• 19 Oct 2018 by Global Chamber

    Roberto Azevedo, head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), warned in a London speech on Wednesday, October 17th, that escalating trade wars "pose real risks" to the global economy, potentially threatening millions of jobs,. In theory, the goal for American tariffs is to negotiate lower tariffs or eliminate them altogether.

    Over 50 percent of the U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports are on intermediate goods, parts and materials used to make finished U.S. products. This means that production costs have dramatically increased for small and mid-sized businesses. 

    WTO economists calculate that as China, the EU, Canada, Mexico, and other countries respond in kind to American tariffs, global trade growth will decline by 17 percent, which will result in overall global economic growth slowing by 1.9%.

    Mark Lohsen

    Executive Director, Global Chamber Charlotte

  • 14 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The Ignite Institute of Berkeley develops visionary, socially responsible leaders and organizations by harnessing the wisdom of ancient, sacred teachings to guide the ethical application of disruptive innovation. They do this by partnering with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to deliver a wide range of ground-breaking programs.

    Their next program has been announced!

    The Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future

    This is a 4-month program on design thinking, innovation, organizational sustainability and finding your authentic leadership style . 

    The next cohort starts February 2019.

    Learn more by contacting Ignite Institute, Doug Bruhnke at Global Chamber San Francisco, or attend their November 14th free event HERE.

    Learn more about Ignite Institute HERE.


  • 06 Oct 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thanks to our extraordinary Board of Advisors and other members for your ideas on upcoming events.

    We're planning events for the next 5 quarters. Members - your input is welcome!!

    On events of different types...

    First there will be regular Advisory Board meetings, and we last met on September  17th. Next up... Thursday, December 13th, 4-5pm. More

    Then ongoing we will decide the meeting frequency at the December meeting. Typically I would suggest these be quarterly, possibly part of other events like the Exporter series being planned for 2019.

    I also suggest that we consider a Young Global Leaders (YGL) series in parallel to other programming. These can be helpful to connect to younger leaders in the community who may be at firms that are not members yet.

    Often Global Chamber chapters do tours of global business organizations... and so there can be 2-3 of those, typically every year. And most do events with collaborators, and we're blessed to be working with a variety of outstanding regional organizations including BABC - SF.

    Invariably there are other opportunities that come up all year long from our members, the consulates and other visitors. These are periodic opportunities.

    And finally Global Chamber has weekly globinars - for our members to tap in to the latest trends and tips on global business opportunities. Those happen in parallel to all the chapter activity described here.

    And so in addition to these other events and activities, here is a DRAFT of our event agenda for 4Q2018 and through 2019.

    Your thoughts? Let me know at

    Draft for Review

    (Additional Events to Advisory Board, YGL, Tours, Collaborator Events, Periodic Opportunities and Weekly Globinars)

    December, 2018: Women in Global Leadership OR The Year that Was + 2019 Predictions

    January, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme - Financing Exports

    February, 2019 GCSF: Young Global Leaders & Entrepreneurship

    March, 2019 GCSF: International State of the Metro

    April, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme - Marketing & Logistics

    May, 2019 GCSF: Grow Globally Fair San Francisco

    June, 2019 GCSF: Leveraging Diversity for Global Success

    July, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme - Legal Issues

    August, 2019 GCSF: HOT New Global Markets

    September, 2019 GCSF: Global Business of Wine (with GC Sacramento)

    October, 2019 GCSF: Exporter Panel / Theme Technology

    November, 2019 GCSF: Welcome Global Companies to the Bay Area

    December, 2019 GCSF: Women in Global Leadership


    All the best, Doug