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Nov 6

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10:30 AM11:20 AMPeople Strategy, pt 1: Organizing & Optimizing Your Global Workforce

Mod: Carol Mello, Safeguard Global
Andrew Lindquist, Tricor
Janelle Sasaki, EY
David Pettengil, Six Flags

Building and maintaining an overperforming, legally compliant, motivated, diverse, and equitable workforce across markets is a principal goal of any international leader, but it is easier said than done. This session will explore the challenges in achieving this from both a compliance and structural point of view as well as a talent management and cultural point of view — and how to succeed in meeting these challenges.
Influencers: Leveraging Local Authenticity for Success

Mod: Jessica Clifton, Low Earth Orbit
Katie Eshuys, Halo Top Creamery
William Karz, LA Tourism
Taylor Klick, Influence for Impact

Influencers have become a secret weapon to many marketers, in some cases moving to the center of their market entry plans. But working with influencers in one region may be different than working with similar ones in another. This session will explore how to develop and deploy a winning influencer strategy in international contexts.
Trade Finance Essentials & Key Issues

Astar Saleh, HSBC
Greg Moore, EXIM Bank
Brett Tarnet, Brett Tarnet Insurance Services

This session will explore key topics in trade finance today — ranging from issues arising from the current trade environment, to essentials that businesses should take into account in the near future.
United States Conference of Mayors: Ports Task Force - Local Economies and their Impact of International Business

Mod: CA State Senator Lena Gonzalez
Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach
Mayor Chris Cabaldon, West Sacramento
Mayor John Giles, Mesa, Arizona

If all politics is local, then to a certain degree all international commerce is too. This interplay of regions and their commercial power beyond their geographies is a key issue for government at every level to be proactive in identifying and mastering to keep their constituents and stakeholders at the forefront of the global economy. These elected officials will discuss what they're doing to ensure they do.
11:30 AM12:20 PMInnovation in Supply Chain & Logistics

Mod: Weston LaBar
Lance Theobald
Mike Bush, NEXT Trucking
Vincent Iacopella, Alba Wheels Up International
Chris Antonelli, Purolator

The supply chain and logistics industries have traditionally been considered resistent to change. But these companies are either incrementally or aggressively seeking to disrupt the industrial status quo. This session will explore what is happening in the space, as well as what is yet to come — and how these disruptive technologies and models are reshaping the industry.
Mexico Super-Session

Mod: Aly Holvik
Pamela K. Starr
Salvador Behar Lavalle
Paola Avila, San Diego Chamber of Commerce

This session will focus on key headline issues of the recent past and near future that have had or will have an effect on the general conduct of business. There will also be a focus on the consumer market and major trends, the effects of politics and policy on the business landscape, and the government as an actor in the economy.
Innovation in Africa: What Innovation Hubs Can Tell Us About The World's Youngest Population

Mod: Yinka Adegoke
Seema Kumar
Obi Asika
Chris Ubosi

Local needs call for local innovations. And Africa's unique context and youthful population have given rise to an incredible innovation ecosystem and opportunity. This session will delve into the innovation landscape of Africa, both for domestic innovators as well as foreign companies operating in Africa.
California International Trade Center Launch Session

Leah Goold-Haws, Statewide Director California International Trade Center
Richard Swanson, U.S. Commercial Service
Stephen Cheung, World Trade Center Los Angeles
Patrick L. Perreault, Périmètre
Ted Hiatt, Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network
Felipe Cusnir, Swell Capital Inc.
Joel Perler, Port of Long Beach

The official launch of the California International Trade Center. This invaluable resource aggregates resources and empowers California's small businesses to compete most effectively in the global economy.
12:30 PM2:00 PMLunch: In Surrounding Downtown Long BeachFaculty Forum

Ray Bowman, Small Business Development Centers
Eddie Lin, Nexus Edge
Brandon Church, California International Trade Center
Global Trade Regional Directors- La Sonya Hill, Ruth Amanuel, Adilene Polis
Johanna Maska, Global Situation Room
Leah Goold Haws, Statewide Director of Global Trade
Michael Smith, World Trade Center Los Angeles
2:00 PM2:50 PMLong Beach: International & Regional Launch Pad

Mod: John Keisler, Long Beach Economic Development
Rex Richardson, Long Beach City Council
Mark Guillen, Crown Castle
Lou Anne Bynum, Port of Long Beach

A look into the investments and strides that Long Beach has been making and will make in the near future to sustain its position as a launchpad for American companies to succeed internationally, and for foreign companies to launch their US presence.
India Super-Session

Mod: Atul Sapra, RSM
Harshul Asnani, Tech Mahindra
Vishesh Puvadi, HSBC
Curt Marvis, QYOU
Gunjan Bagla, Amritt Inc.

