2012 OKHR State Conference & Expo Expects 600 Attendees, April 25-27

Oklahoma HR Appreciation Day, April 25/Conference Keynotes: Wahl, Tobe, Green

The art of HR
The art of HR
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    The art of HR
    The art of HR
    The art of HR

Over 600 human resource professionals from across Oklahoma have registered to attend “The Art of HR,” the 2012 OKHR State Conference & Expo (okhrconference.com), to be held at Tulsa’s Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center (71st & Mingo/6808 South 107th East Ave. 74133) on April 25-27.


Governor Mary Fallin has declared the first day of the conference, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, to be Human Resource Appreciation Day in Oklahoma.  Laura Moxley, SPHR, director of the OKHR Council, will announce the proclamation to open the April 25 opening session at 4 p.m.

In addition to almost 60 concurrent sessions for attendees throughout the three-day conference, as well as 100 vendors in the Expo, organizers are pleased to welcome distinguished keynote speakers, including:

Wednesday, April 25, 4 p.m. (opening session)

  • Pamela J. Green, SPHR, Vice President for U.S. Membership for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Green just published her first book, “Lead, Achieve and Succeed in HR,” a career roadmap for human resource professionals on how to thrive as a 21st Century HR Leader.

Thursday, April 26, 12:30 p.m.

  • Erik Wahl, a nationally recognized graffiti artist and one of the country’s top platform speakers, who inspires professionals to achieve greater levels of performance.  Wahl’s artwork is only acquired following one of his worldwide presentations.  Two pieces will be created during his keynote presentation and placed in the OKHR Conference Silent Auction.

Friday, April 27, 12:30 p.m.

  • Jeff Tobe, who was named “The Guru of Creativity” by Insider Magazine, speaks about shattering the stereotype customer “experience” expected from HR professionals. He is the author of “Coloring Outside the Lines:  Business Thoughts on Creativity, Marketing and Sales” and is co-author of “The Sales Coach II” and “The Communication Coach II.”

The OKHR Conference will have its annual Silent Auction, which runs throughout the three-day conference and whose proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation. In addition, this year’s organizers have partnered with the non-profit Tulsa Girls Art School Project, Inc. (tulsagirlsartschool.org), so there will be a special silent auction to feature five original works of art created by Tulsa GAS students and one of the original works of art created by Erik Wahl during his keynote presentation.  The special silent auction will take place simultaneously with the traditional silent auction.  Proceeds of the special silent auction will go to Tulsa GAS.  All items, including the artwork from both silent auctions, will be displayed in the Welcome Area of the Main Foyer of the Renaissance Convention Center so it is not necessary to attend the conference to bid. Winners of all silent auction artwork will be announced at the closing session of the conference on Friday, April 27, at noon.

According to organizers, registration for the conference is almost at capacity, but a few spots are still available.  To register, please visit okhrconference.com. 

Contact: Allison Starke