Global Business Mobile Talent

San Francisco, January 21

Expats talking but is leadership listening?
NextGen and TalentMobility™

It's about PEOPLE:
Sourcing, engaging, developing, deploying, mentoring, rewarding,
and retaining the best talent for sustainability and profits.
Presented in association with Woodruff Sawyer & Company
8, check-in, lite breakfast
8:30 program starts; Delegate Introductions
9-12 sessions
12 working luncheon followed by audience-interactive sessions + Closing Keynote: BOEING's ALI SHAMI on "no fear 2016"
5:55pm taxi to Fisherman's Wharf CorporateRelationsNetwork™ dinner

to be held at...
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., 50 California Street, Floor 12
San Francisco 94111

• Just the conference $223...just the dinner $72
Conference + Dinner $295/seat
Memo from
Edwin B Cohen, Content Developer & Moderator
GlobalBusinessLIVE™ ...GlobalBusinessCalifornia

Another meeting? Well, it's about you. I love this quote for its simplicity and relevance from Mr Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock: "In a global, interconnected economy, jobs will flow to the nations, the regions and the companies with the best training and education for talent development". GlobalBusinessCalifornia is designed to be helpful to companies and leaders and for those who aspire for new growth.

1, new insight, techniques
2, from discussions, opportunity to establish rapport, build on "trust"

• we recognize your time and responsibilities
• practical info designed for better understanding situations
• solutions and new contacts


It's in our DNA to bring together business people to meet, greet, exchange ideas within a non-sales atmosphere™

7:30, Check-in desk opens
... Sponsor tables open
Lite Breakfast

8:30, Program Starts
Delegate Introductions and Moderator's commentary

8:50 - 9:30,

C. Raj Ramnarine, Global Head of Total Rewards

Michelle Loo, Americas Benefits Manager

Gabrielle (Gabby) LaHerran, SPHR, Head of Mobility & Immigration

Raj is currently the Global Head of Total Rewards at Airbnb based in San Francisco. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s global initiates in compensation and benefits related matters. Raj has enjoyed a career with extensive experience in global compensation and benefits; executive compensation and sales compensation. Prior to joining Airbnb, he was the Global Head of Total Rewards for Illumina (San Diego). He previously led the executive compensation efforts at Altria Group (Philip Morris USA), and the compensation and benefits function for the Central/Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa regions at Schering-Plough (now Merck). Raj also held consulting positions of increasing responsibility at Watson Wyatt Worldwide and Towers Perrin (now the combined Towers Watson). Raj lived and studied in Europe, earning his MBA from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a MS degree in Technology Management from the Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University in Atlanta and a BA degree in Management from Morehouse College, also in Atlanta.

Michelle is the Americas Benefits Manager at Airbnb Inc., based in San Francisco. Her responsibilities include managing employee benefits for Canada, United States, and Brazil as well as international benefits projects for all other countries that Airbnb operates in. Prior to finding her calling in Benefits, she held various HR roles at Bay Area technology companies including SanDisk and Google. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. She has lived and studied in Japan and is a former competitive dragonboat racer.

As Head of Global Mobility, Immigration and Mobility Tax for Airbnb Inc., Gabby is responsible for leading overall strategy, direction, and operational optimization for Airbnb’s global mobility programs. Gabrielle’s extensive experiences includes over 20 years in human resources program management and consulting in global immigration; expatriate management; tax administration; compliance; and total rewards in the travel, technology, retail, consulting, finance, and legal industries. Her professional affiliations include a large number of professional and industry organizations, including The Society for Human Resources Management, Worldwide ERC, and Bay Area Mobility Management (BAMM). Gabrielle provides mentoring support to colleagues, and she is a global traveler, artist and designer of Halloween attractions.

