Dear members, partners & friends,

this week we are launching a weekly poll (it's just a click!), we are sharing helpful resources for relaxation; and as always we include a look at a few stories in the press that may be of interest.

The GABC Young Professionals are announcing their first Virtual Stammtisch (please register) and we applaud their initiative to launch a YP Helpline: Do you know someone who may be sick and alone and may be in need of as simple help as running a few errands? See details on how to contact the YPs below -- and how to help.

Please stay healthy.

With kind regards | Mit freundlichen Grüssen

Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
Weekly Poll
Our weekly poll is a quick take on a something that's on our mind this week - or your mind! The poll will close on April 9 at noon. We will publish the results in our next newsletter.

Have a suggestion for a poll question? Email us a question
Making News
Unprecedented Challenges Demand Unprecedented Solutions
"We are going to do all we can to end this pandemic and work towards preventing others in the future. I hope many of you will join us." concludes MilliporeSigma's CEO Udit Batra on a recent LinkedIn post he penned.

A Virtual Conversation featuring Udit Batra
Udit Batra will speak to leading through a global crisis and what it takes to unleash the power of science against the coronavirus pandemic. This event is hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Submit questions ahead of time. The event is free.
When : Tuesday, April 7th from 2:30 to 3:30PM,

In the News | Pressespiegel
As seen in
Why is Germany's Corona Death Rate so low? A strong healthcare system, mass testing and luck
April 3, 2020
" They got right to work developing a SARS-CoV-2 test  and implemented it by mid-January, before most countries had even diagnosed their first case. "

As seen in
US swoop on masks sees 3M supplies diverted from Berlin

April 3, 2020
"Protective medical equipment made by US manufacturer 3M and bound for Germany was intercepted in Thailand and diverted to the US, in an incident a senior German official described as “modern piracy".

Gelesen in
Dräger baut eine Fabrik für Trump
3. April 2020
" Etwa in den Vereinigten Staaten, wo die Trump-Administration eine zweistellige Millionenzahl an Atemmasken bestellt hat: Um diese liefern zu können, stellt Dräger den Amerikanern an der Ostküste exklusiv eine neue Fabrik hin. "

As seen in
March 26, 2020
"With the sharp scale-back in passenger travel, however, the companies are offering dedicated cargo runs to deploy their assets and replace revenue while helping to keep supply chains moving and facilitate the shipment of essential goods . "

GABC Young Professionals
The April Stammtisch Goes Zoom!
The Young Professionals had to cancel the March Stammtisch, but they are back this month via Zoom . Virtual meetings can be somewhat awkward, so there will also be some fun trivia to enjoy in case some conversation starters are needed.

Sit back, relax and zoom with the YPs -- everyone welcome!

Please register to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link prior to the Stammtisch.

Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 7PM to 9PM
Help Needed? Help Wanted!
Are you in need of help?
If you are in the Metro Boston area, sick at home, alone and not able to go out to buy groceries, get to the pharmacy or are "stuck" in some other kind of way, reach out to the GABC YP Helpline. They may be able to assist you with a run to the store or assist in other ways.

Are you able to help?
Would you like to volunteer to help someone in need who is alone and appreciates the assistance?

Send an Email to the GABC YP Helpline:
Donate Blood : Another great way to help right now is to donate blood. However, it's important to check the eligibilty criteria first. If you have lived in Europe for a certain amount of time, you are most likely excluded:
  • Inquire here about eligibility and to make an appointment at Dana Farber
  • Review Mass General's Blood Donor Eligibility Guidelines
Young Professionals are seeking two Mentors
The GABC YP Mentoring Program brings together young and experienced professionals in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships and involves engagement of both parties in exchanging ideas, discussing progress and setting goals for further development. The GABC YP mentorship program is currently seeking two Mentors to match with two GABC YP Mentees .
Mentors needed with the following background:

  • chemical engineering with a higher degree and now works in the Healthcare sector, preferably in drug development
  • management consulting with focus on energy sector or experienced energy sector professional with network in the US.

If you are interested, please send an email to
Outside of Work | Relaxation
  • Guided Meditation: With many of us transitioning to work-from-home life and spending our days social distancing, it's important to find balance and routine. Venture Lane is offering daily 15-minute meditation sessions each morning from 6:45 to 7:00AM via Zoom (and check out their extensive free virtual crisis managing programming for the entrepreneurial community!)

  • Virtual Culture: Empty cinemas, closed theaters and galleries, canceled concerts—our lives have changed immensely in recent weeks. The community is showing solidarity and creativity, and many artists and cultural institutions have put their programs online. The program curators at the Goethe-Institut Boston have put together picks and tips with current offers that you can experience digitally.

  • Games & Puzzle Time: "The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to hunker down in their homes and find ways to entertain themselves. A lot of them are thinking the same thought: jigsaw puzzles" writes the WSJ. Ravensburger, the world's largest puzzle maker, is working around the clock in order to catch up with the extraordinary demand --and provides alternatives for play time for the time being.
Job Opportunity
Director of Finance & Controlling at Henke Sass Wolf of America
Henke Sass Wolf of America  is a medical device manufacturer and service facility located in Dudley, MA with corporate headquarters in Tuttlingen, Germany. The company is looking for a director of finance for their $53M, 220-employee strong facility here in Massachusetts. Contact: Tia Froio .

German Consulate General Boston
  • Hours: The Consulate staff in Boston can be reached by phone from Monday through Thursday from 10AM to 3PM and Fridays from 10AM to 1PM and they can also be reached via (the office is closed to the public at this time.)
  • Phone: +1 (617) 369-4900 or +1 (207) 352-825
  • Online: Up-to-date information is posted on and
  • Elefand: The Consulate is encouraging German cititizens to register with the Electronic Registrations for Germans Abroad (Elektronische Erfassung von Deutschen im Ausland).
Future Events
For the time being, we have canceled or postponed events originally scheduled for March and April 2020 and we will update you on any plans for new dates and new events as soon as we can.

We understand that at this time it is difficult to predict how the COVID19 situation unfolds, but here is what we are working on for our Fall Program Highlights:
The German American Economic Forum 2020 is a half day conference and focuses on "Smart Cities" highlighting the importance of data and technology to improve livability and sustainability of a city.
Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 8AM
Flashback: View a video of our 2019 German American Economic Conference here .
Our Annual Gala returns to the UMass Club on December 4th where we hope to celebrate with many of you and look back on what is already shaping up to be an extraordinary year.
Friday, December 4th, 2020 6:30PM
Flashback: See photos and supporters of our 2019 Gala here.
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