Well it’s on, folks. April 7th in Baton Rouge, LA, the 2013 SHRM Conference season officially kicked off. I couldn’t make it but it looked swell. Watching the pictures and tweets from the conference got me excited for my 2013 conference debut which is May 8th – 10TH in Norman, OK. It’s the Oklahoma State HR Conference and I am honored to be invited. I won’t belabor and bore you with a bunch of chatter about this and that, I’ll cut to the chase. I am not excited to go just to be going – I’ve gotten a few invites to conferences and they are all flattering and special, however I like to have a purpose.
That’s right, I party with a purpose. Here’s why I’m excited to go and participate in OKHR #okhr in May.
- I want to meet Bryan Wempen – Bryan is the co-founder and co-host of Drive Thru HR, the #1 HR blog talk radio program. Bryan and William have had me as a guest several times and even a co-host, so I want to meet Bryan – I’ve already met William. Bryan is also part of Social Media team and the OKHR conference.
- I want to meet Cat Carlos – Cat put this social media team together and I want to hit a home run for her because I understand how important it is to have a social presence during the State Conferences…TN, I’m looking at you.
- I’ve never been to Oklahoma before and I’d like to meet and interact with some of the attendees and talk HR with them.
- I am going to enjoying hanging out with the rest of the Social Media team, connecting with them, and getting to know them better.
I intend to check out some sessions being presented by people that I may not know too well, because it’s all about learning new things. I will also make time to meet Jessica Miller Merrell, she’s kinduva big deal.
Will there be pictures? Will there be socializing? Will there be networking? And will there be other shenanigans, who knows – could be or could be not. I’m not coming to party, I’m coming to learn, contribute, and I’m coming to help change any incorrect perceptions of SHRM conferences. It’s a lot of work, it’s a sacrifice but it’s rewarding.
I hope to see you there. (May 8th-10 th Norman, OK – Oklahoma State Conference -#okhr)