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  • 15 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    On November 14, the Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) in partnership with Fitgzerald & Law, Randstad Professionals, the Global Payroll Management Institute (GPMI) and the Ignite Institute, successfully organized and hosted the "Gig Economy: Emerging Trends & Keys to Retaining Top Talent" event in Palo Alto.

    Thank you to our members, collaborators, speakers and other participants!

    There was a strong turn out for the event, which kicked off with a keynote speech delivered by Professor William B. Gould IV, the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford Law School. Professor Gould IV highlighted key distinctions, considerations and recent legal cases related to the on-demand transportation economy and ongoing efforts to define gig workers particularly as it relates to employer's obligations and duty to provide benefits to its workforce.

    Following Professor Gould's speech, Melissa Harkom of Fitzgerald & Law moderated the first panel discussion focused on further defining and better understanding strategic and tactical considerations and benefits when employing full-time and contingent workers.

    Thereafter, Angela Martin of iiPay, moderated the second panel focused on leading practices and approaches for establishing and sustaining international operations and a globally distributed workforce.

    Finally, Dana Shaw-Arimoto of Phoenix5 LLC moderated the third and final panel discussion focused on employer best practices for finding and retaining the best talent now and in a future. 

    The event concluded with comments from Cooley LLP partner Gordon Ho followed by a lively and enjoyable networking reception over cocktails.

    Thanks again to sponsors Cooley LLP and iiPay for a wonderful evening!

     

  • 26 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) in partnership with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) with regional collaborators Tuatuara Group and Cal-Asia, successfully hosted senior delegates from Vietnam Electricity National Power Transmission (EVNNPT), GCSF members and other Silicon Valley-based executives at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco.

    Local members and executives attended the event to learn, network and identify potential new business / collaboration opportunities in support of Vietnam's Power Transmission modernization plans. The goal of reverse trade missions with USTDA is for U.S. companies to connect to investment and export opportunities.

    EVNNPT and Silicon Valley-based Autogrid gave presentations. Additionally, Henry Ines, Executive Director of the GCSF, David Ross of USTDA and Kevin Levey, partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Washington D.C. provided commentary and remarks.

    The event concluded with a lively and productive networking reception. It was a wonderful and insightful evening with new business relationships established. 

    Thanks again to Squire Patton Boggs for hosting the event!

     

  • 29 Sep 2017 by Global Chamber

    We are pleased to announce our new collaboration with the Ignite Institute, a leadership and innovation lab in Berkeley, which is launching an innovative leadership and certificate program developed to help organizations to harness the rapidly changing environment as an asset.

    Designed and delivered by the Ignite Institute, the special Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future program is designed to help executives and professionals in for profit, non-profit, healthcare, and government develop their authentic leadership style and critical skills for inspiring, leading, and managing their organizations for sustainable growth during times of exponential change.

    This program, designed for working professionals, includes both academic and experiential learning to deliver deeper insights into developing the critical forward-thinking mindset for an unpredictable future and the innovation and practical business skills needed for today’s challenging environment. The certificate will prepare leaders to navigate the future, not just react to it. 

    Select courses include:

    • Technoethics: How can we use and innovate with technology in ethically and socially responsible ways?;
    • Leadership - A Fusion of Demographics & Social Identities: where leadership styles at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, age, and religion are analyzed and applied to one’s own reality;
    • Design Thinking: a solution-focused methodology to solve complex challenges; and
    • Culminating in a hands-on Capstone Project incorporating design thinking to recommend a solution to an organization’s challenge in the areas of innovation, environment, productivity, or diversity and inclusion.

    Participating faculty range from Silicon Valley innovation practitioners to tenured faculty in theology, who adeptly apply ancient learnings to today’s unprecedented times. Global Chamber members are eligible for a special discounted rate.

    For additional information, please contact Derene Allen at deallen@psr.edu; or Henry Ines at henry@globalchamber.org.

