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2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop Recap

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop
December 13, 2019
Independence Seaport Museum

 Colleagues, port representatives, and government officials formed a panel to review and address the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

This year, the Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop featured the same relevant discussion, but with a different backdrop. The 2019 event was moved to the Independence Seaport Museum, an organization dedicated to deepening “the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art.” Roughly 60 attendees came to the workshop to hear from a panel featuring Ed Fitzgerald, GEODIS USA, Inc.; Lisa Himber, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay; Evan Moss, J&K Fresh East; Frank Mowatt, Philadelphia USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Inspection Office; Elliot Ortiz, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Kurt Reichert, Western Fumigation; William Spence, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection Quarantine; and Russell Vandermark, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. John Ercolani, J&K Fresh East, served as Moderator.

At the event, a wide variety of topics were discussed, with each panelist addressing a different subject, speaking on behalf of their organizations. Himber mentioned how the Maritime Exchange is looking to expand the current wood treatment program, while Fitzgerald explained the various types of entry documentation. Moss reviewed regulations relating to Chile’s main exports to our region, fresh grapes and blueberries, Reichert told of the regulatory issues with methyl bromide.

 Representing government agencies, the second set of panelists predicted that the upcoming Chilean fruit season will be business as usual. Ortiz stated that Philadelphia is the busiest port for Customs and Border Protection in the country. Mowatt said his office was expecting no major changes, but inspection fees have gone up 10% since the first of October, Spence stated that he did not foresee any changes either, and Vandermark said that the sampling of Chilean fruit is expected to be the same as last year.

The CACC would like to thank the Independence Seaport Museum for hosting the event, the panelists for sharing their expertise, and the attendees. We would also like to thank the members who sponsored the 2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop: GEODIS USA, Inc.; Holt Logistics; J&K Fresh East; and Western Fumigation.

Revolutionary Women- Blazing a Trail and Leading the Pack

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, we celebrated the successes and challenges of some of Philadelphia’s leading female executives as they discussed their journeys and encouragement of gender diversity in the workplace at Revolutionary Women- Blazing a Trail and Leading the Pack. The CACC proudly partnered with the British American Business Council, Asian, Eurasian, French and Swedish Chambers, and Select Greater Philadelphia.

Thank you to the six speakers who shared their stories: Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder of DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing; Co-Founder of Bliss Lawyers; and Vice President and Board Member of The Forum of Executive Women, moderated the panel.  Distinguished panelists included: Vanessa Z. Chan, Ph.D., Brassington Professor of Practice at Penn Engineering, Board Member, and Angel Investor; Julie Coker, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Deborah Driscoll, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Dean for Professional Services, Perelman School of Medicine, and Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Bethany Edwards, Co-Founder & CEO, LIA Diagnostics; and Jami Wintz McKeon, Partner and Chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Many thanks to the evening’s sponsors: The Forum of Executive Women, HSBC Bank, Morgan Lewis, Penn Medicine, The Museum of the American Revolution, and Brûlée Catering.

This was truly a remarkable event, and we are especially grateful to the British American Business Council for hosting and organizing such an inspiring forum and to the Museum of the American Revolution for the fantastic venue.

Click here to view photos on the BABC’s Flickr page.

Revolutionary Women– Blazing a Trail, Leading the Pack

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Revolutionary Women– Blazing a Trail, Leading the Pack
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
5:00-7:00 PM
The Museum of the American Revolution 

Join the international business community for a program featuring global female executive leaders. Speakers will discuss their vision, and chronicle their rise to the top, showcasing the positive change they are promoting throughout the world in their respective industries. The seminar will educate participants about the waves of change the presenters are advocating, and the exciting paths they are blazing.  It is an ideal time for a forum about leading women spearheading international enterprise and change. The program will include c-suite global multinational executives as well as future leaders across industry sectors who will discuss their paths to success, stumbling blocks and solutions, and their positive influence on gender diversity and inclusion.

CACC Member Ticket: $65
CACC Non-Member Ticket: $85

Click here to register for the event

Moderator:

Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing; Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers

Panelists:

Jami Winz McKeon, Partner and Chair of the Firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Julie Coker, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Deborah Driscoll, MD, Senior VP for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP)
Bethany Edwards, Co-Founder & CEO, LIA Diagnostics
Vanessa Z. Chan, Ph.D., Brassington Professor of Practice at Penn Engineering, Board Member and Angel Investor

2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Friday December 13, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM Program

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory, and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley region.

