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Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach

On Monday, October 18, 2021 nearly 100 guests from both the public and private sectors across various industry groups gathered for the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s (BABCPHL) second of a series of three 30th anniversary programs. We were honored to partner with the renowned World Affairs Council of Philadelphia (WAC) to present Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach. This joint global climate change webinar was planned just a few weeks before world leaders unite for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

The BABCPHL and WAC webinar highlighted the two influential nations’ multilateral global approach race to net zero. The distinguished panel of speakers from the US and UK included leading government officials and private sector executives. Presenters highlighted the collaborative effort and a few of the many programs and services involved in the race to net zero in Philadelphia, throughout the US, the UK, and the world.

Christine Knapp, Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability moderated the discussion. The first half of the meeting featured Kate Robinson, Head of Energy and Environment, British Embassy, Washington DC, and Elliot Diringer, Advisor on Climate, Office of the Special Climate Envoy to the President of the United States. Kate presented the UK’s priorities for COP26, and discussed how the UK and US are working together to lead the race to net zero. Elliot covered the US government priorities and initiatives, and catalysts for concrete action. Both government representatives emphatically stated the need to act is now, and the bilateral goal is to raise the level of ambition for concrete action, in lead-up to, during and after COP26.

Jonathan Tench, Networks and Partnerships Change Maker, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales opened the second half of the webinar with a presentation about how Wales is taking specific action to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants with initiatives such as the “Well-being of Future Generations Act” in tandem with collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors. Ron Becker, SVP, Operations and Sustainability, Brandywine Realty Trust addressed environment social governance strategies, and the importance of staying ahead of the curve; health and wellness certifications, and the drive throughout the real estate development industry on leveraging health and wellness initiatives as part of the “return to office” plan. Mark Hillhouse, SVP, Head of Sustainable Finance, US Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank USA talked about the role of banks in helping reduce global emissions, and working with green companies to develop and commercialize technologies and maintain a reliable supply chain. Michael Hughes, Manager, Sustainability & Responsible Business, Accenture presented some of the findings from an extensive research effort with the United Nations ahead of COP26 on CEO perspectives on climate action and sustainability. Michael reported that part of tackling the climate crisis is finding ways in which technology can be used to accelerate efforts at mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Global environmental health and safety is influenced and dictated by myriad factors. One hour was not nearly enough to cover the multifaceted dimensions of this vital and complicated topic. The BABCPHL is honored and grateful to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for partnering with us on this timely and important program, and to the distinguished panel of speakers for sharing their knowledge. Many thanks to BABCPHL Crown Sponsor, the Welsh Government, and Premier Sponsor, Duane Morris LLP for supporting our 30th anniversary program series. Click here for the program guide where you will find speaker biographies; click here to view photos from the event; and click here or see below for the on demand playback.

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BABCPHL Board Member Feature – Ian Cross

As company founder and principal of Web firm, I-SITE, entrepreneur Ian Cross wears many hats including product strategy, market development and new business development. He loves web and digital technology and enjoys staying involved throughout the project cycle. Ian believes that I-SITE’s many long-term client relationships serve as a testament to the firm’s customer service, attention to detail and creativity.

Ian has been involved with the BABCPHL now for over 20 years and appreciates the organization’s professionalism, commitment and eagerness to evolve and stay relevant which is not an easy task.” He was hooked after winning two round trip tickets to London at his first Signature Annual Holiday Lunch in the late nineties! As one of the few digital and marketing experts in the BABC Ian especially enjoyed collaborating on a couple of the BABCPHL panel events that have been focused on the use of technology and the Internet in transatlantic business. Ian states, “The BABC strikes a fantastic balance between professional and social events. In terms of great memories I would have to say the Young Professionals event at The Trestle Inn is another favorite. The energy of the annual program is as great as the whiskey sours, although as The Trestle Inn owner I’m a little biased.”

Throughout the pandemic, Zoom has developed and surprised many of us with overwhelming participation and engagement; however, Ian, like many others, has most missed face-to-face interaction at events. The pandemic has given him the opportunity to step back and put everything into perspective, especially both his personal and professional relationships. Ian has been grateful for the BABCPHL and its members throughout the pandemic. He says, “the BABC really has felt like a family throughout.” Once restrictions are lifted, not much will change for Ian, as he is busy reopening the bar and working on some exciting I-SITE projects. Once he finally gets a break, he is planning to travel to Iceland to see the latest eruption.

In closing, Ian states, “I’m proud to be a member of an organization that I believe has risen to the challenge of COVID-19. Can only see an increase in business and opportunity as we emerge and look forward to meeting and collaborating with everyone involved.”

A Conversation With Royal Correspondent Victoria Murphy

A Conversation With Royal Correspondent Victoria Murphy

Saturday, September 25, 2021

12:00 – 1:30 PM EST


This is a unique opportunity for members to speak directly with journalist Victoria Murphy who has been reporting on the British royal family since 2010. She has interviewed Prince Harry and travelled the world covering several royal tours. In March 2020, Victoria was one of only three journalists present to witness Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex carry out her final private solo engagement in Buckingham Palace before she and Prince Harry stepped back from royal life.


The STIR: Negotiate for What Matters

The STIR: Negotiate for What Matters

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  EST


Receiving a job offer is a big deal, and you deserve to celebrate. But before you accept the offer, take time to consider what you want most from this opportunity. Evaluate the offer against the criteria that are important to you, and then negotiate to get as much of what’s important to you as you can. Don’t shy away from negotiation, because it’s key to job satisfaction. So often, we skip right to the celebration — and then three months into the job, we realize that we should have asked for more money, more vacation days, or a more impressive title.

