Parker the dog

That’s Parker. I talked about him here just before my holiday break. In a few short months he has gone from 9 pounds to 30. He had just been groomed in this photo and was a bit mad at me. He wouldn’t look at me, but is still pretty cute, even when angry.

After my holiday break I have written five blog posts. Five. I wrote a minimum of three per week pretty consistently for the last several years, but so far in 2017 – five.

Because 2017 is kicking my butt… a very good way.

Business is good. Lots of new opportunities and new partnerships that are forcing me to shift priorities a bit. Unfortunately, those priorities have been mostly centered around this blog and responding to email (sorry if you are waiting on something from me).

But I’m working on adjusting to a new normal of business and maybe hiring some help. Until then, I thought I would share a few events I’ll be attending and/or speaking at as well as share a new resource for small business HR leaders I’m working on.

Ultimate Software Event:

First up is Ultimate Software’s Connections Conference. It will be held in Las Vegas, March 21st through the 24th. This is my first user conference with Ultimate and I’m excited to see what they have in store. More to come on that event very soon. Back To Table of Contents

DisruptHR Orange County:

Second is DisruptHR Orange County where I’ll be speaking on a yet to be determined topic (I told you I was behind). This will be my second time speaking in OC and I do love these events. Note: if you have any awesome topic ideas for a Disrupt talk that you aren’t going to use leave them in the comments below. I need some help brainstorming. Back To Table of Contents

DisruptHR Los Angeles:

Third will be another DisruptHR event, but this one in Los Angeles. Yes, Orange County and Los Angeles are two separate areas and people from one do not drive to the other. It was news to me when I moved here too. My amazing colleague and friend, James Kinney, is helping me plan another amazing event. (Do I say amazing too much?) Ok, let’s face it, he does all the work and I just hang out, but either way, awesome event! Registration is opening this week so if you are in LA and want to be in the know, join our mailing list. Back To Table of Contents

PIHRA South Orange County:

In May, I will be speaking at the PIHRA South Orange County meeting about Getting Head of the Recruiting Curve – Designing and Executing a Strategy that Consistently Provides Viable Candidates. This will be a condensed version of the workshop I did for ILSHRM last year. Back To Table of Contents

WorkHuman Event:

Right after the Memorial Day weekend I will be heading to my first ever WorkHuman Conference. I am so excited about this one. The buzz around these conferences for the last few years has been tremendous and I’m honored to be able to attend and share updates live from the event with all of you. If you are interested in attending, you can save $100 off registration by using this discount code – WH17INF-SBA Back To Table of Contents


Finally, at least for the first half of the year, I will be attending the annual SHRM conference in June as part of their influencer team. This is my sixth year being a part of this team and it is something I look forward to all year. If you have not attended a SHRM annual conference in the past, and you have the budget to do so, it is worth it. Will I see you in New Orleans? Back To Table of Contents

So many HR events in the first six months I’m having a hard time keeping track. I’m going to be so much smarter come July.

Small Business HR Mastermind Groups:

In the midst of that, I am setting up something I have wanted to do for a while. My clients who do not outsource their HR to us, but use us for supplemental support are either HR practitioners working in an HR Department of One setting or non-HR professionals who are responsible for the HR function. Regardless of which category they fall into, they are alone with no one to bounce ideas off of (other than me) or ask about how certain things may be handled in other businesses.

This is also true of much of my blog subscriber base.

Because of that, I wanted to create a way for these individuals to connect on a regular basis and share ideas, best practices and even throw out the occasional rant to people who understand what they are going through. So I came up with the idea of a Small Business HR Mastermind Group. The group of 5-7 people will meet on a bi-monthly basis via phone for 90 minutes.

The rules are simple. Everyone in the group must be responsible for the HR function in a small business (250 employees or less). You don’t have to be a certified, card carrying HR professional. You can be the office manager responsible for HR. What you can’t be is a vendor. These groups will have only one vendor, and that’s me because it was my idea and my conference call line. I can assure you I won’t be selling anything, only facilitating. If it ever sounds like I’m selling, participants can call me on it. That isn’t what these groups are about.

If you have been looking for a way to get advice from other people in your shoes, this is it. If you are interested in joining a group, fill out this form and I will give you more info.

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That’s what I have going on for the next few months in addition to every day work stuff. What about you? Anything you are especially looking forward too? Any chance we may cross paths at one of these events?