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10 Things I Am Packing in My #SHRM18 Conference Bag



Shannon Tipton over at Learning Rebels did a great post titled, “What’s in My Conference Bag? ATD ICE 2018”. It’s a nice reminder to help you plan your conference strategy. Since the next big event I’m attending is the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition, I thought I’d create my own list.

Here are the top ten things I take with me when I travel to conferences.

  1. The “bag”. I will admit, I rarely carry the official conference bag. But I do bring with me a
  2. ...

#SHRM18 Speaker Interview with Jamie Velazquez and CaMesha Reece



If you have been following the SHRM blog leading up to the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, you have likely read several speaker and vendor interviews from fellow bloggers. I enjoy these insights into sessions that go beyond a website description. We have one of those interviews for you today and will produce several more on the blog in the upcoming weeks before the event.

One of the things we look for when interviewing speakers and vendors is that they, of course, fit our audience base. Since...


Register for The Step Challenge and Purchase a Discounted Fitbit Device


We’re less than a month away from #SHRM18. Can you believe it? With all that you have going on in preparation for the Annual Conference & Exposition this year, make sure signing up for the Step Challenge is crossed off your list early!

This will be the SHRM Foundation’s third annual Step Challenge, powered by Fitbit Health Solutions. You can participate in the Step Challenge using your Fitbit device, tracking your steps with the MobileTrack option in the Fitbit app or by using another step-tracking device and...


Thinking of Making a Career Change? Where to Start and Who Can Help



Recruiters, Resume Writers, Career Coaches. These are just some of the professionals that help today’s job seeker navigate through the seemingly impossible process of finding a job. How can you possibly know which avenue to take? Well is starts with figuring out a few basics.

Take a deep breath. Poor yourself a glass of your favorite drink and dive in! Let’s start from the beginning. You’ve dug deep and decided that you have so much more to give. Maybe you’re not being challenged and have become bored, or maybe you...


Social Gravity - A #SHRM18 Interview with Joe Gerstandt



I am always excited to attend a conference where I hear great speakers and SHRM18 is no exception.  One of them is a gentleman by the name of Joe Gerstandt, one of the leading voices I have heard on diversity and inclusion.  He is a do not miss one on my list for both his concurrent session and his appearance on the Smart Stage.  Please check out the descriptions of his talks and hit both of them.  Full...


#Nextchat RECAP: Control the Chaos and Excel as an HR Department of One


On May 23, @shrmnextchat chatted with President of HR Topics and SHRM18 speaker Lori Kleiman about Control the Chaos and Excel as an HR Department of One.

If you missed this excellent chat filled with helpful tips and advice you can read all the tweets here




Succession Planning Should Include Development of Entry-Level Talent: Interview With Kelly Renz #SHRM18


Succession planning often focuses on executive roles only, but as Kelly Renz of The Novo Group says, “that’s missing the boat.” I caught up with Renz, who is CEO of The Novo Group, where they believe better people means better business. She claims to be a non-conformist when it comes to business practices and she’ll be a speaker at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, presenting “Demystifying Succession Planning: It’s Easier Than You Think!” She insists that succession planning is not rocket science and has great insight into...


Working Parents: How to Succeed at Work and at Home




What do working parents want? The ability to have a fulfilling family AND professional life! Working parents are an important talent pool, and leading employers across the U.S. are taking huge strides to cater to this unique employee demographic with supportive parental leave and post maternity leave benefits. It’s not surprising considering that flexibility to balance work and life issues ranks second to compensation as the reason employees stay at a job or leave it, according to recent SHRM data.

This is why organizations across the U.S. are leveraging...


#Nextchat: Control the Chaos and Excel as an HR Department of One



In many small and midsize companies, the human resources department consists of one person. The department of one (DOO) handles every HR function for the entire organization, including recruiting, onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance, technology, analytics and strategy—and is frequently responsible for other business processes at the same time.  

Professionals who are HR departments of one typically have diverse backgrounds and levels of training. However, whether you have an MBA and are an integral part of leadership, or if you came through internal ranks with little formal HR training,...


#SHRM18 Special Edition - Jon Talks to Mike Mitchell


I had a chance to speak with Mike Mitchell, who serves as a senior faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership, of which I'm an alumni.  We talked about innovation and barriers HR pros often encounters in workplace innovation.  As an added bonus, Mike is a Chicago native and gave me the inside scoop on what to do while you're in town for the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition!

Mike will be presenting "Driving Innovation: How Leadership Makes the Difference" on Monday, June 19 at 7...