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United Kingdom, Ireland & Scandinavia: Business Opportunities for PA Exporters

Friday, September 17, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am EST


Overview of the current market conditions and emerging sales and partnership opportunities for PA exporters.

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.”

The UK Hosts COP26 & Leads the Charge in the Race to Net Zero

Written by: Jenny Dunn, Energy Policy Advisor, British Embassy, and Rebecca Lewis, Regional Deputy Director – East, British Consulate General New York| Trade & Investment

All eyes are on the UK as the country prepares to host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) on Monday, November 1 – Friday, November 12, 2021. Public and private sector entities throughout the world must work together to reduce emissions. Global strategies and actions, such as the Prime Minister’s ten point plan and the “Ambition Loop” are moving the dial in the right direction. The Prime Minister’s ten point plan is the UK’s blueprint for meeting climate targets, supporting global opportunities, and encouraging trade across innovation areas. This plan for a green industrial revolution exemplifies the affirmative approach government can take to build back better, support green jobs, and accelerate the path to net zero. The “Ambition Loop” is a positive feedback loop in which bold government policies and private sector leadership reinforce each other. Corporate leadership and strong government policy measures are spurring additional investment and action by businesses. These strategic public/private partnership campaigns are vitally important in taking climate action to the next level. The Department for International Trade, and bi-national business organizations like the British American Business Council, are playing important roles by bringing these groups together for informative meetings featuring global stakeholders and climate leaders. These, and many other sessions throughout the world, taking place in lead-up to COP26, are spearheading the collaborative efforts and plans to accelerate the transition to a prosperous net zero economy.

What is COP26 and why is it so important to tacking climate change?

In 2015, countries agreed at COP21 in Paris to limit average global temperature increase to well below 2C, aiming for 1.5C. In order to keep that 1.5C target alive, as we are determined to do, we must halve global emissions by 2030 and reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and by 2050 at the very latest.

Business is essential to achieving this goal. We need the innovation, influence and energy of the private sector on our side and we need businesses to act now to ensure they are part of the global low carbon transition, which is accelerating. Countries and organisations aiming for net zero cover nearly 70% of GDP. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, net zero commitments doubled in 2020.

COP26 also provides a global platform to highlight businesses as global leaders in tackling climate change. In November, the eyes of the world are on the UK as we host COP26 in November following on from the G7 Leaders Summit in June. COP26 must be the moment that all parts of society act to protect the planet.

What does the UK want to achieve as COP26 President and what is the role for business?

Alok Sharma, the COP President Designate, has set out four key goals for the COP26 Presidency. Businesses are a vital component of all the goals and can help achieve success through their own action; working with peers and across their value chains; becoming positive advocates for climate action and working with governments to let them know that businesses want stronger climate policy.

From a UK Government perspective, more businesses making commitments to deliver action helps drive bold policy measures to support these efforts. For example, the UK Government has accelerated the phase-out date for polluting cars and vans to 2035, as more companies have adopted zero emission vehicle (ZEV) fleets.  In turn, those frameworks make it easier for business to achieve their own goals.

We are asking all businesses to take immediate action to reduce emissions by joining the Race to Zero.  This requires businesses to take robust short-term action to halve global emissions by 2030, and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We need both large businesses, as well as smaller ones to sign up.

What is the Race to Zero?

The UN-backed Race to Zero campaign is the largest global alliance of companies, cities, investors, regions and universities committed, based on science, to halving global emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the very latest. Over 3,000 businesses have now joined the Race to Zero, representing a combined revenue of almost US$15 trillion.

Major US firms such as: American Airlines, Johnson and Johnson, Pepsi, Microsoft, Amazon, Ford Motor Company, Pfizer, FMC Corporation, and Livent are spearheading important climate change efforts by joining the Race to Zero. In addition, commitments by significant metropolitan regions, such as the City of Philadelphia, are leading by example. In January 2021, Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia and Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, published a climate action playbook highlighting the City’s plans to reduce contribution to climate change by eliminating carbon emissions from three sectors: Buildings and Industry, Transportation, and Waste. Click here to access the report.

Are corporate net-zero targets realistic/achievable?

Though a net zero commitment is ambitious, companies are demonstrating it is achievable, often realising targets ahead of schedule at the same time as driving business growth. Indeed, a recent analysis of 338 companies that have set science-based targets shows that they have collectively reduced their annual emissions by 25% between 2015 and 2019. Reducing emissions more quickly while incurring lower costs than expected chimes with UK Government experience too. The UK, between 1990 and 2018, has reduced our emissions by 43% – the fastest rate in the G7 – whilst growing our economy by 75%.

One of the most powerful aspects of committing to science-based emissions targets is that it requires businesses to ensure a comprehensive understanding of their value chains in order to eliminate their carbon footprint. Sixty-three percent of company executives say setting science-based targets drives innovation.

Hannah Young, Acting Consul General New York, reports “2021’s Climate Week in September, alongside the UN General Assembly will be a crucial stepping stone – as well as the British American Business and World Affair Council’s early October event – in the lead up to COP 26 in Glasgow this November. Now is the time to act whilst we can effect change, mobilise capital, support a green global recovery, and safeguard the planet for future generations.”

