Corporate Forum January 30 - February 1 | Wynn Las Vegas

Corporate Forum



The Corporate Forum offers a contemporary lineup of talented and accomplished keynote presenters from a cross-section of industries and global mobility thought leaders, hand-selected to provide compelling insight and actionable takeaways.

Keynote Speakers

Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and two-time New York Times bestselling author. His investigative approach to identifying goals, managing focus and making efficacious judgements have led to some groundbreaking concepts for creating lasting improvements in productivity. Duhigg’s first book, The Power of Habit, broke down the science behind why habits exist and how they can be changed. It spent over 168 weeks on the bestseller list. His latest bestselling book, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration into why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. Through his compelling presentation, Duhigg will explore the eight critical concepts utilized by the world’s most efficient and successful people, to help you operate smarter, faster and better.

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is quite literally the voice of reason in a world that has seemingly lost the ability to communicate properly. As an award-winning journalist and radio/television host, she has made her living having conversations with guests on NPR, PBS World, PRI, CNN, BBC and other international networks. Utilizing lessons highlighted in her recently released book We Need to Talk, Headlee makes the case that technology dependence and divisive politics have left our society less connected and more divided than ever. Her solution? We need to re-learn the strategies that make us better conversationalists and create authentic conversations that matter. Her TED Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, was one of the most-watched of 2016 and has been watched nearly 8 million times.

David Ross

As a two-time World Series Champion, and the first runner up on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, David Ross is no stranger to success. But before starring on one of TV’s highest rated programs, and before being carried off the field after leading his team to their first championship in 108 years, Ross learned the importance of teamwork and perseverance. Spending most of his career bouncing from team-to-team, few would have guessed that Ross would be the one to lead the Chicago Cubs to an unexpected World Series victory in 2016. Through this inspiring moderated discussion, Ross will impart lessons on talent, adversity, legacy and success that can be found in his new book, Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages. Recently retired, Ross now serves as a Special Assistant for the Chicago Cubs and also works as a TV Baseball Analyst for ESPN.

Marci Rossell

As LeadingRE’s Chief Economist, Dr. Marci Rossell explores how global economies, policies and politics affect our business and everyday lives, either directly or indirectly. Being able to understand how the most up-to-date monetary and global trade reports will influence your customers’ perceptions can provide you with an edge in an age of increasingly globally aware consumers. Rossell has a long history in analyzing the economic market from an international perspective. As the former Chief Economist for CNBC and the corporate economist and investment spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, Rossell has a proven track-record for analyzing and predicting the monetary trends, international events and capital market movements that influence your local real estate market.

Featured Speakers

Jim Carroll

Jim is Senior Manager, Global Mobility at WestRock Company, a $17B, 40,000 employee paper and packaging company based in Richmond, Virginia.  He oversees the mobility program which encompasses domestic and international relocation, assignment management and immigration. Prior to joining WestRock, Jim spent seven years with two relocation management companies, as well twelve years with BASF Corporation in various mobility and human resources roles.  He is Vice-President of the Greater Richmond Relocation Council and an active member of the Worldwide ERC (WERC), having served on the U.S. Advisory Board, the CRP Certification Review Board and multiple conference/symposium meeting planning committees.  He has also twice served as instructor of the GMS-“T” accreditation class and on the GMS-T program design committee.  He is a frequent moderator and panelist at WERC events

Charisse Kosova

Charisse works closely with IOR’s multinational clients and partners to design and facilitate face-to-face and virtual learning & development opportunities focused on developing intercultural communication skills; building multicultural teams; post M&A integration; and building skills for addressing the challenges of today’s complex global work environment. She has been affiliated with IOR for more than 15 years, and also oversees IOR’s network of professional intercultural trainers worldwide.

Charisse has lived and worked in the US, Morocco, Japan and the UK, as well as Ethiopia as a child. She also has a passion for work in the non-profit sector and worked in adult literacy in Chicago and Austin, and served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.

Charisse holds a BA in Sociology / Journalism and Master's in Adult Education. She is certified in several intercultural assessment instruments and holds ASTD certification in Workplace Learning & Performance Coaching and in E-learning Design. She has been a presenter at SIETAR USA; HRMAC (Human Resource Management Association of Chicago); FEM; many local ERC chapters and at conferences and meetings for IOR partner organizations.

