Want To Be The “Master Of Your Domain”? #WorkHuman adds keynote, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Friends —

If you needed another reason to join me and a whole lot of great people at one of the best HR/Leadership/Engagement conferences of the year, Globoforce’s WorkHuman, I’ve got one for you…

One of my favorite people of all time, Julia Louis-Dryfus, has been added to the rosters of great keynote speakers .

And if you decide to attend, you can get the sweet Dawn Magic Discount.  See below for details.

Many of you know I dabbled in acting.  One of the things I learned in theatre school was the importance of being open to others.  Of listening intently to your acting partners on stage so you can respond authentically, in the moment.  Of breaking down all personal barriers to continue to be open.  This is extremely difficult.  Many actors just can’t do it.

She can.

Globoforce CEO, Eric Mosley said, “As one of the great comedic actresses of our time, Julia understands how to embody unique, relatable and, most importantly, human traits that truly bring her characters to life.  Her work reminds us of the importance of authenticity and levity – characteristics that make us undeniably human. She is an inspiring addition to WorkHuman, and we are thrilled to share the stage with her in 2017.”

Need more:  Here are all the reasons I love her: 

  • She has broken the glass ceiling for female comedians.
  • She is funny and classy.  You don’t see that often.
  • She created the Elaine “dance”.  Once you’ve seen that you realize 1/2 the guys you’ve dated do that same dance.
  • She lost the “master of my domain” contest (Seinfield episode “The Contest”) because she ran into John F. Kennedy, Jr.  I mean, who wouldn’t. Totally relatable!
  • She studied theater at Northwestern.  And she was all-in during her alma mater’s championship basketball game last week, when for the first time in program history they are going to the NCAA tourney.  Theatre and a sports lover?  What’s not to love.
  • Did I mention she is really funny.
  • She endured 9 seasons of Kramer (#toosoon ?)
  • She can go toe-to-toe with one of the greatest writers of all time, Larry David.  (you thought I was gonna say Seinfield, didn’t you).
  • Second-City Alum.  If you can crack that egg – you’ve got endurance.
  • She’s married to Christopher Guest. I mean…
  • She’s maintained credibility in her field for what, 3 decades?!
  • One word:  VEEP
  • And she gave a big smooch to another of my favorite actors, Bryan Cranston, at the Emmy’s.

But why do I love her even more, and why is she going to be an incredible addition to the WorkHuman roster? She knows there is more to life than acting. She is an advocate  for the environment, serving on the leadership council for the Natural Resource Defense Council and on the boards of Heal the Bay and Heal the Ocean.

So you must join me at WorkHuman!  And if you do, use the Dawn Magic Discount code,WH17INF-DBU, when you register to get a discount!

See you there.





Join Dawn Burke On HRExaminer Radio: Executive Conversations


Friends.  I gotta give you the real deal.  The hook up.  I am thrilled to be the featured guest on the HRExaminer BlogTalk Radio Show:  Executive Conversations.

The Executive Conversations show will be broadcast this Friday, February 10th at 9am CST. To join in just click here.  Also, you can chat throughout the show on the twitter back-channel following #HRX.

I will join host, John Sumser, and for 30 mins we’ll talk shop.  We’ll talk about HR, Leadership, maybe we’ll throw in a little Daxko, what’s top of mind for leaders in 2017, HR and Workplace Tech, amongst other things.  We’ll probably throw in some Hamilton, Netflix, Music, who knows.

For my HR, Leadership, Culture and workplace warriors, all shows on John’s HRExaminer Radio line up are great.  For those looking for some bite-sized nuggets of info from a variety of interesting people- this is definitely a show for you.

Also, It’s broadcast over the web.  So you can listen at your desk, in the car, on your phone, wherever.  We are here to please!

Looking forward to seeing y’all then!






ALWAYS Believe Adults Mean What They Say

As HR Pros and Talent Acquisitions Specialists we have to make judgments based on information. We usually gather this information in the form of interviews (job interviews, coaching interviews, feedback surveys, etc.).

What have I learned after all these years interviewing? When an adult tells you something, you have to believe they mean it.

Here’s my story:

When I was going through a personal crisis many years ago (you know, death in family, divorce, whatever), I was in a period of believing my own spin about other adults’ intentions. I was particularly good at creating motive when someone did things questionable in public. And usually to me.

We all have a way of creating an alternate reality when the current one is simply too difficult to digest, understand, or tolerate. When I was in a phase of creating these alternate realities, a great friend of mine said, “Dawn, damn it, at some point you just have to know adults mean want they say and say what they mean.” My counselor concurred.

Read the rest of my post (and lots of other great stuff) at Fistful Of Talent…. 

2017 #WorkHuman Conference > A New Event for A New HR


Friends –

As someone who attends a lot of HR/Leadership/Engagement conferences I want to put one at the top of your radar.

And since you are pals of mine – I can get you a pretty swell Dawn Magic Discount (up to $700 off the on-sight registration fees). More to come on that later in this post.

My friends at Globoforce are having their 3rd annual WorkHuman Conference May 30th – June 1st, 2017. Since Globoforce is a leader in employee recognition strategy, it made perfect sense they would pull together one of the first conferences truly focused on what I believe is the most important modern HR Strategy: Redesigning a modern workforce.  

You though I was going to say, “People” or “Humanity” or “Culture”. Well, actually those are important and will be highlighted at the WorkHuman Conference. However, those are all components of a larger strategic trend 92% of Sr. Executives say is a key priority. According To Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report, redesigning the modern organization differently was the #1 priority cited. And guess what that “redesign” includes:

  • Employee Engagement
  • Creating An Authentic Culture
  • Investment in Learning programs
  • New Technology

And THAT, my friends, is what the WorkHuman Conference will be focusing on.

