The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition is right around the corner. While it’s taking place in my original hometown of Chicago, I’m not attending due to a scheduling conflict. I’m bummed to miss it, but I am working in Dublin.
Who is Keynoting?
Malala Yousafzai was scheduled to be there, too, but canceled her speech because she has final exams. Sheryl Sandberg is now the closing keynoter. The CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, is speaking on Monday if he still has a job after all those dog-related issues. And Adam Grant will be on the main stage.
Who Are the Notable Authors in Chicago?
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can write books. Here are a few SHRM books and other HR authors that I can recommend.
- Pandit Dasa is a mindfulness expert, and he’s leading a concurrent session on Mindfulness for Stress Management and Work-Life Integration. I read his book when he spoke at WorkHuman and enjoyed his sessions. Check out “Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine” if you’re looking to improve the quality of your life.
- My dear friend—and fellow Chicagoan—Alexandra Levit is the chairman of the Career Advisory Board, which is an organization established by DeVry University to track and narrow the skills gap. She’s the author of an upcoming book called “Humanity Works” that will be released in the fall. Keep an eye on her author page for updates.
- Dan Schawbel is a partner and research director at Future Workplace, and he is friends with Ryan Paugh who is a featured HR Books alumni. Dan has written a ton of career books that are good, and he has a new book coming out in the fall. Dan is speaking at a mega-session in Chicago, and his topic is the Top 10 Workplace Trends in 2018. Comes in handy at the halfway point of 2018 so you can figure out what you’ve been doing wrong for the past six months.
- Honestly, I haven’t read Cy Wakeman’s new book called “No Ego.” But people rave about her work. I will finagle a review copy for the #HRBookClub and then give it away when I’m done with it. Have you read it? What did you think? Cy is a veteran of the HR speaking circuit, and she’s sure to make a positive impact on the audience in Chicago.
- Finally, I’m a fan of Aliah D. Wright. She’s a smart writer, a savvy thinker, and a fabulous human being. Although it’s a few years old, I can recommend her book, “A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, LinkedIn and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites.” You’ll learn something new about social technology, and you’ll be entertained by Aliah’s tone of voice.
Tell Us Who You Like!
And I’m sorry to miss you in Chicago, but it’s not in the cards for me in 2018. I’ll follow along online and watch you have a great time.