Next Thursday I will be on my way to Grapevine, Texas to spend a couple days with #SHRM staff and all my state council director counterparts from all over the country. It will be my third Regional Summit to attend and while my directorship will be coming to an end this December I am sure my volunteer positions for SHRM will not end. I am happy to meet our state director elect Cathy aka @MarathonHR there to do some planning so her transition into this position is smooth.
However, she is not the only special person I will be spending time with on this trip besides those attending and hosting the conference. As I began to think about this trip and the idea that my best friend from grade school is accompanying me on this trip, I thought to myself "how fitting". It is fitting because I feel I have come along way over the last 21 years in this HR career and she was the person who started it all. Heck, she was an HR professional long before me. She is also the one that introduced me to our local chapter back in the day which started my 15 year SHRM volunteer career.
You see I decided to go back to work after I had my daughter and called her one day to ask if she knew of any openings anywhere. She was a recruiter and asked about my public speaking experience at my former employer. The next thing you know I was a corporate trainer for the same company. We worked together for a few years before she moved on.
Having been friends since we were five years old we kept in touch and are very close. While she is going along for some private mom time while I am in the meetings, we hope to have a couple nice dinners and snag some pool time together before we head back to the mommy grind on Sunday. I also think she might enjoy the fun run with Cathy while I walk it because she too has run Marathons.
My HR Hero is my friend who started my HR career and introduced me to the best organization in the world supporting my profession. It is truly fitting she join me on one of these trips. Thank you Gina!!!