70th Anniversary of Austro-American Society Salzburg

Salzburg Residenz Friday, March 17, 2017 Remarks as prepared President Ganauser, President Pallauf, Municipal Councillor Sabine Gabath who is representing Mayor Schaden, Members of the Austro-American Society, Representatives of CARE Austria, Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. First of all, I’d like to thank you, Dr. Ganauser, for including us in this event. Public Affairs Counselor Robert Greenan and I are

AMS Reception for the U.S. Delegation Participating in the Special Olympics World Winter Games

Premstätten March 15, 2017 Remarks as prepared Good evening, everyone. So happy to be here with you. Enjoyed being part of the arrival yesterday in Vienna, meeting some of you. Proud that a large contingent of US Embassy law enforcement and military personnel participated in the torch run yesterday. When Americans get in the Olympic mood, we often get very

Remarks at BeSt Fair

March 3, 2017 Wiener Stadthalle Remarks as prepared Good morning everybody. My name is Eugene Young, I am the Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. It is my great honor to welcome you all to the “BeSt International Special U.S. University Room” here at the Wiener Stadthalle. It is great to see so many future exchange students here.

“Failing to Fear Failure”

Fachhochschule Wien September 23, 2016 Dr. Wala, Magister Huber, meine Damen und Herren, Liebe Studierende! Einen schönen guten Morgen! Zunächst herzlichen Dank an Sie, Herr Dr. Wala, für die Einladung. Wie manche von Ihnen wissen liegt mir das Thema Entrepreneurship sehr am Herzen. Gleichzeitig haben Sponsionsfeiern in den Vereinigten Staaten eine lange Tradition, und die Redner sind bemüht den Studierenden

Schoenberg Exhibit Opening

Schoenberg Zentrum November 15, 2016 Director Moeser, Gemeinderat Baxant, Schoenberg family members, Ladies and Gentleman. It is a joy to be here to celebrate one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. And congratulations to you, Angelika, and to everyone involved in pulling together this remarkable photographic exhibit. Arnold Schoenberg was a musical inventor and pioneer; a composer,

CARE 70th Birthday Celebration

Konzerthaus Wien September 14, 2016 Guten Abend, meine Damen und Herren! Zunächst herzlichen Dank an Sie, Frau Dr. Barschdorf-Hager, und an Ihr Team für all Ihre Bemühungen im Dienste von CARE und für die Gelegenheit hier zu Ihnen zu sprechen. Es ist für mich eine besondere Freude, den 70 Geburtstag von CARE mit Ihnen gemeinsam zu feiern. Denn auch in

Parliamentary Enquete on TTIP and CETA

Austrian Parliament September 14, 2016 As Prepared Good morning to you all. Ich wünsche allen Anwesenden einen schönen Guten Morgen. Danke, Frau Präsidentin, für die Einladung, heute die Veranstaltung zum transatlantischen Handel einzuleiten. Good morning Chancellor Kern, Vice Chancellor Mitterlehner, distinguished Parliamentarians, trade experts, friends, it is an honor to speak in this historic chamber to a nation with whom we share more

US-EU Organic Trade: High Standards and Big Opportunities

Ambassador’s Residence, August 11, 2016 Guten Morgen, meine sehr geehrten Damen und Herren. Ich freue mich sehr, dass Sie heute zu unserer US-EU Bio-Veranstaltung gekommen sind. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We’re so happy to have you here at the third and final stop of a three-city information tour on the U.S.-EU organic market. The team started off in Berlin,

Arts America – ImPuls Tanz Reception

Ambassador’s Residence, July 26, 2016 Good evening everyone, I am excited to welcome you all tonight to celebrate the power and creativity of American contemporary dance and show our support for the ImPulsTanz festival. ImPulsTanz has been an important cornerstone of modern dance in Central Europe since 1988, bringing thousands of dancers, choreographers, and teachers together in Vienna for five

Independence Day Celebration 2016

Ambassador’s Residence, June 29, 2016 Welcome everyone! Thank you, Sara and Sam, for your beautiful rendition of the American and Austrian national anthems. Thanks to our many sponsors for making this event a success, we truly couldn’t pull this off without you. I would also like to thank our wonderful fourth of July planning team. Thank you, Christl Liebisch, Christian

Why the World Needs More Entrepreneurs

Remarks at Entrepreneurship Avenue, Economic University Vienna May 13, 2016 Hello Everyone! Thank you for being here this morning. Let’s get right to it. From small businesses that grow into medium and large corporations, to students who spin off their research projects into new technologies, and developers and designers who revise and redefine how we address our daily routine, innovation

