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For the third year, we have assembled an incredible team of human resource and business professionals that are passionate about utilizing social media.  This dynamic group comes from various professional backgrounds - different industries, years of experience, interests - and are all at the top of their game.  Not only will this group be participating in our social media panel,  they will also be working with our team of volutneers to bring you another amazing conference.  Please stay tuned for more information about or social media strategies for 2011.

Mike VanDervort
Michael VanDervort


Michael VanDervort is an HR practitioner with a wide and eclectic background in the HR profession. Currently, Michael is the Social Media Lead for Publix Super Markets, where they just launched a very successful new corporate Facebook page.


Prior to this, he held leadership positions with several Fortune 500 companies, and founded his own solo labor relations consultancy. He is an active SHRM member, at the local, state and national level, serving on the SHRM special expertise panel for labor relations.

Michael is also a well known HR writer and speaker, including his own blog The Human Race Horses, recently recognized by SHRM as a top 10 HR blog. Michael will be speaking this year at several SHRM state conferences including Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.


Ben Eubanks
Ben Eubanks

Ben is a human resource specialist from Huntsville, Alabama.  I have been following Ben for over two years now and consider him to be a great asset for both entry-level and seasoned human resource professionals.

Most know Ben from his blog, UpstartHR, where he writes about leadership, culture, passion and how to become an HR Ninja.  His blog also offers a variety of human resources themed series focused in areas like young professionals, careers and education.  Most notably, Ben has written Rock the PHR, a step-by-step study guide to help professionals prepare for the Professional in Human Resource exam.

Ben volunteers as the social media director for the North Alabama Society for Human Resource Management.  In 2009, he encouraged his chapter to get involved in social media, which eventually led to the launch of the chapter’s official blog RocketHR.  As the writer and editor, Ben shares insightful posts on a variety of human resources oriented topics.  In addition, as an active volunteer leader with SHRM, Ben was appointed the 2010-2011 Chairman of the SHRM Young Professionals Committee.

Along with Trish McFarlane, the HR Ringleader, Ben is a co-founder of an unconference called HRevolution.  HRevolution is an event for human resources professionals, recruiters, and business leaders to come together and talk about the problems facing businesses today. It is where thought leadership and action meet. Breaking with traditions, the format for HRevolution encourages interaction and every participant has the opportunity share ideas and opinions in an open manner. 

We are very excited that Ben has found some time in his very hectic schedule to come and share with us at this year’s conference and expo.  We know that his passionate approach to human resources and social media will be a great addition to our team.


Franny Oxford
Franny Oxford


Franny is a champion for effective HR in small or privately-held businesses.  She works with entrepreneurs to develop platforms and strategies that propel company growth.  Franny is known as an exceptionally resourceful and creating HR leader.

Franny believes that theory, studies, products, lifehacks and cool tools are no subsitute for hours of effort.  On her blog Do the Work:  Memos to the Universe, she gets back to the basics - hard work is a pre-requisite for success and risk taking is the name of the game.



Victorio Milian
Victorio Milian

Victorio has been a retail professional and HR practitioner for over 20 years.  During the course of his career he has worked for some of the most successful and recognized brands in the world. Victorio currently focuses on full employee life-cycle management, from recruitment through exit.

He authored his blog “Creative Chaos Consultant” anonymously at one point before he “came out of the closet” as he puts it and began to build his personal brand.  Below are Victorio’s thoughts on the term “chaos.”

“Chaos” means change, which is the only sure thing in life. New business models, rapid changes in society, globalization – these are a few of the many things that are challenging established ways of doing business. That’s why it’s important that those who can affect change be willing and able to embrace it.

Over the past couple of months Victorio has been changing things up on his blog, including the title.  Goodbye “Creative Chaos Consultant” and hello “Victorio Milian – My thoughts on trying to live a life of quality.

Through his blog and other social media tools, Victorio attempts to keep abreast of workplace and social trends, continues his education in the absence of formal training by exploring topics deeply and with the support of a like-minded and well-educated community, serve as a “living resume” which will inform readers of his thoughts, opinions, and actions taken over the course of his career and have fun while doing it all.

In 2010, Victorio partnered with other big names in social media/human resources (Paul Hebert, Lance Haun, and Ben Eubanks) to create Project:  Social, a volunteer mentoring program for human resource professionals interested in social media.  The concept is to pair those who are new, nervous, or unsure about social media with more seasoned users in an effort to help improve the individuals ability to participate.

We are very happy to have Victorio working with us this year.  His work experience will provide great real life examples to our attendees and through his participation, encourage discussion.  We look forward to learning more about Project:  Social and seeing all of the great things yet to unfold for Victorio in this coming year.


