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Talent Today and Tomorrow

2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition

At the end of this year’s SHRM Talent Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois, there was no doubt in my mind that I would register for the upcoming 2018 conference which will be held in Las Vegas in Spring. Being in Human Resources leadership for much of my professional career, it is never easy to break away to attend conferences especially when the “day to day” responsibilities do not slow down and they definitely don’t stop. However, nothing takes the place of interacting with colleagues and industry experts who are experiencing the same challenges that you are. In addition, learning about emerging trends and issues and sharing best practices make these types of conference even more important.

There were three key general sessions this year which featured Molly Fletcher, Sports Agent, CEO and Author of A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating; David Novak, Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc.; and, Frans Johansson, Innovation Expert and Author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment (I bought both of these books as the presenter was excellent).

I attended several concurrent sessions (too many to highlight) but I especially appreciated the presentations by Shaunda Zilich, Global Employment Brand Leader at GE who presented The Changing Nature of Recruiting; Things are not how they appear” and Kris Dunn, Chief People Officer at Kinetix who presented “Seven Ways Recruiters Can Deal More Effectively with Difficult Hiring Managers. Both were great. Hope to see HR industry colleagues during the 2018 Conference in Las Vegas!