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Lunch & Learn I Talent Acquisition & Retention. Florida: Boom or Bust?

The Florida economy is booming and employment rates are at an all-time high. Data from the Economic Innovation Group shows that Florida had the third-highest rate of new business formations per capita in 2022. And according to Enterprise Florida, majority foreign-owned companies from Europe account for the largest share by far at 63 percent of all FDI employment in the Sunshine State with the UK leading the pack. Yet, global and local companies – large and small – are struggling to find and retain the talents and skill sets they require.  The digital, green energy and healthcare sectors are feeling the most acute labor shortages along with leisure, hospitality, agriculture and construction.

Join us for lunch and an update on immigration trends and challenges, current employment trends – including global mobility programs – across the US and in Florida and a discussion on strategies that employers can use as part of their international recruitment strategy. The program will also look at the recent Florida bills aiming to target the influx of illegal immigration into the state with tougher employment requirements, including some of the strongest penalties in the nation for employers, and their potential impact on companies operating in the Sunshine State or with plans to do so.


  • Scott Bettridge, Chair Immigration Practice – Cozen O’Connor [Moderator]
  • Steven Bostock, Partner – Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Amanda Crouch, SPHR, Talent Enablement Leader – Tax – RSM US
  • Annabel Edo, Managing Director US – Ackermann International


  • Insights and perspectives on today’s workforce trends
  • Retention and recruitment in a changing workforce
  • Sectors which are facing the most challenges now and in the future?
  • Challenges and strategies to address the talent gap
  • What immigration challenges do European and other Nationals have to prepare for when coming to the United States?
  • What do companies hoping to hire foreign nationals have to look out for?
  • Can companies incentivize workers with benefits? Can visa sponsorship be used as a carrot?  Does immigration support help or hurt recruiting efforts?  Pros and cons?
  • What do the Florida bills coming into force on July 1st require and what do they mean for employers in Florida?
  • How are these changes perceived throughout the US?
  • How do companies in Europe perceive these developments?  Is Florida still a “destination” for growth?

12.00PM – 12.30PM: Registration & lunch
12.30 PM – 1.30 PM: Program
1.30 PM – 2.00 PM: Networking

EACC Member: Free
Guest with Promo Code: Free
EACC Non-Member: $30


Cozen O’Connor
Southeast Financial Center
200 S. Biscayne Blvd – Suite 3000
Miami, FL 33131


Steven Bostock

Steven is a Partner in Mishcon Private and heads up the Immigration group. With over fifteen years’ experience working as an immigration lawyer, Steven provides strategic, commercial, and informed advice to private individuals and organisations. Steven works with clients from all over the world with a specific focus on the United States, India, Europe, China, and South America. Steven is dual qualified as a lawyer in both England/Wales and also the United States and is a licenced attorney with the State Bar of California.



Scott Bettridge

Scott chairs Cozen O’Connor’s Immigration Practice and represents both corporate and individual clients in all aspects related to U.S. immigration law. Scott’s corporate clients include major global organizations in the financial services, hospitality, fashion, media, IT, energy, agriculture, insurance, and health care sectors, along with organizations specializing in professional services, athletics and private club industries. Scott also represents individuals with entrepreneurial options, as well as with family-based immigration matters. He also represents both regional centers and individual investors in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.



Amanda Crouch

Amanda is the Talent Enablement Leader aligned to the Tax practice at RSM US LLP, and is based in the Fort Lauderdale, FL office.  She leads the Human Resources Business Partner team in the delivery of the talent strategy across the US, Canada and US India operations.   Amanda has over 20 years of HR business partner experience in various industries including public accounting, consumer products, television, and human resource outsourcing.  Her expertise includes leadership advisory and strategic partnership, retention, talent management, compensation, and employee and leadership development.

Amanda received her PHR certification in January, 2006 and her SPHR certification in July, 2015 and a Bachelor of Arts, in Sociology at the University of Richmond.


Annabel Edo

Annabel Edo serves as Managing Director US at Ackermann International, based in Miami. In her role, she oversees Executive Search and Strategic Consulting practices, catering to both national and international companies. Annabel’s expertise lies in understanding and aligning the interests of organizations and candidates, transcending cultural barriers to ensure optimal alignment. Previously, she held the position of Corporate Managing Director at a prominent Spanish financial services company. With a strong background in corporate and business development, financial structuring, and M&A, Annabel has a proven track record of strategic expansion and internationalization. She has adeptly managed substantial budgets and collaborated closely with C-suite executives to devise and implement effective and efficient growth-oriented frameworks. Annabel is a passionate intrapreneur dedicated to driving organizational growth and success.

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Jul 11 2023


00:00 - 18:00

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