#SHRM22 Vendor Spotlight: Paylocity

I was delighted to be able to speak with Shari Simpson, SHRM-SCP, Paylocity HR Program Manager and host of "PCTY Talks" Podcast about Paylocity's plans to exhibit at #SHRM22.

Here is our conversation:

Mary: Congratulations on your awards: "Top 50 HR Products", "Top 200 CEO's", "Best Lead Companies" - among others. Can you tell us a little bit about Paylocity? Who can most benefit from your services? Is there a certain company profile that is ideal?

Shari: Thanks! More and more people are learning about us. Paylocity is a 25-year-old HR and...


#SHRM22 Speaker Interview: DEI&B Series Part 2: Dr. Jarik Conrad: 13 Brutal Realities Stalling DEI&B Efforts


​It was such a privilege to connect with Dr. Jarik Conrad this past week to discuss his #SHRM22 session, “13 Brutal Realities Stalling DEI&B Efforts.” There are several things he shared that were incredibly impactful. One that stood out to me is how he uses his background in engineering and science to approach Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) and culture topics. He uses that scientific framework to help organizations, leaders, and HR understand


Moving HR from Tactical to Strategic Thinking

I had the pleasure of chatting with Val Grubb who will be facilitating two pre-conference sessions, a Smart Stage presentation, and presenting a mega session at SHRM’s annual conference next month in New Orleans.  After speaking with Val, it was evident why this dynamic individual has been asked to share her knowledge and experiences at this premier, international HR event. A blog post can’t adequately capture Val’s vibrant personality, and readily apparent expertise, but the following synopsis should whet your appetite and build your...


#SHRM22 – Planning Ahead Can Make All the Difference

The SHRM Annual Conference & Expo is the world’s largest event dedicated to the human resources profession in the world. HR professionals from around the globe will gather for 3+ days of learning, networking, vendor demonstrations, engagement, and celebration. If you have not attended a “SHRM Annual” before, you may have no idea what to expect. Since my first SHRM Annual was just a few years ago, I hope to share some of my experiences to help you prepare for what will likely be one of the...


A #SHRM22 Interview with Julie Develin, Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory at UKG and Chas Fields, Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory at UKG

Tell me a little bit about your background (s) and how it led to your decision focus on improving workplace culture and enhancing the employee experience?

Chas: My background is consultation and leading teams/projects on a large scale.  We chose this track because it narrows in on the problems HR leaders face on a regular basis.  We see people struggle daily in our conversations and we have the privilege of helping those elevate themselves and people around them with better practices.

Julie: My background is in HR, as a practitioner....


A #SHRM22 Speaker Interview with Steve Gilliland

I have been attending SHRM conferences since 2015, and each year I seem to find a speaker that speaks to me. During the SHRM 2017 conference in New Orleans, the speaker was Steve Gilliland. I had attended the Super Sunday Session for Students and Young Professionals, and Steve was one of our “keynotes.” Later during that same conference, a friend suggested we go to his “Hide Your Goat session.” Between both of these sessions, I was hooked. Steve speaks at SHRM every year, so I always...


#SHRM22: The Introvert’s Guide to #Conferencing

#Conferencing is a term that has been coined by the #SHRM19Blogger contingent that took on Las Vegas.  The annual conference is an EVENT, and it can be overwhelming for those that are first-timers or even recurring attendees.  There are a LOT of blog posts by my fellow #SHRM22Influencers that will help you every step of the way for first-time attendees.  We are HR people, People people, and we are here to help!

This guide is a little bit different.  I’m a card-carrying Introvert, INTJ, and I’m here to help.

#Conferencing is not a spectator sport as I’ve shared before.  Conferences...


Why You Should Join Us in NOLA for #SHRM22

Hey, are you going to National?” That’s a question I’ve asked and answered countless times. I have attended the SHRM National Conference for decades, along with many of my colleagues. It’s such an important event that we’ve skipped family gatherings, passed on vacation opportunities, and even missed a few Father’s Day celebrations with our children.  

Now, fast forward to #SHRM2022, and the opportunity as a #SHRM22Influencer to attend virtually from the comfort of my office or living room....


HR Can #CausetheEffect When we “Ready, Set, Change!”

Are you attending #SHRM22 and finding it a challenge to pick from one of the many #HRAwesome sessions available?  As I plan my #SHRM22 conference agenda, there are a few sessions that stand out.  One of those sessions is “Ready Set, Change! Simplify and Accelerate Organizational Change”.  When I think about many ways that we in HR can #CauseTheEffect, having the ability to navigate and facilitate positive change in the organizations we serve is one of them.  I recently had the opportunity to connect with session presenter, April Callis-Birchmeier on what we...


#SHRM22: So Why Should you Attend an Offline HR Conference?

As some say, when life throws lemons at you, you end up learning to make and like lemonades! So just about a decade ago, in 2012, when serendipity offered me the opportunity to cover world's largest HR conference on my social media handles as an SHRM12 Blogger, I considered it as pure luck / coincidence. Later, a series of life events (I have blogged about some of them) made me to belive that we have the power, as humans, to design for serendipity. 

Tough to believe? I shall explain... 

So, after having attended about 4 HR conferences every year in the...