American Women’s Association Annual Meeting

Ambassador’s Residence April 27, 2016 Welcome everyone, and thank you for coming. It is good to see so many familiar faces this morning. Thank you Sheila Hargreaves, Emma Conklin, and Anthea for your hard work and leadership this year, and a warm welcome back to those of you who were here last year. If you are new, welcome, I am

ICOM Austria Palmyra Talks

Kunsthistorisches Museum April 26, 2016 Good evening. Thank you, Dr. Hinz. It is a pleasure to be here this evening. I would like to thank Dr. Danielle Spera for her work not only as the director of the Jewish Museum but also as the president of the Austrian chapter of the International Council of Museums. General Director Bokova, Dr. Haag,

Innovationen, die unser Leben verbessern

Austrian National Library April 25, 2016 Good Evening Everyone, Thank you Helmut for your warm introduction. I am excited to be here tonight, because I am eager to talk about innovation, health, and building a better future for generations to come. The United States, I think everyone will agree, is an economy that runs on innovation and entrepreneurship. From Apollo

U.S. Economy and the SelectUSA Initiative

Sofitel Vienna April 21, 2016 Good morning and thank you Doctor Eder for your kind introduction. It is a pleasure for me to be here. I would like to speak to you this morning about the strength of the U.S. economy, the SelectUSA initiative, and America’s ability to drive economic growth at home and abroad – and why Voestalpine is

“Community, Collaboration, and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Economy”

University Business Forum, Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce February 25, 2016 Good Morning Everyone, Thank you to the Federal Chamber of Commerce and President Leitl for inviting me to speak. Ich danke auch für die sehr gute Zusammenarbeit. It is an honor to share the stage with you, State Secretary Mahrer, Commissioner Navracsics, and Dr. Dräger. I’d like to echo

Remarks at IDC

Hotel Imperial February 11, 2016 Good Evening Everyone, Thank you to IDC for hosting tonight’s event and inviting me to speak. Thanks as well to the wonderful team from the Embassy’s Commercial Service, Sanford Owens and Inge Doblinger, for helping to organize the event again this year, as well as for the work that they have put into developing Austria’s

Remarks at Café ImmiCo

Webster University Dormitory January 28, 2016 Good morning everyone. Many thanks to Immipreneurs of Austria for hosting this morning’s event and to Ahmad Majid for inviting me to speak. Ahmed, thank you for the great you are doing and for joining the Embassy’s monthly Entrepreneurship Breakfasts. For most migrants or first-generation residents, entrepreneurship is not about improving the economy or

Fulbright Austria: 65th Anniversary Celebration

Museumsquartier November 19, 2015 Staatssekretär Mahrer, Dr. Strasser, Dr. Johnson, Dear Fulbrighters, Ladies and Gentlemen, As U.S. Ambassador to Austria, and as Honorary Co-Chair of the Austrian Fulbright Commission, it is my honor to join you and Fulbright Austria to mark the 65th anniversary of exchanges between Austria and the United States. I congratulate the Government of Austria, the members

70th Anniversary of CARE

Cafe Landtmann November 19, 2015 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is my pleasure to celebrate with CARE Austria the 70th anniversary of the first delivery of CARE packages to Europe in November 1945. Austria received the first CARE package on May 11, 1946. What started out as a spontaneous, private humanitarian aid program became over the years one of

Opening Statement at TTIP Panel Discussion

Dr. Seehauer, Dr. Unterkoffler, Dr. Weissl, Mag. Kraguljac, Dr. Habermayer, Dr. Ganauser, Dr. Foederl-Schmid: It is my great pleasure to join you today. I would like to thank from the Oberbank, the Industriellenvereinigung and the Austro-American Society for putting together today’s discussion. Nearly seven decades ago, following the most destructive war in history, Europe and America joined together to create

Women’s Leadership Forum

Novomatic Forum September 16, 2015 Good morning, everyone. It is a pleasure to be here with you today. I would like to thank the European Brand Institute, and especially Ms. Altenhofer, for organizing this important event, as well as our host, Mr. Neumann, for once again opening the Novomatic Forum to us. Both of your teams are such a pleasure

American Chamber Austria’s 55th Anniversary

Good evening everyone. Thank you for inviting me to take part in this year’s celebration of 55 years of Austrian-American public-private partnership. Thank you President Lessing for this opportunity, and to the directors and trustees, as well, for your continued support and cooperation. I am delighted to celebrate the continued successes of the Chamber of Commerce, its programs, and it

Planting of Dogwood Tree

Ladies and gentlemen, herzlich willkommen and good evening. Congratulations to Ms. Tauchhammer and her team for the new special edition of Society magazine – an interesting read about my country’s arts, nature and the diversity America has to offer. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain U.S. foreign policy issues in an interview for this edition. I

