Daniel Cunningham, Founder and Partner of Moving Technologies

Technology Entrepreneur Daniel Cunningham, Founder and Partner of Mover Technologies is Ed’s special guest.

Mover Technologies has just launched their revolutionary new software package “M-Tech” for the moving Industry.

Movers Technologies Inc. has been developing household inventory software for over 15 years. The M-Tech program was one of the first developed for this arena. The design and function of the program was based on 30 plus years of experience in the industry and takes into account a full understanding of the industry’s unique working environment. We have addressed many of the situational issues and concerns related to the household moving process.

Version 1 of the M-Tech systems was designed to work on a Pen Based Tablet computer to facilitate ease of use, while having benefits of having a computer. Many drivers were just beginning to use email and the internet. The tablet gave drivers a powerful tool for their profession, as well as a way to keep in better touch with their families.

What does Daniel have to say about himself?
My personality allows me to question things that most would simply let slide, it allows me to stand up for myself, my team, and my concepts. Ethics cannot be ignored or compromised, I’d rather lose it ALL than be a part of something that karma will catch up with.

Amazed every single day at the things that can be accomplished when you believe so much in what you’re doing, the direction you’re going, and the team you’ve chosen to share the journey!

I’m not your typical technology visionary – However, a track record of leadership, excellent results through strategic skills in driving revenue and profit growth. Expert in online focused business initiatives within domestic and international venues.

Tom Hanson, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for GLOBAL LT

Tom Hanson is the Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for GLOBAL LT. Tom has worked in Seville, Spain, studying Spanish prior to his employment with Global LT. He has a Bachelor degree from Central Michigan and has worked in the translaon, interpretation and language industry for over 20‐years. Tom is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and development of the Global LT sales force and he oversees a multi‐cultural sales team with representaves residing throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

From their website

Global LT is a world class service provider of LanguageCultural TrainingTranslation, and Expatriate Destination services, as well as our new Workforce Learning and Leadership programs for Human Resource executives and Mobility companies. Our streamlined process assures our clients of a job well done, for corporations of any size, big or small.

Does your corporation have the right skills to lead on a global level? Global LT has set a standard in the industry as aneducation and training company. Allow our international team to raise your employees’ communication performance to new heights. Global opportunities are abundant if you have the right skills. Does your team have what it takes?

Global LT experts give you one on one service recommendations that will guide you through the challenges of today so you can stand out in the global marketplace. Being global is where it’s at, and we will help you get there! Not sure what you need? Our trained sales team has a combined experience of over 100 years in the industry. They can guide you step by step on challenges, solutions and programs that will directly benefit your organization immediately! Contact us today to learn more about our international distance learningweb based and/or instructor based training.

 

Phyllis A. James: Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International

Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International. In this capacity she is responsible for management and supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel. Ms. James is Chief Diversity Officer with responsibility for oversight of MGM Resorts’ Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the Company’s philanthropy programs and Diversity and Community Affairs Department. She also serves as a board member of, and special advisor and counselor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel.

Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Ms. James served with Mayor Dennis W. Archer as Corporation (General) Counsel and Law Director of a department of approximately 100 lawyers for the City of Detroit. She also practiced with the San Francisco-based law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro before her position with the City of Detroit.

Throughout her career she has been active in bar and civic affairs including work with the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Bar Associations of San Francisco and Detroit. In 2010 she was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.

Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature from Harvard/Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

James Tarantin is an Author, Game Architect, and the Founder of TarantinDream

James Tarantin is an Author, Game Architect, and the Founder of TarantinDream. He is also a Philosopher who is the Creator of 4=T²D². “I believe that success is indivisible; the success of anyone anywhere is the success of all of us everywhere.”

James studied 5 Chief avenues: The Mind, Pragmatism & Enterprises, Morality, Metaphysics and Aesthetics. These avenues are specifically explored in The Equation book and expanded upon within his upcoming written works.

After a horrendous tragedy at the turn of the millennium, James decided that his personal mission was to track historic clues and discover The Equation that was lost through time… hidden in the margins, waiting to be discovered. An Equation that explains The Science of Accomplishment.  After several months of deep research and traveling to Rome,  The Equation came to James through a dream when he was only 16 years old.

Flash forward to age 25 and James decided to bring the dream to life as he wrote the entire Equation Book by hand. Leaving his beloved home, James immigrated to the United States alone with no family, money or formal education. As a poor immigrant who became a United States Citizen, James became one of the youngest spiritual thinkers in history to write a memoir by the age of 25, in a language that isn’t his mother tongue and with no training in writing.

The first book of The Equation series presents a new, innovative philosophical theory and explores a rich array of issues such as: Family Life, History, Mystical Science,  Philosophy, Human Evolution, Personal Success, Enterprises, Spirituality, Beauty, The Universe and exotic adventures from around the world.