A few things of note:

  • If you liked that snazzy Global Human Capital Trends statistic you are in luck! Josh Bersin from Bersin By Deloitte is one of the speakers at Globoforce. His magic team pulled together that great report.
  • Past Speakers have included Michael J. Fox – so, they bring the goods.
  • There will be a bunch of HRCI/ SHRM credits available.
  • Here is a great link with info to help you justify your trip.
  • It’s in Arizona. I mean, come on.

The Dawn Burke #WorkHuman Discount

When you register use the Dawn Burke Magic code: WH17INF-DBU.

If you register before 1.31.17, you’ll get an extra $100 off the early bird price of $895.

If you register after 1.31.17, you’ll get locked into the still wonderful discounted registration fee of $995.  still a great discount.

Can’t wait to see you there and enjoy the “dry heat”!

VideoCast Throwback: What Keeps Recruiters Up At Night

Lord I love a hair flip….

I am a contributor for a great talent management blog called Fistful Of Talent.  There I host a videocast series called No Scrubs sponsored by my pals at Jobvite.  No Scrubs is all about talent management, recruiting, engagement and essentially every topic related to finding and keeping your talent.

Check out the video above as I riff with my pal Tim Sackett, President at HRU Technical Resources, on a post where I interviewed corporate recruiters on their top takeaways/tools used in their day-to-day recruiting life. Tim dishes on the post and gives his opinion on the tools these “in-the-trench” recruiters reference, as well as what he really believes motivates a corporate recruiter versus an agency recruiter.

You can find this and other great stuff at Fistful Of Talent.  Check it out–


What I learned on my Christmas Break


Bras, BackFat, Work/Life Balance and Bowie…It’s all in here.

Here we go:

I’m lucky I get to travel.  I work to travel.

Admitting personal stuff on the internet is liberating and scary.  That being said, there are more people in your corner than against you.

My husband is great.  And stubborn.  And smart.  And patient.  And is addicted to foodball (which is better than most addictions).

MiracleSuits are awesome.  I hate backfat.  Not on others, I could care less.  But on me – blech.  And the industry hasn’t redesigned a bra in like 60 years (or 100 or 40, I can’t remember but it’s been a long time).  So Miraclesuit has these great slimmer things that you can wear like everyday and they are comfortable.  Try it.

Speaking of Bras – Check out this New York Times article about ThirdLove.  This is spot on. Hopefully their product is as good as what the article describes.

I’m still in love with Tim Gunn.  He has this great video about the fashion industry not catering to average sized woman (which is now between 16 and 18).  He preaches what I’ve always scratch my head about.  There is so much buying power for this size group, why would any designer make such a bad business decision to not make items for the new average.

I will always struggle with work/life balance.  This is slowly killing me.  It will kill me if I don’t figure this out.

Eating Clean makes you really feel good and is good for your head.

Drinking Wine with friends is good for your soul.

Drinking Champagne is so delicious I need to choose another cocktail of choice.

If you workout with your husband/wife/sister/friend it is much more effective.

If you workout with a professional who actually knows your name, you’ll come back more often.  You’ll push through the shittyness that can be working out.

You are physically stronger than you think.  You may throw up, but you are stronger than you think.

I miss my friends and need to spend more time with them. I miss my family and need to spend more time with them.  I like my neighbors too and need to spend more time with them. Also, my neighbor makes awesome smoked anything including Oysters.

Drinking bedtime tea at night isn’t half bad (who knew).

You can buy amazon books for Kindle that can switch back and forth between reading the book and listening to the book via Audible.  Really great for traveling.  And a great, sneaky, Amazon cross-sell.

My cat rules my house, is spoiled, and I love her.

There’s power in saying positive things.  Check out this video. Apparently when you fear something just say “I’m excited to do this”.  The anxiety doesn’t necessarily go away–it’s just channeled in a positive way.

Search for and appreciate those who advocate for you.

Search for people you should advocate for.

Combine the two groups above and that should be your circle. This doesn’t mean exclude others, just make sure you know who you should not forget nor prioritize time with.

If someone hugs you really tight, it reduces anxiety.  So, I get Bo to bear-hug  me daily.

I’ll miss Carry Fisher, George Micheal, David Bowie, Prince and Gene Wilder.

2016 was a great year.


Here is to everyone having a great 2017.  







Control Your HR World W These Princess Leia Tricks


Since learning Carrie Fisher passed away, I thought it would be nice to repost my Fistful Of Talent post from January 2016.  Enjoy!


You say you’ve lost control? You’ve never had control. But you can’t let that stop you. You’ve got work to do—good work. You’ve got people who depend on you and need you. And, yeah, having a job pretty much is a must (You still have that mortgage to pay, kids who need school supplies, and dammit… yes, yes, yes, paying for a manicure is totally worth every dollar. And hair color. And premium ice-cream).

Channel your Princess Leia. If there is one lady who had the crap end of the stick, it was she. And, you never saw her lose it. So, she was always snippy at Han (who wouldn’t be) and yes, she kissed her brother. But nobody’s perfect.

Here’s how:

Be OK not being in control. This is a Jedi Mind trick, I know. A mental exercise we all must conquer. Sometimes you gotta channel The Force big time to overcome this, but you MUST find a way to be OK with this.  I mean, really, everyone in corporate America… EVERYONE… feels they don’t have control. Because they just don’t. I’m pretty sure Leia didn’t wake up one morning thinking her planet wouldn’t be blown up right in front of her face.  But she still rolled with the punches in the trash compactor.

Read the rest of my post (and lots of other great stuff) at Fistful Of Talent….