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By |2018-11-08T12:33:22+00:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

BGIAP Participating Organization: The International Executive Resources Group (IERG)

The International Executive Resources Group (IERG), founded in 1997, is a global non-profit, professional association for executives who have lived and worked outside of their home countries at senior levels for extended periods and been enriched by in-depth exposure to diverse business environments and cultures around the world (www.iegronline.org).   Membership is by invitation, and benefits include access to a global network of highly accomplished international business leaders, an array of excellent programs of interest to the international community, and camaraderie with like-minded professionals.

The IERG has graciously agreed to provide BGIAP participants with access to their webinar series “Global Leaders on the Virtual Podium”. 

For a preview of the IERG webinars please be my personal guest to hear Mr. Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Her Majesty’s Trade

talk about BREXIT and the global implications.


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By |2018-11-06T11:06:21+00:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

BGIAP Atlanta, January 16, 2019

Featured Participating Company

Birchtree Global is pleased to announce Dezan Shira & Associates will be joining the BGIAP team in Atlanta to provide expert advice, research, and information on Asia market entry.  BGIAP is a four week, in-class and online program to rapidly accelerate market entry understanding and global business skills for company leaders.

Incorporated in Hong Kong in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates is a large, pan-Asia, multi-disciplinary professional services firm, providing legal, tax and operational advisory to international corporate investors. Operational throughout China, ASEAN and India, their mission is to guide foreign companies through Asia’s complex regulatory environment and assist them with all aspects of establishing, maintaining and growing their business operations in the region. With more than 25 years of on-the-ground experience and a large team of lawyers, tax experts and auditors, in addition to researchers and business analysts, they are the partner for growth in Asia.  Dezan Shira is a member of the Leading Edge Global Alliance.

The BGIAP program includes:

* 3 hours private consulting services with global law, tax, HR, or functional specialist

* One-year membership in the World Trade Center Atlanta

* Customized global market entry workbook with country specific information

* 20 specific market entry modules critical to strategy and operations of a global business

* Customized personal coaching from global market entry, C-Suite executives

* Documentation and paperwork required for specific country market entry as requested

For more information: https://www.birchtreeglobal.com/services/birchtree-global-incubator-accelerator-program/

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BGIAP Atlanta Date Change

By |2018-10-02T15:32:41+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Birchtree Global has changed the date of the Atlanta BGIAP program from October 19 to January 16, 2019 out of respect for the program participants and presenters living in North and South Carolina that have been affected by Hurricane Florence.  We have made donations in their name to the Red Cross and the ASPCA.  We know many people have been affected by the storm and hope other businesses will consider donating or volunteering to help with the rebuilding efforts.  

BGIAP is a comprehensive, 4-week, online/in-class program for business executives to accelerate knowledge of global market entry.   BGIAP allows participants and teams to acquire the strategic and operational knowledge needed to make successful financial and fiduciary decisions.

A world-class team of business experts guide participants through the strategic challenges, paperwork, infrastructure, regulations, and functional knowledge needed to establish a business overseas.  Faculty include C-Suite global executives from Fortune 500-Unisys, IBM, Walmart, Korn Ferry, Mead Westvaco, Exxon, and INC 500 firms.  All faculty in this program have direct, corporate experience, “on the ground” setting up businesses in more than 100 countries.  Supporting information and documentation is provided by highly regarded firms including Taylor English, Dezan Shira, Osborne Clarke, Brady Ware, the World Trade Center Atlanta, Atlanta Bi-Lateral Chamber and Consular Corps Members, DF Brown, HR Dimensions, Living Abroad, and Squire Patton Boggs among others.

The program includes:

* 3 hours private consulting services with global law, tax, HR, or functional specialist firm

* Customized global market entry workbook with country specific information

* 20 specific market entry modules critical to strategy and operations of a global business

* Customized personal coaching from global market entry, C-Suite executives

* Documentation and paperwork required for specific country market entry as requested

For more information visit www.birchtreeglobal.com, for a copy of the curriculum contact us at information@birchtreeglobal.com, or by phone at: (01) 770-361-8285.

