The Best Alternative to Al Gore (with benefits)
As we discussed here a couple of weeks back, SHRM has selected Al Gore to be the keynote speaker at their 2010 National Conference in San Diego. It is my guess that a lot of people would be the keynote speaker for a fee and paid trip to San Diego. Some people like the choice of Gore and some don’t think it was a good pick at all, but that is not what I want to write about.
I want to discuss the brilliant speaker idea suggested by Kenneth R Schelper in his comment on the blog a few days ago. Here is what Ken had to say about the choice of Gore:
SHRM brought in Jack Welch last year, so why not bring in Al Gore this year?
I don’t get the logic. They brought in Republicans before, so why not a Democrat? These all miss the point.
Shouldn’t SHRM’s speakers be at least remotely linked to HR issues?
At least the previous speakers (held up as Republicans) have run businesses or cities, something at least environmentally (pardon the pun) related to HR. Gore has never created anything, built anything or administered anything — he even had others to manage his Senatorial and Vice-Presidential staffs. He can’t relate to us and the thing that unites us (our professions) don’t relate to any of his interests.
If SHRM is just looking for a name to generate excitement, why not bring in Lady Gaga instead?
Why not indeed? After all, according to her web site, Lady Gaga is multi-talented, a cultural icon, highly adept in both business and social media, seems to have built an excellent team around herself, and most of important of all – she would be able to fill in as he entertainment as well. Much more edgy and modern than Hall and Oates!
Let me know what you think!
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