EACC All-Chapter Conference
As most of you know, the first U.S. Chapter of the European American Chamber of Commerce was established in Cincinnati in 2007, following the lead of our sister chapter in Paris. Since then, we have grown to include chapters in Lyon and Toulouse in France and New York, New Jersey, and Greenville, South Carolina, with new chapters under development or discussion in Amsterdam, Boston, Miami and Milan.
I’m often asked how we coordinate activities and operations between the different chapters. The EACC operates as a loose confederation, with no overarching management structure; the Executive Directors participate in monthly conference calls to share updates on local activities and developments. And since before I started in my position in January 2017, there has been talk among the chapters of bringing more rigor and structure to the operation to facilitate and accelerate continued growth.
As a result, EACC-Cincinnati is hosting the inaugural EACC ‘All-Chapter’ Conference at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza on Wednesday, May 16. [Extra special thanks to Bannockburn Global Forex LLC for sponsoring this important event!] The agenda breaks down into three parts:
- Who Are We? [Where each chapter outlines its current structure, budget, programming priorities, and best practices]
- What Might We Do Together? [A discussion of how chapters can work together to build programs and activities that add value for members across the network]
- Where Are We Going? [Focusing on why, how, and where we can grow the network into new cities across Europe and the U.S.]
This marks a pivotal moment for the EACC, and the questions discussed will not be simple ones. For example, if we decide we need to travel to Milan to facilitate the launch of a new chapter there, who pays for that? Does that just come out of EACC-Cincinnati’s pocket (i.e. your membership fees), or can we share that cost across the network?
Note that the EACC representatives attending the conference will also be at the Annual Gala, so you’ll get a chance to connect to them there.
I believe that this event will not just help us identify new ways to add value for members within our existing chapters, but also to start building a plan for sustainable growth of the network across Europe and the United States. I look forward to reporting the results of the conference to you next month when we take another look ‘behind the scenes.’
Last Chance to Register for the EACC Annual Gala!
It’s hard to believe we’re just about two weeks away from the EACC Annual Gala!
As you’ve likely heard by now, we are thrilled to welcome His Excellency Ambassador David O’Sullivan as our guest of honor and keynote speaker. As we welcome Ambassador O’Sullivan to the Greater Cincinnati region, we are also excited to share that we have added some exciting new elements to this year’s Gala. Specifically, Ambassador O’Sullivan has been kind enough to extend the opportunity for attendees to ask questions following his remarks at the event. Additionally, we will be offering an after-dinner networking reception for Gala attendees. Guests are encouraged to stay, network, and enjoy passed desserts after the conclusion of the formal program!
If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to do so as soon as possible! Individual registration will close this Friday, May 4. Click here to register.