Be The Match at #SHRM14



SHRM 2104 is officially underway!  First up a quick look at one a great cause, Be The Change.  They are championed by Robin Roberts, today’s keynote, and are helping to identify bone marrow donors and potential matches with those in need.  It’s quick, easy and painless.  Take a look, then come by the booth!



Strike Out Hunger at SHRM 2014

In what has become a much anticipated part of the SHRM Annual conference, the social team is once again taking time out on Sunday to benefit No Kid Hungry, this time hitting the lanes in tribute to The Big Lebowski and, of course, NKH mega-supporter Jeff Bridges.

This year, more than 16 million children in America will face hunger. That’s one in five. Share our Strength is working to connect hungry kids with the food they need to grow and thrive. We’re doing our part to connect kids to the healthy food they need every day.  Every dollar we raise will make a huge impact for kids. In fact, just $1 can help connect a child with 10 meals.  

The event is sponsored by Dovetail Software and  They have not only helped with providing the event but are also kicking in some sweet items for our silent auction.  We are honored and appreciative to have them on our side once again!  Last year we topped $11,000 in donations.  We’d like to see that number go up!

So, what’s your role?  (Get it?  Role?  Like roll?  Because it’s bowling?  Never mind.)

We have 100 tickets available.  You’ll notice the price is a very reasonable $0.  That’s because we are asking you to jump over to our No Kid Hungry portal and make your donation directly.  You can do that first, or do it after.  You can even do it on site if you really want. Or all of the above.  But please make sure you do it.  The reason we are set up this way is that 100% of the funds go directly to No Kid Hungry.  All of it.  Every dollar.

And since our love for sport and helping others is nearly matched by our love for playing dress up, we are taking the inspiration for the theme from one of the greatest bowling movies ever, The Big Lebowski.  And since it is a costume party, and we have little to no shame when it comes to NKH, for any donations over $500 we will re-enact a scene of your choosing from the film, and post it online for the world to see.  

Even if you can’t make the event, you can still make a difference.  Click here to go directly to the donation page.

So grab your bathrobe, your White Russian and a rug to pull the whole thing together, and help us make a difference!

Why You Should STFU About SHRM

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.  If you want to be critical of SHRM, if you want to talk at length of how many things they get wrong, but you are not willing to pitch in and make it better?  STFU.

There has been a long standing and well documented amount of indifference, disdain and sometimes anger at the governing body of Human Resources.  They don’t do enough, they do too much, they aren’t listening, they listen to too many people, they can’t make decisions, they make the wrong decisions…essentially all the complaints you hear about large organizations, right or wrong.  But there is criticism aplenty, and much of it probably deserved.

What’s interesting, though, is that much of this criticism comes from those who are no longer members and/or no longer practitioners.  And rarely comes with a side of “maybe they should try this idea instead.”  And sometimes, just sometimes, those same critics will attend a state SHRM event or the big annual event, take the free pass, and consider the conference lucky to have them.  I’m not saying they have nothing to contribute.  In fact, I think they are some of our best and brightest minds, and could make a huge impact if they were actively engaged.  But for reasons too numerous to list, they are not.

I’d hesitate to say that I’ve been active with SHRM, though I keep my membership up, maintain my SPHR and speak at a lot of SHRM events, both state and regional.  When I go, though, I try to add a little value.  I try to hit the Twitter channel, write a post or two, work the social media desk to tutor attendees, speak or help with some kind of charity event.  There are a lot of ways to contribute, and I try to hit at least a couple of channels.  But I’ve been woefully inactive at the local level, and recently attended my first HRMA STL meeting.  Ever.

But there are those in our community who bust their hump to make a difference, and do so in their spare time.  I am regularly inspire by Steve Browne, a true HR leader/practitioner who puts in more hours that anyone would care to count with local, state and national SHRM.  He went and testified in front of Congress, and made us all proud.  He is one of the leaders who spoke up when SHRM lost their Social Media leader to make sure we didn’t lose ground.  He takes complaints from the masses and, believe it or not, shares it with the people who ARE ASKING FOR THAT FEEDBACK.  Crazy, right?  He takes responsibility to make the profession better, and he inspires me to be better.  He’s not the only one, of course, but there are far too many names to list.  (More on that in future posts, I promise.)

So this week, I was asked and agreed to take the role of Social Media Director for Missouri SHRM.  When I was offered the role, I didn’t know what all I would need to do or how much time it would require, but I knew that it was a chance to help out, spread the message of the state SHRM team and connect with more practitioners in my home state.  And a light bulb went off.  If I wasn’t willing to step up and be part of making things better, why should I expect others to do so?

So I’m taking the job.  And hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute something in the process.

