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I’m here at #SHRMTalent in Las Vegas and hanging out at the Smart Stage this afternoon as I’m in the mood for smaller deep dive sessions. SHRM’s Smart Stage is a neat way to gather the goods – 18 minute presentations from Subject Matter Experts who give you just enough to think about.

April 17, 2018



It’s been a week since I’ve returned home from SHRM17 and I’ve been contemplating what I learned this time around. I certainly gained a lot from the sessions and the experts who presented them, from the exhibitors who took the time to educate, and from my colleagues I see but once per year.

July 3, 2017

It’s Day 2 here at #SHRM17 and I just attended the General Session. While I enjoyed Laszlo Block’s presentation and believe he has tremendous talent, he offered something that I just can’t stand behind.

He offered that we shouldn’t let Hiring Managers make hiring decisions.

Think about this message. It got a good laugh and I respect that, but please think about the meaning of those words. And then contemplate this…

June 19, 2017


If you suggest to Marissa Afton that she has beautiful red curly hair, she’s likely to give you a quizzical look. There is no denying she’s got some curls but she doesn’t consider herself a redhead.

Perhaps being a redhead is a state of mind. 

Mindfulness - that’s also a state of mind.

June 13, 2017


I have had a mentor for nearly 20 years and, while I moved nearly 1,000 miles away from him about two years into our mentoring relationship, we continued.

We didn’t do this by flying back and forth; we used collaborative technology.

August 26, 2016


It's been just shy of a month since SHRM16 took over our nation's capital but nearly a month is fairly late for getting a "post-SHRM16" blog written.

To my credit, a lot has happened since that time; likewise, I have been mentally occupied so it was difficult for me to write much. But, better late than never and today, I hope this is a worthwhile read for you.

July 19, 2016

I'm here at SHRM16 milling about with thousands of other Human Resource Professionals. I was on a walk last night, proudly wearing my SHRM16 Blogger t-shirt, and stepped into a joint to get some water. An employee of the store, referring to my shirt, asked, "What is SHRM?" which led to a discussion about HR.

June 21, 2016

Years and years ago, I decided I wanted to get certified. This was no small deal. I had been raised in state government, and NONE of my peers or supervisors were certified; nor did any of them, as far as I could tell, see the value in it.

June 20, 2016


Years ago, I was a member of my local SHRM Chapter and was helping our current president recruit for new Board Members. On one particular year, the Diversity Chair position was vacant and so I offered to help recruit for that position.

June 17, 2016




SHRM16!! It's right around the corner!

Are you going? If so, have you thought about how you're going to go about it?

I know that seems odd but trust me on this one, if you're going to a national conference of this size, you need to think about it before you arrive.

Over the years, I wrote a few posts about SHRM National: a few of my favorites to help you prepare are as follows:

June 9, 2016

#SHRM16 is right around the corner and it's high time you start thinking about what types of sessions you want to attend.

Many of you are lucky enough to live and work in a location in which there is a strong and active local SHRM Chapter that offers consistent HR educational courses. Many more of you are lucky enough to travel to smaller or niche conferences when you need to fill that noggin of yours with some good information.

June 8, 2016

"A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness." ~ James E. Faust

August 10, 2015

Ahh, Vegas - how we love to hate you! You're hot, you're sleazy, you're crowded, you're expensive and you cheat...of course we hate you!

The annual SHRM conference was held in Las Vegas this year and over 15,000 attendees gathered to learn more about their profession. I have been to Vegas for conferences before but this is the first time in which I gambled...and by gambled I mean I played PaiGow.

July 6, 2015

I'm here at the Annual SHRM Conference - we're in Vegas!

As always, I'm having fun reconnecting with colleagues I haven't seen in a while and connecting with brand new ones. But alas, it's not all about socializing; I need to attend the concurrent sessions too!

I attended a session today on workplace bullying and was thrilled to hear, within the first ten minutes, the two presenters validate what I have been telling my clients for two years now: we are close, very close, to having bullying be "prohibited by law" and, therefore, the time has come to start preparing for it.

June 30, 2015

SHRM15 has begun, and the latest numbers puts attendees just shy of 15,500.  Whether you're an introvert or extrovert, the sheer number of attendees at this year's conference suggests you may meet lots of meet new people.

June 29, 2015

I had the pleasure of attending a Mega Session called “Show Me The Money” in Orlando during the National SHRM 2014 conference.  The presenter was LaFern Batie of The Batie Group.

Ms. Batie challenged the participants with what many have been encouraging HR professionals to do for years…understand the finances of the business!

July 1, 2014

I attended the SHRM National Conference in Orlando recently and went to quite a few concurrent sessions that got me thinking.

One session was about money…how an organization makes it, wastes it or loses it…and, of course, what Human Resource professionals should be doing about all of them to ensure organizational success.

June 30, 2014

“To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions.- Stephen Covey

I just met a woman at SHRM14 who I wish had a microphone and a platform as her message is a great one.

As I wrote earlier this week, my goal was to supplement the typical concurrent session, general session or vendor posts with some insight and wisdom from the participants of this conference.

She didn’t want to be named and certainly didn’t want her picture taken so for now, let’s just call her “Jane.”

June 23, 2014