9:30-9:45 --- BREAK

9:45 - 10:10,

Terilyn Juarez Monroe
Chief People & Culture Officer
Acxiom Corp

Terilyn is the company’s Chief People & Culture Officer and Senior Vice President of Human Resources. She joined Acxiom in 2015. As an Executive Committee member, Terilyn partners with senior leadership and the Board of Directors to drive business results through HR strategies and company-wide initiatives. In her role, she oversees Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Learning and Talent Management, Compliance, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Relations/Philanthropy, and HR Operations. Prior to joining Acxiom, she served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Engagement at Intuit, a leading provider of business and financial management solutions and consistently recognized as a great place to work. In this global role, she led diversity and inclusion, engagement, and the Intuit Foundation. During Terilyn’s 13-year tenure at Intuit, she was an HR business partner and held senior leadership roles in these areas: Employee Engagement, New Hire On-Boarding, University Relations and Recruiting, HR Program Office, Philanthropy, HR Communications, Branding and Special Events Management. Over the past year, Terilyn has been a Task Force Member of the Center for Talent Innovation and a council member of the following organizations: IAVE: Global Corporate Volunteer Council; Council of Global Social Investing; and Council of Global Chief Diversity Officers. Prior to joining Intuit Terilyn worked for Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, Amdocs and Amdahl in the areas of executive communication and coaching, strategic business planning, M&A, community relations, learning and development, employee communications, and special events management. Terilyn graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Business. She lives in California with her husband and has two children.

10:10 - 11:05,
Adopting a data-driven, human-contextual approach to solving the workforce engagement problem

Managing a workforce so your business stays competitive in a tough economy is challenging.
The usual cost-cutting, program-gutting tactics have left everyone tired and disengaged.
It’s safe to say, the rules of engagement need to change.

In this discussion, our presenters with discuss how...

• Aligning employees’ career, health and wealth goals with those of the organization
is vital to a successful business

• To gain a competitive advantage through a meaningful
employee value proposition (EVP) and programs
that effectively support employees total well-being

• Data and technology can be leveraged to effectively articulate the organization’s EVP
while enabling employees to achieve both their professional and personal goals

Nick Rettenmeyr
Senior Director of Total Rewards
Nike, Inc

Lori Block
Principal, Engagement Practice, Communication and Client Technology
Buck Consultants, LLC, A Xerox Company

IABC’s 2015 Large Agency of the Year Winner

Buck Consultants was named a “Kennedy Vanguard” leader for depth and breadth of communication capabilities by Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory

Nick Rettenmeyr is the Senior Director of Total Rewards for one of the world’s most recognized brands, Nike, Inc. In this role, Nick leads a global team responsible for the development and effective delivery of the Nike Brand Total Rewards strategy, integrating the Global Compensation and Benefits agendas in alignment and support of the overall global Total Rewards strategy and direction. Nick recently joined Nike from Microsoft where as the Director of Global Compensation Programs & Analytics, he lead a team responsible for the overall design and management of Microsoft’s broad-based programs, compensation analytics, competitive intelligence and tools designed to evolve its compensation strategy and programs to meet the changing business demands for a world class technology firm. A frequent presenter, Nick earned a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Florida and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin – the Red McCombs School of Business.

Lori Block is a principal in the award-winning Engagement Practice of Buck Consultants, LLC, a Xerox Company. In this role, Lori specializes in strategic planning and innovative solutions to address a wide array of HR, employee benefit, and compensation issues, Lori and the teams she manages work with large employers to ensure the successful implementation of multifaceted change and communication engagements. A thought leader within her organization and a frequent industry speaker and author/blogger, Lori was named a 2014 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising by Employee Benefits Advisor. She holds a BFA (Honors) in broadcast journalism from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

11:05 - BREAK

11:20 - 11:50,
The "Butterfly Effect"...
of Global Benefits Management

Global Benefits Governance and
International Compliance Management

Medha Rishi, GPHR
Vice President, Global Benefits
Woodruff Sawyer & Company

Medha leads the International Benefits team at Wood- ruff-Sawyer is accountable for the execution and delivery of all projects. She has engaged in a broad range of global projects which include design of benefits strategies, program bench- marking and competitive analysis, development of global gov- ernance policies, management of multinational pooling, and renewal analysis and negotiation. She is also an experienced consultant in cross-border strategies and global mobility bene- fits. Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer, Medha was a consultant with the Global Benefits business of Aon Hewitt based in San Francisco. She also worked at Mercer’s Health & Welfare prac- tice where she gained exposure to international consulting. Medha sits on the board of Global Benefits Association, on the advisory board of the United Nations Association (Northern CA chapter), and serves on the International Committee at the Commonwealth Club of California. Medha received dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She is a certified Global Professional in Human Resource Management (GPHR).

