Staffing Conference Name Change Reflects 'State of Industry'

By SHRM Online staff Jan 10, 2011

Global talent management and immigration issues will be among the topics covered during the 2011 SHRM Talent & Staffing Management Conference​ set for April 11-13 in San Diego.

Formerly known simply as SHRM’s Staffing Management Conference, the conference underwent a name change for 2011.

That change “is in part a reflection of the economic times, but mostly is a reflection of the importance of the talent investment,” said Lisa Block, SHRM’s director of meetings and conferences.

“We expect that in some sectors there will be more hiring, while others will be stuck in the no/slow growth mode that many employers have experienced during the recession,” she said.

In addition, the new name better addresses the entire employee life cycle—engagement as well as recruiting and staffing, said Letty Kluttz, SPHR, SHRM’s manager of conference planning.

“We believe that this name change more accurately reflects both the nature of the conference and state of the industry,” Kluttz noted.

The following are concurrent sessions that have a global or immigration angle:

  • “Is There a Global Employee value Proposition?” provides practical examples to enhance organizations’ approaches to building a global employer brand.
  • “Cultural Adaptability in Expatriate Selection” deals with global recruiting and expatriate assignments.
  • “The Role of Immigration in the Coming Talent War—Will You Be Ready?” identifies what HR professionals need to know about immigration and current reform initiatives that might impact global talent mobility.
  • “The Development and Validation of Global Staffing Programs” will highlight a core set of measurement principles and guidelines.
  • “Customer-Aligned Recruiting Excellence” is a global case study of the company that created the BlackBerry mobile device and explores how the company developed a more flexible and customer-centric recruiting model for hiring managers, candidates and its recruiting team.

Other sessions will cover topics such as coaching basics, social media strategies and the changing benefits landscape; two sessions will focus on recruiting veterans.

Early registration for the 2011 conference ends Jan. 28.

Best-selling author Dan Pink will be the keynote speaker at the April 11 opening general session. Ryan Estis, chief experience officer at Ryan Estis & Associates, will be the keynote speaker April 12, and Susan Packard, former CEO of HGTV, is scheduled to address the closing general session April 13.

Employment Law & Legislative Conference

“Bridging the Divide: Connecting the Workplace and Washington” is the theme for the 2011 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference slated for March 14-16 in Washington, D.C.

Michael P. Aitken, SHRM’s director of government affairs, will kick off the opening general session on March 14 with a presentation on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues before the 112th Congress that will impact the HR profession.

Those issues include efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws as well as proposals to require employers to offer paid leave, to restrict the use of credit reports in the hiring process and to provide new civil rights protections in pay discrimination claims.

One of the conference’s highlights, Aitken said, is Capitol Hill Day on March 16. This is an opportunity for attendees to meet with their elected officials from the House of Representatives and the Senate to talk about workplace-related legislation that affects HR professionals “and convey how HR thought leadership is leading change in the workplace,” Aitken said.

A c​oncurrent session, “How to Lobby Your Member of Congress,” is scheduled for March 15; members of SHRM state delegations will meet that day to plan their group visits to Capitol Hill.

“At this year’s Employment Law and Legislative Conference, attendees will have a front row seat to the latest HR public policy issues, the current political landscape and discuss “what’s next” for HR professionals,” he said.

Other keynoters at the conference include Soledad O’Brien, anchor and special correspondent for “CNN: Special Investigations Unit,” is slated to speak at the March 14 luncheon. Rice University history professor and New York Times best-selling author Douglas Brinkley is scheduled to speak at the March 15 general session.

Early bird registration for the 2011 Employment Law & Legislative Conference ends Jan. 14. Feb. 28 is the deadline for registering to participate in the Capitol Hill visit.

Both conferences offer attendees the Premium Package, which allows up to 90 days of unlimited, on-demand access to conference sessions and the opportunity to earn additional recertification credits.​


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