It is a little past mid-year now and we are into a very active time for SHRM State Conferences. In mys state, Illinois, we have recently completed our state conference. And while I have not seen the tabulated results from the sessions, I have a sense that the event was well received by the attendees.
In 2014 we did a couple things that were a new to our event. One of the thing we did is brought a speaker who was new to the Midwest #HR speaking Circuit. I had the pleasure to see Jim Knight speak at HRFlorida in t 2012. This year we had Jim speak at #ILSHRM14. Jim had a great message for our attendees and was well received. Jim is an interesting guy who has spent most of his working years in the food business, from the HR and training side. While presenting Jim did mention a favorite charity of his – it is called No Kid Hungry – more on that later.
Another other thing we did differently this year was our opening night social event. For the past few years we had a so called “Tweet Up”. For those of you that don’t know, it is simply a social event and people tweet from the event. There are no special hats or handshakes, purely a social event. This year on day one, we did have a social event. It was held at a unique venue called Pinstripes.
Pinstripes is a restaurant and sporting venue. They have bowling alleys and boccie ball courts. This means you can be active while having drinks and socializing. But we added one more wrinkle to the event. ILSHRM cabbaged onto an idea which has been used at SHRM National. For the last three years, the folks in the social media lounge have endeavored to raise money for a charity. This was done again in 2014 in Orlando.
The Braintrust of ILSHRM thought that this was such a great idea that we should (you will like this Dwane) DOVETAIL onto The SHRM Socail Media Team concept and have a No Kid Hungy fund raising with our social event.
So to organize this effort we engaged ILSHRM bestties Dwane Lay and Johnathan Brewer to help us with this. As luck would have it Dwane was attending the event as a speaker and Brew, well he had to fly in from Kansas City to join us but he was all in.
So we bowled, we rolled (boccie balls), we had a few drinks and we raised $1500 for no kid hungry. AND NOW…
I hear from a reliable source that Dwane is trying to help put something like this together for NYSHRM.A
Accordingly, I guess Illinois SHRM should lay down some sort of challenge now to NYSHRM. So let’s do something like this. Since we set the bar you can’t just inch over the bar – we challenge you to double our efforts of $1500 for No Kid Hungry. And it shouldn’t be that hard cause you got Dwane there to help you make it happen. Are we own NY?