We look forward to seeing everyone in Saint Louis next week! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, we still have a few left. Here’s the agenda for the event on Saturday. As usual, we’ll have areas set aside for breakout discussions, off topic rants, and other fun tangents. Details on the Friday night social event are coming later this week. I’ll say this–you don’t want to miss it! Although it isn’t content-heavy, it is a great opportunity to meet everyone in a relaxed atmosphere the night before. Highly recommended, especially for the first timers.

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8:30 –  9:00  – Registration, coffee, networking time

9:00 –  9:30 – Opening remarks from HRevolution Organizing Team and our sponsors ()

9:45 – 10:30 – Session 1 Is HR Ready for Feedback?

In this session Mary Faulkner will lead a discussion around feedback for the HR function. Her organization recently did an internal customer satisfaction survey and got some pretty harsh feedback. So, is HR ready to hear feedback? Willing to act on it? How do you filter through the info to find the trends vs the people who aren’t happy? How do you manage a team who works hard but got bad marks for customer service?

10:30 – 10:45 – Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 Session 2 #HRPositive!

This session, led by Paul Hebert and Franny Oxford, will focus on HRPositive – how positive thinking can change the direction and opinion of HR. Why is it important and how HR can create more positive vibes around HR than the negative ones permeating the industry. As Franny says, “The disciplines of gratitude, wonder, and humble joy are deeply powerful, and terrifying. We’re going to offer HRevolution participants the courage to lead themselves and others from that place.

11:30-12:30 – Lunch Break/Entertainment (Ben Eubanks, Allen Robinson, Rob Caswell, Angie Schaefer, Trish McFarlane)

12:45 – 1:30 – Session 3 The Art of Candidate Engagement in a Noisy World

Let’s be honest. There’s entirely too much “spray and pray” in recruiting today, and recruitment marketing is growing as a true discipline. We need less traditional and more focus on presenting the organization well and targeted sourcing to be heard by the right candidates. Yes, we’re all inundated with phone, email, Slack, IM channels, and the app of the month, and all before we even get to social media. So, what’s the answer? This session hosted by Katrina Collier will attempt to get to the answers of this global issue.

1:45 – 2:30 – Session 4 The Idea Lifecycle

As organizations grow, they must scale their resources to adjust. But what happens when you come to a crossroads and scaling up means you lose some of your identity? How can organizations retain this essential piece of who they are while still meeting the needs of the employees and the business? In this participatory session led by Jane Jaxon, the audience will explore how organizations can face this challenge successfully.

2:30 – 2:45 – Refreshment Break

2:45 – 3:30 – Session 5 Modern HR Challenges

Teams are everywhere, and with the increasingly collaborative nature of the workforce, we’re seeing more of a focus on team performance than ever before. In this session led by an in-the-trenches HR leader, we will explore the linkage between long term team development and business results. Tim Gardner will lead this discussion as we try to understand just how these connect.

3:45 – 4:30 – Session 6 Building Revolutionary HR Technology (Steve Boese)

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing remarks from the organizing team, group discussion, sharing of ideas, lessons learned, takeaways, etc.

This agenda is tentative and subject to change. Check back soon or feel free to check in on the #HRevolution hashtag on Twitter for updates. 

November 7, 2014

8:30 – 9:00 – Registration, coffee, networking time

9:00 – 9:30 – Opening remarks from HRevolution Organizing Team and our sponsors

9:45 – 10:30 – Session 1 Is HR Ready for Feedback?

In this session Mary Faulkner will lead a discussion around feedback for the HR function. Her organization recently did an internal customer satisfaction survey and got some pretty harsh feedback. So, is HR ready to hear feedback? Willing to act on it? How do you filter through the info to find the trends vs the people who aren’t happy? How do you manage a team who works hard but got bad marks for customer service?

10:30 – 10:45 – Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 Session 2 #HRPositive!

This session, led by Paul Hebert and Franny Oxford, will focus on HRPositive – how positive thinking can change the direction and opinion of HR. Why is it important and how HR can create more positive vibes around HR than the negative ones permeating the industry. As Franny says, “The disciplines of gratitude, wonder, and humble joy are deeply powerful, and terrifying. We’re going to offer HRevolution participants the courage to lead themselves and others from that place.”

