Global Business Mobile Talent
LA April 5, 2016

D&I... it's in our DNA to bring business people together
to connect, exchange ideas, build rapport, find solutions...and thrive™

to be held at...
City National Bank @ City National Plaza
555 S. Flower - Southwest corner of 5th & Flower - LA 90071

Los Angeles Room - 13th Floor

• transportation
parking (not included in registration)

TIME: 11, checkin, networking... 1120 Start, 5 adjourn to reception at stayinglevel...

Memo from
Edwin B Cohen, Content Developer & Conference Moderator
Editor & Publisher-
Broadcast Host-

CONTACT: call/text (+1)6197873100

Ciao, hola, shalom, marhabaan, bonjour, 你好 Nǐ hǎo, 안녕하세요 ...
and a warm welcome to the L A edition of GlobalBusiness- part of an international series of professional education and networking.

As Content Developer and Moderator, please understand our global editorial narrative:

'Global business and the web has better enabled the further development of diverse people in California, across the nation, and in economies around the world. This 'megatrend' has enabled the rise of a 'global middle class' and therefore a consumer product explosion. It has also resulted in people and countries being more interconnected, much more dependent on each other'. A commentator once said something like: if the US coughs, another country might catch the flu or pneumonia.

Business marketing strategies regarding workforce management and global talent, the social workforce/workplaces certainly are behind the 'disruption' ...and this means opportunity and challenges to communication, engagement, performance, retention. So... is this 'new'? Not really but today is different from just a year or two... and the people are different.

And so now, the beat goes on.

11, check-in

11:20, Program starts

Moderator's introductions and a

WELCOME by host sponsor,
Karen A Clark, Senior Vice President,
Multicultural Strategy Manager,
City National Bank

1140 - 1220, Opening Keynote

Better Engaging the 'social' workforce with BENEFITS ...
Aligning rewards with business objectives:
Sustainable Engagement and Performance
increases with diversity and inclusion

Employers are using data to redefine their talent management strategy and focus on talent segments critical to future growth. As a result, organizations are developing more nuanced
employee value propositions,
changing the way they engage, motivate and reward talent.

Krystie Dascoli, CVBS
Vice President, Client Advocate
Willis Towers Watson

Krystie has over 13 years of experience in the employee benefits field and is recognized as an industry leader in human capital, voluntary benefits, technology, enrollment and employee communication strategies. She was previously the Western regional leader of worksite benefits and technology at Wells Fargo and employee benefits producer at Marsh McLennan Corporation. She has a BS in Marketing, from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Krystie is a certified voluntary benefit specialist, serves on the Advisor Board for the Voluntary Benefits Association, writes articles and speaks at various human resource benefit conferences.

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW ) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance.

1220- networking lunch



This session will explore Generation Y, fondly known as Millennials, from several perspectives.

We will look at this generation through employment lens;
... a consumer marketing standpoint; and finally,
... taking a look at business and entrepreneurial trends, as it relates to business start-ups,
and supply chain diversity management.

These 3 aspects of this fascinating group will give us a clue as to
how corporations are dealing with this generation that is proving to be like no other.


Karen A Clark, Senior Vice President,
Multicultural Strategy Manager,
City National Bank

• Lynette Rentie, SPHR, Vice President,
Senior Training Consultant, Human Resources Division
City National Bank

• Robin Billups, Regional Manager, Business Development
- Womens Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)


Karen A. Clark, is the Multicultural Strategy Manager at City National Bank, creating marketing strategies to attract diverse clients; and working with HR to ensure recruitment & development of diverse talent. Additionally, she serves as the marketing liaison to the legal banking services department.

Prior to, she was the national multicultural market manager for U.S. Bank; before that, she built a development dept. for Operation HOPE.

Karen began her career in Wells Fargo’s construction lending group; moved to Bank of America as a commercial real estate manager of a $7 billion portfolio; and later served as a corporate diversity specialist for BofA, trained and certified by J. Howard and Associates.

In that role, she traveled BofA’s footprint internationally, teaching managers how to attain greater bottom line productivity utilizing effective inclusionary practices; self-examination; and, behavioral change. She later authored a strategic plan, adopted by the CEO, to move deserving women and minorities up the corporate ladder.

