Inspirational Quotes & Advice From #SHRM19 Conference Keynotes

SHRM annual conference 2019 Las Vegas Keynote Speakers

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To say that I’m excited for the upcoming SHRM Annual Conference this year in Las Vegas, NV, is an understatement. In my 10th year as an SHRM Official member of the blog, squad I’m really looking forward to attending the conference and connecting with old friends as well as new. I’m particularly excited about the keynotes this year which include Brene Brown, Martha Stewart, and Blake Mycoskie.

Inspirational Quotes & Advice From #SHRM19 Conference Keynotes

And my homework in preparing for the conference is to dive in a little deeper to the keynotes. As inspiring humans, I’m interested in learning more about what makes each of these leaders get up each morning. I want to know how they built their businesses, what moves them, and their success secrets. These three speakers I believe, in particular have a lot of wisdom they can share not only because for the first time in a while we have two women speakers, but also because they are self-made. With a lot of hard work, determination, focus, and grit, they’ve succeeded in changing the world each in their own unique way.

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown 

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brene Brown

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” – Brene Brown

“If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” – Brene Brown

“What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?” – Brene Brown 

“Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” – Martha Stewart

“Build your business around something that you love – something that is inherently interesting to you.” – Martha Stewart

“The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.” – Martha Stewart

“I think baking cookies is equal to queen victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job.” – Martha Stewart

“When you’re through changing, you’re through.” – Martha Stewart

“The goal isn’t how much money you make, but how much you help people.” – Blake Mycoskie

Giving builds loyal customers and turns those customers into supporters… You can find passion and profit and meaning all at once, right now. – Blake Mycoskie

Inspiring Others Through Shared Experiences and Failure

Do you have a motivational quote or a moment where one of the keynotes impacted you personally? For myself, I have been following and inspired by Martha’s success and how she has scaled her business. In recent years, I’ve been following her watching how she has bounced back after failure and some of her very public mistakes. With Blake, I first heard him speak at SHRM Talent five years ago, and I’m excited to hear him again learn more about how Tom’s has evolved. In regards to Brene, I love her books and have heard her speak several times at various conferences. I love her approach to personal growth, learning, and finding grace. I’m re-reading her most recent book while I’m at the gym as part of my SHRM Annual Conference prep.

Do you have a favorite quote from one of our keynote speakers? Share your favorite SHRM keynote quote using the hashtag on Twitter, #shrmquotes and I will whip up an image for your quote to use on social media before and during the conference.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.


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