SHRM Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium

Keynote Speakers

  • David Frum

    David
    Frum

    David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. 

    Frum has served as chairman of the British think tank, Policy Exchange, as a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and as a senior policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani for president campaign. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He is a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC.

    Frum's first book, Dead Right, was described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as “the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement” and by the late William F. Buckley as “the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation.” His memoir of the Bush administration, The Right Man, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. 

    Moderator: 

    Emily M. Dickens, J.D.

    Emily M.
    Dickens

    Emily M. Dickens, J.D., serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff. She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, serving as corporate secretary for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, as well as managing external partnerships and providing oversight for the Government Affairs division.

    Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles. 

    Emily is actively engaged in board service. She formerly served on the Fayetteville/Cumberland (NC) Chamber of Commerce (Secretary of the Board), the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board, the North Carolina Partnership for Defense Innovation Board, and the Educational Advancement Foundation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

    She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. 

    Emily is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
  • Nick Schacht, SHRM-SCP

    Nick
    Schacht

    Nick Schacht is a highly experienced executive with more than three decades of experience in professional services, education, and corporate learning and development. He has a history of driving product innovation, growth and profitability, and he has led organizations operating worldwide.  

    Schacht is Chief Global Development Officer for SHRM, the world's largest HR professional society. Before joining SHRM, he was the founder and CEO of KnowCyber, a learning and development company focused on improving the cybersecurity-related skills of people in all types of organizations worldwide. Prior to KnowCyber, he was President and Chief Operating Officer for PetroSkills, a provider of training and development services to the worldwide petroleum industry. Prior to that, he was CEO and President of Learning Tree International, a publicly traded provider of IT and management learning and development. Schacht was also the President of Global Learning Systems, a start-up focused on e-Learning and digital content. He served in a variety of capacities at ESI International, culminating in his role as President when ESI was sold to the Institute for International Research (IIR) and then as Group President for the Americas for IIR. He has been a Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute, and began his career as a U.S. Navy Supply Officer, on the headquarters staff of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.  

    Schacht graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds Master's degrees in Administration from the University of Maryland University College and Information Systems Technology from The George Washington University.

     

    Bill Graebel

    Bill
    Graebel

    Bill Graebel is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Graebel Companies, Inc. a global leader in corporate relocation management and commercial workplace services. 

    Bill has been a part of the Graebel organization since 1975 (36 years full-time; 44 years en total, which includes his part-time summer service as a packer and driver).

    Bill received a B.Sc. in Economics and Political Science from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is an active member of the OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International), Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council and Young Presidents Organization.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors at the University of Colorado Denver Business School and is on the Board of Directors of Leader’s Challenge and Colorado Uplift.  Additionally, Bill serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts.

    Bill has also obtained the designation of Senior Global Mobility Specialist from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:45am
  • Bo Cooper

    Bo
    Cooper

    Bo is a Partner in Fragomen’s Washington, DC office, and leads the firm’s Government Strategies and Compliance Group. He regularly guides clients through complex immigration strategy challenges and represents clients in large-scale federal audits and investigations. Bo served as General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during two administrations, advising the Commissioner of the INS, the Attorney General of the United States, the White House, other Executive Branch agencies, and the U.S. Congress on all aspects of U.S. immigration law. He also has extensive federal litigation experience, including several years as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. He has testified in Congress on many occasions, both during government service and in private practice, and has advised the Department of Homeland Security as part of a Homeland Security Advisory Committee Task Force. Bo has served as an expert witness and as amicus curiae in federal litigation over immigration issues. He also maintains a robust pro bono practice, with a focus on asylum and related protection issues.


    Bo earned Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Tulane University. He has taught immigration law courses at the University of Michigan School of Law, the Georgetown Law Center, and the Washington College of Law at American University.

    Leon Rodriguez

    Leon
    Rodriguez

    Leon Rodriguez is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rodriguez served as the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) from 2014–2017, following an over twenty-five year career as a prosecutor, law firm partner, and government agency leader. During his tenure as director of USCIS, he lead the implementation of the Obama Administration’s core immigration priorities, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, policies to improve U.S. business access to high-skilled workers, and the U.S. Refugee Admissions program at a time of unprecedented world-wide displacement.