Moderator:

John Ercolani 
J&K Fresh East

Panelists:

Ed Fitzgerald 
Senior Director of Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Inc.

Lisa Himber
Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Evan Moss 

Senior Director, Perishables, J&K Fresh East

Frank Mowatt
Assistant Officer in Charge, Philadelphia USDA AMS Inspection Office

Elliot Ortiz
Chief Agriculture Specialist , Area Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Kurt Reichert
Fumigation Director, Western Fumigation

William Spence 
Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

Russell Vandermark
FDA Investigator, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Click here to register for the event

For more information, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].

[email protected]: Globalizing Digital Transformation Through Nearshoring Recap

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome back Chile: a Digital Country (Ch1l3) to Philadelphia for [email protected]: Globalizing Digital Transformation Through Nearshoring, the second installment of programming on November 19th.  The breakfast program kicked off with networking as guests helped themselves to continental breakfast.

Benjamin Leavenworth, Consul of Chile in Philadelphia, opened the program by welcoming all to Philadelphia on behalf of Chile. He then welcomed Cindy Leavitt, Vice President of Information Technology Services and CIO at Temple University to the podium to formally welcome the Delegation on behalf of Temple University. Leavenworth then retook the podium and thanked the delegation for being courageous and trying something new by “getting on that plane” to the United States.

Leavenworth acknowledged special guests who included Peter Longstreth, the Honorary Consul of Uruguay, Marichu Meyer with ProChile, Keynote Speaker: Paul Lima, CEO of Lima Consulting Group, and then introduced Araceli Guenther, Victrix Global and Temple University.  Guenther reiterated her support of the Ch1l3 brand and showed a video detailing data and facts that back Chile as the most digitally advanced country in Latin America.  Guenther then introduced Paul Lima to give his keynote remarks.

Lima began his address by detailing his extensive experience in the military—he is a prestigious founding member of the cyber branch at the Pentagon. From there, he shared tips with the Chilean Delegation regarding his “5 power plays” which addressed partners, investment, price, intergovernmental relations, and service models.  Lima shared his learnings from his experience working in Brazil and Uruguay, which underpinned the success that can result from nearshoring.

Following Q&A, Cindy Leavitt began her role as moderator for the panel discussion. Panelists included Jorge Corral, Senior Business Development Manager North America, Arkano Software; Jason Garber, Founder & COO, PromptWorks; Andres Munita, Co-Founder and CEO, Kunder; and David Rose, Founder & Partner, Brio Solutions. The panelists were asked to answer questions based on their experiences of working on global teams in the past. One question posed was: “What are some of the key benefits you are seeking in partnering with teams across multiple locations?” Rose answered by saying he looks for more bandwidth and the ability to expand in fields in which his company is not specialized.

As the discussion continued, one of the recurring themes was communication. Several of the questions posed to the panel were answered with an emphasis on the importance of communication. In response to a question about how to “align” a team, Munita answered that the proper use of communication tools was imperative. He said one must not only know when to communicate, but also, what the best method of communication is. There are some problems that can be fixed with a simple phone call, others by email, and then there are those that require in-person meetings. When Garber and Corral were asked about the improvement in emerging technologies and how they can ease communication in global teams, Garber said that when using a service such as Zoom or Skype, great audio and video quality is important. He mentioned that each person should have their own laptop and have headphones connected to that laptop to ensure that they will be heard and seen. Furthermore, he said that “Slack” is a great tool to use as a real time chat during a meeting. In his response, Corral stated that communication is a basis of gaining trust and the new technologies should ease that process, allowing the team to function at a higher capacity.

The CACC would like to thank Paul Lima, Araceli Guenther, the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, the members of the tech delegation, esteemed panelists, and all who attended for making the second installment of [email protected] a resounding success.

