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Get Together with Other HR Departments of One

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Don’t go it alone if you’re an HR department of one. Learn from other peers who are running their HR operations solo and gain valuable tips specifically for professionals in HR departments of one at the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2024 (SHRM24), including for those just starting out in their careers, midlevel HR professionals, and senior-level HR pros.

SHRM24 takes place June 23-26 at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. All times are Central time.


Monday, June 24


Early career: HR 101 for Departments of One/Small Business

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Presenter: Christie L. Engler, SHRM-CP, vice president of HR at Diversified Systems Inc.

Learn how to build a successful HR foundation for any organization when wearing multiple hats in your daily duties.


Midlevel: Discipline and Termination: The Movie

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Tim Orellano, president of The Human Resources Team

Improve your skills in handling disciplinary actions, ensuring they are carried out in a fair, consistent, and constructive manner.


Senior level: Directing the Solo Symphony: Mastering the Art of One-Person HR Departments

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Presenters: LaNeé Kittrell, SHRM-SCP, team lead and senior consultant for outsourcing at Nonprofit HR, and Sidney Abrams, SHRM-SCP, chief client experience officer at Nonprofit HR

HR leaders in small departments will gain insights into overcoming unique challenges, transitioning roles to strategic leadership, and evolving into innovators.


Tuesday, June 25


Early career: Navigating Your HR Career

Noon-12:45 p.m.

Presenters: Raiyana Bryant, SHRM-CP, human resources specialist at SHRM, and Rahki Handa, senior talent acquisition specialist at SHRM

This breakout session offers valuable insights and practical strategies to help you navigate and excel in human resources.


Midlevel: Top 5 HR Priorities for Departments of One

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP, senior partner at HR Soul

Participants will leave with an understanding of the five competencies that HR professionals struggle with today, how they’ve changed over the past seven years, and what’s stayed the same.


Senior level: Cultural Transformation: The 7 Keys to Leading Your Organization to Boost Performance, Transform Culture, and Create Equity

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Kenston Henderson Sr., founder and CEO of Live with Lyfe LLC

Learn a step-by-step framework for cultivating an inclusive workplace.


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