SHRM17 Young Pros – Are You All In?

Sunday morning at 9:00a.m. starts the SHRM17 Annual Conference for quite a few Young Professionals in the HR industry, including myself. We are gearing up to meet each other and have an orientation session on what to expect while attending SHRM17, but are we coming prepared?

I’m growing my HR network and I haven’t ran into a lot of HR YP’s in Alabama, so I’m personally hoping SHRM17 is will be the perfect opportunity to meet and greet those from AL, TN, and surrounding states.

Being a young professional in changing field can have its challenges. There will be many sessions and smart stage presentations given over the the 4 day Annual Conference, but I think the biggest take away for YP’s will be the connections. Not just connections with other YP’s but also the HR Pros that have been in the field for a while. The only way we will be able to evolve our industry is to find out where we’ve been before and what needs to be improved.

SHRM17 is one of, if not the, biggest HR conferences we have the ability (i.e. financially able) to attend. It may be overwhelming as a young professional. We are HR Specialist, Managers, Generalist, and Assistants, we are all over the spectrum of HR, but we are also still learning how to advance our systems. We are still learning how to have great documentation, how our employees perceive us, not only as the human resource department, but also because of our age.

HR/SHRM Young Professionals lets unite, lets make sure we meet the people we are aiming to become, have real conversations with them, find out how they’ve lasted in this profession for so long, and takeaway any tips and pieces of advice the HR Pros offer.

Being the millennials we are, we may not apply it to our everyday life, but knowledge is power, and being knowledgeable about your field, is one of the best decisions you can make.

I can’t wait to get the journey of SHRM17 started, YP’s, I hope you’re ready too.

Until Next Time …


Countdown to #SHRM17

We’re almost there HR!

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It’s the Monday before #SHRM17 and my excitement, if you can believe it, is actually still growing! I’ve been saying I was going to start packing this pass weekend … well that didn’t exactly happen.

Now my plate is full, a week of work and meetings, packing for #SHRM17, making sure my sessions schedule is fully loaded, trying to figure out what I will be taking with me and putting everything in order to be off work for a week.

I wanted to write this post to give awareness to being overwhelmed this week. We have a major HR event coming up and it’s important that we still find time for ourselves in the storm. So instead of stressing about the amount of things that need to be done, try to remember the excitement you’ve had all along about attending #SHRM17.

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I’m super excited about meeting all of the great #HR pros, especially the #NextChat event happening in the blogger room on Tues between 5-6:30p. To finally meet all of the people I have a weekly conversation with on twitter is going to be awesome! I can already feel it, and hopefully we can get some more HR pros to join the conversation.

Where you are on your countdown list to #SHRM17? I look forward to meeting everyone!

Until Next Time …

#SHRM17 Lessons

shrm-2017-conference-logo             In a week HR professionals from all around the world will be coming together in New Orleans, LA – 4 days of everything Human Resources! The parties are being setup, the convention center is being prepped, vendors are checking off list, speakers are getting pumped, and attendees are making their schedule and asking last minute questions.

The excitement that everyone has will explode on Twitter, Linkedln, Facebook, The SHRM Conference Community, and every other spot of social media that’s available this week, and I am ready!

As a first time attendee of a SHRM Annual Conference, there are a lot of questions I have, many concerns about the best things to wear, how I’m going to find the time to rest and make it to everything I want to experience on this journey. Yesterday, I asked my boss which sessions she thinks it would be best for me to try and attend, and when I got her list back, I sat down and went through her suggestions. I realized that through all of my excitement of meeting new HR Pros, checking out the vendors, going to the SHRM Bookstore, being in NOLA, and having a great time, I haven’t sat down to figure out my game plan of implementing the lessons I will learn in those 4 days.

HRJazzy SHRM17 – Here is my updated Session Listings for #SHRM17, the original is on the blog post titled ‘SHRM17‘ In the updated version ** means the sessions my boss would also like for me to attend and the highlighted titles are Mega Sessons

Attending #SHRM17 is a huge opportunity for me professionally, but also for my boss and I to gain better knowledge of how to make our small department of 2 better for the overall company. Since she is not able to attend this year, it is important that I’m able to have my Cher from ‘Clueless’ moment when speaking to the VP’s and Franchisee of the company.

