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Will your next boss be Chinese?

The AAGEF invites you on April 22nd at 6:30 pm for a discussion with
Denis Jacquet
Entrepreneur. Author. Founder of the Day One Movement

"Will your next boss be Chinese?"

Think !! Technology is not only about to change business models, jobs, time and space. Technology is not only about to change education, health, cities. It's about to change our societies deeply than ever. For a single reason: Technology is about to change humanity and the world order. The fabric of the current society. Data, AI, computerization are about to give god like powers to 2 super powers. China and the US. The other countries have almost nothing.

Power will side with countries with more data and capability to process it, experiment, move fast and steadily. Because size is key, China has a clear edge. Because regulation or absence or regulation matters, China will have the lead. Because investment is key, China is catching up with the US and even start to overpass it. Because democracy can be an obstacle to innovation and rapid changes, China authoritarian regime is a clear advantage. Unfortunately!

Will your next boss be Chinese? Is it just a matter of time? We will discuss the issues and challenges together.

Hotel Le Pierre, 6:30pm, followed by the signing of his best selling book !

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About Denis Jacquet (HEC 89, Master in Business Law and Tax).

Denis Jacquet started as a tax lawyer with Baker & Mackenzie in NYC. Launched his first company in 93 at the age of 27. Made a success of it. Acquired a declining leading distance education company in France and revamped it, turned it international.

He became a pioneer of the e-learning market. International development has been the key factor for EduFactory success. EduFactory became one of the only French training companies with a presence in more than 8 countries. He spent 10 years living abroad (Morocco and USA) to develop the business.

Back in France in 2010 Denis thought that we could help other SMBs to do likewise and started Parrainer la Croissance-PLC (Mentor the Growth). A network of 4000 entrepreneurs dedicated to international growth, but also lobbying, access to investment and press.

Recently Denis and G.Leclercq launched the UBERIZATION OBSERVATORY, a “Think and Do” Tank aimed at analyzing the impact of this tsunami at every level of our societies. The objective is to think instead of catching up with the crazy pace the digital is setting.

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Recent Events

Innovation in digital marketing with Christophe Menard (Essec 2003)

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

The AAGEF and ESSEC invite you to join a persentation on Innovation in DIgital Marketing by Christophe Menard, Co-founder & COO Americas, Sublime Skinz Inc. (ESSEC 2003.)

The presentation will be followed by a networking cocktail.

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About Christophe Ménard

Co-founder & COO Americas, Sublime Skinz Inc.

In 2012, Christophe Ménard co-founded Sublime Skinz, a global high-impact advertising marketplace, and first worked there as Chief Programmatic Officer. Living in France, he decided to cross the Atlantic with his wife and children to open the New York office in 2016. Now as COO Americas, his role is to lead the US teams to help Sublime Skinz shining at an international level providing programmatic high-impact advertising tailored to the US market needs.

Graduated from ESSEC, he has a master degree of the Bradford University and a double MBA from Audencia-University of Bilbao. He started his career as financial controller at Accor Group. In 2005, he became account manager at Yahoo! just before working for as Sales Director Europe. After that, in 2008, he successively held the positions of Account Director and Development Director at Vibrant Media. He also founded Smart Digital Link in 2012, and he joined Improve Digital the same year taking care of the development of this company into the French Market.

Based in the USA, Christophe is French and used to live in Paris. Since he moved on the other side of the Atlantic, he is very curious about the American culture that he spends time to discover with his family.

About Sublime Skinz

Sublime creates and delivers performance-based brand ad experiences that captivate, inspire and activate digital audiences at scale. By combining market-leading technology with a creative-first approach, Sublime simplifies the delivery of premium, non-intrusive digital ad formats that elevate brand equity and drive results. Sublime respects and complements the user experience, utilizing both creativity and relevance to build awareness and achieve campaign performance goals. Clients and partners benefit from a corporate culture of creative innovation and a collective dedication to the highest level of service and support.

Founded in 2012, the Paris-based company has offices in London, Singapore, San Francisco and New York, delivering direct and programmatic advertising campaigns across the globe.

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Germinators Faceoff

The French-American Chamber of Commerce is partnering with executives from top French brands in the United States to create a robust package, to reward a company representing French excellence and innovation in the U.S. food, beverage and hospitality market. The finalists, and ultimately the winner, will be chosen as the company best representing French excellence, know-how, or innovation in the Food, Beverage, and Hospitality industries, and the most likely to succeed in the United States market. By offering our combined expertise in sales, knowledge of the market, customer engagement, and relationships with investors and retailers, our program will help entrepreneurs promote French excellence.

The Prize:

One winner will receive:
$10,000 cash prize
1 year of mentoring from a committee of executives
10 Days of FACC-NY CoWork space usage
1 year free FACC-NY Membership

10 Finalists will receive exceptional networking opportunities with Venture Capitalists and Angels.

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2019


All contestants must be a French or American company in the food, beverage, or hospitality industries. Which has been in those industries less than three years or is planning to enter those industries.

The products, services or technology must represent French excellence, know-how, or innovation.

The companies must be new to the United States market, and in no event in the United States market for more than three years.

