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I don’t like people who make promises they don’t keep. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves in the world. If you make a professional commitment, own it. Especially if you’re a business owner. Yes, life gets challenging. We have multiple obligations, but I expect you to prioritize your responsibility to me and treat me as if I’m just as important as the other five things happening in your life. If you can’t be a person of your word, you should choose your words better.

Well, I’m an overcontrolling jerk!

Turns out I promised Namely that I’d come to their HR conference on May 6-7 in New York City and can’t make it. I’m double-booked and will be in Orlando, and I’ll miss Shawn Achor keynote this fantastic event. I’m also bummed because I wanted the chance to hear from key opinion leaders both inside and outside of the HR function who will share solid advice and practical takeaways.

I need a virtual assistant to help me out!

If you work in human resources or live in the New York City area, you should head on over to this event for one reason: the best HR professional in America, Lorna Hagan, works for Namely. She leads their people and talent function, and you shouldn’t turn down an opportunity to learn from the best. I’m not joking, Lorna is hands-down the best HR leader I’ve ever met.

There are also other amazing people on the speaker roster and plenty of fun people in attendance. My former editor, Vadim Liberman, will be in the audience. He’s no Shawn Achor, but he taught me how to write when I was a contributor to The Conference Board Review. We once did a webinar for The Conference Board and they shut down the entire magazine shortly thereafter. Coincidence? I think not.

(Vadim now works at The Starr Conspiracy and is an active member of DisruptHR. You want him to emcee your event!)

I’m really bummed to miss this event, so I asked Namely for a discount code to offer ya — use the code HRR196 at checkout for 50% off your tickets: hrredefined.namely.com/tickets

Hope you take advantage of the event if you’re able, and I’m sorry to miss it. I’ll be back in 2020, and I look forward to eating crow and being a woman of my word!