by Pat Baillie | My first day at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference started with setting up the booth. Everything showed up—including our new pull up banners—and it didn’t take long to get the booth set up and ready to go. The opening reception was from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and I was worried because it started out slowly. The exposition includes about 1,200 booths so it just took some time for folks to get to us (booth #1571). We had some familiar faces stop by, including some of our sponsors, but it was exciting that many of the HR professionals who stopped, talked and collected info and goodies about Out & Equal were from companies we have not worked with yet.
We collected about 50 cards for the drawing of an Out & Equal goodie bag and summit registration and we received a certificate for our participation in the online SHRM auction. If you’re not here at SHRM and want to bid on the summit registration, visit their silent auction. Just go to SHRM’s silent auction page and look for us on the list of great items offered.
Back to our visitors! We had several international reps stop by from India and China and I was really excited to let them know about our town calls on being LGBT in their countries. (Check out our archives of the calls: China is at http://www.outandequal.org/town-calls/archive#internationalchina2010 and India is at http://outandequal.org/town-call-archives#internationalindia).
We also had quite a few LGBT and ally conference attendees who just stopped by to thank us for being here. It appears we are the only LGBT organization exhibiting and many visitors really appreciated the work that we do! Oh, the favorite bling so far – the pens looking so Las Vegas with the diamond glitters and the I Am Inclusive pins! Heading off to a long day at the booth and hopes of being able to connect with more people. Tonight I am going to stop by the TweetUs reception tonight where there are plans for an LGBT informal gathering! More soon!