My Lifelong Learning Journey -- Why It's Not a One-Size "Fits Most" | Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

This is a 3-part series. Read The Lighting of the Fire (Part 1) first for the full story.

The first time I heard the term, “gig economy” was at a tech conference in 2017. The Bureau of Labor Statistics had reported that 55 million people in the U.S. were “gig workers” which accounted for approximately 34 percent of the U.S. workforce, and was projected to increase to 43 percent by 2020.1 Well, 2020 is here and that number doesn’t seem to be as unreal as it did just 3 years ago.

In fact, according to Gig...


How to Build the Talent Pipeline for Women of Color - Q & A with Chelsea Williams #Inclusion2020

SHRM's Inclusion 2020 Conference is October 19-21 and will feature several amazing presenters including Chelsea C. Williams who will deliver the live session How to Build the Talent Pipeline for Women of Color.  

Chelsea C. Williams is a national talent strategist & speaker and the proud Founder & CEO of College Code. With 75 percent of the workforce expected to encompass Millennials and GenZ by 2025, College Code supports the development & retention of diverse students & early career talent. Since...


The Struggle Is Real! When Race Makes You the Designated Expert (Whether You Really Are or Not) - Q & A with Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D. #Inclusion2020

SHRM's Inclusion 2020 Conference is October 19-21 and will feature several amazing presenters including Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D., President, KTownsend Consulting who will deliver the live session The Struggle Is Real! When Race Makes You the Designated Expert (Whether You Really Are or Not). 

Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D. is the president of KTownsend Consulting—an award-winning organizational development firm offering expertise in leadership development and 21st Century diversity. Dr. Karen works with leaders to create inclusive environments...


The New Rules of Inclusion with #Inclusion2020 Speaker Michelle Silverthorn

In this Q & A video, SHRM #Inclusion2020 speaker Michelle Silverthorn shares more about her upcoming session along with her thoughts on the biggest challenge faced by organizations in creating more inclusive cultures and what they can do to change the conversation and encourage cultures where everyone feels they belong.


That 20 Minute Phone Screen is a Candidate’s Most Important Moment of the Week!


A lot of folks are currently out of job and looking for work. Not many jobs open. Too many candidates lead to a lot of rejections, black holes, no feedback, and very few “interviews”.

You and I (TA Leaders and Pros) don’t consider a twenty-minute phone screen to be an interview. Candidates definitely believe it’s an interview. They prepare for your phone screen at the same level they prepare for an in-person interview with the hiring manager. First impressions and all.

Here’s the problem, that twenty-minute phone screen, one of many...


Lost in Transition


Have you ever been between jobs and unemployed? It sucks. There’s no greater truth. Throughout my 30+ years of my career, I’ve been in transition twice when I wasn’t working in HR. I wanted to spend some time on this topic because I’m seeing a very unsettling trend. Even though there are millions of people who are unemployed, little is being done to help them.

I’m not talking about social assistance or making a political statement. We need to step back, be reflective, and evaluate this situation because we can make...


My Lifelong Learning Journey - The Lighting of the Fire | Part 1 of a 3-Part Series


“Why are tires round?” “Why does my skin get wrinkly in the water?” “Why don’t crayons taste like fruit?”

On the surface, the never-ending curiosity of my eight year old drives me crazy. Partly because I don’t have all the answers. But when I truly reflect on his questions and join his state of mind, I realize his inquisitions are a combination of intelligence and compliment. Intelligence because his mind is processing the known and looking for new information to fill in the unknown – A true sign of consciousness and self-awareness....


#Nextchat: COVID-19 and Compliance in the Workplace



Workplace compliance is an area where employers must continually stay ahead of the curve. Even the savviest, most-experienced HR professionals can find themselves unprepared for legal issues they never saw coming. While some can rely on in-house attorneys, others, such as small-business owners, must contract with outside legal counsel, which can be costly and time-consuming.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a slew of new legal and compliance issues related to remote work, EEO/ADA obligations, the FLSA and paid time off, return-to-work safety concerns, and other matters. Assessing compliance risks and...