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CONNECTING YOU TO THE FRANKLIN P. PERDUE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  NOVEMBER 2013
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SHRM Annual Conference 2013

SHRM Annual ConferenceThis past summer, the Society for Human Resource Management student chapter of Salisbury University was fortunate enough to join the tens of thousands of Human Resource Professionals at the SHRM Annual conference of 2013 held in Chicago, IL. Not only was this a professional developing experience, but also a cultural experience. Seven members along with their advisor, Thomas Calo, were able to enjoy this opportunity.

SHRM Annual Conference

The conference began with a smaller student conference to allow for the students to become accustomed to the atmosphere. During this portion the students learned the differences between generations and how to work alongside multiple generations, as well as many other topics. After two days at the student conference they later attended the professional conference. The conference consisted of hundreds of different speakers and topics while highlighting a few keynote speakers. Some topics were “Decisive - How To Make Better Choices In Life and Work,” “Talent, Conformity, Culture - Getting the Best from People,” “HR's Secret Weapon - The Power of Analytics” and “Faster, Cheaper, Better - Making Your Business Sustainable.” Some of the keynote speakers were Hillary Clinton, Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS shoes), Fareed Zakaria and Daniel Pink. “The professional aspect was enriching and very inspirational,” said Nicole Elliott.

SHRM Annual Conference

Professional development was not the only rewarding piece of this experience. The students were also able to enjoy the city of Chicago, taking in famous landmarks including the Cloud Gate sculpture and the Chicago Water Tower. “Being able to experience a lively and beautiful new city was amazing,” said Megan Cohen.

Overall the students not only gained valuable professional knowledge, but they had the opportunity to experience a magnificent city. The SHRM Student Chapter would like to thank the Perdue School of Business, the Salisbury University Appropriations Board, the SHRM student chapter advisor Dr. Calo and the SHRM Eastern Shore Professional Chapter for their support in making the trip possible.

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