The 2011 WI SHRM State Conference will take place October 12-14 at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. State Conferences do not happen in a vaccum. They require a lot of commitment and hard work to put on the “big show.” This is one of an ongoing series highlighting the people behind the scenes as well as the positions they hold.
Who doesn’t love a good exhibit hall and bookstore at a conference? Where else are you going to see the latest in HR Technology, learn about the latest HR books, and pick up a free pen or two. Thanks to the exhibits/bookstore committee, you get all this and more….
1. Who are you?
Debbie F – I am Debbie Fedel, CSP, PHR, VP of Business Development at SEEK Careers/Staffing
Greg B – I am Greg Bachrach. I am the VP HR at the Milwaukee Center for Independence, a private non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of people who have special needs.
2. Why did you want to become involved with the conference?
Debbie F – “I got involved with the State SHRM Conference because I have been attending the conference for the past 15+ years and have always found the conference to be very rewarding so I wanted to give back. It has been a great experience working with a team of such dedicated HR Professionals.”
Greg B – “My role in work and life is to connect people to opportunities and help them realize their potential.”
3. What is your committee doing to make the 2011 WI SHRM State Conference special?
Debbie F – “The exhibitor committee is very excited about bringing together 130+ exhibitors to showcase their products and services. There are many great events planned in the exhibit hall throughout the conference.”
Greg B – “We are setting up a fantastic exhibits hall jam packed with up to 150 vendors to make HR professionals more productive and effective”
4. What has been the biggest challenge(s) in your role?
Debbie F – “Making the committee meetings since they have been held in Madison. However, it has been good to be able to conference call into the meeting, but always a lot more enjoyable and productive in person.”
Greg B – “Time management has been a challenge but the committee support is helpful.”
5. What are you most excited about for the conference?
Debbie F – “I’m most excited to hear the two awesome keynote speakers at this year’s conference and to celebrate 25 years of making a difference!”
Greg B – “Madison is a great venue and has many unique entertainment and recreational features.”