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Thank you Danielle Bohn for sharing your thoughts!

Yesterday ended the 3 day conference for SHRM VLBM. 

I attended the next early morning bootcamp fitness challenge provided by SHRM with a fitness instructor. We did some partner exercises so this was another great opportunity for networking and truly was a challenging workout which is what we all wanted before starting  the day! The morning sessions were break out by Chapter size. I attended the Small Chapter session. We recapped all of the resources available to us on the Volunteer Research Center tool. We then broke out into groups and within our tables discussed further support we would like to see from SHRM in different areas. For example we discussed the value of a Mentorship program for members and new board members. This would be so valuable and we felt a Mentorship template or additional resources from SHRM would be valuable to keep the mentorship program consistent among chapters. We also shared ideas and experiences on how to recruit volunteers to the board positions, and how to navigate through the hiccups that can come up such as a board member not meeting expectations, schedules not aligning to attend or help with events, etc. The sharing time at the tables with Chapters of similar sizes was the most valuable information at this session! It was also the time we learned how to use a quick feature on LinkedIn to join everyone's network that was at our table! I would be happy to share those steps.  The conference ended with a presentation from SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor (pictured below). We were sure to get to the room quickly to get up front seats as we knew it would fill quickly, and it sure did! They started the music loud and got everyone in the room pumped up and ready for the presentation.  It was a lot of fun to listen to him speak on the state of SHRM and future trends.  SHRM has a great leader and a bring future ahead of them, the Association is growing substantially.   After the Conference ended we were able to all say our Goodbyes. All us SD folks attending really enjoyed getting to know eachother and having fun learning together. We also made a great new friend from PA who was traveling alone for the conference, she fit right in with us South Dakotans and thanked us for making her conference experience so wonderful! I was able to stop at the Air and Space Smithsonian after, then I hopped on the metro go to see some family I have in the area! I am so blessed and had a very well rounded experience. Truly amazing 4 days of learning, networking, and enjoying this unbelievably beautiful city. Everything was reasonably priced and you can still visit Smithsonian museums for free.  Everything is very clean and the hospitality is top notch!  Thank you BAHRA, the amazing board members, and SHRM for allowing me this opportunity for professional growth and development! 

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