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Thankfully the sessions my boss picked out are pretty much the same ones I had originally selected, but how am I going to communicate what I’ve learned once I return to work?

There have been many suggestions on how to successfully learn and share. For right now I’ve picked the option of giving brief, bullet point, highlights from each session, and expanding on them while in discussion. This way she has a her own record to keep of the highlights and can make her own notes once I explain each session. I’m also planning on updating my blog at the end of every day to break down my lessons.

After the first day of the conference, I will have a better understanding on if writing my notes, bringing my laptop to type my notes, or recording my notes will work best.

This post is pretty lengthy, because through all of the excitement of getting to #SHRM17 and the countdown that will be taking place this coming week, I think it is important that we sit down and figure this out. My tag line is “HR Millennial Just Trying to Get It Right”, I’m not only trying to get it right for myself, but also my company. So, how are we, as HR professionals, going to not only listen to the sessions in that moment, but also take those lessons home, to make our companies better.

How will you share your new found knowledge from #SHRM17 with your company?

Until Next Time …


The Future You

A few months ago I attended one of the NASHRM (Northern Alabama Society of Human Resource Management) meetings. It was actually the one where I fell in HR love with Heather Kinzie. Check her out on Twitter @HeatherKinzie,  if you ever get the chance to see her speak, don’t miss it! She will be at #SHRM17!!!

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As a door prize giveaway I won 3 free coaching sessions with A Point Above, check them out here on the website> A Point Above

I have an awesome coach, his name is Phil, and he helps me figure out how I can get to the next steps of life. Phil doesn’t give me the answers, which can be really annoying sometimes, but instead ask me questions that really makes me think about the decisions, personally and professionally, I’m currently making.

I don’t pretend to have everything together in life. I’m nervous about my overall career, I have a lot of student loans to pay back, I’m a millennial & have been told that I can no longer buy avocado toast if I ever want to buy a home. This crap is stress-ful!

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In the NASHRM meeting Heather gave the best motivational speech I’ve heard in my 27 years of life. To some that may seem like an exaggeration, but for me, it gave me hope. I feel that I’m just getting by in the HR life and one day, someone is going to ask me a real question, and I won’t have the answer. Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but sometimes not having the answer is hard. It’s not the fear of not being right, it’s the fear of not knowing at all.

I’m doing my best to appreciate myself, I’ve been down some bumpy roads in my life, but I’m thankful to say that I’ve gotten back on the right path. I truly want to be one of the best HR pro’s I can be. Right now for me, that means learning and communicating in ways that may make me uncomfortable, but necessary.

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So what are you doing today, to protect and find your Future You?

** Also it should be noted, I have never seen any Back to the Future Movies, ok bye!

Until Next Time … ♥

#SHRM17 – The Packing Storm

12 Days Away!

If you have even a little bit of my excitement, you’re probably bouncing off the walls. Although I’m very excited about attending SHRM17, the closer we get, the more I realize I have to successfully pack for this trip.

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I’ve read all of the articles, blogs, and conference community recommendations on what to wear for the conference. I’ve ordered everything that I need, walked around in my shoes so I’m not breaking them in during the conference, but still nothing has went in the suitcase.

I’m always excited to pack for a coming trip, but something about SHRM17 is making me hesitant. Lets be real, we are going to NOLA and even though I’m from the South, it’s definitely a different type of heat.

While at SHRM17 you may see my sister, Stephanie, and I recreating this, please do not be alarmed ….. I will be Batman

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Throwing random things in a suitcase, won’t work for me this go around. So I’m going to break it down and figure out everything that I know I must have for the conference. It’s time to do what HR Pros do best, make a handy list!

Of course we know the list needs to includes toiletries, comfy shoes, jackets, clothes, don’t get me wrong it’s going to be hot, but not THAT hot! So what about those last minute things most people always forget at a conference?

