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NC Society for Human Resource Management State Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

The 2016 North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management State Conference (NCSHRM) will take place September 28-30, 2016, at the U.S. Cellular Center. The largest event of its kind to be hosted by a local association at the U.S. Cellular Center to date, the NCSHRM Conference is an annual gathering of human resources professionals from around the state. Local organizers anticipate 1,000 attendees for the three-day event, with additional attendance expected for the individual keynote speakers and general sessions.

“After a nearly ten-year absence, the Western North Carolina Human Resource Association is thrilled to be hosting the NC SHRM State conference once again in Asheville. This year’s theme, “Lead Differently,” reflects what we believe to be one of our community’s strengths, and our planning team has worked hard to imbue the various conference elements with this spirit. With downtown Asheville as a backdrop, it is our hope that this event encourages attendees to collaborate and engage with each other and the world differently, and to innovate and inspire,” said Scott McLean, President Elect of WNC Human Resources Association.

The NCSHRM conference theme is “Lead Differently” and will challenge human resource leaders to rethink how they engage and motivate staff and colleagues. In addition to continuing education sessions, interactive vendor exhibits and networking opportunities, the event will feature three distinctive and dynamic speakers, all of whom are bestselling authors.

tom rathTom Rath is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health and well-being. He previously led Gallup’s division of research and consulting on employee engagement, strengths and wellbeing. Rath has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, beginning with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? His book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was listed as the top-selling business book worldwide by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Amazon.com. One of Rath’s latest bestsellers, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, was inspired by his ongoing research into his own personal health challenges.

Rath was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at age 16. The book describes the impact of eating, moving and sleeping on health and everyday energy and offers practical ideas on how to make better health choices.

janet mockTwice featured by Oprah Winfrey on the OWN Network, Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness and the host of So POPular! — a weekly MSNBC digital series about popular culture. Janet’s story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 article in Marie Claire. Since then she’s become one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in media. TIME called her one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet,” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.” She is a sought-after speaker and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women. Janet is now a contributing editor for Marie Claire, a host for MSNBC and a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

simon baileySimon T. Bailey is the founder of what he calls the “brilliance” movement, whose mission is to teach one billion people how to be brilliant in an average world. He believes companies should invest in Personal Brilliance (bringing your best self to work every day); Leadership Brilliance (finding ways to bring out the best in people); Team Brilliance (letting individuals thrive together); and Service Brilliance (turning customer service into customer love). A sought after speaker, Bailey was inducted into the prestigious National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame in 2015. His popular “Building Business Relationships” micro-learning course has been viewed by 10,000+ professionals in 100 countries. He has spoken on six continents to 1,000+ organizations including AT&T, IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft and Toyota.

Tickets for the three-day NCSHRM conference are currently on sale at www.2016avl.com/register.

Special rates are available for students currently pursuing a BA or graduate degree in the human resources field.

Tickets for individual speakers go on sale August 1st.

To learn more about the 2016 NCSHRM Conference, visit www.2016avl.com.

Western North Carolina Human Resource Association An affiliated Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The members of chapter #0570 have joined together since 1955 to share ideas and best practices within the region that promote a productive, healthy and happy workforce. The mission of the WNC Human Resource Association is to provide each member with knowledge, connections and tools to reach their fullest strategic and leadership potential as individuals and professionals.

North Carolina SHRM State Council The NC SHRM State Council is an affiliate of SHRM, the world’s largest association devoted to Human Resource management.

About Jill Lieberman

I grew up in Western North Carolina, and like many who grew up here, left for bigger and better things. I ended up choosing to come right back where I started. I have lived in cities from Manhattan to San Francisco to Atlanta. Asheville is my favorite. After getting a master’s degree in journalism with a public relations focus, my first job was with an agency in Greenville working on crisis communications for the hospital system. That began a career where I’ve handled almost every job there is in PR/marketing /media, from copywriter to media buyer to event planner to salesperson. I was in the trenches during the first dot com boom and bust and worked with Google before it became a verb. I’ve written regular columns for publications on beauty products and how to navigate the internet.

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