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Wednesday, August 23rd 
Community Cares Golf Event - Brookview Golf Course - 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley, MN 55426. 

11:30am: 18 Holes, Participants can choose their own foursome or will be paired with other golfers.  Register here!

Greens fees will be paid by each participant at the course, so please plan to arrive with plenty of time to get settled!  Suggested donation to the the foundation: $200/foursome

5:00pm - 7:00pm: Welcome Reception & Lawn Bowling - Brookview Golf Course - 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley, MN 55426. 

Thursday, August 24th
Annual Conference - Interlachen Country Club - 6200 Interlachen Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55436
8:00am - 5:00pm


Agenda Item


Corporate Round Table- Domestic


Registration Open to all


Grand Ballroom Presidents Welcome and Announcements


Keynote w/ Alexander's introducing (Keynote Sponsor)




Sponsor recognition – Weichert Workforce Mobility Sponsor Land O Lakes


Education Session 1: Flexible Mobility Programs: Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Policy


Sponsor recognition – Envoy Land O Lakes Sponsor - Q/A




Sponsor recognition – PNC Sponsor - Land O Lakes Q/A


Education Session 2: Sustainability Throughout the Mobility Ecosystem




Sponsor recognition – Corporate Roundtables Rocket Mortgage - Q/A


Supplier Education Session: Clifton Strengths Workshop w/ Jeri Schulze, PHR, SHRM-CP


Corporate Roundtable-International




Education Session 3: Creating Better Mobility RFPs: Perspective from Global Mobility Leaders and Corporate Procurement.


Wrap up + closing


End of day networking + Sponsor recognition – Welcome Reception Express Corporate Housing 

Education Session 1: 

Flexible Mobility Programs: Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Policy

Today’s diverse workforce demands more choice and personalization to meet the specific needs of relocating employees.  Learn how corporations are utilizing the advantages of a flexible mobility program to move beyond the one-size-fits-all policy.  We’ll discuss the positive impacts on recruitment, cost control and the employee experience, and help you build a business case to obtain senior leadership support.  

  • Understand the difference between a traditional tiered policy program and a flexible program
  • Learn the advantages of a flexible mobility program to support recruitment, talent management and cost control
  • Gain knowledge of flexible mobility programs administration and budgeting processes

Janet Markle, CRP, GMS (Moderator)

Senior Vice President, Midwest Region

Weichert Workforce Mobility

Tessa Boone

Talent Mobility Manager for Global Policy, Vendor Management & Tax

Ford Motor Company 

Betsy Ortolano 

Manager, Global Mobility

Polaris, Inc.

Education Session 2: 

Sustainability Throughout the Mobility Ecosystem

In this sustainability focused education session, we will review industry standards and best practices for ESG programs.  Discussions will emphasize the importance of these initiatives for corporations and shed light on who is driving sustainability and making decisions related to investment in mobility sustainability at the corporate level. 

Come join the discussion with our expert panelists and learn:

  • Where does sustainability rank in the importance of a mobility program?
  • What is the importance of industry standards surrounding sustainability?
  • How important is cost savings for sustainability?
  • What is the The Coalition for Greener Mobility and what are they working to establish? 

Bridget Ritchie, CRP, GMS (Moderator)

Chief Revenue Officer

Home Sweet Home

Becky Woods, SHRM-SCP, GPHR

Senior Director, Global Mobility


Benjamin D. Ivory, CRP, SGMS-T    

Senior Vice President

Graebel Companies

Education Session 3: 

Creating Better Mobility RFPs:  Perspective from Global Mobility Leaders and Corporate Procurement.

In this education session, corporate global mobility leaders and procurement experts take a deep dive into discussing confusion surrounding the Global Mobility RFP process and how internal stakeholders perceive their role.  We will hear their approach to writing and evaluating the RFP process and gain insight into RFP uncertainty through an industry survey.

Come join the discussion with our expert panelists and learn:

  •  What is addressable spend within an RFP? Is it market or policy driven?
  •  Who writes all those questions, mobility, or procurement?
  •  What is the cost of outsourcing? Learn about having transparent conversations regarding fees and revenue generating services.

Brandon Hummons, CPSM, CPSD

Information Technology Procurement

Tropicana Brands Group

Mary Mossberg, GMS-T, SHRM-CP, CMA

International HR - Global Mobility

Mayo Clinic

Michael Clark

Senior Manager, Relocations and Assignments

International Mobility & Immigration Lead

Boeing, Global

David Bradstreet, CRP

Director Business Development

Sterling Lexicon

Hosted Cocktail Reception - Interlachen Country Club - 6200 Interlachen Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55436
5:00pm - 7:00pm:

Celebrate the day with your conference peers over drinks and snacks while you overlook the beautiful Interlachen Country Club golf course.
Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.

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