  1. Elevator Speech – Introducing yourself is going to be a quick process, so make sure you know what you’re going to say.
  2. Business Cards – I know this is the new age of technology, but I think business cards are the best way to remember exactly why you want to talk to this person.
  3. Stories – I think HR stories are some of the best ways to connect to other HR pro’s, it’s always a battle of whose seen the craziest things.
  4. Chargers – Laptops, tablets, phones, and all those things in between. Make sure you pack your rechargeable devices.
  5. Your Best Attitude! – this one is really self explanatory, you’re coming to a conference with a LOT of people. SHRM is making a lot of things easy by giving out information and maps, but you’re still going to have to wait sometimes. This is already a crowded city, make sure you remember that everyone is trying to have a great time, just like you.


June 18th will be here before we know it. Packing in advance if possible, putting everything in its place, will make it a lot easier to be like our employees, and run out of the office doors on Friday June 16th at 5:00 p.m., while telling our boss to deal with it …. Ok maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I hope you get the point.

#SHRM17 is coming up fast … Are You Ready to Go All In?

Until next time …

#HR #MondayMotivation – The People to Meet

I’ve always said #HR is one of the most difficult fields to break into and one of my career goals is to hopefully make it easier on upcoming #HR leaders. Well 2 months ago when I joined the #HR world on Twitter, I realized that I just hadn’t met the right people.

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With #SHRM17 right around the corner here are a few #HR Pros (HR Celebrates in my head) that I’ve had the pleasure of tweeting with these last few months, and can’t wait to hopefully meet in real life.

  1. Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) – his positive attitude about #HR overall and his employees always makes his timeline a win/win. He also has a book coming out during #SHRM17 and I am ready!
  2. Mary Faulkner (@mfaulkner43) – her #HR expertise and jokes keeps me laughing everyday, read her timeline and blog before getting upset and firing everyone.
  3. Tamara Rasberry (@tmrasberry) – she keeps her timeline real! Plus she had some great looking cocktails at #WorkHuman and that’s the type of #HR motivation we all need.
  4. Brad Galin (@bradgalin) his mix of #HR & science keeps me intrigued
  5. Jennifer McClure (@JenniferMcclure) – her travels makes me feel like I’m experiencing #HR from various places in the world everyday! *Bonus check out @Disrupt_HR and see if they are close to you, if not, check out the videos online at
  6. Danyette (foulksd) – us first timers stick together and her timeline keeps me motivated !
  7. Janelle Rodriguez (@janeller1021) – another first timer, we bounce #SHRM17 reminders back & fourth with each other and share real excitement for #SHRM17.
  8. Gemma Toth (@Gem4ever) – truly one of a kind, she encourages me to interact w/ other #HR pros & ask the real questions.
  9. Sabrina Baker (@SabrinaLBaker) – her website is one I check everyday. I’m working for a small business, so a lot of issues she discusses hit home for me.
  10. Sharlyn Lauby (@sharlyn_lauby) – she does it all! That’s really the best way to describe Sharlyn to me, all of different resources she offers from her blog and podcast is seriously sent down from the #HR heavens!

Those are my Top 10 Must Meet #HR pros at #SHRM17. Now this list doesn’t include the entire #SHRM17 Blog Squad and countless other #HR Pro’s that I think really make a difference in our field.

Image result for twitter follow buttonIf you’re new to #HR or even just trying to revamp your #HR career, get on Twitter & hit that Follow Button to start learning from some of the best. Plus there are so many more great HR Pros that you’ll be introduced to by them.

Human Resources isn’t easy, there are a lot of different jobs and most importantly, people, who we take responsibility for in our lives as HR Pros. Knowing that you’re not alone on this journey is important. We are making #HR better for every generation to come, and that starts with connecting with each other!

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Sorry for any typos this go around, currently typing with one hand. #BloggingTip – don’t cook and blog at the same time, pay attention! #BurntFingers

Until next time …