This coming week I’m attending the 39th Annual Ohio HR Conference, HR Rocks !!, as its Chair. It has been an incredible year in planning this event. You see, this event only comes together because of my amazing Committee !! (See last week’s post . . .)
And, this week, I get to enjoy the main reason I attend ANY conference . . . the people !!
As I type we are over 700 attendees and there will be another 180+ staffing the booths of our incredible Resource Partners as well as 20+ speakers/presenters. That means I’ll get to see, meet and hang out with almost 1,000 great folks who are all about HR !! That may not get others outside our profession geeked, but I can’t tell you how amped I am to encounter each and every person !!
Last week we launched a new facet to our Conference by conducting a pre-Conference conference call and attendees could call in to get the lowdown on the activities and events happening throughout the week. When I asked for feedback, it was overwhelming to hear that people valued the personal touch that we were offering even before they hit the doors.
We’re trying to set a new trend in SHRM conferences by expecting everyone involved to be engaged and ready to have the best conference experience they’ve ever had !! As I’ve mentioned before, people can only change their behavior if it’s modeled for them by others. HR professionals need to take note that this is something that we hope is a takeaway for them from our Conference and it then permeates their workplaces.
I get in the van tomorrow packed with materials, goodies and surprises to head across the State to land at beautiful Sandusky, Ohio and the Kalahari Resort. Just mere hours before I get to meet great new folks !! I may not even sleep tonight because of the excitement !!