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PHL-UK Sports Industry Leader Meeting of the Minds

On Thursday, January 19th, the BABCPHL hosted a by invitation-only lunch for regional sport stakeholders. This meeting of the minds included industry leaders representing various sports. Throughout the years, the BABCPHL has offered programs around the Olympics, the World Cup, soccer, and rugby, to name a few. The purpose of this roundtable discussion was to thank our partners and to recognize their hard work and positive impact. Sport is a great unifier, and it’s been an amazing year. Hard work pays off! Philadelphia was officially selected as a FIFA World Cup 2026™ host city in the US, and our sports teams are boasting winning seasons.

Lunch meeting objectives were to learn what industry professionals are working on today, and to discuss future UK-related sporting events that are on the horizon. Did you know Philadelphia is bidding to host the Rugby World Cup? During the past few years in particular, sports programs have been something British Chamber members seek. We are eager to collaborate with sport industry stakeholders, especially those with origins and ties to the UK, to build upon this excitement and momentum.

Elevating the business of sport throughout our community is a win-win, and the BABCPHL is ready to assist. We look forward to driving support and attracting corporate engagement for the great pastime – sport, a powerful vehicle for societal change. “Sport for good”/grassroots community involvement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; tourism and business development; and the role of media and technology were recurring topics of conversation.

The time is now, and we want to hear from you! As business professionals operating in this region, how do you want to be involved? Please keep an eye out for a survey scheduled to hit your inbox soon. There is so much to come and so much excitement to be shared on a global scale. The UK is a prominent player and Philadelphia is home! We are excited to collaborate with regional sport stakeholders, and thank each of them for their generous time, creativity, and enthusiasm they offered during our working lunch.

Please click here for a few photos taken during the program.

Saving Business from Distress: Offering Support to Business via Restructuring

Tuesday, November 30, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm EST l 4:00pm-5:00pm GMT


There is no doubt that the last few years have generated unexpected and disruptive events that have added increased pressures to which companies have had to adapt. In these economic turbulent times, industries, such as aviation, finance, energy and retail have had to get creative about how to plan for the future and address changes emerging from Covid-19 pandemic, high inflation, and rising interest rates.

Join BAB and our expert panel as they discuss the increasingly aggressive, dynamic and complex environment that businesses are facing, and how taking proactive steps to anticipate issues and implement appropriate financial and operational solutions can help meet and overcome these challenges.

The panel will deeper dive into solvent recapitalization, liability management and restructuring from the perspective of US and UK cross-border businesses, offering insight, guidance and strategies regarding the current tool kits available to enhance options and optimize outcomes in a changing global environment. Cross-border businesses often require more innovative and thoughtful solutions to preserve enterprise value and avoid and, if necessary, overcome financial distress and whilst there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, restructuring plans will almost certainly be used more in the future for creative and efficient problem-solving solutions.

Raising the Bar on Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, December 1, 2022

8:30-10:00 am EST (in-person)
2:00-3:00 pm GMT (virtual panel)


BCG research suggests only about 10% of companies succeed with AI. Where should leaders invest energy around this capability – vision, ideas, processes, or context?”

Join BAB and BCG as we discuss what AI means to businesses and whether there is enough activity around AI explainability.

The expert panel will explore what the biggest contributor to AI investment success is – a grand vision, a foundry for new ideas, robust systems/processes, or the human context in which it is deployed – how robust the data is that AI relies on and where can how we identify and onboard AI talent.

The International Talent Conundrum: Understanding the Pitfalls of Expanding/Hiring Overseas and How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST


Operating as a global company is at the forefront of business now more than ever. With remote workforces spanning the globe, bespoke solutions requiring in-country support, and up-and-coming markets forming in previously neglected regions, companies need an international expansion plan as part of their playbook. Expanding for the first time can seem daunting and untangling a patchwork expansion plan gets costly and confusing. International workforce expansion can be an exciting time for your workforce, if you have the right tools in place to avoid potential legal liability.

Join Andrew Laing, our Moderator and Sales Director at Vistra with panelists, Charles Zamora, Global People Advisory Officer at Vistra, Ross Eberly, Partner, and Eileen Leman, Employment Law Associate at Cooley LLP, as we discuss the issues that companies face when hiring in a new jurisdiction.

After the event, you will:

  • Know how to leverage global hiring solutions to hire the best talent possible, and to manage compliance, employee satisfaction, and integration from afar
  • Better understand the signs that it’s time to expand and learn how to take advantage of these opportunities so you can keep ahead of the curve
  • Be equipped with the tools you need to engage your first employee in a new country, or to send your local employees overseas to establish a new presence
  • Better understand the potential legal pitfalls of hiring in a new jurisdiction without first considering the types of employment or engagement that best fit your needs
  • Recognize what permanent establishment is and how to navigate it efficiently across all of your international operations

Operating in Uncertainty – What Will the World Look Like in 2030?

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 am EST


Geopolitical tensions, disruptions to supply chains and global trade, as well as an energy crisis are shaping a new era of economic volatility and uncertainty. What does this mean for businesses and how should they respond? Join our BAB expert panel session, supported by Boston Consulting Group, to find out what the world might look like at the end of the decade, and discuss the steps businesses need to take to be prepared for an increasingly uncertain future.

