This week I am headed to SHRM Mecca, also known as the annual SHRM National Conference. This is my very FIRST trip to SHRM National and only my second trip to an HR Conference so to say I am a newbie is an understatement!
Sunday’s events kicked off with an easy flight out of Richmond and concluded with an easy train ride to my hotel. If you haven’t taken the train in Chicago you should try it, as transit systems go it is pretty easy to navigate.
After checking in at the hotel, I went ahead and took the shuttle to McCormick place to pick up my registration. The process of shuttle to McCormick to registration in the bloggers lounge was super easy. Kudos to SHRM for putting together an easy-to-navigate process and kudos to Dice for the blogger lounge setup.
After setting up in the bloggers lounge I proceeded to check out the Expo hall which was….ENORMOUS. There are hundreds of vendors there, so many that it is difficult to comprehend at first. I wandered around for a while and tried to take it all in. I plan to hit it up again later today or tomorrow, with a more targeted approach.
At night I had a chance to meet friends IRL, take a LONG walk around the city and grab a late dinner and drinks with new and old friends. All in all a most satisfying start to the SHRM Conference. Today, I’m attending a number of great sessions (the problem is trying to figure out which ones to attend) and heading to the Glassdoor party tonight.
Check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for regular updates, I am also going to try and get one or two posts published while I am here to update you on the great sessions and parties (which means you need to forgive my already sketchy grammar which will probably be worse).