David Oltman

David S. Oltman, CRP is the Chief Compliance Officer at Ineo, LLC and Ineo Tax Services. He is a co-founder of ReloTax and The Hessel Group, located in Wilton, CT. David has over 30 years of experience in the relocation and payroll industry and was the former director of relocation at Ciba-Geigy / Novartis Corporation. He is a highly sought after national speaker in both the Payroll and Human Resources industry. David received his BBA in Human Resources and his MBA in Finance and Taxation. David is a published software writer and he is the editor of the 2018 Relocation Tax Advisor book. He has been quoted in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Money Magazine. David’s license plate tag on his car for the past 30+ years has been GROSS-UP.

Bob Rosing

Bob has the responsibility of providing leadership and strategic direction to the Dwellworks organization, focusing on meeting diverse needs of a Fortune 1,000 customer base in the Americas and Europe, through offices and operations in nine countries. Prior to Dwellworks, Bob spent more than a decade in executive roles with Cleveland-based subsidiary companies of SIRVA Inc., beginning in 1995 as President of Cooperative Mortgage Services, Inc., and later as President of SIRVA Relocation from 2002-2006. As President, Bob was responsible for overseeing all business operations, and was accountable for the integration of operations and services globally.

Prior to SIRVA, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Cooperative Resource Services (CRS). Before joining CRS, Bob held executive management positions at Cooperative Mortgage Services, ProSource Properties, Appraisal Management Company II and Holland Mortgage Corporation.

Bob earned a BS degree from Xavier University (Cincinnati) and an MBA from Cleveland State University. He is passionate about championing innovative solutions in the service sector, and is an active participant in various panels and mobility industry groups, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Worldwide ERC®.

Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS-T is President and CEO of Worldwide ERC®. She is a strategic and adventurous leader with a keen eye for fresh concepts and solutions-oriented insight, who has extended the reach of the organization within the APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions. Under her guidance, Worldwide ERC® delivers next-gen content, community and engagement to talent management and mobility professionals.

Peggy holds a BA in marketing from Seattle University, has guest-lectured on talent mobility at Georgetown University and Seattle University, and is a contributing writer to the NACE Foundation. She also is an active member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and an often-quoted thought leader on A frequent keynoter and expert panelist at mobility and HR-related conferences around the world, Peggy shares her lens on global workforce issues, talent and skills shortages, multi-generational workplace considerations, and future mobility strategy. 

Chip Wagner

Chip Wagner, SRA, IFA, SCRP is a third-generation real estate appraiser with over 27 years of experience.  He has earned the SRA designation with the Appraisal Institute, and the IFA designation with the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers.

Chip earned the Certified Relocation Professional designation (CRP) in 1996 and was inducted into Worldwide ERC®’s Hall of Leaders in 2011.  A frequent conference speaker and Mobility Magazine author, Chip is one of the authors of the current relocation appraisal form, and is a contributing author to the Relocation Appraisal Guidebook. He received WERC’s Distinguished Service Award, in 2001, 2006, 2009 and 2011. 

Chip was the 2004 President of Relocation Appraisers and Consultants (RAC) and the 2001 President of the Corporate Relocation Council (CRC).

He developed a 7-hour seminar on Relocation Appraising and taught over 500 appraisers in 7 states.  He is a frequent speaker for Worldwide ERC®, RAC, CRC and relocation management companies.

Staff Speakers

Pam O'Connor

Pam O’Connor serves as president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. She has managed real estate and relocation organizations for the past 30 years – the first woman to head a major real estate network. She has been recognized as one of the top 25 thought leaders by the National Association of Realtors, one of the top 100 most influential people in real estate by Inman News, and the 3rd most powerful woman in real estate on the 2016 Swanepoel ‘Power 200’ list. She currently serves on the Board of Managers of UPSTREAM:tm:, a cross-industry real estate data company. She is a Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP) and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Worldwide ERC, the professional association for employee mobility. She has received WERC’s Meritorious Award, President’s Award, and Distinguished Service Award and was named to its Hall of Leaders, an honor bestowed on less than 175 of the association’s 10,000 members.

Bob Portale

Bob is an executive and real estate professional with mobility and real estate industry experience beginning in 1989. Bob has an extensive background in relocation, and has held positions in operations management, account management, and business development. A transferee himself, Bob has relocated several times.

Bob joined RELO Direct® as the President & CEO in 2006. Since joining RELO Direct®, Bob has developed the company from a small, regionally based provider to a robust, consultative, global organization with a growing and diverse client base. Through the execution of his strategic business plan, Bob has developed RELO Direct® into the partner of choice for global companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, health care, technology, retail, and government sectors, amongst others. During his tenure as the leading executive, 100% of clients report RELO Direct® meets or exceeds expectations. Also during his leadership, employee turnover has remained low (approximately 3% annually) and profits have met or exceeded plan.