SHRM Conference to Explore Hiring, Talent Management in Changing Times

Mar 5, 2012
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SHRM Conference to Explore Hiring, Talent Management in Changing Times
700 HR and recruiting executives expected at suburban Washington, D.C., event

MEDIA ADVISORY: SHRM’s 2012 Talent Management Conference & Exposition will provide insights into recruiting, hiring and retention practices and strategies that will be necessary as the U.S. economy emerges from the recession. The conference is April 30 to May 2 in suburban Washington, D.C. The National Study of Employers will be released at a press briefing at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 30. And SHRM will unveil its new toolkit for employers on effective practices for recruiting and retaining military veterans and creating workplaces supportive of military families. Call 703-535-6260 for complimentary media registration.

Alexandria, Va., March 5, 2012 — “Jobs” has defined the economic downturn with high unemployment and a skills gap troubling manufacturing and other industries. SHRM’s 2012 Talent Management Conference & Exposition will provide insights into recruiting, hiring and retention practices and strategies that will be necessary as the U.S. economy emerges from the recession.

The conference, being held April 30 to May 2 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center (201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md.), is expected to draw almost 700 attendees, more than half of whom hold the title of director or vice president in their organizations.

The conference will include more than 40 concurrent sessions on topics in the news, such as E-Verify, the transition of military veterans to the civilian workforce and the use of social media in recruiting.

During the conference, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) will release the 2012 National Study of Employers, a comprehensive study of employer practices, policies, programs and benefits that address the personal and family needs of employees. The survey provides insight into how employers are responding to the changing demographics of the workforce over time.

Ellen Galinsky, president, and Ken Matos, senior director of employment research and practice, of FWI will outline key findings of the research at a press briefing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 30, in Azalea 3 Conference Room of the Gaylord. Lisa Horn and Shirley Davis, co-directors of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative, also will be available.

The talent management conference will include keynote speakers:

  • Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, on “Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business;”
  • Gina Rudan, president of Genuine Insights, on “Practical Genius: Change the Game for You and Your Business;” and
  • Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, on “Transforming the Way We Work: The New Rules of Engagement.”

Two special pre-conference events on Sunday, April 29, will explore how to recruit, develop and retain top performers, and best practices in hiring and legal compliance.

A third pre-conference event, Talent Tomorrow, will examine the use of technology in recruiting. The program, from 1-5 p.m. on April 29, will have a discussion format and hands-on presentations featuring Lars Schmidt, director/talent acquisition at NPR, and Todd Hudson, founder of the Maverick Institute, among others.

For additional information, visit the conference website.

Media: Press coverage is welcome. Members of the media wanting to attend the conference must apply for press credentials. For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Hughes of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6072 and jennifer.hughes@shrm.org or Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and kate.kennedy@shrm.org.

Social Media: The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #SHRMTalent. Visit the conference’s Facebook page for more information.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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