Agenda

Now in its 48th year, IBIS Academy is a highly respected and long-standing forum for education and networking tailored specifically to global HR & benefits professionals, including those specializing in global mobility. This unique three-track conference empowers attendees to compete, succeed and prosper in the ever-evolving, complex global business environment. The 2018 IBIS Academy sessions are currently under development. Check back later in the year for details.

 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

 

15:00 – 17:00     Meet and Greet at Reception Area

18:15 – 19:15     IBIS Institute Reception

 

Monday, 7 May 2018

09:00 – 12:25

IBIS Institute Sessions

09:00 – 12:00

American Benefits Council Meeting

09:00 – 12:25

IBIS Mobility Sessions

12:30 – 14:00

 

Lunch for All Attendees

 

14:00 – 15:30

IBIS Conference Begins – Keynote Session (includes Institute and Mobility)

15:30 – 18:00

Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference (Includes IBIS Institute) and IBIS Mobility Tracks

 

 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 

09:00 – 17:15

IBIS Institute Sessions

09:00 – 17:15

IBIS Mobility Sessions

09:00 – 17:15

IBIS Conference Sessions

18:20 – 22:30

IBIS Academy Gala Dinner

 

 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

09:30 – 12:10

Concurrent Sessions: IBIS Conference, IBIS Mobility and IBIS Institute Tracks

12:10 – 14:00

Closing Lunch for IBIS Conference and IBIS Mobility Tracks (All Attendees Welcome)

13:35 – 18:00

IBIS Institute Sessions

13:35 - 17:00

Gallagher Global Alliance/International Preferred Provider Meeting

 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

09:00 – 18:00

IBIS Institute Sessions

 

 

Friday, 11 May 2018

09:00 – 12:00

IBIS Institute Sessions


Schedule subject to change.

 

A forum for global benefits leaders to share knowledge, explore solutions and advocate for change. Networking and knowledge sharing for experienced global benefits professionals during 2.5 days of general and breakout sessions.

IBIS Conference delegates may elect to attend concurrent IBIS Mobility sessions in place of IBIS Conference sessions.

Time Title of Presentation
Description of Presentation
Speaker Name
Speaker Company
Monday, 7 May    
PM Welcome Session Richard Polak
Gallagher
PM Gallagher’s Journey to be a Destination Employer J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.
Gallagher
PM The Modern Worker Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen
C/M/S Law Tax
Brian Friedman
Forum for Expatriate Management
Additional speakers to be announced
PM Around the World in 80 Minutes Speaker to be announced
Tuesday, 8 May    
AM Global Family Leave Fred Thiele
Microsoft
AM Communicating with Presence and Impact Debora Weston
The TAI Group
AM Additional sessions to be announced  
PM Around the Corporate World Speakers to be announced
PM Additional sessions to be announced  
PM IBIS Academy Gala Dinner The Orangerie at the Schloss Charlottenburg Palace
Wednesday, 9 May    
AM Crossfire: Opposing Perspectives Speakers to be announced
AM Additional sessions to be announced  

Agenda is preliminary and subject to change.

An interactive fundamentals course for new global benefits professionals. Certificate program delivering fundamental global benefits & HR knowledge taught by global experts.

Time Title of Presentation
Description of Presentation
Speaker Name
Speaker Company
Monday, 7 May    
AM Welcome & Overview Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
AM International Terminology Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
AM State, Social Security and Mandatory Pension and Survivor Plans Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Jana Bixby
Gallagher
AM State, Social Security Disability & Health Plans Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Jana Bixby
Gallagher
PM IBIS Conference Keynote: Gallagher's Journey to be a Destination Employer

Please reference the Conference agenda for details.
J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.
Gallagher
PM Institute joins the Conference track sessions.

Please reference the Conference agenda for details.
 
Tuesday, 8 May    
AM Intro to Mobility I: Long-Term Assignments Kristin Sampson
Gallagher
Additional speakers to be announced
AM Intro to Mobility II: Short-term Assignments Kristin Sampson
Gallagher
Additional speakers to be announced
AM Intro to Mobility III: Permanent (Local) Transfers and Other Assignment Types Kristin Sampson
Gallagher
Additional speakers to be announced
AM Navigating Health & Welfare Benefits Across Borders Speaker to be announced
Cigna Global Health Benefits
PM Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions Speaker to be announced
PM Post-Merger Integration Speaker to be announced
PM Designing Your Global Total Rewards Strategy Speaker to be announced
PM IBIS Academy Gala Dinner The Orangerie at the Schloss Charlottenburg Palace
Wednesday, 9 May    
AM Institute joins the Conference track sessions.