If you are a naysayer, a critic, or a conscientious objector, I’d challenge you to get involved to make SHRM better as an organization.  Work at the local level, the state level, the national level, or any combination of those.  There is an entire profession waiting for help that needs your input, that needs you voice, that needs your energy.  You can choose to do as little or as much as you can handle, but it is only through those contributions that we can shape our community and make it better than it is today.  That’s the challenge.  That’s the opportunity.  That’s your chance to change the world.

And if not, STFU.  The rest of us have work to do.


Help Us Fight Childhood Hunger


Tuesday, June 11th is a special day for us.  Dovetail has partnered with Dice to sponsor SHRM Kickball on Sunday, June 16th in Grant Park, Chicago.  Tuesday is our tweetathon.  Dovetail has offered $1 per tweet that day, up to $1000.  Our friends at cFactorWorks offered to match that amount, doubling our impact.

When we ask for help in our efforts, some people drop a few dollars in the bucket and think, “These are my friends, of course I’ll help a bit.”  And we love them for it.  But I’d like to offer you another perspective.

Through No Kid Hungry, for every $1 raised, they can provide 10 meals.   That means for each tweet, you can provide lunch for 20 underfed children.  For tweeting.  Or just retweeting!  You don’t have to write anything, just push the button!

When I think about a donation of $25, $50 or even $100, I think of the crowded tables at schools around the country, and the number of plates we are setting down in front of children who would otherwise not eat.  I think of the direct impact we have on them, on their future, and how little it costs to bring some light into young, impressionable lives where there might otherwise be none.

So this week, we would love your help.

If you can help support No Kid Hungry with a few dollars, please do it here.

If you can’t, please consider sharing this story with your network and helping spread the word on Tuesday.  With your help, we can have a tremendous impact on the war against childhood hunger.  Here are a few tweets you can use to help us on Tuesday.  Cut.  Paste.  Send.  Change the world.

Join me in the fight against childhood hunger. Support #SHRMKickball! @nokidhungry @Dovetail @DiceTechJobs #SHRM13

Got $!? It can provide 10 meals to hungry kids. Support #SHRMKickball! @nokidhungry @Dovetail @DiceTechJobs #SHRM13

Join me, @Dovetail & @DiceTechJobs in supporting @nokidhungry! Donate to the #SHRMKickball movement today! #SHRM13

Please help us support @nokidhungry. @Dovetail & @DiceTechJobs sponsoring #SHRMKickball! What can you do? #SHRM13


Read more with any of the blog posts below, written by other players and supporters of the cause!

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No Kid Hungry SHRM13 Kickball Blogs

These are posts written to support the SHRM13 No Kid Hungry Kickball game sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice


Jun 08, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1362
Tweet to Fight Hunger and Support SHRM Kickball! | Dovetail Software

SHRM National is fast approaching, bringing with it SHRM Kickball! Dovetail Software and Dice are sponsoring the game on Sunday, June 16th at 7pmin Grant Park, with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.

Jun 09, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1151
Help Us End Childhood Hunger
Jun 10, 2013 by Jeff Waldman - - 1179
Help Me Fight Child Hunger - #SHRMKickball #SHRM13

According to No Kid Hungry, 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put on the table. This equates to 1 out of every 5 kids, which would fill over 845 basketball arenas. 22% of kids under the age of 18 live in poverty. Simply put, this is alarming.

Jun 08, 2013 - - 1095
Personal Fundraising: Dovetail, Dice and SHRM13 Kickball Fundraiser - NO KID HUNGRY | Share Our Strength

This is the site where you can help us reach our goal of 50,000 meals for hungry kids.

Jun 11, 2013 by Stacy Donovan Zapar - - 1081
Kickball to Kick Hunger?

Kickball, HR and child hunger… One of these just isn’t cool. (No, I’m not talking about HR!)

Jun 08, 2013 - - 1038
SHRM Kickball and No Kid Hungry

Everyone benefits when you "do good" for someone. First of all, the person you are "doing good" for benefits. Next, you generally feel good about it. Finally, by telling the story of what just happened, you inspire others. And sometimes, your actions can help change someone's life.

Jun 08, 2013 - - 982
Reach West | SHRM13 Kickball for a Cause: No Kid Hungry

Food insecurity - the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food - exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. And that's just today... We never knew how hungry we could have been.

Jun 08, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1081
SHRM Kickball and No Kid Hungry

There is, deeply embedded into our collective psyche, the drive to do good. Specifically, good for others, for those who can't do for themselves. And good in a way that can change someone's life. Last June, at the SHRM Annual conference in Atlanta, Dovetail sponsored a small hockey game in the park.

