SHRM Annual is Back in the Groove!

New Orleans and #SHRM22 has come and gone. Time sure does fly. Where else can you find President George W. Bush on the same stage that Brad Paisley rocked out to only mere hours prior. Although if I had it my way, Brad Paisley would have rocked with President Bush as the closing session. But it wasn’t all household names, the likes of Greg Hawks, Tim Sackett and Steve Browne took to their own stages to inspire, motivate and share - the rockstars of HR.

While I might still be energized (and recovering) from the food (beignets), friendships old and new, and drinks (that...


#SHRM22 Recap – Part 1: Take Care of Your People

Someone asked me on LinkedIn the other day the age-old HR dichotomy: “Is HR’s job to protect the company or the people?” My response? “You protect the company by taking care of the people. When you take care of people, they feel valued, seen, and appreciated. They will take care of your business every time.” My takeaway from #SHRM22? I’m not alone in this belief — we need to take care of our people.

I had a healthy dose of skepticism for Sunday’s opening general session with two healthcare insurance...


Reflections on #SHRM22

As I was heading home after #SHRM22, I couldn’t help thinking about what I enjoyed the most. First, as a history lover, specifically U.S. history, it was an immeasurable honor to attend the closing general session to hear from President George W. Bush. Further, given the current divisive political climate, I was immensely proud of the respect shown to the former President by the thousands of my HR colleagues also in attendance.

The exchange between SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr and George Bush was both entertaining and insightful. The former President...


#SHRM22 Was an Event of HR Awesome!

As part of the SHRM Influencer team, we were asked to kind of do a debrief of our SHRM Annual experience this year. For so many people this was their first live event in over two years. I spoke to so many HR professionals who could not have been more excited to be back in person!

It was interesting that there was very little talked about around Covid and the pandemic. I think it’s safe to say, we’ve reached peak exhaustion over this topic. There was a ton of...


That’s a Wrap #SHRM22!

I love creating wrap up posts and blogs after events. It was fun to reflect on the whirlwind of a week that SHRM22 in New Orleans was. Here it goes!

For starters, SHRM21 in Las Vegas was so special to me, and will probably always be my favorite annual conference ever. After the 2020 conference was cancelled, the reunion of friends and being back in my conference element was incredible and so energizing. I also got to speak on the annual conference stage for the first time, and participate in a panel...


So You Attended #SHRM22 - Now What?

Whew!  I made through SHRM22!  I networked (so many people), I connected (and reconnected), I learned (a lot), I ate (too much), I drank (just enough), I danced (badly), I had a terrifying ghostly experience at my hotel (but that’s for another blog).  So now what?

Connect on LinkedIn!
I gathered all the business cards I collected during the event and followed up with those valuable contacts. The best place to find those folks was on LinkedIn, where most professionals have come to expect connection requests post-conference. Remember to write a personalized...


#SHRM22 Reflections

The SHRM22 conference ended with a grand gala last week; after nearly three years, seeing people live,  touch and hug friends was heartening. Fifteen thousand five hundred people attended the hybrid conference with in-person attendance of 78% and virtual attendance of 22%. Conferences are the best opportunity to learn, unlearn,  re-connect with old and make new connections. SHRM22 theme of "Cause The Effect" was woven throughout the breadth of mega, general, and concurrent sessions with topics covering the entire gamut of critical HR areas- DEIB, talent acquisition,...


Presentation Highlights from #SHRM22!

I am still buzzing from all the exciting sessions and networking that took place at this year’s SHRM22. To say it was a worthwhile event would definitely be an understatement. There were so many great presentations and speakers that I'll need weeks to process everything I learned!

Here, however, are some of my top takeaways from the event. If you couldn’t attend this year, make sure you join us next year! These SHRM conferences seem to get more inspirational and impactful each time. Exciting news – registration is now open for ...


#SHRM22 Recap – Let HR Be Your Safe Space

I recently returned home from #SHRM22 after an action packed five days of learning, connecting, networking, hugging, tweeting, and so much more. It was great to see so many of my #HR friends that I hadn’t seen since 2019. Even though I was a bit under the weather for the duration of the conference (not COVID), I still tried to make the best out of the experience. I attended many great sessions featuring speakers like Steve BrowneSteve GillilandAlexander Pullen, Bruce Christopher, Tina-Marie Wohlfield, Johnny C. Taylor, President George W. Bush, ...