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#SHRM21: Don’t Let What Happened In Vegas, Stay in Vegas

Inspiration. Bravery. Passion. Advocacy. Activism. Charity. 

These are a few words that come to mind when I think of Ms. Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.” At almost 95 years young, she owned the stage at #SHRM21 in Las Vegas and had the audience gripped by her stories about growing up in Texas, and her dream of Juneteenth being celebrated as a national holiday. On June 17, 2021, that dream was realized as she watched President Biden sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, commemorating June 19, 1865, the day that Union...

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#SHRM21 Top Three Takeaways From Wired to Connect

Wired to Connect: The Neuroscience of High-Performing Teams
Speaker: Britt Andreatta

Three Takeaways:

  1. Our need for food, water and shelter is to survive. These basic needs remind me of Maslow’s Theory of Hierarchy of needs. The physical needs are foundational. For example, it is difficult to hear your team member when you are exhausted. We see this in the workplace now more than ever because of the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We must continue to come alongside our colleagues with the question. What do you need? Then seek out ways to swiftly and collaboratively address those stated needs. 
  2. Our
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#SHRM21: Tie-Dyed HR is More Than Just a Pop of Color

Walk into any Mega Session at the National SHRM Conference and you can expect to see some pockets of empty seats. After all, it’s hard to know how many will show up as there’s no real pre-registration for preparation. But when Steve Browne is the Mega Session speaker, be prepared for a full house. And this year was no exception. 

Steve spoke twice on two different topics of human resources professional purpose and alignment. You see, for Steve, his 37-year career in HR is not about arrival, but rather, actively pursuing a destination. What’s the difference? As HR practitioners, we...

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#SHRM21: Let's Talk About Mental Health

I can count on one hand the number of keynotes that I’ve attended that have left a lasting impression. I’ve attended many that are entertaining, and some that were… seriously meh. But when someone stands on a stage with a message that strikes a chord with every word, leaving you standing on your chair, yelling "YASSS!" - that’s rare.
 
Enter Michael Phelps.
 
I’ve seen every Olympic event where he won a medal. And I watched as the world judged and condemned him after a photo surfaced of him smoking marijuana and...

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Pace Yourself - #SHRM21 Edition

 

It’s been a whirlwind since about September 2 for me! Yes, I know #SHRM21 didn’t technically start until September 9, but I was fortunate to be surrounded by people I love to celebrate my birthday Labor Day weekend, and it was a CELEBRATION! 

The “me” of 5-10 years ago would have gone all out, saying yes to every invitation, double and triple booking myself, staying out way too late, getting up way too early or missing something important because I had overextended myself and couldn’t actually be in more than one place...

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What #SHRM21 Taught Me About Resilience

It took quite some time for me to warm up to the idea of attending SHRM21, just because a lot has changed since I attended SHRM19, and it has been a struggle to keep my energy up. But the four days of SHRM21 turned out to be just what I needed to get my mojo back! I also didn’t realize how much I had missed learning with the HR community until the conference started. To add to that, I was selected to be part of the SHRM21 Influencers Team (formerly known as the SHRM Bloggers team), which made me really happy....

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A #SHRM21 Interview with Stephen Baer, Co-Founder, The Game Agency

In my decade and a half of attending SHRM national conferences I have tripped over a handful of truly innovative products and services. The last one that made a splash for me was Lynda.com a few years back on the conference floor and we all know the trajectory of that product as it is now the backbone of LinkedIn Learning. This year’s conference drew me to playing Jeopardy online which was run by The Game Agency. I finished 93 out of 200 participants but the real story is the product which just...

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#SHRM21 Wrap-Up

It is a wrap on #SHRM21!

It is 5 days since I returned from Las Vegas and #SHRM21 giving me some time to reflect on the conference. This conference did not have the flash and pizazz of #SHRM19 also held in Vegas, but this conference was special in its own way. I will probably call it the Pandemic conference in years to come. 

Biggest wins of the conference:

  • Seeing in-person my #HRCommunity friends. It was great to see people that I had not seen in over two years and to meet new
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#SHRM21: Why Now is the Time To Elevate DEI Effort

This year will be my first time attending the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo and I am so excited to experience the magic that I’ve heard about for so many years. As the Global Director of DEI at my PowerToFly, I’m especially looking forward to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Track, where renowned speakers will be discussing ways to create inclusive, equitable spaces where everyone can thrive. 

We all know that the past couple of years have been especially historical and eye-opening in regard to equity and inclusion both in and out of the workplace. While many companies and...

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Exhausted Yet Energized: A #SHRM21 Wrap-Up

Exhausted yet energized has been the phrase I find myself repeating since I left Las Vegas a few days ago. I honestly needed the last few days to process everything that happened during the conference! It was my first conference in over 2 years – so many hugs, learnings, connections etc were had and it was SO WONDERFUL.

I said this in my #SHRM19 wrap-up, but I thought nothing could top the last annual conference, but after this year, I’ve learned that every year is likely to be better than the last!

I’m...

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