2019 Session Speakers
CEO and Founder – Fluency Corp.Micah Bellieu and her team have been creating language programs for Global Fortune 500 companies since 2008. After studying English, Spanish, French and Japanese at Boston University, she decided to open Fluency Corp for language training which is accessible throughout the world. She has thrown language learning on its head with The Bellieu Method, which focuses on relevant, interesting conversation and task-based lessons – like real life. With a talented team of dynamic instructors and creative, conversation-focused curriculum writers, Fluency Corp has been training international teams from Spain, Russia, Germany, China, Japan, Korea and more – working with employees at Google, Samsung, Hitachi, Kayak, Mary Kay, 7-11, Ferrovial and many others. She loves learning new languages and traveling the world – learning something new every day is her goal.
Owner and Principal Consultant – Bovino Consulting GroupVince Bovino is a management consultant and founder of Bovino Consulting Group. He is a hands-on consultant with 250 plus consulting assignments in major industrial settings. Vince and his team have designed and implemented a powerful and effective Operational Excellence initiative that quickly produces significant and lasting operating performance improvements. His model for Operational Excellence drives results and outcomes … not activities.
Vince is a voice for Operational Excellence. You can find him throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Australia speaking to corporate leaders, professional business groups and associations. Vince’s presentation is a fusion of the many lessons learned. His messages are anchored in experience … not in theory. Prior to forming Bovino Consulting Group Vince was the Vice President of Human Resources for Bunker Limited, Employee Relations Manager for Standard Oil, Boise Cascade Corporation and General Cable Corporation.
Jordan W. Cowman
Jordan W. Cowman
Labor & Employment Lawyer – Greenberg Traurig, LLPJordan W. Cowman Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. He focuses his practice on transnational projects and transactions, international agreements, public international law and policy, and corporate compliance. He has a broad range of international experience representing and advising governments and international agencies on policy issues, as well as multinationals in industries including: logistics, technology, transportation, energy, defense, manufacturing, retail, banking, food, aviation, chemical, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing and private equity.
Jordan represents a broad range of organizations in all facets of management-side labor and employment law. During more than two decades of practice, he has gained a national reputation for his practical, strategic approach to employment law issues.
Joe Crumly, SHRM-SCP, GPHR
Joe Crumly, SHRM-SCP, GPHR
Global Mobility Manager, HollyFrontier CorporationJoe Crumly has over 20 years working in global mobility and international human resources working both in the United States and in Singapore. Joe has worked in compensation, expatriate tax, relocation, immigration and assignment management systems.
Having worked as both an HR practitioner and consultant, Joe has assisted multinational companies with their international assignment programs as well as rebuilt and managed several others.
Debi Dault, CRP, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Debi Dault, CRP, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
President – Dault Global SolutionsDebi Dault, President, Dault Global Solutions formed her company after many years in the Global Workforce. Her career started in staffing right out of college with a marketing degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She quickly learned how to recruit, interview and hire hundreds of people a week. “It was a great learning environment. You were given the empowerment to run your branch like it was your own company.” During her 13 years there, she had 11 promotions where she learned invaluable business acumen. Her journey in staffing ended at the executive management level on the Board of Directors.
After leaving staffing, Debi worked in the global mobility industry where she used her background in Human Resources to help Fortune 500 companies of all industries relocate their high potential employees all over the world. Her experience in mergers and acquisitions gives her a unique skill to go into unfamiliar territory and quickly assess strengths and weaknesses to formulate a plan of action. She spends her time now helping companies get on the path to success. When not working, she is involved in SHRM as a volunteer leader at the state level and is the Conference Director of Texas SHRM Global HR Conference held annually in Houston, TX. Between her teenage son, husband, PTA and Church, Debi is happily busy at living her best life!
Leiza Dolghih, JD
Leiza Dolghih, JD
Partner – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLPMs. Dolghih is a partner at the 9th largest law firm in the United States, specializing in employment and business litigation. Selected to Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40 in 2017 and 2018 and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Dallas by Texas Diversity Council in 2018, she works with HR professionals on a variety of legal issues, including emerging technologies and accompanying legal challenges.
Principal, Career Products Sales Leader, Central Market – Mercer
Jeff Doucet is the Career Products Sales Leader for Mercer’s Central Market and has over 20 years of experience in HR-related consulting, technology and sales roles. A Principal in Mercer’s Dallas office for 11 years, Jeff has assisted in connecting Mercer’s multinational clients needs to a broad set of data and technology products spanning traditional areas of compensation and benefits, significant solutions in global mobility, HR policies and practices and workforce metrics and innovative reaches into employee engagement and workforce transition.Jeff received his BBA degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. Jeff lives in Dallas with his wife Colleen and two daughters, Kathleen and Meredith, and is an avid (his wife would say rabid) football fan.
