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MOVE Guides - Female Entrepreneur of the Year


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Company: MOVE Guides, San Francisco, CA
Entry Submitted By: The Devon Group
Company Description: MOVE Guides helps HR teams move their employees around the world – for any reason, any policy and any location. MOVE Guides partners with leading multinational companies to deliver a full global mobility program across 200 countries with their Talent Mobility Cloud platform, concierge-level support for employees and a global supply chain of partners.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Products –11 to 2,500 Employees

Nomination Title: CEO and Co-founder of MOVE Guides Driving Organization to Global Mobility Talent Market Leader

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated entrepreneur since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Brynne Kennedy, founder and CEO of global mobility management company, MOVE Guides, is an inspirational leader with phenomenal energy and the drive to make the world more open, global and equal. It is Brynne’s mission to make it easier for the world’s 7.5 billion people to move around the globe. She is a passionate advocate for social and global mobility, and believes that more open boarders foster economic growth and position societies and companies for the future.

After experiencing a series of frustrating international relocations during her time as an investment banker, Brynne recognized the opportunity to build a technology-first approach to global mobility management. As a result, she founded MOVE Guides in 2012 to help companies move employees around the world – for any reason, any policy and to any location. Through a single platform, the MOVE Guides Talent Mobility Cloud helps HR teams manage and deliver full global mobility programs, complete with concierge-level support for employees and a supply chain of partners. Building on her initial vision, Brynne led the drive from antiquated, expensive, inefficient mobility services to an open platform where companies can optimize how they manage global talent.

In just five years, MOVE Guides has grown from an idea into a well-known entity that continues to expand. Under Brynne’s leadership, the company reported 200 percent annual growth in the last year, more than doubling the size of its global team, while introducing new solutions and services. Along with these accomplishments, MOVE Guides has been recognized through various industry and leadership awards, including “Most Innovative Company in HR” by Aragon Research, “Relocation Management Company of the Year” by the Forum for Expatriate Management and “Best Enterprise Startup” by the Europas.

While building MOVE Guides, Brynne never lost her commitment to an open, global and equal world. In 2016, Brynne took the Founders Pledge, committing two percent of her personal exit proceeds to non-profit initiatives. In January 2017, Brynne launched #Mobility4All, a non-profit program where MOVE Guides contributes one percent of revenue and resources to provide global mobility to those fleeing war and poverty. In addition, the company is currently sponsoring Pink House, a shelter for unaccompanied refugee minors in Athens, Greece. The first of its kind, Pink House is a model for housing, education, integration and local employment that Brynne and her partners hope to replicate around the world.

Brynne is renowned as a leading entrepreneur, receiving various industry and leadership awards, including:
-Workforce Magazine “Game Changer”
-Women in IT Awards “Entrepreneur of the Year”
-Worldwide ERC “Meritorious Service Awards” recipient
-50 Most Inspiring Women in European Technology
-The Women of the Future Awards “Entrepreneur of the Year”
-London Business School and Management “Distinguished Alumni Entrepreneur Award”
-Today’s “35 Under 35” List.

She is currently writing her first book, “Global Mobility Management: How Innovative Companies Move and Manage their Global Workforce,” to be published in September 2017.

A passionate advocate for global mobility and immigration, for the future of work and for female equality in technology, business and beyond, Brynne is an outstanding leader and entrepreneur dedicated to setting an example for others to follow.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur (up to 125 words):

Inspired by a series of frustrating moves during her time as an investment banker, Brynne Kennedy launched MOVE Guides while studying at London Business School. With the goal of disrupting the employee relocation process, Kennedy has grown MOVE Guides from startup to a successful company responsible for several industry-first innovations with an impressive customer roster in just five years.

Kennedy is a frequent speaker and author on the subjects of HR, global mobility and technology and is a registered Global Mobility Specialist with the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. Kennedy, who has lived in the U.S., Europe and Asia, speaks four languages, holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and her M.B.A. from London Business School.