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#SHRM18 First Time Attendee? Just A Few Tips – Series


The SHRM18 Bloggers and attendees can’t stop talking about the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. There is something new coming out every day, almost every few hours! Because I was a first-time attendee to the SHRM National Conference last year, I want to help other first-time attendees prepare for the SHRM18 Conference! So here’s the start of the SHRM18 First Time Attendee Series, let’s jump into the fun!

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SHRM18 is so much more than just an HR conference. If this...


Disruption Doesn’t Happen from the Inside


Disruption doesn’t happen from the inside.

The founders of Invisalign weren’t dentists. Uber wasn’t created by Taxi drivers. Airbnb wasn’t created by hoteliers. And yet now they dominate their industries after completely upending them.

The digital disruption means that everyone’s specialty is at risk of being toppled by someone else. Someone that doesn’t know your business and industry as well as they did. But it turns out that’s an advantage. Because they’re not constrained by the same limitations you place on yourself.

I’m fascinated by speakers in the disruption of HR,...


Do You Smart Stage? A #SHRM18 Q&A with Mark S. Fogel, The Dark Side of HR Part 2


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...


Bullying, Violence & Harassment: A Conversation with #SHRM18 Speaker Catherine Mattice


Catherine Mattice, president of Civility Partners LLC and speaker at the upcoming 2018 SHRM Annual Conference (#SHRM18), has been helping organizations build positive workplace cultures for over a decade. Her session, “Workplace Bullying IS Illegal: Bullying, Violence and Harassment (and How to Detect and Stop It)” will show how a positive workplace culture can make all the difference.

She was kind enough to talk with me recently about her work and her upcoming presentation at #SHRM18:

Growing Towards the Light


“I believe that it’s an employer’s...


WFPMA World Congress 2018 at #SHRM18


Artificial intelligence, #metoo, the gig economy – these are just a few of the issues shaping the future of work.  Because there has never been a more important time for HR leaders to come together and share ideas, we hope you can join us for the WFPMA World Congress  which takes place June 19-22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

We are particularly excited that the 2018 World Congress takes place in conjunction with the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.  This co-location enables you to have the best of both worlds...


The Journey to #SHRM18: An Interview with Stacey Hanke

One of the biggest reasons I’m excited to be a member of the #SHRM18 Blog Squad is the incredible opportunity to interview thought leaders that will be speaking at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. As we continue on our journey to Chicago, it’s truly a privilege to provide you with content that highlights how each of these speakers approaches their work, and shares their ideas on adding value to lives of the people we’re serving. When selecting from the list of talented professionals who will be speaking at the event, I looked for those who will be...


#SHRM18 Can Change Your Life, Too!

My Experience at SHRM17 changed my life.

At this time last year, I thought that I had everything in place to be the best #HR pro ever! I had a few friends in Houston and other places who were helping me, and I thought I couldn’t do better. I was so wrong.

Last year, I was chosen as one of the recipients of the SHRM Foundation’s Conference winners. It was an amazing experience. Everyone at #SHRM17 was so nice and so easy to talk to.

So I decided to take a...


Stalking #SHRM18 Style: Mary Faulkner


On a whim, I applied to speak at #DisruptHRDen in March 2018. Obviously, I love the whole #DisruptHR movement so it wasn’t a lot of arm twisting to want to attend in Denver and I usually use speaking as an “excuse” to make a trip (like I did in Minneapolis). I knew I could see some old friends and new Twitter friends (and even got to stay with the awesome Kelly Marinelli, my Twitter/SHRM BFF). I also knew I would be able to hang out with the...


A Hitch in the Hierarchy



Back in 2014, I conducted training entitled: Our Three Audiences.

The goal was to workshop the avenues in which human resources is the one true conduit to all organizational functions: employees, managers & executives.

As #SHRM18 grows near the focus on bridging workforce gaps remains an ever-pressing HR-related topic.

The New Rules of Engagement were conceptualized six years ago, yet they remain relevant. To paraphrase the first New Rule of Engagement:

People Don't Leave Companies, They Leave Managers

We revisit the SCARF methodology. Employees are individually motivated in one of...