From the CEO: How HR Can Thrive Today

#SHRM15 is designed to give you what you need to lead in HR.

By Henry G. Jackson June 1, 2015

HR Magazine June 2015 In just a few weeks, our profession will gather at the premier HR event of the year—the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition. From June 28 through July 1, Las Vegas will be the HR capital of the world. Nearly 15,000 HR professionals will converge for a comprehensive learning experience with exceptional networking, thousands of solutions providers, inspiring keynote speakers and much more.

The theme we will explore in this dynamic city: how HR can thrive in business today.

Advancing technology, demographic shifts and globalization are just some of the trends that have jumped from the pages of research and forecasting reports into our everyday lives. As a result, we are all being forced to adapt faster than ever. Individuals need to reskill and “upskill” themselves. Organizations and industries must find new ways of doing business. And entire professions—including HR—have to rewrite their playbooks for their continued existence and success.

We have designed #SHRM15 to give you what you need to lead in today’s fast-paced business environment. At the conference, you will:

  • Build your own professional and personal development curriculum, choosing from over 200 concurrent sessions based on the SHRM Competency Model, short but rich Smart Stage presentations on innovative HR practices, and Masters Series sessions featuring HR thought leaders.
  • Connect with HR professionals at every level, in every industry and from countries all around the world.
  • Find solutions to your on-the-job needs among hundreds of exhibitors in the SHRM Exposition, the world’s largest HR marketplace.
  • Hear fresh perspectives on leadership from world-renowned speakers. Basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, author and consultant Marcus Buckingham, author and TV host Mika Brzezinski, and doctor and TV host Mehmet Oz will take the stage to challenge and inspire you.

Each year, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is an HR learning, networking and inspirational event without equal. #SHRM15 will be no exception. I hope you will be there or join the conversation online.

What exactly does it take to thrive in HR today? Perhaps we can learn from Coach K, who said, “I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.” To make it in the changing world of work, let’s follow his lead and see ourselves not as HR professionals but as business professionals who happen to lead HR strategy. By doing so, we will reach the full potential of our profession and thrive.

I’ll see you in Las Vegas.


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