I am packing my bags and heading to Las Vegas to join approximately 19,000 people with an interest in HR. Once again I am an official blogger and tweeter, though there are so many people tweeting that is almost redundant, or is it?
If you see me please connect with me. Stop me and say hello. You will find me at the general sessions, at some concurrent sessions, in the Expo or in the blogger’s lounge (you will have to ask directions to get there.) One session early on Monday where you can find me is at Ira Wolfe’s session, which I wrote about in Are you using your data collected by AI ethically? Probably not! A #SHRM19 interview. It is at 7:15 am in LVCC N201-204. I know it is early but it is the first day, so you can do it. It will be worth your effort.
The keynote speakers are always good. This year will be no exception. Kicking off on Sunday is Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart you say? What does she offer to HR? Well she runs a very large organization and has been to prison. That should give her a perspective that most executives don’t have.
On Monday the keynote speaker is Brené Brown. I have not heard her speak before but I understand she is outstanding. She is talking on leadership courage, a dearth of which we have in this modern world. I am expecting great things from this presentation.
Speaking of leadership, Vineet Nayar, Founder Chairman of Sampark Foundation, will tell us how he defied the conventional wisdom that companies must put customers first by putting employees first and making it work. This will be a message that will be close to the heart of many in HR.
Closing out the conference will be Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One®, a business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased. Mycoskie made a major splash as a keynoter in Chicago, as I wrote in this post Giving is good for your soul and your business at SHRM13. I did not know about TOMS at that time, but I am very aware of their business model now. I am looking forward to hearing the update.