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Treffpunkt - 2nd Annual Fundraiser
November 4, 2022 - Paradise Valley, AZ


Delighted to work with The Honorable Carolin Gey, Honorary Consul of Germany to Arizona, and her team again this year to enhance foreign languages and multiculturalism in Arizona!

The Treffpunkt fundraiser last Friday, November 4, was so fun!
Success is not possible without the support and commitment of entertainers, volunteers, great speakers, and benefactors.
Thank you to all who helped to make sure the event was a success.

Special kudos to our entertainers William Doc Jones and his jazz band, opera singer Anna-Lisa Hackett, accompanist Dr. Jeremy Peterman and Magician Robert Ray. Zum Treffpunkt restaurant's Chef and his team also did an amazing job.

Wonderful to work again with Carolin Gey and the Shoen family on this meaningful event, and, of course, delighted to work with Dieter Bollmann, Yvonne and Tom Schwarz, and our volunteers Marlenne, Christoph, Sandra, Barbara, and Sabrina.

Please contact us if you need an event coordinator for your international or multicultural events.

Photo credit: Claudia Johnstone, dasFotoHaus


Speaker at Mêlée Numérique 2022
Online - Tuesday, September 27


Our Founder shared her experience - in French - as an entrepreneur in Arizona at La Mêlée Numérique 2022!

More and more international companies choose to settle or expand in Arizona, and it was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the great ecosystem that exists to welcome even more global companies. It was also great to remind everyone of the cultural differences between France and the United States.

If you are looking for information about how to better work in a different country and overcome cultural differences, please contact us!




2nd French-German business Mixer
A partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce - West and Thunderbird, School of Global Management
August 26, 2022

The 2nd French-German business mixer that we organized on August 26 with our friends at GACC-West was a big success.

We are super thankful to our speakers, Carolin Gey, Honorary Consul of Germany to Arizona and Nathan Fidel, Honorary Consul of France to Arizona, who talked about economic development between Germany, France, Arizona and Europe. This topic was clearly of high interest for our guests.

Chamnan Lim, Director, Partnership, 100 Million Learner Inititative at Thunderbird School of Global Management told us more about this incredible program - Inspiring!

And we had a lot of time to network and meet new potential business partners and friends!

We are grateful to all the ones who made this event possible behind the scene: the teams at the The Pub at Thunderbird and Thunderbird.

Lastly, many thanks to the  The Diplomatic Corps of Arizona that was very well represented.


 French Youth Linguistic & Cultural Trip
A partnership with Terre des Langues and Global Ties Arizona
June 10, 2022 until July 1st, 2022
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For 3 weeks, we coordinated the stay in Arizona of a group of French high school students. Manon, Hector, Lucas, Emeline, Charlotte, Anais, Camille, Celestin, and Titouan, were lucky to learn more about the American/Arizona culture thanks to the generosity of their American host families. 

With them, they improved their English and discovered the Grand Canyon State. Some of them even traveled to Mexico or California. Some others volunteered for the local community. ALL of them left saying that they made new friends and that their American counterparts became their new brothers or sisters.

We are extremely grateful to our amazing host families without whom this youth stay would not have been a success. ALL of our volunteer families also said they learned from our students and had a fantastic time.

We are proud to announce that our partnership with the French linguistic company Terre des Langues has been renewed for 2023! Please reach out to us at if you are interested in hosting a French student in June or July 2023.


We are grateful to Professor Ron Broglio and ASU - Desert Humanities for our partnership!

As part of their stay, our French guests and their American counterparts visited the Grand Canyon. Professor Ron Broglio and ASU - Desert for Humanities, partnered with us and joined our group on this 1-day trip. Professor Broglio made a fantastic presentation about the history of the Grand Canyon and the National Park Service, as well as the people who lived there, its endangered species, and its geology. This has been an incredible opportunity for our French guests and their American counterparts!

Ron Broglio writes books and essays on nonhuman phenomenology and animal studies. He has curated and produced a number of art exhibitions on contemporary environmental art. Ron is director of the desert humanities initiative at Arizona State University and Associate Director of the Institute for Humanities Research. 

He is the author of Animal Revolution and Surface Encounters: thinking with animals and art among other books and edited collections including the recently published The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. He co-edits the Desert Humanities book series for Texas Tech University Press.

Desert Humanities provides environmental experiences with the desert Southwest. Its premise is that we understand, appreciate, and care about our environment through physical engagement and cultural framing. Desert Humanities provides frames or ways of seeing, thinking, and feeling about the desert and offers opportunities to immerse in the landscape and its textured histories.