Delegation Members:

Jorge Corral– Business Development Manager, Arkano Software

Andrés Munita– CEO and Co-Founder, Kunder

Mauricio Ulloa, Client Manager, Kunder

Javier Balieiro– Manager of New Business and IT Innovation, Zenta

Felipe Ojeda– CEO, Jumpitt Labs

Hernán Sangüeza– Director of Business Consulting – Chile, Nisum Latin America

Juan Pablo Reyes– CEO, Linets

Ignacio Parada– Founder, Magnet

 

22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon Recap

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce
22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
The Union League of Philadelphia

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On Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, members and distinguished guests gathered in the historic Union League of Philadelphia for the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) 22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon to honor individuals who have demonstrated great commitment in the trade partnership between Chile and the United States.

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As guests arrived, they were welcomed by a wine reception featuring two delicious Chilean wines. Shortly after, guests were asked to take their seats in Lincoln Hall to begin the luncheon and awards ceremony. Leo Holt, of Holt Logistics, was the afternoon’s emcee and was the first to approach the podium. He welcomed everyone to the event and congratulated all attendees for being part of the CACC, one of the most active and dynamic Chilean Chambers of Commerce in the United States. After a short prayer led by Rev. William Rex, Leo came back to the podium. He gave congratulations to Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation and Dennis Rochford of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, the two award recipients on the day. He also recognized special guests such as His Excellency Alfonso Silva, Chilean Ambassador to the U.S., Jorge O’Ryan, Director of ProChile, Matías Pinto Pimentel, Trade Commissioner, Karla Martin, Chancellor of the Chilean Consulate in Philadelphia, and members of the USDA. Holt then invited Ambassador Silva to the stage to say a few words.

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The Ambassador began his speech by speaking to the mutually beneficial relationship between not just Chile and the United States, but also the relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region specifically. The fruit trade has provided both regions with thousands of jobs, boosting both economies. Ambassador Silva then transitioned to the current situation in Chile. He projected a calm, confident demeanor in which he stated that Chile is a country “obsessed” with growth. The country still boasts the 2nd highest minimum wage in Latin America as well as one of the lowest unemployment rates in the region. He finished his speech with a strong message: “Keep faith. Democracy will prevail.”

Following the Ambassador’s speech, Holt brought Eric Casey, CEO of GT Wilmington, to the stage to present Dennis Rochford with the Albert S. Marulli Lifetime Achievement Award. Casey said although he has only been working in the area for a little over a year, it is already apparent to him how key Rochford is in the local business.

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In his acceptance speech, Rochford mentioned how honored he was to be receiving the award. He also took time to recognize his colleagues at the Maritime Exchange and said he could not have done it without them. Rochford also praised the CACC, stating it is an honor to work with such an outstanding chamber.caccgp_110619-1357

Following Rochford, Holt retook the stage to introduce Carlos Martinez from the USDA. Martinez had some brief remarks regarding the ports in the Philadelphia region and how important they are. He also mentioned that the relationship between the Philadelphia region and Chile is one of mutual benefit.

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Next to approach the podium was the Director of ProChile, Jorge O’Ryan. This being his first time in the city of Philadelphia, O’Ryan immediately endeared himself to the crowd as he mentioned he is a fan of the local basketball team, the 76ers. As his speech then transitioned to a more serious note, he, much like the Ambassador, gave confident remarks regarding Chile’s current political situation. O’Ryan stated that he had been in contact with the ports and assured the crowd that the Chilean fruit trade would proceed as normal. He also commented on the importance of the city of Philadelphia for Chile. Not only has the Philadelphia area been home to the fruit trade, but the region has also been one of the best markets for the burgeoning Chilean IT market.

After O’Ryan, Holt quickly returned to invite Kurt Reichert, of Western Fumigation, to present his colleague, Miriam Borja-Fisher with the “Friend of Chile” Award. Reichert mentioned a lot of Borja-Fisher’s accomplishments since joining Western in 2002. He also said she is a friend to many in the room, so it was only fitting that she is receiving the “Friend of Chile” Award.

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Borja-Fisher was very grateful to be receiving the award. She thanked Ambassador Silva and Jorge O’Ryan for joining us, as well as her colleagues at Western Fumigation. She also acknowledged her family, thanking them for their constant love and support. Following her acceptance speech, Borja-Fisher, “put her CACC Treasurer hat on” and thanked all of the attendees and wished everyone a safe journey home.