Making this story even more magical, the legendary broadcaster Larry King took James under his wing, as he founded TarantinDream – touching a Star and fulfilling the soul of The American Dream. The company took the initiative to further catapult Tarantin’s tour-de-force and its strategy includes international business classes; works of art, animation, networks, a library of stories, and entertaining games … all with the mission to unite the lights of the world to create a cross-cultural understanding and to promote global connectivity. For we are none, but one.

“You go anywhere in the world, from The Big Apple to Paris and from Brazil to Berlin …

the borderline between success and failure is blurred.
In this new century, people want something fundamentally different.”

​“The Equation is the answer spoken by the hearts of young and old, rich and poor.”

Emmett Seaborn, Director and Member of Towers Watson’s Client Development Steering Group

Emmett Seaborn, located in Stamford, Connecticut, is a Director and member of Towers Watson’s Client Development Steering Group. His individual areas of expertise include human capital, total rewards, and benefit strategy process design and management.

As head of the company’s cross-business intellectual capital coordination team, Emmett leads efforts to help clients align their workforce, finance and risk management programs with business needs. The team operates with a mandate to develop solutions that improve clients’ business performance, with a focus on three enduring client issues: managing cost and risk, accelerating performance and enhancing HR service delivery.

Emmett received a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School at New York University.

Corporate HR and Finance Executives Seeing More Collaboration in Their Future

Survey shows a shared human capital and risk agenda, but differences in paths toward increased collaboration

NEW YORK, July 17, 2013 ¾ Human resource (HR) executives and their finance counterparts believe a stronger partnership is in their future, especially when it comes to helping their organizations boost performance and improve their return on investment in people. The two functions agree on many people- and performance-related issues, but diverge in terms of how broadly and rapidly increased collaboration will occur, according to a survey by global professional services company Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) and Forbes Insights.
The survey, Driving Performance through HR and Finance Collaboration, found that the functions already partner to a greater extent than many might expect, although they differ over the extent of both current and future collaboration. The top areas of joint activity today are setting annual budgets for reward programs (cited by 46% of finance and 62% of HR), determining changes to reward programs (43% finance and 42% HR) and setting reward strategy (39% finance and 41% HR). However, there is far less collaboration in areas likely to become more important in the future, including setting an overall workforce strategy (35% finance and 23% HR) and talent management (32% finance and 20% HR). And while both functions agree there will be more collaboration in the next three years, HR respondents were far more likely to think so (70%) than finance respondents (49%).

“As the economy improves, companies are putting more emphasis on ways to enhance financial performance,” said Emmett Seaborn, a senior consultant at Towers Watson. “While the HR and finance functions have traditionally worked independently, both groups recognize that it’s their employees who ultimately add value and help drive performance, and that for these workforce programs to succeed, they will need to collaborate more in the future.”

Return on investment (ROI) on reward programs is an area ripe for improvement since neither group believes current ROI is where it should be. According to the survey, just 56% of finance respondents and 61% of HR respondents agree their company’s current ROI on rewards is acceptable. Overall, only 12% of all survey respondents indicated they didn’t currently measure reward ROI, while just under two-thirds (64%) use financial metrics and just over half (53%) use workforce metrics. Fewer than half (47%) measure ROI in operational areas like productivity or innovation, despite the importance of these factors in strategic growth. And only slightly more than a quarter (27%) use customer metrics, a gap that companies will want to close, given the direct impact employee actions and behavior have on customer loyalty and buying patterns.

Both respondent groups identified the same top reward priorities for the next three years, all of which are aimed at improving their ROI on reward programs. These priorities are increasing the linkage of rewards to company performance, differentiating rewards across talent segments to better reflect people’s roles and contributions, and increasing the linkage of rewards to individual performance. HR and finance executives were also closely aligned on top people risks, with both groups focusing on insufficient leadership development (44% finance and 60% HR), inadequate retention of people and skills required for growth (40% finance and 49% HR), and inadequate investment in talent for critical roles (34% finance and 50% HR).

“HR/finance collaboration can and should go beyond rewards to encompass the full strategic workforce agenda,” saidSeaborn. “Ultimately, sustaining and improving performance must be a shared responsibility between the two functions since it depends so heavily on the relationship between what an organization can afford to invest in its people and the financial goals it has to deliver,” Seaborn concluded.
About the Survey
The Towers Watson/Forbes Insights survey was conducted in February 2013, and includes responses from 122 HR executives and 218 finance executives at U.S. and global organizations. Survey respondents ranged in size from 1,000 to more than 25,000 employees and represented a broad range of industries. The full report is available at towerswatson.com. 
About Towers Watson
Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. The company offers solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. Towers Watson has 14,000 associates around the world and is located on the web at towerswatson.com.

About Forbes Insights
Forbes Insights (www.forbes.com/forbesinsights) is the custom research practice of Forbes Media. Forbes Insights’ research covers a wide range of vital business issues, including talent management, corporate social responsibility, financial benchmarking, risk and regulation, and doing business in emerging markets.

