Articles by Heather Kinzie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
#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.
"A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness." ~ James E. Faust
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
I had the opportunity to walk around the Exhibitor Hall yesterday and I tried to practice what I preach...have a purpose and don't just wander.
In previous years, I have always scoffed at vendors who offer "canned" training. As someone who prides herself on her ability to develop and present "in person" training, I have always looked at these organizations as sub-par, beneath me, and not nearly the value of someone who has the ability to adapt her training, interact with her students, etc.
Here is a short post...but was inspired this afternoon after being disappointed by people stirring the pot.
I had the pleasure of spending some time with two fantastic HR professionals, Joel Peterson and Enrique Antonio, this afternoon. After catching up with our lives and careers, the conversation turned to professional certification, and the recent decision by SHRM to manage it on its own.
It’s about that time!
It’s about time to think about packing.
It’s about time to touch base with friends I haven’t seen in awhile.
And it’s about time to get excited about learning something new.
SHRM 2014 National Conference starts in less than a week, and it’s about time to get prepared for it!
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank
I have three talents…none of them are bowling.
I have bowled quite a bit in my 44 years; I used to be on a team in my late 20s but that’s mostly because it came with pizza and beer and, to be honest, there wasn’t much else to do in Juneau, Alaska in the wintertime so I thought, “why not bowl…and eat and drink with friends?”