What's New - September 2020

A message from our Executive Director
Dear GABA community,

We hope you are doing fine despite the pandemic, social unrest and widespread wildfires. Please know that the GABA community is here for you if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Feel free to reach out to us if you are in need for help.

A big compliment to our team, who has done a fantastic job, very quickly adapting to the virtual playground for all kinds of interesting online events with no physical borders, and in many cases speakers and audiences of both our NorCal and Socal chapters, from Germany and from around the world. It looks like we will have to stay in this mode for a while.

Stay tuned for the long-anticipated relaunch of GABA which is in the works for October, with exciting new concepts and programs, a new image, new website, expanded social media presence, new networking opportunities in Germany, and much more...

In the meantime, please continue to support the GABA community, particularly during these times. Attend our events, become a member, renew or upgrade your membership or donate, if you can. Assist us in keeping our great teams to continue providing events and networking opportunities for our community.

Let us know if we can help, and please continue to stay well and healthy.

Caroline Raynaud
We thank our main supporters:


GABA Events

Please take advantage of our online events that are free to members. To make sure you don't miss any events that are put together last minute we encourage you to check our calendar frequently as well as subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming events.
Getting Infrastructure-Ready for our Electric Transportation Future
Thursday, September 10, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM 
Virtual Meeting 
All future transportation will be electrified, and will become ever more dependent on the smart grid. Both are heavily dependent on close collaboration of data. E.ON and Intertrust are spearheading data collaboration, merging the automotive and grid clouds, to get us ready for our electrified future.
Stammtisch Business Mixer - Returning to the Skies? Air Travel and COVID-19
Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Are you daydreaming about being able to fly again, whether to exotic locations, visiting relatives overseas, taking your business travel back to pre-pandemic levels, or even hopping on a plane for a local trip? Join us for our next business mixer to hear firsthand from airline experts who will help us understand the latest innovations, new procedures and policies, and differences from airline to airline. Learn how to be as safe as possible as you pass from security to terminal to onboard.
Is the Grass Really Greener on the other Side of the Pond?
Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Virtual Meeting 
How can we leverage experiences from both the European and American culture to thrive in either? Meet four women from different career backgrounds who will share their personal insights of living in California and then returning to Germany. What can we learn from their experiences?
GABA Expo and VIP-Tables at the 94th World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Meeting 
A High-Tech Virtual Production with Full Online Program and Opportunities to Network! Keynote - Panel Discussion - Prestigious Awards. Visit Virtual Expo Tables and join our GABA VIP-Table After Event Reception. As a GABA VIP-Table guest, exclusively join our Virtual GABA Reception after the main program with an opportunity to network and meet some of the honorees or speakers.
Climate Urgency: The Stakes are Rising, and Viable Solutions are Growing
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual Meeting 
The current context of COVID-19 and the reversal of long-standing environmental regulations in the US are exacerbating the climate crisis. What are some of the most promising solutions for companies, local governments, and residents to make a meaningful and urgent leap in Climate Action? What are some of the growing business opportunities in addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation?

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Volkswagen Group of America

Porsche Digital, Inc.
Taylor Wessing (US) Inc.
ALTO International School

Silke Nock Mindfulness Coach

Individual Members:
Birgit Eschmann
Uwe Bald
Matthias Barke
Marc Deutsch
Wolfgang Hausen
Stefan Heuser
Katrin Jakob
Alexander Kloska
Astrid Kraft
Niels Nielsen
Joe Partida
Sarah Schaedler Beach
Stefan Schulze
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Partner Events

Understanding Immigration and Hiring During COVID
There's a flurry of new startups in healthcare, ai + more spurred by the pandemic and investment and hiring in certain industries is on the rise. How will covid safety measures affect your employee's status in the U.S.? How to get a visa to work from home? Learn about the latest changes on immigration. Founding Partner Sophie Alcorn will cover the immigration changes, how you can still hire talented foreign nationals, and how to ensure you remain in accordance with laws surrounding visas. September 2, 2020, 11:30 AM. More info here.

Venture Summit Virtual Connect 3 - Where Innovation Meets Capital
GABA is a supporting partner of the Venture Summit Virtual Connect 3.0, November 17th - 19th. Come meet, interact and network online with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious Venture Summit Virtual Connect 3. Register Now & save 20% off Early Bird Rates (Use discount code "GABAVIP")

Virtual SERENDIPITY Summit - 9/14-9/18
This year the GUILD is hosting their annual SERENDIPITY entrepreneurship and leadership unconference online. Get your free ticket to this one-of-a-kind virtual summit and select from a menu of interesting, inspiring and insightful talks, webinars and lounges to learn from a diverse groups of serial entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders and bestselling authors how you can launch and build your business and career. LEARN CONNECT INSPIRE. Don't miss this unique online summit. STAY CONNECTED through #SERENDIPITY2020

Member News

German-American School Association of Southern California is Enrolling for Online Courses
GASA School is open for enrollment for adult and kids German classes for the Saturday and weekday classes. Due to the pandemic, enrollment is for online courses only. In-person classes will resume as soon as it is permitted. The focus for children is on a unique multi-cultural learning environment from pre-Kindergarten to high school and for adults on a course content, designed to appeal to a diverse student body. The program prepares teenage students for the American Association of Teachers of German tests, for AP testing for college credit and the German Language Diploma. Adult students will also have the opportunity to test their progress according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. More information here.

Alertgy Inc. Introduces its DeepGluco
Alertgy has demonstrated its "NICGM" clinical device in several clinical validation studies with good results. Its 1st generation smart watch sized wristband "DeepGluco" is close to completion, with capabilities of monitoring blood glucose, heart rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, humidity, and triaxial acceleration , all non-invasively. The "DeepGluco"  will be the first completely non-invasive blood glucose monitor and alert system for the worlds most neglected/largest diabetic markets: borderline and noninsulin dependent type 2 diabetics. More info here.

Alto School Merger Announcement!
Better Together: One School - A Million Opportunities:
Alto International School is excited to announce that we will be merging with Silicon Valley International School to become the premier international school on the U.S. West Coast, offering French, Chinese, and German language programs for preschool through grade 12 as well as the full continuum of the International Baccalaureate - the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes. All three rigorous, collaborative, bilingual programs will be fully integrated into a single exceptional international school. The merger will take effect for the 2021-2022 academic year. More info here.

Culture Section

Goethe Institut Film Stream: Dagmar Schultz "Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992"
This film will be available to stream from September 4, 10AM CST to September 6, 12AM CST. Please register to receive the streaming link by email. Advance registrants will receive the link on September 4, 10AM CST. This film is part of Queer as German Folk, a project celebrating the intersectional histories of Germany's and America's diverse LGBTIQ+ communities. A digitally modified version of the exhibition Queer as German Folk and a full program of virtual events is presented by the Goethe-Institut in North America in collaboration with its Goethe Pop Ups and the Schwules Museum Berlin (SMU). More info here.
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