Conference Agenda

Wednesday, August 24th:

1:30pm - Community Cares Golf Event - Brookview Golf Course - 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley, MN 55426. 

9 Holes, Participants can choose their own foursome or will be paired with other golfers.

Participants will be contacted at the end of July with additional details.

Greens fees will be paid by each participant at the course, so please plan to arrive with plenty of time to get settled.

First group tees off at 1:30pm - suggested donation to the the foundation: $200/foursome

5:00pm - 7:00pm - Welcome Reception - Edinburgh Golf Course - 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.  Event sponsored by Express Corporate Housing and Stewart Relocation Services.

Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.

Thursday, August 25th:

“Full Steam Ahead”

8:00 am to 8:45 am –Grand Ballroom and The Porch

Registration, networking, Community Cares donations, Membership Drive, visiting with our sponsors and continental breakfast

8:45 am to 9:00 am –Grand Ballroom

Presidents Welcome and Announcements

9:00 am to 10:00 am –Grand Ballroom

“All aboard!”

Greater MSP Partnership’s CEO Peter Frosch will share insights and plans of how Greater MSP Partnership works to attract and retain business and growth within the Twin Cities. Everything from housing market trends and plans on how we get the next big company to relocate to the area, Peter will engage the audience heavily in questions, answers, intelligence, acumen, ideas and plans for how the mobility industry in Minnesota can work together to keep all of the parts of relocation working hand in hand as we continually strive to thrive in the Twin Cities and beyond.

10:00 am to 10:15 am

Break

10:15 to 11:15 am –Grand Ballroom

“Times are a-changin”

Quanta Services’ Director of Human Resources, Ashley Miller, discusses generational differences in retaining talent and what the mobility industry can do to aid companies in their efforts. What we do with respect to talent development and retention is definitely not the same today as what was called for pre-pandemic. Learn more about “how” talent retention strategies have changed from Ashley in this session that literally sets the stage for how we move forward in a post -pandemic world.

11:15 am to 11:30 am

Break while lunch is set so check your emails, return calls and network

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch Buffet

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm –Grand Ballroom

“The train has left the station and it’s barreling forward”

Join our corporate panelists Mary Mossberg of Mayo Clinic, David Monical of Amazon, Jay Wiesner of Comcast and Charles Ameno of Intuit as they discuss the hot topics that have been hitting the global mobility industry in an avalanche of relocating activities. What’s different today than it was pre-Covid? How has the role of a corporate global mobility professional changed and expanded? What do these pros think the future holds for policy, practices, and opportunities for our industry. You won’t want to miss this jam-packed this thought-provoking, solutions-oriented session.

1:45 pm to 3:15 pm –Private Room

“The quiet car (where great minds collaborate!)”

Corporate Only Roundtable

1:45 pm to 3:15 pm –Grand Ballroom

“Step right up and enjoy the show”

Our supplier only session will concentrate on Presentation Skills, trained and coached by Mark Strong of Strong Training & Coaching. Presenting pre and post pandemic is in many ways the same and in more ways so different. Virtual, in-person and who knows what the next version will be? Mark will take us thru all the tricks and insights that allow us to create meaningful, powerful presentations --no matter the format or topic.

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Break

3:30pm to 4:45 pm – Grand Ballroom

“Full Steam Ahead—in good times AND in times that are uncertain”

Join our panel of Relocation Management Company Presidents as they look ahead for the Global Mobility industry. Moderator Susan Benevides of Plus Relocation is joined by panelists Randy Wilson of NEI Relocation, Mary Lou Cohen of Relocation Today, David Dance of Sterling-Lexicon Relocation and Steven John of HomeServices Relocation. Stay glued to your chair as we hear from those at the top tackling talent management shortages, employee and transferee burnout, rising costs, and dare we say a recession. Which valuable leadership skills have gotten them this far in their careers, and what has the last few unpredictable years taught them. This will be a session that is NOT to be missed!

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm –Grand Ballroom, The Porch and The Bar

“Steppin off the train”

Networking Reception

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



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