If you read this blog you know that I’ve attended the SHRM National Conference for years. There is also one other conference – The HR Technology Conference – that I haven’t missed for the last 4 years, and now that my friend, Steve ‘The Call Him Mr. HR Tech’ Boese, is running the show – I doubt highly I’ll miss again! I love attending The HR Tech conference for a number of reasons that are different from why I like attending SHRM – but I think both should be on the list of every serious HR Pro. If you can only attend one – might I recommend every other year between the two.
Here’s why I attend The HR Tech Conference:
1. HR Technology Smarts! (Duh! Right. But listen, great HR Tech knowledge is the one way Trench HR Pros can separate themselves from the pack! Want to move far in your HR Career – this is a must have competency for the now and for the future. HR Tech does something better than most in that most of the speakers I’ve seen are like you and me – they actually work in HR.)
2. The Crowd! (The HR Tech Conference pulls in a completely different crowd than SHRM. I love the SHRM crowd – I feel one with the Trench HR Pros who go. HR Tech is filled with HR decision makers! You know the ones who can say yes to buying hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, of cool HR tools. Plus, some really smart HR pros who think about HR differently.)
3. The HR Vendors. (Any company in the HR space trying to make a name for themselves is there. I first met HireVue at HR Tech 3 years ago in some back little booth with nobody around – and thought – ‘Holy shit! This is the future of interviewing’ – they a bit bigger now! At HR Tech you actually get to see the future of HR before anyone else. It’s like going to the annual Car Shows and seeing the concept vehicles! How we work in HR will be different 5 years from now – want to know how – attend and find out!)
The 2013 HR Technology Conference will also be the last for the ‘Godfather of HR Tech’, Bill Kutik (that’s Bill in the picture above!), as he passes on the torch to aforementioned, Steve Boese. That is one final reason I’m attending. Bill has had a huge impact on HR Technology in his tenure and that should be celebrated.
Here’s one reason you should attend – the gang at HR Tech (because I blog a bunch and they think I’m influential – jikes on them!) has given me a special discount code ‘SACKETT’ – which saves you $500 of the price of the conference. Sign up HERE!
Besides the $500 – I’ll let you buy me a drink or take me to a cool Las Vegas show! Your choice!