• Why did you sign up for HRevolution 2011?

I attended the 2010 version of HREvolution as a treat for myself. I had wanted to attend a so-called unconference and see what all the buzz was about. I did so and simply had an amazing time, met some great people, and have built some wonderful friendships from the event. So now going forward the bar has been set. My expectations for this year are exponentially greater than they were for last year.

Since last year, I have met a number of the folks who will be in attendance. I am looking forward to seeing them again, and meeting many folks face to face for the first time.

  • What do you expect to get out of the event (lessons learned, better connections, etc.)?

My expectations are two fold. I always enjoy meeting people and expanding my network. Secondly, I hope to come away from the weekend with new ideas, fresh approaches and innovative ways of attacking matters that are in front of me, or matters that will be put in front of me.

  • What’s the #1 thing you’re looking forward to (meeting someone, a specific session or two, etc.)?

The one thing I am looking forward to from the entire event, is being in the space, where this vibe/energy is being created. When you share space and thoughts with a group of like minded people it creates an atmosphere, a buzz which is palpable. Being there and sharing that experience is invigorating, and I am most excited to share in this.

  • Any other random comments? 🙂

HREvolution 2011 will be a place where old friends meet, new friends are made, and thoughts and ideas are shared, and perhaps someone doing something just a little outrageous, but yet still fun. – Sign me up!

On a personal note I did write a post about attending last year. If you care to look at that you can find it here.

Be sure to connect with Dave before the event on Twitter @davethehrczar.

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Matt Stollak. I still remember meeting him for the first time and wondering what a college professor was doing at an event like HRev. I mean, yeah, my professors were pretty cool, but I wouldn’t expect any of them to challenge traditional thinking or attend a Tweetup. But Matt’s a different kind of professor…

  • Who are you?

I am Matthew Stollak, Ph.D., SPHR

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

I am an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at St. Norbert College, where I teach a variety of HR classes as well as statistics. I also serve on our college’s Benefits Advisory Committee as well as its Harassment Resource Committee. In addition, I serve as the advisor to our student SHRM chapter. I also serve as the Social Media Director for the Wisconsin SHRM State Council. Finally, I write the True Faith HR blog.

  • What is your session title and topic?

Pop Culture, Politics, and HR

  • Who is your co-facilitator and why/how did you choose that person?

Laurie Ruettimann. Steve Boese threw us together so that we can be like George and Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff….” Or, is it more like Parker-Spitzer?

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

Chubby, curly-haired, humorous, insouciant, winning

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

I have no sense of smell

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

As a college prof, I am increasingly finding that my Fletch and Spinal Tap references are rapidly losing their flavor amongst today’s youth. How then can I connect and engage with this next generation? What is the common ground that we share that will help them understand the material I am presenting? Using pop culture is simply one approach that will assist me in providing relevance and credibility.

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

What do you want your workplace to be like?

Thanks to Matt for his time! Feel free to connect with him on Twitter before the event @akabruno.

Laurie Ruettimann is one of the most-recognized names in the social media/HR space. From her blogging exploits to the incorrigible attitude she wears like a badge, we’re excited to have her at HRevolution. Look for an interview with her co-facilitator, Matt Stollak, later this week.

  • Who are you?

Laurie Ruettimann, SPHR

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

I am a writer and a speaker. I talk about Human Resources, career advice, and the future of work.

  • What is your session title and topic?

Pop Culture, Politics, and HR

  • (Only for co-facilitators) Who is your co-facilitator and why/how did you choose that person?

Matt Stollak. He was assigned to me because the conference organizers don’t know what to do with us.

  • Why did you submit to speak at HRev?

I didn’t initially submit to speak at HRev. I don’t want to hog the limelight. We have many voices in our community. I want to help facilitate conversation and sometimes I do that BEST when I am quiet.

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

Is this Match.com? Passionate, opinionated, affectionate, skeptical, and petite. I like long walks on the beach and strawberry daiquiris.

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

I like gardens & guns.

