HR Connections

Invitation-only forum for multinational human resources executives


HR: Law, taxes and regulations

By WorldCity Staff | Oct 10, 2016

It’s not unusual these days for multinational employees to  spend a few years in Latin America and then in Miami or London. Argentines, Peruvians, and Brazilians regularly come for  assignments in South Florida or other U.S. areas. But for human resources professionals who coordinate such moves, there’s lots more to consider that a plane ticket. From figuring out if…

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Ken Pasternak

Ken Pasternak: Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing

By WorldCity Staff | Oct 7, 2016

What can elite race car teams teach a group of human resources professionals? Quite a lot, it turns out, especially when it comes to lessons about working together when it really matters. That was the message from Ken Pasternak, co-author of “Performance at the Limit: Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing,” a book in…

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HR: How best to leverage social media

By WorldCity Staff | Oct 7, 2016

Millennials are streaming into the workforce just as social media has become a central instrument in the toolbox of every business. Human resource professionals often find themselves in the forefront of using social media for recruitment and retention, while helping craft policies that recognize how young employees use the technology. Examining these trends at WorldCity’s…

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Among laughs, management guru David Ulrich inspires and informs

By WorldCity Staff | Oct 7, 2016

Don’t be offended if Dave Ulrich compares you and your company to elephants grazing grass on the savannah. He doesn’t think HR professionals are like pachyderms. It’s that he believes those in human resources are in a key position to seed their companies with the ideas and procedures that will sustain them in the future.…

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Western Union: The re-imagine from within

By WorldCity Staff | Sep 1, 2016

It’s been a long time since the digital world moved from the economy’s periphery to its center. Even companies with long-established business models are folding online commerce and social media into operations. Some, like Western Union, view tech not as a threat but as a tool  to increase its customer base and build a more…

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Ariel Regatky of Citigroup leadng the discussion

Engaging employees, as the pace of change quickens in the workplace

By WorldCity Staff | Jul 22, 2016

Change is coming, be it transforming workplace culture to meet millennials’ expectations, or readying employees to ride out a turbulent period. HR professionals are key in helping managers navigate transformations; keeping employees positive and motivated in the face of an uncertain future. That was the message from Ariel Regatky, managing director and head of talent…

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Starbucks’ secret ingredient is its people

By WorldCity Staff | Jul 5, 2016

Everybody can agree, Starbucks brews and sells coffee. Yet while beverages, pastries and other delicacies are its prime products, Isabel Montes, Starbucks’ human resources manager for Latin America, draws a distinction that goes a long way to explain the coffeehouse behemoth’s success. “We are not about coffee,” Montes said. “We are about people serving other…

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Marcelo Fumasoni leading the HR Connections session

Changing corporate culture: Novartis Pharmaceuticals

By WorldCity Staff | Mar 14, 2016

“Let’s work on your obituary,” the coach said. “What would your wife say about you? What would your kids say about you? What would your friends say?” The coach was speaking at a retreat in the mountains of Chile, working with top executives on ways to bring a greater sense of purpose to their lives…

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Diversity: How developmentally-disabled employees help business

By WorldCity Staff | Mar 7, 2016

There’s more to hiring people with intellectual disabilities than an act of social responsibility. Those employees often become stellar workers and office assets. That was the message from Horace Porrás, vice president of Human Resources for American Tower Corporation Latin America, at WorldCity’s HR Connections held Jan. 22, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. “I want everyone to think broadly…

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