hrevolution111Since 2009, the HRevolution planning team has been bringing you the best, most innovative HR learning events.

HRevolution is an industry-changing, US conference for the human resource industry.  Founded by Trish McFarlane and Ben Eubanks as a single tweet on Twitter, it was a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed. Steve Boese and Matt Stollak quickly joined in the movement.  

Since then, HRevolution has produced nine highly successful events.  The goal of our conference is to help bring people together for discussion and networking, and attendees at previous events have gone on to lead HR functions, join up with highly respected vendors, start their own firms, and more. 

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evolution or revolutionI’ve hosted the Carnival of HR plenty of times, but this is the first time at the HRevolution site–my home away from home! For those of you unfamiliar, HRev is an unconference event for HR pros, business leaders, recruiters, and vendors. This isn’t your everyday human resources conference. We have sessions on HR Improv (a crowd favorite), Bold HR, Half-Baked HR Ideas, The HR/Recruiting Sibling Rivalry, Millenial Myths, and more. We just launched our tickets for the 2015 event, so if you are interested in learning more, feel free to check out our event page.  Now, on with the show!

The theme for this HR Carnival was one that has been at the forefront of HRevolution conversations for over six years. Here’s what I requested in terms of submissions:

What in HR needs a revolution? We started HRevolution back in 2009 as a way to drive conversations about advances in the HR space and to shed light on the topics nobody else was covering. Since then hundreds of people have attended and we have a wonderful, dedicated group of followers that is interested in furthering the HR/recruiting profession. So, with that in mind, what needs an evolution, or a revolution, in HR?

We received some wonderful posts, and I selected the ones that best fit the theme to share here.

The Evolution of HR

David Richter from Octopus HR starts us off with HR Software-Revolution or Evolution? David provides some great insights into how the HR technology marketplace is shifting over time, and this is an excellent example of our theme of HR’s evolution!

Amit Bhagria of Young HR Manager offers us some advice on revolutionizing our HR careers by putting a set of HR competencies in place. Competencies and competency models have become a frequently discussed topic in recent years, and this is a good example of how to put it into action on a personal level.

Julie Winkle Giulioni asks a question that many of us have probably never considered, and it’s a revolutionary one. Should we kill the concept of “careers?” In this intriguing piece she offers some examples of why this is no longer a relevant term and how that is shifting the conversations in the workplace.

Steve Browne from Everyday People gives us all a challenge to build up the communities around us. All too often those working in HR can be separated from the rest of the world, feeling like they are the only ones facing the challenges in front of them. Steve’s mission is to develop a grassroots effort to connect the world of HR pros.

The team at Meshworking put together a piece on ranking your jobs for SEO purposes. What does that have to do with HR? Plenty, in this latest shift to a focus on recruitment marketing, inbound marketing, and other methods of driving candidates toward our recruiting funnels. If nothing else this will help to stretch your understanding of where recruiting is going (hint: it’s not a newspaper ad).

The folks at Qualtrics shared a blog about the shift from “big data” to “fast data.” As we get deeper into the world of HR analytics, especially on the predictive side of things, it becomes more important to have data at the point of need.

The WorkMarket team offered an article on how to keep your internal and external teams accountable. As the workplace shifts to a more contingent-based workforce we’re going to see a need for more of these kinds of ideas. I also think that with more data on hand companies are going to get better at actually measuring the performance of their knowledge workers.

I want to thank everyone who shared and each of you for supporting the Carnival of HR. This is such an amazing community of dedicated, wonderful individuals, and that’s why we do what we do over here at HRevolution. Have a great week!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the HRev event to see if you might like to attend. Not sure if it’s right for you? Shoot me an email! Early bird tickets are available for a few short weeks, but don’t let the price scare you. Yes, we know it’s a tenth of the cost of many other HR events. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, that’s an amazing deal to get access to some of the brightest and most engaging minds the world of HR has to offer. 🙂

HRevolution is an event that helps to drive the HR profession forward. Sometimes that’s because we cover innovative new concepts, and sometimes because we cover topics that nobody else will touch. This session looks at a leading edge concept in the HCM space…

Beyond Social: The Rise of Workforce Marketing led by Jason Seiden

On-board employees to your brand, elevate internal brand advocacy, amplify everything?

