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Reasons Why I’m Excited about WFPMA World Congress at #SHRM18!


That huge shiny bean-shaped sculpture in Millennium Park, the Chicago Skydeck, and Garrett’s popcorn are just a few of the reasons I am so excited about the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM18). What’s even better? The 17th World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) World Congress that will be taking place alongside our Annual Conference this year.

The World Congress is a biennial gathering of the member associations of the WFPMA. Founded in 1976, WFPMA was created to aid the development and improvement of HR professionals all...


#SHRM18 Q&A With Speaker Geoffrey Scheer – Respect In the Workplace


Respect In the Workplace – Being vocal on this workplace topic shouldn’t be left up to HR, but we should start the conversation and keep it going, especially in this current political climate of the world. Geoffrey is bringing something different to SHRM presentations by having a theater-based session, and it’s one I’m very excited to see. Check Geoffrey out on Monday 06/18/2018 at 2:00 p.m. His session link to find out more about his session and add it to your 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition Schedule is here Respect In...


7 Ways to Make Your Hiring Process More Inclusive and Accessible



We are operating in one of the hottest economies with some of the lowest unemployment levels in recorded history and yet, over 34 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed and looking for work. Companies who are committed to hiring the best talent and improving the candidate experience should be committed to being inclusive and accessible to all candidates, including those with disabilities.

According to a user survey conducted by The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), 37 percent of survey respondents reported that they experienced accessibility or usability issues...


6 Reasons to Attend the 2018 SHRM Talent Conference – #SHRMTalent


I know there’s a lot of conversation right now about the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference taking place June 17-20, 2018 in Chicago. I’m excited to be attending this year.

But I want to talk about a conference that happens before SHRM Annual. It’s the SHRM Talent Conference & Expo. This year’s event will be taking place April 16-18, 2018 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. As the name implies, SHRM Talent is focused on talent acquisition, development, and management. It’s a smaller event, so the sessions are...


#SHRM18 Speaker: Jane Watson, Secrets to Making “Remote Work” Work


Virtual/Remote teams seem to be a bit of an enigma and some employers can’t seem to get it just right. Luckily, Jane Watson, Head of People Operations, will be able share with attendees the secrets to making it work and how her company, Actionable. got it right! One of my prime selections for Monday is Jane’s session, World-Class Virtual Teamwork: The Secrets to Making “Remote Work” Work .

I had an opportunity to catch up with Jane to get acquainted...


The Journey to #SHRM18: An Interview with Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.


Our journey to the 2018 Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition continues in a truly exciting way! I’m thrilled to share with you another interview with an inspirational speaker that will be providing those in attendance with wisdom and insights on how we can focus our efforts to be impactful business leaders within our organizations. Again, I believe great HR starts with great leadership.

Full disclosure; I am an introvert. This has been one of the challenges I’ve personally worked on throughout my own ongoing journey towards...


Why Holocaust Remembrance Day Matters: 2018  



The United States Congress created the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.  This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is today, Thursday April 12, 2018.  

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered.  That includes 6 million Jews, 2/3 of the European Jewish community at that time.  That percentage still boggles my mind.  In my family, the percentage was much higher. 

But the numbers would have been even worse were it not for the countless “righteous gentiles.”  The term “righteous...


What’s in Your Retirement Toolbox?  


The 401K (aka retirement) Plan. Employers and benefit managers spend so much time discussing fees and compliance that we sometimes forget how critical this benefit is to our employees and their families. Research shows that employees with access to employer-sponsored workplace retirement savings accounts are more likely to save for retirement. Most employees spend much of their time at work and they count on us to help them meet their retirement needs. That’s why at my organization we work hard to provide a financially strong, structurally diverse 401K plan. Our job...


An Interview with #SHRM18 Speaker and Thought Leader Cy Wakeman

#SHRM18 Speaker Cy Wakeman is a significant thought leader and expert blogger with groundbreaking ideas featured in the Wall Street Journal,,,, and Her book, Reality-Based Leadership published by Jossey-Bass is now available and is receiving rave reviews throughout the nation. #SHRM18 conference attendees will have the opportunity on Sunday, June 17th at 12:30pm to attend Cy Wakeman’s Mega Session: How HR Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results

To say I was thrilled that I...


Tapping Talent Without Bias


People are the competitive edge in organizations. Winning companies are capturing the best talent, while others are falling behind because they can’t let go of their preconceived notions about hiring. By clinging to long-standing biases, leaders risk losing out on valuable employees who don’t fit the mold.

It’s time to think differently about talent—how we view it and how we value it. For example, it surprises me to see how many employers are still hyperfocused on those magical letters “B.A.” and “B.S.” We know that, for a...