Meet The Disruptors: Travis S Johnson of DisruptHR Kansas City

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

They’re the official Disruptors (Organizers) of DisruptHR events held in cities around the world. Each week, we’ll 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.

Travis S Johnson of DisruptHR Kansas City (Disruptor #52)

LinkedIn – Travis S Johnson

Twitter – @tsjhr

Who are you, and what do you do in your “day job”?

Travis S Johnson; I’m an HR Business Partner & Consultant (TSJ HR).

How did you first hear about DisruptHR?

I attended a DisruptHR event in Denver in 2014 and fell in love with the concept!

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

I knew that KC needed a DisruptHR chapter, the city has a stuffy HR scene.

How many events have you organized?

One so far! It was on 3/22 and we had around 140 attendees… not too shabby!

What types of people/industries have attended your events?

All sorts of people/industries… but mostly HR practitioners.

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

The positive feedback from attendees, saying how much they enjoyed the event and the speakers.

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

Haha, from one of the speakers I was told that I should change my tag line on LinkedIn to HR UNprofessional due to my Talk.

What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?

I think it would have to be the one where the speaker correlated HR practices to sex… it was brilliant and spot-on!

[Editor’s Note: That talk is “Idea Sex In Talent Management” by Greg Roche]

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?

I think the HR scene in general in KC. For some reason, it is so passive and uptight and needs to be rattled. While KC is not as liberal as a city like Denver, there is so much opportunity to change the way of thinking when it comes to HR and how it is practiced in this city, especially since it is a central hub for some big companies — why not start the movement here and let it spread out?

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

The idea of what HR can become excited me! I’m not your typical HR professional and being a part of such an amazing concept excited me!

Follow What’s Happening With DisruptHR Kansas City:

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