This session will focus on key headline issues of the recent past and near future that have had or will have an effect on the general conduct of business. There will also be a focus on the consumer market and major trends, the effects of politics and policy on the business landscape, and the government as an actor in the economy.
Small & Medium Enterprise Expansion Strategies

Mod: Richard Swanson, US Commercial Service
Jeffrey Nardoci, Hydrafacial
Nanxi Liu, Enplug
James Banville, The Honest Company

This session explores the kind of thinking, preparation, and execution it takes to succeed in international expansion as either a small company or a mid-market company (i.e., $50m to $1b in revenue). This is an important distinction from large ones, because large companies have both the capital and the manpower to move with more mass and investment, and can often afford mistakes and larger experiments than can SMEs. This session will give insights into current and constant issues in international expansion for SMEs.
International Digital Marketing

Mod: Michelle Robbins, Betagirl
Eli Schwartz
Michael Bonfils, SEM International
3:00 PM3:50 PMChina Fundamentals: Keys to Business in China 2019-2020

Mod: Bill Edwards, Edwards Global Services
Debra Lodge, HSBC
Chris Lo, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Hailiang Zhang, Tricor
Alan Turley, Dept of Commerce

This session will focus on pracitical ground realities and issues companies contend with today and will likely be dealing with in the near future in the conduct of business in China's changing landscape.
Trust But Verify: Due Diligence & Building Trust in Cross-Border Partnerships

Mark Edwards, Creditsafe
Alyssa Le-Sayone, S&P Global

Every international company has to rely to some degree on partnerships, vendors, and clients in foreign countries. How can you raise your visibility into their business to be able to adequately trust their ability to perform as needed? It's typically difficult in many territories... Unless you utilize certain techniques. This session will give insight into what you can do to understand the status of your counterparts.
Ethical and Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Risk Management & Finance: Critical Themes

Mod: Julian Leuthold
Astar Saleh, HSBC
Tracy Kellaher, Tradeshift
Joanna Ewart-James, Freedom United

Consumers, employees, and shareholders demand ethical supply chains. But keeping your supply chain clean is much easier said than done. What are some of the challenges in creating an optimized supply chain? What are the trends in supply chain finance and the drive to more sustainable sourcing? How can companies unlock liquidity and help suppliers around the world grow with the buyer through supply chain finance? This session will show you how.
Southeast Asia Super-Session

Mod: Andrew Lindquist, Tricor
Mark Robinson, Herbert Smith Freehills
Mark Robinson, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kelvin Zin, Singapore EDB

This session will focus on key headline issues of the recent past and near future that have had or will have an effect on the general conduct of business. There will also be a focus on the consumer market and major trends, the effects of politics and policy on the business landscape, and the government as an actor in the economy.
4:00 PM4:50 PMSite Selection 101: Getting the Fundamentals Right Today

Guillermo Mazier, Conway
John Gatto, FrankfurtRheinMain Corp
John Keisler, Long Beach Economic Development
David Pettengil, Six Flags

How should companies prepare and execute a site selection plan in light of today's trends and needs? Whether you are looking for talent, cost savings, or access to new markets, this session will highlight what you need to be thinking about.
Payments: Key Issues in Making it Easy for Your Customers to Buy

Mod: Josua Halpern
Andrew Keighery, HSBC
Aly Holvik, former PayPal
Hans Dose, Tenikle
Bolt

Payments and maintaining stable pricing are continually difficult challenge for many companies. Which payment solutions to offer, how to repatriate your revenues, and how to avoid fraud are just some of the issues that one needs to think about. This session will give an overview on how companies can successfully navigate the issues of payments, price stability, and other key topics.
Japan Super-Session

Mod: Brian Peck
Janelle Sasaki
Scott Sato, Tricor Japan

This session will focus on key headline issues of the recent past and near future that have had or will have an effect on the general conduct of business. There will also be a focus on the consumer market and major trends, the effects of politics and policy on the business landscape, and the government as an actor in the economy.
Strategies in Workforce Development for Supply Chain Excellence (Tyler Reeb)

Mod: Tyler Reeb, Center for International Trade & Transportation
Stefan Minder, Kuehne-Nagel
Cynthia Bater, Long Beach Unified School District
Teri Carpenter, ModCloth

Nov 7

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10:30 AM11:20 AMCFIUS & Changes in Global Investment Norms

John Lash, Control Risks
James Robinson, Herbert Smith Freehills

When foreign investors want to buy controlling stakes in companies in the United States, and have had some relationship to or implication for national security issues, they've had to go through an important screening process. That process has gotten wider and stricter, and is being mimicked in other regions such as Europe. This marks an important trend that will have major effects on M&A in years to come. Don't miss this session.
European Super Session

Mod: George Tilesch, Ipsos Global Affairs
Claire O'Rourke, HSBC
James Banville, The Honest Company
Lubka Katchakova, Consulate of Bulgaria
John Gatto, FrankfurtRheinMain Corp

This session will focus on key headline issues of the recent past and near future that have had or will have an effect on the general conduct of business. There will also be a focus on the consumer market and major trends, the effects of politics and policy on the business landscape, and the government as an actor in the economy.
Expansion Playbooks, pt 1: Comparing Go-To-Market Models for Internet Companies

