Social Engagement: 2014 Louisiana SHRM Conference

I wish I were headed to Louisiana today.  Anyone who knows me should immediately guess that my destination would be New Orleans – specifically the Superdome – for Wrestlemania 30. That guess would be correct but my trip home may be delayed for a few days due to an engagement. Why? Louisiana is calling – not just ANY Louisiana but Louisiana SHRM!


Let me be clear. This post..this discovery….has a personal angle. I like to see what other State Councils do at their annual conferences so that I can take those ideas back to my own council, the Mississippi State Council.  Am I attempting to copy?  I’d like to think that I am not.  What I am; however, is looking to see what is done elsewhere and what works.  I want to help advance the adoption of social media use for HR professionals in Mississippi.

Louisiana SHRM

Social Engagement: 2014 Louisiana SHRM State Conference

The Louisiana State Council has embraced Social Media and I’ve seen many of the HR blogging and overall SHRM community post that they will be traveling to Baton Rouge for this event. Allow me to take a moment and drop a few names:

  1. Kris Dunn
  2. Donna Rogers, SPHR, MEd
  3. Jeff Waldman
  4. William Tincup, SPHR
  5. Dave Ryan, SPHR

This makes me ask myself, “What can I suggest to Mississippi that would equally entice this group of individuals to attend?”

Social Engagement Portal

I find myself quite interested in the success stories that might result from one aspect of the conference.  This would be the Social Engagement Portal. Conference planners have partnered with Oracle to provide a “safe haven” where conference attendees can learn ways to maximize the benefits of using social media tools.

Their website states:

The Social Engagement Portal will be open throughout the conference and will be accessible to all attendees.

You are encouraged to “drop-in” at any time and speak one-on-one with an experienced social engagement champion.  You can ask questions about social media, discuss specific platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn, or explore strategy including how your organization can integrate social technologies in the workplace and in your human resource strategies.

You’ll also be able to see social engagement in action by viewing our live #tagboard of the event!

Remember – no question is stupid!


Social Media Champions

Social Media, Louisiana SHRM

A portal would not be of any use without champions and I am lucky to say that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting each of the following online. (Plus, I look forward to meeting in person soon!) The Louisiana SHRM website provides the following information:


We have assembled an absolutely fantastic group of volunteers who will be available to work with you during the course of the conference.  They love exploring, sharing, teaching and learning and each of these individuals is a power user of social engagement channels, a leader in social HR, and working in the human resources sector!

Chris Fields – @new_resource

Melissa Fairman, SPHR – @HRremix

Robin Schooling, SPHR – @RobinSchooling

Justin Harris – @UnlikelyHRGuy

Tiffany Kuehl, PHR – @TiffanyKuehl


Chris, Melissa, Justin & Tiffany collectively contribute to the Performance I Create blog, amongst other social outlets. You can find Robin’s posts at the HRSchoolhouse and also on other social outlets.

So, while I can’t participate in-person this year at the Louisiana SHRM conference, I AM able to follow the adventures via Facebook, Foursquare, Google+ and others. I CAN learn from their success and WISH them the best for a great event.

Cheers to everyone who attends the 2014 Louisiana SHRM Conference! Have a fantastic time!


To visit Louisiana SHRM, click here.

To visit Performance I Create, click here.

To visit the HR Schoolhouse, click here.

To learn more about Mississippi SHRM, click here.


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