Jun 08, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1291
'The Aristocracy of HR' is Kicking For Hunger

Photo Credit SHRM National Conference 2013 is fast approaching and I must say, I am excited. As a member of this year's social media team, I am fortunate to have an opportunity to cover this fantastic conference and contribute to the very important cause of 'No Kid Hungry'.

Jun 10, 2013 by Lars Schmidt - - 1361
SHRM Kickball And No Kid Hungry

Next week is SHRM Annual, the Super Bowl for HR nerds. Whether this is your first time attending, or you're a seasoned vet, SHRM is quite an experience. This year, I have the privilege of joining many of my HR colleagues in a charity kickball game to raise money for No Kid Hungry (you can check out the event page here).

Jun 10, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1263
No Kid Hungry. Period

I recently went to the store to buy groceries for my ever growing boys (there are three). The receipt, when finished, stretched from my mid torso to the floor. I almost tweeted the site and then embarrassed by my good fortune, decided not to.

Jun 10, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1249
An Opportunity you Can Kick In !!

One week from now I get the chance to attend the SHRM National Conference in Chicago !! It's an incredible event for professional development, networking and connecting with HR pros from around the globe !! It's also an opportunity to make a difference. I dig being active and visible in Social Media.

Jun 10, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1221
Help Us Fight Childhood Hunger

Tuesday, June 11th is a special day for us. Dovetail has partnered with Dice to sponsor SHRM Kickball on Sunday, June 16 th in Grant Park, Chicago. Tuesday is our tweetathon. Dovetail has offered $1 per tweet that day, up to $1000. Our friends at cFactorWorks offered to match that amount, doubling our impact.

Jun 10, 2013 by John Nykolaiszyn - - 1165
Kids, La Lucha, & Kickball

Miami. To some, this town is full of glitz and glamor. After all, we've go South Beach, The Heat, fancy cars, nightclubs, and shopping. The locals? Well we see the real side of Miami. The crazy mix/clash of cultures, the rising home prices, the difficulty in finding jobs....

Jun 11, 2013 by Crystal Miller - - 1165
Help Us End Childhood Hunger #NOKIDHUNGRY #CONTEST - TheOneCrystal.Com

Help Us End Childhood Hunger #NOKIDHUNGRY #CONTEST

My company is running a Tweetstakes to help raise participation of Dovetail Software & Dice Tech Job's fantastic No Kid Hungry Tweetathon today.

THIS. IS. AWESOME. If you're on twitter? Please help. TODAY!

Dovetail's donating money for every tweet sent (details in the blog post). Branded Strategies will be giving away "One Night Out" for contest tweets through the next couple of days - read about details on both in the blog post.

Share this with your networks, please. We appreciate you & helping us help end childhood hunger in the US.

Jun 11, 2013 - - 1095
#shrmkickball on Tagboard

Check this out to see all the tweets and participate in the Tweetathon!

Jun 11, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1347
Kids, La Lucha, & Kickball

Miami. To some, this town is full of glitz and glamor. After all, we've got South Beach, The Heat, fancy cars, nightclubs, and shopping. The locals? Well we see the real side of Miami. The crazy mix/clash of cultures, the rising home prices, the difficulty in finding jobs....


SHRM Kickball Wrapup Video - Sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice

Jul 15, 2013 - - 996
SHRM Kickball Wrapup Video - Sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice

A wrap up of the kickball game played 6/16/13 during SHRM Annual 2013 to benefit No Kid Hungry.


SHRM Chicago Kickball Game 2013

Jul 15, 2013 - - 1194
SHRM Chicago Kickball Game 2013

Highlights of the SHRM Kickball charity game. All donations go to also check out

Jun 11, 2013 - - 982
Using to Help end Childhood Hunger in America | UGC list creation, content curation & crowdsourcing.

A group of HR professionals that leverage social media and blogging are all coming togetherSunday, June 16th to play a friendly game of kickball. Why? It's the start of the annual conference for SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and what better way to start a conference than with some fun, some networking, and most importantly making a change.

Jun 11, 2013 - - 1277
Crystal Miller at Lunch with DriveThruHR

Crystal Miller at Lunch with DriveThruHR @TheOneCrystal visits with @bryanwempen@williamtincup & @thehrbuddy about what is keeping them up at night. DriveThruHR was designed to be a captivating and easy-to-digest lunch discourse that covers topics relevant to HR professionals. Each 30-minute episode features a guest speaker who shares her or his knowledge and experience in human resources.

Jun 11, 2013 by Rachelle Lowry Falls - - 1123
Sliding Into Home Plate...To Help End Child Hunger

In a few days, I'll be joining many of my fellow HR colleagues in Chicago at the #SHRM13 conference... to play kickball. Yes, I said it. Kickball. I know, I'll need video documentation to prove I was actually on the field...but I assure you, I'll be there.

