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Highlights from HR Florida’s 24th Annual Leadership Conference

Written by Kara Palmer Smith HR Florida Director of Public Relations

Victoria Stalls Angela Taylor

Victoria Stalls, conference chair, and Dr. Angela D. Taylor, PhD., keynote speaker

Aout 300 SHRM-Affilate chapter volunteers gathered in Orlando for the 2017 HR Florida Leadership Conference, “Leading with Courage 2.0, Stepping Up!” Keeping with tradition, attendees represented their respective chapters with matching tops, boasting their comradery at the general sessions. This year’s conference was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Conference programming was elevated to provide volunteer leaders with the tools and resources needed to execute their roles effectively.

The morning session opened with Council President Lynnette Holsinger and Conference Chair Victoria Stalls welcoming the conference attendees. The opening keynote speaker was the CEO of Guardian Quest Dr. Angie Taylor, president. Taylor kept with the conference theme during her talk, “The Courage to Lead in 2017.” Taylor noted that when it comes to stepping up, HR professionals must be ready. She went on to say that the call for courageous leadership has never been louder. The world is changing, human resources is changing, SHRM is changing, and the people we lead and serve are changing. A proactive response to these changes demands a courageous mindset that honors the rich traditions and principles of the past, yet at the same time embraces a new way of thinking, being, and leading.

Love the Logo Table

Attendees visit Love the Logo sale.

After concluding the morning session, there were close to 20 options for informative, resourceful breakout sessions lead by HR Florida Council volunteer leaders. Sessions were specific to president, president-elect, treasurer, communications/marketing, membership, certification, legislative, and other officer and committee chair positions.

Dale Carnegie Training returned for a second year, featuring an interactive session, led by Christine Pallesen, vice president of Dale Carnegie Training Southeast Florida. All chapter leaders had the option to attend one of two sessions.

The University of Central Florida’s undergraduate and the Florida Institute of Technology’s graduate teams came away with the awards for the HR Florida student games. The Student Games Case Competition tests skills and develops new ones in real time, like developing an HR strategy and presenting like a pro. The next stop is Philadelphia for the SHRM Case Competition and Career Summit in April.

Angela Taylor Lynnette Holsinger

Dr. Angela D. Taylor, PhD., keynote speaker, and Lynnette Holsinger, HR Florida President

During the conference, volunteers supported the SHRM Foundation by purchasing raffle tickets and HR Florida logo items and books. At the end of the day, volunteers appeared to be satisfied with the level of information and resources provided during the day-long conference. Plans are already underway for the Jan. 6, 2018 event.

Kara Palmer Smith

By Kara Palmer Smith

HR Florida Director of Public Relations