Seminars & Workshops

Join FACC-Chicago's Seminars & Workshops


May 24th, 2018

From marketing to negotiation: Why do companies fail abroad?

Plethora of examples show that powerful companies worldwide can fail abroad because they are not diligent enough in getting to know the underlying cultural traits of specific markets. Because of globalization, managers assume that business is practiced the same way everywhere which leads to failures both in marketing and negotiation strategies. It is time to understand the reasons for these failures in order to avoid them in the future.


Eliane Karsaklian
Founder and Director at Ubi & Orbi - Professor and
Director International Negotiation at Sorbonne Nouvelle

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DATE: Thursday May 24th, 2018 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
8:30 - 9:00: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45: Presentation
9:45 - 10:30: Discussion

WHERE:   FACC-Chicago | 205 N. Michigan avenue | 37th Floor

Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 

TICKETS: FACC-Chicago members: $25 | Non-members: $35



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May 10th, 2018

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Overview 

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fundamentally overhauling the taxation of individuals, corporations, partnerships, and multinational enterprises.  Among the many provisions, the tax reform reduces the top individual tax rate, modifies the individual tax brackets, eliminates and/or caps many individual itemized deductions, reduces the corporate tax rate, enhances many corporate deductions, changes the corporate taxation system to a territorial one, and provides for repatriation of offshore earnings. 

This presentation will highlight these topics and will be relevant whether you represent a small business, large business, or are just interested from an individual perspective. 


Ryan Vaughan 
Tax Director - Mazars USA LLP
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DATE: Thursday May 10th, 2018 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
8:30 - 9:00: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45: Presentation
9:45 - 10:30: Discussion

WHERE:   FACC Chicago | 205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 37 

Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 

TICKETS: FACC-Chicago members: $25 | Non-members: $35


March 1st, 2018

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In the past decades, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have strongly influenced the way companies function, especially in their performance optimization.

For instance, costing and pricing are concrete fields of application of these new digital technologies. Indeed, controlling the costing process is a strategic stake for most companies in their search for competitiveness and their margin optimization. However, only a few industries use today robust solutions combining speed and precision.


During this session, Pierre Rougier, founder of the consulting firm KEPLER, will present different current methods, with a specific focus on EasyKost, the 1st cost estimation software based on Machine Learning which addresses modern companies’ needs.

During this workshop, you will find out how to improve your company’s performance through:

·         The use of Machine Learning for costing & pricing

·         A real case application

·         Possible applications on performance modeling (industrial, sales, etc)   



    Pierre Rougier
Founding Partner of Kepler
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DATE: Thursday March 1st, 2018 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
8:30 - 9:00: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45: Presentation
9:45 - 10:30: Discussion
WHERE:   FACC-Chicago | 205 N. Michigan avenue | 37th Floor

Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 

TICKETS: FACC-Chicago members: $25 | Non-members: $35



Thursday February 8th, 2018 | NETWORKING 101

Join this interactive workshop to learn how to network effectively at events !

The workshop will be followed by a networking event at Untitled from 7:00 to 8:30 pm


In this workshop, you will learn
  - How to pick the right event and get ready for it,
  - The magic formula to having a truly interesting conversation
  - How to follow up smartly and effectively
Don’t forget your business card and/or your phone!
For more info: check out Cecile Pochet's article on Linked In.    


Cecile Pochet
Regional Industry Lead Electronics and Household Americas
INEOS Styrolution America LLC
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DATE:  February 8th, 2018 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
5:30 pm: Check in
5:45 pm: Workshop starts
7:00 pm: End of workshop. People who registered for the workshop are invited to stay for Untitled Remake Party from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

WHEREUntitled | 111 W. kinzie street,  Chicago 60654
Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 

TICKETS :FACC-Chicago members: $35 | Non-members: $45



January 24th, 2018


U.S. Tax Reform’s Impact on Foreign-Owned U.S. Companies and U.S. Tax Residents
During this workshop you will:

- Gain an understanding of key U.S. tax considerations for foreign-owned U.S. companies and key tax planning strategies.
- Learn about U.S. tax issues for individuals prior to entry into the U.S., during residency in the U.S. and taxation as an expatriate.
- Discover key impacts of U.S. tax reform on foreign-owned U.S. companies and U.S. tax residents.


Josh Johnson
Senior Manager, International Tax  
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Rolando Garcia
Senior Manager, International Tax Services
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DATE: Wednesday January 24th, 2018 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
8:30 - 9:00: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45: Presentation
9:45 - 10:30: Discussion
WHERE:   RSM US LLP | S. Wacker Dr. #800, Chicago, IL 60606

Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 

TICKETS: FACC-Chicago members: $25 | Non-members: $35



December 7th, 2017 


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Is your company going through changes? Replacing technology, adding new leadership or improving processes? Change is hard... but the reality is that change is unavoidable and organizations need to resolve how to successfully adapt and sustain change.

At this breakfast seminar presented by Mariam Huss, Founder and Managing Director of Axxum Consulting, you’ll learn an easy step-by-step framework that can be applied to various types of transitions that might be occurring within your organization.

