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    FEM Global Mobility Conference


    SAVE THE DATE - 28 February 2017


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  • Berna Anderson

    Berna Anderson

    Director of Global Mobility


  • Diego Archer

    Diego Archer

    Client Services Director

    Fragomen Worldwide

  • Asma Bashir

    Asma Bashir

    Managing Partner

    Newland Chase

  • Laurie Bowman

    Laurie Bowman

    Expatriate Advisor – International Rotators Global Mobility and Expatriate Services – Human Resources


  • Jeff Bryson

    Jeff Bryson

    International HR Function Leader – Expatriate Programs & Strategy (GPO)


  • Michael Butler

    Michael Butler

    Sales Services Architect


  • Roberto Caballero

    Roberto Caballero


    Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

  • Terry Clippinger

    Terry Clippinger

    International Payroll Manager


  • Kelly Cobb

    Kelly Cobb


    Fragomen Worldwide

  • Suzanne Cowan

    Suzanne Cowan

    Payroll Manager

    Genesis Energy

  • Paul Crouch

    Paul Crouch

    HR International Mobility, Client Services Manager


  • Mercedes D'Angelo

    Mercedes D'Angelo

    Director, Global Business Solutions

    Cultural Awareness

  • Steven Diehl

    Steven Diehl

    Senior Vice President of Global Business Development

    Newland Chase

  • Heather Falk

    Heather Falk

    Global Mobility Specialist, Americas GM Centre of Expertise

    Lloyd’s Register

  • Lynne Florence

    Lynne Florence

    HR Manager – Global Mobility & HR Projects

    National Oilwell Varco

  • Dean Foster

    Dean Foster

    President & Founder

    DFA Intercultural Global Solutions LLC

  • Heather Graham

    Heather Graham

    North America Transactions & Payroll Manager


  • Israel Lozano

    Israel Lozano

    Director, International Compensations & Benefits

    Kimberly Clark

  • Ian MacDonald

    Ian MacDonald


    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Jenny Midyat

    Jenny Midyat

    Director Total Rewards and Global Mobility

    Parker Drilling Company

  • Elizabeth Minter

    Elizabeth Minter

    Global Mobility/Relocation


  • Dave Motherwell

    Dave Motherwell

    Managing Director


  • Helene N. Dang

    Helene N. Dang


    Foster LLP

  • Ernie Nagratha

    Ernie Nagratha

    Trowbridge Professional Corporation

    Global Tax Network (GTN) member firm

  • Kim Pilcher

    Kim Pilcher

    Assistant Chief Attorney


  • Gabriella Rowe

    Gabriella Rowe

    Head of School

    The Village School

  • Tim Stockwell

    Tim Stockwell

    Vice President

    GS3, LLC

  • Heather Thomas

    Heather Thomas

    HR Business Partner


  • Mark Tirpak

    Mark Tirpak

    Managing Director

    Global Tax Network (GTN) South

  • Eva Van Laerhoven

    Eva Van Laerhoven

    Sterling Client Services Director


  • Patti Warner

    Patti Warner

    Global Mobility Manager


  • Ben Willis

    Ben Willis

    Director of Client SErvices

    Fragomen Worldwide


Here are some examples of the great sessions we will be hosting at FEM Houston

08:15 - 08:45


08:45 - 08:50

Welcome and introduction by the chair - Courtney Ellis-Jones, Content Manager, FEM

08:50 - 09:30

Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Adapting your Global Mobility Strategy During Economic Downturn

  • What does your business want from Global Mobility during an economic downturn?
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce costs in the long-term as well short-term
  • Educating your business on the true cost – and value – of international assignments
  • Restructuring your Global Mobility function to drive greater efficiency   
  • Why now is time to re-establish best practice
  • How can optimizing immigration practices support Global Mobility strategy?
Chaired by Tony Pattio, Group Manager, Mobility – Americas, WorleyParsons Group 
09:30 - 10:10

Enabling globalization through Localization: An analysis of the findings from FEM’s 2016 Policy in Practice Report

  • What are the challenges for localization?
  • How do you transition people onto local contracts?
  • When should you talk to your employees about localization?
  • Where is localization on the rise?
  • Can you achieve cost optimization through localization?
Moderated by Courtney Ellis-Jones, Content Manager, FEM 
10:10 - 10:45

Networking & Exhibition Break

10:45 - 11:15

Breakout Sessions

  • Imperial Ballroom East

  • Cottonwood

  • Oil & Gas Stream
    Chair: Cassi Bauer, CB&I

  • Industries Stream
    Chair: Marie Butler, WoodGroup

10:45 - 11:15

Compliance risk and cost optimisation with business travellers

  • What constitutes business travel and who has ownership within the business?
  • What are the immigration risks and how do you manage compliance globally?
  • How can oil and gas companies better utilize business travel in complex jurisdictions?
  • Tips on how to optimize cost of assignments through successful utilization of business travel arrangements.


