I’m excited and ready for the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19)! Are you?
I can’t believe that #SHRM19 is less than a month away! It’s my third year attending, and my second year as a member of the #SHRM19Blogger team. The first two conferences I attended were held in places I have never been before (New Orleans and Chicago). This year, I’m returning to a familiar and much loved location: Las Vegas! I’ve been there on several occasions—accompanying my daughter to compete in the Tae Kwon Do National Championship; visiting friends; attending weddings; and stopping by on the way to San Diego Comic-Con International (Yes! I’m going back there, next month, too!)
I’m excited to meet up with both my #HR and non-HR friends. Las Vegas is home to many Filipinos. I’ll visit with extended families and friends who I’ve known since first grade back in the Philippines. I can’t wait to reconnect with fellow #HRPros I met at #DisruptHR events, #SHRM17, #SHRM18, #SHRMDiv, and/or #WorkHuman. I’m equally excited to meet others for the first time IRL. Since we’ll be in Las Vegas, who knows what kind of #HRShenanigans we’ll embark on. Lionel Richie is entertaining at the conference this year! We’ll be Running with The Nightand Dancing on the Ceiling. All Night Long!
SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition has become more than just a professional growth destination for me. I know this is the case for many of my fellow bloggers and attendees. It has become a reunion for us, to catch up and have fun after hours long of learning.
I am thankful for the way social media has helped me connect with many HR professionals around the globe. It’s enabled closer connections, and opportunities to network outside my immediate surroundings. Many HR professionals in my area have not embraced the power of social media, and seem unaware of the importance of networking. It’s ironic, considering the HR powerhouses we have in Nebraska: Jason Lauritsen, Cy Wakeman, Joe Gerstandt, and Maren Hogan, to name a few.
I hope to see you at the SHRM Annual Conference! If you follow me or have participated in #NextChat and we haven’t met IRL ( in real life), give me a tweeter shout out or DM me for a meetup! I may just be at the #SHRMCertification booth chilling or giving out information.
By the way, if you’re looking into signing up or renewing your SHRM membership, use to get a $20.00 discount. I don’t know how many Starbucks coffee you can buy with that. You can also consider donating to SHRM Foundation to help other HR professionals with their professional development.