Our panel will be led by Tim Figures, a senior expert on geopolitics and trade, and Associate Director, London, Boston Consulting Group along with representatives from the Airline industry, Aerospace, Manufacturing, and Pharmaceutical sectors.

UK Energy & Climate Change Breakfast Forum

On Friday, September 30th the British American Business Council, Citizen Diplomacy International, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Commerce hosted an energy, climate and sustainability exchange between UK and Greater Philadelphia areas leaders. The groups collaborated to deliver dialogue about green technology, innovation and sustainability efforts, and partnerships between public and private sector entities operating in the transatlantic corridor.

Howard Silverstone of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia opened the meeting, welcoming our visitors and guests. Attendees spoke about their expertise and how their work is growing momentum following the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26) in 2021.

Energy, climate and sustainability leaders from the UK and Greater Philadelphia enjoyed the exclusive breakfast forum where they engaged in meaningful conversation about Philadelphia’s efforts in supporting green energy businesses and initiatives that are creating jobs, reducing environmental impact, and strengthening the economy.

The UK delegates were invited by the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program. The exchange was sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the US Government. We are grateful to our regional partner, Citizen Diplomacy International, who managed the visit and invited us to collaborate on this important and meaningful visit.

Click here for photos. Photo credit: Gabriel Tomescu, International Consulting, Multilingual Communications, US Department of State, Language Division Contract.

Policy Agenda Launch

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

11:00 – 11:45 am EST


Join us for the release of BAB’s 2022-2023 Policy Agenda, an annual publication outlining the transatlantic business community’s policy priorities for the coming year.

The agenda reflects the top issues for leading transatlantic businesses, celebrates successes of the past year, and sets the direction of BAB’s policy work.

The virtual event will feature keynote remarks from US and UK Government leaders and a panel discussion, moderated by CEO Duncan Edwards, on the current state of the transatlantic trade and economic corridor.

WTC Delaware Gala

Thursday, November 3, 2022

6:00 – 9:00 pm EST

Hotel Du Pont / Gold Ballroom
42 W. 11th St.
Wilmington, DE 19801


World Trade Center Delaware Gala returns on November 3 in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel DuPont for the first time since 2019. We are all very excited to celebrate the achievements of the region’s international business community and meet with our colleagues and friends in an intimate setting during the cocktail hour and dinner.

Deputy US Trade Representative Ambassador Sarah Bianchi will attend and speak, and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester will offer greetings. Delegations will come from overseas and Emissaries travel from Washington to attend the Gala.

We are honoring Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock as our Champion of Trade. GT USA Wilmington, (Gulftainer), the operator of the Port of Wilmington is our Large Company International Innovator and Batta Environmental Associates is our Small Company International Innovator. Donate Delaware is being named as International Humanitarian for its tireless efforts during the COVID pandemic and its work in Ukraine and Africa to meet medical equipment needs.

As in previous years, we will feature and up and coming local performer. Danielle Alura, A. I. DuPont High School and University of Delaware graduate who was recently named Miss Global USA will join us to sing the national anthems of the United States and those of the foreign delegations attending the Gala.

YPG on the Go Go!

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia emerging leader/next-gen program at the Trestle Inn on Thursday, October 20th was a success! We were thrilled to welcome regionally based young professionals to attend this fun, low stakes, social introductory evening, the first of its kind since before the pandemic. The objective of the event was to introduce regional professionals from both the public and private sectors who work within the transatlantic business corridor. Attendees learned more about the Organization and how they can help create and influence meaningful activities geared toward future success.

Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director, BABCPHL; Ian Cross, Marketing & Communications Chairman, BABCPHL and Proprietor, The Trestle Inn; and Jason Walker, Treasurer, BABCPHL and Managing Partner, Cross Border Financial Planning USA spoke briefly about the Organization and invited attendees to go around the room and introduce themselves. Each person had the opportunity to talk about who they are, what they do, and their interest in being a part of the BABCPHL.

This gathering offered a great chance to network with like-minded professionals looking to develop new contacts and become involved in the regional international business scene. It also served as an introduction to everything the BABCPHL has to offer the next generation of business leaders operating in the transatlantic market.

It was wonderful to greet many enthusiastic, eager to network rising star professionals for a lively evening of in-person introductions and mingling. The consensus was that just being together, networking face-to-face was exactly what is most desired!

Comp cover, drink tickets and snacks were included, along with a business card raffle draw for prizes at the end of the evening.

Special thanks to Ian Cross for hosting our group.

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20th Annual WTCGP World Trade Centers Day Awards Celebration

Thursday, September 29, 2022

6:00pm – 9:00pm EST

Fairmount Waterworks


After September 11, 2001, the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA), in cooperation with the United Nations, chartered a day to be celebrated around the world as World Trade Centers Day.

This year’s award winners – Daniel J. Hilferty, Chairman, Philadelphia Soccer 2026 and Chairman & CEO, Dune View Strategies; Liz Murphy, Senior Vice President, Governmental, Regulatory & External Affairs, PECO; and Harold Beck & Sons, Inc. – will be honored on September 29, 2022 at the Fairmount Waterworks.

“In honor of World Trade Centers Day, the WTCGP gathers together the local business community to recognize the impact of world trade and to salute outstanding companies and individuals for their impact on the region,” says WTCGP President Linda Conlin. “While every year is special, we are particularly excited about honoring this year’s award recipients in our 20th anniversary year.”

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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
  • Forensic Resolutions
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government