I would love to attend the 2011 Illinois HR Conference on August 22-24 and/or the 2011 Ohio SHRM State Conference on September 21-23. John Jorgensen (Illinois) and Steve Browne (Ohio) have put together a really stellar program for each of these states.
Check out the agenda for Illinois here
Check out the agenda for Ohio here
The quality of line-ups alone justifies attending. Add the networking, entertainment, and food, and it a must-see event.
So, why am I not going? I'm conferenced out.
One of my best friends says I am one of the luckiest people in the world. My job gives me a really flexible schedule, I get to teach 18-22 year olds, and I get to do a lot of traveling. Looking over the past 12 months, I have attended the following conferences:
August 5-6, 2010 - WI SHRM State Leadership Conference in Sturgeon Bay
September 23-26, 2010 - AABRI Conference in Orlando, FL
October 6-8, 2010 - WI SHRM State Conference in Appleton, WI
November 18-20, 2010 - SHRM Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA
February 24-27, 2011 - ASBBS Conference in Las Vegas, NV
March 4-5, 2011 - WI SHRM Student Conference and HR Games in Fond du Lac, WI
April 8-10, 2011 - SHRM North Central Region Student Conference in Romeoville, IL
April 29-May 1, 2011 - HREvolution in Atlanta, GA
June 24-29, 2011 - SHRM Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV
Intermingled with the above is travel for family, weddings, sporting events (Brewers baseball, NFC Championship, Super Bowl, Final Four) as well as other work and volunteer related functions.
Looking ahead, I already have the following conferences scheduled:
August 4-5, 2011 - WI SHRM State Leadership Conference in Green Lake, WI
August 12-16, 2011 - Academy of Management Meetings in San Antonio, CA
September 30 - October 5, 2011 - HREvolution/HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas, NV
October 12-14, 2011 - WI SHRM State Conference in Madison, WI
November 17-20, 2011 - SHRM Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA
January 5-7, 2012 - AABRI Conference in Orlando, FL
March 2-3, 2012 - WI SHRM Student Conference and HR Games in Platteville, WI
June 22-27, 2012 - SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA
and....who knows, there might be another conference or two in that time frame.
So, yes, I am lucky. I get to do a lot of traveling and attend a lot of conferences. However, while I would love to be in Illinois and Ohio over the next two months, I am not sure I have the time, energy, or resources to make it there.
However, on behalf of John and Steve, I highly encourage you to go to those great events. And, if you can't, come join us in Madison, WI, on October 12-14. Check out the Learning Sessions here and early bird registration ends July 15.