Keynote Speakers 2019

PCainePeter Caine: Discovering Paris

Founder of Paris Walks Peter Caine will introduce you to your new city: the fascinating history, the iconic architecture—and most importantly, the culture. This keynote speech is the perfect primer for new residents to the City of Light—even if you think you know Paris.

About Peter: Peter and his wife Oriel founded Paris Walks in 1994, which has grown from being the first to becoming the leading English-speaking walking tour company in Paris. Peter weaves together history, art, and architecture to tell the story of Paris. He will instill in each of us a deeper excitement, knowledge, and appreciation for this city that we now call home and will give you hints on how to discover some of the City's secrets for yourself. Peter has lived in Paris for over thirty years and has written several books about the city including the beautifully illustrated Paris Then and Now.




ALeedsPhoto: ©Paul de BergerAdrian Leeds: French Property the American Way

Making Paris your new home? Finding the right apartment is often easier said than done, especially if you don't know the first thing about how to navigate the French system and property laws. Real estate professional Adrian Leeds will teach you how to bridge the gap between the American and French ways of maneuvering the property market—for rental or purchase—to make sure you’re not left out in the cold.

About Adrian: French property expert and HGTV personality, Adrian Leeds arrived in Paris in 1994 with more than 21 years of experience in marketing and public relations—not to mention a daughter. In her need to survive in the City of Light as a single mother, she created a variety of businesses devoted to assisting other expats in their quest to fulfill their dream to live in France. Her company, the Adrian Leeds Group, is a licensed real estate agency offering complete property consultation services primarily for North Americans and other Anglophones wanting to live and/or invest in France.



CCarlsonPhoto: ©Stéphane CugnierCraig Carlson: Living the American Dream in France

Craig was the last person you’d expect to open an American diner in Paris. He’s not a cook and has never owned a business. If that weren’t challenging enough, Craig chose to open his restaurant in a foreign country with a foreign language, which also happens to be the culinary capital of the world. Yet despite the odds, his restaurants succeeded. Craig wrote a New York Times bestselling book about the experience called Pancakes in Paris. Craig will share his adventures of being a small business owner in France, where its mind-numbing bureaucracy and complex labour laws nearly killed him.

About Craig: With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson studied cinema at the University of Southern California where he was awarded the prestigious John Huston Directing Award. In 2003, he completely shifted gears and opened the first American diner in Paris. He’s been serving hearty breakfasts to hungry customers from all over the world ever since.

Breakout Session Speakers 2019

LAnselmoPhoto: ©Carla CoulsonLisa Anselmo: Creating Your Best Life In Paris

Moving to a new city, especially a foreign one, takes you way out of your comfort zone. But that’s a good thing! In this lively talk, author Lisa Anselmo shows you how to navigate the challenges of expat life, learn from them, and actually use them to create a more satisfying life—beyond your time in Paris. From overcoming fears to finding your purpose, you’ll discover how you can do more than survive here, but really thrive. This lecture is for anyone who has just moved to Paris—whether you’ve been transferred, are the partner of someone who’s been transferred, or are chasing the Paris dream.

About Lisa: Author, writing coach, and branding expert, Lisa Anselmo has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing in New York, working on such iconic brands as Allure, InStyle, and People Magazine. Her memoir, My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home (St. Martin’s Press), is a candid story of a woman searching for purpose in the City of Light after the death of her mother from breast cancer.


blank JSmithJude Smith and MaryClaire King: Education in a New Culture

This discussion will focus on educating your children in France—a vastly different experience from your home country. Learn about the French education system, and options for bilingual and international learning.

About Jude: Jude Smith is a 23-year French resident, served for five years as MESSAGE Education Directory coordinator and for the past nine years, as co-Chair of the AAWE Education and Bilingualism Committee. She co-edited the AAWE Guide to Education in France, 8th edition and Beyond the Bac—Higher Education in France and Abroad (AAWE).






Cara Black: Writing/Journaling Your Parisian Experience!

We’ll explore ways to capture your experience in the City of Light on the page. You’ll learn writing techniques to make your pages come alive. Highlights of this session are equipping you with tools to craft a sense of place, using sensory details and honing observational skills.

About Cara: Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.



Tom Wilscam: Thriving in the French Workplace

This discussion panel will talk about how to successfully transition to the French work environment.

About Tom: Tom Wilscam has been with the ACP for over 16 years, dedicating much of his time to social impact projects while living in Europe. Tom runs a non-profit dedicated to helping immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs start their own business. He is a volunteer leader and sits on the Board of Serve-the-City-Paris, now delivering food to the homeless and refugees each week. Tom has been on the ACP Properties Committee, the ACP Refugee Task Force, and Tom held both the ACP Chair and Vice Chair role for the ACP Council Nominating Committee.


JSpringallJanine Springall: Marketing in France like a Local

Learn how and where to shop—and about the ingredient differences in France, with chef and cooking instructor, Janine Springall.

About Janine: Having had a passion for food from a very early age, Janine Springall has a degree in Culinary Arts and Pastry based on Classical French techniques. She worked in restaurants and private clubs in the U.S. for 15 years before moving to France. After moving to France in 1998 she has taught cooking classes for 20 years from her spacious, fully equipped kitchen in Orgeval. Along with cooking classes Janine is very well known for her cakes and catering.


blankSColeStuart Cole: Discovering and Appreciating French Wine

Gain insight to the wine trade in France with all the information you will ever need to develop your knowledge and understanding of French wine.

About Stuart: Stuart Cole has been selling wine in France for over thirty years plus a few years of buying wine for export. His specialty is small producers and he has acquired a first-hand and detailed knowledge of the French wine producing regions and domains.