News Release

For Immediate Release - August 23, 2010 

Worldwide ERC News Release
Anita Brienza 
+1 301 847 3772

HR Professionals Offered Unprecedented Invitation to Global Workforce Symposium 

“Professionals who manage their company’s workforce mobility function have seen remarkable change in recent years, and need sophisticated training on a range of topics. We can help by introducing them to our community of peers, experts and educators,” says Worldwide ERC®’s CEO Peggy Smith.  

Smith, who joined the workforce mobility association’s staff in May, is making an unprecedented offer to corporate HR professionals who have not attended the organization’s annual Global Workforce Symposium in the past: she’s waiving the registration fee and inviting them to come as her guest.

The 2010 Global Workforce Symposium, themed “Workforce Mobility: The Game is Changing…Are You?,” is being held in Seattle, Washington, USA, from October 27 – 29, and opens with keynoter Gary Hamel, named “The World’s Most Influential Business Thinker” by the Wall Street Journal. Sessions will address all aspects of U.S. and global workforce mobility, including talent management; tax, legal and immigration issues; housing concerns; relocation issues; family needs; global compensation and benefits and security. The program also includes a comprehensive exhibit program, a speed networking session to make quick and valuable connections with peers, and a Geek Speak Learning Lab for on-site technology and application support.

“Corporate and government HR professionals who manage a mobile workforce have some stiff challenges to cope with these days,” says Smith, who ran Microsoft’s global mobility program for 13 years, managing more than 60,000 U.S. relocations and international assignments during that time.  “The economy is a formidable issue for anyone in business today – and when you consider the complexities of talent management and sourcing, coordinating all the services and relationships necessary for a move, then factor in immigration and other compliance requirements, and add family concerns to the mix, that workforce mobility professional is going to be wearing a lot of hats.” Smith attended her first Worldwide ERC® conference in 2000, and says, “I never looked back – I loved the sense of community, the closeness and the knowledge out there. I want others to experience what I found by introducing our association and our Global Workforce Symposium to more corporate and government HR managers, because it’s a win-win for our association and for companies with mobile employees who want to stay competitive. It’s a fact: more HR professionals in our community will enhance networking and provide deeper industry data for everyone in the industry.”

To access Peggy Smith’s unprecedented offer: First-time corporate attendees can complete the Introductory Offer for First-time Corporate HR Attendees” registration at     

Find more information on the 2010 Global Workforce Symposium web site, or call or e-mail the Worldwide ERC® Meetings Team at +1 703 842 3420,