The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast

HR pros Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey talk to other practitioners about connecting, giving back, and building your network. Join us each week for the podcast and the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM Eastern for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

We're joined by Vadim Liberman, Strategy & Insights lead with The Starr Conspiracy in New York City.  We talk about being a workplace renegade, Disrupt HR, what we really mean when we talk about "authentic self" in the workplace, and Vadim gives his honest opinion on Independence Day 2.

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Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

Wendy & Anne talk to Kellie Wagner, a DEI expert, CEO and Founder of The Collective-A DEI lab  We talk a lot about inclusion.We love the work that Kellie is doing in this area and can't wait to see what they do next.

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We're joined by Erich Kurschat, owner of Harmony Insights in Chicago, IL.  We talk about making the transition from corporate HR to owning a business, why he's a "DISC nerd," and the unexpected success of HR Hot Seat.

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If you're in the Charlottesville, VA area, be sure to see Jon at Charlottesville SHRM's 2019 conference on September 10! For more information, visit

Join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

We're joined by Mike Sipple, Jr., President of Centennial, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH and host of the Talent Magnet Institute Podcast.  In our 4th HR podcast crossover, we talk to Mike about joining the family business of executive search, issues he sees many leaders facing personally today, and how podcasting has helped him build community.  It's a fantastic conversation and you'll see why we are such fans.

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Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!


We're joined by Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant with The Human Capital Group in Atlanta, GA.  We talk about working in higher education and the changes she's seen in students over the years, what it was like to serve as a first time "Blog Squad" member for SHRM19, and Diane and Jon bond over Ina Garten.

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If you'd like to donate to or join our 5K team for HRFlorida19 with proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, click here.

Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!

We're joined by Kevin Hubbard for our first ever live in front of an audience recording of the show!  This was part of our session with the Emerging Professionals group at SHRM19 in Las Vegas.  Kevin is currently an Executive MBA - Human Resources Leadership student with the Jack Welch Management Institute as well as a Campus Coordinator for Strayer University in Columbus, GA.  We talk about why Kevin is pursuing HR as a career, getting involved in the online HR community, and more. 

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How to reach Kevin:

Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter! 

In the mega episode, we recap our #SHRM19 experience (hint: it was great and included both of us having our makeup done). We then catch up with our friends Renee Robson, Mofota Sefali, and Anish Ararvind who we interviewed during last year's conference.  They tell us what they've been up to and how HR is changing in their respective countries.

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Be sure to join us the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 PM ET for the #HRSocialHour chat on Twitter!


We had a great conversation with Minda Harts, founder of The Memo, LLC, a career development company for women of color. She is also a fellow podcaster at #SecuretheSeat and new author of “The Memo” which comes out August 20th, 2019 and we are thrilled to be giving away a copy. Visit to start entering today, all entries are due by 12:00 AM EST August 16.

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Jon is joined by Heather Deyrieux, President of the HR Florida State Council and Tina Kuga Garrell, Conference Director.  We talk about what they have planned with keynotes, vendors, after hours fun, and more!  Heather and Tina also offer up ideas for first time attendees to make the most of their conference experience.

HRFlorida19 is being held August 25-28 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL.  Jon and Wendy will be there as part of the social media team!

To learn more and register for the conference, visit

If you're already registered and would like to check out the VIP packages available, go to

Where to follow HRFlorida:

Track the #HRFL19 hashtag up to and throughout the conference!

We're joined by Valorie Kondos Field, recently retired head coach of the 7 time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18-time Pac-12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team.  "Miss Val" was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. The four-time “National Coach of the Year” was previously named “West Region Coach” of the Year, Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and “Coach of the Century” for her solid track record as a preeminent coach.

In this episode, we talk to Miss Val about how "making the ask" changed her career path, building winning coaching teams, her relationship with John Wooden, and what it was like for her to speak at her first Human Resources conference.  We were fortunate enough to hear Miss Val speak at HRRedefined earlier this year, big thanks to our friends at Namely for helping us put together this interview!

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Find Miss Val's book "Life is Short, Don't Wait to Dance" and all of her social profiles at

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