3 Great Resources for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and I’m proud to say that now, more than ever, organizations and leaders are making a real difference in how women are welcomed for their ideas, innovation and passion in their industries.  We’ve come a long way in bringing women into leadership roles from when I joined the workforce in the 1990’s.  While not perfect just yet, the number of women leaders is on the rise and the way that schools are recruiting women into traditionally male-dominated professions is increasing.  This means that as leaders and whole organizations, we need to encourage our daughters to study and enter STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

According to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Supporting women STEM students and researchers is not only an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world; it is also important to women themselves. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.”

It has been eye-opening to see some of the resources shared online via social media.  One of the first, and most impressive, celebrations of women was the Infor video I’m sharing here today.  Led by Pam Murphy, COO of Infor, the video highlights real women in HR technology and the women who inspire them.

There are still so many women who are not getting into the technology field, so it makes me happy to see that Infor encourages women in tech.  By recognizing, developing and helping these women shine in a male-dominated field, Infor guides the way on how other organizations can do better.

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 2.19.17 PMAnother resource I’d like to highlight today is my friend, Lois Melbourne.  Lois is currently the Chief Story Officer of My Future Story.  With a background as a CEO in a HR technology company, Lois is on a mission to bring education around STEM careers to more children.  She is doing this through a series of books and an app (coming soon!).  I encourage you to check out the first book here.  I know she is already inspiring my junior high aged children to think more about STEM careers.

The last resource I’ll share is an article on the Huffington Post site.  They offer up the opportunity to learn more about 11 new books written by women.  I encourage you to check them out.

What are you or your organization doing to help promote International Women’s Day?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

What’s Killing Creativity in our Students?

HRevolution Official Logo blackIt’s been a week since #HRevolution 2014 wrapped and I’m just now coming down from the high of being around such brilliant people.  It is always the one event that I can’t write about immediately because there is so much information to process.  While there is great value in each session, one that touched me personally was “Sally Can’t Doodle and it’s Your Fault” led by Lois Melbourne.

Lois, Chief Story Officer at My Future Story and thought leader in the industry, has embarked on a career path where she helps students learn about various industries and careers.  This is something Lois has been passionate about for many years and she’s now putting that passion and her knowledge to use by writing books targeted at students.  These books will help them as they determine which career their studies will support.

In this session at HRevolution, several discussion topics emerged:

  • Do schools kill creativity in our students?  Lois encouraged all attendees to watch the TedX talk by Sir Ken Robinson on the topic as a way to get them thinking.  Discussion centered around the current state of the public school system in the US and whether it needs to change.  There was mention that US businesses need to partner with the school system in order to ensure that students are prepared to enter the workforce.  Another discussion was around the fact that we do not have a “business system” in the US so it is hard to partner with the school system.  Since each organization has to decide whether to reach out to schools, then come up with it’s own approach on how to partner, there is a lack of consistency.
  • Do jobs currently posted as “degree required” really need to have applicants with a degree?  Several in the group mentioned that it’s a way for recruiters to single people out of the hiring process.  Others started naming jobs that are traditionally degree-required that would not have to be.
  • What are Maker Faires and what is their impact?  When Lois mentioned Maker Faires, most attendees were not familiar with them so this was a definite learning point.  According to their website, Maker Faires are, “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”  I’d encourage you to check them out.
  • What does it means to have tenacity?  She then talked about tenacious inventors and how without them, we would not have many of the innovative, creative solutions and products we have today.  This made me wonder how people become tenacious.  Is it a characteristic you’re born with or can we learn tenacity?

All in all, the session was nothing short of amazing.  It’s not often that I walk out of a conference with more questions spinning in my head then I walked in with.  It’s an energizing feeling.  I’ve spent the last several days using my free time to listen to the TedX talk and to research more about our education system and what we can do to find a new way to prepare students for the future work world.

I don’t have many answers yet, but I know that these themes will emerge in my writing as I think through them.  What do you think?

Is our current education system adequate for preparing our students?  If changes are needed, what needs to change?

Do our children even know how to be creative anymore?

How can we send our children through the same system we went through, yet expect different results?

Share your thoughts in the comments.  I’d love to keep this conversation going.  

*Special thanks to our sponsors: Mercer, Symbolist and Small Improvements for making HRevolution possible and for all your personal and professional support.

 

HRevolution 2014 Announced- Join us in Dallas 11/7- 11/8

HRevolution Official Logo blackThe HRevolution is coming to Dallas (Grapevine), TX on November 7- 8, 2014 and you’re invited!

HRevolution is an industry-changing event 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.  It was also a way to give back to the HR community by decreasing the costs for attendees compared to traditional events.  Our generous sponsors cover much of the costs associated with the event.  This keeps our ticket prices low.  Get yours today HERE.

Early bird tickets $125

Regular registration $200

HRevolution has produced six highly successful events and we are excited to bring HRevolution 7 to a whole new level by refining the focus of the event while expanding the reach to increasingly more high-level HR professionals.  It’s also a way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary by reuniting with many of the past attendees who made this a success.

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!   

At HRevolution, we believe individuals and organizations embrace the future when given the opportunity to discuss and test their ideas in a safe environment.   We provide an open forum for discussion, collaboration, and relationship building within the global HR industry.

HRevolution is really a living, breathing case study in change management.  Who would have guessed that a group of strangers could come together via social media 5 years ago and have a grassroots movement start to change the Human Resource profession?

For anyone who doubts the power of social media, I offer this event up as an example that when creative minds come together and are motivated to share their voices, great things happen.

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us make the dream a reality. With the help of Mercer, Symbolist and personal contribution from Lois and Ross Melbourne, this will be a great event.  If you are interested in sponsoring, we are still looking for 2 more.  Contact me at Trisham89@gmail.com.

Your planning team including me, Ben Eubanks, Steve Boese and Matt Stollak are all very excited to see you in November.

Viva la HRevolution!

The People Behind The Brand Matter: Aquire, Inc. Spotlight

There are some things I believe in.  I believe in fate and I believe in the people are what matter when you’re deciding to business with an organization.  One of the reasons I love the organizations that sponsor HRevolution is that they all have great people behind the brands.

I think back to a little over two years ago when fate stepped in and brought Lois Melbourne, CEO of Aquire, Inc. into my life.  After some tweeting, Steve Boese brought us together as part of a blog exchange experiment.  I was new to social media and to blogging so jumped right in and paired with Lois to write for each other.  I wrote a post about how employee engagement data can strengthen company performance and she wrote about mentoring students and entrepreneurs.

Little could I have known that would start a relationship that has lasted until today.  And here we are….coming up on HRevolution on April 30th….exactly two years from when Lois and I were paired online!  Amazing.

Look, if you’re not familiar with Aquire, Inc., you should be.  They are a  leading provider of workforce planning and analytics solutions. From organizational charting and reporting, to talent visualization, succession planning, workforce modeling, data integrity, and more – Aquire solutions increase information visibility, expedite decision making and streamline strategic HR initiatives.  And, if that isn’t reason enough to partner with them for all your workforce planning and analytical needs, just remember this:  Lois and her entire team are not there to “sell” you something.  They are about building relationships. Just think back to my relationship with Lois and you’ll see that she and her team are the real deal.  Passionate professionals who care about providing the best possible service, guidance, and products.

Give Aquire a try!

Thank you to Lois for always being there to support HRevolution in so many ways for so many years!!