​​​​​2017 Plenary Sessions

The 2017 Symposium will feature the key policymakers from Congress and the Federal Agencies who are navigating the new world of immigration, representatives from international governments, and CFGI members who will discuss the real needs and concerns of in-house immigration professionals.

The 2017 Symposium will offer the following plenary sessions:


MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 


9:20 – 10:30 AM 

The New Political Dynamics: U.S. Legislative and Policy Update 

Speakers: Austin Fragomen, Fragomen Worldwide; Rebecca Peters, CFGI; George Fishman, Chief Counsel, Majority, House Immigration & Border Security Subcommittee; and David Shahoulian, Chief Counsel, Minority, House Immigration & Border Security Subcommittee.

The landscape for immigration shifted dramatically when a new President and Congress took office in January. Executive orders were issued and new legislation was introduced that could change the game dramatically for green cards, H-1Bs, Optional Practical Training and other work visas, as well as employment verification and worksite enforcement. This session will provide a snapshot of where we stand now and what to expect from the agencies and Capitol Hill in the months ahead. 

10:45 – 11:30 AM 

Enforcement of Immigration Laws: An Interagency Perspective 

Speakers: Steve Brown, Nike; Bill Thompson, Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification; Jim Kessler, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division; Jodi Danis, Department of Justice, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section;  Kathy Lotspeich, USCIS, Verification Division; John Morris, Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

We have entered a new era for immigration enforcement. While various agencies have their roles to play in ensuring employers are compliant, the picture becomes clearer when viewed as a whole. This panel will bring government officials together to provide updates and answer questions about the latest on enforcement at USCIS, ICE, the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (formerly office of the Special Counsel) and the Department of Labor.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM 

CFGI Board Reflection Session 

Speakers: Jennifer Shapiro, JP Morgan Chase; Robin Catmur, University of Georgia; Geraldine Moralez, Intel; Ayesha Blackwell, Amazon.com

This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to engage with CFGI’s board on what they heard in the morning sessions, what is on their mind with the current state of affairs, and what immigration issues are keeping them up at night. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017 


9:00 – 10:00 AM 

Immigration Processing: An Interagency Perspective 

Speakers: Peter Schiron, Deloitte; Donald Neufeld, USCIS, Service Center Operations; Joel Nantais, Department of State, Office of Field Operations in the Visa Office; Bill Rabung, Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification; Gary Merson, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman's Office

This session will bring together government experts from across the agencies to discuss the processing of immigration benefits. Topics covered will be processing of immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions at USCIS, Prevailing Wage, LCA and PERM processing at the Department of Labor, and visas and consular processing at the Department of State. 

10:15 – 11:15 AM 

Global Immigration: The View from Around the World

Speakers: Cynthina Lange, Fragomen Worldwide; Brendan Ryan, Fragomen Worldwide; Mark Giralt, Embassy of Canada; Rodrigo Contreras, Embassy of Chile; Damien Levie, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

This panel will bring together officials from governments around the world to discuss the latest immigration developments of which global immigration professionals need to be aware. This is your chance to engage with global policy experts to get the unique perspectives of a diverse group. 

11:15 – 12:00 PM 

The Role of Data in Talent Mobility and Immigration 

Speakers: Robert Horsley, Fragomen Worldwide; Shawn Orme, Fragomen Worldwide; Jonathan Adams, Fragomen Worldwide

In this session, audience members will learn how to improve their immigration programs with data analytics. The interactive panel will engage the audience with polling and other tools to convey best practices, new ways to solve problems, and tools that will help you see the big picture when faced with overwhelming data.

12:00 – 12:30 PM 

CFGI Board Reflection Session 

Speakers: Peter Schiron, Deloitte; James Brailer, Johns Hopkins University; Julia Onslow-Cole, PwC; Sunday Rubenstein, EY

This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to engage with CFGI’s board on what they heard in the morning sessions, what is on their mind with the current state of affairs, and what immigration issues are keeping them up at night.