Mobility professionals must always keep on educating themselves on what’s going on in the industry. This will bring many benefits for you. You’ll improve your business skills and, therefore, get better at your job. This will make your clients happy and comfortable enough to ask for your services again or recommend you. Who doesn’t want that, right?
Of course, we all want to learn in a way that motivates us and doesn’t get us bored. But is that possible? Yes! And the mobility events are proof of that. In fact, the BAMM Fall Meeting is getting closer and closer. And it’ll show you how continuing education can still be interesting.
This is a huge and very important event for all mobility professionals. Whether you are new to the industry or an expert, there’s always something you can learn. Don’t miss it!
Bay Area Mobility Management (BAMM) is an organization that aims to support all global mobility professionals in different areas of the industry. This means, giving them education and networking opportunities and helping the mobility community in any way they can. In fact, their mission statement is: “Educating, Elevating, and Connecting the Bay Area Mobility Community”.
One of the best ways they achieve their mission is through the events they host throughout the year. These are about different mobility and Human Resources topics that affect everyone. They even have some special NextGen events, with which they look to reach the next generation. So they can fall more in love with this industry, improve their skills and start making contacts.
BAMM supports some charities as a way of helping their community. One of the 2020-2023 charities has been StandUp for Kids, which helps young people in homeless situations. As well as Upwardly Global that helps immigrants and refugees get a job.
They also have a scholarship program. With it, they want to help high school students that have been relocated to Northern California. This is because they know they’re also affected by this decision. Each scholarship is $1500 and two students will be able to win. The scholarship will go to the college or university the high school students plan to attend. To win, students will have to complete an application and BAMM will make a decision based on it. They’ll also have to write an essay about the impact of relocation in their lives.
If you like the organization, become a member. Choose between the corporate and the supplier memberships depending on which one fits your business profile better. They both offer great benefits for you, such as help you grow your professional network and access to content just for members. If at the end, you love being a member, we have great news for you: you can renew!
You could also become a sponsor if you’d like. They have both a Keystone and a Mission Community Supporter program. Each program also has add-on opportunities.
The Keystone Community Supporter program costs $4000 and it lasts for twelve months. It includes different benefits, like two registrations for the annual conference, your logo on the sponsorship directory and access to the summer soiree. As well as four annual BAMM supplier memberships! Some of the add-on opportunities are being the keynote speaker sponsor for $1250 or the closing session for just 500.
The Mission Community Supporter program has a cost of $2500 and it also lasts twelve months. Some of the benefits are getting your logo on the sponsorship directory and on the BAMM sponsors’ page. As well as on the BAMM conference website and on the app. Let’s not forget, you’d also have two annual BAMM supplier memberships. As for the add-on opportunities, you could sponsor the free Wi-Fi for the annual conference for just $750. As well as being the welcome reception sponsor for $750, or the breakfast sponsor for only $500, among others.
Remember that if you want to have an add-on opportunity, the selection is through a lottery.
Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2023
Time: From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm PT
Location: Sonesta Silicon Valley at 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95035
The BAMM Fall Meeting is an important event all about education on different mobility topics taught by experts of the industry. They’ll have pretty awesome “[…] rapid fire format educational presentations…” This method consists in giving 5-minutes talks. But don’t get carried away by the short time, they’ll be truly engaging and a great learning experience. And that’s not it! They’ll also have time to do some networking.
They’ll have what they call the “Ignite Sessions”. These will be the 5-minute talks we told you about. They will be in charge of BAMM experts, so you’ll learn from the best. These talks will have cero slides but truly interesting “[…] real personal stories on what is affecting our industry”. That’s always a great way to learn.
Then, they’ll also talk about what’s going on in the industry right now. That means they’ll talk about layoffs and mobility. They are aware that all professionals “need tools and ways to understand how to expand mobilites value within a contracting market”. Through their Reimagining Mobility in Today’s Environment, they want to “[…] help you us to understand why contractions are happening now and what the future might hold”.
At the end, there will be a Q & A for you to ask your biggest doubts and concerns.
Check the whole amazing agenda they’ve planned for you. From 10:00 am to 11:00 am there will be a corporate roundtable. Then, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am, registration will begin. It’ll also be a good moment for networking. You’ll have time for lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. After that, from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm the Ignite Sessions will take place. Then, from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm they’ll have the Reimagining Mobility in Today’s Environment discussion. Wrap-up will begin at 2:45 pm and will last until 3:00 pm. But the event isn’t quite over yet. There will be a happy hour from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A great moment to network some more.