11:30-12:30 – Lunch Break/Entertainment (Ben Eubanks, Allen Robinson, Rob Caswell, Angie Shaefer, Trish McFarlane)

This lunch session will be a fun, entertaining experience that ties in with one of the things that “in the trenches” HR deals with regularly: how do you know if your employees are lying? Attendees are sure to laugh as we pit people against one another in a battle of wits.

12:45 – 1:30 – Session 3 TBD Jenny Payne, Joel Peterson

1:45 – 2:30 – Session 4 TBD Jane Jaxon

2:30 – 2:45 – Refreshment Break

2:45 – 3:30 – Session 5 TBD Tim Gardner

3:45 – 4:30 – Session 6 Building Revolutionary HR Technology (Steve Boese)

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing remarks from the organizing team, group discussion, sharing of ideas, lessons learned, takeaways, etc.

As we gear up for HRevolution 2015, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the session leaders. Last time we talked with Mary Faulkner, an HR leader from Denver, Colorado. Today we’re going to take on the duo of Paul Hebert and Franny Oxford, a formidable (yet lovable) pair of well-known leaders in our space. Like what you see? There’s still time to join us for HRevolution 2015 in Saint Louis. 

Ben: So! Tell me a little about yourself. What do you do?

paulPaul: Consultant to HR on employee engagement, rewards, incentives and motivation. Self-proclaimed engagement “personality.” Co-founder of the #HRPositive Movement with Steve Browne. Founder of 50over50HR Awards. Semi-pro foosball player and member of Guinness world record musical chairs team (true story.) Co-author of 4 books and 2 children.

Franny: I build or align HR departments to mid-sized organization’s emerging needs or strategy. Today, that involved taking an engineer’s wife to breakfast to connect her with my US network, beta-testing a Train-the-Trainer class, meeting with a manager about upgrading her talent by letting them know how to win with her, rolling out a new hire engagement survey, interviewing recruiters, attending an HRIS demo, and writing an obituary. The usual.

Ben: What will your session be about at HRevolution?

Paul: HRPositive – how positive thinking can change the direction and opinion of HR. Why is it important and how can HR create more positive vibes around HR than the negative ones permeating the zeitgeist.

frannyFranny: HR Positive! People often confuse cynicism with intelligence, I do it too, sometimes. We think we’re in control when we try to anticipate negative outcomes. It’s lazy and keeps us stuck, but supposedly safe.The disciplines of gratitude, wonder, and humble joy are deeply powerful, and terrifying. We’re going to offer HRevolution participants the courage to lead themselves and others from that place. No guided meditations or dolphin music or other woo-woo will be involved, we promise. No one’s professionalism or dignity will be horribly mangled, unless they expressly request it.

Ben: Out of a thousand topics that we could see at an HR event, why that one?

Paul: This is the foundation for all conversations around HR. If we can’t control the mood around HR what can we control? How can we move the conversation away from reactive and playing defense to proactive and more offense.

Franny: Because HRevolution attendees can handle it. A lot of HR practitioners are not ready for this conversation. You are.

Ben: What’s one thing you would say to somebody on the fence about attending HRev?

Paul: Get off the fence. HRevolution is an event where long-term relationships are built. This is about creating networks not simply attending sessions. This is a “people” event first – content second. But both are a step above the average. The contacts you make at HRevolution will support your career for years to come. It is an investment in YOUR career as well as your ability to support your employer’s objectives.

Franny: Remember when you were excited about something? Work, your new love, a hobby, a new community of awesome, interesting people, a new church, your new phone with extra-cool features, a new social media platform, a promotion? This is all that combined. Even if you don’t feel excited today, you’ll leave WIDE AWAKE and with a new, tremendously connected, set of friends who are just as pumped as you are to Make Things Happen.

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As you can see, you might also expect a bit of humor from this illustrious pair! Thanks to Paul and Franny for taking the time to chat with us about their upcoming session at HRev. Follow Paul and Franny on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you there and talking more about Positive HR!

We’re closing in on HRevolution 2015 in beautiful Saint Louis, and we are happy to announce the location for this year’s event. We will be at the Morgan Street Brewery Lodge, a stylish setup and an all-around fun place to visit.

morgan street breweryWhy this place?

Well, I’ll have to take you back 2010 to explain. That year we held HRev in Chicago, and we had an amazingly creative location picked out. The entire building seemed geared toward creative thinking, and it has remained a perpetual favorite of HRevolution attendees for years. So we decided to try and one-up that location with this phenomenal find.

