SACC-SF/SV’s “Global Questions, Local Answers” series is aimed at answering your questions related to being a global citizen in the Bay Area.
Many of our members struggle with the same types of issues: How do you handle banking, taxation, immigration, financial planning, healthcare, real estate if you are new to the US or if you’ve been here for 10 years but plan to retire in Sweden? How do you handle that inheritance you will be getting from Sweden? How can you tap into SACC’s network and other international networks here in the Bay Area to expand your business or advance your career? Are there tips for getting acclimated to the Bay Area business culture or tips for dealing with cross-cultural issues?…
Each Global Questions, Local Answers workshop focus on a particular theme. The workshops are held in a smaller, interactive boardroom style format that allows maximum interaction between the attendees and experts.
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Past Global Questions, Local Answers workshops
Advancing Your Career in the Bay Area
At the workshop guests received strategic career advice on a variety of topics: from tailoring your résumé and improving your interview skills, to perfecting your pitch, building confidence and networking.
Bo Larsson, CEO Fantom Wireless, Inc.
As a global corporate and startup strategist, Bo has broad experience in wireless networking, telecommunications, computer and multimedia markets. His effective strategic planning has strengthened the brand of world-leading, multinational companies such as Sony, Ericsson and Fujitsu.
Melissa Monson, Founder Monson Communications LLC
Melissa specializes in helping executive management and professionals excel at creating and delivering an effective message when presenting to the media, investors, customers and the financial community. Ms. Monson has an outstanding track
record of highly successful equity financing presentations for public and private companies and for an international client base.
E.J. Dieterle, CEO, President & Co-Founder Yes Partners
Previous to founding Global Executive Search Firm Yes Partners, E.J. has spent most of his career internationally managing and growing multinational companies. EJ is a member of the service-organization Rotary International, NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and WAC (World Affairs Council). EJ has presented on various topics including HR and international business to the Nihon University (Tokyo), UC Berkeley and DeVrys University (San Jose), and has conducted seminars on market entry in Japan, South Korea and Europe.
At the second interactive workshop in SACC-SF/SV’s successful Global Questions, Local Answers series, workshop participants received advice from immigration lawyers Edward J. Wright, Jim Mayock and Charlotte Danielsson on a variety of questions, such as:
- How can I get an H1b visa?
- What other visa options are available for me to work in the US?
- How can I get permanent residency (i.e., Green Card) in the US?
- I have my Green Card, now what do I need to know to keep it?
- How do I become a US Citizen?
- How can I bring my family to the US?
Charlotte Danielsson Esq., Founder Infiniti Law
Charlotte is the founder of Infiniti Law and has been practicing business and immigration law since 1998. She has a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and has a Bachelor’s in Political Science & Economics from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with Honors in the Major and Distinction in General Scholarship from the University. Charlotte currently serves as Chairwoman of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce SF/SV, Assistant Secretary of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce USA, Treasurer for the Association of American European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations and is a member of the board of directors of the API American Public Affairs Association. Charlotte is an active member of the Swedish American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
James R. Mayock, Managing Partner Elliot & Mayock LLP
James, certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Immigration Law, has extensive experience with all aspects of US immigration and visas, particularly business-relate
Edward Wright Esq., Managing Shareholder Martensen Wright PC
Edward is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he also currently serves as an adjunct professor in Transnational Litigation. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, and a present member of SACC, the DACC (Danish American Chamber of Commerce), and serves on the board of directors of DABF (the Danish American Business Forum). Martendale Hubbell has rated Edward AV (the highest rating available) as a lawyer.
International Financial Education & Planning
Most of us live and accumulate assets in California and decide to retire partially and/or indefinitely in our country of origin. In order to eventually be able to enjoy the fruit of our hard labor, we will have to think about the best way to manage international assets and protect them from taxation, market and foreign exchange volatility, health related or other external threats.
With years of experience in international financial planning, Thierry Gabadou give participants a global perspective on the following questions:
- How can I allocate my assets when I don’t know where in the world I will end up?
- How do I plan for the future (real estate, kid’s college education, retirement,…)?
- How do I protect my international assets against markets and foreign exchange volatility?
- What is a 401K, a 529 plan, a trust?
Thierry Gabadou, Vice President, Head of International Clientele at Bank of the West
Thierry has extensive experience as a financial sales and business development executive and team leader, with broad expertise in retail banking and wealth management dedicated to international clients (individuals and small businesses). As the VP/Head of International Clientele at Bank of the West, he oversees sales development and relationship building with non-US and US based internationals. Mr. Gabadou manages a team of multilingual Business Development and Customer Service Officers, the Department’s P&L and the coordination with all BNPP Retail Banking entities worldwide.