Independence Day Celebration 2015

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren. Thank you for coming. I am honored to be here today with Ambassador Baer and Ambassador Kennedy to welcome you all to this 239th celebration of the independence of the United States of America. As we all know, events like this require quite a bit of effort, including support from our generous sponsors. So, I

40th Anniversary, UNO-University of Innsbruck Summer School

President Fos, Professor Jorgensen, Rektor Märk, Abgeordneter Tilg, Magistra Schwarzl, Professor Müller, Distinguished Faculty, Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good evening. Thank you for inviting me to share in this historic occasion. I am honored to have the opportunity to celebrate 40 years of the University of New Orleans – University of Innsbruck Summer School, together with the university representatives

“Women and Entrepreneurship”

Thank you, Lonnie, for selecting such a fantastic topic. We are truly lucky to have the Hall Endowed Fellowship for Entrepreneurship, and I am grateful for today’s topic of discussion. I don’t think we could have a better pair of speakers than Professor Welsh and Mrs. Prodanovic to speak about women in entrepreneurship. Supporting women in business is smart economics,

Entrepreneurship Avenue

Good morning everyone. Good morning Herr Mahrer. Thank you Rudolf, for inviting me to take part in such an exciting event. It has become cliché to harp on the “just get started” mantra, as if it is easy to start a successful business. But getting started is hard. Developing an idea, building a diverse team, creating that first prototype, all

Rotary Club Klosterneuburg

President Primavesi, Event Master Schmidt, Mayor Schmuckenschlager, Mag. Hammerer, Ladies and Gentlemen. Good Evening. First I would like to thank Club President Primavesi and Event Master Schmidt for arranging such a distinguished audience. As Ambassador I am always interested in speaking with Rotarians and learning from them in the interest of promoting ties between American and Austria. I was also

Don’t Aspire to be Your Hero, Strive to be Yourself

Preparing a commencement speech is possibly the most awkward thing I’ve endeavored to do: Picking a subject is difficult; setting the tone is touchy and the delivery is nerve-wracking, because the expectations are that I will be able, in the next ten to fifteen minutes, to impart to you some somewhat sage advice that you will carry with you into

“Fest der Freude” – Open Air Concert Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII – Video Message

Heute gedenken wir der Befreiung Österreichs vom NS Regime. Und wir gedenken der Opfer des Zweiten Weltkrieges. Wir feiern aber auch die guten Beziehungen zwischen unseren Ländern, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten entstanden sind. Gemeinsam mit den USA haben die europäischen Nationen Frieden, Wohlstand und Stabilität aufgebaut. Der Marshall-Plan spielte dabei eine wichtige Rolle. Wir können stolz sein auf das

Remarks at Wreath Laying

Sehr geehrte Gäste, Ich bedanke mich bei Bürgermeister Dr. Schaden und den anderen Gästen für diese Einladung und die Gelegenheit, ein paar Worte zu sagen. Thank you for organizing this event. It is just as important that we honor and respect the sacrifices of those who fought and suffered for our freedoms, as it is that do so together, reinforcing

Austrian Youth to Business Forum

Good morning everyone, and thank you for the opportunity to join in today’s discussion. A special thanks to Polina, Toma and Mohammed and the entire AIESEC team for organizing this fantastic event, and to President Leitl and the Wirtschaftskammer for generously hosting us today. Elevating entrepreneurship is a top priority for me. As many of you already know, my husband

Talk on Entrepreneurship

Good morning! I am thrilled to be here today at IMC Fachhochschule Krems to speak to you about a topic that is near and dear to my heart – entrepreneurship. What a privilege it must be to study in such a respected institution as IMC Fachhochschule Krems, in a city that has cradled so much of the history of Austria,

Buffalo Ballad Exhibit Opening

Direktor Köberl, Dr. Mikschi, Mrs. and Mr. Koch, sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, President Theodore Roosevelt hielt einmal eine bemerkenswerte Rede bei einer Konferenz zur Bewahrung der natürlichen Ressourcen Amerikas. Ich werde einen Auszug daraus auf Englisch vorlesen: “We have become great in a material sense because of the lavish use of our resources, and we have just reason to

U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus

Herr Dr. Ortner, liebe Freunde, liebe Gäste! Es ist mir eine große Freude, heute Abend eine der besten Militärbands der U.S. Army zu begrüßen und vorzustellen. Die U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus ist unter der Leitung von Oberstleutnant Bruce Pulver. The U.S. Army Europe Band is a much-traveled and extremely versatile group of talented musicians. The Band can perform

Jasper Johns Exhibit

Good evening. It is an honor to be here tonight in one of the world’s greatest museums. I want to thank Agnes Husslein-Arco and the Belvedere Gallery for inviting me. As an art lover, it gives me a great thrill to come here and be in the presence of this breathtaking collection. For more than 175 years, the United States

