March 2019

GABA currently has some volunteering opportunities! Doing volunteer work at GABA is the perfect place to renew or build your network. Whether you are looking to get back into the work force or would just like to keep in close contact with the German-American business community, volunteering with us is a great experience. Please contact if you would like to find out how to get involved!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
We thank our main supporters:


GABA NorCal 

Main Events

Channeling your Inner Confidence
Thursday, March 7, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto

GABA and the Women in Business Group would like to invite you for an evening to discuss what women leaders need to bring to the table to excel. Join us for a stimulating and inspiring panel discussion with female leaders of various industries who are happy to share their stories as well as pivotal and defining moments in their careers and the wisdom and insights they received from supporters who contributed to paving their path to the top! 

Social Selling Workshop - Leveraging Social Media for your Business
Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Osborne Clarke, 2 Palo Alto Square, Suite 200, Palo Alto

GABA would like to invite you to a social selling workshop - How can you leverage social media for your business
NoCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

San Francisco Stammtisch 
Monday, March 4, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at The Standing Room
Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Standing Room, 1320 Hermose Ave, Hermosa Beach

With one of LA's best burgers and the proximity to the beach, the Standing Room is one of South Bay's best bars. The whole heated patio will be reserved for GABA and offers a great opportunity to network and soak in some beach town atmosphere after a long day in the office. Come join us for a fun evening, full of great food, huge beer selection and friendly people!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Aqua Lounge
Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aqua Lounge, Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach
Join us for a relaxing business networking evening at the Island Hotel's Aqua Lounge! Savor your favorite appetizer and enjoy a "CEO Martini", or any other signature cocktail, at half price during Happy Hour until 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

SoCal Women in Business - Create a Social Media Plan that Works!
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kigala Preschool, 2705 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

In this workshop we will focus on how to create and implement effective social media ads and how to address the right audience for your business. We will also give you hands-on experience on how to set up your own social media content plan. 

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at National Geographic I Fine Art Galleries
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
National Geographic I Fine Art Galleries, 1205 Prospect Street, Suite A, La Jolla

We welcome you to another wonderful GABA Stammtisch Business Mixer for fun networking, while enjoying beautiful fine art photography by award-winning National Geographic photographers! Enjoy COMPLIMENTARY WINE while expanding your business contacts and making new friends! We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

Venture Summit West 2019
The 7th annual Venture Summit | West, presented by youngStartup Ventures takes place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport March 6th - 7th. Join over 1,000 VCs, Angels, CEOs and founders.Register today and get $100 off the existing "early bird" rates use promo code "GABAVIP" Click here. Click here to apply to present.

Demo Day Captivate Silicon Valley
Thursday, March 28, 2019 7600 PM - 9:00 PM
HanaHaus, 456 University Ave, Palo Alto

German Accelerator Silicon Valley cordially invites you to the 19th edition of its pitching and networking event. Captivate features best-in-class German startups that have recently completed and graduated from German Accelerator's three-month acceleration and immersion program in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Register here.

New and Renewing Members

Main Supporter:


Premium Corporate:
innogy New Ventures LLC
Prosystems GmbH
Rueter Partner
Siemens Healthineers

DB Schenker
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Individual Members:
Georg Hilfenhaus
Bernd Holzapfel
Barbara Holzapfel
Cheryl King
Sascha Noll
Andrejs Salmins
Kira Sargatzke
Tatjana Schlothauer
Ulrich Schmid-Maybach
Martina Wagner
Beate Weingarten

Interest Groups

GABA and Innogy New Ventures held the event: "WATTS&WINE" on February 1 at Innogy in Palo Alto. They discussed how some large electricity players are searching for new capabilities, experimenting at the both edge and core of their organizations and readying themselves for a still-emerging future. Guests learned about both successes and lessons-learned based upon ongoing field research gathered from across the globe. 
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
Industry 4.0
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

The world's largest growth hacking company is now also serving San Francisco.
Whether you seek to acquire more customers, boost revenue, or increase referrals, Hackabu helps you grow your business using tailored, data-driven marketing strategies. Contact us here for a free consultation! 

Ludwig's German Table
Join us for the first annual Karnevalsparty at Ludwig's German Table in San José on Saturday, March 2, 6pm to 11:30pm. Come in your best costume, dance the Polonaise and sing along to all the typical Karnevals-Songs from the Rheinland. Must be over 21 years old: ticket will include 1 x Kolsch bottled beer upon entry, (no drink exchange). Great fun party atmosphere and a sweet finish to the evening, homemade berliner (German doughnut). Food will be available to purchase 6pm - 11:45pm.  More info and registration here.

Lufthansa is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Los Angeles to Frankfurt flight!
The daily flight offers four service cabins - First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.  Frankfurt Airport allows you to connect to several destinations, making it easier to travel to Europe and beyond! Lufthansa also offers nonstop service from Los Angeles to MUNICH, operating daily. 

Inside GABA

GABA Membership
Thank you for your continued support of our organization. We appreciate serving the German-American Business community by offering high quality events across our many industry sectors. Please enjoy the new member benefits we introduced at the beginning of the year: Regular NorCal GABA events will be FREE to our members

Job Board

Bird & Bird: US Business Development Lead, SF, CA
This is an exciting opportunity to join our small but growing US team in our recently opened representative office in San Francisco, the firm's first office in the US. The focus of this role is to build our brand in the US market and win work for the firm. The ideal candidate will be based in the US with knowledge of the US legal market and approximately 3-7 years of business development experience working in a law firm or other professional services organization. Please contact Sarah Suenaga, San Francisco Office Manager, for a complete job description, with questions, or to apply.

Culture Selection

23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
March 8-14, 2019
The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, the largest festival of contemporary Germany cinema in The Americas, presented by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, will take place March 8-10 at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre, March 11 at Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, and March 12-14 at the Goethe-Institut. The festival will be highlighted by red carpet premieres and special guests in attendance, including actor Bjarne Mädel with the international premiere of the road film "25 km/h" on Opening Night, director Veit Helmer with the poetic, silent-film comedy "The Bra." Full lineup to be unveiled on February 5th via
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