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The 22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon would not have been possible without the help of its sponsors. The CACC would like to thank Visionary Sponsors, GT Wilmington, Holt Logistics, and Western Fumigation; Presenting Sponsor, PhilaPort; and Corporate Table Sponsors, Dayka & Hackett, Delaware River Stevedores, Diamond State Port Corporation, Dole Fresh Fruit Company , Ecolab, GEODIS USA, J&K Fresh East, Manfredi Cold Storage, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, Sbrocco International, Tastyfrutti, The Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware, and William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

Additionally, the CACC would like to extend its thanks to the Union League of Philadelphia for the outstanding venue and delicious food.

Click here to see more photos from the event, and click here to learn more about our award recipients.

[email protected]: Globalizing Digital Transformation through Nearshoring

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

The Chilean technology companies of Ch1l3: Chile, a Digital Country invite you to the second installment of [email protected]. Join us on November 19th for a breakfast forum with panel discussions and networking with the leaders of Chile’s technology sector.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Paul Lima, CEO, Lima Consulting Group

In 2004, Paul Lima founded Lima Consulting Group, a digital marketing consultancy whose mission is to help organizations transform their digital futures by developing, deploying and optimizing sustainable, competitive advantages. LCG employs approximately 40 Digital Marketing professionals in the US, Brazil, and Uruguay. Prior to starting Lima Consulting Group, he held various positions at SEI Investments (NASDAQ: SEIC) and served in the US Army for seventeen years in various active duty and reserve roles. Mr. Lima is a current board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is the Vice Chairman for the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences committee on Analytics Maturity.

Complimentary Registration

WHEN
Tuesday, November 19th
8:00 AM- 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM- 10:00 AM Seminar

WHERE
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Click here to request a meeting with the Chilean Delegation

Chilean Technology Delegation:

CACC Sky’s the Limit!

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Newcomers and veteran residents are invited to a “welcome to Philly” or “welcome back after summer” roof top tour of Philadelphia’s newest and most iconic spaces. Join us for networking and happy hour with the international business community. Brandywine Realty Trust will help us kick-off the evening with a tour and explanation of Schuylkill Yards – the extensive development plans for the west bank of the Schuylkill River. Visit Cira Green, Brandywine Corporate Headquarters, and end the night at Level 28, AKA University City’s spectacular lifestyle club, soaring 400 feet above street level. Enjoy lite bites, signature cocktails, beer on tap, and wine with business professionals from across the region in one of Philadelphia’s most burgeoning neighborhoods where executives, students, professors, and residents mix.

Sky’s the Limit!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

FMC Tower
Cira Centre South
2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Click here to register for this event

 

Recap: Summer 2019 International Business Networking Reception

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The Summer 2019 International Business Networking Reception kicked off at 6:00 pm at the National Museum of American Jewish History’s beautiful 5th floor space with outdoor terraces. Over 250 guests were in attendance to network with the best among Philly’s International Business Community.

Attendees sipped on Chilean wines and savored heavy hors d’oeurves from Sensational Host Catering, while taking gorgeous views of Independence Hall and historic sights of Philadelphia.

After an hour of networking, Robert Palaima, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) President and Chairman, took to the podium to formally welcome guests and to recognize the evening’s Corporate Sponsors:  PhilaPort and Santander Bank. He also recognized the Host Organization, the CACC, as well as the Presenting Partners: British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German American Chamber of Commerce; Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.; Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia; Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council; and Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Following the recognition of many special guests in attendance, Palaima introduced his Excellency, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the USA and Canada H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, to greet attendees. Ambassador Vakhabov spoke warmly of Philadelphia, as it was his third time visiting the city. He also touched on a few key points regarding the US-Uzbekistan relationship, highlighting the progress the young country has made over the past 28 years since it became an independent nation.  Furthermore, he ended his remarks by inviting all in attendance to visit his country of Uzbekistan and to come visit the Embassy in Washington D.C.

Palaima retook the stage along with CACC Executive Director, Christina Lista, to raffle off exciting prizes—including tickets to upcoming BABC program “Sky’s the Limit!,” upcoming FACC program “The Changing Space of the American Workplace,” an Irish Chamber branded Running Shirt, a German swag bag filled with typical German food and beer, and a bottle of Chilean Chardonnay.

