2021 BABC OC Membership
Mark Davis-Powell
BABC OC Membership Chair
Dear BABC-OC Members and Friends,

On behalf of the BABC Orange County and our board of directors, it gives me great pleasure to welcome our members and thank you all personally for your continued support, and for your loyal membership renewal each year. We appreciate your investment immensely, as it enables us to provide real value in return by organizing business and social networking events throughout the year. Your membership also gives you access to the BABC’s broader transatlantic business network and advisory services. Additional member benefits include access to marketing opportunities locally while gaining valuable business insights and cultural intelligence through our affiliation with the British Consulate. In 2020 we added a brand-new website where you can promote your company, and also a LinkedIn group to add greater networking opportunities with fellow Brits and Americans in similar industries to yours.  Last but not least, in the works for 2021 is a totally new US chapter wide searchable member database. This is an exclusively members only privilege, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to increase your business connectivity and also build new potential friendships for the future.   
Needless to say, we have all been enduring significant challenges over the last year on a personal and professional level due to the pandemic.  This has of course restricted us in terms of live events last year being cancelled, but steadfast and confident we remain that we can safely get together later in 2021 after vaccines have been administered, and so with that goal we have tentatively planned the following event calendar: 
Noteworthy: We are planning a Classic Car event for British and American automobiles, a “British Brands” networking event, and a British Festival in partnership with Orange County Soccer Club
To register as a member, visit www.babcoc.org and with just a few clicks and you will be ready to take advantage of all the (members only) privileges such as free online webinars and virtual events we share within the larger BABC organization and chapters, locally, nationwide, and in the UK. 
Many thanks everyone! Feel free to reach out to Jacquie Blair with any questions.

Mark Davis-Powell 
Membership Chairman 

International Women’s Day – Tamra Eker Managing Director, New York: BritishAmerican Business


March 8, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM EST
BAB will bring together corporate leaders to highlight the POWER, RESILIENCE and LEADERSHIP OF WOMEN in this challenging period, with a call to leverage our collective impact to chart the path towards recovery in 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM GMT / 8:00 – 9:00 AM EST
March 9, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:30 AM EST

March 16, 2021
1:30 – 2:30 PM GMT / 8:30 – 9:30 AM EST
March 16, 2021 – March 18, 2021
Come meet, interact and network online with more than 1,500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious Venture Summit Virtual Connect West
March 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
BAB is fortunate to welcome back a year later a diverse group of global economic experts to give their take on what’s in store for the global economy in 2021 – and how US & UK businesses can prepare for the long road of recovery ahead.

Click HERE for a list of upcoming events. This list is updated every Monday
London & Partners is delighted to invite you to the following events:

Thursday, 11 March at 8am PT.

This event will bring you an expert panel to explore the strategies, priorities and opportunities for mobility in London, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Toronto, followed by a set of topic-led breakout discussions on shared & micromobility, electrification, connected & autonomous mobility and testbeds.

Our panel speakers are:
·    Julia Thayne, Mobility Innovation, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles
·    Michael Hurwitz, Director of Transport Innovation, Transport for London
·    David Leopold, Director of City Solutions, City Tech Collaborative (Chicago)
·    Raed Kadri, Head of Ontario’s Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation Network, Ontario Centre of Innovation
·    Moderator: Lucette Demets, Head of Urban, London & Partners
Breakout Sessions: Places for these sessions are limited. Please indicate your interest upon registration and you will receive confirmation of your participation nearer the time.

Register here to explore the opportunities, build connections in new markets and meet mobility innovators from the UK, Europe and North America.

Should you have any queries please contact urban@londonandpartners.com.

The Future of Digital Shopping
Thursday March 18th | 8:30am PT
London & Partners would like to invite you to join us for an online panel discussion to explore how the way we shop has been dramatically transformed in response to a global challenge and how the use of technology will shape our shopping experiences in the future.
Topics Covered:
  • Overview of the UK/London digital shopping and ecommerce ecosystem
  • How businesses can maximise opportunities in London and the UK
  • Collaboration: how corporates are collaborating with the start-up community to drive forward innovation and respond to customers’ demands
  • Future trends - How we will shop in the future
  • Ruth Arber, UK Head of eCommerce and Retail at Snapchat
  • Nina Patel, Director of Retail Innovation at Farfetch
  • Sandra Steving Villegas, Partner at Founders Intelligence, Founders Forum - Moderator
  • Louise Conolly-Smith, Head of Creative at London & Partners (host)

Click here for more events from London & Partners
Orange County Soccer Club joins the newly formed
2021 Pacific Division.
It was recently announced that the USL Championship season will begin in early May, and we look forward to our finalized pre-season and regular season schedule announcement in the coming weeks.
As we continue to evaluate the status of COVID-19 in our area and prepare to provide the safest environment for our players, staff and fans, we are actively working with local public health officials and the USL. We look to finalize stadium requirements, safety protocols and capacity for our fans as soon as safely possible.
We cannot wait to see you back at Championship Soccer Stadium to cheer on the boys in a special 2021 season!
Thank you again to everyone who has supported us throughout this year, and for enabling the BABC Orange County to survive and sustain. We truly cannot tell you how much we appreciate your ongoing support as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters.

We look forward to the day that we can gather together and raise a glass in person to cheers to brighter days in 2021!
British American Business Council - OC recognizes our Top Tier Members