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SHRM Conference Sure to Inspire the Next Talent (R)evolution

By Theresa Minton-Eversole  2/17/2012
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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Talent Management Conference & Exposition, a three-day event for recruiters and talent management professionals, will kick off Monday, April 30, on the Potomac River waterfront near Washington, D.C.

The opening keynoter will be Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of performance management consulting firm The Energy Project. According to Schwartz, nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. Far too many organizations expect their employees to operate in the same way as computers do: continuously, for long periods of time, running multiple programs at the same time.

But the way we’re working isn’t working, so Schwartz will provide a highly actionable blueprint for how to work—and live—in a way that is more productive and more satisfying. His presentation is titled “Transforming The Way We Work: The New Rules of Engagement.” He’ll also share the secret to renewing your energy when demand is high and time is scarce, offering a clear explanation of the four needs individuals must meet to perform at their best.

Schwartz is a best-selling author, a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and regular blogger for the Huffington Post and

Conscious Capitalism

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie, founder of the TOMS shoe company, will share his vision of how to make money and do good simultaneously in his keynote session “Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business.”

Upon learning that most children in developing countries grow up barefoot, Mycoskie created TOMS in 2006 with a simple promise: with every pair sold, to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Giving is the cornerstone of the company's One for One business model that now incorporates other product lines and harnesses the power of consumers for good deeds. The model has become the hallmark of social enterprise and is taught in universities around the world.

In a behind-the-scenes look at how it works, Mycoskie will share counterintuitive ideas ("In tough times, give more!") that attendees can apply to their organizations.

Mycoskie has created five businesses since college and is the author of the book Start Something that Matters (Spiegel & Grau/Random House, 2011). Between business ventures he competed in the CBS primetime series “The Amazing Race” in 2002.

Practical Genius

Keynoter Gina Rudan, president of professional development and training company Genuine Insights Inc., will take the audience on an inspirational journey during her Wednesday, May 2, 2012, closing general session presentation titled “Practical Genius: Change the Game for You and Your Business.”

Rudan argues that everyone has a capacity for genius—a unique, instinctive, everyday genius that is waiting to be unleashed on our lives. Rudan will show how to use personal power to open doors, attract opportunity and succeed beyond all dreams.

A native New Yorker, Rudan is the author of Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Passions and Talents Working for You (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2011). She was selected in 2010 as one of Poder magazine’s top “20 Under 40” Hispanics in the United States.

Theresa Minton-Eversole is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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