It’s finally over, and I’m back in the office coming down from the cloud of SHRM13. SHRM really blew it out this year, with over 15,600 people in attendance. As I look fondly back through the 26,000+ tweets that flowed like wine during the conference, I thought it might be fun to do a not-so-serious recap of my experience.
#1. Next, year, let’s have SHRM on Mother’s day. Equal Opportunity. Jeremy Roberts, the new editor of SoureCon,said it best on his blog:
#SHRM13 will be awesome… but expect me on Monday :)
2. Lives were changed. When a conference truly inspires its attendees on an emotional level, the conferences organizers have accomplished their goals. Many found both Hillary Clinton and Gabby Giffords extremely moving. Gabby Giffords and her husband are truly #winners.
3. Many Rock Stars, One location. I got to say hi to some of my favorites, including John Sumser, Gerry Crispin, Jessica Miller Merrill, Jeremy Edwards, Maren Hogan, Jim Stroud, and Chris Russell to name a few…
4. No Monsters under the bed. Monster’s lack of presence at SHRM13 was the talk of many. Are they going down the tubes? Or maybe Monster is a trendsetter…setting the stage for other large recruiting & sourcing tools to cease participation in SHRM in the future? However, Beyond.com, SimplyHired, Indeed.com, TopUSAJobs.com, RecruitMilitary.com and others were all there in true fashion, and Dice had a huge presence with its sponsorship of The Hive Social Lounge, and the Blogger’s room.
5. GlassDoor knows how to throw a party. The GlassDoor party with DJ Jazzy Jeff was insane in the membrane. Blinky was the new dress code. Here's a vine of the #BeyondComfident team rocking it out with some of our friends from Juju.com, Jobs2Web, and TopUSAJobs.
6. Valuable lessons to be learned. These 1-liners don’t replace the incredible content shared in most of the sessions, but here’s a few that caught my eye:
@JimStroud: “Lunch roulette. Good idea. Workers have lunch with a random coworker in order to build culture and increase engagement.” #SHRM13
@RayFerreira: "Don't kid yourself, a corporate acquisition is like a sex change. There WILL be a cultural shift." @annaebinder #SHRM13
@ewmonster: "I'm still fighting to make the world a better place." - @GabbyGiffords #shrm13
@hired: “If you're not the most talented person in the room, make sure you're the hardest working”. #SHRM13
@jmillermerrill: “29% of hires in US come from social media according to @Evenbase.” #shrm13
Thank you for the memories, SHRM! See you next year. Readers: any fun, interesting, or compelling observations from your experience at SHRM? Comment below!
About the Author:
Joe Stubblebine is Vice President of Corporate Outreach at Beyond.com. Beyond.com, The Career Network, focuses on helping people grow and succeed professionally through 75 unique career channels and 3,000 industry and regional communities.
Joe has over 14 years of entrepreneurial recruitment products & services experience. Prior to joining Beyond.com, Joe was the Co-Founder and CEO of JobCircle.com, a robust regional career site. JobCircle.com was acquired by Beyond.com in 2012. Joe was the founder of hired! Magazine, an employment publication in the Greater Philadelphia region. He also founded SocialMediaPlus, a series of B2B social media conferences. Joe has served as an IT consultant & project manager for many notable brands. He has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer “Who’s Who Under 30”, “Top Tech” by Computer User magazine. His company, JobCircle.com, held the 11th spot on the Philadelphia INC 100 List in 2002. He has made appearances on The Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, WWDB Executive Leaders Radio, and The Eye Opener, PHL17 in Philadelphia. Joe attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Accounting.