Major thanks are due to the reception’s Corporate Sponsors, Presenting Partners, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Sensational Host Caterer, Ambassador Vakhabov and his staff, as well as all 250+ attendees and the beautiful weather!

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 10th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception.

Click here to view photos from the reception on our Flickr page.

[email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams

Monday, July 29th, 2019

[email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

The IT companies behind Chile’s “Ch1l3 a digital country” brand joined forces with the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) to host [email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams on Tuesday, July 16th at the CACC.  The breakfast program featured remarks from Mike Giresi, CIO of Aramark, followed by two panels focused on the advantages of multicultural teams and nearshoring opportunities.

Benjamin Leavenworth, Consul of Chile, opened the event by explaining Chile’s historical trade relationship with the Greater Philadelphia region, highlighting Chile’s incredible infrastructure to support IT services. He also mentioned Chile connects with more than 70% of the world’s population via trade agreements, etc., which proves the country’s ability to work at the highest level of industry anywhere in the world. Leavenworth then introduced the visiting delegation, which included ten representatives from successful Chilean IT companies and described the brand’s mission and commitment to our region.  Following this, Leavenworth introduced Mike Giresi, CIO of Aramark, and keynote speaker.

Giresi took to the podium and thanked Benjamin and the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to speak. He began his remarks by mentioning his career spans multiple industries and that he started in the IT industry before IT existed. At Aramark, he helped to transition Aramark’s consumer experience to a more digital platform, noting that time is very important to the consumer experience. To initiate the digital transformation, Giresi said that driving cultural change is key and that cultural alignment is important. He stressed that driving this type of change is difficult, but having the right partners and people is vital for success. During the Q&A portion of his remarks, Giresi shared that the common thread between American business culture and international business culture is doing things in high quality. Giresi closed his remarks by advising the Chilean Delegation that building a great reputation among the right network and peers as well as being present is the best way to reach potential customers in the U.S. market.

Guests took a quick break to enjoy the refreshments offered and then took their seats to listen to Panel 1: Challenges and Opportunities of Multicultural Teams (Onsite and Nearshore). The first panel of the morning featured moderator Araceli Guenther from Victrix Global, Lauren Swartz, Senior Director of International Business from the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, and Jorge Corral, Business Development Manager of Arkano Software and Ch1l3 a Digital Country. Guenther posed the first question to the panelists: what has driven US companies to expand and manage global teams? Swartz responded first saying that supply for tech talent is at a shortage, which is why companies look to countries like Chile who have talented people to add value to their companies. Corral, responding to the same question, mentioned that uniting a team from diverse backgrounds and cultures can be a huge benefit for companies. It allows for more than one way of thinking when it comes to solving a problem.

The next topic the group touched on was the difficulties that can come with having a multicultural team and ways to combat them. One challenge that Corral mentioned was the differences in culture. Employees must always be mindful of their colleagues because what may be acceptable in one culture may not be in the other. Another issue stated by both panelists was the process of aligning the multicultural team towards a common goal. They stated the best way to make sure the team aligns properly is to set a goal at the outset of the project, make sure everyone is committed to said goal, and keep reminding everyone of the goal throughout the duration of the project.

After roughly 40 minutes of discussion, attendees were given a short break before the start of the second panel, which featured Guenther as a moderator along with Martín Lewit, General Manager of Nisum Latin America and Jason Garber, COO of PromptWorks. The main topic of the second panel was the benefits and opportunities of nearshore development. The duo was asked about the value added in working with nearshore partners, with Garber the first to respond. Having already worked with a nearshore partner, shared his experience and how he partnered with an Argentinian company and outsourced work to them during periods of high demand. This, he said, was the most effective way of utilizing a nearshore partner for his company. Lewit then responded to the question to give the Chilean perspective and mentioned how companies used to only turn to nearshore partners when it was cost effective. Now, U.S. companies look for partners in Chilean companies because they have noticed that Chile is a hotbed for tech talent.

The CACC would like to thank Mike Giresi, Ch1l3 a Digital Country, the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, the moderator and panelists, and all attendees for making the event a success.

Ch1l3 Delegation Members:

To view more photos from the program, please visit our Flickr page.