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SHRM CEO and crowd Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.’s message of inclusivity fit with this year’s conference theme, “Creating Better Workplaces,” as well as SHRM’s new tagline, “Better workplaces, better world.”

With the unemployment rate at historical lows, many companies are struggling to find the talent they need to support their operations. But are they really looking at all the options?

Speaking before a crowd of more than 20,000 attendees at the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual conference, SHRM CEO and president Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. invited HR professionals to open their minds and rethink their definition of what the “wrong candidate” looks like, to “put our bias to the back and look at the people who are different.”

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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