I have just returned from an inspiring day attending the 25th annual BAMM conference, "Superheroes of Global Mobility - Empowering Talent". Almost 500 corporate attendees, relocation management companies, supplier partners, and a few superheroes came together for a full day agenda. BAMM, Bay Area Mobility Management, is the largest regional/local ERC group with over 800 active members, almost half of which are corporate attendees.

Session topics varied from Building Company Culture, to Effectively Managing Rotational Assignments to 10 Tips for Managing International Business Travelers. The opening session was a panel discussion on Mobilizing Superhero Talent - Combining Acquisitions, Management and Mobility to Drive Growth. Flex, Nike, eBay and Pinterest shared how they are integrating talent acquisition, talent management and global mobility teams, and how they use data to manage the same. Mercer provided a perspective on data analytics. Michael Mathis from Nike shared "you need to look at more meaningful data" and Susan Crickenberger from Flex discussed how this is "not just a talent problem". I think Eric Halverson from eBay summed it up - "You can collect a lot of crap". Panelists shared their different company perspectives, and Tauseef Rahman from Mercer speculated - "It is interesting to see this transition of mobility - from problem solving (filling a gap) to development of talent".

The keynote speaker for the day was Jessica Cox. Jessica is a hero in her own right. Born without arms, she proves that with the right attitude, one can accomplish almost anything. She is the first black belt in ATA Martial Arts without arms, and in the Guinness World Records for the first pilot to certify by flying with her feet. Jessica encouraged us to "think outside the shoe", a reference to learning to tie her shoe without arms at the age of 6. Jessica is a Goodwill Ambassador for Handicap International, a Nobel Peace Prize winning NGO, and an advocate for disability rights in Ethiopia, Philippines, and the US senate. This true hero reminds us that "Creativity requires the courage to let go of the certainty".

Thank you to the BAMM organizers for a truly motivating day!

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