Meet the Speakers: Laurie Ruettimann

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!

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