It’s being done. Let’s talk about how.

Let’s build off this statement: if social media is a conversational tool, then the key to leveraging it for your business is to engage the people inside your company (your employees) in conversation with external stakeholders (say, like, prospective employees, clients, and investors).

But how? In theory, we all know exactly what to do: give employees a reason to root for the company, provide a model of success they can follow, celebrate their wins and talk to them about mistakes in a supportive manner, and generally lead them and then get out of their way as they figure out how to follow your lead.

But… though we all know all this, we also know one more thing: our companies don’t do this—or do this poorly. We set out to do all this good stuff, and somehow land in a place where we’re handing out policies thick with “thou shalt nots,” and substituting meaningful leadership with 1-pagers stuffed with generic “Top 10 tips and tricks.”

For 4 years, Jason and his team have been undoing this disconnect. Their secret: it’s not just about what you do, it’s about how you execute it. During this session Jason will share his model, unpack his data, and open it all up to wherever our discussion leads.

Sound like something you might be interested in seeing? If so, grab one of the last tickets to HRevolution while you still can!

HRevolution is an event that helps to drive the HR profession forward. Sometimes that’s because we cover innovative new concepts, and sometimes because we cover topics that nobody else will touch. This session will target the latter…

Not every idea is a great idea. Some ideas don’t make it to market that should. And some ideas should never be talked about in public. And you, HR professional, have all those ideas running around in your mind.

Queue the hipster intro music…

Matthew Stollak and William Tincup to the rescue. During this “groundbreaking” (heh) session, they will pitch the audience 20 Half-Baked HR Ideas. The expectation is that audience members also have Half-Baked HR Ideas that they’ll be willing to share. At the end of the session, they’ll award The Almost Award to the best idea. The audience should be prepared to participate and be entertained.

And who knows? Maybe we’ll actually run across a few ideas that will work… Here are a few sample ideas from Matt and William:

  1. People pay for feedback from a job interview.
  2. Borrow from sports and have a recruitment draft.
  3. Sponsor a student through high school and retain rights to hire him/her right out of college.
  4. Create a company that just cleans microwaves and does dishes at offices.
  5. Create an arbitrator position for performance reviews to act as an independent third party to make judgment calls.

You get the idea. Silly, but oddly workable ideas. Sound like something you might be interested in seeing? If so, grab one of the last tickets to HRevolution while you still can!

The HRev planning team is excited to share the agenda for the upcoming HRevolution 2013 event in Las Vegas. If you have not purchased your ticket, please click here to learn more.

Click here to view the agenda  (PDF)

  • 8:00 –  9:00  – Registration, coffee, networking time
  • 9:00 –  9:15 – Opening remarks from HRevolution Organizing Team and our sponsor SumTotal Systems
  • 9:15 –  10:00 – Opening Keynote – (TBD)
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Concurrent Sessions  Group A
    • A1 – Kids Today: Gen Y Mythbusters  – Matt Charney, Ben Eubanks – #kidstoday
    • A2 – Is Early Adoption in HR’s DNA? – China Gorman  – #HRearly
    • A3 – Taking HR Global – Bill Boorman, Sophie Lemieux, Robin Schooling, Linda Jonas – #HRglobal
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Refreshment Break
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Concurrent Session Block B
    • B1 – Explore the Passion  – Lois Melbourne  – #HRexplore
    • B2 –  Cool Tools for HR Pros- Craig Fisher – #HRcooltools
    • B3 – Top That – Dwane Lay, Ryan McCracken – #TopThat
  • 12:15 – 1:45  – Lunch (provided) – and the return of HR Improv! – Random Presentations, Random Presenters, (try not to laugh your milk up out of your nose) – #HRImprov
  • 1:45 – 2:45 – Concurrent Session Block C
    • C1 –  What HR Can Learn From the Television Industry- Kelly Kahl, Phil Gonzales  – #HRandTV
    • C2 –  Building the Employer Brand – Crystal Miller, Teela Jackson, #HRbrand
  • 2:45 – 3:00 – Refreshment Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00 – Concurrent Session Block D
    • D1 – ‘A’ Players Have Hickeys, But You Wouldn’t Know That – William Tincup, Tim Sackett –  #HRhickeys
    • D2 –  How Much are You Worth? – Paul Smith – #Howmuch
  • 4:00 – 4:30 – Scaling a Great Place to Work – Anne Meath, Director, Organizational Development, Wegmans Food Markets
  • 4:30 – 4:45 – Closing remarks from the organizing team, group discussion, sharing of ideas, lessons learned, takeaways, etc.

