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Switzerland, Zurich
April 21st
 


2nd Swiss GLOBAL HR Business Partner Leadership Conference™
 
A workshop on maximizing human capital assets in tough times;
Creating and Implementing NEXT PRACTICE Action-Steps

 
to be held at...
WIDDER HOTEL, Rennweg 7, 8001 Zurich • +41 (0) 44 224 25 26 for hotel info
http://www.widderhotel.ch
 
 


MEMOS FROM THE CONFERENCE PRODUCER

Hello and welcome to the 2nd SWISS GLOBAL HR CONFERENCE. I am thankful to be able to produce and Host this special "live" event and very honored to have KPMG Switzerland as the exclusive "big4" thought-leader, presenter, and sponsor.

As people in business we know that today's "geo-political megatrends" and the resulting volatility are impacting global corporate strategy and the multi-generational workforce.

We need to better understand COMPLIANCES and Company Risk Management now involving Human Capital Assets, Tax, Legal, and Financial. This conference will address the issues and help solve some problems.

Conference delegates will re-define the role of Global HR and Total Rewards for global employees and we will review the concept of internal Branding linked with Employee Engagement, Innovation, and Leadership Development.

We will redefine and re-measure the value of strategic International Assignments, Assignee & Family coaching or mentoring and how it relates to Succession-Planning and an increased R-O-I to the Company.










THE PROGRAM & MEETING PLAN





from 7.30am
CHECK-IN

NETWORKING BREAKFAST in the sponsor area






8.30am

Conference Opening Session is an audience-interactive workshop


CURRENT ECONOMY HITS COMPANY STRATEGY; HOW IT IMPACTS HR AND THE BUSINESS PARTNERS


Session facilitated by

ED COHEN, Conference Producer & Host
Publisher & Editor,
Global HR News.com


Today's conference begins as a workshop with delegate self-descriptions of their current organizational challenge.

Delegates will rank the "sense of urgency to fix things now" ...and look-out over the next 90-100 days.

Our purpose for doing this is to generate a collegial, learning environment for the day... and tap the "collective IQ" of the group toward problem-solving.









9.30am
Conference Keynote

NEXT PRACTICES
MANAGING A GLOBALLY MOBILE WORKFORCE


Presented by
Mr. Peter Burnham, Partner,
International Executive Services
KPMG Switzerland








10am
Conference Theme

COMPENSATION ISSUES AND THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENT PROGRAMS... HOW TO RESPOND TO VOLATILE SHARE PRICES AND MOUNTING PUBLIC PRESSURE ON EXECUTIVE PAY

Presented by
Mr. Marc Burrows, Partner
KPMG Switzerland








10.30am to 11am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK in the sponsor area







11am to 11.45am
Management Keynote

GLOBAL WOMEN, AND NEXT PRACTICES HR MANAGEMENT

Presented by

MARY JANE PETERS, Executive Director,
Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations (AHRMIO).


Drawing upon research from a wide range of sources and her over 30-year experience with organizations of the United Nations family of organizations, the world’s most diverse and global employers, Mary Jane Peters will make the case for how the management of human resources must change if they are to recruit and retain talented women.

The world of work is changing dramatically because of huge demographic and technological shifts. There is already a war for talent, especially for knowledge workers who are both linguistically flexible and willing to be geographically mobile. And this is not just a ‘northern’ phenomenon. Expectations of knowledge workers have dramatically changed, presenting even greater challenges for employers; employers are going to have a serious, uphill battle to engage their hearts and minds.

Women in many parts of the world now make up an ever-increasing proportion of university graduates. Yet, global employers are still falling short in attracting and developing women. The excuses often given for the paucity of women and their lack of development and advancement to managerial positions are their lack of interest, family constraints, client’s prejudice, their lack of personal networks; an ever-increasing body of research refutes these excuses.

While work-family issues do constitute serious barriers other more serious barriers are related to selection processes and organizational cultures. If global companies are going to compete in the war for talented knowledge workers their HR strategies must ensure that they specifically target women. An even greater business case for seeking to recruit and retain talent is that teams with gender parity are more efficient and innovative.




AHRMIO is a professional association established in 2000 to promote BEST PRACTICE HR MANAGEMENT in international not-for-profit organizations. Some 55 international organizations are members, including those of United Nations group, the international financial institutions and a number of CGIAR organizations and NGOs. AHRMIO also collaborates with some of the world’s leading universities and management schools.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Before assuming this role, Mary Jane had a distinguished career in the United Nations System serving in various roles. From 2004 to 2006 she served as Secretary of the High Level Committee on Management / Director of the Chief Executives Board Secretariat in Geneva. The Chief Executives Board was created in 1948 to ensure cooperation and coordination of the whole range of the substantive and management issues which face the United Nations system. It is chaired by the United Nations Secretary-General and composed of the Executive Heads of all 29 UN system organizations. The HLCM is the principal inter-agency body for coordination in all areas of management. Before taking on the whole management area for the CEB, Mary Jane was the CEB’s Inter-Agency Advisor on Human Resources. Prior to that, she served with the International Labour Organization (ILO). Mary Jane is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Bath University School of Management and is a Board member of a number of other not for profit endeavors.








