2010 Events

2010 Events

Annual Meeting of FACC Members 

Monday, December 13th

Law Offices of Arnold & Porter

A total of 50 FACC members from the Washington, DC Chapter gathered for a review of past activity, discover recently launched programs, learn about what’s in store for 2011 and share thoughts and ideas.


From the law firm, Philippe Oudinot provided opening remarks, followed by Whitney Debevoise,  and John B. Bellinger who regaled us with an expose on the topic of Wikileaks.  A cocktail reception and buffet dinner was provided, compliments of Arnold & Porter.   


FACC members listened attentively to the presentations . . .

and enjoyed some jokes along the way.

Guests helped themselves to the buffet . . .

and enjoyed networking during the reception.

Eliot Norman of Williams Mullen delighted one
and all with his talent as an accomplished


Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration 

Thursday, November 18th

La Maison Francaise, Embassy of France

Close to 400 guests gathered together for the 2010 edition of the Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration. 


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With Special Thanks to our Fabulous Sponsors


Food & Wine Sponsors
Cuisine Solutions
AMI Brands LLC
Food Expression
Silver Spoon
Simply Sausage
WJ Deutsch Raffle

Raffle Grand Prize Sponsors
InterContinental Hotels Group
Rémy Cointreau

Silent Auction Sponsors

Les Caprices de Claudine
The Churchill Hotel
The Jefferson
The Presse Bookstore
Sogeti USA

VIP Cocktail Sponsors

Rémy Cointreau
Boisset Family Estates
Justin Bradley

Official Photographers

Stephanie Bagot, Holland & Knight
Nicholas Kamm, Agence France Presse
Kate MacDonnell
Alan Schlaifer, Wharton Club DC




Panel Discussion on Managing Business Risk in a Changing World
October 20, 2010 in the law offices of Holland & Knight

Our panelists, Isabelle Wheeler of BNP Paribas, Leigh Basha and Stephanie Bagot of Holland & Knight, and Philippe de Dreuzy of Rutherfoord, provided very informative presentations on key financial, legal and insurance considerations for assessing and managing risk in today's volatile, interdependent and evolving global business environment.



With special thanks to FACC Corporate Members for sponsoring this event:





Speed Networking Dinner with the FACC WDC, SACC-DC and Wharton Club of DC - September 22, 2010 at Neyla Mediterranean Grill

Alan Gregerman - consultant, speaker, writer and teacher - led an energized speed networking session for 40 participants. Alan's work focuses on helping companies and organizations to unlock the genius in all of their people in order to deliver the most compelling value to their constituencies and stakeholders. This session was inspired by Alan's approach as he coached participants in the art of discovering the "something special" and common areas with each other, creating a personal link that can readily morph into business opportunities. Fellow networkers brought new sources of information, experience and insight to one another, bringing refreshing perspectives beyond one's personal universe.

FACC Workshop with Jane Mobille "Harnessing your Personal Charisma in a Multicultural Business Environment - August 27, 2010 at the Embassy of France 

Jane Mobille, Executive/Life Coach based in the Paris region, facilitated the seminar which was joined by 10 FACC members and non-members. Through a variety of group-based, writing and presentation exercises, Jane showed us how to identify our core values, authenticity and personal charisma. We jointly defined terms including "multicultural", "charisma", "authenticity" and "vulnerability" as they apply to the global professional arena.  Participants shared key professional experiences on overcoming managerial challenges and articulating core values in the multicultural workplace.   It became clear over the course of the seminar that deploying personal charisma can positively impact business relations, personal fulfilment and professional success.



French-American Friendship Soiree - June 23, 2010 at the French Ambassador's Residence


A total of 96 guests gathered at the Ambassador's residence  for a memorable celebration of French-American relations.








Ambassador Vimont hosted the evening.


 French Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Jim Oberstar, spoke in English and impeccable French, and we had the pleasure of learning about the French caucus with Rep. John Boozman. 





Representatives Ginny Brown-Waite, Bart Gordon, Robert Latta and Candice Miller were in attendance. FACC President Jean-Marc Gaultier illustrated the importance of French-American business relations and Executive Director Carla de Chassy presented a lifetime Honorary Membership Certificate to Ambassador Vimont. 


Light jazz music presented a melodious backdrop to the evening's festivities.  

A gourmet dinner by Executive Chef Bertrand Bellengier was served of shrimp remoulade with caper dressing, Muscovy duck breast with mille-feuille de legumes, marinated berries with blood peach sorbet and macaroons, with wine pairings and champagne.   


  Guests received crystal business card-holders designed by LR Paris

Mrs. Jean Oberstar won the raffle prize: two round-trip BizSeats on OpenSkies to Paris!

Our generous sponsors included Areva, Rutherfoord and OpenSkies and Simona Monnati Photography.

French Fashion Show Benefit for Dress for Success - May 27, 2010 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The French-American Chamber of Commerce partnered with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Dress for Success, Bayou Muse, OpenSkies and Dessange Tysons to produce a French Fashion Show on the theme "Vintage to Vogue".  One-half of the proceeds were donated to Dress for Success.

Below are four of the 25 ensembles that were modeled:



 Pondering the silent auction . . .


And the winner of the Raffle Draw for two round-trip BizSeats on OpenSkies to Paris is . . . Anne Menotti!


Ambassador Angelos Pangratis of the E.U. Delegation to the United States - April 21, 2010 at Johns Hopkins University - S.A.I.S.

Ambassador Pangratis gave a keynote address on innovation as a core theme for the future. "Our developed societies need to develop appropriate policy responses to mega challenges of the 21st century that include, among others, adapting to an increasingly globalized and interdependent world, addressing the causes and consequences of climate change, advancing towards the greener economy of the future, preserving and expanding the prosperity of our people while managing the consequences of an aging population. These challenges can only be met through increased innovation concerning goods and services but also business models and management processes. We need to accelerate profoundly our capability to innovate at all levels of society in order to move more quickly toward a sustainable future." 

A panel of experts debated on the definition of innovation and steps that the US governement and the European governments could take to encourage responsible innovation.  Michael Maibach, EABC moderated. Panelists included:  Gary Litman, US Chamber of Commerce,  Robert Atkinson, ITIF, Joe Damond, Pfizer, Michael Peck, Mapa Group.

Tom Adams, CEO of Rosetta Stone - March 17, 2010 at House of Sweden

Tom Adams a luncheon-conference, Tom Adams shared his experience transforming Rosetta Stone from a small, family-owned company in 2003 into to a publicly-listed, world-class business by 2009. He succesfully built Rosetta Stone AGinto one of the world's leading providers of technology-based language learning solutions.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF, "Disparities in Worldwide Recovery from the Economic Crisis - January 15, 2010 at the University Club 

For full coverage of the conference by C-SPAN, please click here.  


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