel.  Immigration attorneys, Jonathan Grode and Ralf Wiedemann’s topic, “The Future of Business Immigration”, was extremely topical and informative.  We learned that the last large immigration reform happened in 1986 and while the policy of immigration hasn’t changed too much, our perception and the attitude of those issuing the visas has.  Jonathan also pointed out that there is a strong migration of employees leaving the State Department.  This “brain drain” is negatively affecting all aspects of the governmental arm, as those with years of experience and knowledge are no longer employed and the Department of State is desperately trying to fill the vacancies.  While one would think regardless of who is employed, they have certain laws to follow – which is true to an extent.  Congress implemented the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965, but it is the State Department’s responsibility to interpret the Act and implement regulations.  Those interpretations can change as those in power at the State Department do.  This is what is creating the uncertain environment that is felt within the world of immigration today.

Another point we touched upon, was the Executive Branch’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from a business standpoint.  We were left with the question – how will the lay-off of 800,000 DACA workers in March 2018 affect the economy?

It was a fascinating conversation and lively discussion by the attendees who asked many questions and voiced concerns with this ever-evolving topic.  As the immigration environment continues to change, we look forward to Lunch & Learn again with Green and Spiegel.


The Future of Business Immigration


The Future of Business Immigration

with Jonathan Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director
Green and Spiegel LLC, Immigration Law Firm
and Ralf D. Wiedemann, Esq., Of Counsel to
Green and Spiegel LLC and German Honorary Consul

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With the new administration’s policy changes to visa qualifications, there is also the potential for significant changes to business immigration.

This program led by Jonathan Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director for Green and Spiegel LLC and Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, will cover in detail the potential changes and how they will affect businesses that employ foreign nationals. Honorary Consul of Germany Ralf D. Wiedemann, Esq. will also speak about U.S. immigration considerations particular to European companies.

Hosted by:
The German American Chamber of Commerce & Green and Spiegel

Location:
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:
Friday, October 27th, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 Target Audience:
Employers of International Workers
Human Resources Professionals
International Business Owners, CEO’s, COO’s
Foreign Nationals Employed in the U.S. or Seeking Employment in the U.S.

 Registration Fee:
Members: $45
Non-Members: $65

 Lunch is included with admission

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Brexit & the New Geopolitical Order – Moving Forward, Charting the Economic Relationship Between the UK, EU and the US

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the BABCPHL hosted a Brexit update seminar. Attendees included members of the British, German, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce, the World Trade Center of Delaware, and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. The event was sponsored by BABCPHL Club Level member, McConnell Johnson Real Estate. Networking and the panel discussion took place in the Atrium at the iconic Wilmington landmark building – Hercules Plaza.

Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy & Trade, BritishAmerican Business, who is based in the London office, joined the BABCPHL in Wilmington to moderate the Brexit discussion. Emanuel develops and executes the BritishAmerican Business’ policy advocacy and trade and investment portfolio for British American Business Council (BABC) chapters throughout the world, representing 2000 member companies in the US and the UK. His current key engagements include Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU and, in this context, the future trade and investment relationship between the UK and the US. He regularly publishes articles, and represents the network and its members in the media. Emanuel was the perfect moderator to lead the more than 50 global professionals who participated in the BABCPHL Brexit seminar through this timely discussion. He commented about the historic relationship between the UK and the US. The countries are each other’s strongest allies, and both the UK and the US are champions of free trade. Emanuel mentioned the UK is committed to addressing global challenges and its willingness to build on the foundations established within a successful EU. He spoke on behalf of the BABC network, and said we will continue to advocate for an outcome that best serves the UK, US, and the EU economies, its citizens, and our businesses, many which operate daily across borders. As companies continue to assess the impact of Brexit to the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for business and investment, it is crucial that parties continue to engage in a constructive and on-going dialogue with the business community, and deliver the best possible Brexit outcome available.

After providing a brief summary of the topic, Emanuel introduced the first speaker – Freya Jackson, Counsellor and Head of the Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy. Freya joined the Embassy team in July 2016. She 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 this role, 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. 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 spoke about how Brexit came to be, and what potential scenarios lay ahead with respect to negotiated trade deals and the “new world order” the Brexit will create. She commented on Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence, delivered on September 22, 2017, and explained the UK will seek to establish a transition period of implementation after Brexit. This period will minimize disruption to business during an agreed upon time frame, therefore avoiding a “cliff-edge” scenario. This arrangement will be crucial to our community, and includes major American investors and leading British firms. Freya talked about how we ended up where we are now; touched upon Article 50 being triggered; and mentioned that four rounds of negotiations with the EU have already been completed. Currently the UK is determining how they are going carry out the Brexit. “A few things are clear – the UK plans to: (1) take care of their citizens; (2) protect the Belfast Agreement; (3) protect the rights of EU citizens; and (4) budget – the UK is expected to pay their way.” Freya carefully explained there are two sides of the equation – the economic side and the societal side. Regulatory standards are high, and custom built dispute regulations will need to be established. From a security standpoint, the UK doesn’t want anything to change; the UK would like to continue to support freedom of movement, and access to global markets.

