#HRHappyHour 176- Big Bets for HR

Recorded live at Oracle HCM World – Thursday February 6, 2014

This is a fun and informative podcast that Steve Boese and I were able to record with Oracle’s Bertrand Dussert, VP of HR Transformation and one of the sharpest guys around when it comes to understanding modern HR, and the critical role of technology in that transformation to modern HR.

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Bertrand has led an exciting, varied career as an HR practitioner and executive, which sets him apart from many of the typical HR software company execs you’ll encounter. He knows the challenges that come with being an HR and business leader playing in the big leagues, and can lend this expertise and insight to the clients he works with in his role as a trusted advisor for Oracle.

In the show, we talked with Bertrand on some of the most interesting technological trends and the opportunities they will present – the ‘Big Bets for HR’ as it were. We hit upon wearable devices, the internet of things, predicitive analytics and more. And at every turn Bertrand helps us break down the topic and see what it all might mean for HR leaders in the future.

It was a really fun, lively, and quick 30 minutes or so, and I hope you take some time this week to check out the show.

Once again, you can listen to or download the show from the show page here, or from the iTunes store – just search the Podcasts section for ‘HR Happy Hour’. Android users – we have you covered too. Download a podcast app called Stitcher Radio and search for ‘HR Happy Hour’ and add the show to your list of favorites.

Thanks again to Bertrand and to everyone over at Oracle for making it possible to record the HR Happy Hour live and on site from Oracle HCM World.

Why Come to #HRevolution? To See a Wedding, Of Course!

When my blog posts slow down this time of year you can rest assured it’s because of one thing…


HRevolution is happening at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 6th.

HRevolution Official Logo blackI love planning this event in my free time.  It takes away from my writing time for a bit, but it’s well worth it.  Since it’s start four years ago, this event has been one of the best networking events in the HR space.  We’ve partnered, learned, shared, laughed and even cried.  But, a wedding?  What could that mean?

If you’ve never attended HRevolution before, I need to back-track and explain.  Back in 2009 when this event was a mere string of tweets taking shape into a gathering, we said the real purpose was networking in person with other smart business pros.  That first night in Louisville, KY, fifty people gathered.  At this point, none of us had met.  Not even the planning committee.  Any relationships we had were purely virtual.

It was at this event that we all first met Frank Zupan and Tammy Colson.  I distinctly remember meeting them both separately.  Frank was living in Ohio, Tammy was on the east coast.  Well, that first event came and went and many friendships were started.  The next year at HRevolution, Frank and Tammy attended separately again.  But this time, romance must have been in the air.  By the third year of HRevolution, they were a couple.  Now here we are, four years in, and since we’ll be in Las Vegas, there will be a wedding.  The first wedding of a couple that met at HRevolution.  We couldn’t be happier for them!

Will you find love at HRevolution?  Maybe.

What I know you WILL definitely find:

  • New colleagues who may be CEOs, COOs, HR practitioners, consultants, recruiters, people who work in HR technology, and more.

  • Sessions where YOU are part of the discussion.

  • Debate on issues impacting our field.

Most importantly, connection.  Connection with people you will want to work with in the future.  People you will be friends with for years.

So, why should you come to HRevoltuion?  There are many good reasons, but my TOP reason this year is to watch two of our HRevolution family get married.  So, get your ticket today HERE.

Congratulations Tammy and Frank.  We love you and can’t wait to see you start this chapter of your lives!

Thanks to our sponsor, Sum Total for making this event possible. SUMTOTAL-LOGO-final-color-CMYK_TM

It’s Here! HRevolution 2013 Tickets On Sale Now!

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The HRevolution- sponsored by our premier partner, Sum Total– is coming to Las Vegas on October 6, 2013 and you’re invited!


HRevolution is an industry-changing conference in the US for the human resource industry.  It began as a single tweet on Twitter as a way to bring HR professionals, recruiters, CEOs, and other industry leaders together to discuss the current state of human resources and where the industry is headed.

HRevolution has produced five highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 6 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  The HRevolution team (Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese, Matt Stollak and Trish McFarlane) work hard all year to bring this great event to you!