Join BAB and Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA team for a live discussion on how to evaluate a job offer and negotiate for what matters. We’ll role-play negotiation scenarios to show you what works, and we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions. You’ll walk away with strategies for success, pitfalls to avoid, and resources to help you navigate your own negotiations.

London Tech Week Presented by Community Partner, London & Partners

London Tech Week Presented by Community Partner, London & Partners

September 20 – 24, 2021


London Tech Week is an opportunity to bring the tech community together to forge connections and celebrate the positive impact of technology on our world. This year, the virtual festival will cover themes aimed to consolidate the conversation around global recovery and shine a light on the innovative technologies paving the way forward.

As co-founders of London Tech Week, London & Partners is working with Informa to curate the flagship events of the 2021 programme to best serve our client and partners.

Doing Business in the USA

Doing Business in the USA

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

6:00 – 7:15 AM EST


The British American Business Council North West, in partnership with the Department for International Trade North West, is inviting companies to join this webinar on practical tips and advice on doing business in the USA from experienced panel speakers. We will also hear from businesses who are experienced and have been successful in the USA market.

Why attend?

Delegates will hear from two panels of experts, hosted by Dr Frank Levene, of Blue Link Worldwide Inc & Blue Link UK:

  • Opportunities in the USA: for market information, tips, research, and planning
  • A Professional Approach to the USA: for practical advice on doing business in this growing market

We’ll also hear from DIT Export Champions Direct Access and Clarke Energy on their experience with the USA.

Delegates will be given the opportunity to book 1-2-1 sessions with our expert speakers following the core webinar.

BABCPHL Board Member Feature – Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis is the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Deputy Regional Director, East and US DIT COP26 Lead. Rebecca supports the leadership of a team of 30 trade and investment professionals, who focus on transatlantic opportunities for jobs and growth between the UK, and Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, she leads DIT’s business engagement on Climate. Currently, Rebecca is working with her Embassy and London colleagues to accelerate the race to netzero climate commitments.

Rebecca has been an active member of the BABCPHL since 2013.  She has served multiple years on the board and works closely with the organization to collaborate on events. The British Consulate and DIT work closely with the BABCPHL because it makes sense! DIT’s and the BABCPHL’s objectives align for strong regional engagement with industry for trade and investment growth between the UK and Philadelphia. Rebecca’s favorite BABCPHL memory is taking the City’s trade delegation to the Houses of Parliament and visiting the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben. She also thoroughly enjoyed visiting Philadelphia before the pandemic when Mayor Kenney signed the Powering Past Coal Alliance for the City of Philadelphia.

Throughout the pandemic, Rebecca has most missed seeing people, such as her regular coffee cart man outside the office. Rebecca has remained optimistic during the pandemic and has welcomed the new level of digital engagement between the US and UK, which has created “a whole new accessible and truly global world of opportunities.” She has also been grateful to be narrowing her carbon footprint by not traveling quite as much for work during the pandemic. However, she cannot wait to jump on a plane and go home to the UK once the restrictions are lifted. This is the longest Rebecca has ever had to be away from her home and family.

BABCPHL Board Member Feature – Ralph Estel

Ralph Estel is a Senior Manager in the Private Business Services Practice at EisnerAmper with over 10 years of experience providing accounting, consulting and tax services to middle-market clients. His clients include real estate and construction companies. Ralph has presented and participates in various events on topics related to real estate, accounting and tax. In addition, Ralph contributes to the firm’s real estate blog.

Ralph has been a member of the BABCPHL for three years. He chose to become involved because he wanted to show his commitment to the two countries.  EisnerAmper has offices in both the United Kingdom and the United States which supported his decision. Ralph’s favorite BABCPHL memories include the Signature Annual Holiday Lunch, which he describes as being “one of the best networking events [he’s] ever attended.” He likes making great connections that he’s continued to strengthen through his involvement with the BABCPHL. He is looking forward to attending our upcoming Signature Annual Holiday Lunch on December 9th, 2021.

During the pandemic, Ralph missed going to lunches and dinners with clients and friends. As pandemic restrictions are lifted, he looks forward to doing this again. While Zoom has given us the ability to connect with one another, it simply cannot compete with the joys that come with in-person events. One good thing to happen as a result of the pandemic was that Ralph was able to spend more time with his family – something he enjoys very much.

BAB – Business Travel: Resetting Expectations for a New Normal

BAB – Business Travel: Resetting Expectations for a New Normal

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


It’s been more than a year since many business travelers have passed through an airport or conducted a business trip, and enough has changed to surprise even the most experienced business traveler.

As business travel returns, there are added stress points from what the business traveler experienced pre-COVID. We will address some of those stress points and discuss how a traveler’s expectations can best be managed. What is being done differently now versus 2019 and is there anything new that travelers should expect in the upcoming months?

Please join us for a robust discussion on how the traveler’s journey may look going forward and how we can do our best to set realistic expectations as business travel returns.

Key Questions this Session will address: 

  • What is the most proficient way to maneuver through an airport and what efficiencies have the airports put in place?
  • Airport screening staff remain well below pre-crisis levels, especially in the United States. How are airport security teams handling this?
  • What steps have the airlines taken to help make the return of business travel less stressful? How are they addressing customer service issues while operating under normal staff levels?

Brexit Grace Periods: What Rules are Changing and When? 

Brexit Grace Periods: What Rules are Changing and When? 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

9:00 – 10:00 AM EST


While the Brexit transition period ended on the 31 December, not all of the changes that affect businesses have taken place as of yet.

Several grace periods have been introduced in order to give businesses more time to get up to speed with the new requirements and ensure they are in full compliance with the new regulations before they take effect.

Join this webinar to find out more about the key changes coming up over the next six months that businesses need to be aware of.

This event will cover upcoming changes to:

  • Import controls
  • Rules of origin
  • Product marking (UKCA marking)

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government