Creating Better Workplaces - Meet the #SHRM19 Bloggers




Creating better workplaces starts with a commitment to excellence. And there's no better place to begin or continue this commitment than the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition – #SHRM19.

HR's role sits uniquely at the intersection of people and business – and this positioning presents unique challenges and opportunities. Hot-button issues facing society have permeated our workplaces as technology and innovation continue to change how work gets done....


#SHRM19 Interview with BambooHR


Let’s start with a riddle! What does Amanda Brunson (me) and BambooHR have in common? Give up? We love all things panda! I mean, my social media handle is @TheHRPanda after all!! I absolutely love stopping by the BambooHR booth at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition every year because they always have something fun going on! I’ve had my picture taken with a panda! I’ve been flipped upside down (in a photo!) And I’ve gotten panda stickers! As a first time blogger, I had to make sure...


#SHRM19 Speaker Spotlight: Lori Kleiman - Part 2 of 2


The solo HR practitioner, aka, HR Department of One or "HRDOO", is often pulled in so many different directions and sometimes all at the same time and sometimes with shifting priorities. Compliance is a critical priority which must be addressed.

Lori Kleiman is a recognized expert in HR Departments of One and has several sessions planned at this year's 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition:

Smart Stage Working together: Four Steps to Successful Vendor Relationships

Compliance Conundrum: Top 10 Issues That a Department of One Must Address



#SHRM19 Speaker Spotlight: Lori Kleiman - Part 1 of 2


Having spent most of my HR career as an HR Department of One (#HRDOO), I am always happy to have an opportunity to chat with Lori Kleiman. This time, we talked about her upcoming sessions at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19). Lori will be looking at how an overall corporate budget is impacted by the HR function - and why HR's participation at a senior level is essential. She will be showing some tools to present topics to executives concisely, in a way to gain approval and move...


A #SHRM19 Interview with Paylocity


As a Paylocity user myself, it was an easy decision to select Paylocity as a vendor that I wanted to highlight prior to #SHRM19. Please enjoy this 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition interview with Alexis Knaack, Event Specialist, for Paylocity.

Who is Paylocity? Tell us everything, just as you would someone approaching your booth and asking you this question at #SHRM19 in Las Vegas.

Paylocity is a payroll and human capital management software company focused on delivering innovative product solutions and unbeatable service for our clients while continuing...


#SHRM19 in Las Vegas – Life Outside the Convention Center

Whenever I bring up “Las Vegas” to anyone, there is an almost immediate reaction. Often, it seems to be kind of a “love-hate” relationship where the person, whether they have visited Las Vegas or not, declare either their “love” or “hate” for the town long dubbed as “Sin City.”

In my case, I have a nearly 30-year relationship with Las Vegas. Like any friendship or relationship, it’s had its ups and downs, but has somehow endured over the years. Early in my relationship with Las Vegas, it would not be unusual to have 3-4 visits in a calendar year. More...


These 5 Tips For Networking Have Made Hundreds Of Conferences Worth It #SHRM19


As the Cofounder and President of PowerToFly, a company connecting women and non-binary people with companies committed to becoming more diverse and inclusive, I’ve been to my fair share of conferences and networking events. PowerToFly ran over eighty events over the last twelve months!

Needless to say, I know how trying to meet new people at a multi-day event seems overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be exhausting. It can be reinvigorating and lead to useful connections that last for years to come -- after all,...


#SHRM19 Special Edition - Jon talks to Val Grubb


In this special #SHRM19 episode, #SHRM19 Blogger Jon Thurmond is joined by Val Grubb, #SHRM19 MEGA session speaker, HR consultuant, coach, author, speaker, and owner of Val Grubb & Associates in New Orleans, LA. 

Val talks about how her background in engineering prepared her for human resources, how she gets ready to present four different sessions at conference, and her favorite things to do in Las Vegas.





Creating Community – Human Resources Practitioners of Color #SHRM19



HR Pros know very well the importance of a peer network. One of the benefits of attending an event on the scale of the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM19) is the networking opportunities. There will be many conference-sponsored opportunities to connect in Las Vegas, such as the SHRM Foundation brunch, the certification lounge and Meet-To-Eats. These real-life connections can lead to long-lasting relationships and career opportunities. These connections can also create a community.

Crystal Braboy,...


The Voice of HR #SHRM19



I will attend the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition for the first time in 2019. And I am excited to be there. It’s like going to a pilgrimage to find the answers that have been unanswered for so long. But there are also mixed feelings. And here’s why.


After 26 years in HR, I am saddened by the little progress our profession has made in general to influence the hearts and minds of people we often consider as our customers, partners, beneficiaries. In the past decades the HR...