Club of France

Welcome to the website of the Georgetown University Club of France
We serve the 400+ Georgetown alumni living and working in Paris and elsewhere in France
 

The Club was founded in 1991 as a non-profit association in accordance with French law and with the full recognition and support from Georgetown University. Our mission is to engage with Georgetown alumni in France to promote social, cultural and professional relations. We organize activities with alumni and the university itself to enrich our intellectual, cultural and professional lives, to provide ongoing ties to the university and to represent Georgetown's values of excellence and community in France.

The club organizes events throughout the year, including talks, cocktails with visiting Georgetown professors or deans, happy hours and cultural outings. We also co-sponsor events with other university alumni clubs in Paris and aim to keep our members informed about the upcoming activities of Georgetown alumni clubs in nearby countries.

There are many ways to get involved:

1) Make sure your Profile page on the GU Alumni website is up to date, reflecting France as your country of domicile; otherwise you will not receive any communications from us.

2) Connect with fellow members on Linkedin- GU Club of France page.  

3) Alumni interviewing in France – stay connected to GU and help Admissions select great candidates

    Georgetown graduates can volunteer to interview prospective students seeking admission to various schools in the University through the Alumni Admissions Program. The interviewing program shows prospective students a critical part of what makes GU stand out among great American universities. By offering and requiring an alumni interview to all applicants, candidates directly experience alumni connectedness, underlining the importance of community at Georgetown. That sense of community sets Georgetown apart and is inseparable from Georgetown's academic excellence and ethical values. 

    If you would like to help identify future Hoyas among the applicants from this great country, please contact Jon Lillian (guaap-france@jhlco.com)  the Chairman of APP France.

4) Learn about events organized by American University Clubs of France (AUC France). GU is one of 40+ American University/ college clubs in France. The 2 major annual events are the Traditional Annual Reception held every year with the presence of the US Ambassador and the Traditional AUC Thanksgiving Dinner.

If you have any specific comments or questions, or want to get involved, write to guclubfrance@georgetown.edu

Upcoming Events

Save the date(s) - Fall/ Winter 2018

 

 

October 18th - 'Meaning Through the Eyes of Americans' - Photo Viewing with the Artists 

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October 18th - 'Meaning Through the Eyes of Americans' - Photo Viewing with the Artists 

 

A project launched  by author Yorick de Guichen and renowned photographer Hervé Saint-Hélier during the Patrouille de France's US tour to honor America's involvement in World War I and the centenary of the French-US collaboration.  Join us for a private viewing with the artists of this photographic journey, followed by cocktail. 

 

Schedule: 7 pm to ~ 7:30 pm - presentation + questions

7:30pm onwards - cocktail reception

 

Location: TBC. 

 

Speakers:

Yorick de Guichen and Hervé Saint-Hélier

Initial remarks by GU club President William Holmberg

 

 

 

Nov 23rd – Collaboration in legal services; a panel discussion

 

 

Schedule: 5 pm to ~ 6:15 pm - panel speakers + questions

6:15 onwards - cocktail reception

 

Location: Freshfields

 

Topic: What clients, experts and counsel should know about working together but were too embarrassed to ask

 

Speakers:

Karl Hennessee (Airbus), Senior Vice-President, Head of Litigation & Investigations & Regulatory Affairs

Andrew Flower (Haberman Ilett LLP), Partner

Gisèle Stephens-Chu (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP), Senior Associate

 

Moderator: Noah Rubins (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP), Partner

 

 

Winter

2019 European  Hoyas Ski Weekend

The Georgetown Club of Switzerland is happy to announce it will host the fourth annual European Hoyas Ski Weekend this winter in Saas Fee from 1 to 3 February 2019.  Please join us for a weekend in the Alps at one of Switzerland's best and most traditional ski areas.

 

Details on the GU alumni website.

