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Revolutionary Women – Blazing a Trail & Leading the Pack

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Join the international business community for a program featuring global female executive leaders. Speakers will discuss their vision, and chronicle their rise to the top, showcasing the positive change they are promoting throughout the world in their respective indutries. The seminar will educate participants about the waves of change the presenters are advocating, and the exciting paths they are blazing.  It is an ideal time for a forum about leading women spearheading international enterprise and change. The program will include c-suite global multinational executives as well as future leaders across industry sectors who will discuss their paths to success, stumbling blocks and solutions, and their positive influence on gender diversity and inclusion.

Confirmed speakers to date:*

  • Jami Winz McKeon, Partner and Chair of the Firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Julie Coker Graham, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Deborah Driscoll, MD, Senior VP for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP)

*Additional names to be released soon

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: The Museum of the American Revolution – the Museum is opening an exhibit in 2020 of “Revolutionary Women: The Nation’s First Women Voters, 1776-1807,” to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution

 

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A Musical Adventure with the British American Business Council and the Philadelphia Orchestra

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We pulled some strings and are honored to offer you an exclusive evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This very special BABCPHL Program will include:

  • A behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center;
  • A meet and greet with musicians; AND
  • Reserved VIP seating to enjoy a performance of Benjamin Britten’s eloquent “plea for peace”— the Sinfonia da Requiem — originally rejected by the Japanese government and eventually given its premiere in the US in 1940, on the eve of World War II. Inspired by the theater organ in William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon (fictionalized as Xanadu in Citizen Kane), Michael Daugherty’s lush Once Upon a Castle brings out what the composer calls the “Technicolor” nature of the instrument. And what exactly is Elgar’s “enigma?” We may never know but we can still enjoy these 14 charming variations on a theme that Elgar composed “to my friends pictured within.” British conductor Edward Gardner, chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic and principal conductor designate of the London Philharmonic, makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, and keyboard virtuoso Paul Jacobs returns to the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 6:00-10:00pm
Location: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Member Tickets:
Two for $125
One for $75

Non-Member Tickets:
Two for $175
One for $100

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The Queen’s Six

The Queen’s Six were established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of The Queen’s Six are also Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls.

Performing in Philadelphia for ONE night only.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Cost: $35/ticket

To purchase tickets on-line click here.
OR mail a check to:
The English-Speaking Union
1221 Locust Street, Box 502
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Include name and email or phone #
Phone: 215-545-3619
E-mail: philaesu@gmail.com

For reserved seating in the first five rows and dinner with the Queen’s Six at the Prime Rib following the concert, please contact Judith at philaesu@gmail.com or call 215-545-3619. Space is limited.

 

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Lord Wei Visits Philadelphia

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Select Greater Philadelphia hosted a welcome lunch in honor of Lord Wei.  The objective of the lunch was to build relationships and congregate local leaders interested in discussing Brexit, Hong Kong, China, and the emerging role of cities influencing societal changes.  Attendees included a diverse group of professionals from both the public and private sectors, including the Asian American Chamber of Commerce.  Lord Wei, Mayor Michael Nutter and Rachel Molano, Former Advisor to Bristol City Council, were the distinguished guests.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President led the discussion and introduced the featured speakers.  Baron Nat Wei of Shoreditch, East London, is a current Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom.  He is a business and social entrepreneur, focused on strengthening economic ties throughout the UK and the world.  Previously, Lord Wei advised Her Majesty’s Government on social policy, working with Prime Minister David Cameron.  He holds numerous board and advisory positions in the real estate, technology investment, education and wealth management sectors. Lord Wei has been a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and adviser to a number of city mayors and leaders in the UK and globally.  He is currently an Advisory Committee member of the Global Parliament of Mayors along with Mayor Michael Nutter.

