Meet the Speakers: Dwane Lay (@dwanelay)

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, 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!

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