#SHRM18 -- An Experience I Will Never Forget



Attending SHRM18 will be an experience that I will never forget.  In the middle of January, I received an email from SHRM inviting me to attend the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference being held in Chicago as a blogger.  I had tremendous support by Industrial U.I. Services & the Garden State Council – SHRM (GSC-SHRM).  Before I knew it, my flight & hotel were booked. The following six months flew by!  Now, I am writing this blog about a little over a month after the conference commenced.



Reflections on the Global HR Community #SHRM18

An interview with Lyn Goodear, AHRI CEO, on SHRM18 & the WFPMA Conference in Chicago, Illinois


The global HR community is evolving, particularly as technology enables us to communicate and learn from our colleagues across borders. This year, the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), of which Peter Wilson has been the Chairperson & President of for the past two years, met in Chicago, coinciding with the US Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) National Conference.

The combination of both conferences meant an audience and exhibitors totalling over 22,000...


Pan-African in Chi-Town #SHRM18




Growing up in Maseru, Lesotho, we played a lot of dodgeball during break time in primary school. During school holidays, I would visit my cousin who lives in the South Western Townships of Johannesburg (Soweto). In Dobsonville, we played exactly a similar game, but on these streets it was called something else. We would pretty much do the same thing, build the blocks as high as possible in the...


“Expanding MY World” – A First-Time Attendee’s Synopsis #SHRM18


As a local Chicagoan, I didn’t have to travel very far for #SHRM18, but it was still a new and exciting experience since I was a first-time attendee to the SHRM National Conference.  I was fortunate to be able to attend the conference with two other colleagues - Tony Zamora, HR Manager, and Shannon Yates, HR Manager.  Tony is a regular SHRM Blogger and he gave both Shannon and I an inside look at his partnership with such a great organization. 

The SHRM conference is certainly an experience. I have never attended a conference so large – 22,000 people...


Episode 24 - Jon & Wendy talk to #SHRM18 Blogger Claire Petrie


We're joined by Claire Petrie, Talent Acquisition Manager with Remedy Intelligent Staffing in Buffalo, NY. We talk about making the move from corporate HR to third party, how LinkedIn video has helped Claire in networking, and Jon and Wendy introduce a new segment to the show, HR Superfriends!

Claire's recommendations: (Mary Faulkner)

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“Inclusion!” Experiencing my First SHRM Annual Conference! #SHRM18


Is Diversity and Inclusion important within your organization? Do you do it because it is the right thing to do or because it is the smart thing to do?

This was my first time attending a SHRM conference, local, state or national. I was honored to be one of the recipients of this year’s SHRM Foundation scholarship. Moreover, I was touched as an international student from Ecuador, now working in human resources, to experience the theme and feel of inclusion throughout the conference.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM’s CEO, opened the conference highlighting how important it is to implement...


Through the Looking Glass #SHRM18



He drove by with a wave, rolled down the window and asked,”Kavi?” In an inchoate two minutes, I was seated settled in the comfortable car with his words “I’ll get you to the airport. Nice and safe” to soothe me.

#SHRM18 had just wound down to a close and I was tearing myself away from the comfortable confines of McCormick Place in Chicago.  Salim (name changed ) was my Uber driver.

Uber drivers who indulge my need for conversations are special.  Speak to a few of them in a city, and you can...


Episode 23: Jon & Wendy Talk to Our International #SHRM18 Blogger Pals -- Part 2

It's the second part of our conversations with several of the international SHRM18 Bloggers. We spoke with Mofota Sefali (Pan-African as she describes herself), Anish Aravind from India, and Renee Robson from New Zealand, living in Australia! 




Thank You for Stepping With Us at #SHRM18!



The SHRM Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the #SHRM18 attendees who participated in the 3rd Annual Step Challenge, powered by Fitbit Health Solutions.

As a result of your efforts, we were able to achieve the following at #SHRM18:

  • More than 1,000 conference attendees participated in the Step Challenge.
  • Nearly $30,000 was raised to support the mission of the SHRM Foundation.
  • Collectively, Step Challenge participants walked over 20,000 miles!

We’d also like to...


Connecting for 70 Years - and Growing Stronger... #SHRM18



June of 2018 had been a hectic month for me. Let me attempt to list the things I got to touch in June to set the context for this post:

  1. My special times inside Kerala's IT SME Life...journeys via contributions to SME entrepreneurs. I had two retainer clients, one each in Kochi and Kozhikode who kept me clued in to the SME's journey. 
  2. Nipah scare in Kerala made some of my past clients reach out for help - to ensure
  3. ...