Magazine article HRMagazine

Upping Our Game

Magazine article HRMagazine

Upping Our Game

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I'm writing this column after returning from the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) record-breaking 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago. It was my first as CEO, and I was blown away by the huge attendance, the more than 700 exhibitors, the hundreds of packed concurrent sessions and our fantastic keynoters.

What impressed me most, however, was watching 22,000-plus members and friends of the HR profession come together to show the world the true impact and value of our work.

Now, we could congratulate ourselves and start planning for the same results next year. But that's not us. SHRM is striving for even more exciting and rewarding moments in Las Vegas in 2019. Our team at headquarters is already brainstorming how to bring you experiences you've never had before.

That drive to accelerate and elevate is exactly what I'm asking our profession to do. At SHRM18, I challenged attendees to "chase their lion"-that is, to go after a dream, no matter how scary it is.

I asked them to think about what they want the HR profession-and their part in it-to be in the future and then to chase it vigorously and courageously. I'd like for you to do the same.

SHRM is chasing its lions, too. In recent months, we have been creating a platform to talk about what HR is and does for work, workers and workplaces. At the highest levels of government and in the marketplace of ideas, we are being consulted on hot-button issues such as sexual harassment, paid leave and workforce readiness. …

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