SEATTLE – Friday, FEB 2

  Location provided by

500 5th Ave N, Seattle 98109

Conference co-sponsored by



 Get ready for “design thinking”, consulting, and project management for complex people projects. 

Understanding workforce trends and business-unit operations, developing solutions to improve human capital performance, managing pipeline and sales, and developing resources and developing teams for projects.


US Tax Deduction for Continuing Professional Education:
A US income tax deduction is allowed for expenses of education including registration fees, travel, meals and lodging, undertaken to maintain or improve skills (Treasury Reg 1.1662-5; Coughlin v. Commissioner Internal Revenue, 203 F2d 307, 2d Circuit 1953)



check-in desk opens; coffee & refreshments

8:30 – 8:50,

Moderator’s Remarks and Delegate IntroductionsEd Cohen – Content Developer & Moderator

Publisher, GLOBAL BusinessNews

Broadcast Host, GLOBAL RadioTalkshow

8:50 – 10:15, 


*Tax Update… Impact on the business of talent mobility?

*Concur deal… What does it mean for managing business travel?


E Y   Ernst & Young LLP

 Get ready for “design thinking”, consulting, and project management for complex people projects.  Understanding workforce trends and business-unit operations, developing solutions to improve human capital performance, managing pipeline and sales, and developing resources and developing teams for projects.


Sandy Wight, Partner

People Advisory Services – EY

TRENDS toward 2020:

Business disruptions; increasing volume of global talent mobility…new policies and practices…

Innovation and Productivity …at what price?

Almost everything…workplace + workforce… will change. 


1 out of 4 workers has been with the same company less than 1 year; 1 out of 2 has been with the same company less than 5 years;

1 out of 6 couples married in US last year met online;

social media now factors in 1 in 7 divorces;

50% of what college students learn as freshman will be outdated by their 3rd year;

U.S. DOL; today’s learner will have 10 to 14 jobs by age 38;

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Seattle practice

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 600 people in its Seattle office who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the retail and consumer products, technology, life sciences, distribution, insurance and manufacturing industries. Ernst & Young LLP is a market leader in Washington, serving eight of the state’s 10 largest public companies based on revenue. The firm celebrates the successes of the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit

10:15 – 10:45,


10:45 – 11:15,  

Innovative, Integrative Expense Management

Business Travel, Talent Acquisition, Employee Assignments

Martijn Bouwman,

Vice-President,  ORION Mobility

11:15 – 12:15,  

Immigration …discussion

Sameer Khedekar, Managing Partner,

Pearl Law Group

Song Jayden Kim, GMS; Global Mobility & Immigration

ExpediaJill Jennings, Advisor – Mobility, Tax, Immigration


ABOUT THE LEADER:   Sameer co-manages the firm’s overall operations and oversees a wide variety of immigration matters for Fortune 500 companies, startups, and entrepreneurs.  He heads the firm’s Global immigration practice, helping companies deploy essential talent and achieve unified immigration program management worldwide.  Sameer also drives the firm’s technology initiatives to manage immigration case processing and compliance, including a ground-breaking international business traveler solution (  Pearl Law Group is the nation’s only firm to win major awards for Global Immigration, Innovation and Pro Bono Service. The firm provides a full range of immigration services, from work permits and permanent residence to immigration program oversight, employment eligibility and business traveler compliance.

12:15 – 1:30,

  Lunch +





Susan Wittenberg – Senior Manager, Mobility
HR Total Rewards,

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Ray Kirby, CRP, GMS

Manager of Relocation at Nordstrom

Josue Briseno

Corporate HR Leader, Global

Micro FocusMicro Focus is the 7th largest pure-play software company in the world.
The largest UK tech company listed on the FTSE, the second largest tech company in Europe, and one of the largest foreign tech company traded on the NYSE. Discover the New: we’re building a new company, with a stronger, bigger portfolio, and greater capacity to deliver customer-centered innovation.  Currently leading the people agenda for corporate functions in the Americas and designated global sites.

Kristina Cudworth,

Accommodations Plus & APlus Housing

Victor Alasti, Interconex

Anna Cordes, CEBS

Cigna Global Health Benefits

1:30 – 2, BREAK

2 – 2:40,

Social Recruiting Best Practices

 Olivier Taupin

  • CEO of Next Dimension Media
  • Fonder of Linked:HR (1 million members),
  • Linked:Energy (250,000 members),
  • The Leader Campus (125,000 members), and
  • Linked:Seattle (56,000 members)
  • Advisory board members at Joivy


2:45 – 3:45,   keynote workshop


Despite disruptions, building resilience in your team to better enable exponential productivity

  presented by

Tim Mulligan, JD

Chief Human Resources Officer

Vulcan Inc



Adjourn to an offsite RECEPTION





From the Publisher 


WHO ARE WE?   WHAT  ROLE DO WE PLAY?   First, we are journalists and publishers and we are very good at Marketing. However, by design we do not compete with WERC including the regional groups.  We only seek coordination and to be an  “educational and networking additive”.

Since 1979, beginning in Boston, we have been supporting the industry association and will continue to do it 100%.

GlobalBusinessNews is and will remain an independent media company involved with news & info, industry corporate relations and communications, and we have become good at providing uniquely styled and programmed continuing professional education, simultaneously augmenting ‘people connections’.

CORPORATE  NARRATIVE:   Business geostrategy accelerating new workforce development via Global HR and Globally Mobile Talent ALIGNING WITH THE BUSINESS; communicating ‘global mindset’ and aiding communications across functions and silos …to achieve R-O-I adding value to the business.

VALUES:  It’s in our DNA to bring together business people from across borders, time-zones, and cultures to meetup and  exchange ideas while learning new ways to re-skill & up-skill their personal and professional global business IQ™.

INDUSTRY and BUSINESS NEWS / INFO:   As journalists and publishers, we source and aggregate industry-related news & info for corporate leadership and practitioners of people/workforce strategy, global talent acquisition, development via cross-border assignments projects; and equally, for the global spectrum of professional service/product providers.

Some of the information presented today will be added to the published content going forward. You are invited to participate, be counted. Join the editorial contributors from across the world. Learn from each other.

AUDIENCE  READERSHIP?   Global Audience, Readership pageviews: 110,000 across 2017 … into 100+ countries and growing. GOOGLE Analytics has independently measured 1.2 million since January 2007.  95% “corporate  business readership”…functional heads and key managers   workforce strategy, Talent-cycle management (acquisition, development, planning), HR, Benefits, Business Travel, Mobility, Procurement, Learning/OrgDev.

GLOBAL  DISTRIBUTION, according to GOOGLE Analytics:  60% US & Canada;  20% Europe;  15% Asia-Pacific;  4% LatAm; 1% ME & Africa

It’s ALL about developing global business relationships