November 2010
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Pumpkin Patch
GABA is offering a special treat to our corporate members this month. In the past few months GABA increased its public visibility even further and took full advantage of the social media trend. Our Facebook and Twitter pages already have more than 900 followers in total. As a corporate member you will now have the opportunity to publish your company news on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Just send your announcement to [email protected]. Please make sure the text doesn't exceed 160 characters and includes a relevant link to websites or documents with more detailed information.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA Events

Bay Area Stammtisch East Bay
November 3, 2010, 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay. Please register, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people; free to attend. For directions, (510) 522-1300.

European Networking East Bay- MEMBERS ONLY!
November 4, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, 1111 Broadway, 24th Floor, Oakland
Join us for this popular European Networking event for the first time in the East Bay and mingle with members of eight other European-American business associations.

Women in Business: Make Mentoring Work for You
November 9, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
SAP Labs, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
Mentoring is about exploring, growing, enhancing your network, moving up your career; focusing on YOU. Join us to hear stories about mentoring from both mentors and mentees, with both corporate and entrepreneurial backgrounds.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
November 10, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery, 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco
Please join us on every second Wednesday of the month for our new San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. Street parking is available. The Civic Center BART Station is 3 blocks away.

The Vision of 100% Energy Autonomy - Movie and Panel to Commemorate Hermann Scheer
November 17, 2010, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
Our panel discussion will talk about Hermann Scheer, father of the feed-in tariff policy that helped to turn Germany into the world's largest solar-energy market. We will show the English version of Carl-A. Fechner's documentary "The 4th Revolution" which features Scheer and shows that his vision of a transition to 100% renewable energy is possible now.

Bay Area Stammtisch Palo Alto
November 17, 2010, 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gordon Biersch, 640 Emerson St, Palo Alto
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. Look in the Bar Area for the small German flag. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!

Co-Sponsored Events

SVASE Event: Finding Angels to Look After You
November 4, 2010, 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Come join our panel of committed, enthusiastic angels, as they explore the best ways to get angels on your side and on your team.

CSPA New President Inaugural Ceremony
November 10, 2010, 06:00 pm
DLA Piper, University Circle, Suite 100, 2000 University Avenue, Palo Alto
We pass the baton for the organization from the current leadership to CSPA's newly elected president, Henry Wong. The event will highlight a keynote by Steve Westly, our former California State Controller and currently the Managing Partner of The Westly Group, a clean tech-oriented venture capital firm. Please register here.

Removing Trade Barriers to Europe
November 10, 2010, 08:00 am - 10:00 am
Osborne Clarke, 3000 El Camino Real, Two Palo Alto Square, Suite 200, Palo Alto
Listen to our panel talking about how to remove the trade barriers to Europe for your business and let it grow. No cost to attend. Register now by emailing [email protected].

La Soirée: The 29th Beaujolais and Beyond Festival
November 19, 2010 from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Metreon City View, San Francisco
Come and celebrate with us the launch of the First French wine of the year at the annual fundraising event organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco.
This is the time to celebrate the harvest in a grand atmosphere of Gourmet Food and French Wine tasting.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
expectus Inc.

German International School of Silicon Valley

Basic Corporate:
German State of Hessen U.S. Office for Economic Development (new)
Renewable Energy Storage Technologies, Inc.
WINHELLER Attorneys at Law

Individual Members:
Annegret Daiss (new)
Matthias Huber (new)
Frank Menkel
Karin Moellering (new)
Sami Mourad (new)
Cecily O'Regan
Astrid Proboll (new)
Richard Savage (new)
Claudia Schaller (new)
Thomas Swidler
Michael Wolff
Monika Wolff

Student Members:
Quentin Parker
Evelin Szakal

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.

