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October International SIG: Short-term Business Traveler Challenges
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When: Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
7:45 -10:30 a.m.
Where: 40th floor – Room Superior A/B
Wells Fargo Center
90 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States

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October International Special Interest Group (SIG)

Short-term Business Traveler Challenges – It’s not just about Travel Tracking 

Session Description 

In today’s global business environment, cross border business travelers play an ever-expanding role.  The ability of employers to proactively track and manage the overall compliance issues (tax, immigration, etc.) associated with cross border travel is vital to meeting both business and regulatory demands.  Unfortunately, even organizations with long-standing, well-managed formal global mobility or international assignment programs often struggle to proactively address the scale and complexity of issues caused by short-term business travelers. Getting this right is becoming increasingly critical as global tax and immigration authorities have been ramping up oversight efforts. This is further complicated by the fact that there may not be clear ownership of business traveler compliance within an organization – Who owns it? Tax? HR? Global Mobility? Someone else?


We are excited to hear from Anne D’Arcy, a Principal with KPMG LLP, and Tricia Layde, Head of Global Mobility and Reward Projects with Smiths Group plc.  Drawing from her extensive experience helping her clients, Anne will go beyond the technical requirements and, instead, focus on the practical considerations related to evaluating risk and implementing an effective business traveler program for both international and U.S. state-to-state travelers – including policy and process design, technology trends, program implementation/rollout, and the employee experience.  As a Global Mobility leader who is in the process of implementing an effective business traveler program, Tricia will provide her valuable insights and information on how Smiths approached the business traveler challenges, how she gained internal support to implement a program, and lessons learned throughout the early stages of developing of her organization’s business traveler compliance approach.


In this session, attendees will:

  1. Understand the current trends observed for a business traveler population in terms of compliance requirements and risks globally as well as marketplace best practices
  2. Understand the specific considerations and recommended action items including policy considerations, operational considerations, technology/automation, employee experience, implementation approach & execution
  3. Analyze and navigate the barriers to implementing and administering a business traveler tracking and compliance program




7:45am-8:15am    Registration & Networking     

8:15am-8:30am    Twin Cities SHRM Introduction

8:30am-10:00am   Program Speakers and Discussion

10:00am- 10:30am Questions and Networking



Anne D’Arcy – KPMG LLP, Principal and national leader of Business Traveler Services

As the national leader of KPMG’s Business Traveler Services practice, Anne D'Arcy specializes in helping clients to implement business travel programs focusing not only on tracking employee travel but also the related end-to-end processes and how each fits within the client’s organization.  Before taking on the BT Services lead role, Anne started her KPMG career in Dublin and has also worked in London and New York and served several of KPMG’s largest Global Mobility Services clients.  Anne enjoys international travel but now calls New York home with Ireland a very close second, of course.







Tricia Layde – Smiths Group plc, Head of Global Mobility and Reward Projects

Tricia Layde is the Head of Global Mobility and Reward Projects for Smiths Group, plc, headquartered in London, UK.  Tricia has led the global mobility function for Smiths Group for the past two (2) years to develop standardized policies, processes and practices across 5 different business divisions within Smiths.  She has also partnered with the corporate tax team to minimize tax compliance risks for global assignees and frequent business travelers.  Prior to joining Smiths Group, plc, Tricia worked as Global Compensation Director for Smiths Medical, a division of Smiths Group for 8 years, as well as various consulting and corporate positions in other organizations.  At Smiths Medical, Tricia was instrumental in developing a global grading methodology for professional level employees, as well as developing salary structures for over 20 countries. Tricia won workspan 2013 Author of the Year, a World at Work publication for writing an article called ‘Transforming Global Total Rewards at Smiths Medical’.


Tricia holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Arts in French (BA) from Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame.  Tricia is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) and was a member of Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honor society.  She has lived in France as both a student and an employee of Ernst & Young, as a global assignee. Tricia is an avid cyclist and cross-country skier.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, playing the piano and doing outdoor activities.


About our International Special Interest Group

We are a group of corporate and service oriented professionals working in the International Global Mobility industry in the Twin Cities.  In addition to the TCSHRM monthly events, our team will be offering two, live programs a year. The primary focus will be in International topics, however, we will continue to offer programs that interest students and professionals, both inside and outside of global mobility. HRCI/SHRM credits will continue to apply, when eligible, for these programs as well.

Our live meetings in June and October will continue to offer the networking opportunities our participants have valued in the past, including group discussion.  We will also expand these networking opportunities – in addition to time before the presentation, we will include additional time afterwards to allow attendees to continue one-on-one discussions or ask additional questions of the presenters.           

Event Fees

Member $30
Student Member $15
Non-Member $45

Directions & Parking:

KPMG’s Minneapolis office is located in downtown Minneapolis in Wells Fargo Center.  The address for Wells Fargo Center is 90 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Each elevator bank on the ground level of Wells Fargo Center does not service all floors, so please be sure to find the elevator bank that includes service to the 40th floor.


Attendees will not be required to check-in at KPMG’s main reception desk nor get a formal escort to the room as the 40th floor elevator lobby is right by where they will enter room Superior A/B.


Parking will be validated for all attendees who park in the underground Gaviidae Commons parking facility.  The entrance to the Gaviidae parking facility is located on South 6th Street between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue, going east on the right side of the street.  After parking, attendees should take the elevator up to the ground floor, walk over to Wells Fargo Center (Gaviidae Commons is connected to Wells Fargo Center), find the correct elevator bank, and take the elevator up to the 40th floor. 


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