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

I’m passionate about relevant and evidenced-based HR. What’s more relevant than politics? What’s less evidenced-based than bad political ideas?!

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

Life isn’t worth living without art, music, and a robust discussion of politics. And politics can ruin good music, destroy good art, and wipe out a vibrant economic climate that creates jobs.

Thanks for the input, Laurie! Looking forward to seeing you next week!

If you were around on Twitter last Thursday night, you might have seen several hundred tweets flying about. They all revolved around HRevolution, courtesy of the HR Happy Hour radio show. We appreciate Steve and Shauna for having us on to talk about the event, and we appreciate the speakers who took some time to share about their sessions and what to expect. Missed the show? No worries! You can hear the replay at the link below.

Click here to listen to the HR Happy Hour replay

Tanya is one of our speakers that I’ve never met before. Everything that I’ve seen or heard about her is positive, and after listening to her on the HRevolution HR Happy Hour episode last week, I think her session is going to be fantastic. What session, you ask? Read on…

  • Who are you?

[Tanya Barham joyfully proclaims:] Tanya Barham

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

It’s hard to be humble when you’re bloggin’ straight out of Portland, Oregon (that’s orygun and not or-ee-gone). I’m the founder/CEO of a company where all of our staff work like little elves at Christmastime to transform our client’s workplace into a healthy, happy, productive place akin to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. Seriously. Now we just need Santa to hold up on the cookies and milk and we can declare that wellness program a success. I occasionally guest blog for Fistful of Talent and was a regular blogger on the now deceased Benefits Buzz.

  • What is your session title and topic?

The Fun Factor: Maximize ROI by making effective, science-based programs fun.

Do topics like “Controlling Diabetes Risk” inspire you to think positively about your life and health? No? Recess’ surveys of corporate employees show they want wellness programs that are fun and easy to understand. Meanwhile, employers want to reduce costs associated with poor health. Are the two mutually exclusive? Of course not.

In order for people to adopt lifelong, healthy change they must see that change as rewarding and do-able within the practical constraints of their daily lives. In order for health promotion to see results, an organization must use evidence-based methods, performance metrics, and incentives. Come to this session to learn how to manage wellness programs that effectively create ROI using: metrics, health risk monitoring, benefits analysis, and employee surveys, but that also support organizational strategy by designing, marketing, and implementing programs that participants see as fun.

This is a truer than true interactive session. Instead of big picture theoretical blah blah blah you will get a view from the trenches. Chances are good you won’t understand any of the lessons learned until the session ends.

  • Why did you submit to speak at HRev?

Steve Boese harassed me until I said yes. 🙂

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

[Tanya Barham joyfully proclaims:] Energetic, Nonconformist, Laffaminute, Blustery, Smart

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

[Tanya Barham joyfully proclaims:] I once worked at a resort in Mexico where part of my job involved manning roulette tables in sequin hot pants/

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

I think there is plenty of theory about wellness out there, but very few tools to help non experts get their head in the game. 60% of employers “do” wellness but 80% of these employers see fewer than half of their employees participate. That sucks. My guess, based on actual experience, is these programs could be doing a lot better. Since there are so many wellness programs out there and they are nearly universally doing so poorly I hope that anyone who wants to fix a wellness program that sucks or start one that works will walk away with a little more perspective and intelligence around this. I am a hater when it comes to ineffectiveness and I guess my passion about this topic is driven by a feeling that we could be doing a much better job of investing in our most valuable asset – people.

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

No bandwidth = no results. Wellness should not begin and end with HR.

See? I told you it sounded interesting! Thanks to Tanya for her help and follow/engage her on Twitter @wellnesssucks as we close in on the event.

Dwane Lay is one of those guys who I’ve heard a lot about but never had the chance to meet. In just a few short weeks, we’re going to remedy that. Let’s hear what he has to say.

  • Who are you?

