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Speakers Lounge @ Bay Area Mobility Management Conference 03.9.2020 | Morgan E. Wiedmann

Our thought leaders are always on top of the latest industry trends and use their subject matter expertise throughout our fast paced and growing industry. From speaking at conferences, to hosting roundtables, to contributing to industry publications, our colleagues are frequently called upon around the globe to contribute and help shape conversations around industry hot topics. And we want to share our knowledge with you, in an effort to propel mobility together!

Our Global Practice Leader in our Advisory Services group, Laura Levenson, attended the Bay Area Mobility Management’s (BAMM) annual conference in San Francisco, CA to co-facilitate a future mobility workshop.

“BAMM was really interesting this year. With 2/3 of the registrants in attendance, under the circumstances, I think most people felt it was a great showing,” said Laura.

Of course, everyone was talking about the Coronavirus, but for the most part, people were carrying on with life – avoiding shaking hands, or hugging when greeting each other, but still actively participating in all the sessions.

This year’s theme was “Back to the Future of Mobility Bringing the Past, Present, & Future Into Focus”.

The theme was perfect, with a lot of emphasis on planning today for the future – AKA “back-casting” for “übermorgen” (the day after tomorrow) based on what we can foresee happening in intervals of 1-3 years, 3-5 years and even 10 years out from now. Some great innovations were discussed.
Laura Levenson Global Practice Leader, Advisory Services

Technology was another theme that, as you can imagine, was discussed throughout the day, with talk focused on leveraging technology to augment any activities you would do today in person – such as home search, neighborhood search, school search, and online shopping.

In the most extreme cases – and as hard as it is to accept the idea of temporary quarantine, there was a lot of verbal imagining about what that would be like WITHOUT the internet, social media, Amazon and Peapod, and other modern conveniences.

As much as the news cycle can be overwhelming and fuel anxiety, HR professionals are problem solvers. And so, not surprisingly, the discussion centered around what we can learn and how we can grow from this experience, and the positive.

The discussion was also focused on the negative and how that just adds to the level of concern.

But Laura mentioned that beyond the fears and scramble for hand sanitizer, the virus underscored the importance and need for agility and flexibility in these VUCA times.

“So, core/flex policies and the need to develop policies with assignee and transferee experience was top of mind,” said Laura.

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Written by Morgan E. Wiedmann

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Morgan Wiedmann is the Content Specialist in Weichert’s Marketing group. Leveraging over six years of experience in writing and marketing, she develops content for the company’s website and social media channels as well as for client and colleague communications. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism from Suffolk University in Boston. Morgan serves as an active member of Worldwide ERC’s YP40 committee and has been named a Marketing Champion by Salesforce.

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