But why Saint Louis, of all places? One key reason is because my cofounder, Trish McFarlane, lives there! We have hosted this amazing event at various locations since 2009, and this is the first time we’ve held it in her hometown. We have a great group of long-time HRev fans living in and around the STL area, so we know that it will be a great experience for those looking for a unique HR event.

Thinking about it? On the fence? Wondering if it’s worth your while?

Come. It’s worth the drive. You won’t get a legal update. You will get excited and passionate about HR. If you’re not excited about working in HR and the potential impact you can have, then this probably isn’t the event for you. If you consistently hear “you’re not like any HR/recruiting person I’ve ever met,” then this is what you have been waiting for. Plus we’ve created a first-timer’s discount! Just use “firsttime” when you register and you’ll get 20% off the ticket price.

Previous attendees have told me HRevolution is the single most important event they look forward to all year long. And while other events cost $500-1000+ to attend, HRev is just Why not see if the same is true for you?

And last but not least, our sponsor lineup is being finalized (any others interested should contact Trish), and we are proud to have Globoforce and Quantum Workplace down as supporters this year.

globoforce

quantum workplace hrevolution sponsor

Hi all,

With the date of HRevolution 2014 quickly approaching, here are some options for hotels.  Note that none of the hotels are within walking distance of Symbolist HQ (where the event will take place).  We are trying to work on some transportation options, but you may have to rely on Taxis/Uber(?), friends, hotel shuttle, etc.

1.  Comfort Inn – Grapevine

We have a selected number of rooms for Friday, November 7 ONLY at a rate of $89 + tax ($10-30 cheaper than their going rate depending on the type of room).  If there is enough demand, we are working on trying to extend it to Saturday night as well.   A couple of perks:
a.  Free breakfast each morningb.  Shuttle to/from the airport.

We believe the shuttle  should be able to get you to/from Symbolist HQ as well.

If you book directly via the Comfort Inn at the link above, they have an advance purchase rate of $79.20 + tax.  However, you must pay in advance, there are no refunds if you cancel, and you must join their Choice Rewards program (which you can do while reserve the room).

2.  Hilton Garden Inn – DFW North

Rooms are $159+tax a night

3.  Holiday Inn Express – DFW

Rooms are $102.99 with advanced purchase, $119.99 flexible rate

Other Options here

To get your ticket for HRevolution, click here
To see the agenda, click here

If you have any questions, leave a comment here, or on our Facebook page here

Since 2009, HRevolution has been creating unique opportunities for HR professionals, recruiters, consultants, and vendors to come together to discuss and debate the future of HR.

This year we are celebrating our fifth anniversary by taking the event back to its roots. We have crowdsourced the location preferences and are excited to announce the location of our event!

HRevolution 2014
Symbolist Headquarters in Grapevine, TX
November 7th-8th, 2014
Registration open now!

HRevolution is a ground-breaking event in both content, format, and delivery of ideas that are key to the practice of human resources. HRevolution is not your typical conference either. Our main purpose is to grow your professional and personal network. You will network with 100 of the brightest and most innovative leaders in the industry. Other benefits include:

Fully participatory sessions
Opportunity for participants to bring work issues to debate and discuss
Workable solutions you can take home to your organization
Increased reach- since HRevolution is fully integrated with social platforms, you will be reaching hundreds of thousands of professionals

Session highlights from previous years:

  • HR Improv-an entertaining way to ensure you have your presentation skills up to par
  • Live action case study and problem solving with an actual organization’s recruiting leader
  • Sessions on the latest trends in HR technology and how we do HR on a daily basis
  • And more!

We are also seeking sponsors. If you are interested in helping us keep HRevolution affordable for attendees and sharing your message with senior leaders in the HR and recruiting space, please reach out and we can discuss. Previous sponsors include SumTotal Systems, Ceridian, Monster, and other industryleaders.

All past events have sold out, so be sure to get your ticket early

It’s time to start thinking about HRevolution 2014! We have put together a short survey to allow our fans to help us choose a location and touch on any topics they would like to see us cover at the event. We plan to use all of the feedback, so feel free to kick in any ideas that you would like to as we begin the planning process.

While we have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the HR Technology conference over the past few years, this year we will be breaking away and going back to a standalone event. The bottom line is that we’re going to be returning to the roots of HRevolution with a crowdsourced location and agenda, a small/community “feel” during the event, and more great content and interaction than you get at pretty much any other conference you can find.

Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts!

Thanks, as always, for your continued support! We couldn’t do this without you guys.