There are times in our lives when we make a deliberate choice to give our best; to wholly dedicate ourselves to a project, cause or calling. A moment when we decide to go "all in" for who or what we believe in.
Professionally, this could mean continuing your education, venturing into a new industry or otherwise stretching yourself beyond your traditional boundaries. Personally, this could mean starting a family, moving across the country or world for a new opportunity, or taking some other risk to pursue a dream.
When it comes to your life and work, what are you "all in" for? I asked myself that question in 2014 when considering the future of our profession. The conclusion I came to was professional development. And from that commitment, the SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP certifications came to life.
The workplace is evolving at such a pace that it is sometimes hard to keep track of the trends. Total commitment to our profession is more critical today than ever before. We are living in an era of seismic change and real uncertainty: Talent management and the skills gap have never posed a greater risk to business. Legislation and regulation issues may disrupt much of our work this year. People need new skills and modes of working.
Now, we are a few months away from HR’s unrivaled professional gathering, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, which this year takes place June 18–21 in New Orleans. Appropriately, our theme is "All In." #SHRM17 is where our profession will come together as one to continue the transformation to competency-based learning. It is where we will renew our passion to serve our people and lead our organizations.
HR’s role has not changed, but the expectations and requirements to lead business success have grown exponentially. It is now our job—our opportunity—to guide our organizations into an unmapped future with confidence. At #SHRM17, we will focus on the skills you need and the solutions you seek to build a 21st century workplace that works, from the boardroom to the break room.
You’ll also find a sense of community and commitment—HR professionals just like you, from all over the United States and beyond, eager to connect and have fun in lively New Orleans.
We will go "all in" for our people, organizations and profession at this decisive moment for HR—and we will do so together.
I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!