Dwane Lay, author of LeanHRBlog.com, Lean Six Sigma practitioner in HR, and all around devil-may-care nice guy. I like to list speaker, author and evangelist on my cards, and I think they are all true to varying degrees. I’ve been working lately on helping our teams think strategically about HR, really trying to think outside in, starting with our customer’s needs.

I contend too many people in HR design systems to prove how well educated and how well read we are, rather than striving for a straight line between the need and the solution. But there are also plenty of HR people out there who have never been taught to think differently about their problems. Rather than continue to talk about how they “don’t get it,” I’m interested in sharing what I know and helping them be more effective. Those are the thoughts driving the blog right now.

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

I spend my days working in HR Operational Excellence for Ingersoll Rand, which takes me around the world and down some dark, twisting paths. But the chance to help build our practice from the inside out is a great challenge. Since I’m a recovering IT geek, I’m also deeply involved in system design and implementation for the HR technology arena, working to make us all obsolete. I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.

  • What is your session title and topic?

Connecting in a Non-creepy Way. Ever wanted to join the party, but not sure where to get a lampshade? We’ll get you fitted.

  • (Only for co-facilitators) Who is your co-facilitator and why/how did you choose that person?

I am pleased to get to present with the lovely and talented Shauna Moerke and April Dowling, two of the most connected and least creepy people I know. We met less than a year ago at the HR Technology conference in Chicago, and they have been great companions in the social media world ever since. So we have some experience in getting connected with people without creeping them out.

  • Why did you submit to speak at HRev?

I’m excited to be in attendance, but I always struggle to decide which track to attend for each session. I figured presenting during one of the tracks would make my choice a little easier. As it turns out, I was wrong. Now I have to beg the other speakers for private sessions. (I’m looking at you, Winegardner.)

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

Hey look, it’s that dude. (Contractions count as one word, right?)

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

I was, for an incredibly short time, the lead singer for a heavy metal band. I made it through almost an entire rehearsal. Also, I don’t really like heavy metal.

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

Social media is great, but getting into it can be daunting. It’s tragic, because the cost of entry is virtually zero. I’m excited to help some of our peers get started so they can add their voice to the conversation. I think about the people I’ve met online, but not in “real life” yet, and how much they have added to my career and world view. There is so much out there to be gained, I’m happy to do my small part to help move that forward.

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

The preliminary agenda includes giving away an Oprah sized prize package. If that somehow falls through, I hope that we will at least help build enough bridges between participants to get everyone comfortable sharing their voice with the community. I want people to spend the next year making so many new connections that next year HRevolution is twice the size, packed with people who we all know, but have never met. That’s a nice thought, don’t you think?

Loving the quirky, fun attitude that Dwane is sharing with us! Make sure you connect with him before the event on Twitter if you haven’t already. He’s a hoot and definitely will be co-leading an interesting session!

Beth McDonaldToday I’m continuing to highlight some of our attendees. I’ll be touching base with newbies to HRevolution as well as the grizzled veterans to hear some of their insights and hopes for the coming event.

In this post I reached out to my twitter buddy Beth McDonald about her first HRev. Her excitement for the event is contagious, and I think a lot of people are going to enjoy meeting her for the first time (myself included).

Why did you sign up for HRevolution 2011?

I remember seeing all the tweets about it last year and the whole idea of an “unconference” intrigued me. I wanted to jump in and experience it with some of the amazing folks that I’ve “met” online in the last year or so. I’m hoping some of their brilliance will rub off on me!

  • What do you expect to get out of the event (lessons learned, better connections, etc.)?

I expect to be challenged, to think, to learn and to come away with some great, practical ideas that I can introduce to my team. I also expect to establish some wonderful friendships.

  • What’s the #1 thing you’re looking forward to (meeting someone, a specific session or two, etc.)?

I’m most looking forward to meeting so many of the folks who make my twitter stream so much fun to read.

  • Any other random comments?

Thank you so much to Ben, Trish, Crystal & Steve for all your hard work in putting on this event! I absolutely cannot wait!