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BGIAP Preview-Global Medical Risks

By |2018-09-27T20:23:36+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Birchtree Global Incubator Accelerator Program (BGIAP) is a comprehensive program, custom designed to give business leaders the information, resources, and contacts needed to make informed global market entry decisions.  The program begins in Atlanta on October 19. For a preview of the experts and information in the program, we invite you to watch Dr. David Clyde noted global physician and president of Spinnaker Medical Consultants International as he shares his thoughts on what businesses should and should not do as employees begin traveling abroad.


From a corporate perspective sending employees and families to live and work abroad carries considerable risks. It is an expensive investment which must be evaluated, nurtured, and managed like any other investment, except there are multiple people and family members involved. Corporations that fail to plan and support global assignments risk losing their investment, paying a high price in taxes, expenses and business reputation. Dr. Clyde will discuss the risks but more importantly how organizations can manage these risks. Discussed in this presentation are the following issues:

Developing an illness during travel


Personal health issue

Medical emergency situation during travel

Death during travel

Becoming ill after return from international travel

Political instability, terrorism & kidnapping

Infectious Disease Outbreak (e.g. Ebola, SARS)

Illness of business traveler and medical care

Risk to business/employees if exposed employee returns to office

Failure of assignment or early return from assignment

Inability of employee to perform in different cultural/business environment

Inability of local resources to support a medical condition of assignee or family member

Family member – failure to adapt to new culture / environment

Mental health condition deteriorates in new environment

To register for the Atlanta BGIAP program contact information@birchtreeglobal.com.

All BGIAP programs are SHRM-SCP and HRCI certified for senior and global recertification credits.

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Birchtree Global Incubator Accelerator Program

By |2018-10-23T11:57:34+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|





The Birchtree Global Incubator Accelerator Program (BGIAP) is a comprehensive program, custom designed to give business leaders the information, resources, and contacts needed to make informed global market entry decisions.  BGIAP is customized for participants and organized from a for-profit corporate perspective.   Distinguished Fortune 500 C-Suite leaders, noted legal, tax, and HR firm partners, in-country government economic advisors, provide personalized instruction, advice, and support.

The Atlanta BGIAP Cohort begins on October 19, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.  Consider BGIAP if:

  1. Quickly acquiring a global corporate perspective on market entry is important
  2. Customized, expert business and economic advice will improve your decision-making
  3. Your business is globalizing, and your employees don’t have much global experience
  4. Experienced global business leaders with in-country experience will help you reduce your market entry risks
  5. Your business depends on optimizing financial performance in a foreign location

The program curriculum includes interactive live discussions, self-paced webinars, country specific materials, research data, and 3 hours of private consultation with your choice of global legal, tax, human resources, or functional experts.  The Atlanta program includes a one-day, meeting with the cohort and business executives followed by three weeks of online meetings.  Market entry research proves, and experienced global leaders confirm the 20 core modules in the BGIAP program comprise the critical information needed for leaders to make informed decisions.  Thus, BGIAP participants avoid walking blindly into the global marketplace, only to have to buy their way out of bad decisions.

The program is challenging and fast paced.  In four weeks, participants acquire the resources needed to reduce risk and increase financial performance in a new global market.   Participants will leave the program with a market entry workbook for the country or countries into which they wish to expand.  Unlike an economic development program, graduate school program, or isolated webinar, BGIAP is taught by business executives with for-profit and in-country experience globalizing businesses.  They know global business is NOT a one-size fits solution.  Your business strategy is unique.  To be competitive, your market entry decisions must be built around maximizing your strategic and operational goals.

Register for BGIAP

If you want to globalize your business, we’ll give you the road map to make the best financial and operational decisions.  To find out more, call:  01 (770) 361-8285 or email: information@birchtreeglobal.com for the brochure and program outline.

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2019 Student Grants from the Explorers Club

By |2018-09-10T22:02:01+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Announcing the 2019 Student Grants Cycle

As the Secretary to the Board of Directors for The Explorers Club, I’m pleased to announce the 2019 Student Grants.  The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers exploration grants in the following categories.

High School Students and College Undergraduates

The goal of this grant category is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world. The average award is approximately $1,500.

Graduate Students

This category of grant supports exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. The average award is approximately $2,500.

Awards for both categories range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.


