MSSHRM14: 19th Annual MSSHRM Conference Recap
We are finished! The deed is done. Another Mississippi SHRM annual Human Resource Conference & Expo is a done deal. It’s in the bag. And, guess what? This was MSSHRM14 and it was SUPER!
Anyone who plans an event knows that planning begins far in advance of the actual event. Hotels must be reserved. Speakers must be sought. Vendors must be contacted. Sponsors must…well….sponsor and volunteers must be recruited. All of that – and more – must be done before arriving at the event.
It is for this reason that I choose to begin this post by commending everyone who participated in the coordination of the 19th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference & Expo!
Kudos to everyone on a job well done!
The theme of this year’s conference was Super HeRo – Unmask YOUR Super Power. As a longtime fan of comic books, I was excited to see a theme focused around one of my favorite hobbies. Why? Because I think anyone can be a hero. It just takes someone stepping up and doing the right thing. Isn’t that what being a hero is all about?
Some of us arrived on Sunday and others on Monday and/or Tuesday. The week officially began with the SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management and was taught by our very own State Council Director, Chris Byrd, SPHR. Tuesday brought a Pre-Conference Workshop presented by Cynthia Thompson of HR Professionals Magazine.
Mississippi HR Awards
The naming of the Mississippi Human Resource Professional of the Year and the Mississippi Spirit of Human Resources has become an annual tradition at our conference. 2014 was no different.
Judy Cascio was named the 2014 Mississippi Human Resource Professional of the Year. Susan Holland, my co-Social Media Director for MSSHRM, was named the 2014 Mississippi Spirit of Human Resources recipient.
Congratulations to both!
Two outstanding keynote speakers graced us with their presence during the event. The opening speaker was Jon Petz. Jon, author of the book Boring Meetings Suck, was energetic and entertaining. It was a pleasure to meet Jon and I look forward to future interactions with him online.
Thursday brought our closing day and with it came Cathy Fyock. Cathy, author of the book On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks, closed the conference on a high note. Cathy’s breakout session was a highlight for me. I’ve written before about my belief that Mississippi needs HR bloggers. We need writers to showcase all the great things we have to offer. Cathy’s session – and those who attended it with me – gave me hope that there ARE those out there who might join me in HR blogging trenches.
Want to know more about Jon Petz?
Visit his website at www.jonpetz.com.
Want to know more about Cathy Fyock?
Visit her Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathy-Fyock-Your-Possibility-Partner/1444139479140898
Photos of keynotes are courtesy of the two individuals who are showcased.
Once again I say: We are finished! The deed is done. Another Mississippi SHRM annual Human Resource Conference & Expo is a done deal. It’s in the bag. And, guess what? It was SUPER!