This past March I attended my first SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX.Â The event was an amazing experience as well as a platform for industry leaders from all over the world to discuss technology, mobile, and social media.Â Â I was disappointed to see or meet only 2 other HR professionals who also attended the conference, and I wrote about my frustrations (We Should Be HERE, March 2010.). Â In fact, I believe HR and Recruiters should attend as many non-industry related conferences outside of their scope to help spread the word, learn from others, and talk about the amazing things that the Human Resource Social Media Community is doing because most people outside of our inner circle have no idea.
It’s one thing to talk or blog about it but it’s another thing to actually do something about it.Â So in July 2010 I submitted a panel to the SXSW 2011 conference for consideration.Â I literally danced in my car late last week when I received an email notification that the panel had made it to the second round of consideration.Â The second round consists of voting from website visitors for the various panels that they would be most interested in seeing at the 2011 festival.Â The voting process accounts for 30% of total votes.Â (Visit this explanation of the Panel Picker process.)
My panel, which I will be the moderator for is called The Sexy Side of HR and discusses how HR and Recruiting is using mobile, social media, and other technologies to recruit and retain top talent.Â While the topic and title certainly raises the eyebrows, I am most proud of my panelists who are Joel Cheesman, Blogger & VP at Jobing.com (@cheezhead), Steven Rothberg, CEO of CollegeRecruiter.com (@stevenrothberg), and Carrie Corbin of AT&T Talent Attraction (@thealphafemme).Â These panelists are using leading edge technologies and tools to drive our HR industry forward and I am excited to help facilitate the discussion.Â You can learn more about the Panelists here.
I (we) need your help.
Voting for the panels does account for 30% of the selection process and is from August 9th-29th by going to the Panel Picker Page. You must click “Sign In” at the top right of the page. Next “click “create a new account” and fill out the simple form. Once you are signed up you will be able to review, rate and comment on all submissions for the 2011 event.
In addition to voting you can certainly follow the Panel’s progress.Â SXSW Panel’s are notified in mid November if they are selected.Â Be sure to follow @SexyHR, Our Facebook Fan Page, and visit The Sexy Side of HR website to learn more about the panel, our panelists, and to learn more about the 2011 SXSW Interactive Conference.