Preview of SHRM Strategy Conference – Chicago

The next few days I’ll be attending and blogging for SHRM We Know Next at the SHRM Strategy Conference downtown Chicago. I’ll be high-tailing it on the train every day (not the highlight for sure) to the city.

I really am looking forward to hearing the keynotes such as GE’s former SR. VP of HR Bill Conaty who will be opening the general session. And then Bridget van Kralingen, General Manager, IBM North America. There are also several breakout sessions I’m looking forward to hitting such as “Building a Leading People Culture: How to Create a Flexible and Inclusive Work Environment“.

And I must hit Jason Lauritsen‘s “The Power of a Plan” on Thursday. I love hearing Jason speak and I just gotta show some love!

I’m told a lot of these sessions will focus on strategic planning, engagement, future needs of the workforce and we can’t forget culture. These words seem to be buzzing all around the HR beehive.

I’m looking forward to learning, engaging with key leaders and blogging my heart out on site.

I’m also stoked about seeing my online friends again IRL, hanging out, and getting to know them better.

And most importantly, using  my new flip cam for some key interviews for the blog. So stay tuned for some (hopefully) great interviews, session take-a ways and much more.

Here are some great upcoming conferences you might want to attend from now until the end of the year:

October 24-26, 2011 – Diversity and Inclusion Conference & Exposition,  Washington, DC

November 8-10, 2011 – Work/Life Focus 2012 and Beyond, Washington, DC

If you plan on attending, be sure to hook up with me, grab a cup of coffee or some lunch, and let’s get better acquainted. Be sure to follow my tweets @susanavello and @weknownext. Be sure to follow the hashtag #shrmstrat.