Every year, I attend the annual HR Technology Conference & Expo. People ask me about what parties I’m attending. This year, my answer is simple.
“I don’t know.”
At the end of the night, it’s usually me and a bunch of friends sitting around eating pizza and talking about life.
HR Tech is a big deal in our industry, and there are quite a few people who take themselves super cereal and want to talk to me about the future of HR. But let’s be real. Even Bill Kutik is obsessed with the parties.
(I think this is why he sticks around and can’t let go!)
I just had a call with a consultant that ended with the question, “Did you hear that Third Eye Blind is playing at HR Tech?”
This was a weird moment for me. I just never thought my adult world would intersect with my college life back in 1997.
The scene at HR Tech is something else. It’s odd to hear some dude over 40 lecture me on how HR ladies “don’t get tech strategy” while having a pretty intense conversation with me about a random band that had one hit song.
“They had two songs, Laur. You know Motorcycle Driveby? C’mon. You know it.”
No, I do not. I don’t have time in my life for that kind of bullshit.
“I wonder if they’ll have the original line-up?” asked my friend.
Nobody wonders that. That is a lie.
“Knock it off. The after-party is going to be sick. If you make fun of Third Eye Blind, you aren’t invited to my suite.”
Yeah, okay, that’s a blessing.
And I am never invited anywhere because I don’t know how to have fun. One year, I went into a party hosted by a European HR technology company at some swanky hotel in Chicago. I overheard someone ask, “How did she get in here?”
How did I get in there? What went wrong with my life that I’m hanging out with Germans who don’t like me?!
So if you are at HR Tech, next week, I might see you at the Third Eye Blind concert-slash-party. More than likely, I’ll see you at the hotel bar because that’s how I do HR Tech. I’ll be eating pizza with other nerds while avoiding pesky German HR consultants!