Here in Louisiana we’re mighty proud of our unique and fascinating culture. When we take a dash of how we practice various religions, toss in our music, our holidays, our festivals and our food (oh the food!) and mix them all together we end up with a mighty delicious gumbo. One that includes bits and pieces from the people who arrived here from all over – the French and the Acadians, the Spanish, native Americans, African slaves and free people of color – to name just a few. If you’ve spent just a day in Louisiana you no doubt have a desire to return. It can be quite magical.
When designing the overall program content for the 2013 Louisiana SHRM State Conference which will be held on April 8/9 in Baton Rouge, it seemed like a natural fit to explore another type of culture – organizational culture. This, with all its related components, is something that we, as HR leaders and professionals think about, wrestle with and work with every single day. The three keynote speakers are highly sought after thought leaders in the HR/Recruiting space and we’re greatly looking forward to what they have to say on the subject:
• Dwane Lay – Changing Culture: The Impossible, the Possible, and Living on the Difference
• Jennifer McClure – The Future of HR: Delivering Competitive Advantage in Your Organization
• Bill Boorman – The ‘Cult’ of Work
In addition, we’ll be offering an incredible line-up of concurrent sessions (24 in all!) with topics ranging from “HR’s Turning Point” to “Succession Planning 101” to “Extre
me Labor Relations: Life in the New Environment.” In addition to leading a general session as one of our keynote speakers, Jennifer McClure will also be facilitating a pre-conference workshop on Sunday April 7th on the topic “Using Social Media in HR & Recruiting.” And, for some extra added fun, Drive thru HR will be broadcasting “live” from the conference both days.
Another brand new component of the conference this year will be Social Media Street; a gathering place where attendees can get hands-on in-the-moment guidance and advice from a whole host of awesome HR social media leaders. And naturally, being Louisiana, we intend to socialize – with a kick-off reception on Sunday evening and a lively, fun, energetic Monday Evening Social at a venue called Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s where we’ll feast on Natchitoches Mini Meat Pies, Boudin Balls and Cochon de Lait Sandwiches.
We love visitors and invite everyone to come pass a good time with us in Louisiana. Get your HR learning on, earn up to 14 of those all-important HRCI recertification credits, and take a stroll down Social Media Street.
Laissez les bon temps rouler.
About the author: Robin Schooling, SPHR, is Vice President of Human Resources at the Louisiana Lottery Corporation and a regular contributor to Women of HR. She serves as the Speaker/Program Chair for the Louisiana SHRM State Conference and also holds the role of Secretary/Treasurer on the SHRM State Council. She blogs at HR Schoolhouse and you can always find her hanging out on twitter.