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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...

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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...

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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! 

 

 

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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 give a...

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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 they
  3. ...
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#SHRM18: Impressions from a First-Time Attendee

 

I need to extend my sincere appreciation to Mary Kaylor & Andrew Morton from SHRM for the invitation to be part of the Blogger team and the opportunity to attend SHRM 18 National Conference & Expo. Their passion and dedication to the profession is evident in all they do to support and strengthen the HR community.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet many of the #SHRM18Bloggers in person - after many months of tweeting, exchanging insights and having on-line conversations – the occasion to meet in person really deepened these relationships! ...

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#SHRM18 Vendor Spotlight: Ultimate Software


 

I had the privilege of attending #SHRM18 as a member of the #SHRM18Bloggers Team in Chicago, IL. One of the vendors I wanted to highlight was Ultimate Software. They sponsored the June 20 #SHRM18 #Nextchat and the #NextChat Reception that was held at the conference. I am already aware of how they support the #HR profession and the HR Tech industry, so I wanted to dig in into their product offering. I got the honor of getting my questions answered by Adam Rogers (Twitter: @adamr), Chief Technology Officer, Ultimate Software.

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Looking for a Best Place to Work? Check out Kronos #SHRM18

 

 

At the #SHRM18 conference I wandered around the exposition hall and spoke with many of the exhibitors. I specifically asked several of them if they were willing to share why their company is a great place to work. Kronos is one that took me up on the challenge and the following is what I learned:

At Kronos, they strongly believe that employee engagement and the success of their company are firmly connected. This belief starts at the top with Aron Ain, their CEO, and extends to all levels of the organization. They...

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 #SHRM18 = Amazing!

 

 


(Left – Right) Paula Harvey, Anthony Paradiso, Michelle Kohlhof, SHRM CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Mary Williams, & SHRM Board Chair, Coretha Rushing
 

There are many words that come to mind when describing SHRM18 but there is one that REALLY sticks out, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  SHRM18 will truly be an experience that I will never forget.  I was very excited when I received the invitation to come to the annual conference as a blogger. But, I was also a little nervous.  I’ve been to a fair number of conferences but nothing compares...

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