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SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. Highlights the Need to Cause the Effect at SHRM22 Annual Conference

Leaders Discuss Mental Health, Building Strong Culture, and Embracing Alternative Credentials; Announce SHRM23 in Las Vegas

Two men sitting in chairs on stage at a conference.
​SHRM President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. in conversation with President G.W. Bush

​New Orleans — The SHRM22 (the Society for Human Resource Management) Annual Conference & Expo officially came to a close today with an exclusive conversation on the main stage between Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. and former President George W. Bush and the announcement that the next SHRM Annual Conference & Expo, SHRM23, will be held in Las Vegas, as HR professionals come together once more to create better workplaces for a better world.

In an earlier opening keynote address, Taylor, called on attendees a virtually and in-person  to cause the effect—encouraging business and HR leaders to boldly bring about the changes they want to see in the world of work and create a more inclusive world of HR for future generations.

"There are lots of priority matters for our profession in addition to Mental Health, Building Strong Culture, and Embracing Alternative Credentials, but SHRM research suggests these three will move the needle the most with our concerted focus and attention as a profession" Taylor said.

On Tuesday, Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive, led a conversation about the importance of workplace mental health. In a separate session, Bruce D. Broussard, president and CEO of Humana Inc., and Tim S. Huval spoke on the intersection of work, workplace, people and business, talent strategies, and the crucial partnership between the CEO and the chief administrative officer. Global country music superstar Brad Paisley performed on the main stage on Tuesday.  

The event included the announcement of the 2022 SHRMLabs Better Workplaces Challenge Cup competition winner, Vinco. The competition highlights the most innovative HR technology startups today.

Throughout the four days, SHRM also released research on important workplace topics including Employee Benefits  and global workplace culture.

There were also a number of key sessions including E-Squared: Education to Employment—Building a Talent Development Ecosystem That Works for All,with a discussion on the need to strengthen and expand the education-to-employment pipeline—a vital component of efforts to mitigate the challenges of the Great Resignation, improve the livelihoods of workers, and close the skills gap.

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