This is the 13th SHRM Annual Conference I have attended. The routine is pretty much the same from year to year. So what, if anything, has stood out?
- Hillary Clinton - didn't get to see her. Closed to press.
- Blake Mycoskie - Nice inspirational message. Hard to screw up a talk about shoes at a HR conference. Definitely fit category 1 of Tim Sackett's 3 categories of HR speakers
- Jennifer McClure - Talked on the Future of HR and knocked it out of the park. Definitely book her for your future HR conference.
- Steve Boese - Excellent presentation on harnessing social tools.
- I probably have spent less time there then in any previous conference. As a professor, I'm not likely to be a customer of whatever product is being hawked. My name is not going to be drawn for a booth prize. And, I learned long ago that SWAG remorse is never a good thing.
- I felt bad for the booths in the 3500-4300 range. It seemed like they were the discount casinos in "Vegas Vacation" where games such as "Pick a Number Between 1 and 10" and "Flip a Coin" were being played
- I was disappointed to hear from students, yet again, that some booths treated their visit with disdain. These are your future customers. Treat them that way.
- It is still a heavily dominated female crowd. On three of the four shuttles I've taken, I was the lone male among 30 or 40 females.