11:50, working luncheon

...audience discussion encouraged in all afternoon sessions

12:20 - 12:45,

Jeff Ellman, CEO
Urban Bound

Jeff is co-founder and President of UrbanBound, a Relocation Management Software provider reshaping the way employers offer and administer relocation benefits to their employees. For more than 15 years, he has dedicated his career to building technology companies that help people through life and career transitions. Jeff holds a business degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and is active in the Chicago chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization.

12:50 - 1:20,
Global survey of expats reveal truths.
(Survey was by NFTC and Cigna Global Health Benefits)

Megan Storey
Cigna Global Health Benefits

Megan has been a New Business Manager with Cigna Global Health Benefits Western Region since 2011, responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining global benefit strategies for multinational companies within California. Megan offers extensive knowledge of the global benefits industry to potential clients; having negotiated and implemented hundreds of global benefit plans throughout her career. Megan’s 14+ years’ experience at Cigna has enabled her to offer Cigna Global Health Benefits’ clients and broker’s superior consultative advice and solutions for their global populations. Before joining Cigna Global Health Benefits, Megan worked as a New Business Manager for Cigna HealthCare’s Regional Market in Southern California for eight years. Prior to her NBM role, Megan gained valuable experience in both customer service and presale strategy roles in the Cigna Health Care Regional market. Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Spanish from the University of San Diego. She is an avid traveler, visiting more than 25 foreign countries, and both studied and interned abroad in Madrid, Spain. Megan’s love of travel and study abroad experience has uniquely influenced her perspective on the expatriate experience and the way she relates to her global clients and customers. She holds insurance licenses in several states and a certificate in Global Benefits Management from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. Megan enjoys an active lifestyle. When she’s not venturing off to another foreign destination, Megan enjoys Pilates, Spin, and spending time at the beach.

1:20-- BREAK

1:40 - 2:10,

Cathy Heyne, Managing Director
Living Abroad, LLC

Michael Cadden, Managing Director
Living Abroad, LLC

As Managing Director of Marketing & Business Development, Cathy has overall responsibility for client retention, new business, developing partnerships, and marketing for the Living Abroad services. The International Relocation Center was formerly known as Craighead Country Reports. Cathy has been involved with the International Relocation Center for 15 years, and oversaw the successful transition of hard copy to the current online service under the Craighead name. Current clients of Living Abroad are many of the Fortune 1000 and government organizations as well. She is co-facilitator of the Forum for Expatriate Management New York City Chapter, which brings mobility thought leaders to the corporate community through monthly meetings.

Soon after joining Craighead Publications in 1995, Michael became the force behind converting the printed publications of country information to the Web. With that success he later became the Managing Director of Living Abroad LLC in 2002 and is behind its highly successful transformation, culminating with the acquisition of the legacy Craighead business in 2008. He has created a number of breakthrough presentations and delivered them dozens of times in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Winning topics have included “10 Year Trends in Global Mobility” (2005), “The Dark Side of Short-term Assignments” (2006), “Relocating Generation Y” (2007), “Technology and Global Mobility” (2008) and “Technology vs. Global Employee Privacy” (2009/10). He is the creative force behind the new technology products such as the Global Mobility Portal, Our- WorldConnect and upcoming Business Travel App.

2:10 - 2:35,
Learning objectives:
The increasing need to manage costs in global mobility programs, combined with shifting expectations of globally mobile employees and their families about when and how the services are delivered, created a unique opportunity for new learning / guidance solutions.

Learn more about how digital learning platforms combined with time-tested expertise will change the definition of 'support'... for your very valuable global talent.

Elena Mosko, CEO

Globiana helps businesses educate, guide and support globally mobile employees and their families to improve the relocation success rate, and enable a perfect employee experience. Our unique integrated platform provides support on pre-departure organization, cultural transition, social adaptation, local knowledge and professional and personal development post-move. Our technology-enabled solution combined with expertise of coaches and instructors with international relocation experiences allows us to deliver a cost-effective, self-paced learning environment with easy access to support from experts throughout the entire expatriate life cycle. We also offer customized Concierge packages to extend high-touch post-move support to the expat partner. Globiana is a Silicon Valley, California company, founded in 2012.