Mod: Andrew Lindquist, Tricor
Mary-Patton Eisen, Asana
Isabelle Bicaci, OpenTable
Claire Tsai, Cloudflare
Ramsey Pryor, Branch Metrics

There are many ways to expand as an internet company, and there are a number of rationales and methods that pertain exclusively to those kinds of companies, as well as others that have been incubated in the tech world over the last 15 years and ought to be employed by companies beyond the tech industry. These practitioners are all tasked with the responsibility of globalizing their companies, and can share a wealth of knowledge on how to do so.
Incremental Global – The Role Marketplaces Play in Your Early B2C Global Ecommerce Strategy

Host: Joshua Halpern
Chad Epling, Mamenta
Jeff Unze, Beyond X
Fiona Weng, Tmall

This session will look at how merchants can utilize the global patchwork of platforms to access the major markets and develop a wide-reaching international presence while mitigating risk.
11:25 AM12:20 PMWhat International Development Does for Business Globally, presented by US Global Leadership Coalition

Mod: Derek Gianino
Robyn Broughton, USAID

Emerging markets can often be characterized by high growth but also by gaps in public services necessary for critical economic growth and business success. This session will look at the variety of activities that the US government and the NGO community are engaged in internationally to create change for long term success — both for companies in the emergning world and for companies eager to succeed in partnering with them.
Smarter Supplier Discovery via Artificial Intelligence

Mod: Sandra Daubert
Christian Heinrich, Scoutbee
Jon Hansen, Procurement Insights
Ronald Bogashewsky, University of Warzburg

Artificial intelligence has opened up new vistas in how companies manage their procurement processes and supplier networks. This session will explore the latest developments and show you how to stay ahead of risk and competition.
Tax Strategies: Organizing for Success

Mod: Larry Wunsch
Stewart Lipeles, Baker McKenzie
Gene Tien, Baker McKenzie

So much of the way companies operate internationally revolves around tax issues. This session gets into some of the major factors in how tax issues affect strategy, and how leaders can best position their companies for success in the varied global tax environment.
Regulatory Reactions to Frontier Tech

George Tilesch, Ipsos
Leslie Katz, Clark Hill
12:20 PM2:00 PMLunch: In Surrounding Downtown Long BeachLunch: In Surrounding Downtown Long BeachLunch: In Surrounding Downtown Long BeachLunch: In Surrounding Downtown Long Beach
2:00 PM2:50 PMLatin America: Operations & Getting Things Done in LATAM

Mod: Aly Holvik
Hernan Riveros, Panama Pacifico
Salvador Behar Lavalle, National Chamber for Sugar & Alcohol (Mexico)
Max Horwitz, Business Council for International Understanding

Whether you are focused on selling to governments, vulnerable to government-generated risk, or focused more on technology penetration, infrastructure, or just the simple how to's of logistics and selling in the LATAM area, getting things done can be challenging. Culture, regional differences, economic vagaries, and bureaucratic inertia can all weigh down your operations and go-to-market plans. This session explores how to manage these factors and more.
Japan Social Media Strategies

Host: Joshua Halpern
John Hayato Branderhorst, btrax, Inc
Ayaka Matsui, Aydea
Adam Xavier, Paris Hilton Skincare
This session will cover the how-tos, dos and don'ts, and general rules of thumb for how to successfully enter the Japanese social media conversation successfully.
Expansion Playbooks, pt 2: Comparing Go-To-Market Models for Goods Companies & Manufacturers

Katie Eshuys, Halo Top Creamery
James Banville, The Honest Company
Nanxi Liu, Enplug

This will delve into the specific issues that confront manufacturers and platforms, and in particular focusing on various regulatory considerations, supply chain issues, distribution dynamics, and approaches to the addressable market across regions.
People Strategies, pt 2: Maintaining a Global Company Culture

Mod: Julian Leuthold, GetGlobal
David Pettengil, Six Flags
Mary-Patton Eisen, Asana
Isabelle Bicaci, OpenTable
3:00 PM3:50 PMGlobal Retail Power Leaders – hear from local retailers selling globally

Mod: Joshua Halpern, Getting to Global
Kai Li, Revolve
Adam Xavier, Paris Hilton Skincare
The Practice of Political Risk Analysis

DJ Peterson, Longview Global Advisors
Cenk Sidar, Globalwonks

Political risk analysis is both art and science, and this session will delve into both the practice fundamentals that company leaders need to understand, as well as critical themes in political risk analysis today.
Common Tax Compliance Pitfalls When Selling Cross-Border & How to Avoid Them

Host: Joshua Halpern
Patrick Firth, Avalara

International tax in general is difficult to master, but it can be all the more difficult with products moving in and out of various countries and tax regimes. This session explores how to get a process for managing those issues effectively.
The Global E-Commerce Opportunity: Are you Ready?

Shawn Comboy, DHL Express

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