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May 24, 2012

Destination HR: More on SHRM Annual Conference – Part 2

Filed under: General HR Buzz6:30 am

If it’s at all possible, I may be more excited about the opportunity to attend SHRM annual conference than I was even last week.  The more reading and research I find about the conference, the more I want to know.  Over the coming weeks leading up to the conference, I’ll do my best to share what I have picked up along the way.

  • Planning for this year’s conference in Atlanta started in 2008 – but the nitty gritty details were brought into focus within the last 18 months.
  • Logistics for the conference are mapped out in a 700+ page document that details everything down to the last coffee cup.
  • SHRM staffers rely on volunteer assistance from the local SHRM chapter while in town.
  • Conference sessions from year to year include new topics (social media) and some that are always on tap (FMLA, for example).

New within the last several years, the Practitioner Exchange is a series of sessions that will bring attendees up close with some of the foremost HR professionals in the world.  According to Letty Klutz, Manager of Conference Programming with SHRM, these sessions are offered throughout the conference at different times.  I may have to change my conference schedule!

  • Dan Satterthwaite – Head of Global Human Resources with Dreamworks Animation
  • Ann Morgan – VP, Human Resources and Organizational Development with AutoZone, Inc.
  • April Miller – Senior Vice President, Human Resources with SafeAuto Insurance Company
  • Sylvia Taylor – Executive Vice President, Human Resources with The Weather Channel
  • Andy Lorenzen – Director, Talent Strategy and Systems with Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Also this week, I dug further into the SHRM Buzz site – designed to create buzz about the annual conference.  You can find it here.  There are guest bloggers, tips for first-time attendees, and so many other great pieces of information that I’d run out of room if I tried to list them all here.  I found a great post with tips about using MARTA, Atlanta’s transportation system.  The point is: go and explore the site, you don’t know what you’ll find until you do.

Believe it or not, there actually is some free time built into the schedule.  Get out and enjoy it.  I found some great information in a link from SHRM here.  Here’s one place that is at the top of my list – the World of Coca-Cola.

If you’re headed to HOTlanta at the end of June, remember that HRN will be there, too.  Find us at booth 1345 in the Exhibitor’s Hall – stop by and say hello.  I won’t be at the booth often; I’ll be soaking up as much information as I can fit into my brain.  If you want to connect, find me on Twitter (@JustSayLiv).  I’ll be back next week with some more buzz.


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