General Session: Workforce Issues on a Global Stage

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

You may be familiar with the adage “all politics is local.” Yet, increasingly, all politics is global! During this session, a panel of business leaders representing global brands will examine the international reach of people management issues impacting work, workers and the workplace and discuss HR challenges associated with SHRM’s key advocacy areas: workforce development, workplace flexibility and leave, workplace immigration, and workplace equity. 

You’ll hear:

  • How issues first discussed at international meetings, like human trafficking in supply chains, end up on the agendas of Congress and state legislatures.
  • The role SHRM is playing as part of the Global Apprenticeship Network.
  • What workplace issues are transcending national borders in 2019 and beyond.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 4:05pm to 5:00pm

Ayesha Blackwell-Hawkins, Esq.


Ayesha Blackwell-Hawkins, Esq., Sr. Director, Talent Mobility for Johnson & Johnson.   Ayesha is the Global Head for Talent Mobility at Johnson & Johnson where she is responsible for all aspects of talent mobility including operations, strategy and compliance.  She served as member of the Board of Directors for Council for Global Immigration for 10 years (2007-2017) helping to influence immigration laws globally and was named one of Deloitte’s Women to Watch in the Tech, Media and Telecom fields in 2017.  Prior to her current role, Ayesha spent nearly 9 years growing the immigration and global mobility functions for, with her most recent role as head of Mobile Talent & Immigration Strategy for the e-commerce giant.  She also served as Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb where she headed the Immigration Department.  She began her career in immigration as an Associate for Epstein, Becker and Green PC in New York. She holds a J.D. Degree from Rutgers School of Law, Camden, NJ, a B.A. from Rutgers College/Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.


Beth Pratt


Beth is a Human Resources executive with extensive, multifaceted HR leadership experience.  She has been with Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company, since 2005 in a variety of leadership roles within Human Resources.

In her current role, Beth’s commitment to the business is to build capabilities that enable employees to unleash their true potential.  She is partnering with the Executive Leadership Team to drive transformational cultural change through an integrated talent strategy across a complex organization with a workforce of over 35,000 spanning multiple geographies, who are committed to high performance in delivering on the company’s mission of providing the world’s 7 billion people access to high quality medicine.

Pratt has an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University.


Simon Marti, Ph.D.


Simon Marti is the Head of the Office of Science, Technology and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America. In this capacity, he and his team are focusing on strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of science, technology and education; they cover the respective policies, and showcase the Swiss higher education, research and innovation landscapes.

Until summer 2016, Mr. Marti worked with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in Switzerland, as a Project Manager in Education Management and Research. Previously, he conducted postdoctoral research at Columbia University in New York (Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation) and worked for the European Parliament and for the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, among others. He is a political scientist and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Basel and a Master’s degree from the University of Bern. Before entering academia, he has started out on a vocational and professional education and training pathway.

Ronnie Goldberg


Ronnie Goldberg advises USCIB’s president and CEO on strategic matters and represents American business at several high-level forums.

Goldberg served as USCIB’s top policy executive for over 25 years, most recently as executive vice president and chief policy officer, overseeing the organization’s wide-ranging activities on international trade, investment, economic and regulatory matters, and supervising a staff of policy professionals with expertise on a host of issues affecting American companies engaged in business abroad. In her earlier role, she also coordinated USCIB policies in relation to those of our international affiliates – the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee, (BIAC) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) – and various other groups.

She has also served as the U.S. employer representative on the International Labor Organization’s Governing Body, and chair of the BIAC Employment, Labor, and Social Affairs (ELSA) Committee. 

Ms. Goldberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Grand Ballroom
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