11.50am to 12.35pm

MAXIMISING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNEES

There has never been a worse time to get this wrong - sending a valued employee with their family to a different location around the globe is a challenging experience not to be undertaken lightly. With pressure on margins, the need to ensure you get this right first time is greater than ever.


This session will explore those potential dangers and the highlight opportunities to benefit your company, your assignees and your customers. You will learn how this “triple whammy” is achievable by taking a proven fast track approach to settling in.

IMPACT Group is a worldwide leader in providing quality Employee, Spouse and Family Transition Assistance services for corporate transferees and families. IMPACT Group is headquartered in St. Louis. Missouri, USA, and has regional hubs in Asia Pacific and EMEA. The company provides support to individuals and families in transition by developing customised programmes to help them cope with the complexities of relocating globally. We address personal and career related issues before, during and after the move by offering proactive and personal support. Our primary goal is to enable an employee and their family to settle in a new location as quickly as possible. This translates to a more focused and productive employee and reduced relocation failures.


Presented by

Mr. Bill Thompson,
IMPACT Group HR








12.35pm

NETWORKING LUNCHEON







1.30pm to 2.15pm

Global Talent Management

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS and CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:
KEY TO INCREASING THE COMPANY'S ROI


Presented by

Mr. Konstantin von Vietinghoff-Scheel
Managing Director
Corporate Counselling Services



The current financial crisis and the resulting economic downturn all together are impacting the wellness of employees. Companies now need to consider their options and opportunities to counteract this growing phenomenon.

The relentless drive for improved performance has led businesses to explore how to add value to one of the cornerstones of their success, the human capital, the people driving the business.

Recent findings have shown that the drive for business development and the current economic pressures come at a cost on the people side. More and more people experience conditions of ill-health related to growing pressures and uncertainties in their companies drive for success.



Corporate Counselling Services (CCS) Sarl, (www.ccsint.com) is a Luxembourg-based consultancy group and a member of Duke Corporate Education's Global Learning Resource Network. Konstantin Von Vietinghoff-Scheel is Managing Director and he is a clinical psychologist and manager of workplace health promotion activities, as well as an expert in leadership training.

Konstantin has been an associate with the Centre for Creative Leadership(CCL) (European Office) since 1991 and has 15 years of experience in the field of management development and training, primarily in his role of Managing Director of CCS.

He is a member of the Belgian Association of Occupational Psychology (BPA); the European Association of Behaviour Therapy (EABT); American Association of Workplace Health Promotion Professionals (EAPA); Partner European Network of Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) and was an Associate at the Centre for Creative Leadership (European office) responsible for special assignment trainings, coaching network and quality review.

Konstantin has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (cum laude), Brussels University; Certificate in Human Resource Management (EHSAL) and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). He speaks fluent German, English, French and Dutch. His major client accounts include Exxon Chemical Europe, Cigna Insurance Company, Amoco Chemicals Europe, Lyondell (former ARCO), Levi Strauss & Co., Mobistar S.A. and J.P. Morgan.

Other training projects include leadership development programs (in collaboration with CCL) for General Motors Europe; Pepsi-Co (Frito-Lay) Europe; Unilever HBP; Trane Corporation Europe; Norsk Hydro Aluminium Belgium, Senior management team; Michelin European Headquarters; Mazda Belgium Senior management team; and Alcatel Belgium. Konstantin has also had coaching assignments with senior executives of Solvay and Freshfields law firm, European offices.

Corporate Counselling Services provides a variety of services in the emerging field of health management in the workplace, addressing the needs of employers and employees to develop the HR potential of people. CCS offers comprehensive Employee Assistance Programs, critical incident management, debriefing, training in managing stress and change, issüs of harassment and other issüs at work. Through its own methods CCS provides climate surveys, Health Risk Appraisal and helps to achieve better Work/Life balance. In the area of executive coaching CCS offers leadership development and ‘one on one’ coaching opportunities in several languages.








2.15pm to 2.25pm

FAST BREAK








2.30pm to 3.15pm

Legal Update

TAKING CARE OF EXPATRIATE EMPLOYEES –
MANAGING THE LEGAL RISKS

Working overseas – with or without the family – can be stressful for some, even in the best of times. During a downturn, stress levels will often increase, and then may add to all the usual risks to an expatriate's mental and physical health and safety.

Do you know what criminal and civil legal liabilities for illness and injury your organisation – and its staff – may face around the globe?


Mr. Gary Freer, Partner in the London office of McGrigors LLP, will outline some unexpected legal pitfalls and discuss how best to avoid them.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Gary Freer is a lawyer specialising in labor and employment law at McGrigors LLP in London. Gary has been a regular speaker at Global HR News Conferences on international legal issues relating to expatriates and global mobility generally, and advises many global companies on the various problems which can arise.

