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December 2015

The holiday season has begun and we would like to recommend two festive networking events for you:
On December 8th, join us at the German Consulate in San Francisco for our popular Financial Outlook 2016 event, where discussion centers on next year's venture outlook. The same day in SoCal, don't miss the SoCal Year End & Holiday Celebration featuring an exquisite culinary experience by private chefs. 
Happy Holidays from GABA to you!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay and enjoy some of Speisekammer's delicious German dishes, beers and even the famous tart Applewine from the Frankfurt Area, while meeting old and new friends.Please register, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people, free to attend. For directions, call (510) 522-1300.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Financial Outlook 2016
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
German Consulate General, 1960 Jackson Street (at Gough), San Francisco

Join us and this year's group of panelists when we reflect on the past 12 months and discuss the financial outlook for 2016.  We will celebrate the close of this year in the beautiful surroundings of the German Consulate in San Francisco. Don't miss this opportunity to share invaluable knowledge, learn key strategies for success, and be part of a unique networking experience.

So-Cal Year End & Holiday Celebration
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
BSH Experience & Design Center, 17911 Von Karman, Suite 100, Irvine

BSH - home of Bosch, Siemens, Thermador and Gaggenau high-end kitchen lines - will be hosting us again at their one-of-a-kind Experience & Design Center. More than a dozen stunning and fully functional kitchens, some of them home to TV cooking series; a bar, a wine cellar and conference and entertainment areas will be the backdrop of this event.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

GABA San Francisco Stammtisch, every second Wednesday of the month! Join us at Schmidt's in San Francisco! We look forward to seeing newcomers and regulars. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Hard Rock Hotel
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Maryjane's Bar, Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave, San Diego

Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer, and chips, salsa & guacomole, while networking and exchanging your ideas, at this eclectic location in the limelight of San Diego!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

GABA Santa Cruz Stammtisch, every third Wednesday of the month!  Come to mingle and network in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch. Find us in the cozy garden to the back of The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. We are looking forward to meeting you there.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Join us for our monthly casual Stammtisch get together at Esther's German Bakery! In the winter you will find us indoors, in the summer in the Biergarten to the back of the restaurant - a little German flag will guide you. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hampton's, 608 Sutter Street, Folsom

Please join us for GABA's new monthly casual get-together in Folsom.  We have a regular group every third Thursday of the month.  Please RSVP to: [email protected], so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

Captivate - Featuring German Startups
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
PARISOMA, 169 11th Street, San Francisco

Captivate features German startups that have recently completed and graduated from GA's three-month acceleration and immersion program.
Our evening's spotlight moment will be the delivery of three pitches before a panel of distinguished prestigious judges who offer immediate feedback. Additionally, audience members will be able to vote, in real time, in order to select the winner of the evening's Perfect Pitch Award.  Attendees are provided ample opportunities to expand their professional network through breakout discussions while engaging first- hand with Germany's thriving startup environment.

Partner Events

Osborne Clarke & WSM Co-present Webinar: GLOBAL MOBILITY - Transfers Inbound to the U.S. and Outbound to Europe
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST
Join us for a panel of four seasoned immigration attorneys who will provide a dashboard to help navigate the nuanced differences between what qualifies as permissible short term business visits and what triggers work permit requirements in the U.S. and in Europe. This FREE webinar is geared towards in-house lawyers and professionals in HR, recruiting and staffing who would like to expand their knowledge on the topic of immigration.  Please register here.  Login details will be provided a few days prior to the webinar.

American-German Business Club: TTIP Update - Opportunities and Challenges - What's in Play Today?
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3, Munich

Free panel discussion.  This meeting is also a final opportunity to visit Amerikahaus before it goes into renovation mode during 2016-17.  The reopening is planned for 2018.  For the interim period, the Amerikahaus organizations will continue their work just across the street at Barerstrasse 19A.  If you plan to attend, please register by Friday, 4th December at the Events tab at or in the Events section of the AGBC Munich Community Platform (

Arc Media Global - Engagement and Retention 2015
Thursday, Dec 10-11 , 2015 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM, San Francisco
American companies are bleeding US$ 550 billion per year from disengaged employees. How do you systematically, scientifically and sustainably solve this problem as an HR director and drive growth and value? Attend Engagement and Retention San Francisco Conference. We are very pleased to extend a special 20% discount for all members of German American Business Association of California, Inc. when they register as delegates from now until Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  Use Promo Code GABA20
Email [email protected] to register.

GAIS - German American International School - IB School Open House
Saturday Jan. 9, 2016, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
GAIS, 475 Pope Street, Menlo Park

If you are curious about the benefits of the International Baccalaureate (IB) from preschool through High School, come to the IB School Open House in Menlo Park. Learn about our IB School and the new High School program featuring small classes, German, French and Spanish language options and superior academics culminating in the IB diploma.  Please RSVP:

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

German International School of Silicon Valley
enviacon international
InterContinental San Francisco
InterContinental Mark Hopkins
BFFT of America

E&M Mayock
Talent at Work
JRT International, Inc.

Individual Members:
Loretta Alspach
Doug Andrey
Franz Feuerherdt
Marc Fleischmann
Professor Friede
Daniela Fuessel
Jens Gronemeyer
Florian Hackbart
Volker Huether
Petra Kempf
Cheryl King
Christopher Krueger
Isabel Linse
Christoph Lohmann
Jutta Juliane Meier
Uwe Meyer
Elke Miller
Roland Schmitz
Darius Schneider
Martin Schoeppler

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

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
A panel of experts discussed security challenges in front of a large audience at our Mobile Security event on November 4th. Topics of discussion included data security on mobile devices, privacy issues and risks to our digital identity among others.
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco - Friends and Family Rates
Holidays can get stressful.  Make it a little easier on yourself with a stay at the InterContinental SF or the InterContinental Mark Hopkins SF.  Take advantage of the Friends and Family Rate: $139 for stays between Nov. 20 to Dec. 2, 2015 and Dec. 19 to Dec. 30, 2015.  Both hotels are conveniently located downtown, just a few minutes from the city's favorite premium shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions.

Inside GABA

Newly Added: Newcomers Interest Group
The Newcomer Interest Group is a group within GABA that helps new arrivals to the Bay Area by answering questions and pointing them to the many resources we know about.  For specific questions regarding the Newcomer Interest Group please contact:  Katharina Lehmann, Newcomer Interest Group Chair.

Job Board

GISSV - German International School of Silicon Valley
Our school has two immediate job openings for a full-time Bookkeeper/Accountant position and a part-time Controller position.  For details and information on this position please visit or call ph 650-254-0748

Culture Selection

  Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 01:30 PM
Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
A Presentation by the authors.  Free admission.  Julie Freestone, a former East Bay journalist, was born in the Bronx to Jewish immigrant parents. Rudi Raab, a retired City of Berkeley police officer and Medieval German scholar, was born in Germany to a high-ranking Nazi eight days after the end of World War II in Europe. They met through an accident of fate when Julie interviewed Rudi while reporting a story.
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375