Program Schedule

The Bloom 2016 Program!!

Our favorite speakers will be back, plus we have some new topics that will be presented this year! 

 

9h00 ~ 9h30  Check-in, enjoy a light breakfast, and meet other participants.   

 

9h30 ~ 12h00  The morning begins with an opening welcome followed by presentations from our exciting guest speakers -

  1. Discovering Paris:   An entertaining and informative presentation on the history and architecture of Paris by CHRISTOPHER SPENCE.

  2. Inspired, Connected, Empowered - Your New Life in Paris: GRACE WONG-FOLLIET and
    cnferences and gatherings speaking on topics including:
    leadership, cross-cultural adaptation, diversity, and personal development
    NANCY ING DUCLOS, Founders, Inspirelle.com will share their French passions.

  3. Why an American Library in Paris?   CHARLES TRUEHEART, Director of the American Library in Paris.

  4. In a French Kitchen:  with SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS, a France-based, award-winning journalist and cooking school proprietor.

  5. When in French  with LAUREN COLLINS, staff writer at The New Yorker, based in Europe.

  6. Pancakes in Paris  with CRAIG CARLSON, award winning film director and journalist turned business entrepreneur and author.

You will have the opportunity to visit the WH Smith Bookstore where you can purchase at a reduced cost, specially selected books for this event. During the lunch break from 12h00 ~ 14h00 we will have a book signing with our authors.

12h00 ~ 14h00  Lunch, Exhibits, and Connecting -  Enjoy a delicious lunch, connect with fellow participants, and visit the Exhibitor Hall where over 30 social, service and business organizations will be represented. Visit the WH Smith Bookstore where you can meet and have our authors sign one of their books for you.

14h00 ~ 16h45 The afternoon consists of nine break-out sessions.  Each participant can choose to attend one session in each of the three time slots based on their interests. 

2016 Afternoon Sessions

                     A                    B                   C
14h00 ~ 14h45 TAXES AND REAL ESTATE FAMILIES ADJUSTING TO A
NEW CULTURE
WINE, DINE, AND FINE [LIVING] IN PARIS
15h00 ~ 15h45 FRENCH WORKPLACE EDUCATION AND SCHOOL OPTIONS SHOPPING!
16h00 ~ 16h45 SPORTS AND SPIRITS MANAGING THE FRENCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM COOKING LIKE THE FRENCH

 

Session 1 - 14h00 to 14h45 (choice of one of the following)

  • TAXES AND REAL ESTATE - Valuable information on real estate, both renting and buying in Paris as well as how French tax laws apply to you.  
  • FAMILIES ADJUSTING TO A NEW CULTURE - Guidance on recognizing the normal challenges of moving and missing friends and how to support your child through this transition.  You'll also receive great tips on everything kid-friendly from kid activities in Paris to how to manage public transportation with a stroller to how to host a French birthday party. 
  • WINE, DINE, AND FINE [LIVING] IN PARIS - Get tips on some of the best places to eat in Paris without breaking your bank account as well as how to really enjoy your dining experience. 

Session 2 - 15h00 to 15h45 (choice of one of the following)

  • THE FRENCH WORKPLACE - What is the culture in a French office?  Our speakers will share from a male and female perspective what the expectations of your French peers and employees are along with unspoken rules of office etiquette.  
  • EDUCATION AND SCHOOL OPTIONS - Explanation about differences in the French and Anglo approaches to education.  Also find out about the various options available for your child to get the best education suited to their needs.
  • SHOPPING! -  Learn to shop like the French, including understanding the shopping culture in Paris and get insider tips and addresses to get the best deals. Also learn where to get beautiful clothes at an affordable price.

Session 3 - 16h00 to 16h45 (choice of one of the following)

  • SPORTS AND SPIRITS - Tips on where to see your favorite team play or how to access those games on your own television.  Wine can easily be found in Paris, but what about your favorite beer?  And if you like to stay in shape, find out how and where the French work out...gyms and clubs.
  • MANAGING THE FRENCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM - Useful information about where to seek help for your physical and mental health needs, including hospitals, doctors, counselors and what to do in a medical emergency. 
  • COOKING LIKE THE FRENCH - Recipes from home can still be made in Paris, but you'll need tips on finding the right products or substitutes?    Plus great information on where and how to shop in the Parisian markets.
16h45 ~ 18h30   The program ends with a "Wine Down" - Celebrate the beginning of a wonderful life in Paris as you learn about and sample some fabulous French wines.

Held at:   The American Church in Paris, 65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 
Registration: HERE