Gary has a degree in law from Cambridge University and is the Secretary of the Employment Committee of the City of London Law Society.








3.15pm to 4pm

Case Study: Large Scale Global Workforce Mobility


ACCENTURE: CREATING "FULL CYCLE" SUPPORT FOR +20,000 INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNEES AND THE ACCOMPANYING FAMILIES IN NEARLY 50 COUNTRIES


Presented by

Ms. Susan Musich, Global HR & Mobility Consultant to ACCENTURE (US)


With a strong focus on recruitment and retention of cross-border assignees, Accenture has recently revised its global mobility policies and support for cross-border assignees and their families to address the myriad issues afflicting more than 20,000 assignees in nearly 50 countries.

Managing the compliance and financial risk while ensuring the assignee's needs are addressed has resulted in various stakeholders working harmoniously to ensure a best-in-class global mobility program.

These two divisions have revamped policy and programming to address critical issues--from managing the immigration, tax, legal and labor law issues for staff leaving on assignment in-less-than-a-week to supporting the assignees with regard to destination services, family matters, spouse career, education issues, cultural savvy, and repatriation.

Accenture has maximized technology to create a one-stop web site for access to this support and information as well as to create a network of support among the assignees and families themselves to encourage knowledge sharing and cross-border support.



Susan Musich, for 18 years, has worked with international organizations on strategic approaches to global mobility programs and policy, with an emphasis on developing countries and emerging markets.

Susan developed The World Bank’s first online Country Briefing Center and co-developed their first Global Mobility program to support staff and families moving to 120+ destinations.

Susan specializes in dual career strategies and is a frequent speaker at international conferences speaking about global career transitions for all skill levels—ranging from Gen Y to executives. She advises other global organizations on these issues, including the United Nations, the U.S. State Dept, the Peace Corps, and other international organizations.

Susan has also written 13 books, including co-authoring Your Career Planner—a college text book used by 30+ universities. Her most recent book is AFRICA JOB SEARCH (2007). She is also now the managing director of PassportCareer.com which is designed for organizations to support spouses’ and partners’ career transitions. Susan received the Global HR News "Communicator Award" (2007).











4pm

Global HR News
TALK SHOW Idea Exchange...
Audience-interactive with Discussion Leaders...followed by a Networking Wine Reception


Your Host: Ed Cohen, Publisher & Editor, Global HR News.com


COMMENTATORS will represent a variety of companies and include...


Ms. Angela Rooney, International Sales Manager, Switzerland Austria;
VanBreda International


Angela Rooney is an expatriate herself and has more than 10 years of experience and extensive knowledge of the international health insurance market. Angela is based in Switzerland. Prior to joining Vanbreda International, Angela was employed as International Sales Manager at Cigna with a focus on the German market. Before Cigna, she held various sales management positions at Allianz Worldwide Care, covering Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Dubai and Qatar. Vanbreda International has over 50 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing cross-border employee benefits programmes for international organisations, multinational corporations and their international workforce. With 350 employees, the company has offices in Belgium, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Malaysia, China and Dubai. Vanbreda International serves over 310,000 plan members on a 24/7/365 basis across 192 countries. In 2007 the company processed 3.4 million medical bills, totalling 375 million EUR in reimbursements. Plan members have access to Vanbreda International’s worldwide network of 10,000 health care providers, benefiting from advantageous payment and tariff agreements. The company’s claims processing offices, located in Belgium and Malaysia, operate on a global scale and serve plan members in more than 100 different languages across all time zones. With expert knowledge of local social security systems, cost levels and billing practices, their ISO-certified services are focused on accessibility, speed and quality of customer services.




Ms. LISA R. MITCHELL, Vice President & Manager, International Personal Banking;
WELLS FARGO BANK


Lisa Mitchell holds an MBA from Thunderbird Global School of Management and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York. She is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the business, including managing the operations globally, directing staff in Asia, Europe, US, and, overseeing banking relationships of customers in 70 countries.



Mr. Chris Richardson, Director, Global Business Development EMEA
The PASHA Group AG


Chris Richardson is Director, Business Development EMEA and is based in the EMEA Customer Service Centre of the PASHA Group near Zürich. He is responsible for strategic sales and business development throughout Europe. Chris began his career sixteen years ago as a Mobility Consultant for a large relocation company in London. Since then he has held both operational and sales positions in the mobility arena in Paris, France and Toronto, Canada, as well as in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the US.







5.30pm

ADJOURNMENT


 
 
CONTACT
For more information, contact Ed Cohen:
Email: editorglobalbusinessnews@gmail.com
Phone: +1.619.787.3100
   
   
Conference Sponsors:
 
kpmg
Vanbreda
fidi
Network Relocation, RSG
Corporate Counselling Services International
FRAGOMEN
impact
Living Abroad
Magellan
cort global
McGrigors
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