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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#SHRM17 - Sinking in to #NoLA

So why do over fifteen thousand HR (People Resources?) make it a point to attend SHRM's annual conference and exposition? This is the question that many relevant stakeholders back in my country has been asking me whenever (it's been 3 times since 2012 now) I get back and start talking about it. Here is my attempt to provide answer(s) with some visuals.  Why pictures? Well, they will get my readers to feel free to imagine and thereby connect and maybe even find their own 'why'.

View from baggage claim at NoLA Airport
Look what I got to see when I landed at the New Orleans Airport on 18th June. I had taken an early morning flight from Dallas where I had an eventful time with my classmate and his family after I landed in US from Kochi (Via Abu Dhabi) on 16th June.
SHRM has got the location into the design of the conference itself and attendees will get to feel and experience the conference in multiple ways - the above is just one of them. So later, when a speaker(s) talk about the importance of creating 'employee experience' - attendees may find it easier to connect.
Next on - I get the opportunity to collect my conference badge (you will see why that's important to me if you follow my pics on Twitter / FB) at the airport itself. How's that for preparation?
Check out the lineup of speakers for General sessions. Three days are done and dusted now so you can catch up on summaries via SHRM17 Bloggers squad . To initiate, here are just two snippets that i recommend:
1. Our youngest blogger's post - https://blog.shrm.org/blog/overwhelmed-and-excited-at-shrm17
2. David's blog  https://blog.shrm.org/blog/live-from-shrm17-day-two

View of attendees from Opening General session - a cross section of the 18k

Gender Diversity - anyone? 
SHRM's annual conferences are about content. There something for everyone. So much that you need technology to support attendees to make informed decisions. Yes, there's an app too.

I've been busy with my attempt to click a selfie each as a visual way to connect to the attendees that I interact with at SHRM17. I got my first opportunity immediately after fastening my seatbelt!
I had blogged about it earlier.
My new friend via #SHRM17Selfie all the way from Nigeria
Hope I've been able to answer some questions and also create more questions - which was my hidden intention in a way.
I'm going to rush off to see my good friend Steve Browne's session now. Keep following my tweets, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram posts if you want to follow me around #SHRM17.

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