Why HRevolution?

What is the ingredient that makes HRevolution different from all other events?  It’s YOU.

You will bring your knowledge, your questions, your fears, your ambition, ideas, and all those things that make you unique.  Then, instead of just sitting quietly in your chair as speakers feed information to you, YOU become part of the sessions.

We pull in some of the most talented thought leaders in the space to guide and challenge us.  You take an active role in the session.  It’s all about the dialog and networking.  If you go home having made some life-changing contacts, we’ll view the event as a success!

We’re  different in that we have generous sponsors who cover much of the cost typically paid by the attendees.  With the help of Sum Total and The HR Technology Conference, HRevolution comes to you at the lowest rate of ANY conference out there!

Tickets/ Registration

HR thought leaders and practitioners from around the globe will be converging for 24 hours+ of mind-bending, trend-setting discussions, yet space is limited, so sign up today HERE!!  Early bird pricing for the first 50 registrants will be $120.  General registration is $200.  Where else can you have access to top industry professionals for that low price?  Nowhere!

Partnering with The HR Technology Conference

This year’s event is co-located with our partner, The HR Technology Conference, the premier global tech event of the year.  With their partnership, you will not only have the opportunity to attend HRevolution on October 6th, you’ll also receive one of the largest discounts possible for The HR Technology Conference ($600 off the regular conference rate)!


You have access to use the room block for The HR Technology Conference at the following hotel:

Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 877-632-9001
702-632-9000Rate: $199 single/double + tax
Discounted resort fee available: Only $10/day when you book in the HR Technology room block — that’s a savings of $15/day off the regular resort fee.

If you have interest in helping to support HRevolution in any capacity, check out the HRevolution site or email me at TrishaM89@gmail.com.  We are looking for greeters, people to man the registration table, and people to help promote the event on social media sites.

Thanks to our partner The HR Technology Conference and premier sponsor, Sum Total, for your generous support.

Now….. go buy that ticket!

2 Great Conferences Together Saves You Money

It’s summertime and that means that if you’re like me, you’re probably sitting somewhere that is hotter than normal and you’re dreaming of a beautiful vacation spot.  Maybe you’re just back from that family vacation or you’re just about to head to an exotic locale to sip tropical drinks.  Either way, you’re probably not quite as focused on how to learn more or where to spend your time (and conference budget) this fall.

That’s why today is the perfect time to tell you how to get 2 great conferences together and save yourself time and money!

Working in conjunction with our friends at the HR Technology Conference, which is being held in Las Vegas from October 3-5, 2011, the HRevolution is slated to take place on October 2, 2011, the day before the big HR Technology Show kicks off.

What is HRevolution all about?

Engagement, intense discussion, challenging sessions and conversations led by and made relevant for a wide cross-section of Human Resources professionals and thinkers. It is simply a different and unique event, and the people that have attended HRevolution events in the past always walk away with inspiration, insights, and plans for action.  Here is just a taste of the sessions you can attend:

  • The Talent Anarchy Hacklab-  You have to break stuff down in order to fix it.
  • How Does Technology Set Your Team Apart?-  Participate in this roundtable discussion and learn what your peers are doing, what is working and what isn’t.
  • A Metric, A Trend and An Analytic Walk Into A Bar….– It’s no joke!  Learn how to make an HR or Workplace Analytic project impactful to your business.
  • Change Leadership Challenge!-  Go head to head alongside two of the leading thinkers on change leadership.
  • The State of HR Education & Transitioning Students Into Practitioners-  The ultimate in teaching us how to create a team of new practitioners who will be capable to lead.
  • And many more….

So if you were planning to head to Vegas for the HR Technology Conference, come in a day early and join us at HRevolution – Las Vegas. And if you are an HRevolution fan, but have never been to the HR Technology Conference before, well, now is a fantastic opportunity to combine both events in one trip. Registrants for HRevolution – Las Vegas will receive an awesome discount code good for $600 off the onsite registration rate of $1,795 that can be applied to the HR Technology Conference registration. That’s the biggest discount available, so register for HRevolution today and we’ll send you your discount code for the HR Technology Conference!

See you soon in Vegas!!