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L’Ile de Ré – A Pearl off the West Coast of France

I’ve visited this gem before. Definitely worth seeing.

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AmCham France event June 17 on Innovation and Competitiveness

The American Chamber of Commerce in France has regular events with high profile speakers about different global business subjects.

On June 17 from 5:30 to 7pm, they are organizing the following event on Innovation and Competitiveness. The speaker will be Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, and the conference will be presided by Maurice Levy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe.

Registration required by June 12. All info can be found here.

Innovation et compétitivité : une question d’horizon
17 jun 2013, 17h30 – 19h
Subject : Conférence avec Jeff IMMELT – Chairman of the Board & CEO de General Electric. Animée par Maurice LEVY, Chairman and CEO de Publicis Groupe et Président du Directoire Innovation et compétitivité : une question d’horizon
Speakers : Jeff Immelt – Chairman of the Board & CEO de General Electric Maurice Levy- Chairman & CEO de Publicis Groupe et Président du Directoire
Participants : All members
Location : Pavillon Ledoyen – 1 avenue Dutuit 75008 Paris

Clara Gaymard, Présidente de l’ American Chamber of Commerce in France et Jean Luc Allavena, Président de la French-American Foundation France ont le plaisir de vous convier à la conférence de

Jeff Immelt
Chairman of the Board & CEO de General Electric
sur le thème : “Innovation et compétitivité : une question d’horizon”

Animée par

Maurice Levy
Chairman & CEO de Publicis Groupe et Président du Directoire

La conférence sera suivie d’un cocktail
Veuillez noter que la conférence se tiendra en anglais
Make a reservation (by June 12).

Want to study in France? Event in Chicago May 16th

Campus France, the official service of the French Embassy that promotes studies in France, is having an informational event in Chicago on May 16th.

The details are below, please RSVP. I will be speaking at this event as well.

You can check out other links related to studying, teaching and interning in France on this page within my site

The invitation PDF can be downloaded here as well (same info):
05-16 Campus France Invitation

Have you studied in a French-speaking
country? Are you leaving soon?
Are you looking for a great exchange program that will offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience?
Join us for a special event organized by Campus France USA in Chicago!

Representatives of other French-speaking countries will be joining Campus France for the 2nd edition of this event!

Come enjoy local food and drinks, listen to good music, chat with returning students and have answered all your questions.

Every participant will be able to enter a big game and win great prizes by finding the answers to questions related to the event!

Thursday May 16th 2013, 6-9pm
Alliance Française
810 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

6pm:Doors open, let’s begin!
7-8pm:Informative workshop and Q&A session in the auditorium with representatives and guest speakers

Please RSVP before Friday May 10th at:

Increase in expat positions globally

As published on Expatica, Mercer’s Worldwide International Assignments Policies and Practices report (WIAPP) found that “Over 70 percent of companies expect to increase short-term assignments in 2013.” Very interesting article and report.

Excerpts below. For full article, click on Expatica link above.
If you’re an expat abroad, how long has your assignment been?
If you’re a prospective expat, how many years would you be comfortable living abroad?

(full disclosure: this is not an ad for Mercer).

The report showed that 55 percent of companies expect to increase long-term assignments and highlighted that, for the last two years, there has been an increase in the overall number of international assignments. The report found that China, United States, Brazil, United Kingdom and Australia are the priority destinations in their respective regions for expatriates.

Mercer’s Worldwide International Assignments Policies and Practices report (WIAPP) also found that more than half of companies reported an increase of long-term (52 percent) and short-term assignments (53 percent) in 2011 and 2010. The WIAPP report presents the latest trends in international assignment programme management, policies, and practices data.

Anne Rossier-Renaud, principal in Mercer’s global mobility business said, “International assignments have become diverse in order to meet evolving business and global workforce needs. Relatively low pay increases in some regions, and pressure on companies to attract and retain talent, have spurred many to embrace a wider range of global mobility strategies to incentivise high performers. Mobility and HR directors now face great complexity in the number and type of international assignments that need managing.”

According to Mercer, the top five reasons cited for international assignment programmes are; to provide specific technical skills not available locally (47 percent), to provide career management/leadership development (43 percent), to ensure knowledge transfer (41 percent), to fulfil specific project needs (39 percent), and to provide specific managerial skills not available locally (38 percent). Close to half of North American (45 percent) and European (46 percent) companies indicate career management/leadership development as one of the main reasons they have international assignments. In the future, worldwide, 62 percent of participants anticipate an increase in the number of technical-related short-term assignments, 55 percent anticipate an increase in talent development assignments, and half anticipate an increase in key strategic assignments.

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