Regional Vice President, Sales – Aetna International
Brett is corporate sales and service leader with nearly 25 years of employee benefit experience including business development, consulting, management and administration. His industry experience includes eight years of global benefit and compensation consulting for multi-national employers spanning four continents including four years as the global consulting practice leader. He is currently Regional Vice President of Sales with Aetna International and has a strong command of international insurance protocols and experience conducting business with professionals, executives, governments and teams across the globe.
He is an active employee benefit and human resource speaker and is a member of the International HR Roundtable, the World Affairs Council and the National Foreign Trade Council’s International Compensation & Benefits Committee. His academic credentials include a MBA from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business with concentrations in International Business and Global Corporate Finance.
Ryan M. Freel
Ryan M. Freel
Director, Client Services – Fragomen
Ryan began his career with Fragomen as an Associate in 1999. As Ryan’s career progressed within the firm, he managed the inception and ongoing operational development of the Firm’s Singapore office. Ryan was also appointed the Senior Client Services Manager within the Asia Pacific region in 2002. In 2005, Ryan took a position as the Director of Global Immigration Services with a well-known relocation company. Ryan subsequently joined a global immigration consulting firm, where he held the position of Vice President of Global Operations. Ryan rejoined Fragomen in October 2007 as the Director of International Alliances and Client Services. In 2010, he was placed in charge of the Firm’s US-based Global Business Visa, Passport, Document Services, and Consular Teams. In September of 2014, Ryan was seconded to an Oil Field Services Company to develop their internal Immigration Program. Ryan returned to Fragomen in 2018 and currently hold the position of Client Services Director.
Principal, Expatriate Tax Services – BDO USA, LLPMesa Hodson is a Principal in the Expatriate Tax Services. She has over 30 years of experience in the individual tax area assisting both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals working on international assignments. Mesa spent the first 20 years of her career in Big Four firms serving the expatriate population of large corporate clients. She has managed the tax return compliance for international tax programs of various sizes and consulted on tax equalization policy and expatriate payroll for the corporate programs. Mesa has also assisted companies with sending their first expatriates on assignment. She has worked with both public and private companies across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Engineering, Aviation and Real Estate.
Mesa has spoken at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Global HR conference on basic expatriate tax issues. She has also hosted a panel discussion at the conference on the topic of U.S. Financial & Estate Tax Issues for International Assignees. Mesa hosted a panel discussion on HR, Legal and Individual Tax issues companies need to consider for international assignments at the Financial Executives International (FEI) Summer Breakfast Series.
Vice President, Global Solutions – UnitedHealthcare GlobalSince joining UnitedHealthcare Global in 2015, Allen is responsible for developing long-term global growth strategy, thought leadership, customer fulfillment, product development, continuing education via existing distribution channels and effective partnerships. He has consulted and advised on global initiatives tailored to the employer’s workforce, goals and budget.
Allen has been actively involved in developing and supporting international health care, global wellness, dental, disability and travel medical plans for multinational employers ranging from the Fortune 100 to emerging multi-nationals for over 30 years. He has met with groups which include international assignees, traveling executives, local nationals and medical providers with trips to over 50 countries including China, India, Turkey, Chile, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Czech Republic.
Allen has spoken at annual conferences ranging from the ISCEBS Symposium, Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), World at Work and National Foreign Trade Council. He currently teaches “International Health Care Systems and Trends” for the Certificate in Global Benefits Management at Certified Employee Benefits (CEBS). He has written various articles; his latest is “Understanding the Expatriate Perspective: Feedback to Employers and Vendors” in the 2015 first quarter News briefs, which is based upon an ISCEBS Symposium Presentation. He is currently working on solving the health care insecurity needs in the global marketplace as a great range of products and services are offered in a combined program.
Allen currently lives with his wife and two children in Wilmington, Delaware.
Associate Director, Total Rewards Projects – LyondellBasell
John LeBoeuf is the Associate Director, Total Rewards Projects at LyondellBasell in Houston, TX, where he leads the company’s current and future projects related to global compensation, benefits, M&A, international mobility, and other areas within Total Rewards and Human Resources. John has over 20 years of experience in Total Rewards management and HR administration.John received his Executive MBA degree from Nicholls State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Louisiana State University.
Regional Sales Director – GeoBlue
Wes Proctor is the Regional Sales Director for the mid-west south region (AL, AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX) in GeoBlue’s corporate sales segment where he develops and oversees large case opportunities.Prior to GeoBlue, Wes was Sales Manager with Cigna & CMC Life Insurance Company Limited, based in Shanghai, where he managed and developed strategies to generate new business and meet profitability targets. In 2014, Wes relocated to Sydney, Australia where he led sales and client management efforts, driving business development and client retention strategies. Having lived and worked overseas, Wes is deeply aware of the challenges the globally mobile face in accessing quality and appropriate healthcare. His first-hand experience as an expat enables him to partner with clients and brokers to develop mutually-beneficial solutions that help simplify the international healthcare experience. Wes is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College where he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish and International Studies. He’s an avid SCUBA diver and is passionate about ocean conservation.
