igniteHow many times have you been asked the question when you travel? “Why are you going; is it Personal or Business?”  Last night I attended the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce https://rutlandvermont.com/ Annual meeting. I told several people I was heading to DC. Only to be asked, “Why DC?” for Vacation or for Business? For Business but I didn’t tell them I was going to be Ignited with Passion, Profession, People!

As President-Elect of the Green Mountain Human Resources Association (GMHRA), I’m attending the Ignite. Passion, Profession, People Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in DC.  From Rutland VT, it’s a nice drive and a short flight from Albany NY, and it going to be worth it. I’ll be attending this highly interactive event designed to prepare SHRM Volunteer Leaders for success. I’ll be learning more about the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) https://www.shrm.org/  goals & initiatives, topics that are relevant to my role as President-Elect of GMHRA and how these initiatives will guide our chapter. I’m excited to have the opportunity to share effective practices and network with my peers and SHRM Staff. This is an exclusive opportunity for SHRM volunteers to get a powerful mix of networking, education and resources designed to increase my strengths as a leader.

I’ll be attending a Boot Camp for first time volunteers along with the Welcome Reception & SHRM Showcase. I’ve scheduled my topic sessions using the conference app and will be getting a new head shot at the Head Shot Lounge. The only disappointment is that I will miss Advocacy Day but I’m lucky to live and work in the State of Vermont where it is easy contact your legislators to have your HR voice heard on Capitol Hill.

meganI’ll be meeting Mallory Weggemann, a 2012 Paralympian whose life changed on January 21, 2008.  She received an epidural injection to help treat back pain; however, complications with the procedure left college freshman paralyzed from waist down. She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. After her injury at the age of 18, she chose to return to the pool.  Just under four months after becoming paralyzed, was back in the pool, with her eyes on gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Having achieved that goal, she decided it was time to chase her ultimate dream—to walk again. For years, this was something that was deemed impossible, but a new possibility arose and in order to achieve her goal, Weggemann reached out to the public to ask for their support through a crowd-funding Indiegogo campaign.

On November 16, 2013, Mallory’s dream came true and she was able to “walk” again for the first time in nearly six years. Although her wheelchair will never be replaced by her customized leg braces and forearm crutches, they have allowed her to have short moments of upright mobility and the freedom of standing again. She continues to train in pursuit of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is actively building upon her career outside of the pool through motivational speaking and other public appearances around the world.

I’m sure Mallory will ignite the audience as will all the other speakers and events I’ll be attending.  I’m ready to be Ignited with Passion, Profession and People!