Don’t lose any more time and register now! It costs $125 for non-members.
Jessica Bravo studied a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing at Saint Mary’s College of California. She also has gained a great work experience, as she’s worked for many different companies. She worked as a Sales Associate at Bath & Body Works. She also was a Marketing and Finance Intern at The Kids’ Breakfast Club. As well as a Marketing Intern at the office of councilmember Magdalena Carrasco. Then, she worked as Head of Research and Development at Enactus. Bravo also gained experience as an Education Organizer while working at Rocketship Education. Then, she worked for six years at Stripe in different job positions, including Immigration Coordinator, Global Mobility Specialist and Global Mobility Program Manager. Now, she works as Global Mobility & Immigration Specialist at HubSpot.
In 2015, she won the You Are the Difference “Diffy” Award by YMCA for her volunteering. In 2022, she became one of Benivo’s Top 100 Global Mobility’s Rising Stars. In 2023, she was one of The Global Mobility Top 100 Diversity Champions.
Scott Carroll studied a bachelor in Business Management & Information Systems at Ohio University. He was Vice President of Business Development at SIRVA Relocation. Then, he became Director of Business Development at Weichert Relocation Resources. All this before starting working at Odyssey Relocation Management. He started there as Vice President and now he’s the President and has been for a little over 12 years.
On his LinkedIn, he states his specialties are business development and consulting and leadership. He also has skills on strategic planning, sales management, contract negotiation, account management, corporate relocation and talent acquisition.
Melissa Harms studied a Bachelor of Arts in History and Public Policy at Duke University. She also studied Law at University of Georgia School of Law. Her specialty is Immigration Law.
Since then, she’s been gaining a lot of work experience. She was an attorney at Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker, LLP. Then, she was a Business Immigration Attorney at Weaver Schlenger LLP. She then became the owner of the Law Office of Melissa Harms for a little over sixteen years. After that, she was Partner of WR Immigration before becoming the Managing Partner of Harms Immigration Law, her current role.
On her LinkedIn, she states she’s “committed to honesty, integrity, and compassion in immigration law”.
Natacha Sittner has an amazing education background. She got a Business Administration certificate at Kempton Park College. She also got a Marketing diploma at IMM. She also has a Social Science certificate by The Open University. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The same university where she later got her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Services.
She also has an impressive working experience. Among her jobs, we can find that she was Director of Global Staffing Operations and the Director of Global Mobility at Novartis. She worked there for twelve years before becoming Sr. Manager of Global Mobility at LinkedIn. She also worked for Netflix as a Senior Manager of Talent Mobility. Other companies she worked at are Relocation Operations, Illumina and Reddit. All of this before her current role as Director of Global Mobility at Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Victoria Smith got her BSc in Government & Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Then, she went on to start gaining great work experience. She was a Senior Manager of International Assignment Services at PwC. She was also Vice President of Global Mobility Services at Goldman Sachs, for whom she later became a consultant. After that, she worked at Mattel as a Senior Manager of Expatriate Tax. Then, she became Mattel’s Director of Global Mobility, Expatriate Tax & Immigration. Now, she’s working as Director of Global Mobility at Rivian.
According to her LinkedIn, some of her skills are program management, personnel management, global assignments, cross-border transactions and international tax.
Yvonne Toy studied a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies with a minor in Business Administration. Later, she got her Juris Doctor at New York Law School.
She worked as an Associate for Wolfsdorf Rosenthal. Then she became an Immigration Attorney and Program Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory! After that, she started working at Berry Appleman & Leiden. She started there as an Associate and later escalated to Senior Associate. Then, she was a Senior Supervising Attorney at Pearl Law Group, but later became a Partner. She also functioned as a Founding Partner at Corporate Immigration Partners before becoming a Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins.
Toy’s native language is English, but she also speaks basic Cantonese and Mandarin. That’s great, because having second language skills is useful for today’s mobility industry.
Mark Eckert studied a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies at Berkeley, University of California. Then. He started working as a Paralegal and later Senior Paralegal at Berry Appleman & Leiden and he stayed there for six years. Then he worked as a Global Immigration Manager at Uber. Where he later escalated to Head of Global Mobility & Immigration and then to Director of Talent Mobility & Immigration. He was at Uber for eight years before becoming Global Head of Immigration at Tesla, his current job.
On his LinkedIn, he lists legal research, legal assistance, naturalization, immigration issues, adjustment of status, multinational manager petitions and visas as some of his skills.
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