In the middle of the strange state we are in right now, one thing is certain: HR conferences are out. Of the 10 speaking events at spring conferences, internal training events, and workshops I was scheduled to attend, four of them were canceled, four of them “postponed,” and the other two were moved to virtual. Our family is definitely feeling this challenging time along with the rest of you.
If you were planning on getting recertification creditsÂ or building your professional network at an event this month, you may be out of luck.
To compound that issue, I’ve seen posts from friends (and even a new Slack community sprouting up) that have been furloughed, laid off, or outright terminated because of the current economic standstill.
So I decided to reach out to some friends and colleagues in the industry to do something about it. I’d like to introduce you toÂ HR Summer School. This is a free, virtual HR event designed to bring us closer together while improving our skills as talent leaders.
SO excited to be launching #HRSummerSchool, which we’re hoping will be the world’s largest virtual HR event. We already have some amazing speakers confirmed and can’t wait to share more of the agenda in coming weeks. It’s free! https://t.co/KnUhAKKIuZ
â€” Ben Eubanks (@beneubanks) April 24, 2020
HR Summer School: The Details
This event is something I’ve been thinking about for some time, but the issues facing our various communities right now have pushed it urgently to the forefront. The goal is to not only drop a bunch of content on you, but recreate the opportunity to connect with and engage with both speakers and other attendees throughout the event.
Tickets are free! Anyone can come, whether it be an HR pro, a small business owner looking for HR help, or even students that need some practical understanding of HR in the real world.
This event will be livestreamed the week of June 1st daily from 10a-2:30p central time. That’s a lot of content, but if you register for the main event you can attend any session you want during the conference at your leisure. Simply come and go for the sessions that matter most to you. More details on sessions and speakers will be shared in the next few days.
We will have over 30 speakers sharing their insights around:
- inclusion and diversity
- talent management
- leadership development
- managing teams
- coaching and mentoring
- wellness and wellbeing
- and more!
In addition, we will be hosting daily trivia competitions to add to the “fun factor,” courtesy of our friends at Water Cooler Trivia.
We have several amazing supporters already lined up for the event, but we are accepting a few more sponsors and partners if anyone is interested in coming alongside our team for this community event.
Giving back: Can you help?
I have a request. We are doing this event for free, but our hope is that it will be the largest online HR summit ever. Now is the time to pull together and support each other.
The event link is HRSummerSchool.org
If you are an educator, share this with your students, but also share it with your peers so they can share with their students as well.
If you are an HR practitioner, share this with 2-3 friends you think could benefit from the latest thinking on the topics listed above. Or share it with all of them, we don’t mind.
If you are a SHRM chapter or association leader, share this with your members as a free resource or benefit.
Heck, even if you’re just married to someone in HR, make sure they register and share as well! :-)
At the time of this writing, we already have over 100 people registered to attend and the event hadn’t even been formally announced yet! There’s clearly a need for quality education and connection right now.
Questions? Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. I’m honored to support HR leaders like you in this time.