2:40 - 3:15,
Compliance; Data Analytics ... Travel & Mobility

Tara Hagen
KPMG LLP- Global Mobility Services

3:15 - 3:25, BREAK

3:25 - 4:05,
CASE STUDY ...Benchmarking

William Taylor, Esq., Head of Global Mobility
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Heidi Hischmann, Immigration Consultant
Wells Fargo

Brandon Meyer, Partner,
Meyer Law Group

Brandon is the Principal Attorney of Meyer Law Group, a full service immigration firm located in San Diego and San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington. He received his Juris Doctorate (law) degree from University of San Diego School of Law, his Masters of Arts in East Asian Studies from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University. He is a member in good standing of the Bars of the State of Connecticut and the District of Columbia. Mr. Meyer is highly experienced in all business immigration practice areas (both immigrant and nonimmigrant) including Immigrant Investor matters (E-1, E-2, L-1, EB-5 and Regional Center representation), H-1B, L-1, O-1, Outstanding Researcher, Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Manager, Exceptional Ability, National Interest Waivers, TN, and immigration compliance for start-ups and multinational corporations. Mr. Meyer can be reached at and at (415) 416-6638

Heidi has been working with corporate immigration for over eight years in roles ranging from in-house immigration specialist to contractor for the US Department of Labor’s Division of Foreign Labor Certification. She specializes in US employment-based immigration but has extensive experience with global immigration matters as well. Currently she is the only Immigration Consultant employed by Wells Fargo, and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s international programs, including local hires, international assignments, and business travelers in over fifteen countries globally.

William is a US Immigration attorney and is Head of Global Mobility at Adobe. William has deep expertise in US and global immigration, relocation, assignment management, and organizational development. He leads a high-performing team of Global Mobility professionals and has developed policies and programs that position the Adobe Global Mobility team as a key differentiator in attracting and retaining top talent in all regions. He has just been elected President of BAMM.

4:05 - 5:30,
2020 coming fast
Are you READY FOR CHANGE happening all around?

What should be the Future of Mobility and program managers?

Align talent, mobility, and rewards to ensure bringing
a strong focus on recognizing/developing key talent

You are invited to participate in the conversation...

Moderator: Ed Cohen- Conference Developer

Thought-Leader Commentators:

Linnea (Hickman) Quai Hoi
Head of Mobility

Samir Bajaj,
Director for Global Mobility, Immigration and Reward Programs
Levi Strauss & Co.

Willie Henry, Responsible for conceptualizing/designing candidate recruiting experience;
Facebook Corporation

Cheri (Martin) Higgins,
Global Mobility Leader
Varian Medical

David W. Croft CRP,
VP, Business Development -western United States
Weichert Workforce Mobility

Salvatore P. Ferrante, CRP
Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage | An Armstrong Relocation Company
President, International Division

Linnea has 19 years of Human Resources experience with 17 of those years focused on Global Mobility Programs. She has worked at some of Silicon Valley’s top tech companies; Sun Microsystems, Logitech, Yahoo!, BEA Systems, Trimble Navigation, Ltd., and 9 months ago she joined the top cyber security Company, FireEye, Inc. to lead their Global Mobility Department. Linnea is an expert with all things Global Mobility, which includes expatriate management, international and domestic relocations, as well as worldwide and US immigration management. She is a long time member of BAMM (Bay Area Mobility Management) and was recently elected to serve on their Board in the capacity of Corporate Advisor. She is also involved in BAMM’s Mentorship Program where she helps develop and coach new comers within Global Mobility. She is a prominent member of her small Global Mobility community and speaks regularly at Mobility functions.

