Ten Reasons to Attend the Kentucky SHRM Conference
Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE
I have been fortunate to attend nearly all of the Kentucky SHRM conferences for the last 25 years. It has become, for me, an annual event not to be missed for many reasons! Here are my top ten reasons to attend this fabulous event, and I hope you will be able to be there with us!
1. Keynote Speakers
There are three exciting keynote presentations! On Tuesday, August 28, you’ll hear from Dr. Brad Shuck, a professor at the University of Louisville. He’ll present “Going Beyond the Surface of Employee Engagement: Exploring the Principles that Matter in Human Resources.” I have heard him speak on this topic, and it is a fantastic program that I know you’ll enjoy and learn from.
Wednesday, August 29, brings us the keynote called “Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof HR Against the Top Workforce Trends Transforming Tomorrow.” Jack Uldrich is an acclaimed global futurist, speaker, and best-selling author who appears on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel. He is also a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. I had the good fortune to hear Jack deliver this presentation at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit last year, and those of us in attendance said, “We must have him speak for the Kentucky SHRM Conference!”
On Thursday, August 30, Annie Meehan will present “Leading a Life of IMPACT.” Her use of stories, life lessons and new perspectives are not only relatable, they also inspire hope. Annie has appeared on Oprah, is a member of the National Speakers Association, and is a certified life coach.
2. Educational Sessions
There are always terrific breakout sessions available at the Kentucky SHRM Conference. The sessions are broken out into the tracks shown below, which includes the number of sessions available in each track. I know you’ll be able to find programs to meet your personal educational needs.
- 12 Management sessions
- 13 Motivation sessions
- 8 Business Management Strategy sessions
- 14 HR Law sessions
- 14 Benefits & Compensation sessions
Attending the conference is an investment in yourself, your career, and your organization.
You’ll find many opportunities for networking with your fellow HR professionals, including the evening social events, chatting with other attendees in your sessions, and sitting in the HR Marketplace for your meals. You will meet people who share the same interests and professional passions as you do. You know what they say: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. You may find a new friend or mentor, your next employer, or someone you have always wanted to connect with. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards to grow your HR network!
4. Special Events
On opening night of the conference, there is a reception in the HR Marketplace with sponsors and exhibitors from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. which includes dinner and refreshments. On the second evening, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., plan to attend a reception at PBR Louisville: A Cowboy Bar at Fourth Street Live! On the third and final day of the conference, be sure to attend the keynote lunch at noon, followed by the grand prize giveaway of $2,500 at 2:30 p.m. You must be present to win!
5. Recertification Credits
The Kentucky SHRM Conference is a great place to earn both HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. If you hold an SPHR, you must earn 15 credit hours (out of the total 60 required to recertify) through activities that qualify for Business Management & Strategy (BMS) credits. Two of the three keynote presentations offer BMS credits! You can also earn up to 16.75 BMS credits (enough to satisfy your SPHR recertification requirements) or up to 13 general credits toward SHRM or HRCI recertification.
6. HR Marketplace
The conference will feature over 120 vendors that will showcase their products and services to make your job easier! Visit with the exhibitors to learn what’s new in the HR product space. All meals and breaks are served inside HR Marketplace, and there is a Cyber Cafe (with exclusive internet access) located inside the HR Marketplace. You’ll also find chair massages, comfortable seating, and much more!
7. Book Nook
I always enjoy visiting the Book Nook at the conference. It’s a place to buy HR books at a discount, and the money raised goes to the SHRM Foundation, which funds HR scholarships. You can also meet local authors who are at the Book Nook to visit with attendees and sign books. Purchase books for your own continued education and professional development or take books back for your staff!
8. Venue – The New Omni Louisville
Louisville is the proud home of a new, luxurious Omni Hotel. According to the Omni website, the hotel boasts the following amenities:
- 612 guest rooms and suites
- Situated one block from the Kentucky International Convention Center
- 70,000 square feet of meeting and event space
- Lobby art gallery
- Neighborhood Services, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Library Lounge, Rooftop Pool Café
- Speakeasy with bowling alley
- Complimentary fitness center featuring state-of-the-art equipment
- 20,000 square-foot urban lifestyle market and grocer
- Mokara spa and rooftop swimming pool
Be among the first to stay at the new, beautiful Omni!
9. Build Your Personal Brand
Are you trying to make a name for yourself in the HR profession? By meeting the “big names” in your field, you might learn about new job opportunities, get new ideas to take back to work and impress your boss, connect with a new mentor, pitch your great ideas to new people, get feedback from HR leaders, and more. Be sure to take resumes to market yourself!
10. It’s FUN!
And last but not least, attending the Kentucky SHRM Conference is FUN! It’s always nice to get a break from the office and do something fun. You’ll see old friends and make new ones at this conference that maximizes the social atmosphere. There’s nothing like being in rooms of like-minded people who are there to improve themselves. Explore Louisville while you’re here and experience the local nightlife. This conference will allow you to combine work, learning, networking, and fun!