Meet the #StateLineCrew #SHRM19 Bloggers- Introduction

Paul LaLonde, Mary Williams, Jeff Palkowski, and Kyra Matkovich

How do four human resources professionals who had never met one another less than a year ago end up heading to the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition as members of the #SHRM19 Blogger Team and more importantly, as great friends? It is still a whirlwind as we look back about how all this transpired over the past year, but here is our brief story.

Turn back the calendar to June,...


Three Reasons People in Drug Recovery Can Make Great Employees


Twelve years ago I overcame meth addiction. I remember the feeling like it was yesterday. I reached three months sober and the world around me seemed to change over night. I started to see things with more color, food tasted better, and things felt brand new. I had woken up from what seemed to be nothing more than a nightmare and right back into my 15 year-old mindset with a desire to explore what the world had to offer because I wanted more. I had no more time to waste once...


How to Become a Frequent Flier #SHRM19


You may love or hate traveling for work and conferences like SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (2019) or SXSW, but the fact remains that you can pretty easily travel hack your way to better rooms, better flights, and better perks. Who doesn’t love a deal or free upgrades?

How to Get More Rewards Points, Upgrades, and Frequent Flier Miles

While attending SXSW, I attended the session on how to get the most out of your rewards and travel points, and I thought I’d share the best practices and highlights along with a...


#SHRM19 Vendor Spotlight: Who is Office Vibe!?


Who is Office Vibe!? Tell us everything, just as you would someone approaching your booth and asking you this question at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19)  in Las Vegas.

At Officevibe, we believe that the future of work is human. In an era where everyone has equal access to cutting-edge technologies, it’s an organization’s people and the uniquely human capabilities they bring to work every day that will ultimately set them apart.

Built on the science of employee engagement, our solution puts the manager and their team...


The “Steve Browne Experience” -- #SHRM19 Interview with Steve Browne


You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge music enthusiast who has been the lead singer of a cover band! So, I was “geeked” to talk to mega session speaker Steve Browne – a fellow music freak. Little did I know that our conversation would lead to life lessons and the power of positivity!

You’ve got a wildly popular book, you’re an active blogger, member SHRM Board of Directors, run a global HR network, thought leader, influencer, and clearly very shy! What would you like people who are...


Network Like an Introvert! #SHRM19 Interview with Erich Kurschat


I had the pleasure of meeting Erich Kurschat this past December when he traveled from Chicago to Orlando to present to the 2019 Greater Orlando SHRM Board of Directors during our transition meeting. I’m sure it was a very difficult decision for him to come to Orlando in December. I can only imagine that internal debate… “Orlando… Chicago… December… Hmm…” Anyway! Erich was fantastic! He facilitated a DiSC discussion with our group to help us understand how to cohesively work with each other as a board. We even got to...


#Nextchat RECAP: How To Build Cultures of Curiosity

On April 17 @shrmnextchat chatted with @DrDianeHamilton, #SHRM19 speaker, nationally syndicated radio host, leadership speaker and author of "Cracking the Curiosity Code," and Creator of Curiosity Code Index to talk about How to Create Cultures of Curiosity. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great advice for organizations to encourage more curiosity and innovation, you can read all the tweets HERE or below:




Looking Past the Trees- Getting Talent Back to Work



I’m a researcher. Process oriented. Peacemaker. Always followed the rules growing up. My mother never allowed me to ride my bike past a group of trees to the side of our driveway, and I never did until the summer before my freshman year of high school. To say I grew up somewhat sheltered, is a bit of an understatement.

Now that I’m a 30-something HR professional (this is a loose description), I now see rules as a grey subject matter to be debated. Times change. Views change. People change.  ...


SHRM Foundation Step Challenge at #SHRM19: Team Captain Lowdown!


Registration for the 4th Annual Step Challenge, powered by Fitbit Health Solutions, at  #SHRM19 is officially open! Visit to register for this year’s Step Challenge.

To register for the Step Challenge, all participants must select a Step Challenge team. Together, you and your teammates will compete to be the team with the highest average step count.  

Below you will find the “lowdown” on this year’s team captains to help you decide which team you want to step with at #SHRM19. May the best team win!