#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! ...


#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.



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...


 #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...


Top Innovative Wellness Trends at #SHRM18 Expo Hall



I love the energy of the Expo Hall and this year’s Expo Hall at 2018 SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago did not disappoint. I did some due diligence and made an Expo Hall plan so that I could have some targeted time. Before the conference, I shared some tips on how to work the expo hall like a pro, and I wanted to share how following those suggestions lead me to some interesting products, services, and technologies.

Top Expo Hall Picks at SHRM Annual Conference 2018
I had some GREAT...


#SHRM18 – Overwhelming, Exciting & Inspiring!  



I can’t believe it’s been just over 2 weeks since the annual SHRM National conference was here in my hometown of Chicago!  I’m naturally a very introverted person, so when I attend conferences or big sessions like this I get pretty wiped out; and after reading this post you’ll see why!  I even needed to take a few days off to completely unplug and go camping, just to let the mind recharge.

First, I’d like to thank Mary Kayler &...


HR Happy Hour - #SHRM18 Annual Recap with Carleigh McFarlane



Hosts: Trish McFarlane

Guest: Carleigh McFarlane, Trish's daughter

This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, host Trish McFarlane is joined by Carleigh McFarlane.  Trish and Carleigh attended the SHRM Annual conference, with Carleigh being a junior blogging ambassador.  As a high school freshman, Carleigh's perception of what is happening in the work world is quite unique.  

Carleigh attended sessions, participated in her first vendor product demo, walked an Expo floor for the first time, and much more!  Tune in to hear how the upcoming...


You Never Know


I’m still recovering from SHRM18. There were so many memorable experiences that it’s hard to capture them all. I had the chance to see old friends, meet some folks who’ve I’ve only known through social media and also meet a ton of new people. If you haven’t gathered my focus yet, the SHRM Annual Conference, and any HR event for that matter, is about the people.

I was in a very unique position this year in that I spoke at two Mega Sessions during the conference. They’re called “mega” because the room you are in is usually vast. I...


Is Your Company Fostering Decline? #SHRM18


Change is the only constant—that’s an aphorism that is bandied at every workplace. Almost every day! Yet, the workplace is well short of breath keeping pace with the changes that are shaping work. From Taylor’s principles to the Stanford Prison Experiment, many cornerstones of approaches to work have either been relegated to a small corner, simply overshadowed by societal evolution, or proven plain false.

The need to continuously make sense of changes, refresh understanding and shift approaches is important. A need that has had me seek people, platforms and conferences around the...