Monday, July 2, 2012




We are mere weeks away from what promises to be another dynamite Illinois State SHRM Conference.  As always, we have scheduled powerful and dynamic keynotes, all with tremendous reputations as thought leaders in our industry.  Where else can you hear Simon T. Bailey, Cy Wakeman, Libby Sartain and, back by popular demand, the duo of Talent Anarchy, Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt, in one place over the period of two days at a reasonable price?

We have a tremendous line-up of nationally known concurrent speakers, many of whom are SHRM Annual Conference speakers, on a wide range of topics from how to use social media and technology for HR and recruiting to new thoughts on diversity to employee engagement and retention.  Many of the sessions are designed to keep your HR knowledge on the cutting edge of the profession.   New this year – we are excited to announce ILSHRM will be hosting a TalentNet Live event on the afternoon of Sunday, August 5th.  This event is an opportunity to explore the future of social recruiting and bringing the latest innovation to the world at work.  We are pleased to be able to offer our community some of the brightest & influential minds in the Social Recruiting & Human Resources industry today. 

The Conference qualifies for up to 11.25 recertification hours, both general and those all important strategic credits! For the first time, TalentNet Live has been submitted for HRCI credit.  In transition? What better way to network with other HR colleagues.

Let's not forget the vendors who cannot wait to share what they can do to make your job easier.  We are hosting an exhibitor scavenger hunt with a prize that you won't want to miss – free registration to next year's annual SHRM conference being held right in our backyard – Chicago, IL.

This is easily one of the most affordable events of its type in the country.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to be educated, entertained and enthralled along with hundreds of the best HR folks in Illinois and states beyond.  For registration or more information, visit our conference page at  And as an additional encouragement, the early bird rate will be extended until July 9 to make an affordable event, even more affordable.

See you in August at Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook Terrace.

John Jorgensen, SPHR

ISC Conference Chair


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Notes from Membership Summit at #SHRM12

The #1 Takeaway was you must have a plan or initiative. Like Field of Dreams - "Ray" Shoeless Joe Jackson said "If you build it they will come". In other words if you don't build it "plan" they won't come. However, we chapters/state councils tend to expect them to come. Similar to my trip to Holland, MI this Spring to see the 180k tulips someone built.

Saturday started out with an overview of the five stages of a Membership cycle. First every chapter or state council needs work to build AWARENESS. For example as a chapter president in the early 2000s I hand no idea the state council existed let alone what they did. Over the last six years I have been very active in increasing that awareness. Second, RECRUITMENT is important especially in how you go about doing it. So far here a few that will help with recruitment:

1) talk about features
2) every person need 6 touches to get to a level of consciousness
3) develop landing pages

We are fairly good at ENGAGEMENT with the programs, socials, forums, newsletters, magazines, workshops, conferences, and volunteer opportunities. Therefore, I personally don't feel I need to speak to this topic but you should realize this is part of the membership process.

The step is the most important step because RETENTION costs 6x less money and time than recruiting them. So my thought is why spend all that time and money if you don't retain them. Wouldn't it eliminate your up front time. Seems like a no brainer to me. Perhaps you look at your no renewals first before you start attempting to recruit the unknowns. At least you already have a relationship with your nonrenewals. All you have to do is find out why the did not renew and fix it.

Like all plans the EVALUATION stage is ultimately important to determine wether or not goals were met, the plan worked or NOT, and help determine what should be tweaked.

This process is not rocket science but it is a reminder that just like our paid jobs any volunteer related goal needs the same careful thought and planning to be successful. 

                           By Donna Rogers, SPHR ISC SHRM Chair