Friday, November 21, 2008

Tagged by Marenated

I just got back from the Kennedy Recruiting Conference on Wednesday where I met many fun and knowledgeable folks from the recruiting blogger sphere and peeps I follow on Twitter, Facebook, an others. Many thanks to my benefactor, Cheezhead, aka Charlie, for the invitation. Well, one super cool gal I met was Maren Hogan, a marketing/recruiting specialist, based in Omaha. You can read more about her on her blog, Marenated. She has a vivacious personality and is immersed in the social media world. Get to know Maren. So here are the rules to the tagging game that is taking the Internet by storm.
  1. Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself in the post - some random, some weird.
  3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.
So, here are the 7 random and weird things about me in no particular order.
  1. I consider myself to be a fairly open minded person with a winning smile or so I've been told.
  2. If I believed in reincarnation, I would come back as a cat as long as I could have a wonderful owner like myself who loves my darlings so very, very much.
  3. It's not unusual to find me dancing around my house (office) when a need a mini-break from the computer.
  4. My addictions are as follows: good food and wine, coffee, photography, lipstick, People magazine, and dare I say it, social media in all its glorious forms.
  5. I met my husband driving tour buses in Seattle and still have my CDL in case this doesn't work out.
  6. I have an irrational fear of spiders and "eek" can generally be heard when one catches me off-guard.
  7. Why this came to mind I'll never know, but I was a "paper girl" when I was about 12 years old for a community paper in Everett, WA.
Now for the tagging part of the post. Let's see.... Tag, you're it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another SHRA for the record books

The 20th annual SHRA (Seasonal Human Resources Association) conference has come and gone and what a time we had! About 35 HR folks and International Sponsoring Agency folks gathered at the McMenamins Edgefield property in Troutdale, Oregon, just east of Portland from October 26 - 30. As always, this conference is a chance to make new friends and catch up with the old ones. Some have been to every conference and for some it's their first of hopefully many.

The conference topics ranged from succession planning, to the greening of HR, an International hiring update, social media and web 2.0, taught by yours truly, an update from ACMNP (A Christian Ministry in the National Parks) and the always important legal update.

Like any conference though, the seminars are only a part of the equation. Getting to know human resource professionals at other properties to share success stories and failures is priceless.

And, being that we were at McMenamins Edgefield, famous for its beer, wine and spirits (and not just the kind you can drink!), we had much fun strolling the grounds, imbibing their fine elixirs and soaking in their heated, salt water pool.

The conference ended on a free afternoon so many of the crew ventured east along the Columbia River Gorge for a little hike and a stop at the beautiful Multnomah Falls. Almost like the ghost tales of Edgefield, we were all spooked again by a passing train. But like true HR professionals, we were able to shake it off and keep on going.

If you are interested in connecting with the attendees of the 2008 conference, please consider joining our social network, created at the conference for effect and purpose.

SHRA 08 Social Network

If you want to learn more about SHRA and possibly attend a future conference sometime in the fall of 2009, please visit the SHRA website.