On February 3, 2015 I’ll be leading a workshop on “Understanding and Communicating Your Personal Brand For Career Growth” as a part of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE (Women Excel) Lead program – a 10-month program targeted to women seeking to develop the leadership and communication skills necessary to advance to higher levels in their careers.

It’s always a pleasure to be around such talented women and I’m honored to have been a part of this program for the past five years!

Date: February 3, 2015
Time: 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Event: Women Excel Leadership Program
Topic: "Understanding and Communicating Your Personal Brand For Career Growth"
Sponsor: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
513.579.3100
Venue: Fifth Third Bank Madisonville Operations Center
Location: 5050 Kingsley Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45227
USA
Public: Private

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I’ll be leading a workshop for business owners and CEOs who are involved with the Wire Fabricator’s Association in Montego Bay, Jamaica on January 24, 2015.

I can say that I’m quite excited about the opportunity to escape the cold and snow of winter to head to a more tropical location for a few days, but I’m also excited to talk with business leaders about the challenges and opportunities they face in attracting, recruiting and developing the talent that they need to move their businesses forward in the future!

Date: January 24, 2015
Time: 09:30- 11:30 a.m.
Event: Wire Fabricator's Association Winter Meeting
Topic: Attracting, Recruiting & Retaining Talent In a New World
Sponsor: Wire Fabricator's Association
Venue: Half Moon, A Rock Resort
Public: Private

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I’m excited to kick off 2015 by speaking at two northern Ohio HR Association meetings on Tuesday, January 13, 2015!

The first meeting will be on Tuesday morning in Toledo, Ohio beginning at 7:30am ET, and the second will be in Bryan, Ohio kicking off at 12:00pm ET.

The topic at both meetings will be “Getting the C-Suite’s Attention: 7 Strategies for Transforming From HR Leader to Business Leader”.

Date: January 13, 2015
Time: 07:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Event: Northwest Ohio Human Resources Association
Topic: Getting the C-Suite's Attention: 7 Strategies for Transforming From HR Leader to Business Leader
Sponsor: Northwest Ohio Human Resources Assocation
Venue: The Pinnacle
Location: 1772 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, OH
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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On Monday, December 8, 2014, I’ll be speaking about “Developing a Portfolio and Personal Brand” as part of the Student Event Planners Association Professional Development Program.

I’ll be sharing tips and strategies to build your brand and market yourself that are essential for landing a job and starting your career.

Date: December 8, 2014
Time: 07:00-08:30 p.m.
Event: Student Event Planners Association
Topic: Developing a Portfolio and Personal Brand
Sponsor: Student Event Planners Association
Venue: Webinar
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.

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I will be leading a Career Development Seminar for the Greater Cincinnati Association for Women in Science on Monday, November 17, 2014 on the topic of “Using LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand and Grow Your Network”.

 

Date: November 17, 2014
Time: 06:00-07:00 p.m.
Event: Association for Women in Science
Topic: Using LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand and Grow Your Network
Sponsor: Greater Cincinnati Asociation for Women in Science
Venue: Interact for Health
Location: 3805 Edwards Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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Recommended Human Resources Conferences To Attend in 2015

Recently, one of my contacts who is planning her 2015 schedule sent me a question asking for my recommendations for the top 2 – 3 conferences to attend in the US for HR professionals.

Recommended HR Conferences 2015

I am doing my planning for 2015 and wanted to reach out to you and get your thoughts on something if you don’t mind. One of my plans for next year is to attend more conferences in the US; ideally I’d like to attend events where there is a lot of networking, collaborating and great speakers.

Since there are so many events happening all the time, it’s hard for me to assess which ones are best. Do you have any recommendations for the top 2-3 conferences in the US for HR professionals – other than the annual SHRM conference in Las Vegas?

I shared my recommendations with her directly, but I thought I’d also share them with you – and get your recommendations too!

My Top 5 HR Conference Recommendations

1. 2015 SHRM Annual Conference (Las Vegas, NV)

I’m assuming my contact asked for recommendations other than the SHRM annual conference because it’s an obvious choice – and it is. If you’re an HR, talent acquisition or learning and development professional, you should definitely make plans to attend #shrm15. The sheer size (12,000 – 15,000 attendees) typically means there are numerous networking opportunities, the chance to visit and connect with vendors who provide every conceivable product or service in the industry, and a wide variety of speakers on topics ranging from compliance issues, to talent management, to personal growth, and strategic leadership.

I’ve attended the SHRM Annual Conference each of the last five years, and I’ve spoken at the last three. I wouldn’t miss it!

2. LinkedIn Talent Connect 2015 (Anaheim, CA)

If your organization uses LinkedIn (i.e. you have some level of paid LinkedIn Talent Solutions) as part of your recruiting and employer branding strategies, then I’d definitely recommend attending Talent Connect. At Talent Connect, you’ll find a high concentration of recruiting, sourcing and employer brand leaders, as well as quite a few HR professionals. The quality of attendees, great networking, informative content – and fun – makes it a must-attend event. In 2015, the main Talent Connect conference will be held in California, but there are also similar events in Sydney and London.

I’ve attended and spoken at four of the five Talent Connect conferences and it remains my personal favorite.

3. The Conference Board conferences (various)

To interact with senior-level leaders, typically from Fortune 500 companies, I’d recommend any of The Conference Board’s events. Their conferences are typically focused on specific aspects of human resources or talent management and are relatively small (maybe 100 – 300 attendees), but the content and caliber of attendees is great. While there is typically not much scheduled networking, there are plenty of opportunities to connect and learn from other attendees.