It is through Lord Wei’s connection to Mayor Nutter, and to Chris Bravacos, President & CEO of Bravo Group, Pennsylvania’s largest independent public relations firm, that our group met to discuss these top of mind issues.  Chris and Lord Wei are working together to find commonalities that can bring cities and local communities to the forefront of socio-economic and technological progress.  Lord Wei enthusiastically spoke about the important historic ties between the US and the UK, and the need to strengthen the friendship between the two nations.  He emphasized the great opportunity for cities to enhance trade, with a focus on education, sustainable growth, AI, data, and technology.  Lord Wei espoused the important principals of the law and social justice.  He talked about “democracy 3.0,” and how citizens need to work together to provide solutions to problems.

The Q&A portion of the program was dynamic.  The role of centralized government and how this affects both major and surrounding cities was discussed. Repositioning the four nations – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales was also touched upon in the context of Brexit.  And lastly, questions about how to use data responsibly to drive innovation and positively empower future generations was also covered.

Special thanks to Rob Wondering, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for sponsoring the lunch.

 

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Time to Act: British American Business Policy Update

Economic and political shifts are forcing businesses to respond to changing international landscapes. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are being called upon to develop legislation, regulation, and treaties that will protect and enhance the bi-lateral trade and investment relationship between the US and the UK.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted a business roundtable breakfast meeting about the current state of the US and UK economies and future prospects for trade and growth.  This high level discussion focused on the current economic environment in the two countries, areas of growth, and realistic future market scenarios.  Laura Hickey, Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate General New York presided over the meeting, engaging Ryan Wang, US Economist at HSBC Securities in a dynamic discussion about the global economy and trade factors influencing commerce.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and introduced the speakers.  Ryan, a US economist for HSBC Securities, a principle line of business for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, set the stage for the discussion by providing a broad overview of the global economy.  Ryan is part of a worldwide team of more than thirty economists based out of New York, London, Hong Kong, and other major financial centers.  He is responsible for the bank’s view of the outlook for the US economy, including projections for growth, inflation, and Federal Reserve policy.  During the BABCPHL breakfast meeting Ryan talked about economic growth and recession throughout the world during the past decade, and what US GDP might look like this year.

Laura presented a general overview of the strength and resilience of the UK economy; the UK Government’s long-term economic plan to drive productivity and growth; and the Government’s ambitions for enhancing UK-US trade and the economy after the UK’s departure from the EU.  Laura supports the Consul General, promoting UK economic, commercial, foreign policy and national security priorities, and consular services.  She provides leadership and direction to the teams driving economic, trade and climate policy, political engagement, public diplomacy, communications and consular work as well as providing strategic oversight for the wider work of the 110 person strong team, covering a four-state area of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

After Ryan and Laura each spoke for a few minutes about their respective country’s economic conditions, Laura engaged Ryan in a “fireside chat” about trade, slow global growth, and how this will affect the US economy, as well as other factors such as increasing protectionist policies, the EU and US trade relationship, and prospects for US-China economic relations.. Audience Q&A followed Ryan and Laura’s dialogue.  Questions were related to several hot button issues such as tariffs, taxes, immigration, and the environment/climate.  Conversations continued long after the meeting was adjourned as guests networked, and exchanged business cards.

Special thanks to Laura Hickey, Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate General New York, and Ryan Wang, US Economist at HSBC Securities for presenting this timely symposium.

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Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

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Celebrate transatlantic business and experience holiday cheer at the British American Business Council Signature Annual Event.

Enjoy cocktails; a formal midday meal; “Christmas Crackers;” informative presentations; and exciting raffle prizes including two Virgin Atlantic Airways upper class flight tickets.

Come one come all to celebrate international business and ring in the holiday season!

 

Sponsorship and Corporate Tables still available. Click here for all information and benefits.

 

Lead Sponsors (to date):

Exclusive Airline Sponsor:

Premium Sponsor (to date):

 

Corporate Table Supporters (to date):

Almac Group

American Airlines

Cigna

Department for International Trade

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Duane Morris LLP

EisnerAmper LLP

Forensic Resolutions, Inc.

