The Truth About HR: Things You Won’t Learn at Other HR Conferences

Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Session Description

Have you ever been excited to attend a conference, spent your valuable time and money to go, and left feeling you didn’t learn any practical skills or tips to take back to your day job?

Did you ever attend a session and feel you were being lectured? Did you feel you never got the chance to ask questions and hear from your peers and colleagues about the real issues in the trenches?

If so, then we have the session for you. Mary Faulkner and John Hudson will lead you through a lively workshop on all the things you always wanted to take away from an HR conference. With more years of combined experience than either one really wants to share, both have worked in a variety of industries – from internet startups, to Fortune 200 global conglomerates, to public sector utilities. And because both John and Mary are still active HR practitioners, they understand that THE STRUGGLE IS REAL when it comes to the day-to-day of working in an organization.

We will examine the SHRM competency model and walk through stories of how to deal with those sticky scenarios you see every day. Ever had to negotiate a new benefit plan? How about those to termination conversations? What really is legally required and what are those legal myths? We will talk about how to deliver difficult messages we may not agree with.

Come prepared to share your stories, ask questions, and develop a game plan you can apply to your work when you return to work.


John Hudson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

John Hudson is a Chicago-based Midwest HR Business Partner with Slalom, LLC. With 20 years of experience in the Human Resources field, John provides consultation and expertise in the areas of performance management, employee development, employee relations, compensation, and recruiting. John has worked with top brands such as Harpo Studios, Discovery Channel, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, PepsiCo, and CNA Insurance. He has supported various departments including IT, Legal, Finance and Operations. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Indiana University and the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

Mary Faulkner, SHRM-SCP

Mary is a talent strategist and business leader with over a dozen years of experience in helping organizations achieve their goals. After working on the Operations side of start-ups and small companies, Mary landed in HR by way of learning and development, with extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, coaching, key talent planning, performance management, business partnering, HRIS, process and policy creation, and instructional design. In addition to her work within companies, Mary authors a leadership development blog called Surviving Leadership to continue the dialogue around the challenges of leadership – both being a leader AND being led. Mary is also the co-chair of the Denver chapter of DisruptHR.