On Leadership

Good evening and thank you Dr. Albert Rohan for that kind introduction. It is always a pleasure to join a gathering of the Austro American society in Vienna: I always feel like I’m among friends. The Austro-American Society (AAS) is the largest and oldest U.S.-Austrian friendship society, and I look forward to joining you in 2016 for your 70th anniversary

Remarks at the “Hollywood in Vienna” Concert

Guten Abend. Was für ein fantastisches Konzert. Ich freue mich sehr heute Abend hier zu sein um meinen Landsmann Randy Newman zu ehren. As we all know well, Vienna and Austria have a deep passion for great music. And what music means to this country, film does to the United States. It is a rich tradition and our main cultural

Remarks at the “Hollywood in Vienna” Reception

Good evening. Welcome. It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to join you to celebrate art that touches all of our lives – the music of Hollywood – and its connection to this most musical of cities. As the U.S. Ambassador, I work every day to expand the trade partnerships and policy cooperation between our two nations. Tonight,

Social Media Workshop

Welcome and thank you for coming. It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Amerika Haus. There was a time before the internet when this was the place where we would come together with our Austrian friends. It was the social networking hub. Today, social media provides the world with nearly limitless places to assemble. It is an

Women Leadership Forum

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is my pleasure to be with you here today. I would like to thank our host, Mr. Wohlfahrt, for opening the Novomatic Forum for our Women Leadership Forum; and thank you to our co-sponsors the News Publishing Group and the European Brand Institute. Ms. Hanck and Mr. Hrebicek your teams are wonderful. Before becoming

Pink Ribbon Dinner

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Evening Minister Oberhauser, Good Evening Professor Penninger: My husband Blaine and I are delighted that you can join us this evening. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many still find it all too easy to

American Chamber of Commerce Gala

Thank you for the kind invitation to be here this evening. My husband Blaine and I are looking forward to meeting you and we are very excited to be in Austria. Felix, thank you very much for the warm and detailed introduction. And Daniela, a heartfelt thank you to you and your staff for organizing this evening’s event. I understand

“175 Years of U.S.-Austrian Diplomatic Relations”

Dr. Wadl, Landesrat Waldner, Oberst Seidl, meine Damen und Herren. Guten Abend! Ich freue mich sehr hier bei Ihnen in Klagenfurt zu sein. Dies ist mein erster Besuch in Ihrem schönen Bundesland Kärnten. Vielen Dank für den freundlichen Empfang und für die Einladung, unsere Jubiläumsausstellung hier im Kärntner Landesarchiv zeigen zu dürfen. I would like to thank the Kärntner Landesarchiv,

Austro-American Society – Welcome Reception

Thank you, Ambassador Rohan, for this kind introduction. Dr. Salcher, Mr. Huber, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen! Grüß Gott! Mein Mann Blaine und ich freuen uns sehr hier bei Ihnen zu sein. Vielen Dank für die freundliche Einladung. Blaine has been my best advisor in preparing for this exciting endeavor of representing the United States of America in Austria. We are

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Good morning! Thank you, Johannes, for your kind introduction. I am so pleased to see so many of you here today as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Austria. During the week, thousands of entrepreneurs in more than 135 countries around the world are participating in nearly 20,000 events to come together and bring ideas to life. I’ve heard of

Marine Ball 2013

Thank you, Gunnery Sergeant Battle. Good evening! Ambassador McManus, members of the Marine Security Detachment, esteemed guests, colleagues and friends, it is an honor for me to welcome all of you to our 238th Marine birthday celebration. I am humbled to stand here today as the honored guest at my first Marine Corps Ball, although it is the past and

Remarks at the Jewish Museum

Dr. Spera, Mr. Mezvinsky, Dr. Taschner, Mr. Hanke, Mr. Knebel, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor to be with you here today. A few days from now, on November 9 and 10, Vienna, among other cities, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the November Pogrom. The Pogrom marked the change from sheer discrimination against the Jewish population to

Pioneers Festival

Guten Morgen. Ich freue mich, heute morgen bei Ihnen sein zu dürfen. Ich möchte sagen, es erfüllt mich mit Begeisterung, hier in die Menge zu blicken und so viele Menschen zu sehen, die Neues schaffen und kreativ tätig sein wollen. Good morning and thank you. I am pleased to see so many of you here today for the final day

Remarks upon Arrival

Grüß Gott und vielen Dank für den herzlichen Empfang. Ich freue mich sehr, in Österreich zu sein und über Ihr zahlreiches Erscheinen. Wenn Sie erlauben, werde ich jetzt auf englisch fortsetzen. I am proud that President Obama nominated me, and the U.S. Senate confirmed me, to be the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. I look forward to

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