Global Business Mobile Talent
Washington '14 March

Washington Leadership Global Business Conference


Competition for Markets and Talent
Developing and Implementing Innovative Solutions
New employee skills, global mindset, connectivity, using networks
Tactical Mobility Assignments designed for producing measurable results

for the world we will be living in...
Frontier Markets
Emerging Markets
Mature/Developed Markets
US & Canada

Presented by
in a special alliance with

to be held at...
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington 20045
• 12noon until 5 + Reception in President Harry S Truman Bar

Government & NGO, $49/person
Corporate $99
General Admission $123

Memo from
Edwin B Cohen -Conference Chairman
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I am now inviting you to participate in this unique, executive conference on CEO/Leadership Strategies and Tactics -an "idea exchange" within a collaborative learning atmosphere - about Markets (Frontier, Emerging, Developed/Mature) and talent development (acquisition, on-boarding, deployment, development, retention for sustainability).

For the world will be living in, US-based leadership needs to develop an enhanced Global Mindset and learn what it will take in 2014 for organizations and companies to "win" in globalization and deal better with seemingly "light-speed" business and economic changes.

2014 dynamic, shifting global business opportunity is causing leadership strategy to change and this shift is resulting in capital re-allocations and this will impact workforce planning. Right now cascading across several multinationals, this process is driving new collaboration between CFO + CHRO + CMO/CCO + CIO's... resulting in re-defining the Employer Brand and talent strategy to better manage cross-border business travel & mobile talent. And very key to getting measurable results and proving ROI, this means striving to prevent non-productive assignments and or a failure of the "new" leader ... country leader, project leader, and international assignment.


11:30am- Registration and Connecting with Delegates

12noon- Program starts
Sponsor tables open

12:15- Moderator's Welcome Remarks and Introductions

and Audience/Table collaboration

2:30- break, sponsor tables open

and Audience/Table collaboration

4:45- Summary Remarks and CALL TO ACTION
5pm- Program ends

...optional networking in President Harry S Truman bar



Executive Next Practices Institute and NextWorks™

Scott Hamilton will address, Executive Performance and Risk Reduction..."GOING ON ASSIGNMENT; HOW TO BE A GLOBALLY EFFECTIVE LEADER. Today's unique program is sponsored by and being presented in a partnership with Executive Next Practices Institute and NextWorks™. Hamilton says, "Today we are working in a diverse global marketplace seriously impacted by "light speed change" and consisting of multi-generations and multi-cultures in the workforce. How is the best way(s) to attract, develop, manage and retain this talent?"


Peter Susser, the Global Practice Leader
Littler Mendelson, P.C.

As Chair of the Firm’s International Employment & Labor Law Practice Group, he advises multinational and domestic companies in a wide range of industries on employment-related matters involving U.S. and cross-border legal issues. Domestically, he represents employers on labor relations, employment discrimination, occupational safety & health, leave and disability questions, and other matters. Peter Susser also participates in Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, dealing with many legislative and regulatory issues impacting the workplace. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he earned law degrees from the College of William & Mary and Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, and before many federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court.


Chief Sustainability Officer

Thomas Day was named Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2011. Day leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices.

Day reports to Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General, and in addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, Day also formerly served (2007-2011) as Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union. Working closely with Network Operations, Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Supply Management, a variety of vendors and the mailing industry, Day’s group sets policies and assists implementation in areas of Environmental Compliance. Sustainability, and Energy Initiatives. Prior to serving in this role, Day was senior vice president, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011) and senior vice president, Government Relations (2005-2007). From 2001-2005, Day was vice president, Engineering. In this capacity, he oversaw development of all engineering efforts involving automation and operations, building and equipment maintenance, and the Postal Service's award-winning environmental program. During his 29-year Postal Service career, Day developed a solid operations background from various assignments in delivery, distribution, and logistics, including service as district manager of the Southeast New England District from 1996 to 2000. He is a third-generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Army. Day is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.


