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Blogging & HR:  Can the two peacefully coexist?

It’s almost impossible to have a conversation these days that doesn’t turn to the topic of social media. Blogging is probably one of the oldest and fastest growing forms of social media. But what exactly is blogging? And how can it help me and/or my company?

At the 2009 HR Florida Conference & Exposition we will have a once in a lifetime session with a panel of top human resources bloggers from around the nation as they talk about blogging and its impact on organizations and the HR profession.

Learning Objectives (Intermediate Level):

  1. Understand how blogging can enhance your skills as a human resources professional.
  2. Discuss the impact blogging can have on your organizational goals.
  3. Learn how you can get involved in blogging. 



Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR
Sharlyn Lauby

Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP is the HR Bartender: a blog that’s a friendly place to discuss workplace issues. Since its inception in 2008, HR Bartender has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Business Blogs by Business Pundit and a Top 25 Talent Management blog by Fistful of Talent.

The blog tackles everyday workplace topics in the casual, conversational manner you would expect at your neighborhood bar.   After a long day at the office, it’s the friendly face who’s there when you need them. They listen, laugh with you, occasionally offer advice and, when you need it, give you that encouragement to go out and do what you need to do.

In addition to her own site, the HR Bartender can be found at Mashable, Fast Company, Alltop, and HRM Today.

When she’s not bartending, Sharlyn is president of Internal Talent Management (ITM) Group which specializes in employee training and human resources consulting. Her off-hours are spent searching for the best hamburger on the planet, fabulous wine that cost less than $10/bottle and exotic martinis.

So pull up a stool, order your favorite beverage, and join the conversation…the bar is always open.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Kris Dunn, SPHR
Kris Dunn

Who is Kris Dunn? That’s an easy question. Kris is a VP of People for Daxko, a leading provider of operations and financial management soluntions for membercentric non-profit organizations.  He was VP of HR for SourceMedical, a software company focused on serving the booming outpatient market. Prior to joining Source in 2005, Kris was a Regional VP of HR for Charter Communications, a HR Manager for BellSouth Mobility (subsequently known as Cingular and AT&T based on which round of consolidation you are referring to), and a Project Manager in the market research division of Aragon Consulting (gobbled up by IBM Global Services). With that track record in mind, Kris can now say what he never thought he would – he’s getting old and he has over a decade in the HR biz.

In that great lineup of employers, Kris had access to a lot of free tuition – so it made sense to pick up some diplomas. After picking up his undergraduate at Northeast Missouri State University, Kris picked up a M.A.E in Education from UAB and a MPPM from Birmingham-Southern College. In the spirit of the most aggressive Tuition Aid participants in your organization, Kris got the diplomas and promptly moved on to the next challenge/company (that’s a brochure for the wisdom of having payback agreements). He also picked up the SPHR as well along the way.

As an HR Pro, Kris is most interested in the intersection of the HR practice, technology and business results in today’s organizations. Kris has a strong interest in areas like recruiting and performance management, but keeps an eye towards the thousand other areas that impact HR Generalists at every level (VP, Director, Manager, etc.) as well. Kris’s eyes get glossy when HR people start talking about being strategic without being specific.

Kris started a blog called The HR Capitalist in December of 2006 with the goal of building a community he could learn from.   He had so much fun that he founded two other web properties, Fistful of Talent and Benefits Buzz, and is a Contributing Editor at Workforce Management magazine.

Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn

Jessica Lee, PHR
Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee, PHR is an employment manager with APCO Worldwide, a privately held, global public relations firm headquartered in Washington D.C. She serves as an internal HR business partner and also manages recruitment and training and development activities for the firm. Jessica has been practicing HR since 2000 serving in progressively responsible recruiting and HR generalist roles for both public and private organizations. She is an alumni of the University of Washington where she studied labor relations and political science. Jessica is also an active member of the HR and recruiting social media community as editor of the blog Fistful of Talent where she and her colleagues write on a variety of topics related to talent management.

Website | Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn

Michael Long
Michael Long
Michael Long (The Red Recruiter) is a small business owner that wears red shoes every single day. Based out of San Antonio, TX, Michael started his business with the intent to raise the bar in the recruiting industry. Michael’s firm specializes in identifying the very best Human Resources and Social Media talent across the country. In addition to scouting out the best and the brightest, Michael is continuously engaged in speaking, training and consulting on the topic of social media as it applies to recruiting, job search, human resources and overall corporate strategy.
In his “spare time,” Michael runs Red Shoe Project, a non-profit awareness campaign that aims to put the fun back into helping charities. Recruiting, Human Resources, Social Media and Red Shoe Project are all topics that Michael touches on in his blog The Red Recruiter.
Business aside, Michael has enjoyed some adventures in his lifetime. At age 16, he moved abroad to Guatemala for an entire year. After returning to Oregon, Michael met his now wife Zaida – An inbound exchange student from Argentina. Michael moved to Argentina for a year after high school and started learning how to play guitar. After returning to the U.S. they both graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. They moved to Phoenix, AZ after college and eventually relocated to San Antonio, TX in 2007.

Laurie Ruettimann, SPHR
Laurie Ruettimann

When she isn’t setting the world on fire with her cynical approach to Corporate America, Laurie Ruettimann is a Human Resources Professional with over a decade of experience in several large, Fortune 500 organizations. She received her SPHR certification in 2001 from The Society for Human Resources Management and is a certified recruiter and trainer through various credentialed organizations.

Laurie has opted-out of Corporate America and now works as a full-time Human Resources speaker, writer, and blogger who advocates for a common sense approach to traditional HR practices. Her work has been featured in various publications and she can be found on and other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Michael VanDervort
Michael VanDervort

Michael VanDervort is the guy behind the “Human Race Horses” blog.  Check out Human Race Horses and his other site, Best Practice Exchange.

By day he works as an HR Specialist, doing web research and “think-tank” projects on human resources and employee relations issues for one of the largest employers in Florida.  He's worked in HR for 23 years for a number of Fortune 500 companies, three of whom were named as Top 100 employers by the Great Place to Work Institute.

By night, as owner of Human Racehorses, LLC, Michaels writes about human resources and business topics in the areas that interest me: social networking, employee relations, the culture of organizations, leadership and best business practices.  His aim is to commend companies that do things right, and to provoke dialog where things could improve.

Michael has also developed a live blogging “practice” over the last year, doing live blogging from a number of HR and social networking events including IZEAfest in Orlando, the 2009 Employers of Excellence National Conference in Las Vegas, and the HR Florida Conference & Exposition.  He is also involved in a non-HR online business with his wife, handling the community building and social networking aspects of the business.

Blog | TwitterFacebook | LinkedIn


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