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Hello HRACC Members!  I hope you are enjoying your summer!  I find that I keep thinking to myself “time is flying by.”  It’s hard for me to believe that it is July already.  At the end of June I had the opportunity to attend the SHRM National Conference in New Orleans.  What an awesome experience!  This was my first conference and first trip to New Orleans.

The conference kicked off on Sunday afternoon. It was a little overwhelming from the start.  There were over 15,000 HR professionals in attendance and the convention center was huge. There were so many sessions to choose from that it was difficult to decide which to attend.  I was very fortunate to be able to share the experience with a few HRACC members and made connections with others that attended from Connecticut.

In addition to the smaller workshops, there were general sessions with guest speakers, including Laila Ali speaking at the closing session on Wednesday.  It was definitely not all work, we had a little bit of free time.  Sunday there was time for a city tour in the morning.  Monday was a night out on the town, starting with a group of SHRM certified members forming a parade and heading to a restaurant a few blocks away from the convention center for a party.  We closed the streets and had a police escort!  Then, it was on to Bourbon Street for dancing, karaoke and jazz.  (I do have a video of Christina Danforth’s karaoke performance….but I promised what happened on Bourbon Street stayed on Bourbon Street) Tuesday night was dinner, then an awesome performance by Harry Connick Jr. and his band.  Before I knew it was Wednesday and time to head home.  I definitely hope to return to New Orleans for a chance to vacation and sightsee.

I highly recommend going to a SHRM National Conference.  It was an experience that I will not soon forget.  The 2018 SHRM Conference will be held in Chicago, June 17 to June 20, 2018.  And there is another great local conference coming to Connecticut next year.  Save the date for the 2018 Tri-State Conference, which will be held at Mohegan Sun Convention Center, April 29 to May 2, 2018.

Thanks to all of you who entered the contest I had announced in this column in our May newsletter.  Congratulations to the winner, Donnalynn Notaro.  Your prize will be sent to you shortly.

I look forward to seeing you at our two upcoming events on July 18th (Executive Presence) and July 20th (HR Happy Hour).  You get a break in August and then back to it in September for our Employment Law Update.

Have a safe summer!

Chapter President


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