I have ignored my HR Beyond the Table blog for too long and need to resurrect it.  What better way than to write something that thanks some good friends?Seat at the Table Not

Last week was the annual ILSHRM State Conference, a gathering of HR professionals from across the state, from other states and this year from across the ocean.  The trans-oceanic speaker we welcomed was a friend of mine from Australia, Renee Robson.  As we had breakfast on Monday morning, she wished me a Happy John Jorgensen Day, to which I said…..huh.

As it turned out, another friend of mine, Laurie Ruettiman, organized a day to honor yours truly.  The reasons she did it are outlined in her blog.  I read it and it moved me quite a bit.  Laurie has been a friend for over 10 years in the HR/Social Media world and in real life.  She reached out to a number of our mutual friends in the HR/SM space to write blogs about our friendships that have developed over the years.

Needless to say, I was moved and if you know this old HR curmudgeon, it takes a lot to move me.  The campaign was all over social media and so many people came up to me to wish me a good Day.  Hell, it even got me to smile though thankfully, nobody captured it in a picture.

So without further ado, I want to thank Steve Browne, Sabrina Baker, Tim Sackett,  Mary Faulkner, Robin Schooling, Andi Cale and Kyra Matkovich for the very nice things you said about me and above all, thank you Laurie for creating this probably undeserved great tribute.  Thank all of you at the Conference and across the Internet who picked up this idea and added to the well wishes I received.

Now back to regular programming, whatever that is.