You can find general background on the Race to Zero, more detail on the criteria for entry and leadership practices here. The Race to Zero campaign comprises a number of initiatives that businesses (and other non-State actors) can join to become part of the Race to Zero. A full list is available here.

The STIR: Mind The Gender Gaps – Bridging Say, Pay & Stay Gaps

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


While the transatlantic business community has made significant strides towards equalizing opportunities in the workplace, there is still much work to do to overcome the deeply entrenched gaps in opportunities for women. BritishAmerican Business brings together a panel of thought leaders to have an honest conversation on the gaps that still exist for women in the workplace today, and how we can bridge them. This includes:

  • The Pay Gap How effective has legislation aimed to equalize pay for women, a long-standing issue?
  • The Say Gap… There is a relative lack of opportunities for women to speak publicly and take authoritative roles as a representative of the institutions they work for, which has wide-ranging repercussions on women’s careers;
  • The Age Gap A candid look at the disparate experiences and varying challenges that women of different age groups have in the workplace— from millennials to seasoned executives in senior ranks.
  • The Stay Gap… What are effective policies for UK and USA employers to overcome the “Stay Gap” and encourage women to return to work after career breaks?

Meet the Speakers:

Megan Doberneck Headshot

Megan Doberneck,
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone Business
To learn more about Megan click here


Claire Mason

Claire Mason,
Founder & CEO, Man Bites Dog
To learn more about Claire click here


Bill Bradshaw, Withum

Bill Bradshaw,
Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Withum
To learn more about Bill click here



Gill Whitty-Collins 2

Gill Whitty Collins
Keynote Speaker, Board Member, Consultant, Executive Coach & Mentor & author of “Why Men Win at Work”
To learn more about Gill click here

US-UK Pandemic Preparedness Event

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

12:30 – 1:30 pm EST


As you well know, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely upended the international community. What isn’t well known is the critical role the US/UK scientific and research community played in the early days of the pandemic that led to the extraordinary discoveries of new life-saving diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. Yet, despite this progress, there is still uncertainty for what lies ahead both in this pandemic and what may come next.

By joining us for this special event, you will hear from world leading influencers in government, science, and business. These VIP speakers will discuss the critical role of US/UK research in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and describe ongoing efforts to distribute vaccines globally. Further, experts will share their perspectives on how the UK/US Joint Statement on Pandemic Preparedness and G7 commitment to future pandemic preparedness might be achieved through the 100 Days Mission.


  • Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor, Her Majesty’s Government
  • Dr. Eric Lander, The President’s Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Sir Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President of Biopharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca
    Dr. Prahlad Singh, President and CEO, PerkinElmer
  •  Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive, UK Health Security Agency
  • Dr. Rick Bright, SVP, Pandemic Prevention & Response, Health Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Moderator: Alison Snyder, Managing Editor, Axios

A Conversation with Admiral James Foggo, USN (Ret), Former Commander of Allied Joint Force Command

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 am EST


Admiral James Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar, earning a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.  He commanded the attack submarine, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in 1998, which was awarded the Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 8 Battle Efficiency award and the Commander Fleet Forces Command Admiral Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Foggo served as Commodore of SUBRON-6 in 2007.

Over the last decade in Naples, Italy, he served in multiple major commands as Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Africa; Commander Allied Joint Force Command, Naples; Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet; Commander, Submarine Group 8; and Commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South. During this period, he also served as the Operations Officer (J-3) for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn (Libya). Additionally, Foggo was a NATO Task Force commander in Joint Task Force Unified Protector (Libya). In 2018, he commanded Exercise Trident Juncture (Arctic Circle), the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War with over 50,000 personnel.

Ashore, he has served in a variety of assignments, most notably as Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (NAVSEA 08); Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander, European Command (EUCOM); and Director, Navy Staff.

Foggo’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and NATO Meritorious Service Medal. In addition, he was awarded the 1995 Adm. Charles A. Lockwood Award for Submarine Professional Excellence and the State of Oklahoma Distinguished Service award by the adjutant general. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merité and in 2017 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government. In 2020, he was awarded the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, Commander of the Order of Merit of Italy, and Commander of the Cross of Saint George from Portugal.  Foggo is also a Director of the Naval Historical Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Explorer’s Club of New York, and has served on Advisory Boards to the Naval Submarine League, Olmsted Foundation Board, U. S. Naval Institute Board and is currently an active member of the Marine Corps University Editorial Board in Quantico, VA.

BAB Accelerate Workshop for US Inbound Companies

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Friday, October 1, 2021

11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST


The BAB Accelerate Workshop for US inbound companies will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to gain hands on, practical knowledge for expanding and growing their business in the US. Formatted as a multipart workshop, there will be a variety of sessions across 2 days, each led by industry experts to allow attendees to take a deep dive into the granular details of what it takes to expand your business across the pond. Each session will offer concrete takeaways and actionable to do items.