If you have questions about the event, just shoot us an email and we’re happy to help however we can.

Look for more great info coming soon!

We’re just a few short days away from HRevolution 2012 in beautiful Chicago, and we have a few announcements to make as we gear up for yet another fabulous event.

Best. Sponsors. Ever.

First off, thank you to our awesome sponsors. We truly appreciate each of you helping to make this event a success. Please check out our sponsors page and see if one of the sponsors offers something that is right for your business. They are the reason we are able to put this event on at such a low cost, and without them HRevolution just wouldn’t be the same.

To our supporters and friends at Aquire, Ceridian, Pinstripe, and SilkRoad, we are all grateful for your support!

The pre-show show

Secondly, this Thursday night (10/4) the HR Happy Hour radio show will be on the air live at 7:00pm Central. You can dial in and listen to the show on your phone, or you can visit the link and listen to the live stream of the show as we chat with the sponsors and planners to get some insights into what to expect at HRevolution.


  • Want to know what’s going on at the event? Here’s our agenda.
  • What’s the dress code? Oooh! It’s not HR without a dress code, right? Honestly, we are very relaxed, and many attendees will be in jeans. Trust me, you’ll be focused on the content, not what you’re wearing.
  • What’s the event like? If this is your first HRevolution, you are in for SUCH a treat! Here’s a video shot a few months back that gives some idea of how HRevolution is both better and different from other events in the HR space.
  • If you’re on Twitter, you need to check out the #HRevolution hashtag for the “back channel” chatter on the event. You’ll find some new people to follow and have the chance to interact with the best and brightest HR pros around.

Have another question that you’d like answered? We are more than happy to help! You can reach Ben at or Trish at We are looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and having a great time at Chicago. See you there!

Our new agenda is live! Check out what you can expect at the event here. So what can you do with it?

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Because we have some of the most widely recognized experts in the HR and recruiting industry leading sessions on more than a dozen topics. These sessions will be interactive and challenging, and you won’t find a planning team that is more dedicated to your experience being a great one.

Haven’t gotten your ticket yet? Click here and join us!

Like a proud parent seeing his or her child climb the stairs of the school bus to head off to their first day of kindergarten as a ‘big kid’, out into the world to seek their destiny, I think of HRevolution as growing and evolving in a similar way. From small and uncertain beginnings in an old, historic hotel in Louisville, to Chicago, Atlanta, and then on to Las Vegas, with each event the HRevolution grows, adapts, and, well evolves, to try and meet the needs of the smart, innovative, and connected Human Resources professional.

The next installment of the HRevolution, set for Sunday October 7, 2012 in Chicago, promises to build upon the last four events, add some new and interesting twists, and ultimately result in the one true ‘can’t miss’ event for the HR community. HRevolution is about a new way of thinking about the workplace, about HR, and about talent, and equally important it is about a different way of meeting, connecting, and learning from your friends and colleagues.

We will cover topics ranging from social networking and HR technology, management and leadership, influence and career management and more. But whatever the topic, you can be assured the session leaders will challenge you to think differently, while not attempting to tell you what you should think. And you can also be assured the less formal, more interactive and engaging format will make you think, encourage you to participate, and help connect you to the rest of your fellow HRevolutionaries in a way much, much different than other events.

HRevolution is my favorite event of the year. Sure I am biased. But I bet after you come, it will be your favorite event too.

I hope to see you in Chicago on October 7th.

  Steve Boese