 

 

Past Events (2017-2018 Academic year)

September 13, 2018

Welcome to the Neighorhood- social event 

Over 3 dozen graduates attended this University- organized event held at 'Playoff', as close to the Tombs as we could find in the City of Lights. Recent arrivals had a chance to network and learn from the long term expats as well as French graduates who moved back after their studies on the hilltop. More than a third of attendees were earned LLM or JD degrees, highlighting the importance of this constituency. The picture below is of those who stayed late / up to closing time. Until the next event in mid October.

 

 

 2017/2018 academic year

Below is a summary of the events the club has organised last year:

1)       Pierre Tercier,  40 years of Arbitration, the experiences of a Professor (adjust Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School), November 2017

2)       Reception with Dean Treanor, GU Law School, December 2017

3)       Reception and talk with Honorable D. Brendt Hardt, acting Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in France, December 2017

4)       Social event (New Years party) co-hosted with University of Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France at Carpe Diem, January 2018

5)       Social event (co-hosted with University of Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France at Carpe Diem, January 2018

6)       Cultural event- Alumnus Art Exhibit in Paris; Alan Cariddi Jr., graduate of the College, class of 2004 presenting his provocative, modern art at the gallery ‘L'abstraction Ordonnée’; February 2018

7)       Cultural event- guided tour of American painter Mary Cassatt’s exhibition at the JACQUEMART-ANDRÉ museum, May 2018

8)       Social event- annual cocktail hosted by American University clubs of Paris at the George Marshall Center (US embassy property), June 2018

 

November 16, 2017

Pierre Tercier, 40 years of Arbitration, the experiences of a Professor

Pierre Tercier, International Arbitrator, former president of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, spoke to an audience of more than 20 in Paris on the topic of his 40 years working in Arbitration, and his experiences of a Professor. The event was hosted by Dentons with over 30 alumni and friends of GU in attendance! 

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December 7, 2017

Cocktail Reception at an embassy residence at the invitation of Brendt Hardt 

The Honorable D. Brent Hardt,  Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the United States of America in France, hosted the alumni of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with Yale and Georgetown and offered a talk on US-French relations today. The reception welcomed more than 40 participants from the 3 schools. 

The picture presents the club leadership of Georgetown, Fletcher and Yale with Ambassador Hardt.

December 7, 2017

Reception with GU Law Center Dean 

The event was hosted at August Debouzy by Philippe Durand (L’88) Member, European Law Alumni Advisory Board and featured a conversation by  William M. Treanor, J.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center who discussed the University’s ambition of greater global engagement. There were 50+ alumni and friends of GU in attendance! 

 

May 7, 2018

American impressionist artist at Jacquemart-André Museum
MARY CASSATT, AN AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST IN PARIS

10 Alumni attended this guided tour at the Jacquemart-André Museum in the 8th arrandissement, lead by a very knowledgeable guide who brought Mary Cassatt's life and works alive with her life story, 60 years spent in Paris and influence on the impressionist movement. Attendees included Maya Andraos (1988), Kelly Doherty (1986),  Jonathan Lillain (1979), Deborah Lillian, Angelynn Meya (C 1999), Zina Richard (2005), Pierre Sivac (1980), Florence Sivac, Michael Woodrow (1986) and William Holmberg (1997)

 

Annual AUC Cocktail – June 7th, 2018 - Hotel de Talleyrand

More than a dozen GU alumni attended the summer cocktail event hosted Angela Aggeler, US Minister Counselor for Public Affairs in the building in which the Marshal plan was signed. We were pleased that 9 of us were able to gather and be in the same place to take this picture to mark the occasion. 

To see more pictures, visit this link.

 

Leadership

Are you interested in joining the club board? Please contact your club board members or alumniclubs@georgetown.edu. We're always looking for more help with planning and staffing events, sharing ideas, managing communications, and spreading the word.

William Holmberg (B'97)Presidentwch@georgetown.edu
Kate Fung (L'18)Vice PresidentKwf7@georgetown.edu
Sami Toutounji (B'86, L'89)Board MemberSToutounji@shearman.com
Lawrence Giesen (F'78)Treasurerlgiesen@googlemail.com
Zina Richard (L'05)Communication Chairzina.richard.2013@gmail.com
Pascal Chadenet (L'88)Board Memberpascal.chadenet@dentons.com