January News & Updates
What you will find in this month's newsletter:

  • Letter from the FACC-PNW President: Introducing a New Vice-President and our New Executive Director
  • Save the Date: Seattle's French Fest will be online on March 21, 2021
  • Community Announcements: Alliance Française and Made in France
  • Connect with Us: Don't miss important news and events, join us on social media!
Letter from the FACC-PNW President
Dear Members of the FACC-PNW Community,
Let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year. We hope you are staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times. We believe it is more important than ever to stay strong as a community as we all look forward to better times on the horizon.

Many changes have recently taken place in our organization. Eric Beaulieu, formerly our Executive Director, relocated to Switzerland in October. Board Vice-President Jean-Michel Hillion has also returned to Europe, where he has taken up the position of Safran Group Strategy Director in France. We wish both Eric and Jean-Michel the best in their new roles and we thank them for their major contributions to FACC PNW's success.

Our Board worked diligently these past last few months, under the leadership of Louis Scott de Martinville (head of the Search Committee) to identify a new Vice-President and a new Executive Director. I 'd like to thank all the candidates who applied for these openings; we look forward to enjoying the benefit of their experience to aid the Chamber in the very near future.

Today I am honored to announce that François Guerzeder has accepted the position as Vice-President of the board of directors. François is with Safran and holds the position of Senior VP, Boeing Programs. Francois has been dealing with Boeing for years he actually lived in Seattle, 20 years ago, developing the business for the aerospace wiring segment of Safran. Welcome back. 

I am also pleased to confirm our new Executive Director of the FACC-PNW, Ariane Ogier. Ariane has served on the FACC board as a member of Le Networking committee and is the founder of Ici Seattle, a bilingual Lifestyle e-magazine. We will rely heavily on Ariane's 20 years of marketing communications experience in Paris, Dubai and Seattle to guide the imminent relaunch of FACC programs.

Ariane is already coordinating the next major event, which will be a first-ever online version of Seattle's largest French festival, the French Fest. Plan to join us virtually on March 21 to celebrate the 9th edition of this city-wide tradition--a joyous celebration of Francophonie.

We would like to thank our members and our partners for their support in this pandemic period, during which FACCs across the US are offering a robust selection of high-quality webinars on contemporary topics. We encourage you to keep up with the latest opportunities though our newsletter, website and social media.
Julien Hervet, Board President
Upcoming Events & Webinars
FACC-PNW: French Fest (3/21)

Join us online on Sunday, March 21, 2021 for this free festival celebrating French-speaking cultures. This year will be the 9th edition of this popular event as part of the Seattle Center Festàl series.
FACC New York: Future Luxe: In Conversation with Erwan Rambourg (Feb. 1 at 3:00PM PDT)

As part of the Luxury, Fashion and Beauty series, we kick off 2021 with guest speaker Erwan Rambourg, luxurry analyst, speaker and author of Future Luxe. This series is brought to you by the FACC Luxury, Fashion and Beauty Committee. Learn more and register online.
FACC New York: Crossing Challenges to the Future of Remote Work
Part #1 Feb. 3: Employers
Part #2 Feb. 18: Employees
Part #3 Mar. 4: Cybersecurity and Cloud Infrastructure

Join us for a three-part series which will address the challenges of remote work from the point of view of employers, employees and cybersecurity issues, with a special focus on implications for the banking and financial sector. Visit here for Part 1, here for Part 2, and here for Part 3.
Community Announcements

The Alliance Française de Seattle hosts an online Happy Hour in French for all of those wanting to practice their French or simply connect with the Francophile community during a friendly apéro. This event takes place every other Friday; free and open to all. Details and link to join

Enjoy AFSeattle’s best recommendations for French-language movies and join our weekly ciné-salon online to discuss them in French! Connect with others through our shared love of cinema and Francophone cultures. All levels welcome. Participants watch the films independently before joining the discussion. RSVP required. Free for AFSeattle members, $10 for non-members. Program and RSVP
LE MAG' FR@NCOPHONE #17 - January 2021

Le Mag’ fr@ncophone – the magazine Made in France
Since 2016, non-profit organization MADE IN FRANCE has been publishing a magazine in French as a bridge between the Francophone community in the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the French-speaking world. Le Mag’ fr@ncophone is published quarterly and distributed electronically to more and more readers.
Read it, ponder it and of course enjoy it!
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