It is with great pleasure and excitement to announce that I will be attending #SHRM18 as a #SHRM18Blogger. I am fortunate enough to have been invited by SHRM to attend my first annual conference that will be held in Chicago. Last year, I did not attend the annual conference, but was able to follow #SHRM17 and #NotatSHRM17 on social media. I never imagined that I would be invited to the SHRM annual conference as a blogger. The adage, “Hard work pays off”, is certainly true.
I have been a member of SHRM for several years but started in a volunteer leadership role in December 2016, as the Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair with the Garden State Council SHRM (GSC-SHRM, @GSCSHRM), which is based in NJ. I owe a huge thanks to John Baldino (@jbalive), who introduced me to our State Director, Alma Scott-Buczak. Thank you John for introducing me to Alma and thank you Alma for all of your support. The GSC-SHRM has been extremely supportive of my endeavors and I thank them for that support.
Last year, as a Diversity & Inclusion Volunteer Leader, GSC-SHRM sent me to the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference in San Francisco, which was amazing. It was an experience that I will never forget. While attending the conference, I blogged for SHRM and really enjoyed it.
As a #SHRM18Blogger at #SHRM18, I will be interviewing some of the presenters, as well as, the vendors attending the conference. There will be two #Nextchat chats that will incorporate the bloggers. One of my main goals, as a blogger, is to communicate the experience that I am having at the conference, so those attending and not attending, feel as if they are getting the full #SHRM18 experience. I want to help and “Expand Your World.”
I want to thank SHRM & Mary Kaylor (@SHRMKaylor) for inviting me to the 2018 annual conference as a blogger and to the GSC-SHRM for their generosity, encouragement, and support. Additionally, I must thank Industrial U.I. Services (@IUIServices) for their commitment and encouragement in the pursuit of my professional development. Last but not least, I want to thank my wonderful husband, Vincent Catoggio, who is always there for me and passionately supports my desire to continuously grow professionally.
There are nearly 200 concurrent sessions that are organized into six tracks: Business & Strategy, HR Compliance, Global HR, Professional Development, Talent Management, and Total Rewards. All of this will increase our experience with SHRM’s Body of Competency and Knowledge.
This blogger’s game is on! Make sure to visit me at the bloggers lounge at #SHRM18.