Cheri has over 10 years of experience working in HR with a primary focus on Global Mobility. Prior to her current role as a Sr. Manager, Talent Mobility at Varian Medical Systems, Cheri led the mobility teams at both Twitter and Google. Throughout her career, she has designed and implemented innovative global mobility solutions including the creation and launch of the original points-based relocation program at Google. In addition, she served as a key advisor on HR and mobility solutions to support extensive international expansions in rapid growth environments. She will also serve on the Board of BAMM as a Programs and Events Chair for 2016/2017 and regularly speaks on mobility and HR topics. Cheri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and a Master's Degree in Organization Psychology from Columbia University

In this newly formed role, Samir Bajaj is responsible for aligning talent, mobility and reward to ensure a strong focus on recognizing and developing key talent. Samir joined Levi’s 2 years ago to lead their internal compensation consulting practice for global functions such as Ecommerce, Supply Chain, Finance and IT. Prior to joining Levi’s, Samir was head of HR for GLOBALFOUNDRIES Abu Dhabi, where he spent two years working directly with the investor to build a technology ecosystem and talent development programs for Emiratis. Prior to that, Samir was the head of HR for LG Electronics USA, based in NJ. Samir began his HR career with The Coca-Cola Company, where he had a varied career that included mobility, compensation, business partnering, shared services and HR Transformation based in Atlanta, Dublin, London and Johannesburg.

David Croft builds strong, successful partnerships with corporate workforce mobility managers, helping them identify the tools and resources they need to optimize their programs. A veteran of the mobility industry with over 20 years of experience in relocation and global assignment business development throughout North America, David served as a VP with Weichert from 2000 to 2006 before returning in 2014. He is highly regarded for his client-centric, consultative approach to developing unique workforce mobility solutions and for being an authority on US/Canada cross-border moves. Throughout his career, David has built a reputation for being a results-oriented and driven leader with a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing complex, tri-regional mobility programs for multinational companies. His professional insight is complemented by personal experience; David has relocated from Canada to the United States and taken a number of moves across the States throughout the past decade. Prior to re-joining Weichert, David served in executive sales roles with Cartus and Primacy. He began his career with RE/MAX Canada, providing relocation solutions to a wide range of corporate clients. David is a former Chair of the Western Executive Committee of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), and he is a frequent speaker at industry-related conferences on procurement and cross- border topics. He has written extensively about Canadian and U.S. relocation issues for such publications as Global HR and Workplace Canada.

Salvatore Ferrante, (Tori) brings years of global experience and insight to his position as the President of Crown Worldwide (merged with Armstrong Relocation in 2013). Tori is responsible for all international functions for the 25 offices that make up the Armstrong Relocation Group of companies. His expat experience in the Middle East, extensive travel and his ongoing cultivation of relationships with international agents make him unique in the industry. Known for his collaborative style of management and running a flat hardworking organization, Tori brings a genuine sense of partnership and fellowship to his work environment. He has been with Crown for almost 30 years and is an equity partner. Tori is a graduate of The University of Santa Clara Leavy School of Business. He and his wife Ann live in Alamo and have two children attending college in California. Tori is an avid outdoorsman and in his free time enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golf and scuba diving.

Willie Henry is a seasoned HR professional with more than 10 years of industry and campus recruiting experience at several large companies that have catapulted him to his role as the Candidate Experience Lead globally at Facebook. In this capacity, Willie has responsibility for designing & shaping the signature Candidate Experience globally. In this capacity, Willie has created strategic recruiting innovation tactics and personalization end to end for deploying activation of the signature candidate experience across the organization. Willie began his career at Citi in a HR rotational program where he went on to be a Sr. Generalist, Campus Recruiting Manager, & Diversity Recruiter. He went on to join Coca-Cola Refreshments as the University Relations Manager leading a team of recruiters and coordinators for University Program Talent before joining Facebook.

5:30pm, Closing keynote ...
2016... No Fear
BOEING Company

is not a state of mind achieved easily!

Even the most courageous leaders in the world
experience some level of unease about the 'unknown'.

Ali, in this discussion, will share personal stories how he overcame fear and how he leveraged fear to his advantage in both the corporate life... and looking back to the early days, he will share info about his survival in the brutal, Lebanese civil war.

5:55pm -- ADJOURN... CorporateRelationsNetwork™ dinner on Fisherman's Wharf

For more information, contact Ed Cohen:
Phone: +1.619.787.3100
Conference Sponsors:
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