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Why I’m Going to #LASHRM12 – Connections


While I have been an HR professional for over a decade now, I have only become committed to developing my professional network the last 2 years. After unsuccessfully persuading my employer to venture into social media, I started my own blog last year. Since then, I have been waiting for the right time to step from behind my cartoon avatar and start to meet in real life some of the great HR professionals I’ve met online. 

When I learned about the Louisiana SHRM conference through twitter, I knew it was the event for me!

–        The conference speakers list reads like Who’s Who of HR Power Players. Their voices and influence are undeniable and contagious! There is no doubt I will learn new things, refresh old skills and walk away inspired after listening to this group.

–        My social media peops will be there. At last count, there were half a dozen people that I regularly email, tweet, chat and “poke” through social media channels who will attend LASHRM12. It feels more like a reunion than a typical, stuffy conference! I am excited to spend time in session and out of session with folks like Robin Schooling, Chris Ponder, Dan Crosby, William Tincup, Dwane LayJoe Gerstandt, Jason Lauritsen and Shauna Moerke – and the peops these peops call their peops!

–        It’s a big conference but feels small. As much as I love social media, I am not the most social butterfly. Brand new people and brand new places make me a little nervous. LASHRM12 offers some of the best of balance in this area. I’ve heard over 400 professionals attend but the setup of the center and sessions still feel intimate and familiar. 

And I also hear there will be beignets and beads. Lots of them. Yum and yay! Laissez les bons temps rouler! See y’all in N’Awlins!


Today’s guest post is from Buzz Rooney – a practicing HR Professional with over 10 years experience in the production, manufacturing and retail industries. She currently works for a large retail franchise handling employee relations, health benefits, COBRA, wellness, leave of absence and compliance.

Buzz has Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Organizational Communication and Leadership as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management. She is also a part-time HR consultant offering resume writing, basic management coaching, process improvement and compliance assistance services.

When not working or writing or researching, Buzz is a single mom with 2 young children living in North Carolina. She enjoys mindlessly watching television, spending time with friends and family, reading, eating and sleeping.

Read more of her writings, connect and contact her through her blog’s website: The Buzz on HR (

2 thoughts on “Why I’m Going to #LASHRM12 – Connections

  1. Wow! Thank you for encouraging words. We are confident we will live up to your expectations. The lashrm conference committee has worked hard to put together a great, fun, well rounded event. Can’t wait to meet you and share N’awlins through our eyes!

    Gretchen McKinney

  2. Pingback: One Busy Bee!! | The Buzz on HR

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