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Continuing the Conversation All Year Long

Lynn Shotwell, GMS - Dec 01 2022
Published in: Mobility

Since GWS, we have taken our discussions on the road, sharing the valuable insights and lessons we learned with mobility professionals across the country.

Following the amazing success of this year’s Global Workforce Symposium—the only event that brings our entire industry together as one—all of us here at Worldwide ERC® are eager to continue the important conversations that began in Las Vegas. Since GWS, we have taken these discussions on the road, sharing the valuable insights and lessons we learned with mobility professionals across the United States. We are also grateful for the input from our members as they alert us to new issues of concern, such as the potential rail strike.

Shortly after GWS, Karen Cygal and I had the opportunity to join the New Jersey Relocation Council for their fall conference, where I moderated a corporate roundtable and Karen led a panel discussion on lump sums, the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and talent management. I also had the chance to speak at an event hosted by the Puget Sound Relocation Council earlier this week, where I provided a brief overview of the trends and themes we saw at GWS. And I will be presenting at the Greater Washington D.C. Employee Relocation Council’s meeting on Monday, 5 December.

Worldwide ERC Government Affairs Adviser Tristan North has also had a packed schedule following his One Take discussing the impacts of the 2022 midterm elections on federal policy as it relates to mobility. Tristan recently provided a government affairs update at the Virginia Area Relocation Council’s Winter Conference. Karen will participate in the Senior Executive Association’s (SEA) upcoming 2022 Government Change Makers Summit to discuss the role of relocation in governmental talent programs, and she shared her knowledge on the expanding roles of mobility at the Deloitte Client Conference. And our new corporate liaison, Deisy Garcia, has been busy hosting virtual roundtables to continue the conversations from our corporate benchmarking sessions. More are planned for the coming weeks.

One of the themes of particular interest to our members, both at GWS and in the weeks since, has been the topic of sustainability. I was proud to join a November panel hosted by the International Association of Movers to share how we, as one industry, are working together to coordinate a global effort to forge a more sustainable future. Visit our sustainability page to learn more about how we are working with partners from around the world to lead an industrywide push to achieving our environmental goals.

Another big theme at GWS was the ongoing disruptions to the supply chain. Earlier this week, I was alerted to the negative impact of the potential strike by U.S. rail workers on our industry. Worldwide ERC has joined an industry coalition encouraging Congress to pass legislation to avert a strike. This is a great example of how, when we stay connected as one industry, we create a stronger platform to raise awareness about the important work of talent mobility professionals.

If you’re interested in having me or a Worldwide ERC team member speak at your event, email our chief of staff, Michael Jackson, at mjackson@worldwideerc.org. You can register now for our lowest prices on attending GWS in Boston next fall—but let’s not wait until then to get together.