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One Week Until #SHRM18!



With less than 1 week until SHRM18 I realised there was an amazing #NextChat on Twitter that I missed that would make a great share in anticipation of the conference.

(A ‘tweetchat’ for the uninitiated, is basically an hour or so of open, collaborative discussion over Twitter, using a specific hashtag.)

Something you may not be aware of is that alongside the SHRM18 Conference & Expo, SHRM are hosting the WFPMA (World Federation of People Management) World Congress. I’m particularly interested in this, as the current President is the...


A Preview to #SHRM18



This Sunday, SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) will kick off its annual conference in Chicago. I’m fortunate and honored to be one of the official bloggers for the conference along with some of the best HR pros and bloggers in the industry. This will be my third SHRM annual conference, attending all three in Chicago (’08 & ’13). I do not attend a lot of conferences, with the exception of the Illinois SHRM state conference, as my job and an HR practitioner keeps me pretty busy. But with the annual conference...


#Nextchat: The Talent Fix -- A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent


A recent Washington Post article (“2018’s challenge: Too many jobs, not enough workers”) paints a stark picture for those organizations caught up in the “biggest scramble for workers in decades.” With the U.S. unemployment rate at a 17-year low and the monthly job opening numbers pacing at all-time highs, many recruiters might tell you that it’s never been harder to find talent. Tim Sackett, however, would disagree and would argue that there’s never been a better time to be a recruiter of talent.

Tim, president of HRU Technical Resources...


Diversity Stride 2018




This will be my last blog before SHRM18.  I wanted to share my experience with Diversity Stride 2018:

The Garden State Council SHRM (GSC-SHRM) was a pacesetter sponsor for the Diversity Stride Walk 2018 that was facilitated by the American Conference on Diversity (ACOD).  I was the Team Captain for GSC-SHRM.  We had a strong turnout and are looking forward to next year. 

American Conference on Diversity has facilitated the Diversity Walk for many...


#SHRM18 Exhibitor Spotlight: The Movember Foundation


One of the things I love about being the co-founder of DISRUPTHR Los Angeles and putting together events is meeting amazing HR and business leaders who are doing really great work. One such meeting happened just after Memorial Day when a speaker from our last event introduced me to Doug Prusoff and James Pollerana. Doug and James work for The Movember Foundation. They are the reason so many of my friends grow moustaches in November to raise awareness about men’s health.



Suicide and the Workplace





Last week, two celebrities took their lives, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.  To be more specific, they committed suicide.

It is important to say the word “suicide” because many media reports, at least initially, did not.  There is still, for some, discomfort with mental health issues in general and suicide in particular.

As with #metoo, high-profile cases draw our attention to an issue that is not limited to the high-profile.   Alarmingly, the suicide rate has increased by 25 percent since 1999....


#SHRM18, While We’re Partying … They’re Working



Attention People … We are officially 9 Days from SHRM18!!!!!!!!! 


OK, sorry, had to get that out. My excitement is reaching an all-time high. while I did attend SHRM17 last year, this year holds so much more for me because I’m one of the SHRM18 Bloggers, a SHRM18Steps Challenge Team Captain (HR High Steppers, all the way!), and I’m trying to grow the HRJazzy Brand so I can continue creating great relationships with others and help Young Professionals and HR Pros, while gaining knowledge myself! I’m so excited about...


What’s Cooking in My African Pot for #SHRM18



“Use these days in Chicago to build your career, invest in yourself, its more than a party, much more than a networking event, hold us accountable for ensuring that you have a meaningful experience” these are some of SHRM’s CEO, Johnny C Taylor Jr.’s words from an encouraging Facebook live chat, that was held for the SHRM18 bloggers by Andrew Morton.

These words kept ringing in my head, they really had me thinking seriously about my trip to Chicago for the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, taking time...


A #SHRM18 Interview: 5 Questions with Sarah Noll Wilson



I am really looking forward to this year’s SHRM National Conference in June. It has been five years since the conference was in Chicago and that was the last time I attended. I am fortunate to be a part of the #SHRM18Bloggers like I was in 2013. One of the cool roles as a part of the blog squad is to feature one of the speakers for SHRM18.

I had the pleasure to get to know Sarah Noll Wilson. She...


#SHRM18: Networking Introvert Style



The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is a little over a week away, and this is my third SHRM annual conference. My first was in 2014 & I was excited but nervous about being around 13,000+ people. I’ve talked about it before, but I really don’t enjoy traditional networking. I don’t mind being friendly to folks who are sitting near me, but when you sit down in a learning session, you never quite know if that person really wants to chat or just focus on this session.

As a self-proclaimed...