North American Lithuanian American (NALB) Forum in Philadephia
June 29, 2022
The 2022 North American Lithuanian Business (NALB) Forum gathered more than 200 attendees and 37 speakers for one day of discussions and networking focusing on Lithuanian Economic achievements and opportunities, entry strategy to the U.S. Market via Pennsylvania, discussion about Lithuanian and North American investment opportunities as well as opportunities within Lithuanian Startup Ecosystem and providing Lithuanian Food And Beverage degustation and networking.
The NALB Forum has been organized by the TEAM LITHUANIA represented by BACC New York (special thanks to Inga Klimasauskiene), Global Lithuanian Leaders (special thanks to Lina Duseviciene and Marija Saraite), LABA.LA (special thanks to Eleonora Romuva, Kestas Bar), New York Lithuanian Professionals (special thanks to Gedas Ramanauskas), Honorary Consul of Pennsylvania Krista Bard, Economic diplomats Danas Vaitkevicius, Vidmantas Verbickas, Karolis Anuzis, and Mantas Zamciskas aiming at connecting business and economic leaders in dialogue and partnership to continue expanding import & export opportunities to Lithuania and the USA.
The genesis of NALB Forum goes back to 2019 when two Lithuanian business clubs of Washington and Los Angeles together with the Lithuanian embassy in Washington in partnership with Danas Vaitkevicius kicked off the first Forum to create collaboration between Lithuanian business organizations and Lithuanian commerce diplomats to work as ONE TEAM to enhance export & import opportunities for Lithuania, followed by 2021 the Online North American Lithuanian Business Forum during Pandemics which showed the need and appetite for an in person Forum.
Step by step we are coming together to build highways of partnerships across the states, work together with each other more effectively, empower creative collaboration ensuring continuity, flow of ideas, talent, services, and products. See you all in 2023 NALB Forum. Place and time will be announced shortly!
North American Lithuanian American Forum in Philadephia
June 29, 2022
Traditional Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival | Šokių šventė 2022 in Philadelphia on June 29 was devoted to the North American Lithuanian Business Forum.
The LITHUANIA STARTUP NATION session featured the startup ecosystem, its players and creators. It was organized by #GLL, Ekonomikos ir inovacijų ministerija, Lithuanian American Business Association in Los Angeles, New York Lithuanian Professionals, Lithuanian Business Angel Network, and Triniti Jurex. Participants were able to meet business angels, investors and startup founders.
Aid for the Ukrainian Defenders
June 13, 2022
THANK YOU Stand with Ukraine LA Foundation! We are very happy to announce that your donations went a long way in achieving this! Proceeds from MR LANDSBERGIS film screening in Los Angeles were used to purchase a camouflage painted van packed full with much-needed supplies and aid for defenders of Ukraine!
Team Lithuania: Lithuanian Consulate in Los Angeles, Lithuanian World Arts Council (LWAC), Lithuanian American Business Association in Los Angeles (LABA.LA), Baltic American Freedom League (BAFL), Lithuanian Community in LA
In Memoriam Mantas Kvedaravičius and all the Brave Souls of Mariupol, Ukraine
June 9, 2022
June 9th at the Ukrainian Culture Center in Los Angeles was dedicated to the memory of anthropologist and director Mantas Kvedaravičius who was killed in Mariupol, and all those who have died in the fight against Russian aggression in Mariupol. His internationally acclaimed documentary film MARIUPOLIS (2016) was shown that night and captures the daily lives and stories of the survivors of a war-torn city. “I hope while watching this film you’ll feel that at least for a moment you are in Mariupol, Ukraine, together with people who live among the half-million residents in a war-torn city: bombs explode, people die. That war sometimes comes to the city itself, but life goes on nonetheless” said the late director.
This year, Mantas Kvedaravičius was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at Lithuania’s Silver Crane Film Awards. The winner was announced by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, expressing the hope that “the life of Mantas Kvedaravičius, his artistic legacy and dedication will inspire others to protect the most important things - truth, freedom and justice. That is what the future of a democratic and free Ukraine depends on today, as well as the future of Europe as a whole."
This is a first joined event together with Lietuvos Respublikos generalinis konsulatas Los Andžele, Lithuanian World Arts Council, Ukrainian Culture Center - UCC, and Stand With Ukraine Foundation celebrating life and building bridges between Lithuanian and Ukrainian diasporas.
We thank everyone who came to the event and for your support to Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression. We also grateful to our information partners Los Angeles Lithuanian Community / Los Angeles JAV Lietuvių Bendruomenė, and BAFL- Baltic American Freedom League and Health-Ade for refreshing drinks!
Special thanks to Daiva Cekanauskas Navarrette, Eleonora Romuva, Marius Vilunas, Mariana Yuriyivna, Laryssa Reifel, George, Iryna Vasylkova, Victor Kapshuk, Мишко М. for making this event happen and Tomas Umbrasas, Sonata JP, Nijole Kinciniene for your amazing support during the screening.
Photo credit: Marija Grajauskaite
LABA.LA Happy Hour Networking, Santa Monica
April 28, 2022
It was great seeing you all! :-) Next networking event will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Mr Landsbergis Movie Screening in Support to Ukraine
March 20, 2022
On March 20th, at the Landmark cinema theater in Los Angeles, Team Lithuania* invited everyone to watch a documentary feature “Mr. Landsbergis”. The film examines the events that took place thirty four years ago (1988-1991) in Lithuania where its fight for freedom culminated in Lithuania restoring its independence and leaving the illegally imposed membership of the Soviet Union.
At the screening the majority of us relived this history one more time. Presented with this opportunity to reflect and to better reconcile the events of the past we stand determined to show our unwavering support to the other nations that are struggling for their independence and the democratic ideals.
Unfortunately, the terror from the Soviet times is still alive; it is actually amplified. The Kremlin's methods and narrative have not changed. Ukraine is currently forced to fight the aggressor. At stake is theirs freedom, and ours too. The level of support from the Western democracies will determine Ukraine’s and our future. That is why we are all Ukrainians today!
All proceeds and donations from this screening went to the Stand with Ukraine LA (Los Angeles, CA). It will support the humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people.
Team Lithuania: Lietuvos Respublikos generalinis konsulatas Los Andžele, Lithuanian World Arts Council, LABA.LA, Los Angeles Lithuanian Community / Los Angeles JAV Lietuvių Bendruomenė. Big shout out to Marius Vilunas for an incredible partnership & support.
Photo credit: Maria Grajauskaite
Happy Birthday Lithuania! 104 years of Restored Lithuania
February 12, 2022
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