Humor, Humanity and Creativity in the Workplace: Shoplet.com’s CEO and Founder Tony Ellison

Tony Ellison is the founder, CEO and chairman of Shoplet.com. Over the last 19 years he has built up Shoplet.com as the number one virtual eTailer in the Office Product category
affording over 3 million businesses the opportunity to engage in eProcurement and source over 400,000 products for the office cost effectively.

Prior to starting the company in 1994, Ellison worked with Goldman Sachs & Co. in the private client services division. Shoplet.com has become the number one pure play eTailer in the Office Product category one of the few dot.coms reaching profitability in 1997.

Ellison took an innovative approach to the customer’s shopping experience by developing a proprietary e-procurement software and platform, boosting selection and distribution, including largest selection of environmentally-friendly products. It is these types of unique approaches that have enabled Ellison to rise above the competition year after year, recently making Shoplet.com on a list of Top 100 Hottest Online Retailers in US ranked by Internet Retailer Magazine.

In addition, during his tenure Shoplet.com has attained 65 consecutive profitable quarters and triple digit growth year over year in both down and soft economies.

He received his BSc in Computer Science and Operations from Columbia University.

Daniel Burrus: Technology Trends and Business Strategy

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists, and is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients better understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. He is the author of six books, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller Flash Foresight: How To See the Invisible and Do the Impossible as well as the highly acclaimed Technotrends.

The New York Times has referred to Daniel Burrus as one of Americas top three business “gurus” in the highest demand as a speaker.

In 1983, Burrus became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. Since then, he has continued to establish a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world. He has helped hundreds of clients identify new opportunities and develop successful competitive strategies based on the creative application of leading-edge technologies, and has delivered over 2,500 keynote speeches to corporations, associations, and professional organizations worldwide. He is also a contributing blogger on the topics of innovation, change and the future for CNBC, Huffington Post, Wired Magazine and Examiner.com to name a few.

In his keynote presentations, Mr. Burrus is a master at tailoring his message to each individual audience as he addresses relevant trends and offers powerful, practical guidance for turning rapid technology-driven change into a competitive advantage. His captivating style blends timely and provocative insights and actionable knowledge with just the right amount of humor and motivation.
. He has founded and managed six businesses, three of which were national leaders in their first year. As a highly successful entrepreneur, he knows how to translate research findings into practical business advantages.

Burrus’ client list encompasses a wide range of industries, and includes many Fortune 500 companies such as GE, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, DuPont, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, American Express, Northwestern Mutual, ExxonMobil, and Sara Lee. He has been the featured subject of a PBS Special, has appeared on programs such as CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, and is quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street JournalUSA TodayFortune and IndustryWeek.

Visit Daniel’s website at http://www.Burrus.com.

Michael S. Cadden, Managing Director of Living Abroad

Michael Cadden began in the Global Mobility profession with Craighead Publications in 1995. Soon after joining he became the driving force behind converting 1000s of pages of country-specific information from paper to online. With that success he later became a principle and Managing Director of Living Abroad LLC in 2002 and is behind its highly successful transformation, culminating with the acquisition of the legacy Craighead business in 2008.

He has created a number of breakthrough presentations and delivered them dozens of times in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Winning topics have included “10 Year Trends in Global Mobility” (05), “The Dark Side of Short-term Assignments” (’06), “Relocating Generation Y” (’07), “Technology and Global Mobility” (’08) “Technology vs. Global Employee Privacy” (’09), “Social Media for Global Employees” (’10), “Emerging Technologies for Assignees” (11), “Compliance Technology and Border Wars” (’12) and “25 Years in 30 Minutes” (’12).

He was named “Communicator of the Year” by Global HR News in 2007. In 2011 he was recognized as a SGMS (Senior Global Mobility Specialist) from the Worldwide ERC along with receiving ERC’s 2011 Meritorious Service Award. Michael is also the creator of the industry’s cartoon icon, “X Pat” Moose and has been overseeing the Moose Passport Program since its inception in 2004.

Alan Weiss, Ph.D. of Summit Consulting Group

Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker and author and mean it. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc. has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times Corporation, and over 500 other leading organizations. He has served on the boards of directors of the Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony-Award-winning New England regional theater, Festival Ballet, and chaired the Newport International Film Festival.

His speaking typically includes 30 keynotes a year at major conferences, and he has been a visiting faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, Boston College, Tufts, St. John’s, the University of Illinois, the Institute of Management Studies, and the University of Georgia Graduate School of Business. He has held an appointment as adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Rhode Island where he taught courses on advanced management and consulting skills. He once held the record for selling out the highest priced workshop (on entrepreneurialism) in the then-21-year history of New York City’s Learning Annex. His Ph.D. is in psychology and he is a member of the American Psychological Society, the American Counseling Association, Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He has served on the Board of Governors of Harvard University’s Center for Mental Health and the Media.

He is an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame® and the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, representing the top 1% of professional speakers in the world. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, one of only two people in history holding both those designations.

His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 44 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting (from McGraw-Hill). His newest is The Consulting Bible (Wiley), and his next is Million Dollar Referrals((McGraw-Hill). His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese.