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Top 10 Reasons to come to #LASHRM12

With anticipated attendance of 400-or-so HR professionals, there are probably 400-or-so reasons why HR folks will be coming from every corner of the state (and beyond) to the 2012 Louisiana SHRM State Conference.  But I think there are probably a few reasons we can all agree on:

1.  The conference is being held in New Orleans for the first time in about 10 years.  And even if you’re from Louisiana (or even New Orleans for that matter) it’s hard to deny that this uniquely Louisiana city has a flavor all it’s own – the ideal setting for conferences, meetings and gatherings of any sort.  Who doesn’t want to have a perfectly good excuse to tell one’s spouse, kids or significant other “but I had to spend the night carousing in the Quarter; my fellow SHRMies insisted!”

2.  There may be beads.  See Reason #1.

3.  You can go home and take great satisfaction in earning up to 11.25 HRCI recertification credits which you can enter to your online profile.  Rest easy my friends; you’re well on your way to recertifying without having to retest.

4.  You can get your HR fill of new ideas and new knowledge.  This year’s speakers will educate, engage and inspire – that’s a fact.

5.  You can hang out with our friend Bill Boorman who is traveling all the way from London to present a session.  Just wait until we see what sort of hat he wears and what sort of witty slogans he sports on his tshirts.

6.  Extra points may be awarded for the nice HR Lady/Gentleman who pulls an all nighter on Thursday and wraps up their evening at Krystal Burger at 5 AM.

7.  The CEOs of two iconic Louisiana brands will be speaking at Thursday afternoon’s general session – Hugh Weber with the Hornets may provide us with the scoop on the NBA lock-out kerfuffle and Rose Hudson with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation may be able to provide us with the winning lottery numbers.  Well, we can all dream – can’t we?

8.  The conference venue is home to Drago’s and is conveniently located across the street from Harrah’s.  This means you can have some delicious charbroiled oysters and then walk across the street to spend several mindless hours playing Jack’s or Better.

9.  You can truthfully shout “Author! Author!” during both the Thursday opening general session and the Friday afternoon closing general session.  The fabulous duo of Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen (“Talent Anarchy“) who open the conference just had their first book released.  And Scott Eblin will let all of us know how we can take it to The Next Level.

10.  There may be beads.  See #1.

So come and join us.  I know I’ll be there.  And sleep can come on the weekend (see #6).


Today’s post is by Robin Schooling, SPHR, who is a Vice President of HR in Baton Rouge.  She blogs at HR Schoolhouse and you can also find her hanging out at Women of HR and SHRM’s We Know Next blog.  Robin serves on the LASHRM State Conference Committee so does have a bit of skin-in-the-game for the success of the conference.  Follow her on the twitter too; she tries, for the most part, to keep it suitable for workShe also begs everyone to take off their conference badge before hitting Bourbon Street.

** badge photo courtesy of Fistful of Talent

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Come for the HR. Stay for the Jazz.

We’re looking forward to a special time at the Louisiana State Conference on Human Resources this year.  We plan to educate, engage and entertain over 400 attendees from across Louisiana – and beyond.  And what better city in which to do so than New Orleans?   Our conference, which takes place April 26th/27th is, as we like to think, the “lead up” to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – more commonly just called “Jazz Fest.”

Laura Wolfe, who will be presenting a session on Friday morning is a long-time and never-miss devotee/attendee at Jazz Fest.  If you plan on hanging in town to go, here are Laura’s suggestions to make it a great experience:

What to bring – your Jazz Fest Equipment List

  • Coozies
  • Baby wipes
  • Umbrellas
  • Sunblock – aerosol is best so your hands don’t have to get all greasy
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Large lightweight scarf or wrap
  • Gum
  • An apple or some carrots (nature’s toothbrush)
  • Hair clip
  • Water and towels in car for afterwards
  • Reading glasses (if you need them)
  • Brass pass or ticket (or you can purchase at the gate)
  • Chairs – the collapsible kind that you carry over your shoulder
  • Old towel or beach towel.  We roll our towel around the chair for transport.
  • Large garbage bag that can be used for rain coverage should it rain.  The bag our chairs go in has a little pocket on the outside where we put this
  • Print out of the schedule for the day, the food list and a map of the fairgrounds
  • Old bag to carry stuff in that you don’t mind getting dirty, wet or possibly lost
  • Lots of cash.  Food vendors do not take credit cards.  A lot of the artisans will take credit cards but sometimes the systems get overwhelmed and it can take a long time to get a cc transaction to go through.  For the 2 of us, including the admission fee, we take about $300
  • Cell phone – know how to text because that is usually all that works.

We put all our supplies in the bag but not money/ID/valuables.  When we get to the fest we set up our chairs on the right side of the Acura stage and leave the bag.  This is our home base.  From there we walk around.  I take a small travel bag with my ID, money, phone, sunglasses etc. that I always keep with me.

You want to be prepared for the elements – sun, heat, rain. I usually dress pretty bare in cool clothes but take a wrap in case it gets cool or I’m getting too much sun.  Wear shoes that you are comfortable wearing into a portalet.  The fest is on a race track and if there is any rain around the time of the festival it will be muddy (which is about 95% of the time).  I wear chackos or birkenstock sandals or old tennis shoes.  The fest involves a LOT of walking.


So come for HR goodness – and stay for the jazz!