The Future of Employee Engagement - Beyond Analytics and Surveys

Employee engagement has been one of the critical drivers and most focused topics for years. Organizations increasingly expect ‘more from less’ from the productivity standpoint as digitalization finds its way in how organizations and teams operate internally and externally with customers. Therefore, the level of employee engagement is the critical driver of productivity. Although there are various definitions for employee engagement, my simple definition is the employee’s emotional connection with the organization and motivation to take the extra step toward its mission. With the pandemic having a seismic effect on businesses and the workforce in terms of how and where...


Milestone 20

This coming week will be my 20th SHRM annual conference to attend. This feels like such a milestone in my life. It was supposed to happen last year, but COVID-19…

Since some of you reading this may be attending your first SHRM conference (like one of my #peacocksisters/best friends, Tina Marie Wohlfield), I hope that you might appreciate me waxing nostalgic on past conferences. So, let’s start with the first conference that I attended.

San Francisco 2001:

I had just gotten engaged to my wonderful husband, Ken, and he helped me to save up so I could chaperone 4 UNC...


#SHRM21 Speaker Q&A: Dawn Kelley

This week we’re featuring our favorite SHRM speakers so those in attendance can learn a little more about who they are and their session through a Q&A session. Today we’re featuring Dawn Kelley.

Dawn Kelley is the Human Resources Manager for the City of Modesto. She is a certified HR Professional and has served in HR roles for more than 25 years providing a high level of expertise specifically skilled in leadership development, coaching/ supervision, employment law, and California uniqueness! Dawn has a reputation for being a strong, empathetic leader. She spent several...


My Conference Tips for Virtual Conferences #SHRM21

I’m SO excited for the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference and Expo coming up this year in Las Vegas! The last SHRM Conference I went to was in 2019. I knew that the conference experience would be “different” this year, but I wasn’t sure how and honestly -- and after weighing all my options and my personal situation, I decided to attend the conference virtually this year.  Disappointed to not see all my people in person now two years in a row -- sure! But I’m committed to having an amazing annual conference...


The Mystery, Myth, and Magic of Big Data: A #SHRM21 Speaker Spotlight with Chas Fields, UKG

Are you excited and ready for the 2021 SHRM Conference and Exposition (SHRM21) to start tomorrow? Be sure to attend #SHRM21—virtually or in Vegas—to stay prepared for the future of work.

This year's conference theme, "Now More Than Ever," emphasizes the far-reaching changes the workplace has experienced, including all the challenges or opportunities they present to HR professionals. So, as you make your final preparations for the conference, I thought I'd recommend a session by introducing you to a SHRM21 speaker.

This session,...


Now more than ever – My wish list for HR function ahead of #SHRM21

Honored to be part of SHRM’s coveted list of HR influencers once again for SHRM21. This would have been my 7th time at an SHRM Annual Conference and Expo and fourth consecutive one after 2017 (pandemic took 2020) as an international attendee.  This year, as the pandemic has put restrictions on international travel, I will be following and curating online experiences from SHRM21 along with my fellow HR influencers or SHRM 21 bloggers – make sure that you link up with each one of...


#SHRM21 Interview with Claire Petrie

I was so happy to be able to catch up with Claire Petrie and chat about the upcoming SHRM21 and what she has planned for the #SHRM21 annual conference. Claire and I first met on Twitter via #NextChat and #HRSocialHour and met for the first time in real life on the #SHRMBlogger team at #SHRM18. She has a passion for helping emerging HR professionals develop their personal brand and make the most of their conference experience and her enthusiasm for helping others is contagious! 

Claire is hosting #SHRM21 conference orientation for first-time attendees on Thursday, Sept 9 at 11:00 a.m. PT - this is...


#SHRM21 Interview with Tina Marie Wohlfield, SHRM-SCP

I am so excited to speak with Tina Marie Wohlfield, Founder and Chief People Strategist, TIMAWO, LLC, and hear more about her SHRM21 session, which shares the same title as her book, "Stop, Collaborate and Listen! Mastering Strategic HR Through the Art of Collaboration"

The session will take place Friday, September 10, at 4:00 p.m. PT in room W216-218 and is available for virtual attendees as well.  

Mary: Tina Marie, what drove you to write the book, and what was the defining moment that prompted this topic for you to educate...


#SHRM21 Session: Candidates as Consumers: How to Optimize Your Recruiting Efforts to Attract Ideal Talent

In this interview, Thad Price, CEO of Talroo, discusses how to optimize your recruiting efforts to attract ideal talent by treating candidates as consumers. 

Hi Thad, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself? 

I’ve spent my entire career in talent acquisition technology, and I genuinely believe there is no industry that plays a more integral role in the economy. Happiness, productivity, and ultimately, economic growth is driven by innovators, builders, educators, and essential workers. It’s been my goal to leverage data to...


#SHRM21 Recommendations for SHRM Students

It’s no lie that attending the 2021 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo for the first time can be overwhelming, but can you imagine what it’s like being a student at a SHRM Annual Conference and Expo for the first time? This was a reality for me back in 2015, but I was lucky to be attending with a group of my classmates; not all first-time attendees and/or students have that same opportunity. A few weeks before we left for the conference, our instructor met with us to give us some tips...