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.