Pace Yourself - #SHRM21 Edition


It’s been a whirlwind since about September 2 for me! Yes, I know #SHRM21 didn’t technically start until September 9, but I was fortunate to be surrounded by people I love to celebrate my birthday Labor Day weekend, and it was a CELEBRATION! 

The “me” of 5-10 years ago would have gone all out, saying yes to every invitation, double and triple booking myself, staying out way too late, getting up way too early or missing something important because I had overextended myself and couldn’t actually be in more than one place...


What #SHRM21 Taught Me About Resilience

It took quite some time for me to warm up to the idea of attending SHRM21, just because a lot has changed since I attended SHRM19, and it has been a struggle to keep my energy up. But the four days of SHRM21 turned out to be just what I needed to get my mojo back! I also didn’t realize how much I had missed learning with the HR community until the conference started. To add to that, I was selected to be part of the SHRM21 Influencers Team (formerly known as the SHRM Bloggers team), which made me really happy....


A #SHRM21 Interview with Stephen Baer, Co-Founder, The Game Agency

In my decade and a half of attending SHRM Annual Conference and Expos I have tripped over a handful of truly innovative products and services. The last one that made a splash for me was a few years back on the conference floor and we all know the trajectory of that product as it is now the backbone of LinkedIn Learning. This year’s conference drew me to playing Jeopardy online which was run by The Game Agency. I finished 93 out of 200 participants but the real story is the product which just...


#SHRM21 Wrap-Up

It is a wrap on #SHRM21!

It is 5 days since I returned from Las Vegas and #SHRM21 giving me some time to reflect on the conference. This conference did not have the flash and pizazz of #SHRM19 also held in Vegas, but this conference was special in its own way. I will probably call it the Pandemic conference in years to come. 

Biggest wins of the conference:

  • Seeing in-person my #HRCommunity friends. It was great to see people that I had not seen in over two years and to meet new
  • ...

#SHRM21: Why Now is the Time To Elevate DEI Effort

This year will be my first time attending the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo and I am so excited to experience the magic that I’ve heard about for so many years. As the Global Director of DEI at my PowerToFly, I’m especially looking forward to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Track, where renowned speakers will be discussing ways to create inclusive, equitable spaces where everyone can thrive. 

We all know that the past couple of years have been especially historical and eye-opening in regard to equity and inclusion both in and out of the workplace. While many companies and...


Exhausted Yet Energized: A #SHRM21 Wrap-Up

Exhausted yet energized has been the phrase I find myself repeating since I left Las Vegas a few days ago. I honestly needed the last few days to process everything that happened during the conference! It was my first conference in over 2 years – so many hugs, learnings, connections etc were had and it was SO WONDERFUL.

I said this in my #SHRM19 wrap-up, but I thought nothing could top the last annual conference, but after this year, I’ve learned that every year is likely to be better than the last!



#SHRM21: A Pep Rally for HR Professionals

As a first time VIRTUAL attendee to the SHRM National Conference I wasn’t sure what to expect. 

From the opening keynote to the general sessions, to the concurrent sessions: The enthusiasm each speaker had during their presentation was contagious, as was the energy for each session. The energy in the chat was positive and engaging.  In fact, by the end of the week, I found I was attending the same session with certain people and so we were able to discuss the takeaways from the session, to connect and join each other’s...


#SHRM21 Leaving Las Vegas…Hello NOLA

After a long, long, LONG wait I was fortunate to attend another SHRM Annual Conference in Las Vegas. It had been over 800 days since the previous conference (SHRM 19), and it was incredible to finally attend a live conference in the newly opened, state-of-the-art West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. As I reflected and quite honestly, recovered from the conference, several words and key takeaways came to mind that I wanted to share. Excitement. Enrichment. Encouragement. Engagement. Exhaustion.

This was my third SHRM Annual Conference and my second...


Twenty-One Ways For HR To Create Meaningful Change After #SHRM21

How can HR professionals keep the momentum going after an amazing annual SHRM conference?

We asked HR professionals and exhibitors to share their best steps for HR to take back in their workplace. From harnessing storytelling to expanding the process of vetting candidates, there are identifiable next steps to take. 



#SHRM21 Reflections

"The future is always beginning now" - Mark Strand

The above quote compliments SHRM21 theme "Now More Than Ever," with the pandemic ravaging the world, businesses are striving to rebound. HR has a unique role in making a difference Now, More Than Ever.

The long-awaited SHRM21 has concluded; I said long-awaited because, after SHRM19 at Las Vegas, we waited for 27 months. Unfortunately, as you well know, the pandemic situation forced SHRM to cancel SHRM20 in San Diego and reschedule the SHRM21at Chicago to Vegas again in September. The SHRM21 offered everything for every level of HR practitioners providing content...