CHARLES (Chuck) BROOKS - Vice President, Client Executive
Department of Homeland Security
Xerox Federal Government Solutions

Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Xerox has $22 B in annual revenues and serves clients in 160 countries. He recently served as Vice President for R & D at Rapiscan Systems specializing in CBRNE sensor technologies. Chuck served as the Vice President for Government Affairs at SRA International Inc, where he was part of Executive Leadership reporting directly to the CEO. He also ran SRA’s PAC. Chuck served as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate within the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for advocacy for the Directorate with Capitol Hill. Chuck was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University. He also spent 6 years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter where he covered national security, defense, foreign affairs, and technology issues. Chuck’s Summary of Experience: * Extensive service in Senior Executive Management, Government Relations, External Relations, and Business Development/Sales for three large corporations, and at the Department of Homeland Security * Helped "stand up" Office of Legislative Affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security and served as the first Director of Legislative Affairs at the Science & Technology Directorate, * Served as a Senior Legislative Staff (defense & foreign affairs, national security, business) to the late Senator Arlen Specter at the U.S. Senate. * Former Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University (taught graduate level course for two years) * Co-leader of two of the most prominent Homeland Security Groups on Linked In (“Homeland Security”, “US Homeland Security, DHS”) * Writer/speaker; expertise areas include: homeland security, cyber security, intelligence, defense, foreign affairs, IT, R & D, science & technology, political risk, strategic partnering, business development/sales, government relations, legislative/budget processes, thought leadership, innovation, and social media. CONTACT: Twitter: @ChuckDBrooks
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Nancy Board, MSW, GPHR
Senior Healthcare Director
Global Corporate Challenge (GCC)

Nancy Board is an industry expert in global human resource management, health & wellness, employee assistance and international business. As Senior Healthcare Director with the GCC, a leading corporate health initiative, Nancy consults with current and prospective clients regarding value-add and long term strategies for effective health programming and sustainable outcomes. Prior to joining the GCC she served as Vice President, Health & Wellness for JPMorgan, Asia Pacific overseeing wellness and health initiatives for nearly 40,000 staff across 18 countries. Previously she served as Vice President, Global Services at PPC Worldwide, an international provider of employee assistance and workplace well-being programs, headquartered in the UK. There she developed the strategy and built the framework for health & wellness programming throughout Asia, based in Sydney.

Having travelled and working extensively in Asia, she’s developed the cross-country and cultural acumen to successfully implement meaningful health programs across varied cultures, languages, and borders. For eight years Nancy supported the US Postal Service HR and Employee Relations teams with efforts to more effectively manage stress and enhance employee health & well-being. This included executive level coaching, consultation, and violence response and reduction strategies.

This unique combination of HR and professional clinical skills has given her the ability to guide organizations in their development of human capital initiatives including risk reduction, leadership development, workplace productivity, and global health and wellness strategies.


Elena Anderson-de Lay, GMS, GPHR
Director, Global Mobility & Visa Services
The Brookings Institution

Elena specializes in global workforce development and employment-based immigration. Her work addresses the areas of U.S. and global immigration compliance; international relocations; nonresident alien taxes; and policy development. She has designed the global mobility and visa services program at The Brookings Institution, a non-profit policy research organization, where she has served since 2004. Additionally, Elena oversees the organization’s Department of State Exchange Visitor program and addresses the needs of the international assignee population. Prior to Brookings, Elena has focused primarily on immigration work within the international education field. She serves on the Society of Human Resource Management’s Global Special Expertise Panel and is a national leader in NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Elena is passionate about her work and believes the best way to optimize talent is to mobilize it.


KATHLEEN I. ABREY - Management consulting executive
Accenture Federal Services.

Kate serves as the Deputy of the Accenture Federal Services Talent & Organization practice which focuses on partnering with the federal government to solve the most challenging issues around human resources, change and organizational alignment. Kate will provide perspective on the dynamic role of HR in today’s federal landscape.