International Products Corporation

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

United Airlines

 

Raffle and Gift Donors (to date):

Aquimero

Bellevue Sporting Club

Citrin Cooperman

English Gardner Gift Shop

HSBC Bank

Inis Nua Theatre Company

Miramar

Museum of the American Revolution

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Union

Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Rosenbach

Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Trestle Inn

Victoria Freehouse

Virgin Atlantic Airways


A Welsh Feast – An Unforgettable Evening of Whiskey Tasting & Welsh Hospitality

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the BABCPHL hosted A Welsh Feast: An Unforgettable Evening of Whisky Tasting & Welsh Hospitality at The Pyramid Club.  The room with magnificent views overlooking the City was crowded with nearly 100 guests who were eager to sample the delicious assortment of Penderyn Whisky as well as the Welsh delicacies thoughtfully prepared by the Club’s talented Chef.  The evening began with the whiskey tasting, generously provided by the Welsh Government.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and thanked sponsors: Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner & Practice Leader for International Taxation from Citrin Cooperman and Efe Izilein Sokol, Senior Representative in the US from the Welsh Government.  Citrin Cooperman is a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm, and the Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.  Both Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government are active Club Level members of the BABCPHL.

Efe spoke for a few minutes on behalf of the Welsh Government.  She has been in her role for nearly a decade, and is based in NYC with the British Consulate.  Efe raises the business, political, trade, investment, art, sports and culture profile of Wales in the Northeast US, and she is an active BABCPHL Board Member.  The Welsh Government and the BABCPHL work closely throughout the program year.  We are fortunate to collaborate with Efe and her team to welcome Welsh Ministers and Government Officials to the region.  In the spring of 2019, the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language came to Philadelphia for an exclusive roundtable meeting with BABCPHL members.  In prior years we liaised with the Welsh Government to host the First Minister of Wales and on another recent occasion, the Secretary of State.  Pennsylvania has a very long history with Wales.  It is an honor to welcome Ministers and Government Officials to Philadelphia to strengthen our relationship with Wales, enhance trade, and promote transatlantic ties.

BABCPHL guests mingled with Pyramid Club members long into the night, creating valuable business to business connections.  We offer special thanks to event sponsors Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government, and to the Pyramid Club for their hospitality.  The evening was complete with a business card raffle draw for a bottle of Penderyn Whisky generously donated by the Welsh Government.

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British Composer, Graham Fitkin’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra

This year’s PS Festival Concert in Verizon Hall will include an unusual performance of a contemporary work by British composer, Graham Fitkin. Performed only once, in Britain, Fitkin’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra became one of three celebrated orchestral works to be nominated last year for the BBC’s British Composer Awards 2018.

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Welcome Lunch for Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States

On Monday, May 20, 2019, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia welcomed His Excellency Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, British Ambassador to the United States, to Philadelphia. Ambassador Darroch’s diplomatic career spans three decades, and has been primarily focused on national security issues and European Union policy. From 2004 to 2007, he was EU Advisor to the Prime Minister.  Ambassador Darroch served in Brussels as the UK Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2007 to 2011.  From January 2012 to September 2015 he served as the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor, and was Secretary of the National Security Council.  Sir Kim was appointed British Ambassador to the United States in January 2016, and this was his first official visit with the Greater Philadelphia international business community.

