Dear GABC members, sponsors, partners & friends!

It's been a few months now that I have had the privilege to be at the helm of the German-American Business Council, and while any transition in leadership brings challenges, there are also many new opportunities that come with a fresh start!

I am looking forward to forging close relationships with our members and partners -- especially those I have not yet met or communicated with in person. Establishing and maintaining a meaningful and valuable high-level network among German-American businesses and professionals is at the core of what we do here at the GABC. Don't hesitate to bring forward ideas, introductions and initiatives, as this network also lives through its active membership!

This is a great time for you to join the GABC or renew your membership (there might be a friendly reminder sitting in your inbox) in order to take full advantage of what the GABC has to offer. Some of you may also decide to rejoin after taking some time off; if so please contact us first to determine your status. GABC members enjoy access to member-only events, or first dibs before popular events are opened to the general public.

The German-American relations continue to be strong and important, but the economic and political weather systems surrounding this relationship have been stormy and even chilly recently. Will the forecast bring back the calm and pleasant days from before, or will the weather stay unsettled and unpredictable for a while?

The current "climate" has been the topic of many conversations I have had over the last few months with members and guests at our events and beyond, and there is a continued demand (and desire) to exchange and be informed as the news cycle churns out more surprises on daily basis.

So, please take a look at what we have in store (and what we have covered so far). We strive to continue to bring you interesting events, high-level speakers and most of all, good networking opportunities.

We thank our new members and sponsors who have joined us recently. Look out for a full update on membership from me soon! Have a great start into the week,


Emily Westhoven
Executive Director
GABC Exclusive Event:
Sigmar Gabriel
"The Challenges of Europe in an Uncomfortable World"
Former Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Minister for the Environment, longest serving Leader of the Social Democratic Party, State Premier of Lower Saxony: Sigmar Gabriel is one of Germany's most recognized and prominent politicians and the list of political offices he held reads like no other. He served as Foreign Minister until March of 2018 and has since then written a new book and thinks and speaks passionately about how the world is currently changing.

GABC members and friends now have the opportunity to hear, meet and speak with Sigmar Gabriel on the topic of a changing world (economically, politically and socially) as part of a special evening event hosted by Mintz at their Boston offices.

Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: Mintz, One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111
Tickets: $25 member
(tickets are only available to GABC members at this time. We will open up ticket sales to non-members at a later date).

Refreshments will be served.

6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Welcome
7:15pm Key note
followed by Q&A
This event is made possible through the generous support of
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. 
Kamingespräch: Meet the New Consul General
Join us for a pre-Thanksgiving evening with Consul General Nicole Menzenbach who took on her diplomatic duties just this past August. Learn what her priorities for her posting in New England are and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead in the German-American relationship. Is everything #wunderbartogether?

About the GABC Kamingespräche / Fireside Chats
This event format is offered twice a year (fall and spring) where a political or economic topic is presented by one keynote speaker in a private setting — the home of a generous host in the Boston area. Fireside Chats are exclusively offered to GABC members and provide an intimate setting for GABC members to mingle and to receive special access to the key note speaker.

Date: Tuesday, November 20th
Time: 7 to 9pm

Location : We are graciously hosted in a private residence near Newton Highlands where the fireplace will be crackling and GABC’s guests receive a warm welcome.

Refreshments and drinks will be served.

Tickets are not on sale yet (GABC members only)
Weihnachts Gala
Join us for our most elegant and grandest event of the year: our Annual Weihnachts-Gala and Auction on Friday, December 7th.

This year, we will be enjoying fabulous views over Boston’s city and holiday lights from the 32nd floor of the UMass Club at One Beacon Street where we will be starting the evening with a reception, followed by a sit-down dinner and a stunning holiday themed dessert buffet donated by  KonditorMeister . Our online and live auction will be featured (details to follow) and to conclude the evening, the dance floor will be opened to all who would like to swing into the holiday season.

Are you interested in hosting 10 guests, employees or clients of your choice at our Gala? Reserve your corporate table now!

Date : Friday, December 7th
Time : 6:30 to 11:30pm
Location : UMass Club, One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston
Opportunity with our Partner FACC-NE:
Women as Bridge-Builders in a
Multicultural World
The French American Chamber of Commerce is extending GABC members discounted tickets to its interactive workshop in partnership with we-BOS, Mayor’s Walsh’s initiative to empower Women Entrepreneurs.

Date : Thursday, October 18th
Time : 5:30 to 8pm
Location : French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough Street, Boston 
Past events
You weren't able to joins us? Take a look at who we recently hosted and what we offered.
Back in August, we invited members who joined the GABC over the last year to a private Sommer Soir é e at the residence (incl. rooftop views over Boston's Back Bay) of one of our Board Members. More photos.
Full House at the Harvard Faculty Club for a discussion with Prof. Robert Lawrence and Prof. Karl Kaiser as we partnered with Katharina Fegebank, Second Mayor of the City of Hamburg and her high-level political and science delegation from Hamburg on this event. More photos.
We had a lot of fun at our annual Oktoberfest which we celebrated with members and friends in style and with German beer & cheer at The Point, one of Boston's coolest traditional pubs who let us turn its private room into a blue and white Biergarten (well, almost). More photos.
More than 100 guests joined us and our European Partners for our first European Networking Event of the year. More photos .
GABC members had access to discounted tickets to the German American Conference at Harvard which was held over Columbus Day weekend. See impressions from the conference.
We welcome our new sponsor
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Phone: (617) 870-3400
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