Andrea Montanino, the C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Growth and Finance, and the Director of Global Business & Economics Program at the Atlantic Council focused on the transition from multilateral to bilateral trade agreements; geopolitical issues; and what all of this will mean for labor and trade. Andrea leads the Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. As director general at the Treasury Department, he worked extensively to alleviate the impact of the great recession on the business sector, drafting and implementing a number of laws. He also spent four years (2001-2005) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. During those years, he worked on the reform of the EU budgetary rules and was responsible for the long-term sustainability analysis of European countries.

Andrea’s expertise perfectly positioned him to explain how looking at what happened with Greece and the “Grexit” is an important example of how to proceed. The world should take away four lessons learned from the Greece experience: (1) Brexit is a very complicated matter and leaders need to be creative and imaginative to solve the problem; (2) due to the complex nature of the situation, sufficient time is required for a positive outcome; (3) both sides need trust and confidence in the other party; and (4) strong political leadership is key.

After Andrea’s comments about the best case scenario of how to proceed with Brexit, Howard Kass, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for American Airlines, who oversees American’s regulatory compliance, policy development, corporate security and international affairs and works closely with regulatory authorities in Washington, D.C., and around the world, spoke about how Brexit will impact business, specifically the aviation sector. Howard joined US Airways in 2003 as a director and associate general counsel and most recently was vice president, legal and government affairs for the Airline. Before joining US Airways, Howard worked for the Transportation Security Administration, where he held deputy director and director positions. Prior to the TSA, he was a senior associate with the management consulting firm Booz, Allen, Hamilton in McLean, Virginia. He was also a consultant with GKMG Consulting Services where he advised airport and transportation industry clients on Department of Transportation and FAA regulations. During Howard’s presentation he explained how the aviation industry will be affected by Brexit.

Howard focused his discussion on what needs to happen for a smooth transition to ensure minimal disruption to supply chains, transport of people and goods, and global regulations. He explained the interesting challenges Brexit poses, especially for the airline industry, in which travel plans are made at least one year in advance. Aviation is extremely engaged in Brexit discussions. Separate agreements between the UK and US and the UK and the EU will need to be negotiated to ensure people and goods can continue to fly across borders. Brexit poses both political and philosophical challenges.

Currently there is still a great deal of uncertainty. Brexit is unchartered territory, and the UK exit from the EU is forcing the world to rethink future global relationships. Europe will be redefined, and leaders will need to focus on the important relationships between trade groups and companies of all sizes, including a special focus on small and medium sized enterprises. Despite the current ambiguity of the situation, attendees were actively engaged in the seminar, and asked a series of questions after the panelists’ presentations. As Brexit continues to evolve, it is clear that creativity, time, trust, and strong leadership are the way forward.

The BABCPHL extends special thanks to event sponsors without whom this program would not have been possible: 1313 Innovation, American Airlines, Atlantic Council, and McConnell Johnson Real Estate.

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Allied Integrated Marketing – Goodbye Christopher Robin Screening

The BABCPHL and Allied Integrated Marketing welcomes you to join us for a screening of Fox Searchlight’s new film, GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. The screening will be held on Monday, October 16th at 7:30 PM at Ritz East. We will provide 50 tickets on a first come, first serve basis.

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Opens in Philadelphia October 20th

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston

Directed by: Simon Curtis

Written by: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Vaughan

Produced by: Damian Jones, Steve Christian  

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

 

 

 


Cybersecurity – Protecting the Crown Jewels of Your Business

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the BABCPHL hosted a cybersecurity seminar outlining the threat landscape; presenting the mitigation responses; and discussing the complexities of the topic. Technology is both a blessing and a curse, and cyber criminals do not need visas or passports to travel between countries.  Cybercrime permeates the globe, and humans are the weak link.  Social engineering plays a big role in the cybercrime equation.  More than 50 people from the British, French, German and Italian Chambers gathered for this dynamic discussion at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

Dr. Robert D’Ovidio, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies and an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, framed and introduced the subject matter. “Online safety is a very complex problem, and it is highlighted by the diversity of the people engaged in using the very technology.”  Rob explained no comprehensive solution exists to protect businesses and people.  Companies and individuals must have responsible environments and promote dialogue about conscientious behaviors.  He set the stage for each of the panelists to discuss what constitutes a breach notification; the importance of prevention plans and education; the current risks; and the variation of laws and standards depending upon jurisdiction.  To kick things off, Rob asked Larry Hershman, Partner at Black Cipher Security to lead the audience through a two minute split screen user/hacker example.  Watching silently, attendees squirmed and blood pressures rose.  The dramatic hacking demo showed just how sneaky a cybercriminal can be, posing as a helpful security measure update, when in fact they are anything but that.  Hackers often rely on social engineering to gain access to valuable data without the compromised individual ever even knowing their information was breached.  This visual example showed how easy, quick, and simple a cyberattack can be executed.

