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The STIR: LGBTQ+ Community and Allies Pave a Way to a More Inclusive Workplace

Thursday, September 22, 2022
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


According to the Corporate Equality Index 2022 report by the Human Rights Campaign, 67 percent of the Fortune 500 businesses offer transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage, up from 0 per cent in 2002, and over 285 of the fortune-500 ranked businesses achieved a 100 percent rating.

The data is clear: being an inclusive employer positively impacts recruitment, retention, engagement, and overall total revenue. While the push for equality originated in the United States and Europe, it has long since spilled over into the global marketplace.

Join our panel of experts as we explore these key questions:

  • How do you advance your current policies to be inclusive of your LGBTQ+ community?
  • How can multinational organizations champion the culture of inclusiveness in differing regions across the US and UK?
  • How can you build inclusive practices into your hiring process to signal your commitment to LGBTQ+ Equality?
  • How can you support employee resource groups and ally initiatives to engage with your employees in meaningful dialogue?

London & Partners Digital Health Mission – Philadelphia

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with corporate member, London & Partners, London’s business growth and destination agency, to bring a delegation of some of the UK’s most exciting digital health scale-ups to Philadelphia. These British companies recently entered the US market or are getting ready to launch. The itinerary included meetings with key corporate buyers, stakeholders, and go-to-market experts. The BABCPHL partnered with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, The Commerce Department for the City of Philadelphia, and The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to welcome delegates and deliver information about the region and the life sciences ecosystem.  

Our roundtable discussion was hosted by William Sasso, Chairman Emeritus, Stradley Ronon, in the Firm’s beautiful office with magnificent views of the City. The dynamic conversation offered important data on the area, focusing on MedTech and digital health. Jason Hunt, Manager, International Business Attraction & Retention, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development; Pierre-Olivier Lugez, Senior Director, International Business & Global Strategy, City of Philadelphia Dept. of Commerce; and James Medaglio, Director, Business Attraction & Expansion, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia delivered valuable insight about “why Philadelphia” is a welcoming market, and how we can work together to enhance business ties between our region and the UK.  

The day ended with interactive networking sessions, drinks and games at Venture Café at The Science Center in University City. Lively conversations throughout the venue revolved around trends in MedTech innovation from cutting-edge technology demos to experiential sessions on FDA regulatory updates and early-stage funding. This informal gathering enabled regional MedTech thought leaders to meet with and hear from MedTech companies from across the pond.  

Special thanks to London & Partners for working with us to bring the UK companies to Philadelphia; to Stradley Ronon for hosting our roundtable; and to Venture Café for the fun and interactive evening.  

Click HERE for photos from the roundtable discussion. 

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Annual Global Travel Update – On the Fly

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, the BABCPHL hosted the third annual global travel update sponsored by Green and Spiegel, an internationally renowned immigration firm. Keynote speakers, Keith Brune, Interim CEO & COO, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Emma Gilthorpe, COO, Heathrow Airport (LHR) headlined the meeting, featuring a panel of experts from the travel, airline, and legal sectors, including: Svetlana Yazovskikh, VP of Global Tourism, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jonathan Grode, US Practice Director and Managing Partner at Green and Spiegel; Rhett Workman, Managing Director – Europe, Middle East & Asia-Pacific, American Airlines; Lakshman Amaranayaka, Vice President of PHL Hub Operations; Philip Dupree, Managing Director of Customer Care, American Airlines; and Gregg Caren, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This timely event focused on travel industry recovery efforts, customer care, sustainable aviation, and what is happening in Philadelphia and around the world as things continue to rebound. The discussion concentrated on air travel, the core of operations throughout the transatlantic corridor and beyond.

PHL and LHR are the backbone for international business and leisure travel, moving passengers and cargo across the Atlantic Ocean and connecting flights throughout the world. In the not-too-distant past, the pandemic-related lockdowns completely upended travel and created a cargo bottleneck. Constantly changing cross-border restrictions and regulations created a chaotic situation. To facilitate smoother operations, in May 2021, PHL and LHR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase collaboration and permit greater engagement towards reinforcing recovery from COVID-19, and the travel industry and global mobility in general have been reacting and evolving since.

Speakers delivered remarks about how the movement of people and goods are facilitating and meeting current business needs. They talked about the strong uptick in business travel this fall, and the forecast for the holiday season. Presenters also addressed how the industry is scaling up to meet demands now and, in the future, as major sporting, convention and city-wide events come to Philadelphia during the next few years. Global visitors and movement throughout the transatlantic corridor positively influence local economic growth, prosperity and visibility.

This annual update was a beacon of encouraging news, highlighting growth and recovery. The BABCPHL was honored to collaborate with our members to deliver this timely, content rich program. Special thanks to our speakers, event sponsor: Green and Spiegel, and partners from the: Chilean, French, German, Irish, and Japan American Chambers of Commerce, in addition to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Delaware.

