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June 25, 2012



Love the quote, "you're creating an event that's more focused on the thoughts of the user than it is about your organizational level of control" #SHRM12

Wish I was there. My goal is next year!


I've definitely had the same feelings about the SHRM Conference 2012, but I think that the sessions have gotten sexier. The sexiest sessions to attend at SHRM 2012 has grown over time and I think that this year will be a great one. It also take a little bit of connecting beforehand to find out who will be at the conference. I like to use to get together a list of everyone who will be there such as the SHRM Conference Blogger List.


I wasn't there, unfortunately, so I have no idea beyond the couple articles I've read what the speakers discussed. However, I do find it odd that the brilliant and accomplished Condaleezza Rice, who rose from the deeply segregated South to become the country's first female African-American Secretary of State and first female National Security Advisor, is essentially dismissed in your post as a kind of token speaker, mainly booked so SHRM could flash their cash, while Seinfeld, a successful comedian, is lauded as a "rockstar people want to see." Hmm, and you don't think he was expensive? Given that this is a conference for HR professionals whose job it is to promote excellence and diversity at organizations worldwide, your perspective seems a bit twisted to me. I was even more disappointed I wasn't attending the conference when I heard she was speaking. Jerry Seinfeld, not so much. He's very funny, but I can turn on cable and see his bit any day of the week.


Hi Iamnpk -

Gotta start with this - you project the word token on this, that's not what I said - at all. Not fair.

My comments on the speakers is really based on giving the mob what it wants - connection to what's going on in pop culture - Seinfeld represents that, as does Gladwell. Eddie Murphy would be a connection to that pop culture vein and also the generation they're trying to connect with as well.

Condeleza? More people are connected to pop culture than politics - that's the point. I'm a Republican from Birmingham (birthplace of Rice), so I'm a fan. But when it comes to what really generates buzz, always go with pop culture - it's what the mob wants - whether the pop culture is white, black or green.

PS - I'm betting C Rice did a bigger fee than Seinfeld.




I wasn't trying to imply that your comment was racist in nature. Just want to clear that up. I got the impression that you were dismissing her as someone SHRM booked to impress rather than for content and purpose of message. Perhaps that is true, but my view is simply, even if that were the case, her presence makes more sense to me than Seinfeld. I do get your points regarding getting rears in the seats and the "sexiness" factor, although I'm not sure I want the "mob" dictating the agenda at a professional conference. Rather see big names of forward-thinkers and thought leaders, but I fully concede I might be in the minority. Great ideas about being able to see attendees and uncensored Twitter feeds, though, and totally agree on the SHRM Members for Transparency section. But I love controversy if it forces people to thoughtfully re-evaluate the status quo.

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