Keynote Speakers 2019

Peter Caine: Discovering Paris - Its History, Architecture and Culture

PCainePeter 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.

 

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Craig Carlson: Pancakes in Paris - Living the American Dream in France

CCarlsonWith a background in journalism, Craig 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.

Seminar Speakers 2019

Adrian Leeds: French Property the American Way

ALeeds1French property expert, HGTV personality, published journalist and author, events coordinator, marketing, public relations and communications expert, 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 fulfil 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.

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Lisa Anselmo: Living the Dream (?) The Difference Between Surviving vs. Thriving in the City of Leaks, Strikes and (ahem) Parisians

LAnselmoIn this lively talk, author Lisa Anselmo shares the (sometimes ugly) truths about living in Paris, the strokes and slaps we all experience, how you can navigate them, 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.

Lisa lives in Paris and is an author, writing coach, and branding expert. She has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing in New York, working on such iconic brands as Allure, InStyle, and People. 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 and meaning in the City of Light.

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Janine Springall: Cooking and Shopping for Food like the French

JSpringallLearn to shop the markets for fresh food while learning the ingredient differences enabling you to enjoy wonderful French.

Janine Springall has always had a passion for food from a very early age. She 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.

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Oliver Gee is the host of the award-winning show The Earful Tower, one of the top travel podcasts in the world. Oliver was born in Australia and came to Paris almost five years ago. He has been working ever since on unlocking the mysteries of Paris and its locals.

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