#SHRM21 Interview with Julie Doyle

We’re in the final countdown to the 2021 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo! I don’t know about you, but even as an introvert, I’m ready to see my people, learn new things to bring back to my team, and “conference,” as my dear friend and fellow #SHRM21Influencer, Kyra Matkovich says. Conferencing is a verb, and I’m ready for it!

You know what else I’m ready for? Julie Doyle’s session “Gain a Competitive Advantage by Identifying & Developing Your High Potential Talent” on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. PT I know, I know, 7:30 a.m. PT is early, but promise it’s worth it. I’ve known Julie for a number of years, and she’s got some incredible knowledge and practical steps for you to incorporate with your team. I spent some time with Julie to talk about her session and why you should add it to your must-attend sessions on your agenda.

Nicole: Alright, Julie, 7:30 a.m. is early!  For those who may be tempted to hit snooze, why should they grab a cup of coffee instead?

Julie: It’s all about talent scarcity. While this is not new for those of us in HR, the world of work is changing so rapidly and so must the way we address this issue. What we need now is not the same as what we needed in the past and it is not what we’ll need in the future. We conducted research and had interviews with CEOs and HR leaders to develop this session. We will share the steps you can take in your organization to identify "the right" high potential talent and develop leaders who can lead in times of uncertainty. We need to look at the right competencies and capabilities for the leaders of the future. We’ll be sharing research from this ever-changing landscape of talent.

Nicole: Let’s talk more about how you decided on this topic for SHRM21.

Julie: It’s so timely right now.  It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about developing talent in our organizations and the sense of urgency we all feel around it.  We want to share real strategies that we know have worked and break them down into manageable pieces.  We’ll share the steps to develop your program — no matter where you are in your journey of developing talent we will share how to get started.  

Nicole: What’s the number one thing you want people to take away from your presentation?

Julie: No matter where you are in your journey of talent development in your organization, just start small and take the first step.  Get small wins and build on those to further develop your talent.  That’s how you’ll get the buy-in and support to continue your program. You cannot do this work alone, you need buy-in throughout the organization. 

Nicole: What are you most looking forward to at #SHRM21?

Julie: In addition to all the great content and speakers, I am looking forward to being with my HR peers! I have missed the connection and the relationships I can build by being with my peers.  As an extrovert, I can say the struggle for extroverts is real!

(Even as an introvert, I’m craving genuine human connection as well.  I think our souls need it.)

Nicole: We’ve seen a few HR leaders share their views for the Now More Than Ever campaign.  Tell us about yours.

Julie: Through this pandemic, we have had the opportunity to see into people’s lives in a way that was not previously available to us. It has become crystal clear to me that we need to be intentional about being more empathetic and understanding in our workplaces. HR has a huge responsibility and privilege to bring about meaningful change to create more inclusive workplace cultures where we see the value our differences can bring to the organization.  
I couldn’t agree more.  If you’re like me, and you’re interested in learning more from Julie, check out her session Saturday morning.  I’ll save you a seat!

Make sure to check out my co-SHRM21 Influencers for more shared content and interviews — whether you plan to be in-person at SHRM21 or attending virtually.

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