Liz Espin Stern,
Partner and Co-Head of Global Immigration and Mobility
Baker & McKenzie

Liz has worked for 27 years helping top companies manage their global staffing needs. In today's corporate culture, Liz focuses on enhancing companies' ability to move their professional and executive corps "anywhere, anytime." She considers the distinctive trademark of her immigration and mobility practice to be her focus on global compliance across HR disciplines - a challenge that a firm such as Baker & McKenzie is uniquely suited to meet. Specialties: - Management of worldwide organization's international assignee program for expatriates and third country nationals - Global work permits and visas for executives, professionals, and their family members; - U.S. employment-based, business, trainee, and investor nonimmigrant visas and immigrant employment-based residency cases; - Comparative immigration policy (e.g., US/UK/EU/Canada/Australia); - Worksite compliance programs; - Global HR policy and administration .

Helping expats to America get settled financially; be more productive

Donald Rankin - Director Business Development

A highly respected executive within the global relocation industry, Don brings over 30 years of experience of helping clients manage their expatriate populations and mobility programs. In the course of his career, he has led global business development initiatives for MI Group, Graebel Relocation and the SECOR Group managing international sales teams based in London, Hong Kong the USA and Canada. Don is a widely recognized industry thought leader, speaking frequently at industry events and contributing to many industry publications. Don also brings first-hand an expatriate experience to Mycredex, having lived and worked in the UK, Ireland, Canada and most recently the United States, and holds FiCO Pro credit certification.


Mika J. Cross - Work/Life and Wellness Program Manager
Office for Human Resources Management
United States Department of Agriculture

Mika Cross will discuss a creative and award-winning response to today's challenges and the USDA strategic initiatives to achieve a Model Federal Workplace. The USDA workforce is now global. She will also discuss the Strategic Value of Workplace Flexibility and its ROI, overcoming common cultural barriers to implementing new ways of working, generational differences, Diversity and other Human Capital efforts as part of our Secretary's focus on Cultural Transformation initiatives. Her background includes military personnel and federal civilian human resources management within the Department of Defense and the United States Intelligence Community. She served with the U.S. Army as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer. Her keen abilities in developing effective, strategic communications, marketing and outreach coupled with an unerring talent for strategic vision make her highly sought after to lead cross-functional, government-wide and private industry policy projects, collaborative working groups and transformational initiatives. Ms. Cross is a member of both the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Telework Advisory Board and the Telework Advisory Board Committee with the Mobile Work Exchange. Ms. Cross was invited to speak at the House Smart Contracting Caucus roundtable on Telework and Mobility, by Co-Chairmen Gerry Connolly and Rob Wittman. In partnership with OPM on behalf of the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Federal Women’s Program, she helped design an innovative workshop designed to bring together Diversity, Inclusion and Human Resources professionals from across the government to share strategic vision and value for integrating a flexible and supportive workplace. Ms. Cross served as Executive Sponsor and Mentor for the Partnership for Public Service, Excellence in Government Fellowship Program. Mika regularly provides policy guidance, shares best practices and innovations with numerous Federal Agencies across the United States Government. In 2013, she was named a Rising Star by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress for her professional leadership and contributions and received a Telework Driver Award in 2012 from the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Committee. She is regarded as a thought-leader.


ALEXIS BONNELL - Director of Engagement and Communications
Office of Science and Technology
U.S. Agency for International Development

Alexis Bonnell has developed and delivered over a billion dollars of humanitarian and development programming in over 25 countries, in almost every sector, for more than 30 International Bi-lateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and Private Sector. She has held positions with every side of development including: implementers, donors, policy makers, and beneficiaries and is proud of her “360 degrees” of development experience. Her more than 20 years of experience in management and communications has provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms”, Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraq Elections, Tsunami Response, Pakistan Earthquake, Haiti Earthquake, over 500 projects, and major logistics operations. Alexis has assisted major corporations, celebrities, studios with their response to crisis’s including the Tsunami, Pakistan and Haiti Earthquakes. After years of living and working overseas, Alexis returned to the USA with USAID as the Senior Advisor on Business Transformation and Knowledge Management. She is currently the Senior Advisor on Engagement and Communications for the Office of Science and Technology and is currently serving as the Agency's Telework Executive, where she focuses on organizational and cultural change to ensure USAID becomes a top 21st century management organization. Prior to her career in development, Alexis worked as the Director of Marketing for the Internet Trade Association, where her job was to help Wall Street and the corporate world understand the impact that the internet, innovation, and technology would have on business, customer experience, and society; as well as to match-make new innovative technologies to traditional business paradigms creating strategic change management models as well as major supply-chain and distribution reforms. Alexis's current passion is organizational change management embracing generational, mobility and work-life balance and how they integrate to create top-performing organizations. Alexis is the co-author of the book “Get your Dream Job” available on USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Their Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:
*economic growth, agriculture and trade;
*global health; and,
*democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.