Please reference the Conference agenda for details.
 
PM State, Social Security Disability & Health Plans Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Jana Bixby
Gallagher
PM Health and Wellness Programs Richard Polak
Gallagher
Kate Karwelies
Aetna International
PM Death and Disability Speaker to be announced
PM Occupational Pension Plans Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Thursday, 10 May    
AM Pension Plan Vehicles: Insured and Non-insured Products Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
AM Pension Funding & Actuarial Cost of a Pension Plan Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Additional speakers to be announced
AM Accounting of Pensions and Post-Employment Benefits Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Additional speakers to be announced
PM Delivering with DC Plans Mike Green
Gallagher
PM Pooling I: The Basics Speaker to be announced
PM Pooling II: Types of Pools Speaker to be announced
PM Pooling III: Selecting a Network/Captives Speaker to be announced
PM Benefits Design Around the World I Speaker to be announced
Friday, 11 May    
  Sources of Information Jana Bixby
Gallagher
  Benefit Design Around the World II Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting
Jana Bixby
Gallagher
  Wrap Up and Certificates Paul Roels
PROcrea Consulting

Agenda is preliminary and subject to change.

A targeted seminar covering pressing issues in global mobility. Multi-day seminar focusing on the most pressing issues in global mobility, with dozens of global experts.

On Thursday, IBIS Mobility registrants may substitute concurrent IBIS Conference sessions as desired.

Time Title of Presentation
Description of Presentation
Speaker Name
Speaker Company
Monday, 7 May    
AM Managing Global Talent Brian Friedman
Forum for Expatriate Management
AM Interactive Roundtables: Managing Risk and Compliance Brian Friedman
Forum for Expatriate Management
Speaker to be announced
AM Employee Benefits and the Expat: A Guide for the Perplexed Speaker to be announced
Generali
Speaker to be announced
Cigna
AM Interactive Roundtables: Managing Expectations, Vendors and Costs Brian Friedman
Forum for Expatriate Management
Speaker to be announced
PM IBIS Conference Keynote: Gallagher's Journey to be a Destination Employer

Please reference the Conference agenda for details.
J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.
Gallagher
PM Top Ten Pitfalls of Global Mobility Speaker to be announced
Cigna
Speaker to be announced
Workplace Options
Speaker to be announced
Safeguard
PM Political Impact on US Immigration & Brexit – Where are we today? Speaker to be announced
Littler
Speaker to be announced
ECA
PM Choosing the Best Global Mobility Management for your Organization Speaker to be announced
Safeguard
Speaker to be announced
Workplace Options
Tuesday, 8 May    
AM Practical Challenges of International Healthcare Speaker to be announced
Cigna
AM Assignment Whiplash: Managing Critical Factors in International Assignment ROI Success Speaker to be announced
AM Important Updates in the World of Expatriate Tax Speaker to be announced
GTN
PM Essential Employment Considerations for the International HR or Global Mobility Perspective Speaker to be announced
Littler
Kristin Sampson
Gallagher
PM Mobility and Technology – Fads vs Real Value Speaker to be announced
Equus Software
Speaker to be announced
ECA International
Brian Friedman
Forum for Expatriate Management
PM Managing Business Travelers Speaker to be announced
Workplace Options
Speaker to be announced
GTN
Speaker to be announced
ECA International
PM IBIS Academy Gala Dinner The Orangerie at the Schloss Charlottenburg Palace
Wednesday, 9 May    
AM Mobility joins the Conference track sessions.

Please reference the Conference agenda for details.
 

Agenda is preliminary and subject to change.

IBIS Academy’s annual gala dinner brings all attendees together for an unforgettable evening at a unique local destination. This year as we look to the future, we also reflect on the past at one of Berlin’s many historic sights. Join us at the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace, completed in 1699 as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, Queen consort in Prussia and sister of King George I. Dine with friends and colleagues in the Great Orangery as you soak in the history of the largest palace in Berlin.

Attendance is included for all registrants, and additional gala dinner tickets can be purchased for travel companions for $250 US during registration.