October 2019

GABA is very excited to be hosting the Transatlantic Sync: Germany & the US in the era of technological revolution on October 27-29 featuring John Hennessy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Sebastian Thrun among others. 

What major challenges do we face considering the impact of technological change on the labor markets and how can we tackle them? Which opportunities arise and how can humans and machines work together to complement skills shortage and unemployment? Who is responsible for providing and financing sufficient retraining and skill upgrading opportunities? Sounds interesting and you want to know more? Make sure to join us!


Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA NorCal 

Main Events

Tomorrow's European Automotive Market - SF
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Lounge, 44 Montgomery Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco

GABA in partnership with Bird & Bird (America) LLP would like to invite you to explore the legal environment of today's and tomorrow's mobility market in the EU.

Tomorrow's European Automotive Market - Palo Alto
Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nordic Innovation House, 470 Ramona Street, Palo Alto

GABA in partnership with Bird & Bird (America) LLP would like to invite you to explore the legal environment of today's and tomorrow's mobility market in the EU.

Making the Business Case for Sustainability
Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Genentech, Building 42, 475 East Grand Avenue, San Francisco
Join GABA and Global Shapers for a conversation about how different sustainability practices can make companies stronger. On the practical side, we will also discuss how you get your team behind an audacious transformational idea as well as how to best select, scale and maximize the impact of more incremental measures.

Transatlantic Sync Conference
October 27 - 29, 2019 
Computer History Museum, 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

GABA is hosting the Transatlantic Sync Conference which 
aims to create a vibrant forum for a German-Silicon Valley dialogue about the impact of digital technologies on business and society, build a strong network for German-American collaboration in digital innovation, business, and policy-making and excite, connect and inspire: participants meet the movers and shakers of the digital future from business, academia, and politics. Speakers include John Hennessy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Sebastian Thrun among others.
NorCal 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, October 7, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Caf?, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Brennan's
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Brennan's, 4089 Lincoln Boulevard, Marina Del Rey

Join us at the newly revamped Brennan's for German-American networking and 16 rotating taps of craft beer and cocktails. It's almost like Octoberfest! - we have a fun group coming and the "turtle corner" in Brennan's outside biergarten is reserved for GABA guests! Happy hour lasts until 7pm - come early if you like. We look forward to having a cool draft or drink in the summer sun with all of you!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa

Join GABA OC for an Oktoberfest-inspired Business Mixer at Karl Strauss Brewery at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa! In tribute to the world's biggest beer party and for a limited time only, Karl Strauss is brewing an exclusive Oktoberfest lager with Munich malts and perle hops imported directly from the Hallertau region of Germany. Enjoy this or some of the other German-style beers, paired with hearty seasonal food such as sausages and grilled chicken, while mingling with interesting people and making new business connections. Prost!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Maverick Beach Club
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Maverick Beach Club, 860 Garnet Ave, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly business mixer at Mavericks Beach Club! Located just steps from the ocean in Pacific Beach, you'll enjoy scratch-made Baja menus and beach inspired cocktails! Guest speaker Corey Samuels, Ph.D., owner of IslandB Consulting will share information and stories from her work helping companies use AI, Machine Learning and other advanced analytics approaches to solve business problems.

SoCal The Fortune is in the Follow up
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kigala Preschool, 2705 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

People with a good follow-up system are known for their integrity, service, accountability, and often, financial security. Those without are prey to procrastination, always being overwhelmed, and forever saying, "I'm sorry!" Which are you?
In this session you will get tips on 
- How to move from the "knowing" to the "doing" of follow-up
- Unlocking the WHY of the subconscious reasons you don't follow up and creating can-do solutions
- Discovering the 10 MUST-DO strategies to "master" follow-up!

Partner Events

Carreer Day at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco
This year's Career Booster "Studying and Working in Germany" for high school and college students from the Bay Area will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019. We still have space available for interested companies (German or with ties to Germany) to join the event with an information booth and/or a 30-minute workshop. The goal of the Career Day is to inform the students about various opportunities to study, intern, and work in Germany - and how learning German can help them boost their future careers. At last year's Career Day, we welcomed about 300 visitors. Please contact Anna.Ralston-Schmid@goethe.de.


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:

ALTO International School
Bird & Bird

CalWave Power Technologies Inc.
Esther's Bakery
Franka Emika

Individual Members:
Stefan Dietrich
Markus Fromherz
Tracey Grose
Katrin Jakob
Uschi Joshua, MBA
Astrid Kraft
Helmut Schott
Bodo Wemmie

Interest Groups

GABA's Life Sciences Industry Group held the event "The Future of Food" at Kilpatrick Townsend in San Francisco on September 12th. The panel discussed discussed the production of food in the lab as one of the most thought-provoking movements in food production since agriculture has evolved around 12,000 years ago.
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

Kilpatrick Townsend Wins Inaugural Facebook Law Firm Diversity Award
Facebook recently awarded Kilpatrick Townsend with its first-ever Law Firm Diversity Champion Award for the firm's dedication to staffing Facebook matters with diverse attorneys, giving them meaningful leadership opportunities, and having a robust diversity program. Kilpatrick Townsend bested 39 of Facebook's largest spend law firms to win the award.. More information here.

The Lufthansa Group is excited to announce new year-round nonstop service from Las Vegas to Frankfurt in cooperation with Eurowings. Launching on October 27th, the flight will operate three times weekly and will feature Premium Economy and Economy Class seating, with Business Class seating to be added next spring.

Alto International School Open House
Alto International School is hosting an all school open house on Saturday, October 26. This is an excellent opportunity to visit classrooms from preschool through grade 12, meet teachers, and learn more about the German immersion and international baccalaureate programs. Registration is required. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Inside GABA

Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like to make new business connections, widen your network and improve your social media skills? Then GABA is the right place for you. We are looking for a volunteer to manage social media posts and promote all of Gaba?s events and member news as well as make updates and respond to inquiries as needed.You need to work 3-5 hours per week from home and you should have a good understanding of Facebook and LinkedIn event set up, announcements and promotions, as well as paid advertisement. Expenses for this will be paid AND you have the opportunity to attend regular GABA events at for free. Please contact ydietrich@gaba-network.org if you are interested or have questions.

Job Board

Shwiff, Levy & Polo - Senior TAX Accountant
Senior Accountant who can rapidly advance to Tax Manager in our Partner-Track Program. This is a full time, salaried position. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes medical/dental, 401K profit sharing, and more. Read details.  

Alto International School - Immediate Job Openings
Alto International School has two immediate openings in its preschool. We are looking for a German speaking assistant for one of our preschool classes as well as a teacher for the after-school program.  To learn more about Alto and the positions, please visit the Alto International School website. Interested applicants should email Heike Schmalstieg (hschmalstieg[at]altoschool.org), preschool director.

Culture Selection

Madrigalchor Kiel Concerts in Bay Area from October 5-10, 2019
The San Francisco Kiel Sister City Committee is excited to announce the visit of a 37-person choir from San Francisco's sister city Kiel, Germany, in October 2019. The "Madrigalchor Kiel" will be presenting Northern European choral music at various venues in San Francisco, Stanford and Berkeley. Details at www.sfkiel.org, and www.madrigalchor-kiel.de.
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