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SHRM Puerto Rico to hold annual conference after Hurricane María

By on December 8, 2017

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-PR) announced it will hold its annual conference Dec. 13-15 at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino in San Juan Convention District.

The conference, “Ignite; Leading Differentiation,” which was postponed due to Hurricane María will begin at noon on Wednesday with an educational program comprising concurrent and plenary sessions led by local and international speakers.

That same afternoon, at 2 p.m., the opening of the annual event will include a panel composed of professionals from different human resources areas to will speak about the profession’s challenges and opportunities after Hurricane María.

Jennifer Zapata, president of SHRM-PR.

Labor Secretary Carlos Saavedra will also take part in the event. The educational panel will be followed by cocktails.

Among the most anticipated international speakers at this year’s conference is Capt. Richard Phillips, who was played by Tom Hanks in the hit movie “Captain Phillips,” about the captain of a cargo ship taken hostage by Somali pirates. His lecture, “Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips,” will take place Friday morning.

His appearance comes after mini-talks called “Ignite Smart Talks,” a new concept this year, whereby different leaders will briefly speak about inspiring experiences the have had working with talent in their organizations.

“At SHRM, we are committed to the revitalization of Puerto Rico and we have adapted our content to the new reality we live in. Our goal is to provide participants with helpful tools that allow them to drive the recovery of our country from their respective roles. We hope everyone can accompany us and benefit from this great event,” said  Jennifer Zapata, president of SHRM-PR.

For more information about the conference, call 787-767-2141 or visit

SHRM is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management.

La organización cuenta con sobre 575 afiliadas en más de 165 países alrededor del mundo. El capítulo local lleva 50 años de fundado y representa a más de 1,300 profesionales en Puerto Rico.

The organization has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Its Puerto Rico chapter has been on the island for 50 years and represents more than 1,300 professionals .

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