SHRM's HR Registered Apprenticeship Program | An Interview with Mary Wright


Jessica Miller-Merrell: This episode of the Workology podcast is part of a podcast series powered by the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship, or PIA. PIA is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy or ODEP. In November of 2020, ODEP launched PIA to ensure all apprenticeship programs are inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. PIA collaborates with employers and apprentice programs to help meet employer talent needs and enable people with disabilities to benefit from apprenticeships that increase their opportunities for lifelong access to high growth, high-demand jobs....


#SHRM21 Takeaways from Amanda Brunson

I returned back to Orlando from Las Vegas almost three weeks ago, after attending the 2021 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo. Even though it was almost a month ago, it feels like just yesterday. It’s funny, normally I am more than ready to come back from Las Vegas after I’ve been there for a few days; it’s just not my favorite place to be. However, this time around, I had an amazing time. Maybe it was because I got to see friends that I hadn’t seen in two years (or that I had never met IRL before) or maybe...


#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...


#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. 
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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...


#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...


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...


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....


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

In my decade and a half of attending SHRM Annual Conference and Expos I have tripped over a handful of truly innovative products and services. The last one that made a splash for me was 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...


#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
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