French-American Chamber of Commerce - Calendar of Events
January 14 - 28, 2016

Art & Innovation: What Do Images Teach Us? - Jan 14

Join us for this fascinating insight into the creative mind, as a way to rejuvenate your business and your mind! (Re)Discover some masterpieces of Art to understand how your initial reactions may be influenced by outside factors, and free yourself!

Business cannot thrive on spreadsheets alone. Without creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship wither or remain unfulfilled.

Creativity is also vital in times of competition and industry change.  When competition is fierce, in whatever field, creative thinking is the spark that leads to new and better services, and improved processes or goods.

Seen in this way, creativity is necessary in every business setting. However, today the intense pressure to be innovative can often be more stressful than exciting, for how can a business manufacture creativity? 

The answer is to look for new sources of inspiration.  The creative exploration of art provides new ways to understand and spark creativity.  

By observing images and understanding how they were made, Vanessa Badré shows how even valuable masterpieces are never completely new, rather they are a collection of prior efforts and existing design. 

Ultimately, even that which is newly “created” is invariably derivative of past work and accomplishments; nothing is truly from scratch. Artists find inspiration in what has come before them, picking from other patterns, shapes, forms, composition, and even topics. Imitation, transformation, addition, and even the new association of preexisting elements are the key components of even the most "revolutionary" innovation, whether in art or in other fields. Indeed, the act of creation can be seen as also an act of a reiteration.  By copying, the artist actually makes something new.  Understanding and exploring this process through a guided presentation and discussion can help people from all professions rediscover their own creative process and unleash creative energies in many other diverse fields.  

Book your seats now!

When: Thursday, January 14th from 6 to 8 pm

Where: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW, Washington DC 20009

FACC WDC Members: Free upon registration
Non FACC WDC Members: 20$


Gad Elmaleh at the Birchmere - Jan 18

Come see the legendary actor while he is touring the US.

Gad Elmaleh has been described as the Jerry Seinfeld of French comedy. We are very happy to have been able to obtain tickets to this sold out show, and offer them to our members and friends.

Buy Tickets

- Tickets are non-refundable
- If you purchase via American Express, the charge will be listed as 'Paypal'

La Soirée Champagne- FACC-WDC's Annual Cocktail Gala - Jan 21

Our Annual Gala is going Champagne this year!

The FACC WDC is proud to announce its first ever Champagne-themed "Soirée", on Jan. 21st at the Residence of the Ambassador of France.

Hosted in one of DC architectural landmarks, our Soirée will provide a rare opportunity to taste different Champagnes from France's leading Houses, as well as mingle with fellow FACC WDC members, diplomats and journalists.

A special treat is also in the works: coming all the way from the "Sud-Ouest" region, a white wine infused with black truffles will be presented for the very first time in the USA. (read more in French here)

An upscale finger-food cocktail will be prepared by the Residence's Chef, and you will enjoy some exquisite champagne-pairing ideas, while enjoying our open-bar evening.

Every week until Jan. 21st, we will unveil the name of a new Champagne that will be served during our Soirée. See below for our featured Champagne of The Week, Pol Roger.

What better way to start 2016? But please plan ahead, we only have a very limited number of spots available...

Register Here

Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

Where: Residence of France
            2221 Kalorama Rd, NW, Washington DC 20008

When: Thursday January 21st, 2016, from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Fee: (please note that all registrations will be subject to verifications)
- FACC WDC Members : $199 
- Non FACC WDC Members: $249

The Expanding Sanctions Regimes of Multilateral Institutions - Jan 28

A lively, practical discussion hosted by our member Baker & McKenzie LLP in partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

This event will explore the sanctions regimes of development banks, in parallel with those of the U.S. Department of Justice ("U.S. DOJ") and Securities and Exchange Commission.  A panel of experts will share observations on the evolving sanctions landscape and will provide practical guidance to companies in order to avoid unwanted enforcement scrutiny.

A particular focus will be devoted to the impact of the OECD anti-corruption treaty on signatories, including France and other countries with recently-enacted anti-corruption legislation.

This event will bring together representatives from the U.S. DOJ, multilateral development banks, the French Embassy, and members of the private sector interacting with multilateral institutions and/or doing business in Europe.

Our distinguished panel of experts will include:

- Pascale Dubois: Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer, Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD), the World Bank

- Shruti Shah: Vice President at Transparency International USA

- Graham Joscelyne: Global Fund Audit and Ethics Committee Chair and formerly with the World Bank Group.

The panel will be moderated by Brian Whisler, Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP in the Compliance, Investigations and Government Enforcement Practice Group, and former federal prosecutor with the U.S. DOJ.

The discussion will be followed by a reception overlooking the White House.

If you would like to attend this event, please register now as space is limited.

We hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to welcoming you at this special event.

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