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#SHRM18 Speaker Spotlight: Pamela Meyer, PhD



I took some time to chat with Pamela Meyer, Ph.D about her #SHRM18 session Agility Shift: People Practices, Models and Metrics to Create a More Agile, Competitive Organization. Her session title caught my attention because ‘Agile’ is a term that comes up often in my recruiting work and I’ve always been interested in how we can leverage that in the HR world. Pamela and I discussed so much around this session and I want to share a little...


How are You Creating the Change You Want to See? #SHRM18


The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is just a couple of days away and I’m so excited to see Chicago for the first time. For those that are going or have been to a SHRM National Conference do you ever take a second to think, well how did I get here? How did I become a so interested in HR that I’m traveling thousands of miles to be with 15,000+ HR professionals and leaders from around the world? Where did your inspiration start? What programs impacted you?

Each year,...


#SHRM18: Q&A with Maestro Health CHRO Sheryl Simmons



I have a long list of speakers I can’t wait to see at SHRM18 next week. High on that list is Sheryl Simmons, CHRO of Maestro Health. Her #SHRM18 session, Making Your Case to the C-Suite: Why You Should Be at the Table, is on Tuesday afternoon.

Simmons has led HR teams for many years. In this Q&A, she shares how she got into HR, why she runs toward change, her perspective on diversity in hiring and what...


Exhibitor Interview with Self Management Group (SMG) #SHRM18




We are what feels like seconds away from the SHRM18 Conference. 

I had the great privilege with interviewing one of SHRM18’s exhibitors, Self Management Group.  I too had the great privilege with interviewing Kathryn Christie, Director, Talent & Strategy, with Self Management Group, as she is presenting at the SHRM18 Conference on Tuesday 6/19/18 at 4:00 PM.  Check out the interview with Kathryn Christie.

Please see the below interview with Self Management Group (SMG)

Please tell us a...


A Q&A With DayOne Baby! #SHRM18




I recently connected with Esther Kestenbaum, CEO of DayOne Baby and learned a lot about how they can improve the work environment for new moms and families! They work with HR and benefits departments to create a custom plan to fit their company’s needs. More information on their services can be found here! Read on to learn more about Esther and this awesome company you can meet at #SHRM18!

Esther, would you mind telling us a...


5 Reasons It’s Important to Take Time Off - Tickets at Work at #SHRM18



I just returned to the office from a two-week vacation (honeymoon!), refreshed and ready to get back to work. It may seem counterintuitive, but being away from work actually increases employee engagement and boosts morale in the workplace. In fact, Project: Time Off research reveals that 89 percent of managers agree that employees show greater focus and creativity when returning to work after vacation. However, more than half (55 percent) of Americans do not use all the vacation or paid time off they earn – leading...


Fathers and Mentors #SHRM18


Reflecting on my career, I can attribute many of my “soft skills” to my parents. My father’s schooling ended after seventh grade, but he wanted his three girls to have access to quality education, and that education was reinforced at home.

Each day, he had us read the New York Daily News, starting with the sports section. Then we’d move to the politics section, with his directive, “Let’s see what Mayor Koch is up to.” As an entrepreneur who sold cars, Daddy always included us in his business. We wrote receipts, greeted...


Behind the Scenes with SHRM's Vanessa Hill #SHRM18


The #SHRM18 Bloggers have already produced some excellent Q & A posts with many of the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition speakers and vendors. 

To give you a peek behind the scenes, I've conducted some interviews with SHRM colleagues who work so diligently to create an amazing conference experience.  

I am excited to shine a spotlight on Vanessa Hill from the SHRM Media Affairs team.

Vanessa Hill with Jack Hanna and crew at the 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.


Vanessa, tell us more about you, and what you do for SHRM.

I’m a senior media affairs specialist...


John and Wendy Talk to Jessica Miller-Merrell #SHRM18



Jon & Wendy talk to #SHRM18 Blogger Jessica Miller-Merrell 

We're joined by Jessica Miller-Merrell, founder of Workology. We talk about why she started #NotAtSHRM, fun things she has planned for conference, and Jessica and Jon connect over classic rock and marching band! 




So, What's on Offer at SHRM18 Exposition?


I had missed SHRM16 but had not missed blogging about why I thought large conclaves like the ones organized by SHRM are great social selling opportunities after reading about the power of social selling later that year.

SHRM18, too, has a carefully curated list of service providers who will be showcasing their wares at the Exposition, which will be open from 4 pm on June17th - immediately following the opening general session, which will be featuring Johnny C Taylor, Jr., the new CEO of SHRM, and Jeb Bush. There...