Thanks to Beth for her kind words and enthusiasm! You can connect with Beth on Twitter or LinkedIn before the event!

Suzanne Rumsey Six Thinking HatsSuzanne is on my list. My list of session leaders who I’m excited about seeing at HRevolution, that is. She is running a session on talent management that sounds like it’s going to be interesting and unique. Here’s what she had to say in her little interview…

  • Who are you?

Suzanne Rumsey

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

Job: Senior Consultant and Director, Consulting Services for Knowledge Infusion. I also am a regularly contributing blogger at Fistful of Talent, and occasionally on the Talent Nation blog at the Knowledge Infusion onDemand site. I also tweet (@sbrumsey) on talent management, social media, leadership, and fashions at various awards shows.

  • What is your session title and topic?

My HRevolution session is called “Six Thinking Hats”, and it will involve participants wearing different colored hats of some kind, each color representing a perspective from which to approach talent management strategy. Basically, it’s about finding different ways to approach what often is considered an HR accountability. Our business partners need HR to guide the organization on talent management, but not from the HR perspective. The trouble is, we HR peeps often get in our own way when it comes to talent management strategy, because we aren’t able to get outside our own HR heads. This session provides some handy dandy tips on how to think differently.

  • Why did you submit to speak at HRev?

Last May was my first time attending HRevolution, and I loved it! The energy was great. My favorite session was one in which participants separated into small groups and worked through scenarios that enhanced employee engagement, etc. (It was led by the Rypple guys!). I liked it very much because it got everyone thinking about a situation outside themselves, about how to make worklife better for others. I wanted to do something similar, but also add a deeper strategic element to the topic.

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

Tenacious, thoughtful, strategic, analytical, funny

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

I often rant about deep stuff and, but I am also self-deprecating (while I take my work seriously, I don’t take myself too seriously. Helps to have a sense of humor about the deep stuff).

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

HR people are so much smarter, and can contribute so much more to the business than we often think we can, and more than business leaders often think we can. Sometimes we just don’t know how to articulate how and what we’re thinking. I am passionate about helping my HR colleagues shine.

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

That we HR people are truly able to think in multiple ways to impact a strategic outcome.

Thanks again to Suzanne for taking the time to get back with me and I hope you’re excited about the session she’s running at HRev! Connect with her beforehand on Twitter.

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Today I’m switching gears and starting to highlight some of our attendees. I’ll be touching base with newbies to HRevolution as well as the grizzled veterans to hear some of their insights and hopes for the coming event.

In this post I reached out to my good friend Dr. Daniel Crosby about his first HRev. He’s someone who everyone is going to enjoy meeting. Be warned, he is a practicing psych and an org dev guy with some big ideas for how to make HR/recruiting better (hint: ask him about select, perfect, persuade). He should be on your “gotta meet” list!

  • Why did you sign up for HRevolution 2011?

Because as much fun as I’ve had “getting to know” many of the attendees through social media, there really is no substitute for person-to-person interaction. I’m looking forward to deepening existing relationships and meeting some great new people. Also it’s in my former home of Ay Tee Ell Jawgia (ATL, Georgia, for those without phonetic pronunciation!) and I never miss a chance to make it to “The A.”

•                What do you expect to get out of the event (lessons learned, better connections, etc.)?

I spend most of my time speaking, training, and coaching – I’m really excited to be on the receiving end and learn from some bright, creative people.

•                What’s the #1 thing you’re looking forward to (meeting someone, a specific session or two, etc.)?

First and foremost, I’m looking forward to fried green tomatoes at Flying Biscuit. Oh, you mean the conference? I’m a big influence junkie and am looking forward to Paul Hebert’s presentation on “Designing for Influence.”

  • Any other random comments? 🙂

How cool is that we have trading cards?

Thanks for sharing, Daniel! You can find him on Twitter @incblot, on SlideShare, and on LinkedIn. Go ahead and connect before HRevolution begins so the relationship/networking foundation is there when you arrive at Atlanta!