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Past Event:  10/30/2020

Women's Leadership Series

Pandemic Pivot:  Adjusting Global Business to Dramatic Change


Friday, October 30th, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

FREE Webinar via Zoom

Enjoy Your Lunch!

On Friday, October 30th, at Noon EDT, we heard from our panelists who discussed how their business pivoted to adapt to the global pandemic. This was the debut event of the FACC's Women's Leadership Series.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Business people seeking inspiration from civic and corporate role models during these challenging times.

Jeremy Heep, President, French-American Chamber of Commerce - Philadelphia Chapter

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Jonathan Grode, President Emeritus, French-American Chamber of Commerce - Philadelphia Chapter



Sylvie Gallier Howard, Acting Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia

Sylvie became chief of staff for Commerce in 2016 before assuming the role of first deputy director in 2018, followed by acting commerce director in March 2020. She previously served as deputy chief of staff to the deputy mayor for economic development during the Nutter administration. In addition to supporting day-to-day operations, Sylvie’s responsibilities include coordinating communications and marketing, legislative activities, international relations, and the roll-out of new programs.


For six years, she was the principal and founder of Clementine Consulting, providing guidance to nonprofits and social enterprises. Sylvie has also served as the executive director of two community-based nonprofits in Philadelphia: The Northwest Fund and The Empowerment Group, where she started Philadelphia’s first bilingual Spanish-English entrepreneurship training program.


Jan Call, Legal Director, Firmenich North America

Jan is responsible for all North American legal matters for the Firmenich, the world's largest privately-owned fragrance and flavors company, and also manages the North American legal team. She is responsible for the handling of all litigation and disputes, including product liability, complex commercial disputes and employment matters, as well as the management of outside counsel. Jan handles the primary legal support for contract negotiations (commercial, collaboration, R&D) for all divisions. She provides legal support for regulatory and QHSE functions. Additionally, she serves as Corporate Secretary for all North American affiliates and provides general corporate support, including M&A activities. Jan is a member of the North American Business Ethics Committee and the Crisis Management Team.


Joe Fawell, Vice President, Government Affairs, Air Liquide

Joe has served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Air Liquide since November 2018.  Prior to that, he served for almost six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, most recently as a Legislative Director.


A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 67,000 employees and serves more than 3.7 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.

Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable, regular and responsible growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide.

Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to 22 billion euros in 2019 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.


Judith UjobaiExecutive Director, French-American Chamber of Commerce

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