First French-American Business Week at the French Embassy
The first French-American Business Week, organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in close collaboration with the Embassy of France in the U.S., took place on May 18 and 19, 2016 at the Embassy of France’s Maison Française.
The main goal of this “B2B” event was to support business relationships between the United States and France as well as bilateral trade through two days of professional conferences, panels and networking events.
Several highly-regarded keynote speakers attended French-American Business Week: Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to France Charles H. Rivkin, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson, Brigadier General (Ret.) Sandra Gregory and Andrée Simon, Co-CEO of FINCA Microfinance addressed the audience. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered closing remarks.
A variety of topics were discussed over these two days, including the positive impact of women in business, cyber security, corporate social responsibility and transparency as well as doing business with governments.
Following the success of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, French-American Business Week partnered with FOCUS, a forum on sustainable development organized by the Ministry of Environment and the Embassy of France. Two half-day sessions were dedicated to “Smart Cities, Green Cities,” exploring innovative urban approaches to transport, energy, the circular economy and governance.