HR and business professionals are gearing up to attend #SHRM18 in Chicago this year, and a common thread I’m hearing from within the #HRTribe and amongst several #SHRM18Bloggers is that they want to attend more of the Smart Stage sessions.
The Smart Stage is designed to offer attendees expert content in 18-minute microsessions in an open-spaced environment. Click here to learn more.
As you read on, you’ll learn that Mark S. Fogel is an award-winning HR executive who has spoken at several SHRM conferences, and he returns this year to speak at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.
Mark’s affection for Star Wars shines through his Smart Stage sessions and this year is no different. His follow up to last year’s Smart Stage session: The Darkside of HR Part 1, offered an important reminder to attendees: “It’s time to take a stand. All of you in this room work in HR, you are the front line and the last line of defense.”
This year, Mark returns to the Smart Stage presenting The Empire Strikes Back: The Dark Side of HR Part 2, a session I am sure to attend! Mark was gracious enough to let me interview him about his upcoming session which is bound to draw quite the crowd!
JR: Mark, would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what made you decide to start your firm, Human Capital 3.0?
MF: I am a former CHRO and currently consult, teach MBA courses and blog for SHRM, FistfulofTalent.com and Recruitingdaily.com. I have been a regular speaker at national conferences on a variety of topics for more than a decade.
When I was the CHRO at Leviton Manufacturing, I used to go to SHRM chapter meetings on Long Island with my head of L&D throughout the year. We would always get hit up for our opinion or advice. We did a lot of pro bono work for others. We always said when we left Leviton we would join forces and start a consultancy on the side of our day jobs, and we did. In the beginning it was a hobby and it turned into a business. We kept it going for almost four years as a side project until I took it to another level in 2016 after leaving my role as CHRO at Success Academy Charter schools.
JR: What is your favorite thing about your line of work and industry overall?
MF: Having flexibility (no PUN intended) in my work week and variety in the types of projects I work on. I love HR and helping others when the need arises.
JR: You’ve been widely recognized and awarded for your work. What is the one key piece of advice that you can share with our readers?
MF: Don’t be afraid to take risks in your work and life…you know the “no risk – no reward” adage…it is true. And learn from your mistakes, fail fast and then keep going…don’t spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror or the world will pass you by…NO REGRETS.
JR: Your Smart Stage session is The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Side of HR Part 2. What is the key take away for HR and business leaders when attending this session?
MF: Well, last year I did my first smart stage (The Dark Side of HR) and talked about how HR can be as much of the problem as solution when things go bad. This year, I want to talk about real life action that all HR professionals can and should take when maleficent things happen. In a sense “striking back” against corporate bad behavior.
JR: Is this your first time speaking at the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo? If so, what attracted you to present to the HR community? If not, what brought you back to this event?
MF: I have presented 11 different presentations at nine SHRM Annual Conferences, and a slew of presentations at the state and regional level, too. This year, I am conducting my “LAST HR JEDI Tour” at SHRM’s major conferences. I just did the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. and the SHRM Talent Conference in Las Vegas is my next stop!
It is the awesome people who attend each year that keep me coming back and I look forward to reconnecting with folks I have met over the years, too.
JR: Do you have any advice to share with first-time or returning attendees when attending your session?
MF: Have fun, introduce yourself to people sitting next to you and don’t overthink the presentation. Everyone can find a nugget to take away and bring back to the office.
Thank you, Mark for sharing your wisdom, love and dedication for the HR profession, and for the valuable insight on why attendees should make attending your sessions their top priority!
If you’re attending #SHRM18 and you’re looking for an engaging Smart Stage session, your search ends here! Add one or both of Mark’s sessions to your schedule. You won’t regret it! I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m., so stop by and say hi!
Mark S. Fogel, SPHR, GPHR, CEO & Co-Founder, Human Capital 3.0.
Originally published on Resilient HR blog.