    Mr. Rodriguez is a founding member of the firm’s Immigration and Compliance Specialty Team, chair of the firm’s Health Care Regulatory and Compliance Affinity Group, and co-chair of the Health Care Privacy, Security and HIPAA Affinity Group. Mr. Rodriguez assists clients in navigating complex and high stakes enforcement and public policy issues. He brings an inter-disciplinary approach to solving client challenges, incorporating compliance, litigation, investigation, policy development/advocacy and public relations tools. His substantive expertise includes immigration compliance and enforcement, immigration policy, health care privacy and security, health care fraud and abuse, civil rights, diversity and inclusion, and professional ethics.

    Prakash Khatri, Esq.

    Prakash
    Khatri

    Prakash Khatri has a national Immigration Law practice (www.khatrilaw.com) located in Bethesda, MD. His practice focuses primarily on assisting individuals, companies and law firms in resolving post filing complications at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, other DHS entities as well as at United States embassies and consulates abroad. He has been practicing law for more than 35 years. He is a nationally recognized expert on Immigration law and process.

    Recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Indian-Americans” by India Abroad in 2007, Khatri is a renowned specialist and public speaker on immigration law and related matters. He has provided expert commentary on immigration issues for television and radio programs and has shared his insights at countless immigration conferences, seminars and debates. He has also been an expert witness in Federal and State courts.

    From July 2003 until March 2008, Khatri served as the nation’s first Ombudsman for Citizenship and Immigration Services in the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. Khatri managed the growth of this independent office from a one-person entity to a professional team of more than two dozen professionals and administrative staff.

    As CIS Ombudsman and a recognized expert on immigration matters, Khatri provided senior executive leadership, vision, and direction to policy makers in several cabinet level agencies. An immigrant himself, Khatri was regularly consulted for advice by policymakers in the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Labor and Justice, the Office of Management and Budget, and the White House on immigration-related matters.

    Khatri is a graduate of Stetson University and Stetson College of Law in Florida. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Florida Bar, and the Maryland Bar.

     

    Moderator: 

    Laura D. Francis

    Laura D.
    Francis

    Laura D. Francis, a senior legal editor with Bloomberg Law, has been covering immigration and employment for more than seven years. Her reporting spans all three branches of government, and she has provided in-depth analysis of developments related to various immigration programs and policies, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Temporary Protected Status, the H-1B visa program, Optional Practical Training, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program, H-4 employment authorization documents, and the H-2B visa program. Laura also has made numerous appearances on Bloomberg Radio and has participated in immigration-focused podcasts and panel discussions. She holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 3:45pm to 4:30pm
  • Ray S. Leki

    Ray S.
    Leki

    Ray S. Leki is a career member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States government at the Department of State, Foreign Service Institute. He is also an adjunct professor of intercultural management with the rank of Senior Interculturist in Residence at American University, and an author. At the Foreign Service Institute, he is the director of the Transition Center, where he oversees preparation and support for employees and family members entering, transitioning within, and leaving the U.S. foreign affairs community. He has developed, designed, and overseen the implementation of international awareness training for the U.S. foreign affairs community for nearly 40 years. His work in government began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal in 1979, and continued with a series of Peace Corps staff assignments in Washington, Nepal, Pakistan, and Poland, before joining the Department of State in 1991.

    Ray has taught a range of graduate courses and seminars through American University’s School of International Service, Intercultural Management Institute. They include international personal and organizational security, crisis management and communication, intercultural facilitation and training, multicultural negotiation, and spirituality and conflict transformation. He is a recipient of the school’s adjunct faculty of the year award.  

    Ray published Travel Wise: How to Be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad through Intercultural Press/Nicholas Brealey Publishing in 2008. The book shares his thoughts, experiences, and techniques in preparing sojourners for international success through integrating cross-cultural competence, emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and security awareness with careful identification and analysis of motives and motivation. Travel Wise is used by businesses, study abroad programs, international and non-governmental organizations and government employees and agencies to protect people and ensure mission success.

    At the U.S. Department of State, he has been a leader in dealing with far-flung diplomatic communities experiencing crisis and trauma. Recent interventions included work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Moscow, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He has focused his organizational efforts on creating smarter, more resilient, and more effective expatriates. In 2016, he opened the Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience as a new division within the Transition Center.

