Worldwide ERC®'s 2018 Americas Mobility Conference (AMC) took place in Dallas, Texas,
on 16-18 May 2018. This annual conference brought together talent mobility
leaders from corporate and service partner environments to connect on key
governmental, legal, policy, and practice topics affecting the movement of
talent within countries and across borders in the Americas.
This year’s conference focused on taking bold business steps through
pivotal times that call for transformative action…and our key speakers inspired
big thinking for business leaders attending the conference.
Keynote and business strategist Peter Sheahan advised attendees to take small
risks with an “outside in” perspective, focusing less on internal priorities and
more on the customer. He cautioned businesses not to cling to old patterns and
conditioning; calling instead for a focus on customer value and
differentiation: “Do not complain about being commoditized if you intend to
solve the same problems in the same ways as your competitors,” Sheahan stated.
Sheahan, who has been named one of the 25 Most
Influential Speakers in the world, set a future-looking, inspiring tone for the conference.
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Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Peggy Smith took a new approach to featuring
thought leader insight this year. Instead of convening a panel of industry experts,
she opted for a one-on-one interview with Grant Thornton’s Chief Economist Diane Swonk in a “fireside chat” exchange to
close the conference.
Swonk detailed the United States’ present economic state in the context
of mobility and talent management, pointing out that for the second year running, global growth is moving in
sync with the U.S. Though she said, “On paper the economy looks great,” she
also pointed out that a closer look reveals “job growth dominated by low-wage
jobs, middle-class jobs disappearing, female participation in the labor force
declining, skills eroding, and wealth poorly distributed.”
She discussed the challenges that aging populations bring to the
workforce, and the need to bring “lower-skilled” people back into the
workforce. Said Swonk: “There is now a job opening for every person in
the U.S., but that doesn’t mean there is a skills match.”
She also discussed an inevitable economic slowdown but expects the
competition to attract and retain talent to remain the same or become more
Smith noted that “Diane’s insight on today’s workforce gave us a peek into the
future, and also confirmed and underscored many of the challenges we’re facing
today that make talent management—and the ever-present
need to bring mobility into the strategic discussion—such a specialized
field of work.”
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In addition to the foresight provided by our keynotes, another resource
was introduced at the conference to help mobility professionals decipher the
challenges of future mobility – and to understand the skills and knowledge they
need to cultivate to be exceptional strategic partners to employers and mobile
Our new complimentary report, “The Perfect Storm: Talent Mobility Leaders Decode the
Future,” offers remarkable insight and real-world case studies on
recruiting, retaining and managing the mobile workforce.
The Americas Mobility Conference (AMC) remains the largest
Americas-focused talent mobility industry conference held in the United States.
Up next: the Worldwide ERC® Global
Workforce Symposium, 17-19 October 2018 in Seattle,