U.S. Aerospace & Defense Practice Leader
Assurance Leader
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Scott Thompson is PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. Aerospace & Defense Practice Leader and Assurance Leader, based in the Washington, D.C. Metro office. Scott leads a cross-functional team of people dedicated to the A&D sector in disciplines of audit, tax and advisory services. He has been with PwC for more than 25 years and has been a partner since 2001. Scott frequently consults with A&D companies on a range of matters from strategy, M&A, operational improvement, talent management and government contracting regulations and compliance. Scott also has extensive international experience, having served some of the firm’s largest global clients. Scott is an author of several A&D whitepapers and articles and a regular contributor to Aviation Week. In his role as A&D Leader, Scott has responsibility for client service and quality to Aerospace & Defense clients. Scott is a graduate of Bryant University and Certified Public Accountant.

M & As ...Predicting success

M&A research paints a bleak picture…40%-80% of M&As fail to meet stated objectives and ultimately destroy shareholder value. Even knowing this, M&As are a major tool for inorganic growth in companies. It is also understood that M&As involve large risk that HR addresses during the due diligence and integration phases.

While HR focuses on culture, executive leadership assessment, and in most M&As, what has less focus and is less understood is the role of collective leadership capability in predicting and effecting successful M&As.

Recent research on the role of leadership as a predictor of M&A success, a new approach to HR due diligence that has impact on M&A decision makers and an M&A leadership risk management approach.

J. KEITH DUNBAR, Director, Talent Management

Mr. Dunbar leads and supports the talent management needs of 22,000 employees in Leidos. His team of 8 executes/supports Leidos Corporate, National Security Sector and Healthcare & Engineering Sector talent management activities and initiatives. His responsibilities include: > Integrated talent management - integration and alignment of my responsibilities listed below with colleagues leading Talent Acquisition and Compensation > Business and Talent strategy alignment (Capability identification, prioritization, business case development and architecting talent solution investment options) > Strategic workforce planning > Education, Learning & Development (Education/Academic relationships, social learning, formal classroom, certifications, elearning, etc.) > Leadership Development > High Potential identification, assessment and development > Succession planning & management > Performance management > Diversity & Inclusion

Results from new survey by Cigna and NFTC

DAVID ANDERSON, Senior New Business Manager- Eastern Region
CIGNA Global Health Benefits

David Anderson came to Cigna Global Health Benefits in 1998 as an underwriting assistant, and later joined the CGHB sales team in 2000. David is highly successful in building relationships with brokers, consultants and prospective clients. In 2004, he opened a new regional sales office in Columbia, MD, to expand a successful territory covering Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Prior to his start at the CGHB headquarters in Claymont, DE, David worked in claims for CIGNA Property & Casualty in the early 90s’ and at Towers Perrin Reinsurance until 1998. David’s consultative selling success is clear, as he is a consecutive five-year recipient of the CGHB Gold Circle Award. He is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Worldwide ERC (formerly Employee Relocation Council) and also conducts continuing education classes for the broker community. He has traveled to more than 35 countries. David completed a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Washington, DC.


US Global Mail

Randip Singh is an Engineer and an MBA in Finance. He took over as CEO of US Global Mail in 2009 and has transformed it from a regional provider of mail forwarding services into a global, technology-rich solutions company for handling Expat Mail. Today, USGM serves several thousands’ of individuals and many corporate clients. Prior to taking over as the CEO of US Global Mail, he was the CFO for a Business Unit within the Norwegian global company, Aker Solutions. As part of the management team he guided the company from less than 5 MUSD to revenues of over 200MUSD. An A+ rating with the BBB, and over 25,000+ fans on Facebook with numerous glowing reviews, USGM is a well-respected company in the relocation space.

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