Final thoughts on The HRSouthwest Conference… See you in 2019!

The 77th HRSouthwest Conference (The official State of Texas SHRM Conference) in Fort Worth, Texas has come and gone… The conference “buzz” was super positive this year from the educational sessions to networking to the marketplace events with conference attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers. Amazing job by Conference Director Kim Vincent, and Conference Director-Elect Davani Buckley, and all of the wonderful conference volunteers and DallasHR staff that made this conference a great success! Special thanks to SHRM for partnering with our conference resource center and the support of Texas SHRM and all of the Texas chapters representing HR professionals across the great state of Texas! It doesn’t work without all of these great partnerships!

Here are some final thoughts as an attendee, speaker, volunteer, and exhibitor:

  1. Conference keynotes were amazing opening with Captain Scott Kelly talking about the importance of having a goal and a plan, taking some risks, and always be making small corrections along the way… and Ginger Hardage closing message resonated with HR professionals and was a great message to end the conference. She talked about putting people first, making culture stick and the importance of leading through change.
  2. Congratulations to Deborah Avrin for Conference Speaker Hall of Fame induction.
  3. Congratulations Eileen Josey for receiving Diane McClendon Scholarship Award!
  4. Congratulations to Pamela J. Bratton for Texas Volunteer of the year!
  5. Armstrong Relocation presented a $150 gift card to Sarah Harris for guessing the  Sarah Harris winner hrsw guessing peanutsclosest “packing peanuts in the box” without going over. She guessed #4,223  and the actual number of peanuts was #4,259! Congratulations Sarah! If you would like more info about employee  relocation, let’s connect!
  6. I was super excited to see my leadership book “Find Your Lane” in the Top 5 Book Sales for SHRM bookstore this year!
  7. It was truly an honor to be 2-time speaker. If you attended my session and would like more information on content, let’s connect! I look forward to speaking again in 2019. Be on the lookout for details.
  8. If you missed the conference, check with DallasHR to order the audio training or for other questions including process for certification credits.
  9. …and the closing session, all I can say is “Oh what a night dancing to the 70’s! The outfits were amazing and congrats to all of the contest winners! Super groovy!
  10. Lastly, a noteworthy highlight was listening to Brad Shanklin, DallasHR Executive Director interview Jon Decoteau, SHRM Div Director and had the following comments…SHRM is addressing the following through a series of videos revolvong around conversations addressing: Skills gap, Modernizing immigration policies, and Harassment in the workplace. Others comments included: Research… Certified v Non-Certified HR Professionals… SHRM prep increases confidence, Brings more self-awareness, Certified made $5k more and seniors certified made $17k more annually, and brings a greater stickiness stay longer. Also, there are one million veterans entering workforce in 2020. SHRM foundation initiative to get 10,000 HR professionals veteran certified…

There was so much more… What did I miss…? What was your highlight? Please share in comments below…

Quote of the week: “Remember, how you act always trumps what you say.” (Ginger Hardage, Former SVP Southwest Airlines)

Call to Action: Reach out to 2-3 people you met at conference and have some follow up conversation to get different perspective on what you learned and how you can apply for growth. Continue to grow your network and get ready for 2019 conference!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Final thoughts at HRSouthwest Conference” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. Available on Kindle edition too!




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