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BABCPHL Winter 2021 New Members

Corporate Members:

London & Partners
902 Broadway
New York NY 10010

Stephen Feline
Vice President, US East Coast

London & Partners is the international trade, investment and promotion agency for London. It is our role to promote London internationally as a leading world city in which to visit, study, invest, grow and meet.

We promote London across the world; attract overseas organisations, events, students and visitors to the capital; and help to retain and grow London companies. Our key international markets are North America, China, France, Germany and India.

Find out about our different business areas, from business development, leisure tourism and insights, to higher education and major events. Learn more about what London & Partners delivers for London.

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg PA 17120

David Briel
Executive Director Foreign Direct Investment
Office of International Business Development
P: 717-720-7373

Michael O’Rourke
Deputy Secretary
PA Department of Community & Economic Development
Office of International Business Development
P: 717-720-7446

Jennifer Black
Executive Director, Export Development
Office of International Business Development
P: 717-720-7472

The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.

With one of the largest networks of overseas consultancy offices of any state in the U.S., Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) is committed to supporting Pennsylvanian companies by working with them to increase their export sales and encouraging foreign companies to invest in Pennsylvania.

Export Development: OIBD’s Export Development program reduces the cost, risk and time traditionally associated with international market exploration. By partnering with a

Regional Export Network and managing a global network of Authorized Trade Representatives, OIBD provides unrivaled services and expertise for both new-to export companies and experienced exporters seeking new markets.

OIBD’s Investment staff and its network of 8 investment contractors work closely with the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), local governments, and economic development agencies around the state to promote Pennsylvania as a compelling business investment location for international companies.

Individual Member:

William M. Smith
Manager, Tax
Wipfli LLP
170 North Radnor-Chester Road
Suite 200
Radnor PA 19087
P: 484-445-0576
F: 484-428-3296


Winter 2021 President’s Letter

Penn Medicine – Cellicon Valley ’21 – The Future of Cell and Gene Therapies

Penn Medicine – Cellicon Valley ’21 – The Future of Cell and Gene Therapies

Thursday, May 6, 2021 – Friday, May 7, 2021

4:30pm – 4:30pm EDT


This year’s virtual return to Cellicon Valley promises an in-depth exploration of some of the most exciting areas of cellular therapy research. Hold the date now and plan to join us for any or all of these seven general sessions and more:

  • Real World Experience and the Newest CARs: Survey in disease indication
  • Overcoming Resistance: to monotherapy CAR’s must have clinical data
  • COVID clinical experience panel
  • Gene Delivery and Editing for Better CARs
  • CAR’s on the Unpaved Road
  • Allogeneic CAR-Ts, NKs, iPSC’s
  • Globalization of CAR T Cell Therapies India, Costa Rica, Brazil

Each session will feature multiple speakers and topics. The interactive program will use a state-of-the-art platform, ensuring ample opportunity for discussion and networking. A virtual exhibit hall will feature the latest from industry. You won’t want to miss this event.

Accelerate Winter Virtual Happy Hour

Accelerate Winter Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, February 25, 2021

4:30 – 5:30 pm EST


New year, new connections!  Join us for our Winter Virtual Happy Hour and say hello to familiar faces and meet new ones!

Participants will be split into small, facilitated breakout rooms. Each facilitator will help drive introductions and discussions in a comfortable setting. The breakout rooms will reshuffle and rotate every 10 minutes so you’ll have the opportunity to chat with a range of attendees. The attendee list will be distributed ahead of time and we encourage you to flag any specific introductions you would like.

On behalf of the Accelerate Committee and the team at BAB, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Womble Bond Dickinson Summit ‘Everything from Everywhere’

Womble Bond Dickinson Summit ‘Everything from Everywhere’

Friday, January 29, 2021

11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST


What are the risks and opportunities in a marketplace where everything can be done from everywhere? Taxes,
leasing arrangements, cybersecurity, logistics, employment, land use – the list of legal and business implications
companies face in a virtual world is long and varied.

Womble Bond Dickinson’s Everything from Everywhere Summit will explore these issues and provide
business leaders with critical insights on some of the biggest challenges the digital economy will present in the coming year.

RSM Business Leaders’ Summit 2021 – Locked down, but looking up

RSM Business Leaders’ Summit 2021 – Locked down, but looking up

Thursday, January 28, 2021

2:00 – 5:00 pm EST


Join us for our inaugural Business Leaders’ Summit on 28 January 2021 at 2pm on our virtual platform.

As business leaders we are dealing with a unique set of challenges. It’s almost a perfect storm, from the health crisis and the lockdowns, to Brexit, the climate emergency, and a host of geopolitical issues, all at the same time.

Meet our expert speakers, Simon Hart, RSM UK International lead partner and Joe Brusuelas, RSM US Chief Economist, who will explore the geopolitical and economic trends and predictions which may impact the future of your business.

Kirsty Sandwell, our Head of Transactions is running a session where she will share the top 10 areas to focus on for every business leader in the next 2-3 years.

We will round up the summit with Claire Leece facilitating the discussion panel of middle market business leaders. Our panel, which also includes RSM UK’s Chief Executive Officer Rob Donaldson, will share their thoughts on the expectations of leadership, how it is evolving with new ways of working, and the acceleration of change.

Member Feature – Bartlett Group

Bartlett Group is a boutique international insurance broker with more than 80 years of experience helping global businesses manage risk.  As a third-generation family owned business, Bartlett has grown organically from a one-man office in the North of England to a multinational broker with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.  Operating in more than 40 countries, serving regional manufacturing and technology firms to large publicly-listed multinational companies, as well as private clients, Bartlett’s international presence and experience uniquely position them to handle complex multinational insurance programs.  In 1995 Bartlett Group founded the Bartlett Foundation.  Every year they give 8% of their pre-tax profits to charities and organizations that support the education and welfare of young people, particularly in the developing world. Two times in the last five years Bartlett Group has won nationally acclaimed industry awards.  We are honored to call Bartlett Group one of our founding member companies, and to recognize them as members for the past 30 years.

BABA Member, Womble Bond Dickinson presents: Anticipating Policy and Regulatory Changes in the Biden-Harris Era

BABA Member, Womble Bond Dickinson presents: Anticipating Policy and Regulatory Changes in the Biden-Harris Era

Thursday, January 14, 2021

12:00 – 1:15 pm EST


With the anticipated policy changes in a Biden administration, our panel of experts will explore how these could impact their businesses and the industries in which they work, on a federal and state level. These changes will likely include issues related to COVID-19, healthcare, banking regulations, labor, climate change, tax reform, and trade. Join us for a lively discussion as we look at what the future may hold.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • HSBC
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government