Joy of HR





We are excited about next year’s conference, The Joy of HR: Celebrating our Profession and “Cooking Up” Great HR Ideas and Content with the Right Ingredients, the Best Recipes, & the Proper Techniques.

Early-bird registration for the 2017 VA SHRM Conference is NOW OPEN. For more on rates, hotels, parking and more click HERE or to REGISTER NOW click HERE.

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the 2017 Conference?  For full details click on the Be A Sponsor or Exhibitor tab or HERE.

The 2017 Call for Speaker Proposals is NOW OPEN. For full details and to apply click on the 2017 Call for Speaker Proposals tab or HERE. Should you have questions, please email  vashrm17speakers@gmail.com.

We are pleased that one of our keynote speakers will be former Food Network star, cookbook author and Julia Child protege SARA MOULTON (http://www.saramoulton.com)



Sara’s culinary career began in 1979 when she worked with the legendary Julia Child on public television’s “Julia Child & More Company” which led to her popular position as a food editor for “Good Morning America.” Also to her credit is 23 years as Executive Chef of Gourmet Magazine, contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and host of 5 seasons of the American Public Television series “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” which airs across 93% of the US.

Sara has authored four cookbooks. Sara’s Everyday Family Dinners received the award as one of the best cookbooks published in 2010 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her latest cookbook, Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101: How To Make Everything Taste Better, was published in 2016, is now the 23rd best-selling book on Amazon.com, and will be available at the conference.

SARA MOULTON will be joined by the following additional keynote speakers:

SAM KASS (https://twitter.com/chefsamkass), Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; former Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy; and former Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign will speak on “Creating A Culture of Health & Wellness”

AVISH PARASHAR (http://www.avishparashar.com/) received rave reviews for his presentation at the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington DC entitled “Improvised Innovation: How to Unleash Creativity and Leap Ahead of the Competition!”

JIM KNIGHT’S (http://knightspeaker.com) career has focused on training in the hospitality industry, starting out at Olive Garden and eventually becoming head of the School of Hard Rocks, the training and development organization for Hard Rock International. A portion of Jim’s speaking fees goes to Share Our Strength’s “NO KID HUNGRY” campaign to eliminate childhood hunger in the U.S.

SONIA ARANZA  (http://www.soniaaranza.com/index.php) has nearly 20 years of solid experience specializing in cross-cultural strategies, diversity and leadership. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader; her client include top Fortune 500 companies. She is a former director of constituent relations for a US Congressman.

In addition, there will be a smorgasbord of break-out sessions to earn certification credits (HRCI and SHRM), networking opportunities, a pre-conference golf tournament, certification preparation courses, and much, much more. Every appetite will be satisfied!!