Workshop Sessions:

  • Marketing/Branding/Communications
  • Legal Considerations for Doing Business in the US
  • Talent: Acquisition & Management
  • Personal Tax Planning
  • Growth and Finance

The Future of Work Part II: Uncovering New Talent & Re-skilling for a New World

Thursday, October 7, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


It’s clear that the pressures of the pandemic have only accelerated the arrival of the future of work. The accelerating pace of adopting new technologies will continue unabated, and has become a high priority for business leaders looking to stay ahead of the competition. Meanwhile many companies are undergoing pivotal transformations – making rapid changes to their locations, value propositions, and the shape and size of their workforce.

With the dual pressures of technology adoption and disruptions brought on by the pandemic, the core human capital skills needed to succeed in business will look drastically different in the next five years.

BAB brings together a panel of business leaders to explore the oncoming changes to the talent landscape, the evolving in-demand skills for your company to succeed in the future of work, and innovative approaches to stay ahead in the race for the best talent.

The discussion will cover:

  • The urgency to upskill your workforces for this new world, and uncovering emerging, untapped talent from underserved communities. Inequality will undoubtedly be compounded by the forces of the pandemic in tandem with the challenges of accelerated technology adoption.  How can recruitment and workforce development strategies help address this?
  • Related challenges in promoting employee well-being and productivity; how to create a sense of community, connection and belonging among your workforce through digital tools and despite a locationally distributed workforce.

Meet the Speakers:

Erdin Beshimov
Senior Director, MIT Open Learning &
Lecturer, MIT
To learn more about Erdin, click here.


Andy Dillow (Moderator)
The Intern Group
To learn more about Andy, click here.


Leena Nair
Chief Human Resources Officer
To learn more about Leena, click here.

Kathryn Parsons
Founder and Co-CEO
To learn more about Kathryn, click here.

Shankar Raman
Senior Director, Talent Management and Organization Alignment
Willis Towers Watson
To learn more about Shankar, click here.

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 net zero 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.

Fall 2021 BABCPHL New Members

Corporate Members:

Bryn Mawr Trust Company
400 E. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne PA 19087

Alyssa Vidal
Vice President, Capital Markets
Capital Markets Sales and Trading
P: (610) 254-2014

Mark Henderson, CFA
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets
Director of International Services
P: (610) 263-4608

Neil Orechiwsky
SVP, Managing Director of Capital Markets

Bryn Mawr Trust’s (BMT) mission is to provide the highest quality banking, investment, and insurance solutions while simultaneously dedicating themselves to making a positive, lasting impact in the communities in which they serve. For more than 130 years, BMT has focused on providing the best solutions in private banking, wealth management, and a wide array of financial products and risk management. The Company operates in 35 full-service retail bank locations and has been named America’s Best Bank in Pennsylvania for 2021 by Newsweek. Their personalized approach is what sets them apart as they collaborate with their clients to ensure their needs are always met. BMT is headquartered in suburban Philadelphia and has offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Capital One Bank
1000 Continental Drive
King of Prussia PA 19406

Larry Worsham
Senior Manager
P: 267-785-1590

Capital One’s mission is to help customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. The company was founded on the belief that the banking industry would be revolutionized by information and technology, beginning with credit cards. Capital One is now the nation’s fifth-largest consumer bank and eighth-largest bank overall. Founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, the company believes that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. Capital One is building customer experiences that are real-time and intelligent. They measure  efforts by the success their customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. In support of their mission, Capital One developed the Capital One Impact Initiative to advance socioeconomic mobility by advocating for an inclusive society, building thriving communities, and creating financial tools that enrich lives. This program is fueled by an initial $200 million multi-year commitment to catalyze economic growth in low- and moderate-income communities and close gaps in equity and opportunity.

Littus – Market Entry Platform
1845 Walnut Street
Suite 980
Philadelphia PA 19103

Paul Maguire
Managing Director
P: 610-457-3548

Rob Rae
P: 610-389-7559

Littus is a services based market entry platform connecting foreign businesses wishing to enter their USA Market ecosystems with subject matter experts across the business infrastructure disciplines necessary to facilitate efficient growth in the USA. Littus also represents foreign Economic Development agencies and their clients in gaining an understanding of USA market entry nest practices.

These specialist areas include legal (company formation, immigration, IP, contracts), accounting, taxation, business development, financial, insurance, recruitment and HR.

These connections can be delivered as part of soft-landing project management programs, trade missions (virtual or live) general referrals and one-on-one development programs.

Non-Profit & Government Partner:

Philadelphia International Airport
8500 Essington Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19153

Chellie Cameron

Stephanie Wear
Director, Air Service Development & Cargo Services

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) proudly connects Philadelphia with the world. PHL is the only major airport serving the nation’s 6th largest metropolitan area, is a large hub airport serving 32.24 million passengers annually. Twenty-five airlines, including all major domestic carriers, offer nearly 500 daily departures to more than 140 destinations worldwide. Located seven miles from downtown Philadelphia, the Airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers, and cultural hubs. The Airport is self-sustaining and uses no local tax dollars. PHL is one of the largest economic engines in the region, generating $16.8 billion to the economy and accounting for 106,000 full-time jobs annually.

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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
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government