Meet The Disruptors: Ginine M. Capozzi of DisruptHR Buffalo

Who are the people that are taking the lead in disrupting the future of work?

They‰Ûªre the official Disruptors (Organizers) of DisruptHR events held in cities around the world. Each week, we‰Ûªll introduce you to one of these intelligent, inspiring, and beautiful people (okay, pick two) who have stepped up, and volunteered to organize a Disrupt HR event in their city.

Ginine M. Capozzi of DisruptHR Buffalo (Disruptor #80)

LinkedIn ‰ÛÒ [ Ginine M. Capozzi ]

Twitter ‰ÛÒ [ @KnowledgeForce1åÊ]

Who are you, and what do you do in your ‰ÛÏday job‰Û?

Ginine M. Capozzi, Owner & Learning Solutions Architect, KnowledgeForce Consulting LLC.

How did you first hear about DisruptHR?

From a HR peer, Holly Nowak of HMN Resources.

Why did you decide to raise your hand and become an organizer for DisruptHR events in Buffalo?

It looked like fun, a great way to collaborate with others, and to blend together disciplines of HR and Talent (Training) Development. Often Training is seen as an HR function by non-HR people but in our field we know that our skills and focus is different. The umbrella of HR is so large, it can be difficult to keep up on the trends and challenges and Disrupt is a great way to bring everyone together in a high-energy environment.

How many events have you organized?

The first event was October 2016 we had 120+ attendees (with a waiting list.) Our second event just finished October 11, 2017 and there were about 160+ in-person attendees with several more viewing the live streaming of the event.

What types of people/industries have attended your events?

HR practitioners, Staffing Agencies, HR Consultants, Small Business Owners, University/College Students.

What are you most proud of that has come out of being involved with/organizing DisruptHR events?

I’m most grateful for the expansion of my network in my community and the amazing collaboration with my organizing partners, Maggie Shea of Staff Buffalo and Holly Nowak of HNM Resources. They are easy to work with, incredibly professional, generous of their time and resources. It’s the perfect fit and a reminder that diverse backgrounds and experiences really does create a high-functioning team!

What kind of feedback have you received from those who attended prior DisruptHR Buffalo events?

Some great feedback occurred the night after this year’s event. I was attending a speaker series for a different non-HR organization. While in the buffet line two women ahead of me were going on about this “amazing event” and that’s when one turned and said, “Oh my gosh you’re Ginine, the Disrupt event last night was incredible, I learned so much and had so much fun! AND IT WAS FREE!”

What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?

Idea Sex In Talent Management by Greg Roche — it was edgy, funny and it was the catalyst for my interest in being an Organizer of DisruptHR BFLO.

Idea Sex in Talent Management | Greg Roche | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

Based off of the Talks and conversations at your events, what do you feel are the areas with the biggest opportunity for disruption?

Hiring, On-boarding and Training (Talent Development).

What excites you or frustrates you about the future of work, your career and/or DisruptHR?

I think I am still so struck how we hire for skill sets over attitudes and ability to learn. With the rapid pace of change, we use past work experiences as a measure for recruiting and hiring–and then drop the ball again during on-boarding and job training.

HR professionals haven’t helped hiring managers recognize and connect dots that varied backgrounds, attitudes and universal competencies are strong predictors of job success and that universal skills allow employees to cross-train, adapt to change and advance.

What‰Ûªs Happening With DisruptHR Buffalo:

‰ÛÒ DisruptHR Buffalo Community Page

‰ÛÒ DisruptHR Buffalo Facebook Page

‰ÛÒ DisruptHR Buffalo on Twitter (@DisruptHRBFLO)

‰ÛÒ #DisruptHRBFLO Twitter mentions


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