You’ll learn how to:
       -   Define the change – why is change needed? 
       -   Overcome the common challenges while going through an organizational change
       -   Apply best practices and helpful tips in preparing for change initiatives


     Mariam Huss 
Founder and Managing Director
Axxum Consulting LLC

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 Thursday December 7th, 2017 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
8:30 - 9:00: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45: Presentation
9:45 - 10:30: Discussion
WHERE:  FACC-Chicago 205 North Michigan avenue - 37th Floor - Chicago IL 60601

Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 



October 26, 2017


The client experience at the heart of the retail strategy

   - Recent evolution of the luxury market, redefining the client experience
   - How to embrace online shopping while maintaining and supporting brick and mortar stores

Guillaume Bernard, 
Store Manager | Louis Vuitton
Professional Coach, ELI-MP - Founder of GBACoaching
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DATE: Thursday October 26th, 2017 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
8:30 - 9:00: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:45: Presentation
9:45 - 10:30: Discussion
 FACC-Chicago.  205 North Michigan avenue - 37th Floor. Chicago IL 60601 
Seating is limited. No walk-ins allowed. 



March 16th, 2017
"In a Flash! A Lesson in Cybersecurity"  

"In a Flash! A Lesson in Cybersecurity"  

The presentation will use a three-part dramatic film developed by DLA Piper to lead interactive discussions about a number of real-world legal and regulatory issues raised by cybersecurity and data breaches, among them:  

· Cyber governance; cyber-risk management; security protocols; incident response plans


· The corresponding legal and regulatory environment faced by board members, general counsel, and senior business executives.

· The delicate balance of managing internal investigations, reporting requirements and stakeholder interests

Thank you to our sponsor


January 26th, 2017
Navigating through Corporate America. A cultural difference workshop.


This workshop will give you a couple of keys to understand some of the American mechanism at work. It will also give you tips on how to engage a business conversation and close more sales deals!

Here are the themes to be discussed:

- Breaking the ice

- Attitude and communication

- Time, schedule and tasks


Cecile Pochet, Regional Industry Lead Electronics and Household Americas at INEOS Styrolution America LLC
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>>October 27, 2016

nderstanding how Energy Leadership will help you become a powerful leader. Find out how to improve your performance in your workplace and in your life through Energy Leadership™.


During this workshop you will:
- Learn how to move from functioning effectively to functioning optimally

- Learn how to develop your ability to motivate and inspire yourself as well as your co-workers, associates, friends and family into a positive and sustainable action

- Learn to choose from 7 perspectives, how to see yourself, the people around you and any situation or challenge


Florence Hale
, Professional Coach, ELI-MP - Founder of Open Your Box

Guillaume Bernard, Professional Coach, ELI-MP - Founder of GBACoaching, Store Manager Louis Vuitton
Florence and Guillaume are passionate about working with individuals who are either going through a transition in their life and/or career or wish they had the courage and energy to change their current path. They help their clients achieve their goals and create the future that will bring them greater fulfillment and sense of purpose both personally and professionally. 


>>SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Schneider Electric was recently named the 12th most sustainable company in the world and 10th in the Newsweek Green Ranking. Headquartered in Paris, Schneider Electric has embedded sustainability into all aspects of their business practices, while leveraging this cultural aspect as a key pillar in driving purpose and employee engagement. Join us as we host two North America sustainability leaders for a discussion in how they do it..a


Michelle Redfield
Director, Safety, Environment and Process Improvement at
Schneider Electric

Jennifer Curtis
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at Schneider Electric

>>JUNE 22, 2016 

The presentation is available here.
Find the key datas of Log's, logistics, technology and videos about Amazon... and more.


  • During this workshop you will learn and see how a simple order from any eCommerce web site arrives at your door, sometimes the same day you ordered.
  • You will see behind the scenes how warehousing and logistics teams execute an order using different picking methods.
  • You will better understand how technology facilitates the transactions during the order fulfillment processing.
  • Finally, you will see how millions of parcels are shipped daily from distribution centers.


Philippe Carlier | LinkedIn profile
VP Business development NA, 


>> MARCH 24, 2016

THINK BETTER. Working in a global Environment. How the workplace shapes our attention.


Read more about the topic with 360 magazine “Think Better” (available in PDF or on the free app):
And with the Steelcase Global Report (available on the app too):

In workplaces throughout the world, there's awareness that we're not performing to our full potential, and too many distractions are to blame. While the diagnosis may seem clear, most people feel helpless to do anything about it other than to keep working harder at staying focused. Neuroscience research is starting to shed light on the impact of the workplace environment on attention and engagement.

Our presenters will share key findings on a global study of workplace behaviors and trends and offer new insights into how to re-imagine the work space to optimize brain performance and worker well-being.

Steelcase Inc. is a 100 years old company with a comprehensive portfolio of products, furnishings and services for the workplace and healthcare and education spaces. Globally leading its industry Steelcase, over the past 10 years, completed more than 700 consulting engagements and primary research studies wich have led to a number of key insights, new ideas and new solutions.


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FACC-Chicago Board Members

    • AXA Assistance USA
    • AbbVie
    • Alliant Mesirow
    • Bolloré Logistics
    • DLA Piper
    • DSML Executive Search, Inc.
    • Deloitte Tax, LLP
    • First American Bank
    • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
    • Gerflor
    • International Management Solutions
    • Invenergy
    • Mayer Brown LLP
    • Mazars USA LLP
    • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
    • Numalliance / Numamerica, Inc.
    • Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson
    • Savills Studley
    • ShubertCollin & Associés
    • Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
    • Square D/Schneider Electric
    • Strategic Solutions Associates
    • Thorelli & Associates

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Chicago Chapter
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Chicago, IL 60601 - USA
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