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7:15, Check-in desk opens; coffee & refreshments; sponsor tables open

8, Program starts

Moderator’s INTROSEach delegate is asked to briefly introduce themselves and to comment on the industry.

8:45 – 10,   keynote interview and discussion, followed by panel, audience interaction



Align with the business, not with Talent

Case study of Ops 

Looking at the future of mobility

 Keynoter   THOMAS FUEGNERTune-into the talkshow interview, click

An executive with years of global HR leadership experience in the engineering/construction industry having demonstrated ability to build, lead, mentor high-performing HR teams across numerous cultures, geographies.

Currently, Thomas Fuegner is providing consulting services to help augment in-house HR teams with International HR expertise as they confront the complexities associated with the global start-up and/or expansion of company business.

Thomas is very well-versed in all aspects of International HR Management – global mobility, international compensation and HR policy development; talent management and local national program design and implementation; the full range of HR services required in establishing company operations in new and often challenging environments.

Thomas has spear-headed design, development and leadership of a centrally managed, tri-regional global mobility organization with an expatriate population of over 2,300 professionals.

Thomas has mobilized and managed HR operations on major engineering and construction projects in Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan and Human Resources Director – Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

In summary, years of HR management experience on expatriate assignments; Middle East, North Africa, Asia.

Tom has been asked to participate in:

• The Conference Board’s Asia Pacific Human Resources Council
• The National Foreign Trade Council’s (NFTC) Expatriate Management Committees
• The National Foreign Trade Council’s International Compensation Committee
• CARTUS Mobility’s Global Advisory Board


Haley Recio Friary, SPHR, GPHR, Vice President, Global Human Resources – GlassPoint Solar

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Michael Witowski, VP – ECA International

Yuki Watanabe, Director – Global Mobility, Gap Inc.

Rajiv Thadani, Principal, KPMG LLP

Rebecca Counihan, Project Manager, Business Process Innovation

10 – 10:40, BREAK, refreshments; sponsor tables open

10:40 – 11:25,

Legal: Immigration

PERM for the high-tech industry

Joel Stewart

Joel Stewart just published “The PERM book 2017-2018 Edition”, with a special focus on PERM for the high-tech industry.  Mr. Stewart is the definitive authority on the subject of PERM processing of labor certifications, and has been writing the BALCA Case Summaries since 1987. Mr. Stewart is also General Counsel to the Brazilian Consulate in Miami and Honorary Consul of Brazil in Florida.

Current trends, compliance

…preparing for this year’s H-1B Cap season

William Taylor, Partner – Fakhoury Global Immigration



11:30 – 12,

INNOVATIVE EXPENSE MANAGEMENT: Talent Acquisition; Employee assignment; Business Travel

Martijn Bouwman

Vice-President Client Development

ORION Mobility

12 – 1:50, LUNCH



Rick Willard, VP, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Katherine Mayorga, Global Mobility, Dropbox

Mehda Rishi, GPHR; Global HR and Total Rewards – Square

Angela Robinett Gomez, aires

Willie Henry,  Diversity Program Management – Engagement; facebook

David Croft, Weichert Workforce Mobility

Brit Bemis, Churchill Corporate Services churchill corporate services

Chris Furlotte, BGRS


 1:50 – 2:15, BREAK

2:15 – 5:15,


Tech, new workforce and new workplaces require new strategies and tactics. 

Leaders + Audience discuss. 

Here’s a quick look …some ideas from a co-founder of Squadley… 

Hyper-speed competitive organizations are about to collide with the gig economy, fusing into an exciting and new agile hybrid. Tomorrow’s workforce will be an accelerating series of connections among priorities, people, teams and organizational networks. Firms that leverage and align these fluid talent networks to achieve results will prosper through enviable cost and agility advantages.

This is the near future of Workforce 2020. It’s here whether we’re ready or not. Old employment contracts are dead. The skills on your squad (team), comprised of contingent, part-time and full-time employees, drive profitability and growth. Even now, upwards of 30% of the US and European workforces respectively report that they engage in some form of independent work. Technology platforms are just beginning to create large-scale, efficient marketplaces that facilitate direct connections between companies who need skills, and workers able and available to provide that service. Project-based work, shifting organizational priorities in response to competitive pressures, and skilled labor shortages further reinforce ‘change’ as the only true constant. “

2:15- 3,

Jim Caltagirone | Partner | People Advisory Services

Ernst & Young LLP

Larence Searle | Senior Manager | People Advisory Services

Ernst & Young LLP

3- 3:30,

Marjan Monhedin, Senior Manager, NASA Research.

Thinking Exponentially – Dynamic Leadership in the Era of Disruption. Robotics, AI, machine learning and biotech promise to fundamentally alter business, society and us in the coming decades. This incredible reality on the horizon is empowering individuals and organizations to do what only governments and multi-national companies were able to achieve just a few years ago. Futurist Marjan Mohsenin will introduce a framework for capitalizing on exponential growth and the mindset that technology leaders must adopt to lead dynamically in this time of rapid change.

3:30 – 4,

Thomas Lambot, Lead Engineer and co-founder of rLoop ( …Decentralising high technology, starting with the Hyperloop
Thomas Lambot is the Co-founder & Lead Engineer; he is from Belgium

• 5 years experience as Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center

• Projects include the Millimeter-wave Thermal Launch System & Flight Opportunity Program and he produced the 1st-ever successfully-launched, beamed-energy thermal rocket

• Vice-Chair of the AIAA San Francisco Chapter

• Board Member of the Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society


In 2015, a handful of redditors decided to heed the call of Elon Musk as he announced his Hyperloop Competition. Today, rLoop consists of over 1,200 people from more than 50 countries who have rallied behind the rLoop concept and collaborated on the development of our Hyperloop technology.

This community is diverse, made up of the dreamers, innovators, and makers who believe that together we can create a better world for all through innovations in technology.

4 – 5:15


Stacey Porter, Head of Global Talent Development – Intuitive Surgical

Elena Mosko, Founder & CEO – Globiana

Jennifer Farris, Co-Founder & CEO, Squadley

Dawn Dunlop, Director –SunriseHR

Leah Evans, Sourcing Manager – ROBLOX 

Haley Recio Friary, SPHR, GPHR,

Vice President, Global Human Resources – GlassPoint Solar

5:15,  …adjourn to Fisherman’s Wharf for the conference dinner program

6:15, … Alioto’s on Fisherman’s Wharf..reception followed by the dinner program