SHRM Poetry and Building Tradition
A Little History
Three years ago, I was goaded into playing street hockey in Atlanta in the middle of summer.
Two years ago, Jonathan Brewer and I put together one of the greatest kickball games HR has ever seen.
Last year, we celebrated The Big Lebowski in a Orlando bowling alley.
All of there were great fun, and were done in the spirit of changing the world. And in the process we’ve raised a significant amount of money for those who need a little help. And many of you have come along for the ride.
This year, we are going in a slightly different direction. At the SHRM Annual Conference next week, we will be hosting a Poetry Slam, and are partnering with Quantum Workplace, Broadbean, Dice and Branded Strategies in our support for No Kid Hungry.
Dice is a great partner, and they have been with us since the beginning. We couldn’t be more pleased to have them back. To have other great players like Quantum Workplace, Broadbean and Branded Strategies jump in is a signal that we are not just doing good, but that others in our space want to be part of it as well.
So what is a poetry slam?
Admittedly, I really didn’t know a few weeks ago. This was the brainchild of Jason Lauritsen of Quantum Workplace, and he’s our expert. But in short, we have a list of poets who will deliver their original work to the crowd. There will be voting, and there will be a prize or two. But the real goal, as always, is to host a fun event and help feed some kids along the way.
Childhood Hunger in the US
Childhood hunger is a problem which threatens our children and our future. We’re in danger of losing an entire generation of leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers. Your support helps launch school breakfast programs, recruit summer meals sites, and empower families to shop for and prepare healthy meals. It also provides grants to the most effective hunger-fighting organizations across the country to help them end child hunger in their communities.
We’re seeing incredible results from these investments.
In many places, just $1 can provide a child with up 10 meals.
We are asking your help again this year in supporting our event. Please consider joining us in Las Vegas and being vocal in your support of our poets. And by “our poets,” I mean me. And everyone else, of course, but mostly me. If you can’t make it, we would be grateful if you would consider kicking in even just a few dollars to the cause. Unless you feel good about your morning mochachino, instead of feeding breakfast to forty hunger children. But we know you aren’t that type, and we love you for it.