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More than 1,100 attendees from more than 80 countries and territories
are in Las Vegas for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
2015 Annual Conference & Exposition.
Canada, as in recent years, accounts for the largest number of
international attendees, followed by large delegations from China,
Nigeria, Korea and India.
Attendees have come from all corners of the globe, with double-digit
representation from Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Ghana, Jamaica,
Japan, Israel, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan ROC, Thailand,
Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United
Kingdom, among others.
“Our attendees—whether U.S.-based or international—can expect
networking opportunities at the most global HR event anywhere in the
world,” said Howard Wallack, SHRM-SCP, global markets executive for
SHRM. “For professional development, every session of the program is
mapped to the SHRM HR Competency Model, providing guidance to HR
practitioners to focus on those competencies that need improvement and
enhance their existing strengths.”
There’s something for everyone, Wallack continued: “The combination
of more than 200 keynote sessions, 75-minute-long concurrent sessions,
and the longer Masters Series, allow attendees to personalize the mix
and duration of learning that best fits their particular needs.”
In addition, U.S. SHRM members benefit from the global expertise and
insights their international colleagues bring, enriching the experience
for everyone, Wallack said.
If you’re a first-time international attendee, SHRM offers lots of
ways to maximize your conference experience, including an international
orientation and a special welcome reception.
The international attendees’ conference orientation will be held Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in Room N210/N212.
The International Welcome Reception is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday in the Global Lounge, located in Room N238/240/242.
The lounge is your “home away from home,” Wallack said, a place where
you can relax between sessions, network with SHRM staff and other HR
professionals from around the world, and participate in informal
Lounge hours are Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-noon.
The popular lunchtime Table Topics talks—discussions set around
international HR themes—are also held in the Global Lounge on Monday and
Tuesday. “It’s a complement to the more-formal concurrent sessions and a
way to bond with practitioners over an informal meal while learning,”
Wallack recommends that international registrants have a game plan,
selecting in advance the sessions they most want to attend but having a
second option if rooms are full.
Global HR sessions will cover a broad array of topics. Some highlights include:
For the third consecutive year, SHRM will host the Global Partners’
Summit, an invitation-only event for international delivery partners
that are delivering certification programs around the world.
“As part of its international strategy, SHRM has been licensing its
content to training delivery partners to reach HR professionals around
the world with certification preparation courses for the SHRM-CP and
SHRM-SCP and stand-alone HR seminars covering 20 different topics,”
Wallack said. SHRM has 35 contracted organizational partners, including
for-profit training companies, university business schools, and HR
associations covering more than 50 countries and territories, he said.
Organizations from Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, China, Cyprus, Ghana,
Greece, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam will share
best practices for marketing, logistics and course delivery.
International attendees and global HR practitioners have a lot to
look forward to as the Annual Conference gets started. “Wear comfortable
shoes. Visit the Exposition. Hydrate yourself—it’s literally hot in Las
Vegas,” Wallack said. “Make new friends out of your professional peers
and have fun. Come back in 2016!”
Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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