LA DÉPÊCHE
April News & Updates
What you will find in this month's newsletter:

  • Letter from the FACC-PNW President: New Executive Director
  • Upcoming Events: Explore free webinars from the FACC National Network.
  • Community Announcements: Organize High-Tech events with us!
  • Connect with Us: Don't miss important news and events, join us on social media!
  • Membership: Renew your FACC-PNW Membership!

Letter from the FACC-PNW President
Dear Members of the FACC-PNW Community,
 
Let me start by wishing that you and yours are keeping as well as possible in these challenging times. The March to June period is traditionally very busy for the Chamber, and this year was supposed to be very special. As many of you know, Jack Cowan will retire as Executive Director this summer. Once it is deemed safe, we will have the opportunity to gather together to celebrate Jack’s fantastic leadership and tenure with the Chamber. 
 
Our Board was tasked with the arduous task of identifying the new Executive Director of the Chamber. I want to commend and thank the Search Committee led by Louis Scott de Martinville. The Committee went through a thorough process, identifying a pool of very strong candidates. Ultimately, the Committee recommended a candidate that was approved unanimously by the Board. 
 
I am honored to announce that Eric Beaulieu will be the next Executive Director of the FACC-PNW. If this name sounds familiar to many of you, it is likely because Eric has been working as Deputy Director of the Chamber, starting a few years ago before moving to Singapore, and then again for the last year. 
 
Eric brings to the Chamber a wealth of professional experience both in France and abroad, as well as a fantastic acumen to lead a nonprofit bi-cultural organization. Eric’s passion for the FACC’s mission, respect for the great work led by Jack, and his willingness to innovate have made him the candidate of choice. Please join me in congratulating Eric. We look forward to seeing the Chamber evolve and develop under his leadership.

I want to thank all the candidates who applied for the position and hope we can rely on them to lend their experience to the Chamber in other capacities moving forward. 
 
In these challenging times, the FACC-PNW is here to help its members despite the cancellation of many of our gatherings and committee meetings. Our agile team is coordinating with other FACCs across the US to bring you thematic webinars . Our newsletter, social network pages and websites are the best way to keep up to date on the latest opportunities for our members. 
 
We also rely on our members to support us. With all our events and learning expeditions being canceled, the Chamber has lost a significant part of its revenue stream. Please make sure your membership fees are up to date. Today more than ever, our team is dedicated to fulfill the Chamber missions and work in the interest of its members. We thank you for your generous support.
 
Sincerely,
Julien Hervet, Board President
Upcoming Events & Webinars
FACC New England:  Les Aides Fiscales et le CARES Act (4/9 at 1:00PM PDT)

Jade Fiducial et la FACC New England vous proposent un webinar en français de 45 minutes + questions / réponses afin de comprendre dans le détail, le programme mis en place par le gouvernement américain. Vous inscrire en ligne.
FACC Florida:  Crossing the Crisis with Collective Intelligence (4/10 at 6:30AM PDT)

These times of confinement are unprecedented and generate a great deal of stress and anxiety. However we may benefit from the space if we take the time to think. Learn more and register online.
FACC-PNW:  CARES Act - Key Provisions for Individuals and Businesses (4/10 at 10:00AM PDT)

During this free webinar, Moses Man, CPA and CEO of M Squared Tax, will discuss the key components of the CARES Act that will impact both individuals and businesses. Register online.
FACC New York:  The CARES Act - Tax Sections (4/13 at 11:00AM PDT)

Join FACC New York to gain insights on vital economic support and assistance available to overcome any temporary loss of business revenue. Focus on the tax sections of the CARES Act. Register online.
FACC Atlanta: Impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and the Workplace (4/14 at 9:00AM PDT)

Georges Hoffmann  and   Manori de Silva   will share major immigration and HR developments that impact a mobile workforce and how to navigate through the current environment . Register online.
FACC Florida: The State of Drive-to-Store Advertising (4/14 at 9:30AM PDT)

Stan Coignard, America's CEO and Co-Founder at S4M will provide an overview of the drive-to-store advertising industry with a focus on how to best advertise and communicate with your customers during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Register online.
FACC Chicago:  Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Working (4/21 at 7:00AM PDT)

Join FACC Chicago for a discussion with Tim Palmer, Managing Director of CyberSafe360, LLC to discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the cybersecurity threat landscape as many employees are forced to work from home. Register online.
FACC-MN:  Creating a Culture of Innovation (4/23 at 9:00AM PDT)

Join FACC-MN for guided conversations and group activities led by member Thierry Boudet, Innovation Catalyst & Technology Change Leader. The goal of the session is to gain new information, learn from others, and leave with specific ideas on what you can do to drive, enable and sustain innovation in your own teams. Register online.
Event Cancellation Updates:

  • Cancelled: Le Networking takes you to Provence! Visit of the Valérie Collymore exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery (Queen Ann) which was due to take place April 11.
  • Postponed: Annual Meeting for FACC/FEN, which was due to take place April 23. We hope to reschedule the meeting for June.
  • Postponed: Seattle European-American Air Forum (SEAAF) which was due to take place June 3 at the Museum of Flight. More info.

*   The information on these events is accurate as of the time this email was sent. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as some of these events may be further postponed or cancelled. For questions about an FACC-PNW event, please email   info@faccpnw.org ; for an event hosted by a partner organization, please contact them directly.
Community Announcements
Join the High-Tech and Innovation Organizing Committee
We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about the High-Tech industry to help organize High-Tech and Innovation Committee meetings. Previous events included an AI Conference with SKEMA Business School , and an introduction to NonLinear Materials Corporation's Fiber-optic Tech . Contact info@faccpnw.org to learn more about the committee and to request to join the team.
French Courses Start 100% Online this Spring at AFSeattle
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the directives of the state of Washington, the Alliance Française de Seattle will start its Spring 2020 term fully online. Online French courses follow the usual format, course plan, and learning objectives. They are limited to 6 participants for best results, and are supported by live video classes, an e-learning platform, and a variety of additional e-learning resources to offer an efficient, professional, fun, and interactive experience. See you online!
AFSeattle's Online Ciné-salon
The Alliance Française de Seattle is launching a weekly online event to discuss a curated selection of French-language films! Open to all levels of French, this online ciné-salon will allow you to connect with others through a shared love of cinema and Francophone cultures. This is a great way to practice your French, but is first and foremost meant to entertain and help us socialize. A French instructor will lead the ciné-salon with thematic questions and organize discussion groups by level. Donation-based event.
Connect with Us!
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