I am getting really excited about our Illinois SHRM Conference coming up in August for many reason.  Some of the reason are purely selfish and some are a little more esoteric.  I have all of the garden variety reasons like getting meet up with a bunch of friends in the HR community, that have become like family to me.  I, like all of you, relish all of the strategic “business”  credits  I can get for my re-certification.  And it is always invigorating to get your batteries charges at these events.  Do you know what I mean?  After you heard a great speaker or sat through a fabulous session – don’t you feel like you can go back to your facility and leap tall buildings and the like.  Yeah I know it is silly but I still get that and I hope you do too. BUT the biggest reason I am geeked about ILSHRM14 this year is I personally had a big hand in landing one of our keynote speakers for this year’s conference.  I am talking about Jim Knight.   Jim is going to be somewhat of a deviation from our recent line up of HR Speakers.  He is a worldly, well spoken fellow with some great insights into talent management.

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Jim Knight (L)  Mike Vandervort (R)  at SHRM14

Jim had the good fortune to speak at HR Florida in 2012.  This dude helped them out something fierce.  In the late summer of 2012 there was a hurricane blowing around down that way. Hurricane Isaac caused a keynote speaker to be unable to attend HRFlorida and they were without a keynoter.  They had less than 48 hours to cover the slot, and there were lots of people waiting to here a great opening keynote.  As it turns out, Jim lives in the Orlando area, and was around town and available.  He came and gave the opening presentation and just killed it. The audience loved him. After my return from HRFlorida,  I spoke with ILSHRM conference boss Sabrina Baker (she likes it when I call her boss) and told her we have to get this guy.  Well last year was a down year because the big show (SHRM Annual) was in Chicago so we had to pass.  But then when I heard that Jim would be coming to ILSHRM14 I was stoked. He will be new to the Mid-West HR conference speaking scene and I am sure several other states will pick him up after they see or hear about his presentation, which will of course put Illinois SHRM in the position of being a trend setter.  So if you have not registered yet for ILSHRM14 yet, I am telling you this. Do it! Jim Knight is worth the  price of admission alone.