Newsletter of the German-American Business Council of Boston, Inc.
JANUARY 2017 e-publication of the GABC Boston
Michael Haueisen
GABC Board of Directors
VP Strategic Procurement 
SIEMENS Energy Management US/CA
Letter from the Editor
Welcome to 2017!

Yes, a New Year is here and nothing will turn back times.

This week we even experienced a taste of spring, but be aware - winter is by far not over yet. With snow almost as bad as in the record season 2014/2015 there is surely much more to expect.

More to expect is also from the GABC. We are working hard to be able to provide you with interesting events throughout 2017. Please check the upcoming February/March events in this newsletter. 

I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Successful Year 2017 and would like to close today with some words from Dieter Hildebrandt: 

Statt zu klagen, dass wir nicht alles haben, was wir wollen, sollten wir lieber dankbar sein, dass wir nicht alles bekommen, was wir verdienen.

(Instead of complaining about not having all what we want, we should rather be thankful that we do not get everything what we actually deserve).



Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events
February 7, 2017
Developing Your Personal Brand: Mastering the “ME” Talk 
Whether you are starting your career or switching careers, you will likely be asked to introduce yourself to a prospective employer or to someone who could connect you to an opportunity. In the U.S., these 30-seconds will begin or end a conversation. Are you ready? Save the date for this presentation and breakout session with GABC Member Annette Herz of Compass Marketing who has years of experience successfully marketing consumer brands both nationally and internationally.  More...

February 25, 2017
European Career Fair (ECF)
GABC is pleased to be a Sponsor again this year for the ECF,  an annual 3-day recruiting event organized by the MIT European Club in partnership with the European Commission.  ECF connects top-tier US students and young professionals with European companies. Students and job seekers can register and upload their CVs for free.  ECF is actively seeking companies who are interested in recruiting new talent to purchase booths at the fair.  In addition, ECF is actively seeking more Students/Grads/Postdocs/Visiting students to join their organizing team--this is a great opportunity to develop your leadership/organizational skills while building connections for your next job. There will be an Info Session for interested team members on Jan 18 at 7PM.   More...

February 28, 2017
GBANE 2017: 23rd Annual International Business Forum & Networking Evening
GABC is an active member of The Global Business Alliance of New England (GBANE) which puts on this popular annual event. Over 200 international business professionals come for presentations on doing business abroad, followed by a networking reception. This year's theme is The Impact of Moving Goods, People and Capital in the Global Economy.  It's a reaction to the global impact of Brexit and the risk of elimination of NAFTA which creates new challenges for multinational companies. The recent discussion around the proposed new US corporate tax rate and the impact for Foreign Direct Investment could potentially increase the US workforce, but decrease the amount of inward investment into countries abroad.  We face challenges in the workforce of the future and from the ever-changing immigration policies.  Join us. Registration and info HERE.  
March 3, 2017
GABC goes to the Ballet!
Join GABC for a Boston Ballet performance of Artifact, an avant-garde spectacle choreographed by William Forsythe, known to our members as the former director of the Frankfurt Ballet. This special evening includes a private VIP reception and pre-performance discussion, orchestra seats for the performance, and a private back-stage tour limited to the first 50 guests to purchase tickets.  Makes a great holiday gift!  Tickets and Info HERE.
Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1

The GABC Young Professionals Group which was formed in 2016, held its first social event when they met in a relaxed holiday-spirit atmosphere to enjoy the Boston Christmas Tree lighting festivities together. Drinks and dinner afterwards at Back Deck Restaurant — a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!  Contact us if you want to be part of this new group.

GABC’s annual Christmas gala was on December 9 in the magical setting of the Taj Boston overlooking the Boston Public Garden. The evening started off with cocktails in the French Room and Lounge,  followed by dinner.

We were honored by remarks from our Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann and the presence of his wife Dr. Bianca Horlemann.   GABC President Erik Dilger welcomed the guests, and introduced the evening’s Sponsor, Ann Boykin of Lufthansa, who charmed the guests with her own clever rendition of the “T’was the Night Before Christmas” poem (Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!) . 

The silent auction featured two business class tickets donated by Lufthansa, an enormous rocking Steiff Teddy Bear donated by Steiff North America, a certificate for dinner at Liquid Art House,  a boat tour of the Boston Harbor, a tour of the Reichstag in Berlin, an original vintage Woodstock poster, and so much more!  For a complete list of our donors and corporate sponsors, please see below.  GABC sincerely thanks all the guests who bid on these auction items.

After the dishes were cleared away, guests jumped up to get a glimpse and taste of Konditor Meister’s amazing dessert tables, laden with eye-popping holiday cakes, Strudel, Lebkuchen, Plätzchen and chocolate dipped strawberries.  GABC is thankful to Konditor Meister Günther Moesinger and his wife Silvia Hug-Moesinger for their generous donation of the dessert buffet.

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All photos: Credit David Fox, Photographer

GABC thanks our Event Sponsor:

GABC thanks  the following Donors and Contributors for their support:

Boston Ballet
David Fox Photographer
Erik Dilger
Robert Duggan
German International School Boston
Haueisen Family
iSQI, Inc.
Karl's Sausage Kitchen
Konditor Meister
Bodo Liesenfeld
Liquid Art House
Moesslang Family
Steiff North America, Inc.

