Four years ago today, some 50-odd people (or is it 50 ODD people) descended upon the Hilton Seelbach in Louisville, KY to attend the first HRevolution unconference. Put together by Trish McFarlane, Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese, and Crystal Peterson as an alternative to the mega SHRM Annual Conference, HRevolution attempted (and continues to emphasize) to bring a new voice to the future of HR. Topics for that first day included:
- Blogging Basics - tools, platforms, getting started
- Advanced Blogging Topics - hosting, building an audience, promotion, aggregation
- Social Media in HR - building the case, learning the tools, planning the strategy, executing the plan, measuring the results
- New Technology you can use - Demo and discussion of some exciting new technologies for information sharing and collaboration, low-cost (some even free), low maintenance, and really cool
For me, it has been a truly transformative event, both personally and professionally, as I have gone from a simple attendee, to presenter, to planner.
Significant friendships have formed. People who never met prior to the event have taken trips together.
Its spawned the ever popular 8 Man Rotation series.
Its even led to marriage, as 6-time attendees Frank Zupan and Tammy Colson met in Louisville, fell in love one year later in Chicago at the 2nd HRevolution, and married four years later on the eve of the 6th event.
So happy anniversary HRevolution....here's to many more. Anyone interested in St. Louis in May 2014?