Karen serves the following boards: Educating Young Minds (president); L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival (secretary); PCR small business development Center (treasurer); L.A. County Parks Foundation (development chair); Streetlights (PA training program) and, financial education director for the Duke Media Foundation. She holds a BA in economics (CSU Sacramento); was named one of the “Top 20 Black Female Power Players in L.A. Business” Focus Magazine 2012; and received a Diversity Leadership award from the CA & Nat’l Diversity Councils, 2015.

She is an actor, singer, songwriter, & producer. Her sophomore album, the Karen A. Clark Project, is available on iTunes, & CD Baby. She has been featured locally on the main stage of the Long Beach Jazz Fest; Pip’s; and the Central Ave Jazz Fest to name a few. Karen’s one woman theatrical show “The Women”, has been featured numerous times (2013 – present) at the Ivy Substation (home of The Actor’s Gang); The Electric Lodge; The Fremont Centre Theatre. CONTACT: fb, Twitter, Instagram – karenaclark

Robin M. Billups joined Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in 2013, to lead WBENC’s business development efforts in the West. WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of women’s business enterprises (WBEs) and woman owned small businesses (WOSBs) in the U.S. Robin creates business development strategies towards retention and engaging existing corporate members while attracting new corporate member prospects. Collaborating with the WBENC Team, corporate partners and critical stakeholders, Robin assist in achieving corporate supply chain diversity and inclusion goals. The role entails corporate need assessments, evaluating historical activities, illuminating industry best/next practices to develop strategies and implement programs towards a new and/or deeper relationship. The Corporate member(s), WBENC’s 14 regional partner organizations (RPOs) and others with a common mission, join forces to address – job creation and revenue enhancing sustainable inclusionary procurement practices while advocating for and empowering WBEs.

Formerly, Robin served as the V.P/Corporate Procurement/National Supplier Diversity Manager with U.S. Bank. Robin developed and implemented Supplier Diversity strategies to diversify the suppliers associated with the bank’s operations. Collaborating with internal and external partners, the objective fostered an inclusionary process reflective of the corporation’s business model and national footprint. Robin’s career commenced in commercial real estate/construction financing with Fortune 500 entities focused in – conventional, secondary market and community development bond/tax credit transactions. She has solid engagement expertise with C-suite, upper and middle management in assessing, creating, leading and implementing strategic/tactical plans, internally and externally, that are goal and mission driven.

Robin is known for her advocacy, coaching, collaboration and transparent straight talk; she is an active panelist/presenter in the areas of diversity/inclusion, corporate procurement processes, community development and motivational speaking.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Robin is a graduate of the University of Missouri/Columbia and USC alum. Married to Kenneth Billups Jr. with two adult sons – Kenneth III (Malaika Clements Billups and daughter, Ava Sarai) and Jared Preston, both Florida A & M University Alums. The family home is in Inglewood, CA.

Lynette Rentie, Vice President, Learning and Development at City National Bank has more than 25 years’ experience in Human Resources Management with a focus on strategic and organizational learning and development. Her HR experience has included management in various industries including entertainment, non-profit and financial services. She has played various roles in management and leadership from building HR departments to corporate downsizing and mergers and acquisitions. Her passion is helping organizations and individuals see the unique opportunity and wealth of diversity of culture and generational perspectives in today’s changing work landscape.

Lynette has done volunteer work for the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation providing support in fund raising, designing and delivering programs. She’s also sat on the Board of Directors for Community Health Charities. Along with certifications in various learning instruments and platforms, Lynette holds the Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.

230, BREAK

240 - 340,
Human Age 2.0
– Future Forces Reshaping Labor Markets

Tricia La Marca, Regional Vice President
Right Management

345 - 455,
Defining KPIs and getting to a measurable ROI

Mark Wilbur, CEO,
Employers Group

Bernadette Fargo CRP, GMS; Vice President, Business Development
The Relocation Mortgage Program®
Strategic Alliances & Centralized Division
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

additional thought-leaders and subject experts will be announced soon...

455, Moderator's comments and announcements

5- ADJOURN to networking and drinks reception... nearby at
... cheers!

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Phone: +1.619.787.3100
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