10:45 - 11:15

Advancing the D&I Agenda within Global Mobility

  • Why is it important for Global Mobility strategies to reflect Diversity & Inclusion aims?
  • Measuring the diversity of your assignee population and if it reflects the diversity of your wider organization
  • Is there additional support can you provide to diverse candidates to ensure assignee success?
11:20 - 11:50

Breakout Sessions

11:20 - 11:50

Creating Global Cost Savings through Efficient Integration of Mobility and Payroll

  • Strategies for Effective Cost Efficiencies
  • What are the ‘nice to haves’ and the ‘must haves’ for integration?
  • How to work effectively with your internal teams to cut costs
  • Supporting your assignees through efficient integration 
  • How can payroll delivery support cost optimisation
11:20 - 11:50

Managing Business Traveler Tax Risks

  • What are the risks associated with business travelers?
  • How are leading organizations managing their business traveler populations?
  • Canadian business traveler compliance requirements
  • US domestic business traveler compliance requirements


11:55 - 12:25

Breakout Sessions

11:55 - 12:25

Developing Flexible Family Solutions

  • What is the definition of a ‘family unit’ in 2016 and how does this vary between locations?
  • How you can effectively support an expat population with a range of different types of family unit
  • Exploring the trend in split-families and how to build an effective split-family policy
11:55 - 12:25

Crossing Cultural Borders in a Borderless World

  • Exploring the impact of cultural differences in a borderless world
  • Understanding the importance of intercultural skills and its benefits in a borderless world
  • Discovering how organizations and individuals can adapt to these new cultural imperatives
12:25 - 13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15 - 13:55

Overcoming Obstacles to Immigration in the US

  • Exploring the biggest immigration challenges facing companies relocating assignees to the US
  • Thinking outside the box: what are the alternatives to the H1B visa?
  • Strategies to increase the efficiency of visa applications for your employees
  • What support should you offer assignees’ families in applying for visas?
  • What immigration changes have happened over the last year worldwide and how will it affect mobility?

Moderated by:
Courtney Ellis-Jones, Content Manager, FEM


13:55 - 14:25

Breakout Sessions

  • Imperial Ballroom East

  • Cottonwood

13:55 - 14:25

Managing the hidden HR costs of overseas Expansion

  • How do you prepare a budget which accurately reflects the cost of international expansion?
  • What costs should you consider when expanding global mobility into a new jurisdiction?
  • Do these costs affect employement frameworks?
  • What is the difference between mandatory, customary, termination, ongoing and indirect costs?
13:55 - 14:25

From home to home: helping assignees build community

  • How can assignment failure be avoided through enabling assignees to develop their own community networks?
  • What role do international schools have in improving family happiness in a host location?
  • What conversations should mobility programs have with assignees about educational support?
  • How can international schools help mobility programs support not just the assignee, but their family?
14:25 - 14:55

Breakout Sessions

14:25 - 14:55

Effectively Managing your Rotator Population

  • How to ensure your policies and allowances remain competitive while reducing costs 
  • What strategies can you employ to aid the retention of your rotators?
  • Ensuring tax and immigration compliance for your rotator assignees
  • Exploring best practice for tracking your rotators
14:25 - 14:55

Managing Expats in Challenging Locations

  • Identifying suitable candidates for assignment in challenging locations
  • Potential impact of increasing visa waiver restrictions on expat travel
  • Additional support for to expats and their families
  • Taking a proactive approach to emergency and evacuation planning
  • Tax challenges and solutions inside difficult jurisdictions
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
14:55 - 15:30

Networking & Exhibition Break

15:30 - 16:10

From Operational to Strategic –Transforming the Global Mobility Function

  • Challenging perceptions of Global Mobility as an administrative function
  • How Global Mobility can add value as a center of expertise
  • Engaging with the wider HR function and business to influence outcomes
  • Delivering results for your business as a strategic partner 
16:10 - 16:50

Managing a multi-generational expat population

  • Exploring the latest trends in expat demographics
  • What are different generations’ expectations of international assignments?
  • How to balance the needs of four different generations of expats  
  • Developing effective communication strategies for all assignees 
  • What impact will the influx of Millennials into the workforce have on Global Mobility?
Chaired by:
Berna Anderson, Director of Global Mobility, Weatherford
16:50 - 17:00

Closing remarks

17:00 - 18:00



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