Jun 13, 2013 by Robin Schooling - - 1305
Kick It!! #SHRMkickball #shrm13

If you are anywhere in the vicinity of human resource ladies and/or SHRM then you know that we are nearing the summer solstice - when the earth does a massive axis tilt, CFOs breathe a sigh of relief (because all the HR people have left the building), and 15,000 SHRM members descend upon a convention city NEAR YOU to drink cosmopolitans, cart home obscene amounts of tchotchkes from the Exhibit Hall and, presumably, cram their brains full of HR knowledge.

Jun 25, 2013 by Dwane Lay - - 1010
SHRM Kickball Wrap-Up

By now, you've hopefully seen all the posts and tweets about the kickball game at SHRM13. We couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished. Huge thanks to our sponsors, Dovetail Software and Dice, for helping us make it a reality.


#SHRM12 Swag, Hockey, and Making a Difference

I’d been looking forward to the SHRM 2012 Conference for months by the time Atlanta finally rolle around.  It did not disappoint, to say the least. With a few days having passed, I’m getting messages from numerous channels demanding to know when the swag video will be posted.  Well, wait no more.  This time around, we have a very special event tied to our swag video.  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it moves you to action.


**Quick  note: For auction information, please visit the SHRMBuzz Site!


There it is.  Not as silly as some in the past, and I promise we will be sillier in the future.  For now, please take a moment to visit the SHRM Buzz site to bid on the sticks or the Atlanta Mission to help us make a difference directly.  Or both! Special thanks to Josh Rock for being my partner on this and moving mountains for the cause, to Shauna Moerke for manning the camera, to Dovetail Software for being a great partner and sponsor, and to Curtis Midkiff for putting up with our schemes, not to mention joining in.

SHRM, Hockey and Helping

We are within a week of SHRM12, the biggest event for most HR practitioners each year. Whether they make it to Atlanta this year or not, thousands will be watching the stream from the media team for the highlights of great keynoters like Tom Brokaw, Condoleezza Rice and Malcolm Gladwell. On top of that, a ton of great content is expected from concurrent sessions and a legion of exhibitors are waiting to tell us about their products and services in the Expo hall. What could be better?

How about seeing all that and making a difference at the same time?

HR tends to draw those that give of themselves.  Whether it is being the friendly shoulder in the workplace, the trusted confidant of the manager who isn’t sure of themselves, the voice of reason that speaks for all of the employees in a company, or the one wiling to slog through pages of legal briefs to keep executives out of jail, we are givers.  And when the chance came to help out those in Atlanta who really need it, we couldn’t pass it up.  So the crew found a way to make something out of a lazy Sunday afternoon, and are proud to have the chance to do something special.

This year will see a new event added to the schedule, hopefully one that will be repeated in the future. On Sunday afternoon, after we visit the Expo Hall Grand Opening,  Atlanta will be the host of the first #SHRM12Street Hockey game. (OK, we won’t be in the street, but you get the idea.).

Several #SHRM12 bloggers will meet in what is sure to be an entertaining event. But we’ve taken the opportunity to do more than just make a spectacle of ourselves and each other.

With the support of Dovetail Software, we are playing to raise awareness and money for the Atlanta Mission, which provides emergency shelter, residential discipleship, job attainment, and transitional housing to more than 950 homeless men, women and children daily. Our hope is that we can gather a crowd and donations to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Dovetail has already committed $500 to get the ball rolling. In addition, CEO Stephen Lynn has offered to match the next $500 as well. We’d love to blow past that number, but will need help getting there.

So please drop by on Sunday. Take pictures.  Take video.  Watch us flail about, or grab a stick and join in. And please drop a little in the till to help out others.  Jingling is fine, folding is better.  Everyone is welcome to be part of making a difference!  Please sign up here to let us know if you can make it!


No One Asked Me, But…

Voice of HR is running a great series called “2011 SHRM Strategic Guidance.” I’m really enjoying the perspective of those who have been around and what they see as needs for engaging the HR community. If you haven’t been reading it, you should.

So here’s my two cents. I’ve been in HR for almost five years, and I’ve never really felt a need to be part of SHRM. I mean, I know who they are, but they’ve not given me a reason to pay attention to them. I’ve found any documents or references I’ve needed from other resources. I’ve been active in getting answers from my resources, but SHRM has never really found a way to demand they be one of them. I suspect I’m not alone in that.

I think SHRM would do well to reach out to young HR professionals and get them on board early. Reduced (or waived) membership fees, special training and resource areas for those new to the gig, and heavy doses of social media and networking. Make yourself part of their world, and your audience will be much stronger in the long run.

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