If you missed the event, click here for an on-demand playback recording. The passcode is ih5!#maP.

Click here for speaker bios and here for photos.

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Ryder Cup

September 7, 2022

10:00 am – 4:30 pm EST


Now in its 22nd year, the BACC Ryder Cup is a unique combination of business and sport highlighting the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain.

Typically held in August every year, the BACC Ohio tournament has been moved to be the precursor event for this year’s Transatlantic Conference.

Modeled on the nearly century old competition between the US and Europe, the BACC Ryder Cup is played every year and we look forward to welcoming new golfers from across the U.S. and U.K. into our event.

BAB Accelerate Workshop for UK Inbound Companies

Day 1 – Tuesday, September 13, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Day 2 – Wednesday, September 14, 2022
10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT


BritishAmerican Business is pleased to invite you to join our BAB Accelerate Workshop

The BAB Accelerate Workshop for UK inbound companies will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to gain hands on, practical knowledge for expanding and growing their business in the UK.

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.

*Please note that there will be priority registration for UK inbound companies. Space will be limited for service provider observers. 

North American Festival of Wales

Wednesday, August 31 – Sunday, September 4, 2022

The North American Festival of Wales is an arts and culture festival with live music, seminars, dancing, language, literature, history, choirs, and evening singing at the pub, Welsh products, teas and more. The festival is held each year in a different location in either the US or Canada, on the shared Labor Day holiday weekend.

The North American Festival of Wales has been celebrating Welsh culture since 1929, and this year the festival is being held in Philadelphia.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Honoring the Spirit of America: A Conversation about Immigration

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

5:30 pm –  7:15 pm EST

Congress Hall
5th & Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


A common refrain is that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants—that the spirit of America directly stems from the fact that most Americans have ancestors who are immigrants. Immigration is a link to the past and a bridge to the future. We’re called a melting pot, where people come to achieve the “American Dream,” to settle their families, to work and start their businesses.

Nearly half of Fortune 500 companies were started by immigrants or their children. Immigrants have also started more than half of the start-up companies valued at $1 billion or more, with nearly two-thirds of U.S. “unicorns” (billion-dollar companies) being founded or co-founded by immigrants or their children.

However, in the United States today, foreign entrepreneurs seeking to work or start businesses are left without a viable path to do so. Furthermore, bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. is also highly problematic in today’s challenging economy because securing foreign-born low and unskilled workers is so difficult.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park to learn from a panel of speakers who will provide insight into why immigration—throughout U.S. history—has been so important and how we can continue to address the challenges of immigration policy today.

In Conversation With Q5 & Ceridian ‘What Do Top Employees Really Want Right Now, Other Than Great Pay?’

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST


Q5’s Oliver Purnell will be joined by expert speakers Sara Birmingham, Chief People Officer at Shutterstock, Julie Derene, SVP, Global Talent Management at Ceridian and Helena Rodrigue, Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Lab Consulting.

We will be answering some of the most important questions facing organisations:

  • How are you retaining and attracting talent? What tangible initiatives have you implemented which have fostered positive employee cultures?
  • Should organisations be open to adapting their missions and values to attract talent? Do companies need to re-evaluate their corporate values?
  • How important are DEI programmes and policy within your organisation? Are there any commitments you have made which have had a positive and authentic effect on the workforce?
  • In a digital-first world, how are you engaging your employees and creating an open and collaborative workspace?

Blockchain Event: Digital Assets for the Climate Markets

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


Join a discussion on benefits brought by Blockchain and wider distributed Ledger Technology to accelerate stakeholders’ efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, especially for climate action.

Q5 Webinar: How can businesses respond to record high levels of anxiety?

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST


‘What’s Next?’ webinar proudly brought to you by Q5 and Prospect Magazine.

How can businesses respond to record high levels of anxiety?

Editor-in-chief of Prospect Magazine Alan Rusbridger is joined by expert speakers Mary Homer, CEO of the White Company, Steve Rowe, former CEO of M&S, 2016 – 2022 and Paul Farmer, co-author of Government review ‘Thriving at work’ and the CEO at Mind to dive into this fascinating topic.

We’re answering some of the most important questions facing business leaders, including:

How is anxiety manifesting itself in both society and inside your organisation?

  • What initiatives are you (or other leaders you know) implementing to address this issue, and have you got any specific examples of where you’ve seen an organisation deal with anxiety in an innovative and effective way?
  • Is it really the role of the business to provide support for external variables contributing to employees’ high levels of anxiety?
  • Should business leaders take more responsibility for how they can impact employee anxiety outside of the workplace?  And if so, how?

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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