Reflections from the MISHRM Annual Conference

Michelle Knierim ·

Kevin Watson and I had the privilege of attending and representing EDSI at the MISHRM (Michigan Society for Human Resource Management) Annual Conference a few weeks ago. The conference was hosted at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI, and it was nice to spend some time downtown. Reflecting on the experience, I appreciate all of the meaningful conversations with HR professionals and various exhibitors from the great state of Michigan. I’m looking forward to following up on the many conversations started at the conference over the next few months!

During the conference, we had the opportunity to hear John Fikany, Vice President of Microsoft, presenting as one of the keynote speakers. John was by far one of the best speakers I have ever heard. One thing that really stuck with me was John’s message about how we should always strive to treat others with respect. Though it may seem like a simple message, I really appreciated his passion and perspective. I truly try to treat everyone equally and with respect and try to do something every day that takes me out of my “comfort zone” to better understand others. Following the presentation, I had the opportunity to speak with John, one and one, and I was able to thank him for taking time out of his vacation to speak with all of us. My interaction with John left me feeling motivated in many ways!

EDSI also received the 2014 “When Work Works” award at the conference ceremony. This award is given to companies that have highlighted how effective and flexible their workplaces are and how they yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home. I felt honored to work for a company that was among only 16 companies receiving this award in the state of Michigan!

All in all, I left the conference feeling excited and motivated for the months ahead! Already looking forward to next year’s event!