2016 SHRM Conference and Expo closes on inspirational note

More than 15,000 HR professionals gathered in Washington, D.C.

Posted June 27, 2016

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition came to a close on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday sessions began with an inspiring keynote presentation by Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. The organization brings online educational videos and tools to more than 26 million students in 190 countries.

Khan was met with a standing ovation at the conclusion of his session, during which he called on HR managers to think differently about their approach to training and its impact on career development. He recalled how history has shown that when people are given access to education, they prove to be capable of great feats. He suggests that providing workers with more opportunities to learn will help create a more inspired, creative, entrepreneurial workforce.

During the four-day event, more than 15,165 human resources professionals from more than 90 countries met in the nation’s capital for educational sessions on topics ranging from U.S. employment laws and regulations to challenges in recruiting and workforce management. On the expo floor, 650 companies had demonstrated HR products through Tuesday afternoon.

This story was written by Kyra Kudick of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.


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