     

  • 08 May 2017 by Global Chamber

    Special thanks to Sanjit Singh Dangh (Intel Capital), MK Li (UpHonest Capital), Olina Qian (SVACE), Fyodor Ovchinnikov (IEL), and Andrew Wasserman (STRIVR) for speaking at and providing attendees with timely guidance, advice and important lessons learned during our 2nd Annual International Student Symposium 2017, which was held on May 04, 2017 at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA.

     

    Additionally, attendees also gained valuable insights on the global talent marketplace trends, opportunities, and related best practices from an excellent HR and recruiter panel, moderated by GCSF Board of Advisors member Dorien Woudenberg  (Randstad), to include Alex Mentele (Tesla), Rona Petroni (Bank of the West), and Linda Spencer (Randstad).

    Finally, we are also especially grateful to our event sponsors and partners OnePiece Work, Sofia University, University of San Francisco, Nanyang Technology University, Randstad, and ApiNXT in addition to special guest exhibitors Acton Global and STRIVR Labs for helping to make this event such a great success and memorable experience for all! 

  • 05 May 2017 by Global Chamber

    Thanks to all of the students, speakers, panelists, startups & founders in attendance for making the 2nd Annual International Student Symposium 2017 such a great success. Inspiring, open, insightful and fun evening with attendees representing a multitude of nationalities ranging from USA, Canada, China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nicaragua to Saudi Arabia. Look forward to doing it again in 2018!

     

  • 19 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    Congrats to Global Chamber member Alice Hlidkova for her organization of the "Career Development Opportunities and Pathways Discussion Forum" as part of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Tepper School of Business' Silicon Valley Capstone Program "Building Inclusive, Diversified Teams and Networks to Enable and Sustain Innovation",

    The event was held April 19, 2017 in Mountain View. The Forum provided an unique opportunity for panelists and CMU MBA & Public Policy / Management graduate students to discuss a variety of topics to include diversity, women leadership, startup success in and the future of Silicon Valley.

    Among the distinguished panel of executives in attendance included Global Chamber San Francisco (GCSF) Board of Advisory Members Chia-Lin Simmons and Tatyana Kanzavelli. GCSF member / Collaborator Lucie Newcomb and GCSF Executive Director Henry Ines were also in attendance. 

    Contact us for more information.

  • 20 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    Register now for the GCSF's 2nd International Student Symposium 2017, which will be held on May 04, 2017 in Silicon Valley. International and local graduate students will again convene in Silicon Valley for a night of socializing, fun, learning, & networking with local startups / founders, execs and companies. Discover potential new opportunities, latest technologies, and trends in Silicon Valley and also receive timely career and professional development advice. Pizza and drinks will be served. In addition to an amazing group of speakers and panelists, special exhibitors Acton & STRIVR Labs will also be in attendance! Come check out Acton's amazing e-skateboards and STRIVR Labs' fantastic virtual reality technologies! 

     

     

  • 06 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) organized and just completed an incredible week long program for a group of senior & C-level executives from Southeast Asia, who traveled to Silicon Valley in order to identify digital transformation opportunities and potential new strategic initiatives for their respective businesses.

    GCSF hosted the group and developed a unique program comprised of private corporate visits, lectures, and industry conferences. Attendees were able to gain significant insights on latest Silicon Valley trends, innovations, technologies, and potential new opportunities for their respective businesses; and able to meet and explore potential future business relationships with local GCSF members and partners / affiliates.

    Thanks to all participants for a memorable and enjoyable week and the opportunity to establish new business inroads in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Southeast Asia. For more information on the GCSF and our custom programs, please contact Henry Ines at SFO@globalchamber.org.

  • 23 Nov 2016 by Henry Ines

     

    CONGRATULATIONS to all of the student teams who participated in Global Chamber® San Francisco's (GCSF) inaugural Global Case Challenge 2016, an international student ideation and business pitch competition, which was held on November 10-11, 2016 in San Francisco.


