#SHRM22 – What Do I Have Planned?

Taking the lead from my fellow #SHRM22Influencer Team members Claire Stroh Petrie and Amanda Brunson, I thought that I would share my “draft schedule” for the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference & Expo.

While I am a diligent planner, I also am quick to deviate from my plans as I am easily distracted by competing priorities such as running into colleagues, fatigue, or hunger!

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Here is my schedule (so far)…

Saturday – 06/11/2022

Registration and Visit to the SHRM Store

(I always like to get this taken care of as soon as I can. A visit to the SHRM Store prior to the actual conference starting helps to ensure that I get the best selection of SHRM swag including SHRM socks!)

Sunday – 06/12/2022

Conference Orientation – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  

New Orleans Theater ABC

(Looking forward to starting my conference off right with a great overview from SHRM staff and my fellow #SHRM22Influencer Claire Stroh Petrie!)

Finding the Right Balance: How Employee Benefits Attract and Retain the Best Talent – 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Bruce Broussard and Timothy Huval, Humana

Hall D-E

Expo Opening Reception

In-Person Sunday 06/12/2022 04:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Hall G-J

(First chance to check out vendors and get the first pick of swag on the exhibition floor!)

North Central Region Networking Event – 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Crescent City Brewhouse

(Looking forward to connecting with fellow attendees from Wisconsin and the other states within the North Central Region!)

Monday – 06/13/2022

Another Intermittent FMLA – 07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Karen Young

Room 388-390

(This is an area that I work with regularly in my current role and I look forward to learning more about FMLA strategies)

HR’s Defining Moment Is Now – 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Hall D-E

You Can’t Cancel Laughter: Understanding How Stifling Workplace Humor Can Also Stifle Creativity and Retention – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Greg Schwem

Room 343-345

(I heard Greg for the first time at the 2021 SHRM Annual Conference and can’t wait to laugh with him again!)

HR Revealed !! – Transforming from Support Role to Strategic Leader

In-Person and Virtual Monday – 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM 

Steve Browne

New Orleans Theater ABC

(Seeing Steve Browne is a “must-see” at each SHRM Annual Conference. Will be arriving early for a front row seat!)

Remote Working and the Future Workplace: Key Research Findings – 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Mark Smith

Room 391-392

SHRM 22 Certification Party – The Certified Good Times Party – 04:45 PM – 07:00 PM

Mardi Gras World

(Can’t wait to see the Mardi Gras floats at this party!)

Tuesday – 06/14/2022

Future-Ready HR: Prepared to Lead Breakthrough Performance in the New World of Work – 07:30 AM – 08:30 AM 

Jennifer McClure

La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom AB

(I’ve heard Jennifer a number of times at both state and national conferences and always come away learning something new each and every time!)

Shifting Mental Health Awareness into Action in the Workplace – 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Arianna Huffington

Hall D-E

(Mental health is at the forefront of so many of our organizations and demands our attention to this important issue. It will be great to hear from a speaker as prolific as Arianna Huffington to talk about this.)

Jump Start the Workforce – and Your Career! – 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Donna Sporcic and Jenny Locanthi

Hall F – Smart Stage

(Jenny is our new SHRM Field Services Director and I look forward to finally meeting her!)

SHRM A-Team Lunch – 11:45 AM – 01:30 PM

(As a long time SHRM A-Team member and Captain, it is always a highlight to connect with the SHRM A-Team at the Annual Conference)

HR Rising !! – It’s Okay to Be Human in HR!! – 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM 

Steve Browne

New Orleans Theater ABC

(What’s better than a Steve Browne session? How about a second one!)

When Pay Strategies Fail – Why HR Needs to Act Now – 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM 

Tina Marie Wohlfield

Room 265-268

(Here to support by friend and “peacock sister” Tina Marie!)

Friends of SHRM Foundation Reception – 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Room 242

(As a SHRM Foundation Leadership Circle Member, it will be great to attend as the successes of the SHRM Foundation are shared at this reception)

Tuesday Night Concert with Brad Paisley – 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Brad Paisley

(This will be my 4th time seeing Brad in concert! I will be there with my boots and belt buckle!)

Wednesday – 06/15/2022

Positive Conversations: Utilizing Employment Laws as a Retention Tactic – 08:45 AM – 09:45 AM

Louis Lessig

Room 293-296

(Lou always provides an informative and entertaining session on important employment law topics, this should be no exception!)

Closing General Session with President George W. Bush and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP (LIVE ONLY) – 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Hall D-E

(What better way than to close out a conference than with a former President? President Bush and his Presidential Center has sponsored global initiatives for veterans, women’s initiatives, and global health since leaving office in 2009)

After this robust schedule for four days…days five and six will likely involve rest and relaxation after a great conference! I look forward to connecting with many of you in New Orleans!

Some of the SHRM 22 Speakers that I look forward to seeing including: (Top R to Bottom L) Claire Stroh Petrie, Jennifer McClure, Tina Marie Wohlfield, Greg Schwem, President George W. Bush, Steve Browne, and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

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