In addition to walking the audience through the hacking demo, Larry talked about the types of cyber threats that are currently out there. He discussed what can be done to mitigate risk, and how to manage complex digital forensic and data breach investigations. Mitigation includes five steps (1) determining if what happened is an incident or a breach; (2) containing it; (3) eradicating it; (4) restoring information; and (5) comprehending lessons learned. Larry also focused his discussion on personally identifiable information (PII); how it is regulated; and the latest tools and techniques available to protect data.

Dan Castle, Information Protection Director at Cigna focused on identity and access management (IAM) – ensuring the right people have the right access to the right systems for the right reasons at the right time. Dan explained IAM is a core business function, not a technical one.  Entitlements are generally grouped into roles, and individuals are not granted entitlements directly, but rather through roles.  These roles need to be managed as employees join, move within, or leave an organization.  The challenge of being globally consistent while also regionally respective is tricky to navigate.  Dan described the area of IAM as complex in nature.  Much depends upon how well educated the users are; who has access to what information; and how data is stored and secured. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has to be the way forward.

Michael Davis, Principal at Ernst & Young LLP focuses his practice on integrating cyber solutions and controls into business processes and technical operations for life sciences and health care industry clients. Michael laid the groundwork for his discussion by explaining how companies need to start by identifying what is most important to protect, and understanding how regulations and compliance mandates are addressing cyber risk.  Michael stated, “People are the weakest link.  Attackers, while sophisticated, are lazy.  They go for the easiest targets.”  The financial services industry, buying and selling credit card information for example, used to be the easiest group to hit.  Currently, the health care industry is a soft target.

Criminals target an individual within an organization to stealthily capture third party information, and then use very basic internet research skills to obtain additional details about a person. For example, cyber attackers steal personal information such as name, social security number, email and mailing addresses, etc. and then do a comprehensive search of social media and other sites where people willingly give away their identity, including things like children’s and pet’s names, to round out a person’s identity.  If an individual’s personal healthcare record falls into the wrong hands, the aforementioned personal data isn’t the only information obtained.  Now medical issues, such as diseases, medications taken, etc. are in the hands of an unauthorized individual.  A breach can suddenly turn into a question of life and death if a medical record is altered, and a wrong prescription is filled, and administered.

Presenters provided extremely valuable information, and painted a truly alarming picture of the threatening landscape we all traverse on a daily basis. Cybersecurity is undoubtedly a global top of mind issue affecting individuals, companies of all sizes, and every industry sector throughout the world – no one is exempt.  Before inviting audience questions and answers, Rob ended the presentation portion of the seminar by asking each panelist what keeps them up at night.  Michael said the speed at which everyday life is being integrated with technology.  Dan said the internet of things – technology creating a trail.  And Larry said the lack of awareness and understanding that everyone is a target.  Every person in the room left the seminar with the clear realization that cybersecurity must be at the forefront of business practices as modern technology continues to evolve and develop.

The BABCPHL extends special thanks to event sponsors without whom this program would not have been possible: Black Cipher Security, Cigna, Ernst & Young LLP, and the Welsh Government.

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Click here to read E&Y’s Article: When Privacy is Not Something to Keep Quiet About


A Musical Adventure in the British Isles

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We pulled some strings and are honored to offer you an exclusive evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

This very special BABCPHL program will include:

  • A behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center;
  • A meet and greet with musicians; and
  • Reserved VIP seating to enjoy a British Isles themed concert featuring composers: Maxwell Davies, Max Bruch, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Pre-registration is required and tickets are limited. Once our block of seats is sold-out registration will close.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm Tour
6:30 pm Musician meet & greet
7:30 pm Concert

Location: The Green Room located in the Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Member Tickets:
Two for $100
One for $55

Non-members Tickets:
Two for $150
One for $80

OTHER PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA OFFERINGS

British America Business Council members are entitled to 10-30% special tickets savings at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, with promocode BABC. The promo-code is active for most performances in the 2017-18 season.
Don’t miss these highlights that specifically offer the works of a British composer or a visiting guest artist.

The Glorious Sound of Christmas

December 14-16 7 PM
December 18 2 PM

Back by popular demand, guest conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the Orchestra in an evening filled with Christmas cheer.

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The British Isles Week 1: Handel and Britten

January 11 7:30 PM
January 12 8 PM
January 13 8 PM

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a program featuring composers Handel and Britten.

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The British Isles Week 2: Bruch and Mendelssohn

January 18 7:30 PM
January 19 2 PM
January 20 8 PM

The British Isles Festival continues with a program featuring composers Maxwell Davies, Bruch, and Mendelssohn.

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The British Isles Week 3: Haydn and Beethoven

January 24-25 7:30 PM
January 26 2 PM

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Celebrate the completion of the British Isles Festival with Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (“London”).

Beautiful Baroque

May 4-5 8 PM

Period ensemble expert Nicholas McGegan returns for an intimate performance of Italian-style Baroque and neo-classical music.

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For more information about having an event with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contact us. Hyper link to groupsales@philorch.org.

If your company is not part of The Philadelphia Orchestra Corporate Ticket Program and you would like more information visit www.philorch.org/corptix or contact us.


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

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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”.

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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.

 

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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