Gerardo Pulido Pérez, MAAA – Willis Towers WatsonGerardo Pulido is a senior international consultant currently working out of Houston for Willis Towers Watson in the Global Services and Solutions group (GSS), and lead of the Texas market on international matters. His consulting experience includes global benefits management and administration, performing actuarial valuations for pension and retiree medical plans, administration of international pension plans, benefits audits, global healthcare, international mobile employees, multinational pooling, M&A, etc. Gerardo is one of the main resources for the Latin American region within GSS NA due to his background and in-country expertise. Gerardo also leads Willis Towers Watson Center of Excellence for Expatriates in North America.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 2004 as an actuarial analyst in the Retirement Group in Chicago, Gerardo was a marketing and sales manager for the multinational Procter & Gamble in Latin America; and a member of the faculty of Anahuac University in Mexico City. He holds a M.S. degree and a B.S. degree both in actuarial sciences, and post graduate studies in finance, all from Anahuac University. Gerardo is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, the Mexican College of Actuaries and the International Actuarial Association; as well as an active volunteer with the Actuarial Foundation and a recurrent speaker for the International Foundation of International Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).
His current role is consulting to US based multinationals on international topics.
Money Gram InternationalRebekah Ross is currently with Money Gram International. She specializes in international and domestic global health and welfare benefits and employer compliance for over 40 countries. Rebekah is responsible for designing and implementing benefit strategies, reporting, service award programs, pension, payroll, employee communication education, and technology.
Throughout her career, Rebekah has worked on both the employer and consultant sides and within the private, public, and municipalities spaces. She is an expert in self-funding, adjudication, benefits administration, file feeds, contract negotiation, compliance with local customs and laws, federal compliance, cultural ecosystems specific to various countries and companies, and overall auditing of benefit strategies, implementation, contracts, claims, and compliance with legislation and other regulatory agencies.
She has acted as an influencer in various roles and areas in employee benefits specifically related to Senior Global Benefits Partner, Senior Account Executive, Human Resources, Payroll, and Compliance.
Rebekah holds her Bachelor of Business Administration, with emphasis in International Business, from Northwood University. She has an Associates in Information Technology and holds certifications as a Global Benefits Specialist and Group Benefit Associate (GBA) from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Wharton School of Business – University of Pennsylvania.
She is currently pursuing her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. She acts as a mentor to graduating students at the University of North Texas.
Expatriate Managing Director – BDO USA, LLPJeanie is a Managing Director in the expatriate tax practice in Houston, TX. She has over 25 years experience in the area of expatriate taxation of which 22 years were with a Big 4 firm.
Jeanie has managed a variety of multi-national engagements, ranging from less than 5 assignees to in excess of 2,000 assignees. Throughout her career, her main clients were in the engineering and construction (1,200 US assignees); oil and gas (400 US assignees); and financial services (500 assignees). In addition to US tax compliance, she has also assisted clients in transitions, policy design and implementation, cost projections, tax accruals, treaty interpretations and tax planning. Jeanie understands the need for exemplary client service, as indicated by her client survey results.
Jeanie’s other client responsibilities include working on a variety of clients, differing in size and industry. She is also on a core internal BDO education committee, bringing training ideas to enhance the overall knowledge and quality within the US engagement teams in expatriate taxation.
Jeanie has spent the majority of her career in Houston, but has also worked in New York and was an expatriate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Senior New Business Manager, Central Region – Cigna Global Health Benefits
Danielle is a Senior New Business Manager for Cigna Global Health Benefits working in Houston, Texas. Danielle’s responsibility include developing, implementing, and maintaining global benefit strategies for multinational companies located in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.Danielle has worked in the health care industry over 25 years, focusing on global benefits for groups of employees assigned or traveling internationally. Her determined, ‘can-do’ attitude has been instrumental in her success creating cost-effective solutions for multinational employers, working closely with their brokers and consultants. She has earned a reputation for excellence by listening to the needs of her prospective clients. Danielle’s success can be measured in part by her recognition in Cigna Global Health Benefits’ Gold Circle Awards for five years. She was also hand-picked by senior management for a Cigna Global Health Benefits Associate Recognition Program and an Outstanding Employee Commitment Award. Danielle holds a certificate in Global Benefits Management from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. She regularly conducts continuing education classes for brokers and consultants within her territory, as part of Cigna Sales Institute, and has successfully mentored several sales interns and new employees for Cigna. Danielle currently resides in Houston, Texas.