10 Must-Attend #SXSW Sessions by HR & Recruiting Professionals #SXSWi

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In our yearly installment of Top 10 Sessions in the 2015 SXSW Lineup for Workplace, HR, and Recruiting we are taking a look at sessions and meetups that you must attend in order to gain valuable insights in the HR, Workplace, and Recruiting industry. While there are 100s of sessions to attend, here is my advice in what panels you should pick to increase your knowledge in these areas.

Rebels at Work: Leading Change from Within (Saturday March 14th, 11 aM) The workforce is changing, that much is clear, and many people are worried about it. Pick up any newspaper or magazine and you can probably find a great article bemoaning the current crop of young professionals and pining for the work ethic of yesteryear. But whether you’re concerned about the rise of millennials or not doesn’t matter: the millennial workforce is here and it’s here to stay. View Full Description

The Millennials: Empowering a Modern Workforce (Saturday March 14th, 12:30 PM) We have become a job-hopping culture. Company ‘lifers’ that maintain a career and knowledge in just one company for most of their working lives are essentially extinct. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers stay with their jobs an average of 4 years. In IT, the trending number is less. View Full Description

Turning Talent into Rockstars (Saturday March 14th, 12:30 PM) In today’s new talent economy, high-potential talent is instinctively drawn to the world of startups and Internet giants, where the individual is king and creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit rule. Top talent rejects established companies where they feel there’s little opportunity to shine or affect change. At the same time, the talent pool is shrinking, making it harder for companies to hire their way to the future. View Full Description

She Rules: A Female Leadership Panel (Sunday March 15th, 11 AM) Organizations continue to trumpet the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce to ensure a leading, competitive position. While it’s true that many barriers have been broken, a host of challenges still limit the potential of some employees because of their gender, age, race or ethnicity. The Catalyst Census recently investigated the idea that women and men have equal opportunities and found that under 15% of executive leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies are occupied by women and that this percentage has grown less than 1% in four years.  View Full Description

How the Cool Kids Attract and Retain Talent (Sunday March 15th, 3:30 PM) A shortage of the smartest and most creative thinkers continues to challenge key sectors like software development, design, marketing, and engineering. In a highly competitive, highly skilled labor market, how are the coolest and most creative companies using processes, technology and a culture of innovation to attract and retain these people? View Full Description

Learning to Work in the Future (Sunday March 15th, 3:30 PM) Based on his experience as IDEO’s planetary futurist-in-residence, Alex Steffen (co-founder of Worldchanging and author of Carbon Zero) shares his strategies for how to keep fluent in the use new ideas and skills when the pace of change keeps increasing. View Full Description

Rise of the Employee: Leveling The Power Balance (Sunday March 15th, 3:45 PM) Fifty years ago, most people worked for the same companies their entire lives. They had no idea what they could or should earn, and many likely felt scared to ask questions. View Full Description

Cultures of Advocacy: People, Product and Change (Monday March 16th, 1230 PM) It’s one thing to face the hard challenges of finding better ways to work and create. It’s another thing to turn a goal of evolving into actions and ideas that colleagues, customers and clients can rally around. This panel will propose creating “cultures of advocacy,” explore what innovation even means for an organization — and whether it should even be a priority — and propose strategies for pushing past the barriers of territoriality and trepidation.View Full Description

We Hired a Dev! How Do I Get More and Keep Them? (Tuesday March 17th, 1230 PM) With software “eating the world,” everyone is trying to hire Software Engineers, but much less time is being spent on how you build a truly great software team. Describing best practices established from teams at National Instruments (a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For 15 years running) Bazaarvoice (a leading Enterprise SaaS company) and now WP Engine (a fast growing startup, with a Best Company to Work for in Austin culture) We’ll start with an approach to recruiting that guarantees you’ll hire top talent, and see a lot of great candidates coming through the pipeline. View Full Description

Lessons in Life: Work Learned Living in My Office (Tuesday March 17th, 3:30 PM) Work and life are intimately intertwined in the 21st century. Embracing the consistent flow of tasks and obligations within your professional and personal life is a first step toward balance. Creating effective life hacks that allow your life and work to meld seamlessly so that work isn’t the dominating feature is key to maintaining sanity. Mobility means a 24 hour workday, and growth requires an acute attention to cash flow.  View Full Description

South By Southwest 2015 Offers Something for Everyone. HR Included.

Now that you’ve got your tickets in hand and we’re here to offer you a few more tips on what to expect during South By Southwest. Don’t forget to register for Social Siesta on Saturday, March 14th from 12-3 PM.

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