Corporate Forum 19-21 February 2019 | 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

Derreck Kayongo

With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo breaks down the key factors that have led to his personal success and shares his account of a life which led him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur. Growing up as a Ugandan refugee, Derreck was introduced to violence, hunger and squalor from a young age. Drawing on the resilience and determination he gained through his hardships, he turned a simple observation into a multi-million-dollar human rights venture to provide assistance and save countless lives all over the world. A former Top Ten CNN Hero, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking has previously earned him the role of CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Derreck’s inspiring message calls upon audiences to take responsibility for their lives, to consistently seek opportunities to improve, and most importantly, to maintain faith in yourself. 

Nataly Kogan

Nataly Kogan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine, Time Magazine and more. As an expert in the field of happiness, she has made it her life’s work to provide others with a roadmap for cultivating genuine and lasting happiness in every facet of life. A successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Nataly found that after reaching the highest levels of corporate America, something was missing. While her achievements left her proud, she felt unfulfilled. Inspired to live a truly meaningful life, Nataly founded Happier, an award-winning global technology and learning platform, designed to determine and teach core skills scientifically proven to increase emotional wellbeing, increase resilience and reduce stress. Through her groundbreaking research, Nataly demonstrates that happiness is not just a feeling, but a skill that can be learned and improved through practice, and that in turn boosts creativity, productivity and profits.

Erin Meyer

As the author of the New York Times bestseller The Culture Map, Erin Meyer’s research provides groundbreaking insight on the communication patterns and business systems of different societies, and how the world’s most successful global leaders adapt their approaches to interact seamlessly across the cultural divide. In today’s connected world, where the scope of real estate extends globally and business transactions take place instantaneously across the planet, it is crucial to know how to effectively communicate cross-culturally. As a professor at the prestigious INSEAD business school, former winner of the Thinkers50 Radar Award, and a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Singapore Business Times and, Erin has proven herself as a world-renowned authority on breaking down the barriers of international business by decoding the most effective strategies for cross-cultural collaboration. 

David Rowan

As the founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine in Europe, David Rowan lives on the cutting-edge of technological disruption taking place all over the world. From Silicon Valley, Beijing, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Bangalore and beyond, he is deconstructing global tech trends in real time and delivering them in clear, accessible ways to those looking to stay ahead of the curve. Through his contributions to WIRED, The Sunday TimesGQThe TimesThe Guardian, and more; David communicates how the Internet of Things, 3D printing, big data, artificial intelligence, and many other technological advances are changing the collective mindsets of businesses and consumers alike.  Through his energetic, visually-stimulating and witty presentation, David inspires audiences to seize the ever-growing opportunities of emerging technologies and avoid the risks that go along with disruption, all while featuring dazzling examples from the front line of innovation.

Featured Speakers

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll is Senior Manager, Global Mobility at WestRock Company.  He oversees the mobility program which encompasses domestic and international relocation, assignment management and immigration. 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 and is passionate about the need for global mobility professionals to think more strategically and to explore new ways to add value.

Debbie Convery

Debbie Convery currently leads the Talent Mobility Strategy & Programs team at Nike, Inc. based out of Beaverton, OR. She oversees strategy, program design, policies, processes, practices and vendor management for the Immigration, Relocation and Tax functions.  Prior to her position at Nike, Debbie managed Global Mobility and Immigration programs for several leading multinationals including Amazon and T-Mobile and has an extensive background in Talent Acquisition.

 Debbie studied Business Leadership at Marylhurst University and is a certified Sr. Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Mobility Specialist (GMS). Debbie has served on the Pacific Northwest Relocation Council and Portland Relocation Council Board and is currently the Vice President for PRC.

Tim Ely

Tim Ely is Managing Principal for Global Deployments for Deloitte LLP.  He has 29 years of experience with Deloitte including significant global assignments and postings including living and working in Singapore, Japan, and Germany.  In 2016, given Tim’s global experience he was asked to transfer to Deloitte’s US Global Office and lead a large Global Mobility transformation project.  This later led to Tim being asked to lead Deloitte’s newly formed US Global Mobility Group.  Tim has served in this capacity since early 2017 leading a large group based in both the US and India and serving almost 9000 staff and Partners each year. Tim has a BS in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Ferrara

Matthew Ferrara has a degree in philosophy, is a photographer, writer and is a professional speaker. He has spent the last 25 years traveling the world, teaching others how to apply their creativity and ingenuity to their careers and lives. His journey started in the real estate industry, focused on salespeople, managers and executives in sales, marketing and technology.  Matthew has delivered more than a thousand seminars, retreats and training workshops, working with groups in 49 U.S. states, 15 countries and multiple languages. Matthew also serves as LeadingRE’s Dean of Innovation, 

Steve Harney

Steve is a residential housing expert who specializes in market trends. He has been in the industry for over 30 years, first as an agent and then developing his own 500 agent real estate firm.

Steve is seen as a leading industry thought leader and is often quoted in major news sources such as The U.S. News & World Report, MSN Money, Housing Wire, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times to name a few. 

Jack Kelly

In 2013, Jack retired after a 36-year career with the Federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  During that time, he led government-wide management improvement efforts in various administrative functional activities including travel, transportation, mail and small package delivery, and the management of several specific asset types, including real property, aircraft and motor vehicle fleets. 

Jack’s involvement with Federal relocation policies grew out of his role in leading travel management reforms.  He served as one of the government representatives on the Government-wide Relocation Advisory Board (GRAB).  The recommendations from the GRAB led to significant improvements in Federal relocation policies and practices.

Since his retirement, Jack has remained active in public policy initiatives.  He is a member (and former chair of) the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Rockville, MD, where he has been a strong advocate for procurement reform.  He also serves as the Federal Program Director of the Asset Leadership Network (ALN).

Jim Link

Jim Link is the chief human resources officer for Randstad North America. In his role, he is responsible for more than 7,500 Randstad employees around the world, who collectively place more than 100,000 qualified candidates in client locations weekly.

As a recognized thought leader in human capability and the future or work, Jim is a sought-after commentator with the national and international press, features widely on the lecture and speaker circuit, and consults with leaders, companies and boards of directors around the world on matters related to the workplace.  In addition to serving on boards of advisers for several organizations, Jim is a board member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) National Foundation. He is also active with a number of charitable organizations in his community.

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.

Trina Scott

Native Detroiter Trina Govan Scott is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Quicken Loans. Trina is passionate about people and driven to create a work environment where team members are comfortable being themselves. Her work focuses on attracting diverse talent, team member engagement, collaboration with diverse organizations and community outreach.

Peggy Smith

Peggy is a strategic and adventurous leader with a keen eye for industry trends, fresh concepts and innovative solutions. In addition to extending the reach of the organization around the world, she’s building Worldwide ERC® into a content-rich community for 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, Peggy shares her unique perspective country-to-country on the future of work.

Staff Speakers

Dianne Amos

Dianne Amos serves as RELO Direct’s Senior Vice President, Client Relations and is responsible for setting the strategic vision and leadership for global client engagement, including; relationship development, program implementation, policy development, and strategic account planning for the organization. Dianne is a well-respected industry figure, active in Worldwide Employee Relocation Council®(WERC) and was honored with WERC's Meritorious Service Award in 2015.

Dianne speaks English, French, and Italian, and has earned both the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Senior Global Mobility Specialist, Talent Mobility (SGMS-T) designations from Worldwide ERC®.

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.