Both grant categories will require you to submit the following via our online application system:

·         One page description of your project with attention to scientific objectives

·         Description of qualifications of your project associates and the specific sites of your proposed research

·         One paragraph description of your career objectives and aspirations and how this project fits into that plan

·         Letter of recommendation from your supervisor

·         Copy of a current student ID

·         Budget outline

Your proposal should be readily understandable to a reviewer of a discipline other than your own. Avoid heavy use of discipline specific jargon unless clearly defined. Keep your titles simple. Here’s an example.

Clearly stated: “Grouping Dynamics of Woolly Monkeys in Lowland Ecuador”

Too much jargon: “Phylogeography and landscape genomics of the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)”

Generally The Explorers Club considers research proposals in a wide array of disciplines, including:

·         Climate Change, Geoscience, Paleoclimate (i.e. Early Earth, Tectonics, Volcanism, Paleontology, Glaciology, Geophysics, Astronomy)

·         Marine Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries

·         Anthropology/Archeology

·         Plants and Molds

·         Animals

·         Conservation Science​

Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST, November 5, 2018.

To apply, go to – http://grants.explorers.org/

Important things to note:

·         All applications must be submitted through the online system. If you have trouble with registration, please email grants@explorers.org.

·         Awards for the 2019 Grant Cycle will be announced no sooner than March, 2019. Projects must commence after March 15, 2019. Any project beginning before this date will not be considered. 

·         Unfortunately The Explorers Club will not be able to consider research proposals for work being conducted in China or by Chinese citizens. The Explorers Club is considered a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and we do not comply with the Chinese regulations regarding grant awards by NGOs at this time.

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What’s New in Global HR Leadership Research

By |2018-08-01T18:28:18+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Did you miss out on going to Madrid for the IHRM conference? We’ve summarized the most important papers for you to watch at your convenience. Maybe a “lunch and learn date?”

Get your lunch and listen while Dr. Janet L. Walsh will presents a summary of the critical issues in Global HR Management from the 2018 Madrid IHRM Conference. Participants will learn the critical issues that challenge global HR managers and the solutions they have created to positively resolve them. Information from this webinar will provide global HR leaders with up-to-date financial and operational challenges and solutions.

This program is eligible for HRCI/SHRM recertification credits.


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I Just Attended George Washington’s Inauguration in New York in 1789!

By |2018-07-24T17:32:49+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Last Thursday I attended George Washington’s inaugural in New York City.  Really!  Thanks to Richard Humphrey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer and his magicians at THE RIDE.  Richard has put together a way to tell stories and communicate information using virtual reality.  The intersection between artificial intelligence and virtual reality is of interest to us and our global clients.  In the demonstration we morphed from 2018 to 1789 and watched as George strode through the crowd and walked past us into Federal Hall.  Afterwards we celebrated a special program on THE RIDE thanks to Dan Rogoski, Chief Operating Officer.  Check it out:  www.experiencetheride.com, also, George says, “Hello! 


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2018 International HR Management Conference Report

By |2018-07-13T17:50:49+00:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

There is a big difference between research based facts about global HR vs. anecdotal information in the popular press. For example, how many times have you heard there are significant generational differences between Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y with respect to work values? However, a review of the literature and large research studies show tis is not the case. There is another factor that is highly predictive for work values between generations. Do you know what that is?

If you are planning your 2019 human capital strategy and tactics, you’ll want to know this information and other cutting-edge, global HR research from the 15th annual IHRM conference held in Madrid last month. The research presented on global human resources management was compelling, relevant, and actionable. This conference is important because it presents research and fact-based studies on global HR management, rather than “pay to speak” or “individual experiences”. Presenters had to qualify through blind, expert review prior to being accepted. This conference also highlighted the global differences in HR leadership and management among countries, illustrating why a successful HR strategy might not work in another country. I spoke on “HR Implications for Cuba Market Entry” and described why entering the market in Cuba offers a particular opportunity for HR managers to take a lead role in the business operation.

I will be presenting a summary of the conference research in a webinar Tuesday, July 24 from 12-1:00 PM EDT. I’ll discuss the major issues facing global HR leaders, the current research and suggested actionable items. The discussion is designed to help with your 2019 strategic IHRM planning. This webinar is HRCI/SHRM certified for 1 re-certification credit.

You can register for Critical Issues in Global HRM: IHRM Conference Review, Madrid 2018 on Jul 24, 2018 12:00 PM EDT at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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