Bryan Wempen
Bryan Wempen

Bryan is the Executive Vice President for PeopleClues®, a global provider of Assessments and Simplified HR Technology. Their mission is to make talent management cost effective and simplified enough for any company no matter the size, industry, location or culture.

Bryan is an active member and volunteer leader of the Society for Human Resource Management.  He is the 2011 President of the Tulsa Area Human Resource Association and the Technology Leader for the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management.  

Bryan shares his thoughts in his self-named blog, Bryan Wempen. He also writes a blog called DriveThruHR and hosts a blog talk radio show with the same name.  I discovered Bryan one afternoon while catching up on tweets and reading all the buzz about DriveThruHR.

Bryan launched the DriveThruHR blog talk radio show in February 2010.  After successfully navigating through 130 shows, Bryan teamed up with the always fun to listen to William Tincup in January 2011.  The revamped, daily show is focused on listening to and talking with “real” human resource practitioners.

The goal of each 30 minute show is to talk about one thing.  One thing that is keeping the guest up at night, one thing that they just solved, one problem, one vendor issue, whatever.  One thing.  They talk with one practitioner per day (M-F) for 30 minutes and take live questions via phone and/or Twitter (#dthr) stream.  Catch an episode from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM CST, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

We are very excited to have Bryan on board for 2011.  We look forward to hearing how Bryan shares his experience with our attendees and who knows, maybe we’ll have a special episode of DriveThruHR (or two) with he and William. Only time will tell…


Joni Thomas Doolin
Joni Thomas Doolin

Joni is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of People Report for which she is an extreme talent magnet, bringing together individuals from inside and outside the restaurant industry in order to foster and create change.

In 1995 an imaginative and committed group of human resources and operating executives from five leading restaurant chains agreed to “share” and more importantly to “benchmark” the key human resources statistics and workforce trends that were so critical to success and profitability.

In response, Joni and a small team of analysts and HR executives designed and launched the survey that became the foundation for the People Report consortium.  Today this consortium includes hundreds of brands and represents millions of employees. Recognized by the industry as a savvy and trusted research partner, People Report has evolved throughout a period of increasingly competitive business cycles to provide the information, insight and best practices that members need to grow and thrive.

People Report puts on two industry conferences per year, the Best Practices Conference and the People Report Workforce Symposium – better known as Summer Camp.  Both events provide unique forums for service sector executives to gather and share ideas and best practices on leadership.  What is so inspiring about People Report’s events is that each conference includes a half day of on-site community service for various organizations within the Dallas Forth Worth area.

One of Joni’s most endearing qualities is that she is passionate about anti-hunger advocacy and exuding social responsibility in and out of the office.  People Report believes that companies do well when they do good – for their employees, their customers, their communities and the planet. They are an ally of Share Our Strength, City Year, the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Association, and the Women’s Foodservice Forum.  They individually support many other organizations, including churches, schools, animal welfare groups, international peacekeeping, local recycling and Habitat for Humanity.

Many know Joni through her writing for various blogs including the official People Report Blog, People Report CEO and People Profits Planet where she focuses on the themes that have made her business successful.

We are extremely excited that Joni has joined this amazing team of successful business/human resource professionals who all have a common interest in social media.  Her vast experience in the business world and dedication to incorporating her “pay it forward” mentality into an organization’s culture will provide an incredible resource to our attendees.

Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn

Who is Kris Dunn? That's an easy question – he’s the Chief Human Resources Officer for Kinetix. He’s a VP of HR type who has led HR practices in Fortune 500s and venture capital-held startups, and believes that the key to great business results is to get great people, then do cool stuff to maximize their motivation, performance and effectiveness once you have them in the door. As it turns out, that's his simple definition of talent management. He believes that all forms of HR and recruiting administration should be squeezed down to the smallest amount of time possible, giving you more time to do stuff that matters. **BOOM!** If you like that description, you'll like Kris. It's that simple.
Kris is also among the most transparent HR pros or recruiters you can find, and here's why. He cares so much about the art of HR and Recruiting that he’s started two blogs (The HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent) with the goal of building a community he and others could learn from. He’s been putting his thoughts down every business day for over 4 years. As a result of that commitment, he’s been named one of the Top 100 Influencers in the World of HR and a Top 25 Digital Influencer in the HR and Talent Management communities. The HR Capitalist was also named the most read HR blog by HR Executive magazine in 2009. That means what you see is what you get. Kris can't hide, and if he ever pulled the blogs down, Google would probably haunt him forever anyway.


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