We’re excited to host an all-star lineup of motivational speakers, thought leaders, and industry experts at HR Redefined 2019. With the conference just a few short weeks away, we wanted to highlight some of the talented speakers you’ll soon see on the HRR stage.
We sat down with Andrew Greenfield, managing partner at Fragomen, to learn more about his background and his session, "Recruiting and Retaining Foreign Talent in the Trump Era." At the session, Andrew will walk attendees through the latest in immigration policy and share strategies HR and recruiting teams can use to hire and retain skilled foreign workers. For even more insight, check out our January interview with him.
Here’s how Andrew got his start in the industry—and where you’ll find him when he's visiting New York.
1. How did you fall into your profession?
I truly did “fall” into being an immigration lawyer in 1994. It was never my plan in law school.
I was working at a litigation firm that rented space to a small immigration boutique. During one of our joint holiday parties, I told one of the partners that I wanted to do something different with my career and she offered me a job!
2. What most excites you about the field of HR?
I’ve been working with HR professionals for more than 20 years, helping them optimize the recruitment and retention of foreign talent for their organizations. Like me, my HR colleagues do what they do because they care about people and seeing people succeed in their jobs. The icing on the cake is getting to do that for people who are not only looking to advance their careers, but also seeking to live the American Dream.
3. If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?
Running a cheetah sanctuary in South Africa.
4. What do you like to do outside of work?
Work is fast-paced for me, so when I’m not working I like to do things that slow me down. Long walks, movies, and a lot of online reading.
5. HR Redefined is quickly approaching! What are you most excited for?
I’m excited for the vibe of the conference. Last year, it felt like I was walking through a startup incubator—groups of enthusiastic, passionate professionals seeking to improve their profession and learn from each other.
6. What’s your favorite thing to do/eat in New York City?
Katz’s Deli, and more specifically, hot pastrami on rye with mustard!
With HR Redefined 2019 just around the corner, don’t forget to buy your ticket and secure your spot! Stay tuned for even more speaker interviews on the Namely Blog and check out our full list of HRR speakers and sessions.