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Program Agenda

Global Employer Leadership Conversations

Following breakfast and networking, the morning sessions are best suited for business leaders and decision makers to discuss the economic and business impact of becoming a Global Employer. Speakers will share their expertise on engaging with international talent, doing business in a global marketplace, and advocating for business-focused policies. Global employers are seeing a competitive advantage to attracting and retaining the world’s top talent and will share insights on the ways our region can stop overlooking the immense economic benefits of welcoming international talent and start to collectively benefit:

8:30-9:00am Introduction: Dany Bahar, Brookings Institution Global Economy and Development Fellow and Associate, Harvard University Center for International Development

9:15am-10am Jon Baselice, Director of Immigration at US Chamber of Commerce

10:00-12:15 Business and Community Leadership Conversations featuring remarks from the following:

The Global Economy and Northeast Ohio Business Connections, moderated by Elizabeth McIntyre, Crains Cleveland
International Talent as a Regional Economic Driver moderated by Tracey Nichols, PMC

Afternoon Sessions

Hosted by content experts in each of their fields, afternoon break-out sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to discuss their organization’s questions in an open, honest environment. Peer-to-peer conversations with case studies and examples from other employers, including many small to mid-sized companies, will showcase the potential for growth and competitiveness that comes with international talent attraction, engagement and retention.

Breakout session hosts include: Envoy, the Refugee Services Collaborative, DwellWorks,, JumpStart, and Thompson Hine

Immigration Trends for Globally Competitive Organizations with Envoy

Organizations across the U.S. are hiring and investing in international talent. Envoy will break down employer practices and highlight areas your organization should focus on to compete in a global marketplace, and answer legal “how-to” questions. Click here for more details and speakers >>

Business Case for International Hires with Thompson Hine

Employers have seen financial savings and increased productivity by directly bringing on the talent they need. Learn from Thompson Hine and Team NEO case studies on how this works for a variety of situations. Click here for more details and speakers >>

Creating a Globally Competitive [tech] Team  with

Innovative companies are taking steps to mirror their global business strategy with a globally competitive workforce. Panelists will share innovative ways Northeast Ohio is competing and how employers can lead the charge in global talent inclusion, especially in tech industries. Click here for more details and speakers >>

Engaging and Retaining Global Talent, Locally with the Refugee Services Collaborative

Employers work with the RSC to hire Cleveland’s newest residents and are seeing growth in their ability to hire and retain workers and increase productivity for their organization. Panelists will share why their organizations are choosing to intentionally include refugees in their talent planning and work with community-based organizations to recruit and retain talent. Click here for more details and speakers >>

Managing and Developing Global Teams with Dwellworks

An industry leader and global company headquartered in Cleveland, Dwellworks will lead a conversation about the nature of global employment and business and dive into details with expert panelists on sourcing, managing, and moving talent on a global scale. Click here for more details and speakers >>

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