Industry Groups
High Profile Event Presented by Nobel Laureate on October 28th
GABA was proud to co-host the high profile event presented by Nobel Laureate Prof. zur Hausen on Oct. 28 at Duane Morris LLP. In cooperation with Duane Morris, Heidelberg Club International, and Heidelberg Technology Park GABA welcomed Prof. zur Hausen who was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his research on cancer of the cervix and his discovery of the role papillmaviruses play in its cause. Prof. zur Hausen's talk included his past research and gave the audience insights to some observations of additional infectious agents in specific human cancers.
GABA's Industry Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

Automotive IG
Clean Tech IG
Communications & Mobile IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Life Sciences IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Semiconductor - IT IG
Software IG
Women in Business IG

Member News

Interview of Bernd Steinebrunner and Paul Justin
Recently, Bernd Steinebrunner and Managing Director Paul Justin of Metlife in Irvine were interviewed by the Orange County Business Journal for an article which describes the approaches of a number of leading financial firms, including MetLife, to working with clients in Orange County. Click here for the full article.

LeverX Announces Mobile Application for SAP PLM
LeverX is pleased to announce Photo2DMS, a mobile application for SAP PLM on the iPhone, which allows a user to easily take a photo and check it directly into the SAP Document Management System. In order to view a brief video demo please click here. For more information please visit www.LeverX.com.

USA Market-Entry (Success & Failures) Seminars in Germany
GABA members and Industry-Chairs EJ Dieterle and Achim Hoelzle together with local organizations & other partners are holding a 2nd Tour at various locations in Germany on the topic of "USA Market-Entry Seminars (Success & Failures)". The Fall-2010-tour includes: Nov/09 - Freiburg, Nov/10 - Heidelberg, Nov/15 - Weingarten. For further details please contact: [email protected].

German-American School of Palo Alto - Lantern Parade (Martinsumzug)
This year again GASPA and Esther's German Bakery & Café will be co-hosting our annual St. Martin's Laternenumzug on November 11th at 5:45 pm in Los Altos. Don't forget to bring your lantern. For a location map and for more information about the Martin legend visit our Website www.gaspa-ca.org.

GAIS Lantern Parade, November 11, at 6 pm, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
Join us to celebrate the legend of St. Martin with songs and a lantern parade around the neighborhood. This traditional event is loved by our younger students and will start with a theatre performance about the legend of St. Martin. Fans, friends and family are welcome to join for this very special and fun event. More information please visit our website.

GAIS Open House, November 20, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Visit the German American International School and find out about the unique educational experience it offers for your child. In addition to touring our campus and meeting with our teaching staff, we have scheduled a series of fun and interesting presentations for you to attend.

German International School of Silicon Valley - Open Houses
November 6, 2010, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - GISSV Mountain View Campus in Mountain View November 11, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - GISSV Berkeley Campus in Berkeley
The GISSV cordially invites you to visit its two campus sites and to learn about the dual immersion program (German and English).

5th Annual GISSV Holiday Market
December 4, 2010, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fine gifts, homemade cookies and advent wreaths are popular offerings which draw Bay Area families to the German International School of Silicon Valley in Mountain View. Children's activities and a visit from the "Weihnachtsmann" make this a perfect holiday treat.

Ensuena Offers 15% off Popular German Massage Mattress
Treat yourself with ensuena's oscillating massage mattress "Made in Germany" that's highly popular in Europe. It comes with infrared heating pad, foot-reflex massage, and folds into a portable bag. Reward yourself to a 15-minute massage whenever you wish. Save 15% with promo code "GABA2010" at Massage-Mattress.com until December 24th, 2010.

Job Board

Referent/in im Bereich Wissenschaft und Forschung - Deut. Generalkonsulat S.F.
Das Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in San Francisco sucht zu Anfang Januar 2011 eine lokale Mitarbeiterin/einen lokalen Mitarbeiter als Referentin/Referent im Bereich Wissenschaft und Forschung. 

Merk seeking Office Manager / Executive Assistant
Merk Investments is currently looking for a temporary/ permanent Office Manager/ Executive Assistant to join our dynamic and growing team. The recruit will be a key member of the Merk team, providing critical executive support to the president of the company and managing a wide range of administrative responsibilities.

Culture Selection

Vision - From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen 
The movie will be shown in San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, starts on November 12. Click here for a full list of showtimes.
Hildegard von Bingen is known as a 12th-century Benedictine nun who was a visionary, a composer and a scientist. Vision - From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen is a inspirational portrait of an extraodinary woman whose claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her. Directed by New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta, starring Barbara Sukowa.