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Past Event: 12/7/2023
Meet the Students Networking Reception
Hosted by Temple University's Innovation Nest


Thursday, December 7th, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET



Hosted by:

Innovation Nest
Temple University, Health Sciences Campus
(Please use the Center Doors under the "Temple University" Lintel.
Do NOT enter through the doors on the right for the Dental School
3223 N. Broad Street at Allegheny Avenue, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19140

Battersby Parking Lot
$20 Flat Fee (No Cash)
1411 Westmoreland Street
Philadelphia, PA  19140

SEPTA Subway Allegheny Ave. Station
(From Center City: Direction North to Fern Rock)

On Thursday, December 7th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, guests joined the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) for lively networking at Temple University's brand new Innovation Nest on the Health Sciences Campus at Broad and Allegheny.

Guests met J. Todd Abrams, Ph.D., Senior Director, New Ventures and Business Development, Temple University Office of the Vice President of Research, and Executive Director of the Innovation Nest, and FACC Board Secretary Blandine Chantepie-Kari, Manager, ENRICH in the USA and International Programs, Temple University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 


Together we welcomed approximately 30 students from the Sorbonne Nouvelle Université (New Sorbonne University), Paris, France, who were pursuing a graduate degree in International Project Management and 20 Junior and Senior Business Majors from the University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business & Economics, Newark, Delaware.

The two universities participated in an annual Mock Trade Mission organized by their professors which gave the students the opportunity to visit each other's country and collaborate on a life-altering cross-cultural experience building bridges between France and the United States.


The students were interested in meeting globally-minded business leaders who shared their international business  and career path experience to inspire them with real world possibilities to launch their professional career.


The students from France arrived in Philadelphia on Thursday morning after touring New York City. For many of them, this was their first trip to the United States. The University of Delaware students welcomed them and together they toured historic Philadelphia, the most Franco-friendly city in the United States, according to the recently published Michelin Green Guide for Philadelphia. In the afternoon, they participated in a workshop to learn about Cultural Mapping, as it relates to business style, and Pitch Training led by FACC Board Secretary Blandine Chantepie-Kari, Manager, ENRICH in the USA and International Programs, Temple University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

Merci Infiniment to Our Program Partners
FACC Associate Corporate Member
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FACC Ambassador Member

Meet the Professors:

Ryan Sanders

Adjunct Professor

University of Delaware

Lerner Business & Economics

Managing Director and Senior Consultant
Educate Innovate Inspire Consulting, LLC


Ryan Sanders is the Managing Director and Senior Consultant at Educate Innovate Inspire Consulting, LLC. He applies his years of experience in business management, economics, and international relations to improve leadership productivity for businesses and organizations aiming for peak performance. He has been owner and partner in four businesses in diverse fields: Marketing, IT, Real Estate, and Management Consulting.

Ryan has experience in international affairs both as an academic and as a practitioner, working for the European Union, the Government Accountability Office, various political organizations, and a run for the U.S. Congress. Ryan has taught International Relations and Comparative Politics at York College of Pennsylvania and is currently teaching International Business at the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.

Ryan holds a BA from Dickinson College and an MA from Syracuse University. He is a certified practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Ryan is the former President of the Red Lion Area Business Association and sat on the Board of Directors for the York County Economic Development Corporation. He is a member of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Class of 2024 at Temple University's Fox School of Business.


Jean-Baptiste Velut


Sorbonne Nouvelle Université - Paris III

Trade Policy Analyst for

The Directorate-General of
European Commission
LSE Enterprise Ltd.

Jean-Baptiste Velut is a Full Professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris. His research focuses on U.S. and European trade policies, trade linkages, and globalization debates in the U.S. and Europe. He has edited two books, published nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and coordinated several international research projects on trade policy and governance.


He is also a Senior Consultant on trade policy and has contributed to the impact assessments of several trade agreements (with Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Mercosur) focusing on environmental and labor standards and stakeholder consultation strategy. In 2022, he coordinated the 7-country comparative analysis of Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) approaches commissioned by the EU Commission. He is currently writing a book on civil society inclusion and new trade linkages in U.S. trade policymaking with a comparative angle.


He holds a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and American Studies from the City University of New York and Sorbonne Nouvelle University. 

About the Universities:


Founded in 1971, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (New Sorbonne University) is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in Paris, Ile-de-France. This institution also has a branch campus in Asnières-sur-Seine.


Officially recognized by the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation, France (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (UP3) is a large coeducational French higher education institution.

UP3 offers a wide range of courses leading to over 120 diplomas, mostly in Liberal Art and Humanities such as Literature, Modern Languages, courses of French as a Second Language as well as Teaching French as a Second Language, Film and Drama Studies, Communication, and Media.
Internationally oriented, Paris 3 has developed bilateral agreements with partner universities in 49 countries. World renowned for the quality of its teaching and its research teams, UP3 has been helping universities in developing countries with the setting up and the implementation of new curricula as well as research projects.


This 51 year old French higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. UP3 also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sports facilities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

Location: Paris 5eme, France
Founded: 1971
Students: 17 350
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public University 


Inspirational education and pioneering scholarship to transform business and society.

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics delivers inspirational education and pioneering scholarship, building an inclusive community that beneficially transforms business and society.

Our mission is to:

  • Foster intellectually curious and globally-minded lifelong learners with a leadership mindset

  • Generate knowledge by proposing solutions to business and economic problems using the latest theories, analytics and technology

  • Advance experiential learning and scholarly opportunities for students and faculty by leveraging Delaware’s proximity to major centers of commerce and government; partnering with local businesses and collaborating with international organizations

  • Cultivate a diverse faculty pursuing impactful scholarship and enthusiastically sharing their expertise

  • Encourage and support dedicated advisors and staff to provide personalized service to facilitate students’ success

  • Engage our alumni to inspire excellence across the College


  • 3,330 – Undergraduate
    (Source: UD’s Office of Institutional Research Facts & Figures)

  • 864 – Graduate


  • 151 tenured and tenure-track faculty


  • 5 departments

  • 17 undergraduate majors

  • 16 undergraduate minors

  • 9 master’s programs

  • 4 doctoral program

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