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GABA Newsletter February 2009
In This Issue
GABA Events
Co-Sponsored Events
New and Renewing Members
Member News
Job Market
Industry Groups
Culture Selection

We hope you enjoyed the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2009 in January as much as we did. GABA Media and Entertainment Co-Chair Pamela Sommer had the opportunity to interview the German director Wim Wenders in San Francisco. Please visit to watch the video.

Caroline Raynaud,
Executive Director

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GABA Events

Business and Financial Outlook 2009
Wednesday, February 4 2009, 06:30pm - 09:30pm
2029 Century Park East, Conference Room A, Los Angeles
GABA and the German Consulate together with Deutsche Bank, The Mentor Group, Irwin Union Bank, RSM McGladrey Latham & Watkins, LLP and UCLA present this opportunity to meet leading international venture capital and private equity fund managers, policy makers, and bankers from the US and Europe. They will share their views of next year's overall business and financial climate and funding for international technology companies.

GABA Women in Business: Time Management - More Productive in 2009
Thursday, February 5 2009, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
Bingham McCutchen LLP, 1900 University Ave, Palo Alto
Join fellow women professionals for this casual wine and cheese mixer for GABA members and their guests, to discuss professional growth and successes, roles for women working in the Bay Area, and other workforce topics.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
Wednesday, February 18 2009, 07:00pm - 10:00pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together.

Marketing Of Premium Brands In A Downward Market
Thursday, February 19 2009, 06:30pm - 08:30pm
BSH's California Distributor Showroom 15400 Graham Street, Suite 102, Huntington Beach
Join GABA, as BSH Home Appliances Corporation, home to Bosch, Siemens, Thermador and Gaggenau Home Appliances, invites you to visit their showroom in Huntington Beach. Learn from one of the premier organizations in the world how they market their world-class brands in a downward market.

Web 2.0 - International Success Stories
Wednesday, February 25 2009, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
GABA in cooperation with The French American Chamber of Commerce, the International House Berkeley and SDForum invite you to come and hear the best and the brightest innovators talk about the sacrifices they make and challenges they face on their road to success.
Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!

Co-Sponsored Events 

Churchill Club: Bill Joy in Conversation with Brent Schlender
Wednesday, February 11 2009, 6pm - 8:30pm
Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara
An up-close-and personal interview with a major innovator of our time. Bill Joy's first major public appearance since 2006! This is a Churchill Club Members Only Event. Membership fee for GABA members: $85 (limited time only!). Use discount code gGABA85.

European Networking 2009
Thursday, February 19 2009, 06:00pm - 08:00pm
The Bubble Lounge, San Francisco, CA  
To mark the 2009 International Career Fair, GABA, the French American Chamber of Commerce and the British American Business Council invite you to join us for another wonderful European Networking Event.

International Career Fair 2009 in San Francisco
Friday, February 20 2009 11:00am to Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 06:00pm
1101 Van Ness Avenue (Corner of Geary Blvd), San Francisco
For more information and to register for
ICF '09 please go to

Churchill Club: Starting Over
Tuesday, February 24 2009, 6pm - 8:30pm
Microsoft Corporation,  1065 La Avenida, Building 1, Mountain View
In the economic downturn what does it take for a startup to get funding and thrive? Entrance fee for GABA members: $68 with discount code gGABA209.

New and Renewing Members


Basic Corporate

Individual Members

  • Raju Bitter (new)
  • Marilyn Bloom (new)
  • Claudia Borsutzki (new)
  • Sabine Eisenhauer (new)
  • Monika Froehlich (new)
  • Ryan Houck (new)
  • Christine Pfendt (new)
  • Siegmar Pohl (new)
  • Anna Ralston (new)
  • Robert Revet 
  • Joerg Struempe (new)
Student Members
  • Elke Kilzer (new)
  • Cathrin Mugaj (new)
  • Peter Steinwachs
For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact  [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.
New Online Event and Membership Registration Service
The GABA team has implemented a new tool to facilitate online event and membership registration. As you might have noticed, our event calendar now comes in a slightly different design. You can find events near you by choosing between the categories Northern California, Southern California and Germany.

Each time you register, you have to sign in with your email address. There are three reasons for this:
  1. If your email address is already in our database, it saves you time because you do not have to enter your contact information again.
  2. It helps us to verify your membership status and keep our database up to date.
  3. It is used to send you a confirmation. The information required to process a credit card transaction is passed from our service provider 123signup to PayPal using encryption and other security technologies.
Please rest assured that we do not share this personal information with any other party.
Member News

German American Au Pair Program
German ProAuPair, LLC has a listing of qualified German Au Pairs that can be viewed online at The Cultural Exchange Program connects families with educated German nannies who want to combine their childcare career with the experience of the "American way of life". Candidates are certified baby nurses, Preschool or Kindergarten teachers. Weekly costs $420 for 45 hours of childcare. For more information call 949-945-3322.

JV-Global Advertising for Social Networks

Advertising on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace works for
medium-sized enterprises as well as for a Fortune 500 company. JV-Global is now offering social network campaigns, Google ads, search engine optimizations, and banner advertisements in the US and Europe. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Open Enrollment at GAIS in Menlo Park  
Enrollment at
the German-American International School in Menlo Park for the school year 2009-10 will start February 9, 2009. Spaces are available at all grade levels. For additional information, please contact [email protected] or visit

Smaato Named AlwaysOn OnMedia 100 Winner
Smaato has been selected to the 2009 OnMedia 100 List. The Award is given to emerging technology comapnies in the field of marketing, publishing and branding. The Californian company will present itself at the M-Days in Munich, January 22-23, 2009, at AlwaysOn in New York, February 2-4, and at MWC Barcelona February 16-19, 2009.


German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) Berkeley Campus, Kensington, is currently looking for a committed full time teacher for its K-2 program to begin on August 10, 2009. For more information visit the GABA job market. Submit applications to Principal Maja Oelschlägel at [email protected] by February 15, 2009.
News from the Industry Groups

Lara Abrams Joins the Women in Business Group as Co-Chair
Lara is the founding principal of Lara Abrams Communications, LLC, a consulting firm advising and counseling senior executives on go-to-market, business development & lead generation strategies, competitive market analysis and research.   She is also the founding editor of The Abrams Clean Tech Report.

Multi-Generational Challenges Report Available as Free Download

The Human Resources IG January 22 event "Managing Across the Generations - Engaging Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millennials" produced much interest among GABA members. Due to the great response, Next Step is offering their Multi-Generational Challenges research summary as a free download at

GABA's Industry Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

Culture Selection

GISSV Fundraising Carnival Ball "Back to the 70's"
Saturday February 21 2009, 7 pm - 12 am
Lucie Stern Ballroom, Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The German International School of Silicon Valley hosts the First Annual Faschingsball (costumes preferred but not required). Admission includes welcome drink, all-you-can-eat buffet, live band and surprise appearances. Tickets purchased before February 6 cost $75, thereafter $90. To register, please contact (650) 254-0748 or [email protected]