Conference Agenda

Wednesday, September 15th:

11:00am - Community Cares Golf Event - Brookview Golf Course - 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley, MN 55426. 

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

Participants will be contacted at the end of August 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 10:45am - suggested donation to the the foundation: $200/foursome

5:00pm - 7:00pm - Welcome Reception and Lawn Bowling - Brookview Golf Course - 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley, MN 55426.  Event sponsored by Preferred Corporate Housing and Fidelity Residential Solutions

Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.

Lawn bowling with be available for those interested, and networking.

Thursday, September 16th:

7:00am - 8:30am - Registration, networking, and continental breakfast. Lanyards sponsored by Stewart Title Relocation Services

8:30am - 8:45am - Presidents Welcome and Announcements

8:45am - 10:15am - Opening Session - What's Now What's Next: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Speaker - Monica Guilroy, Founder & CEO of Back Pocket Wisdom

Over the past decade many companies expanded their efforts to create DEI Strategies, enabled cultures that supported their strategies and helped employees understand their own biases and experiences.  While helpful, these efforts have not yielded more diversity at executive and board levels nor have they resulted in equitable workplaces for all; particularly people of color.  Learn next steps for creating and executing meaningful strategies for equitable organizational transformation that is not impeded by historic failures.

10:30am - 11:15am - Session 1

  • What will it take to hire key talent in 2022? Speaker - Jennifer Connell, Weichert Workforce Mobility

As we emerge from some of the most uncertain times especially surrounding global mobility, many companies are beginning to pivot to look for creative ways to meet future talent demands. 

We know the future of work will have some level of hybrid or remote worker approach.  Amid uncertainty about their talent pool, many organizations made major transitions and how will those changes impact the talent in the future.  

Some corporations see record number of resignations due to their inability to accommodate employee’s requests for permanent Remote Work arrangements. Still others are looking to ramp up their global hiring strategy when borders open. 

Participates will learn about how major corporations in the Twin Cities and around the globe are launching new initiatives to maintain and hire their future talent.  Come learn the importance of global mobility in this race for talent.
  • Immigration Update.  Speaker - Cynthia Shearn, Ryan Freel, and Azad Raj, Fragomen
The concept of “remote work” has been at the forefront of immigration and tax discussions since organizations have begun rolling out their remote work policies.  Our panel will discuss the immigration and tax considerations for companies and providers as they navigate this modern work arrangement with their employees. 

    11:15am - 12:00pm - Session 2

    • Duty of Care 2.0 - Why it matters that we all care. Speaker - Craig Partin, Synergy -  Joan Mack, Synergy

    Arguably, ''Duty of Care'' is more a relevant and pressing theme than ever before. The COVID pandemic forced accelerated global health and safety adaptations across the entire guest experience. As reactionary measures give way to more enduring philosophies/approaches, what are the key takeaways and lessons learned, and how can they be applied to increased Duty of Care standards? Moreover, how can suppliers leverage Duty of Care principles to make personal connections with guests subliminally addressing travel confidence issues?

    Leveraging the knowledge, experience, and perspectives of a global supplier, RMC, and corporate client, the panel will discuss how to evolve Duty of Care practices in real-time to ensure the proper care of guests, staff, and industry partners is achieved—all the while instilling confidence along the way. Attendees will walk away with an enlightened, personalize account of how Duty of Care principles will shape the industry's future, their brand, and their path to success in our new normal.

    • Boomerang Bubble - The risks of today's sellers market on tomorrow's moves. Speaker - Jill Rush, Relocation Today, Shannon Brown, Fazendin Realtors, Rachel Barnett, UHG
    It’s a hot sellers’ market and while this is great news on the departure home selling process it is bringing challenges to finding a home in the new location.
    Our transferee’s are making multiple offers in order to secure a property - sometimes going over list price and waiving inspections, even bringing extra cash to cover shortfalls in appraisals!
    What do these purchases mean for employees and their employers when the next move comes along?
    What can corporations and their RMC partners do to mitigate the risks in this seller’s market?

          12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Buffet

          1:00pm - 2:00pm - Supplier Only Session

          • The Science of Stress Reduction. Speaker - Terry Wu

          Scientific research has shown that we need a sense of control, predictability and progress to feel safe. Can we find control, predictability and progress when there is little certainty? How do we avoid making other people’s lives more miserable when we are under stress?

          • How does stress impair your leadership?
          • What can leaders do to make followers feel safe?

          Stress causes uncertainty, fear, and often inaction. It can come either from internal conflicts within an organization or external challenges. Within a company, stress is felt more by lower-level and middle-level leaders than by those at the top of the hierarchy.

          The better a leader can create a sense of predicable outcomes and a sense of control, the less the stress will be. That leads to higher productivity and less burnout. Now, your leadership team can apply Neuroscience insights to enhance your staff’s well-being.

            2:00pm - 2:45pm Supplier Only Session

            • Emotional Intelligence.  Speaker - Mark Strong

            1:00pm - 2:45pm - Corporate Only Roundtable

            2:45pm - 3:00pm - Break

            3:00pm - 4:00pm - Supply Chain Apocalypse - What's next for each business line post Covid?  

            • Panel Discussion.  Speakers - Eileen MacDonald, Thermo Fisher - Jen Wrobleski, Plus Relocation - Oliver Dubester, Odyssey - Jill Rush, Relocation Today
              4:15pm - 4:30pm - Ending Comments
              4:30pm - 5:30pm - Networking Reception brought to you by our sponsors Alexander's Mobility Services

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