Packing your bags? Making reservations? Staffing World 2015 is coming up fast!
If you’re heading to Nashville Oct. 27-29, we have a preview for you, including “not to miss” sessions and highlights.
Presented by the American Staffing Association (ASA), Staffing World is the largest, most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. It provides premier executive education in a variety of learning environments—from large keynote presentations by nationally renowned speakers to smaller, informal peer-to-peer sessions.
Besides being an education event, Staffing World is about networking. Lisa Simpson, ASA director of meetings and events says, “First-time attendees should plan on attending all networking events, starting on Oct. 27 with the Welcome Mixer and the Expo Grand Opening (thank you to Bond US, booth #1007 for sponsoring the grand opening reception).”
There is more networking on Oct. 28 at the Networking Lunch and Networking Reception in the expo hall. The convention concludes on Oct. 29 with another Networking Lunch and the Grand Finale—featuring country music superstars Big & Rich. Numerous other opportunities abound to make meaningful connections with attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors. You can learn more by visiting staffingworld.net.
From my perspective as a vendor and premier sponsor of Staffing World, those of us who’ve attended in the past are most interested in catching up with other staffing professionals to find out what challenges they are dealing with today. Often, we find that the new innovations we are offering in our AdaptSuite staffing software can help answer those challenges. These discussions typically really validate all the work we’ve put into the product over the past year in collaboration with our customers.
Of course, we’ll have a number of Bond team members on hand who are looking forward to talking to those of you who would like to see the latest enhancements to AdaptSuite or, if you’re a current customer, just catch-up and share your thoughts and ideas. You will also be able to enter our drawing for one of three GoPro action cameras to be given away. You can enter online now (http://web.bond-us.com/cn/uscom/ENTRY_Survey) or at our booth #1007.
What sessions do you plan to attend? Keeping track of them is easy, as ASA has created a free Staffing World 2015 mobile app, which is available for download in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store. The app features convenient access to schedules, session descriptions, speaker bios, and convention coverage on social media. Among the app’s exciting features, “My Planner” allows attendees to build their own itineraries and make appointments with exhibitors.
We asked Kate Fessler, ASA director of education to share which sessions she expects to be the most popular. Highlights included:
Fessler provides top “not-to-miss” sessions with tips for every attendee:
For those who are returning to Staffing World, Idea Labs (mentioned above) and Chill Chats are new this year. Chill Chats are 15-minute organic conversations in the expo hall from 10:45-11 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 28.
Fessler says, “Just go to the designated areas in expo hall to discuss your favorite business books, your favorite apps for work and life, or cool tech stuff you are trying at your company.”
Simpson expanded on these two new opportunities, “Comfortable seating designed for small group exchanges will facilitate networking and an enhanced attendee experience (during the Chill Chats). Idea Labs are presentations designed to deliver maximum return in just 30 minutes. They will take place throughout the convention in the expo hall.”
Of the many great educational sessions, on Wed., Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m., attendees can attend “Getting to Know Big Data”.
Kessler outlined what recruiting managers can expect to learn:
By attending the various sessions and workshops at Staffing World, ASA-certified professionals can earn up to 13 of the 30 continuing education (CE) hours required for certification renewal—including more than half of the required hours for legal CE.
Are you looking forward to a particular session for its learning opportunity?
With nearly 40 high-caliber education sessions, three nationally renowned keynote speakers, several strategic networking opportunities, and the industry’s largest expo—Staffing World delivers maximum return for a company’s investment and tremendous opportunities for attendees’ professional development.
As a reminder, Simpson says, “If you have not yet made your hotel reservation, it is highly recommended that you do so immediately as the reserved blocks in the Staffing World hotels will sell out…and soon.”
Simpson touts Staffing World is “Three days (or more) in a top tourist destination—Music City, Nashville, TN—is an added bonus. Staffing World memories will last a lifetime.”
You can still register here.