    Students were asked to pitch an innovative idea, solution, and new venture which could uniquely address a particular global or local issue.  An esteemed panel of judges evaluated each team's pitch and ideas, focusing on the type of problem students were trying to solve, the presentation, business viability, and other factors. The judges were pleased with all of the student teams' performance, passion and preparation.


    TOP Prize went to Team "Life Chair" from South Korea. The co-founders Jin Seok Ha and Hee Won Jin are biomedical engineers from Yonsei University in South Korea. The team created an innovative and proprietary product design for a combo chair & personal flotation device. They were inspired to develop the product in the aftermath of the recent ferry tragedies in Asia. The judges were very impressed with the team's presentation, product design, bold vision and potential for considerable social impact. With their 1st place finish, Team Life Chair wins a very special prize: lunch with legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. Wow! Congratulations to Team Life Chair!
     

     

     SECOND Place went to Team "CarbonCraft", led by San Jose State University (SJSU) student Matthew White. The Team is developing a unique and timely online gaming and education platform focused on climate change, environment, and sustainability issues. The platform will offer a one-stop-shop for apps and games developed by both CarbonCraft and external developers. The proprietary software platform will also provide a teacher dashboard, in-game assessment, multiplayer support, and other functionalities.  As the runner-up, Team CarbonCraft won an amazing externship opportunity with Silicon Valley startup EVAOS, which develops, builds, and sells innovative vehicle add-on systems that upgrade light-duty and medium-duty trucks into plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle. EVAOS currently offers upgrades for Ford F-150, F-250, and F-350 pickup trucks. Congratulations to Team CarbonCraft and thank you EVAOS CEO Richard Simpkins for coming out and presenting the special award to the team!

     

    THIRD Place was awarded to Team "H2fl0w", comprised of students Michelle Vu, Manpreet Singh, Kent Tran, Mohak Rastogi, and Emilie Wang from San Jose State University. Team H2fl0w is developing an innovative water conservation and sensor-based product solution, which will allow home-owners to more effectively monitor water usage at each outlet. The judges were very impressed with the team's presentation and efforts to tackle a very important problem that is highly relevant in the SF Bay area. For their achievement, the team was awarded career counseling, coaching & preparatory sessions with Randstad Professionals. The team will gain invaluable insights and guidance from Randstad and learn how to more effectively market and position themselves in the marketplace. Congratulations to Team H2fl0w!

    Congratulations to all of the students who participated in our Global Case Challenge 2016. It was a fantastic event that showcased some of the brightest students and future business leaders with a desire for global impact. All of these students show great promise and have a bright future ahead. 

    Thank you to all of the local companies, professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs, whom collectively generously offered great prizes and their valuable time and resources to support these students and this event.

    A special THANKS goes out to Tim Draper, EVAOS, Randstad Professionals and SLUSH for the generous and amazing prizes; our partners Silicon Valley Institute, uBegin, StartupHouse, apiNXT, SLUSH and Treehouse Space; the esteemed panel of judges; our sponsors, Board, & members; and of course all of the academic officials and students in attendance for making this event such a great success. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to the next Global Case Challenge in 2017! 

  • The Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) is pleased to announce its new member and Chairman Sponsor: UPS North California District (UPS NorCal). The North California District, one of 17 UPS Districts in the USA, includes the northern portions of California and Nevada serving cities such as Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Reno. UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. In 2015, UPS generated $58.4 billion in revenue with a delivery volume of more than 4.7 billion packages and documents. UPS maintains a delivery fleet of 104,926 package cars, vans, tractors, motorcycles, including more than 7,200 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles; and 237 jet aircraft. Warm welcome to UPS NorCal! 

  • The Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) is pleased to announce its new member and Visionary SponsorIntegrated International Payroll (iiPay), a leading cloud-based global payroll solutions company. iiPay's technology has enabled a new paradigm in global payroll management capabilities. iiPay has implementations in over 120 countries and has been an integral part of payroll process for 270+ businesses around the globe, from SMEs to Fortune 100 organizations. iiPay partners with clients to match expertise and technology solutions with innovative ways to approach global payroll challenges. Allowing iiPay's clients to be more productive, more efficient, more adaptable and ultimately better equipped for compliance, internationalization and ensuring overall employee satisfactions and productivity. Warm welcome to iiPay! 