GABC also thanks our Gala Corporate Table Sponsors:

Chin & Curtis LLP *  Cooley LLP  * Fraunhofer CSE *  Goss Associates * Hamilton Smith Brook Reynolds * MilliporeSigma *  OSRAM / Ledvance * Bodo Liesenfeld (for German American Conference at Harvard) *  
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C. *  

Douglas Hauer Retires from GABC Board of Directors in December 2016.
Doug Hauer, who is a  Member with Corporate and Securities / Immigration at M intz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. , has retired from his volunteer position on the GABC Board of Directors where he has served well since 2011.   In his role as GABC Board Member, Doug was instrumental in getting the GABC bylaws updated, and arranged for two events on immigration hosted at Mintz Levin.  Most recently, Doug sponsored a Corporate Table with Mintz Levin at the Weihnachtsgala, which was typical of his generosity and support for GABC.  Happily, this is not goodbye, as Doug will continue to support GABC in the future, but in a more limited, project-based way.

GABC Board of Directors Welcomes Dr. Anneke Kramm and Dr. Cornelia Kroeger to the Board
GABC Board Members are all volunteers who devote considerable time, talent and energy to the good of the organization, while holding down demanding jobs and juggling commitments elsewhere. As there are no other full time staff except the Executive Director, the board members are vital to GABC's existence and strategic planning;  they are at the very heart of the organization.
Anneke Kramm, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Associate at T he Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where she is the biological lead of a multidisciplinary project team aiming to discover small molecules against chromatin oncology targets. Anneke is a native German, working in collaboration with German Pharma. She earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK.  

Anneke first came to GABC as a guest at an event we organized for the Mayor of Düsseldorf in 2015. Since then, she has become a founding member of GABC's new Young Professionals Group and sits on the group's Steering Committee.  Drawing on her experience as both mentee and mentor in the past, Anneke is the driving force behind GABC's  new Mentorship Program. Well done, Anneke!
Cornelia Kroeger, PhD is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Whitehead Institute of MIT. Her work focuses on  analyzing the influence of the tumor micro-environment on tumor progression and cancer stem cell formation.

Cornelia has been a guest at GABC scientific events for years. In her co-leadership role at GAIN (German Academic International Network) she has crossed paths with us and the German Consulate many times.  Cornelia was very instrumental in starting GABC's new Young Professionals Group, and is a member of its Steering Committee.  She is focused on organizing career development events for the YPs and has already moderated the panel discussion at the very first YP career event "How to Present Oneself" earlier this year.  Welcome, Cornelia!

Fraunhofer CSE: Leaders in Energy Innovation Meet at TechBridge Innovation Showcase
Representatives from industry, state, and non-profit clean energy organizations gathered at the TechBridge Innovation Showcase at Fraunhofer CSE’s office on December 6, 2016 for an event that highlighted awardees of TechBridge—a program by Fraunhofer CSE to identify and de-risk innovative energy technologies. The event provided a platform to engage with the leaders in innovation and gain insight into Fraunhofer CSE’s work in the energy space. MORE...

GABC Mentoring Program Update

Would you like to support and encourage people to develop their skills and maximize their potential? 

Would you or someone you know benefit from having a mentor?

Join the German-American Business Council Young Professionals (GABC YP) Mentoring Program as a MENTOR or a MENTEE

Our program brings together young and experienced professionals in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships. The mentoring relationship is built on mutual trust, respect and communication, and involves engagement of both parties in exchanging ideas, discussing progress and setting goals for further development.  

For further information please email

Schwarzes Brett

mk North America, Inc. seeks experienced Engineering Manager (Bloomfield, CT) 
mk North America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of automation conveyors and material handling systems for a wide range of applications and industries. We have an immediate opening for an Engineering Manager with strong project management and design engineering skills. More HERE

GABC Member Returning to Germany-- Brookline Apartment Available for Short- or Long- Term Lease
2 bedroom , 2 full bathroom apartment on 3rd floor of 3-story red brick building, one T - stop from Washington Square on Lancaster Terrace off Beacon Street. Rent: $ 2360 unfurnished (hot water and heat incl.) or $3150 fully furnished. Garage parking: $ 175 per month. Available early February 2017. Contact  mangoldd@ for further details and other contract options (including possible car).

GACCNY Fact-finding Mission to Frankfurt : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, March 27-30, 2017
The German-American Chamber of Commerce New York (GACCNY) is now accepting applications from participants for a half-day conference and multiple site visits over 4 days. Participants will gain valuable insight into the German energy efficiency industry and connect with local industry professionals. The trip includes visits to companies, organizations and reference projects. It targets U.S. architects, engineers, consultants, companies and professionals in the green building and energy efficiency sector, NGOs, and public authorities. The program is free but participants are responsible for their own travel (flights and hotel) and meal costs. More info HERE

University of Rhode Island Seeks German International Engineering Program Coordinator
URI seeks candidate to coordinate day-to-day operations of the German branch of the International Engineering Program, an innovative and interdisciplinary academic program with approximately 190 students and two partner universities in Germany. More info HERE

Belmont World Films Family Festival presents three German films  for children January 13-16
"Molly Monster" in English (Ages 3-7), "Fortune Favors the Brave" in German and Vietnamese with subtitles (Ages 8+) and "Heidi" in Swiss German, German & Afrikaans with subtitles (Ages 5+) Details at

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