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.
As the name suggests, programming involves putting together many of the great learning sessions you will see in a few weeks, as well as securing those always valuable recertification credits. Mark Goldstein has served as Programming Co-Chair for three years, and shares his thoughts below.
1. Who are you?
Mark J. Goldstein
2. Why did you want to become involved with the conference?
Now in its 25th year, it is a great event – more specifically known for topical and thought-provoking programming, opportunities to catch-up with colleagues and other friends, and great entertainment and other fun. For me personally, I was a Conference presenter twice before taking on my current role on the Conference Committee. As a Conference presenter, it struck me that the Conference Committee folks seemed to be having a lot of fun.
3. What is your committee doing to make the 2011 WI SHRM State Conference special?
Our focus is on ensuring a blend of presentations and speakers that is both topical and thought-provoking.
4. What has been the biggest challenge(s) in your role?
Picking and choosing from over 100 responses to the Conference RFP, trying to get the exact right blend of presentations and speakers. Unlike past years, when issues such as health care or the proposed Employee Free Choice Act commanded attention, this year has not been defined by one issue but rather marked by great uncertainty at both the Federal and state levels.
5. What are you most excited about for the conference?
I think we have settled upon a great blend of presentations and speakers.