I’ve never thought of myself as a techie.  I am not the first one in line for the latest gadget or the newest technology.  In fact, I was one of the hold outs when it came time for people to give up their Franklin planners. And, as much as I hated working on an archaic AS 400 system, something about the way I could easily access an employee’s information and track notes on performance and coaching made me feel in control.  In fact, I distinctly remember dropping an undergrad statistics class many years ago because they were introducing it via Excel at the University of Missouri.  Scared to death of using Excel, I dropped it and took a much harder stats class that was not taught using a computer.

I share this with you because all that has been changing, and I’m working hard to change the way I approach technology. Like most people in the business world now, I’m fluent in all the MS office programs.  I’ve also spent countless hours learning everything I can from HRM software to SaaS applications to html code.  Why is this important?  Because human resources IS evolving as a profession and generalists need to know more about the why and how of HR technology.

Now, you can try to do this on your own, but I promise you it will take a great deal of time and effort.  Knowing that we are all WAY too busy these days, I’ve got a tip for you to get up to speed quickly, the HR Technology Conference.  Come to Chicago from September 29- October 1.

This is THE conference that will give you:

  • Expert panels covering everything from the future of job boards, to social learning, and workforce planning, to blogger insights.
  • Monumental debates.  Come hear Naomi Lee Bloom as she debates Jim Holincheck.  Both are HR technology experts who will cover all the hottest issues in the space today.
  • The Shootout Track- Here’s your chance to see vendors go head-to-head.  Their software will compete and you’ll hear the results live!
  • And more….hear keynotes by Tamara Erickson and Marc Effron, experience Twitterversity led by Laurie Ruettimann, attend numerous HR technology sessions, and maybe even get to hear Naomi Lee Bloom sing a song.

Now how much would you pay for this opportunity?  Well, I have good news. If you use the discount code ‘RINGLEADER10’ when you register, you’ll save $500 off the cost of the conference.

AND, there’s more.  If you act now, you’ll be able to join us for a breakfast tweetup like no other! Details will be forthcoming on that but take my word for it, you will not want to miss it.  Come meet Bill Kutik (aka the Godfather of HR Technology and the Old Spice Guy), Claude Werder (VP, Editorial Conferences, LRP Publications), Naomi Lee Bloom, and many of the bloggers and Tweeps you’ve been following.

So, register today so we can master HR Technology together.  I hope to see you there!