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Thank you to our in-kind donors


Welcome Reception for our  French Youth Linguistic & Cultural Trip
June 11, 2022
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They have arrived!

Our French students have landed in Phoenix and have enjoyed a wonderful welcome reception/luncheon thanks to our partners Arizona State University - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Klett World Languages.

This event has been a way to say thank you to our generous host families, and to enjoy getting to know each other.
To open your heart to new friends and a new culture is a life-changing experience, and we encourage you to try it! Please contact us if you want to be involved in the future.

TERRE DES LANGUES and FCT Strategies LLC are grateful to our volunteers, partners, and sponsors.


2022 Arizona Sustainability Leadership Awards
April 22, 2022
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Thrilled to have served as the event coordinator for the 2022 Arizona Sustainability Leadership Awards event sponsored by the Desert Humanities Initiative at Arizona State University, on the occasion of International Earth Day. 

We are so grateful to the amazing Karen Bradshaw for her trust. Karen: you are an inspiration!

Wonderful to work with so many talented participants who are all experts in their field.
Special kudos to Tara Denzin, Chef Jared LupinKim Haasarud, and the inspirational artists and speakers.

Lastly, congratulations to the awardees, including our founder Flora, who was recognized for her work as former Chief of Protocol to the U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, a role in which she facilitated meetings between the French and American Secretary of Energy and Environment during the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21)!


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Art Exhibit hosted by Molina Fine Jewelers
featuring artist Tere Derbez B.
on the occasion of International Women's Day
March 8, 2022


Artist Tere Derbez B. and FCT Strategies were delighted to see so many friends on March 8, and we could not have dreamt of a better company to celebrate International Women’s Day!


We are very grateful to all those who came to express their support and commitment to promoting art and woman empowerment.


We also thank everyone in advance for their help in raising awareness around the nonprofit Teen Lifeline and their meaningful mission to prevent teen suicide. We encourage you to donate directly to the organization here.


Lastly, please allow us to express our appreciation to Mr. Molina and his amazing team at Molina Fine Jewelers for hosting us.


Dining for Diplomacy featuring France
Phoenix, AZ, February 10, 2022

On February 10, Global Ties Arizona hosted a Dining for Diplomacy Valentin's Day dinner featuring France at the French restaurant Vincent’s On Camelback in Phoenix, AZ.
The main program was led by Flora Tromelin, former Chief of Protocol of the U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, and Founder and CEO of FCT Strategies, LLC.

Flora talked about proper dining etiquette, the history behind Valentine’s Day, important cultural differences between the celebration of the holiday in France and the United States, and the importance of meals in diplomacy.

Many thanks to all those who attended and participated in making this event a lovely evening, particularly Kristin Allen, Executive Director of Global Ties Arizona, Sonal Lal, Program Coordinator, Global Ties Arizona, Nathan Fidel, Honorary Consul of the French Republic in Arizona, and Chef Vincent and his team, Vincent's on Camelback, for the amazing food and wines.

More pictures are available here.


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Last January 22 we celebrated the
French Presidency of the Council of the European Union & the 1st French-German Friendship Day in Arizona! 

Thank you for celebrating with the Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix and the Treffpunkt! It was a fantastic event with great networking opportunities, good French and German food, wines, and music. 


Protocol/Etiquette Webinar
Online - January 18, 2022

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FCT Strategies, LLC, was delighted to participate in the webinar organized by the Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) last January 18. 

Our founder Flora Tromelin was one of the featured panelists, along with:

- Mr. Robert Hickey, Author, Honor & Respect: The Official Guide to Name, Titles & Forms of Address, and Trainer, The Protocol School of Washington®

- Ms. LaDonna L. Myers, Director, Mission Support Office, Headquarters, United States Space Force

- Mr. David W. Nelson, Deputy Social Secretary, Office of the Vice President, The White House

Special thanks to Ms. Melissa Werner, President, PDI-POA; Executive Director of the Office of University Events & Protocol and the Office of University Ceremonies at A.S.U., who moderated the panel.


This event was sponsored by The Protocol School of Washington®


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Cross-Cultural Communication Webinar
France - United States of America
Online - January 12, 2022

FCT Strategies LLC is an American business owned by a French native. Christina Rebuffet-Broadus is American and founded Business English with Christina in France.

It has been a delight to participate in this webinar hosted by the FACC FLORIDA - TAMPA (FRAMCO) and FRENCH AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL OF ORLANDO - FABCO. We discussed in French the France-USA cultural differences and how to overcome them to do better business.
We could not have dreamed of a better way to kick off 2022 events!

Please watch the recording here.


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