by Matthew Stollak on Friday, January 23, 2015
Tim Sackett Day began three years ago as a way to recognize those hard working HR professionals grinding away doing the real influencing on a day-to-day basis. The 4th recipient of this day of recognition is the great Victorio Milian.
In 2009, as a professor, I was frustrated with the lack of timely information on 21st century HR. Textbooks always felt too theoretical and, while grounding the student in some of the basic terminology, they didn't breathe the language HR professionals were talking about on a daily basis. So, I entered the social online world of Twitter and blogging as a way to better prepare students for the world of work they were entering.
Early on, Victorio was one of the names that began to stand out. His active participation in the HR Happy Hour caught my attention, and checking in on his Creative Chaos HR blog became a part of my daily routine.
Of particular note was a commitment to furthering the profession by focusing on those entering the field. His HR101 e-book, featuring perspectives on basic HR topics from expert HR professionals, became a regular part of my students reading list each semester. I had the opportunity to contribute to another e-book "We are the Future" in 2012 that addressed the fears HR students had as they made the transition from school to work.
As I've gotten to know Victorio over the past few years, his commitment to the HR profession is a reflection of Victorio as a person....devoted father and husband, music aficionado, and comic book fan.
Fortunately, for those who have been helped by and gotten to know Victorio, know he is worthy of being a HR Hero that rivals anything that Stan Lee or Marvel have ever dreamed up.
You can connect with Victorio on
by Matthew Stollak on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I've been a SHRM student chapter advisor for nearly 20 years. For most of that time, I have brought several dedicated students each year to SHRM Annual, who want to advance their learning as they pursue a career in HR.
Dedicated students are giving up nearly a week of their summer break, sacrificing a few days of work where they earn tuition money, to attend SHRM Annual, often on their dime. Students have raised money through the student chapter during the academic year to attend, or they are paying for hotel, airfare, food, discounted conference registration and other incidentals out of their pocket.
However, we are not unique. There are many student advisors as well as hundreds of student members across the country who do the same. Some colleges, including my own, even offer course credit to students who attend the conference
One of the highlights of the conference for them (as well as me) was a stand alone student conference on Saturday and Sunday morning prior to the start of the SHRM Annual Conference. Faculty members could meet and discuss the future of HR education. Students get to share best practices and ideas with their peers across the country. SHRM also highlights quality student chapters as well as recognizes the advisor of the year award.
But, of particular note, was the quality of the programming that was geared directly to students. HR leaders such as Laurie Ruettimann, Jennifer McClure, John Hudson, Matt Charney, Meredith Soleau, Jon Petz, Simon Bailey, Joe Gerstandt, Clint Swindall, Libby Sartain, Tim Sackett, and Ryan Estis have provided quality content to those attending. Several have offered content multiple years.
Unfortunately, after 20+ years, SHRM will no longer be offering the student conference at this year's meeting in Las Vegas. Like everyone else, students would have to pay extra to attend the Saturday Pre-Conference One-Day Workshops.
So, I reach out to my dedicated readers for suggestions for alternative HR activities to students arriving early to the SHRM Annual Conference. Unfortunately, a Zappos tour is not available as the last tour is on Friday, June 27 at 1:00 pm.
Are there other plant tours one might take? Are their readers out there getting into Vegas early, who might be able to give 45 minutes to an hour of their time on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning to sit with a few students and discuss a HR topic of their choosing? Starbucks is on me.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions to enhance the learning of the HR leaders of tomorrow.
by Matthew Stollak on Monday, January 5, 2015
I'm up at the Talent Advisor Portal at CareerBuilder's Hiring Site talking about how Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and mobile technology are driving recruiting and retention.
Check out the post here