I was asked to attend the 11th Annual Talent Management Summit in Las Vegas (at my own expense) and to live blog from the conference — much like I did from the SHRM convention.
I didn’t jump at the opportunity. I like the idea of hanging out with HR Wench and HR Minion, but I am not excited about spending my own time and money on conferences or conventions — especially after my craptacular experiences not interviewing Sidney Poitier at the SHRM 2008 Convention.
I sat on the email request for a few days and decided to accept based on the agenda presented on the website. I also accepted the invitation because it will be yet another opportunity for HR Wench and I to plan our world domination (using laser cats, of course).
Here’s the kind of cool part: I’ll be attending the Zappos facility tour, which is interesting because I blogged about Zappos and their pay-to-quit program. I’m going to find Tony Hsieh, who is the CEO of Zappos, and ask if I can be put on the fast-track program so I can be paid to quit, too. (I’m sure people ask him this all of the time.) I’d like the program to be fast enough so I can use the money on the Wheel of Fortune slots before the Talent Management Summit ends. Hey, maybe they can pay me not to apply?
Seriously, punk rockers, I want you to know that I will not be paid to write about this endeavor. (I know, I know. We’re all disappointed — especially the punk rock husband.) The coordinator from IQPC will put a link to my blog on the event website, which is the extent of my compensation.
I am attending this summit because of my meta-interest in the business behind the business of HR. I will bring you the behind-the-scenes gossip from the Talent Management Summit, and I promise it will be more interesting than a 90 second video about swag!