What's New - October 2020

A message from our Executive Director
Dear GABA community,

For many, this is still a difficult time. Most of us are hopeful that things will improve and get better - on the level of health, travel, trade, economics and many other important aspects of our lives. 

On a small scale, GABA will announce a major improvement and change in the next several weeks - new website, new logo, enhanced programming and more benefits to our members. We are extremely excited about these changes and hope you will be, too. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, let's keep sharing insights and expanding our connections. GABA offers the platform for just that - see you soon at one of our virtual events! 

In community,

Caroline Raynaud
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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.
Create an Action Plan for the last Quarter of 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
We are experiencing unprecedented change in 2020. Now it's time for a proactive approach to Q4 2020 and an Action Plan for 2021. In this session, you'll gain tips to evaluate aspects of your business and career in 2020 and use debrief to uncover successful actions to repeat and new behaviors to establish while you discard what is not working for you.
Opportunities and Challenges of Small Scale Renewables in East Africa
Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Virtual Meeting 
Sustainable energy is transforming communities on a global scale. Learn how EAP, a leader in renewable energy development, is driving that transformation with the first containerized hydropower plant in East Africa.
Business Mixer - Innovative Dining & Food Delivery Concepts During Social Distancing
Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
Join us for a fun virtual tour through two different dining concepts in LA and Orange County! Feel the pulse of one of the busiest multicultural food preparation, delivery, and dine-in hotspots in Santa Monica and a popular Orange County German Restaurant. Find out how this restaurant converted their Biergarten to safely bring a feeling of Oktoberfest to their guests even during Covid-19!
Pitching & Networking in Hollywood - GABA Film Initiative
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Meeting 
We all know we should network more, but it isn't easy, especially when it comes to pitching ourselves. Chances are, when someone asks, "So, what do you do?" you stumble - and miss a golden opportunity to connect. In this interactive webinar, Pitching Consultant Laura Brennan will show you tips and tricks for pitching yourself and your projects with ease and confidence.
Aging with Technology
Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
Virtual Meeting
GABA and InnoHealth USA - an initiative of "Research in Germany" - present this discussion around aging and its implication and technology-based solutions. The population pyramid with many young and a few older people is developing into a population tree in which the older generation dominates. Demographers forecast that in 2060, one in three people in Germany and in the US almost one in four people will be 65 years or older.
Internationales Expansion and Ecommerce in Germany: What to Expect and What to Focus on During COVID Times
Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
Virtual Meeting
Digital services and online retail have become increasingly important as people have been forced to stay home during the pandemic. Germany - and more generally the EU - have strict consumer protection rules that should be considered, particularly compared to California law. This interactive, informative session is geared towards US companies who currently sell, or are interested in selling, products into Germany and Europe, and who are seeking to learn more about what other companies have experienced, as well as lessons learned. 

New and Renewing Members

Bird & Bird LLP

San Francisco Kiel Sister City Committee

Individual Members:

Pamela Armstrong
Stefanie Bastian
Linda Cleary
Bettina Grab
Tracey Grose
Uschi Joshua, MBA


Melanie Pavate
Richard Pledereder
Helmut Schott
Martin Tantow
Robert van Hamersveld
Carsten Voecker
Stephan Weiss

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Partner Events

Pandemic Resilient Cities & the Role of Technology
Friday, October 16, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT
The city after COVID-19: How will the pandemic impact the built environment? Will the home office mean the end of city office space? Will less office and retail space mean more residential housing and green spaces? And how can smart technology make a city pandemic resilient, ensure public health in the working and living environment and keep citizens safe in their daily interactions with the city? More info here.

Inspiring the Next Generation
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT
California Spain Chamber of Commerce invites you to a FIRESIDE CHAT with Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Founder of Inspiring Girls. Launched in 2016 in the United Kingdom, Inspiring Girls operates 16 countries in Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia to inspire and show girls that they can do whatever they want to do. Using an evidence-based model of connecting girls to women role models, Inspiring Girls is helping to break down gender stereotypes and open girls up to the various ways in which they can participate, influence, and contribute to their communities. 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").

Member News

Kilpatrick Townsend
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson and team complete monitorship in Volkswagen AG emissions proceedings. Kilpatrick Townsend's Scott Marrah was a member of Larry Thompson's assembled team in monitoring Volkswagen's corporate compliance. More information here.

German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) - 30th Anniversary of German Reunification (Online Celebration)
We invite the GABA community to join us on Friday, October 2, at 10 am, for a special online event to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of German Reunification. We will have a message from Consul General Südbeck and a live presentation with Q&A by Mario Röllig, a fascinating eyewitness guest speaker. Please RSVP here before October 1, 2020 to receive an invitation.

German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) - 100th Birthday of the Berlin Candy Bomber, Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen
We are excited to share that we are planning a celebration and coordinating with the Halvorsen family in Utah to honor this wonderful hero of hope! If you want to be included in our video project, please send your Birthday video greetings for Colonel Halvorsen here before October 5, 2020.

Inside GABA

If you missed the event "Climate Urgency: The Stakes are Rising and Viable solutions are Growing", you can watch it on our YouTube Channel here
GABA had the honor to host top experts from California and Germany, two leaders in addressing climate change. The panel agreed: there is no time to lose. We have to act and we have to act fast. 

The Panel shed light on promising solutions that are scalable now: technologies and innovation in renewables, decarbonization of industry, decarbonization of transport, carbon capture, and energy efficiency. Also highlighted are new technologies coming out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that are ready to scale. 

A major opportunity for reversing climate change is making carbon removal a new agricultural commodity. This presents many new business opportunities, but in order to effectively scale, we need to develop an efficient and reliable way to measure the carbon that is captured so that it can be monetized. The discussion elevated both the opportunity and necessity for addressing climate change with a systems approach and leveraging the power of natural systems. 

Culture Section

Goethe Institut Film Festival UNAFF 2020
The 23rd UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) will be held online from October 15-25. It celebrates THE POWER OF EMPATHY through documentary films that highlight human rights issues, including environmentalism, racism, health, women's issues, universal education, war and peace. We would like to highlight three German documentaries presented at this year's UNAFF: "The Forum", "The Lesson" and "Bureau 39 - Kim's Cash Machine" More info here.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany - 30 Years, 30 Voices, 30 Videos
30 years ago, on October 3rd, 1990, a German dream came true: Germany re-united. We will be celebrating remotely: On Oct 3rd, 2020, we will share on our social media a video co-production by the German Embassy in D.C. and all eight German Consulates General in the US. Starting October 4th, and for 30 consecutive days, we will show one different video each day on the Consulate's social media channels. In these videos, 30 outstanding people who play a vital part in promoting German American friendship and cooperation in various capacities will reminisce about their personal experience of German Reunification or share their visions for Germany / German US relations 30 years from now.
The Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck and his team invite you to spend a minute or two every day during October 2020 on the Consulate's social media. Stay tuned on: facebook  / instagram / LinkedIn
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