  • 12 Oct 2016 by Henry Ines

    Professor Stanley Kwong of the University of San Francisco is a 30 years veteran of IBM and has over 10 years of executive education and higher education teaching experience. Professor Kwong is one of the leading experts on International Marketing Strategy, Chinese Corporate Branding, and Chinese investments in the USA. Dr. Kwong was quoted and interviewed by media such as Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, China Daily, CCTV, Swiss National Radio, etc on the subjects of China Branding and Chinese Oversea investments. Prior to joining University of San Francisco as a Professor in 2009, Dr. Stanley Kwong was one of IBM’s top international marketing executives and had successfully managed a worldwide technical marketing program with operations in China, India, Europe and the United States.  In 2004, Dr. Kwong was part of the IBM leadership team for the successful transfer of IBM PC Company to Lenovo of China. Dr. Kwong is widely recognized for his knowledge on US-China business relations. Dr. Kwong serves as the Strategic Advisor to the Bay Area Council as well as to ChinaSF. Dr. Kwong was also part of California Governor Jerry Brown’s Delegation to China.

     

    The Glocal Chamber® San Francisico (GCSF), co-host Intersection Spaceand event partners Startups Greater Asia (SGA), US-China Social Innovation Forum (UCSIF), & Silicon Vikings, will assemble an impressive group of panelists and local executives for the upcoming Global B2B: Understanding & Succeeding in the US & China Markets seminar, which will be held at the Intersection Space in San Jose, CA. on October 12. During the event, Professor Stanley Kwong, an US-China expert, will give a special presentation on the state of US-China trade & Chinese economic trends for the remainder of 2016. Time is running out. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from local US-China experts. Use promo code special20 for 20% discount off of the ticket price. Register now!

     

  • 27 May 2016 by Henry Ines

    May 25th was the official launch of Global Chamber® Trinidad and Tobago. Emcee Wendell Constantine began the proccedings and US Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Weeks, welcomed guests to the Embassy. Deputy Director John Ruman kicked off the speeches with a recap of the Chamber's first event, a Global Conversation with Global Chamber Tokyo. Executive Director, Dr. Ty Richardson then shared the journey to launch the Global Chamber in Trinidad and Tobago, followed by feature speaker, President of InvesTT, Racquel Moses. Global Chamber's first member, Shares Trading Group CEO, Sheldon Powell described his reason behind being the first member and Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce CEO, Catherine Kumar closed the proceedings encouraging everyone to be global. Warm welcome to Executive Director Dr. Ty Richardson and the new Global Chamber® Trinidad & Tobago Chapter!

  • 08 Sep 2016 by Henry Ines

    Members of the GCSF team met up on August 31 in Cooley's office in San Francisco. In addition to planning for a very busy next few months, we also had a chance to sit down withLuis Nunez, the Executive Director of Global Chamber® Hermosillo, and to learn about local business trends and chapter activities in Hermosillo, Sonara. Luis was in town visiting and also had an opportunity to attend VentureHacked's successful Speed Investing & Lessons Learned event in Palo Alto!

  • 21 Jun 2016 by Henry Ines

    SVIEF organized a very successful virtual reality (VR) Game Day on June 20 in Mountain View. In attendance were VR gaming enthusiasts, engineers, industry execs, investors, and members of the GCSF. With the support of Fenwick & West and VODE Media, SVIEF provided attendees with an overview of latest VR gaming technologies and demos by innovative VR startups including Midastouch Games, Yindu Media, 3DiVi and Side-Kick Games. Congratulations to SVIEF!