Michael Pedrick, President of the BABCPHL welcomed guests to the lunch in honor of his Excellency. Michael spoke briefly about the BABCPHL mission and the role the Organization has served for nearly 30 years.  He recognized and thanked several VIPs who participated in the program: Louise Nicol, Chief of Staff to Her Majesty’s Ambassador; Laura Hickey, Deputy Consul General, British Consulate New York; Paul Schipul, Vice Consul, Political Affairs at British Consulate General New York; Rebecca Lewis, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment, Overseas Co-Chair DIT Women, Department for International Trade, British Consulate General New York; Gareth Morgan, Head of North America, Welsh Government; Oliver St. Clair Franklin, Honorary British Consul of Greater Philadelphia; Frank Giordano, Honorary Consul of Malta; Efe Izilein Sokol, Senior Representative, Welsh Government; Harold Epps, Commerce Director, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia; and Pierre-Olivier Lugez, Manager, International Business, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia.  Michael introduced Harold who spoke briefly about the Mayor and Commerce Department’s recent business development and retention trip to the UK.  Harold talked about the success of the UK visit, and the strong historic and economic ties between the two regions before introducing Ambassador Darroch, our luncheon program keynote speaker.

Ambassor Darroch’s remarks focused on the important trade relationship as well as the current political and economic climate influencing transatlantic ties. His 15 minute discussion included comments about the more than $1trillion bilateral trading market between the UK and the US; the context for Brexit; and the anticipated trade deal with the US.  Ambassador Darroch spoke about the strength of the British economy, and where we are now with respect to the complex and difficult Brexit negotiation process.  He concluded his remarks by welcoming questions from guests.  Ambassador Darroch encouraged an open dialogue forum with attendees.  Questions included queries about President Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK; the Good Friday Agreement; the UK/Canadian trade relationship; how the different political parties might reconcile Brexit differences, etc. Ambassador Darroch was eager to meet and speak with government leaders and corporate executives.  We were honored to welcome Ambassador Darroch, and to provide an open forum of discussion for him to interact with the international business community.

Special thanks to corporate table supporters: British Honorary Consul of Greater Philadelphia – Oliver St. Clair Franklin; The Department for International Trade; Morgan Lewis & Bockius; Penn Medicine; Virgin Atlantic Airways; and The Welsh Government.

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A Musical Adventure with the British American Business Council and the Philadelphia Orchestra Recap

A Musical Adventure with the British American Business Council and the Philadelphia Orchestra
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Recap

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the BABCPHL partnered with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a magnificent concert held at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Nearly 50 BABCPHL members and friends gathered for a special behind the scenes tour; meet and greet with musicians; and reserved seats for the concert, featuring special guest, British performer, Benjamin Grosvenor.

BABCPHL President Michael Pedrick started the evening with opening remarks. He introduced us to Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky and Executive Director Ryan Fleur. Geoffrey Cohen, Director of Audience Development for the Philadelphia Orchestra, welcomed our group. He, along with Kayla Delgado-Partridge, Audience Development Manager, led BABCPHL guests on a special behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center. We were joined on the tour by cellist Richard Harlow, who provided a great amount of extra information from a musician’s perspective. At one point during the tour, the group got to stand on the stage of Verizon Hall to have the same perspective as the musicians who were performing later that evening. We also got to see some dressing rooms, as well as where the different instruments are stored.

After the tour we returned to the Green Room, where we were introduced to Paul Arnold, one of the violinists in the Orchestra. Paul energetically told the group some information about the pieces of music we would be hearing that evening. After his remarks, Michael thanked the musicians, as well as Geoff and Kayla, for hosting and taking the time to talk with us. BABCPHL guests then had some time to purchase food and drinks before the concert began.

The Philadelphia Orchestra performed three pieces: Haydn’s “Symphony No. 94 in G Major (“Surprise”); Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15”; and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60.” British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor was featured in the Piano Concerto. Playing the complicated music with ease, Grosvenor received a standing ovation at the end of the piece. He has been described as “one in a million…several million” by The Independent. At the age of 19, he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony for the first night of BBC Proms. He has performed all around the world, and in 2011, signed to Decca Classics. He is the youngest British musician ever to sign to the label.

The BABCPHL group had the lucky opportunity to meet with Grosvenor during intermission. He graciously answered questions and posed for a few photos.

The BABCPHL was honored to partner with the Philadelphia Orchestra for an outstanding night of incredible music. Special thanks to the Orchestra for working with us to provide this wonderful opportunity to our members and friends.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government