Chicago hosts French American Foundation’s first "Transatlantic Forum" with special guests from Notre Dame de Paris & ESSEC.

On April 29th, Consul General Guillaume Lacroix welcomed the French American Foundation at the French residence for the first "Transatlantic Forum" around the theme of the current political landscape in the United States.


A discussion with Ms. Maura Sullivan, military veteran and Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under the Obama administration, spoke with Mr. Ron Sorini, Founder of Sorini, Samet & Associates, and Former Ambassador at the US Trade Representative (USTR) about the 2020 elections and current issues facing American democracy.

This spirited and thorough discussion was moderated by Mr. Frank Sensenbrenner, and was organized as the first installment of a "Transatlantic Forum" series by the French-American Foundation. Executive Director Emeline Foster opened the discussion with an introduction of the French-American Foundation, a foundation that fosters lasting, practical working ties between France and the United States.

Special guests attending this event included Michel Picaud, President of the Friends of Notre Dame de Paris, and André Finot, Head of Communications for Notre Dame de Paris. Mr. Picaud addressed the room, expressing his gratitude for the solidarity the French and American communities continue to show in the wake of the devastating fire at the Cathedral.


A delegation from the prestigious ESSEC Business School, lead by President Vincenzo Vinzi, was also in attendance. ESSEC Business School hopes to develop deep partnerships with universities in the United States, including Chicago’s academic institutions University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Last modified on 01/05/2019

top of the page