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Final Countdown to #SHRM18



In 33 short days, thousands of HR professionals will converge on the city of Chicago for #SHRM18.  It's an opportunity not to be missed.  For me, this will be my 7th conference, but my first as a member of the SHRM Blog Squad.  I'm beyond excited for the conference this year, looking forward to meet some old friends and make some new ones.

For those of us who may be attending their first SHRM conference, I'd like to pass on a few pointers to help you make the most...


3 Tools to Help You Navigate #SHRM18 in Chicago


I can’t believe we are just about a month away from welcoming 20 thousand + of our HR friends & colleagues friends here in my home city of Chicago! 

With so much to do; and a lot of action happening with a short few days, I wanted to give a little local perspective with some tips on how best to take advantage of your time at #SHRM18.

  1. Check out Choose Chicago

Free time is going to be rare while you at the conference with long days and many conferences...


HR’s Role in Creating a Culture of High Trust: Q & A with Richard Fagerlin #SHRM18




Richard-Fagerlin-Head-ShotI just looked up and realized SHRM18 is about a month away. Wow. Chicago, here we come! As you know, I have the honor of being a part of the SHRM18 Blogger Team and as such have conducted Q & As with three of the speakers who are having sessions. I’ve already posted Karlyn Borysenko and Joe Gerstandt. Last, but...


The Journey to #SHRM18: An Interview with Julie Cohen



Our journey to the 2018 Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition moves forward in an exciting way; an interview with another inspiring and influential business leader! As HR professionals, we often perform work in varying and diverse areas. Perhaps our most essential responsibility is to provide our people with opportunities for growth and success, and performance coaching is one of the most effective ways we can personally deliver value for others. Performance coaching can truly lead to transformative growth...


#SHRM18 – Margaret Spence on Women in Leadership



One of the most exciting things about being on the SHRM18 Blogging team is the opportunity to go behind the scenes and talk with SHRM18 presenters. I recently had the chance to talk with Margaret Spence, who will be speaking Monday at the Smart Stage on ‘Twenty-Four Months and They’re Gone: Rethinking Millennial Retention’ and again at a full session on Tuesday, ‘Radically Rethinking Empowerment and Engagement: Transform Your Approach to Developing Women Leaders’. We...


What’s the Best Mother’s Day Gift for Working Moms?



Workflex Policies that Promote Work-Family Balance

On May 13 this year, families celebrated mothers nationwide. Then on Monday morning, working Moms, representing over a third of working women, went back to their jobs and continue to try and strike that delicate work-life balance in the 21st Century workplace.

As more mothers have joined the labor force, those who are the primary or sole earner in their families has increased over the decades, according to the Dept. of Labor. Mother-only households made up nearly 1 in...


#Nextchat: Get Ready to Expand Your World at #SHRM18




On June 17, more than 16,000 attendees will gather at McCormick Place in Chicago for four days of learning, sharing and networking at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition.

This year’s theme is “Expand Your World,” and the pathways to expanding your world at this year’s conference are unlimited!

The SHRM18 conference is a “marketplace” packed with sessions and solutions for every issue that HR is facing in the new world of work. Whether it’s using artificial intelligence for recruiting, global cross-cultural competency, workplace wellness or managing compliance,...


#SHRM18 Speaker Bobby Zaepfel: Dragging Records Into the 21st Century



If you’re like a lot of long-time practitioners, it probably means a dark, dusty room filled with file cabinets or shelving, file folders filled to bursting with documents that track the course of an employee’s employment and benefits. It may be orderly, it may be messy, but it’s probably on paper.

Bobby Zaepfel wants you to start thinking different about record keeping.

I had an opportunity to talk to Bobby as he prepares for his 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition session Once Upon a Time There Was...


“Expand Your World” – Not Just a Catchy Theme #SHRM18



The 2018 edition of the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo is now just about one month away.  Each year SHRM chooses a theme for the event, something that’s meant to inspire attendees and encourage us to think about our careers and the HR professions in a new or different way, something that becomes almost a guiding force behind everything that happens there.  As I approach the event each year, I like to take some time to think about the theme, what it means specifically to me, and how I...