All contestants must submit a five-minute video by March 1, 2019, detailing the reasons their company should win.

All contestants must be present for the pitch event on Monday, June 24th, 2019, if chosen as finalists.

Contest Details:

Videos must include the applicants name, company name, location of headquarters, current revenue, year established in the U.S., number of employees domestically and globally, what the company does, how the company represents French innovation and excellence, and why the company deserves to win.

Contestants must fill out the application and include a link to their uploaded video.

Finalists will be notified. All applicants must be available for a video call interview with one of the Committee Executives. Finalists must be present in NYC on Monday, June 24th, 2019.

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Nicolas Feuillatte Wine Pairing Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak

Join us on Wed Jan 23rd 2019 for an exclusive champagne pairing dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak featuring champagnes from Nicolas Feuillatte

Cocktail followed by 4 course menu with champagne pairing from Nicolas Feuillatte:

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut nv served for the reception Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte blanc de blancs 2006 Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte rose nv Champagne Palmes d’Or 2006 Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte D’Luscious rose

Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Charlie Palmer Steak
45 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018


Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Pairing Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak

Join us on December 5 for an exclusive champagne pairing dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak featuring champagnes from Nicolas Feuillatte

Cocktail followed by 4 course menu with champagne pairing from Nicolas Feuillatte:

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut nv served for the reception

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte blanc de blancs 2006
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte rose nv
Champagne Palmes d’Or 2006
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte D’Luscious rose

Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm.

Location: Charlie Palmer
47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018, USA


Malartic-Lagraviere Wine Pairing Dinner at Benoit

Join us on October 18 for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at Benoit featuring wines from Malartic-Lagraviere

Cocktail followed by 3 course menu with wine pairing from Malartic-Lagraviere.

  Malartic-Lagravière blanc 2009
  Or PATÉ EN CROÛTE / Lucien Tendret’s recipe since 1892

  Reserve de Malartic rouge 2014
  Malartic-Lagraviere rouge 2009
  SEARED MAINE SEA SCALLOPS / Crispy gnocchi & matelote sauce
  Or SWEET SPICED ROHAN DUCK / Seasonal vegetables

  Malartic-Lagraviere rouge 2003
  CHOCOLATE COMPOSITION / Hazelnut, praliné

Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm.


One year on - A new initiative on Europe

Join us at the Yale Club on October 5th for a conversation with Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Visiting Professor at Columbia University and former Executive Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, on:

One Year On - A New Initiative for Europe

In September 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed in a speech at La Sorbonne an initiative meant to "rebuild a sovereign, united, and democratic Europe." One year later, how have France's European partners responded to this initiative? What has been achieved? And what hurdles still need to be overcome?

Pierre Vimont will analyze the vision for Europe and the concrete steps proposed by President Macron a year ago. He will also discuss the larger context within the European Union and the developments, such as Brexit and the elections to European Parliament, to take place in the year to come.

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Chateau D'esclans Rose Wine Paring Dinner

Join us on July 10 for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at Legacy Record restaurant featuring Rose wine from Chateau D'esclans.

Cocktail followed by 3 course menu with wine pairing from Chateau d'Esclans:
- Chateau d'Esclans 'Whispering Angel' 2017
- Chateau d'Esclans 'Rock Angel' 2017
- Chateau d'Esclans 'Les Clans' 2016
- Chateau d'Esclans 'Garrus' 2016

Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Legacy Records
517 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018


AAGEF Regatta

The AAGEF board (Association des Anciens des Grandes Ecoles de France) is thrilled to announce its first fantastic sailing regatta in New York harbor.

Scheduled on Sunday afternoon, June 10th, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be four open spots in each of the 26 ft long sailboat, provided with a sailing club skipper (no experience required). A spectator boat will also be chartered to see the race on the water. The goal is to form one boat per Grande Ecole member of AAGEF (See list of members at

What – 3 possibilities to participate:

The regatta - boats are almost sold out but you can still register for the wait-list on line – (tickets includes after-party cocktail)
Any questions please contact Jean-Rodolphe Ruis at or Anne de Louvigny at

A Spectator boat - You will be able to have tremendous experience in following up the regatta from a spectator boat with limited seats – still some vacancy – you can register online at includes after-party cocktail)

An after-party - Last resort you can still celebrate this great event with all of the sailors with an amazing happy hour cocktail after-party at Café Beaubourg @ Le District – you can register online at
Where: North Cove Marina (South East Corner), 10281 – downtown Manhattan near the World Financial Center

Startup tour

FrenchFounders and the AAGEF Board has announced the second edition of the Startup Tour, the leading competition for Francophone startups developing (or willing to develop) in North America. In addition, the Startup Tour is now open to American entrepreneurs looking to gain a foothold in France.

We are pleased to announce an extension of the application period until May 23rd! Please submit your application on the dedicated website:

For AAGEF members, a special code allows you a discount on the application fee.

