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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | Introductory Level

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Cirrus


Becoming an Expat: Leap of Faith or Pure Insanity?

Ross Pfile
Principal Specialist, Samsung SDS

Globalization has created an increased demand for Western professionals to relocate and serve as in-house experts.  Like all endeavors, planning, knowledge, and hints from "those who have been there”play a huge role in the ultimate success or failure of an expat’s ability to adapt to their new home.  Experts say that most people fail at being an expat not because of a lack of professional experience, but because they are unable to adapt to the culture of their new home.  For anyone thinking about moving abroad I’d like to offer some observations, hints tips, and personal anecdotes that helped me during my nearly five years abroad; before I boarded a plane with three suitcases and faith that someone would pick me up when I landed.

Please note that this session will end at 11:15 a.m.



Ross Pfile has more than 20 years professional experience managing business proposal processes for Fortune 500 companies and international development programs for the World Bank. He has strong multicultural, international collaborative experience leading multidisciplinary, multinational teams for international clients and has lived and worked in a variety of locations around the globe, including France, the UAE, Korea, and several African nations. Ross is passionate about dogs, serial commas, and his refusal to dress "grown up.” His insistence on "it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission” has resulted in a few mishaps, but no hard time served.

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