I’ve been a speaker or blogger at several of The Conference Board’s conferences in the past (Talent Management, Leadership Development, Employer Branding and Executive Coaching) and have always enjoyed their programming mix, which includes plenty of case studies shared by senior-level practitioners.

4. State or Regional SHRM Conferences

When I asked my network for recommendations, many enthusiastically put in a vote for their own state’s annual SHRM conference – and with good reason. (Specific shout outs were given for HR Florida, HR Southwest, ILSHRM, HR Indiana, HR West, OHSHRM, Strategic HR New England and WISHRM). State and regional conferences are a great place to network with peers and make good connections, and also offer a variety of content typically targeted at HR Generalists of all levels.

In 2014, I spoke at nine different state or regional SHRM-affiliated events, so I’m obviously a Fan. When I speak at a state SHRM conference, I try to attend as much of the programming as I can, because the networking and learning opportunities are often on par with many of the larger national events.

5. Disrupt HR

As one of the organizers of the first Disrupt HR held in Cincinnati, OH back in December 2013, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend these events. Disrupt HR events are different than traditional conferences and are run by passionate local volunteer organizers. The team at BlackbookHR came up with the concept and assists each organizer by providing a framework for speaker submissions and sharing videos of the presentations online. To date, Disrupt HR events have been held in Cincinnati, Denver and Cleveland, with more planned for 2015.

I’ve given 2 talks at previous DisruptHR events (see my Awesomeness Is Not Accidental talk here) and love the format – 5 minute talks, 20 slides auto-advancing in 15 second intervals – content and energy. The attendees are typically an interesting mix of HR and recruiting practitioners, business leaders/owners and community leaders.

Recommendations From My Network

A quick poll of my Facebook network included many of the events listed above, as well as the following:

Achievers Customer Experience Conference (2015 San Francisco, CA)

Association for Training & Development International Conference (2015 Orlando, FL)

Dreamforce (2015 San Francisco, CA)

Equifax Workforce Solutions Forum (2015 New Orleans, LA)

Great Place to Work® Annual Conference (2015 Dallas, TX)

Halogen Customer Conference (2014 Washington, DC / 2015 TBA)

HRevolution (2014 Dallas, TX) / 2015 TBA)

HR Summit and Expo (2014 Dubai / 2015 TBA)

Human Capital Institute Events (various)

National SHRM Conferences (various)

Ultimate Software Connections Conference (2015 Las Vegas, NV)

Question: What are your top recommendations for conferences or events for human resources leaders – US or global? Please share them with me in the Comments!

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Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of leadership development, executive communication skills and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services.

I’ll be speaking at the November 4, 2014 Ultimate Software Interactive HR Workshop in Cincinnati, OH on the topic of “7 Strategies for Moving From HR Leader to Business Leader”. The program is approved for 1.5 Business Management & Strategy credits by HRCI.

I’ve spoken at several of the Ultimate Software workshops around the country and in Canada, and they always have great content and high quality speakers, and the price can’t be beat – Free!

If you’re in the Cincinnati area, I’d love to see you there!

Date: November 4, 2014
Time: 09:15-10:45 a.m.
Event: Ultimate Software Interactive HR Workshop
Topic: 7 Strategies For Moving From HR Leader to Business Leaders
Sponsor: Ultimate Software
1-800-432-1729
Venue: Savannah Center
877-617-9476
Location: 5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd.
West Chester, OH 45069
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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I’m honored to be a keynote speaker at the upcoming 2014 Governor’s Workforce & HR Conference in Bismark, North Dakota October 8 – 9, 2014! I’ll be speaking about “The Future of HR” during Wednesday’s keynote session and also about “Talent Shortages & Skills Gaps: 5 Ways to Win the War for Talent” on Thursday.

If you’ll be attending #NDSHRM14, I’d love to see you there!

Date: October 8, 2014
Time: 04:14-05:30 p.m.
Event: 2014 Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
Topic: The Future of HR: Creating Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People Strategies
Sponsor: North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management
Venue: Ramkota Hotel
Location: 800 S 3rd Street
Bismarck, North Dakota http://bismarck.bwramkota.com/
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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On Thursday, October 16, 2014, I’ll be speaking at the Lebanon Chamber of Professional Women’s event called “empoWEr” about “Leveraging the Power of Social Media to Understand and Communicate Your Brand”.

I’m looking forward to meeting the women (and men) who support women in growing careers!

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 04:00-06:00pm
Event: Lebanon Chamber of Professional Women (empoWEr)
Topic: Leverage the Power of Social Media to Understand and Communicate Your Personal Brand!
Sponsor: Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
Venue: Lebanon Conference & Banquet Center
Location: 121 S. Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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I’m excited to be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming 2014 New York State SHRM Annual Conference on Monday, September 29, 2014!

I’ll be speaking on the topic “The Future of HR: Creating Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People StrategiesNewe” (approved for 1.25 Strategic/Business HRCI credits).

If you’ll be attending #NYSSHRM14, I’d love to meet you and say hello!

Date: September 29, 2014
Time: 12:30-01:45 p.m.
Event: 2014 New York State SHRM Conference
Topic: The Future of HR: Creating Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People Strategies
Sponsor: New York State Council of SHRM
Venue: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Location: 153 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY 14202
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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