Code: AAGEF2018FF

Get a chance to pitch in front of major corporates, successful entrepreneurs and investors. Our jury members are prominent experts in business, have a look here:

To get ready for the Grand Final in New York, you will also have the opportunity to be mentored by FrenchFounders key players and renowned professionals:

Four awards will be presented to the most promising startups:
 - French Prize – a package worth over USD 100,000
 - American Prize – assistance for the startup in France, supported by Business France, Paris Region (PRIME) and BNP Paribas
 - AAGEF Prize – a package worth $6,000 providing access to exclusive mentors from French grandes écoles
 - People's Choice Prize – a package worth $3,500 providing access to FrenchFounders member mentors

We hope you will apply to this great competition!

The Business of Creativity

The AAGEF is pleased to invite you for a conversation with

Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, President of Vera Wang on
"The Business of Creativity"

The business model of luxury consumer brands is a changing one in the context of a more digitally savvy world, and a growing millennial consumer base. The goal is not to answers "needs" but to create "wants". This talk will explore how successful organizations focus on creativity - a risky endeavor - while balancing the business needs and how to find the right balance between these two competing priorities.

The luxury industry has always been defined by a mix of craftsmanship, creativity and culture. Now, these topics must go beyond the design of products to the design of experience. Helping creators to understand the importance of customer experience beyond the design is crucial to success. However this can prove a daunting tasks as it has not traditionally be a focus for designers.

In this digital era defined by an increasing need of differentiated experiences, we will explore the opportunities for designers to completely connect with consumers, beyond products. The new challenge for designers is to go beyond the creation of objects to become builders of dreams, desire and a strong value system. For a business manager, it is all about bringing the brand to life beyond ensuring the transaction.

Join us on 5/10 at 8:30 am for a breakfast discussion in the Saybrook Room at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, NYC.


About our Speaker:

Veronique Gabai-Pinsky is a brand builder, bridging creative thinking and business acumen, with a broad understanding of consumers, brands and business models.

Ms. Gabai-Pinsky is currently President of the Vera Wang Group, overseeing all categories and markets.

Prior to joining Vera Wang, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky spent 12 years at the Estee Lauder Companies, as the Global President for Aramis and Designers Fragrances as well as Beauty Bank and Idea Bank, reporting to CEO Fabrizio Freda.

During her tenure, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky developed and ensured the growth of several beauty and skin care brands, including Lab Series for Men.

She was highly instrumental in the evolution of the fragrance category for the company, as she improved its overall business model, improving profitability by 10 points, grew globally brands such as Donna Karan and Michael Kors, evolved and harmonized the portfolio, divesting dilutive brands and bringing in Tory Burch, Zegna and Marni under license, and ultimately ensured the acquisitions of Le Labo, Frederic Malle, and By Kilian for deep transformation of the long term strategic path of the company.

Previously, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky was Executive Vice President and General Manager for Fine Fragrance, North America, for Symrise and its predecessor, Dragoco. In that capacity, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky opened the New York Office of Dragoco to develop its US business as well as to position the firm in the fine fragrance category as a creative and alternative industry resource. She was also instrumental in managing the US merger of the fine fragrance teams with Haarman and Reimer, giving birth to Symrise.

In the earlier years of her career, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky served as Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Guerlain, a division of LVMH, where she led the successful re-launch of Shalimar, the introduction of Aqua Allegoria, and contributed to the re-focus of the beauty category around its pillars, Terracotta, Meteorites and Issima, while redesigning all communication strategies and content.

Prior to this, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky spent time as the Worldwide Director of Strategic Planning for SELECT Communications, handling clients in the beauty and fashion sectors such as Coty, Jill Sander, Vanity Fair and more.

She started her career at L’Oréal, and was lastly Vice President of Marketing for Giorgio Armani, where she was instrumental in the overall development of its fragrance business by developing the highly successful Acqua di Gio for men and introducing the Emporio Armani franchise.

Ms. Gabai-Pinsky graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. In addition to speaking French and English, she is also well versed in Spanish and Italian.

Ms Gabai-Pinsky serves on the board of Interparfums and on the board of Lycee Francais de NY.

She is a member of The Committee of 200, Fashion Group International and Cosmetic Executive Women.

She also volunteers as a “Principal For a Day” for the PENCIL organization, helping public schools in New York City.

In fall 2008, Ms Gabai-Pinsky was recognized as one of the top 10 “Women in Luxury” by Time Style & Design magazine.

She was recognized as Achiever of the Year 2009 by CEW.

In December 2010, The Cristal Festival honored her with the Cristal of Honor award for her noteworthy career achievements and contributions in advertising.

Additionally, in the Spring of 2013 Pratt Institute awarded her with the “Art of Packaging Award” which recognized excellence in cosmetics and packaging design.

She was also named Marketer of the Year by WWD in December 2013.

Ms. Gabai-Pinsky lives in Manhattan with her husband Joel Pinsky and their son, Joshua.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape dinner at Charlie Parker Steak

Join us on March 28 for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant featuring Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines from Domaine Saint-Préfert, presented by owner Isabel Ferrando.
Cocktail followed by 3 course menu with wine pairing from Domaine Saint-Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape:

- Saint Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017
- Saint Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
- Saint Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Charles Giraud" 2014
- Saint Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Réserve Auguste Favier" 2011 and 2013

Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm.