The 2011 SHRM Annual Conference Through My Eyes

I just returned from the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference in Las Vegas, that was held June 25 – 30, 2011 and this year, I tried to capture some of what the experience is like to share with you via the video below. (Email subscribers – click the link to view the video.)

This year, the Conference was attended by a record 14,000+ HR and industry professionals who descended upon Las Vegas to learn, network and maybe even have a little fun.

Conference highlights included the announcement of Hank Jackson as the new SHRM CEO, daily keynotes by Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh and Michael J. Fox and an Expo Hall teaming with vendors, food, drinks, games and an endless amounts of tchotchkes that were never meant to fit in suitcases for the return trip home.

The annual SHRM Conference has become one of my favorite industry events and I’d highly recommend putting the 2012 SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on your list of must-attend events. Now. Before Joe in Accounting cuts your T&E budget for 2012.

I’ll follow up later this week with a post announcing the Annual SHRMmy Awards and thanking many of the folks who made this such an informative and enjoyable event for me.

Until then, if you attended the 2011 SHRM Conference (or followed via the #shrm11 hashtag on Twitter), what was your favorite part of the event? Who would you nominate for achievements (good or bad)? I’d love your feedback as the SHRMmy nominations are tabulated!


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Jennifer McClure is a Keynote Speaker, Talent Strategies Expert and Executive Coach who works with clients and companies in the areas of leadership development, communication and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and empower business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people.

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2 thoughts on “The 2011 SHRM Annual Conference Through My Eyes

  1. Very well done Jennifer. Loved the video. Thanks for letting all of know what we missed. What really stood out in your mind at this convention?

    • Thanks Tom!

      As for what stood out the most for me, it would have to be the opportunity to connect in-person with so many HR & industry professionals. While it’s possible to “meet” many people from a variety of backgrounds via social media, it is still important and helpful to meet people in person. I’ve never left a conference without having discussed opportunities to help someone, partner with them on an opportunity or referrals. I truly enjoy attending events like SHRM11 for the sessions and learning opportunities, but the networking can’t be beat!

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