Students Explore International Business Opportunities with the German American Chamber of Commerce

With the generous support of the Max Kade Foundation,  Allegheny World Language & Cultures has partnered with the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics to present a virtual tour of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce featuring chapter President, Rachel Mauer on March 2, 2021.

The German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter (GACC PIT) was founded in 2015 to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the U.S. It is a private, non-profit organization and serves as the official representative of German trade in Western Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Chapter is part of an international network composed of 140 German foreign chambers of commerce and government offices in 92 countries.

Rachel Mauer is the Co-founder and President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce (AHK Pittsburgh Chapter) with the mission to foster trade with Germany and to grow the regional economy. The German American Chamber of Commerce provides educational and network opportunities, hosts international delegations, and formal events. Rachel and her team also launched the German Dual Apprenticeship program. The registered apprenticeship programs are industry-led programs, including Mechatronics, Mechanic in Polymer Technology (plastics), Sales Engineering (technical sales), and (upcoming) CAD Programming. Rachel’s professional history includes serving as the Co-Director of the American Council on Germany’s Pittsburgh Warburg Chapter, Vice Chairman on the Board of Global Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 in 2017. Rachel is a graduate from Cornell University with a degree in International Government and has a Leadership Certificate from Leadership Pittsburgh.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics attracts Allegheny’s next generation of business innovators and entrepreneurs by providing a host of co-curricular activities that connect with and deepen their classroom experiences. The Lunchtime Learning Lecture Series provides students with opportunities to gain valuable information on topics and industries related to internships and careers.