    He is a fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Researchers, and is on the advisory boards of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research USA, the Foreign Service Youth Foundation, and the International Association of Protocol Consultants. Current interests include resilience, leadership, intercultural communication, crisis management across cultures, and crisis aftermath psychology. He studied chemistry at Southern Illinois University and has his master’s from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

     

     

     

     

    Edna Diez

    Edna
    Diez

    Ms. Edna Diez is Director for Performance, Careers and Learning at the World Bank Group.  She is responsible for promoting the continuous improvement of organizational initiatives to retain, motivate and develop World Bank Group staff. As a Human Resources transformation leader for 24 years, she helps organizations and individuals increase their effectiveness.  Edna specializes in performance management, career development and mobility, leadership development, coaching, diversity and inclusion, learning and employee engagement. Prior to joining the World Bank group, she was Director of HR Policies and Programs at the Asian Development Bank, where she led the design and delivery of HR reforms over a wide spectrum of functions.  She has held several leadership positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Edna holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Houston in Texas.  She is also a trained Executive Coach.

    Marina Vassilev

    Marina
    Vassilev

    Marina Vassilev leads Compensation, Mobility and Executive HR for BASF North American.  In her role she shapes the BASF NA compensation and mobility strategies to inspire and empower employees. 

    Prior to joining BASF in August 2018, Marina was with Boehringer Ingelheim for over six years where she led a variety of total rewards projects, managed the US Executive HR function and supported the US Supply & Quality organization as a Compensation Business Partner.  Some of Marina’s accomplishments include the roll out of a total rewards optimization study and leading the design and implementation of a global Long-Term Incentive program which insured Boehringer Ingelheim remained competitive to attract, retain and motivate employees.  Prior to Boehringer, Marina was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting where she advised clients on a variety of total rewards topics. 

    Marina Vassilev holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a MBA from New York University. Marina is a Certified Compensation Profession (CCP), Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP) and Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) with Worldatwork.

    Melissa Myer

    Melissa
    Myer

    Melissa Myer is Director, Global Mobility, Total Rewards at Mastercard.  In her role she is involved in the strategic development of the Global Mobility function through policy design/implementation (lump sum and core/flex), technology and process improvements, as well as monitoring trends and best practices.  She also functions as a strategic advisor to the Operations & Technology and North America Markets business units on people movement, immigration and taxation. Melissa managed a successful phased transition of repeatable and transactional Global Mobility tasks to a shared services center and continues to provide operational oversight to this team on policy governance and relocation exceptions.

    Prior to joining Mastercard in March 2014, Melissa was an Assistant Director, International Programs at Ernst & Young where she directed a team that provided mobility support for long-term and short-term structured international mobility programs for career development and busy season resources. Melissa also held leadership roles at Goldman Sachs as a Global Mobility Senior Assignment Manager and HR Business Partner during her 12-year tenure.

    Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management with a concentration in Career Development from The New School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

    Moderator: 

    Alain Verstandig

    Alain
    Verstandig

    Alain Verstandig, President of the NET EXPAT Group, is an engineer who has passionately embraced International Mobility and Talent Management through personal experience.

    He currently lives in the USA but was born in 1962 in Brussels, Belgium to a French mother and a German father.

    He graduated with an Engineering degree, later supplemented by an MBA. Right after graduating, he travelled the world in an amazing 18-month backpacking adventure through more than 50 countries.

    Alain then worked over ten years for multinational corporations in various senior positions where he acquired first-hand knowledge of international mobility, being expatriated himself on several occasions. Alain speaks five languages.

    In 1998, Alain founded the NET EXPAT Group specializing in assessing, training and coaching for expatriates and their partners. Through its unique, innovative approaches, NET EXPAT soon became a global market leader, with offices in 76 countries around the world and a loyal customer base of more than 400 international corporations.

    More information can be found at www.netexpat.com    

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 9:45am to 10:45am
  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

    Johnny C.
    Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

    Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. As a global leader on human capital, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today.

    Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

    He serves on the corporate board of Gallup; on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red Cross; and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances. In 2018, he was appointed by President Trump to chair the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He holds both a JD and an MA from Drake University and a BS from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

    This speaker is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

    Monday, November 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:15am
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