The Conference Committee Rocked It Again - This was the 3rd time I had the opportunity to attend HREvolution, and it once again delivered in spades. Kudos have to be given to the Conference Committee of Steve Boese, Ben Eubanks, Trish McFarlane, and Crystal Peterson for the fine job on the facilities, food, content, and atmosphere. Fanatstic job!
People Like Each Other - Given the significant connections that were made prior to the event, you can definitely see the passion for each other shine through in person...from long-time vets to first-time attendees. You had nearly 60 people show up before the event even started to get together and chat. You had 30 people head to Flip Burger for dinner Saturday night. You had 35+ at breakfast the next morning. There is a kinship about the experience that was mutually shared....just follow the #HREvolution on Twitter to see.
Our Session Went Well - I was blessed to have the inestimable Laurie Ruettimann be my co-pilot for our session on "Pop Culture, Politics, and HR." It was that, and so much more. We discussed:
- What is pop culture?
- What is the relationship between pop culture, HR and the workplace?
- Does pop culture bind us together or separate us?
- Is pop culture ephemeral?
- Is pop culture just high class gossip?
- What do you do if your employee is a birther?
- But, given the format of the conference, the audience took us in a lot of different and unexpected directions - how to deal with employees who are a**holes, scientology, religion, gay vegans, news v. opinion
Get Over the Format - I thought too much breath was wasted on the discussion by some on whether it was a "conference" or "unconference." Was the content good? Were you able to connect with others? Get over the label.
*Atlanta - not a big Coca-Cola town
*The Meet Meme trading cards were a hit....would love to have them for our own state SHRM conference.
*As it demonstrated yet again, it was not your father's HR conference - I was 4 for 4 in hearing the "F-word" in each of my sessions. I'm tempted to start another blog titled "Profane HR."
*The unintended effect of the flat taxi rate to/from the airport - the driver of the taxi Joan Ginsberg and I shared decided in the middle of the trip to pull over at a gas station to use the restroom. Wonder if that would have happened if the meter was running.
*Looking forward to HREvolution 4 in Las Vegas October 2. Heard a rumor that might be a new member of the planning team....