The Transatlantic Forum is an invitation-only membership group that brings together emerging French and American leaders for in-depth conversations on contemporary issues of concern on both sides of the Atlantic.
The program aims to provide a deeper understanding of the forces shaping American and French societies in a warm, convivial atmosphere that fosters stimulating conversations and lasting friendships. Our goal is to build a community that is informed, open-minded and committed to engaging personally on issues of critical import to the U.S. – France relationship. Our members cross nationalities and professional fields: government, media, non-profit, academia, business, law, finance, the arts, and more. In general, half are American and half French. Forum members share a passion for debate and a desire to engage across cultures to help build a more peaceful and unified world.
The Transatlantic Forum meets every four to six weeks from September through July.
The format is a seated dinner or cocktail event (locations will vary), with a guest speaker presentation followed by a Q&A session. Discussions are moderated by Forum members.
Benefits of Membership
Annual membership benefits include:
- Invitation to regular dinners and cocktail receptions with fellow members and guest speakers
- Privileged access to networks including the French-American Foundation Young Leaders, the Foundation’s Board of Directors, policy experts, and other constituents of the French-American Foundation
- Invitations to special Foundation events, including conferences, webinars and more.
Candidates interested in joining the Transatlantic Forum must submit a resume or bio and brief candidate statement. Candidates will be contacted by a Foundation staff member to schedule a follow-up meeting. The French-American Foundation will review applications and inform candidates of the decision regarding their membership status.
Candidates interested in joining the Transatlantic Forum should contact Elizabeth McGehee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please note: Membership in the Transatlantic Forum does not influence a candidate’s application to the French-American Foundation’s Young Leaders program. Although members of the Forum may apply and be accepted to the Young Leaders program, participation in one does not guarantee access to the other.
Members are invited to join the Forum for the annual fee of $400.
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Please note: Annual dues are billed on a rolling basis. Annual dues cover goods and services provided by the French-American Foundation; they are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution. The French-American Foundation reserves the right to suspend the privileges of a member in default for more than sixty days.
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