  • 05 Jul 2016 by Henry Ines

    The GCSF is proud to announce its latest Envoy: Joan Zhong!  Joan is a Visiting Scholar at the Management School at the University of San Francisco and a PhD candidate of Jinan University Management School in China. She is also a project manager at JPL Financial Investment Company. Her background is in computer science and management sciences. She focuses on multinational management and global cooperation. Joan will be joining the Global Chamber San Francisco team as an Envoy to support our local events and membership initiatives. Warm welcome to Joan!

  • 21 Jun 2016 by Henry Ines

    The GCSF is proud to announce its latest global Envoy: Tatiana Vekovishcheva! Tatiana has extensive international experience with supporting cross-cultural business relationships and growth of purpose-driven communities in Asia, Europe, and North America. She currently manages communities of practice for the global network of Impact Hubs, Uptima Business Bootcamp, and the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership. Tatiana's academic credentials include a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Asian and African Studies from Lomonosov Moscow State University, a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Shanghai International Studies University, and a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Warm welcome to Tatiana!

    "I am very excited to support current and prospective members of the Global Chamber San Francisco with my community building skills and international consulting experience. With the great team and access to all other chapters and their resources the possibilities for members are breathtaking, and I am eager to help them explore all the great things Global Chamber membership can do for their international success!" - Tatiana

  • 07 Jun 2016 by Henry Ines

    The GCSF held its first Go Global Seminar on June 3, 2016 at Royse Law Firm in Menlo Park. The day long event was comprised of insightful presentations, networking, workshops and discussions among a variety of attendees ranging from government officials to local professionals, advisors, and executives. Among the topics covered, attendees learned about common myths, best practices, and strategic, cultural and tactical approaches related to expanding and venturing into new markets. Thanks to all attendees, partner DoubleNova Group and sponsor Royse Law Firm for a great event!

  • 25 May 2016 by Henry Ines

    The Sino-US Regional Economic & Trade Cooperation Qingdao Forum and the Opening Ceremony of the Qingdao Center for Business and Commerce in USA (QCBC USA) was held in San Francisco on May 17, 2016. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Qingdao Mayor Zhang Xinqi, Luo Linquan, the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, local executives, and senior representatives from leading companies from Qingdao, including Haier, Hisense, and Tsingtao Brewery, were in attendance. 20+ MOUs and agreements were signed during the successful Forum. The new QCBC USA is dedicated to boosting investment and trade between the US and Qingdao to create growth opportunities and to forge a cooperative partnership, as well as serving to increase Qingdao’s international presence. It also functions as a workstation for overseas talent exchange, which has established preliminary business ties with local government agencies, trade associations and major enterprises. The GCSF looks forward to working closely with the QCBC USA to promote cross border trade and investment opportunities between Qingdao and SF Bay area. For more information on business opportunities in Qingdao, please contact GCSF Executive Director Henry Ines at henry@globalchamber.org. 

  • 09 May 2016 by Henry Ines

    International students from South Asia, SE Asia, mainland China, the Middle East, and the SF Bay Area convened for an inspiring evening of networking and learning at Sofia University in Palo Alto! The GCSF's first International Student Symposium was sponsored by Nanyang Technological University - one of the leading universities in the world,uBegin.com, a collaborative online platform and community that facilitates positive change projects, and Sofia University, a dynamic learning community and university offering various advanced degree programs in psychology, computer science, data science, and business administration, based in Palo Alto. The evening consisted of networking over pizza and drinks in addition to speeches/presentations from Cameron Cross, founder and Project Director of uBegin.com; Jeff P. Needham, Senior Vice President and Senior Area Manager of HSBC; Fyodor Ovchinnikov, Co-founder & Managing Partner of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership; & Ryan Wang, Venture Partner of CLI Ventures. Additionally, GCSF's own Ville Vanhala & Veronica Li also co-moderated discussions with six amazing local tech startups (Peekabuy, Titanium Falcon, Ownership.io, eHarvestHub, Orosim, iGrow)! Thanks to all in attendance for an amazing

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