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HR Technology Conference- Meeting the Tweeps

Originally posted: October 3, 2009 on TrishMcFarlane.com

I just returned home from the HR Technology Conference in Chicago.  I missed the first couple days due to work, but was happy I was able to take some vacation time to come to the event.  This was my first opportunity to meet any of my “tweeps”.  I am often asked by people who do not use social media if the relationships I am building with people on Twitter and through blogging are real.  After my experience at HR Tech, I assure you, they are VERY real.

I am privileged to have met so many great people on Twitter that have now turned into friends.  Seeing each other in person was not like meeting a stranger, but was like seeing an old friend or family member you have not seen in a very long time.  This was not just the case for me, but for everyone there.  We feel a kinship with each other.  It is the most progressive, innovative exchange of HR ideas that I have been part of in my career. 

I’ll post soon about the actual conference, but today I’d like to just give shout outs to some of the amazing people I am lucky to have spent time with.  If you aren’t reading their blogs or following them on Twitter, do it today.  HR Tech Conference 2009They are truly some of the most giving people:

Steve Boese– Steve is someone I have wanted to meet for a very long time.  He has been involved in planning HRevolution since day one.  He has used his HR Happy Hour show to support the effort of bringing HR pros together to further the profession.  He is not only an HR tech expert and someone who people gravitate to, he’s also someone I rely on and trust. 

Mark Stelzner– Mark (of Inflection Advisors and Job Angels) is one of the most genuine, creative, and inspiring people I have ever met.  His ability as a thought leader in HR is unparalleled.

Laurie Ruettiman– In addition to being one great “roomie” at the conference, she is one of the most savvy women I have met.  She someone who tells it like it is on her blog but who is also one of the most sweet, sincere people I have known.  She’s also fun and one of the best tour guides I’ve had. Thanks Laurie!  Check out her new venture with Jason Seiden, Fail Spectacularly.

Beth Carvin– As the President and CEO of Nobscot Corporation, she is smart as a whip.  She is also extremely funny and I love that she is willing to stand up for what’s “right” and always tries to see the other side of an issue.  She embodies everything a great female entrepreneur should be.

Jason Seiden– When you meet Jason, you know you’ve just met a great leader of his generation- my generation.  His coaching ability shines through.  His insight on people and the way he expresses his thoughts helps drive conversation. Truly someone HR pros should strive to emulate.

Traci Deveau– Bubbly.  That is the best word to describe Traci.  She has a laugh that is infectious, she’s an optimist, and more fun than I thought anyone could be.  Sit down and talk with her and she’ll also show you that she’s got strong business development knowledge. 

Lance Haun “the Lance”- I have often said that Lance is “MY” HR guy and it’s true.  He brings a quiet but well thought out approach to HR and advancing our industry. Talking with him in person just reinforces that he’s the real deal. 

Mike Krupa– One of the first people I connected with on Twitter.  Mike’s understanding of the technical side of HR is only surpassed by his kindness and his ability to have fun. 

Cheree Klimek– Charee is one motivated business woman.  She not only has started her own business this year, Vocii, but she is a driving force of Job Angels.  She shows that giving back can really bring people together.

There are also a few people I wish I had more time with at the conference: Kris Dunn, Jessica Lee, and Bryon Abramowitz

So, whether you are a “HR techie” or an HR generalist, definitely consider attending the 2010 HR Technology Conference.

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