Four highlights from ProGlobal 2016

Last week saw Symposium host ProGlobal 2016. International HR and global mobility professionals gathered in London to examine the changing role and scope of the industry, and share their experiences. 

Four highlights from ProGlobal 2016
Lisa Johnson presenting at ProGlobal 2016!

A clear theme emerged among the speakers: as global mobility specialists, we’re all part of the communications and training business – despite our company’s name or job title. Critical mobility topics require us to raise more awareness within our organizations in order for changes to happen. 

Through a series of presentations, panels and networking sessions, the conference provided the latest strategic thinking from organizations at different stages of their mobility strategies. 

Crown World Mobility’s Lisa Johnson was on the ground as conference Chair to capture the expertise emerging from this popular event. Here are four highlights she captured in her conference notebook: 

  • Asma Bashir (Newland Chase) identified the need for clear differentiation between a "business traveler" and a "short-term assignee" 
  • Walt Disney Entertainment are seeing more female mobile employees in EMEA than male – an unexpected surprise. According to well-known demographic mobility data, including recent research from The RES Forum, almost all organizations have a higher number of male global assignees than female 
  • Sharon Galadis shared information around HSBC’s International Graduate Program and the results of recent research conducted to understand what benefits other companies offer to develop the most talented individuals 
  • And finally, Anett Wilke gave examples from Amey’s D&I journey. She said that Inclusion is not about being polite in the workplace; polite should be a given. But it’s important that employees feel welcome and expected (i.e. women aren’t given men’s uniforms, the menu includes items you can order and your name appears on the meeting agenda) 

It was great to be part of a fantastic and well organized event!