2019 Spring Conference
April 30, 2019
Italian Conference Center | Milwaukee
See With New Eyes
French author Marcel Proust said this:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
And that, along with some original artwork from one our keynote speaker, Jason Kotecki, is at the heart of Metro Milwaukee SHRM’s 2019 Spring Conference. It’s about taking another look at the HR landscape with “new eyes.”
The challenge for our session speakers will be to take the familiar and challenge their audience to see things a little bit differently. The art that goes along with our theme does a great job of balancing the old – the Viewfinder – with new perspectives. And by “old,” we don’t necessarily have to mean out-of-date or wrong. “Old” might also mean something stable, enduring, traditional, even iconic. A foundation on which a body of knowledge can be built.
So what happens when we take something foundational and give it a fresh look? The photos in our Viewfinder don’t have to be old and grainy just because the Viewfinder has yielded to newer technologies. What if we shatter expectations by presenting a crisp and clear, high-definition, colorful image of today and even the future?
Your presentation is that image! Give us your vision!
You might consider the following: How will you build on the traditions of the HR profession? Will you first challenge them? Will you bring forth new research? Will you talk about an idea that was implemented in you company? Will you share a case-study about a client who benefitted from a new product or service you implemented at one of their facilities? Will you talk about the workforce, it’s values, and tapping into its strengths? Will you bring a new approach to the learning experience?
As always, the presentations we select will include great speakers and great topics, but we’ll give special consideration to those speakers who build on our theme in their presentations. The Request for Proposal covers most of what you need to submit, but we’re happy to answer any other questions you might have about the theme or anything else related to the presentations.
Without question, selecting just twelve programs from among the dozens that we receive is one of the hardest things we have to do each year. We’ll look for a balance of programs across the HR disciplines, but the focus will always be on choosing the highest quality presentations. The good news is, every proposal will be kept on file for our Special Interest Group leaders and future conference planning committees to review, making this your best opportunity of the year to let us know about you and your program.
Speaker Submissions Due Friday, November 23rd!