Saturday, Social Media & Skype
The Mississippi State Council of SHRM hosted the annual MSSHRM Leaders Retreat on February 15, 2014. The
State Council met on February 14th. Council members and Chapter leadership enjoyed a reception at the MSU Riley
Center that afternoon. The evening ended with the group attending an orchestra performance; however, the end of
the event weekend would be Saturday, Social Media & Skype.
Saturday’s sessions ranged from a Past Presidents panel to presentation on Social Media. Dorothy Knapp, Field
Services Director for the Southeast Region, spoke to new chapter leadership providing insight into the SHRM
I was honored to be asked to co-facilitate the closing session on the subject of social media. My co-facilitator was
Curtis Midkiff, currently of the Red Cross and formerly of SHRM. Curtis joined us via Skype. This allowed us to not
only speak about social media and technology but to also use it. Topics discussed included:
Facebook (in general)
Facebook Groups V. Pages
He began the session by making reference to the fact that he and I have never met. We’ve been in social media
contact since 2009 and have spoken on the phone more than once. Still, it is true - we’ve never met. This fact alone
showcases the power of social media. It was a fantastic example of how we can reach out to others - expand our
reach - if we will only allow ourselves to go outside of our comfort zones.
About Curtis Midkiff
Curtis was courteous enough to take time from his day off to speak to the group and I would like this blog post to
serve as a THANK YOU to him. So, with that said, I present to you some biographical information on the good Mr.
Curtis Midkiff has recently joined the staff of the the American Red Cross
as the Director of Social Engagement. In this role, he leads the team
responsible for executive the social media strategy for the organization
on a national level.
In his previous role as the Director of Social Engagement for the Society
of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Curtis Midkiff provided
strategic leadership and direction to various departments at SHRM in
their efforts to maximize the potential of social media to achieve their
departmental and organizational goals.
Curtis has over 15 years of experience in communications, marketing
and new media strategies and his expertise on social media has been
featured in the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, and other media
Curtis has a BA in English from Morehouse College and an MA in
Political Management from George Washington University.
About Kyle Jones
I am the Human Resources Manager at Megagate
Broadband, Inc. and have been with the company since
June 1996. My tenure with the company has provided
experience in customer service, accounting, marketing and
social media in addition to HR.
I've served in a volunteer leadership role on both the local
and state SHRM levels. I currently serve as Co-Social
Media Director of Mississippi SHRM and 2014-2015 Social
Media Director for South MS SHRM.
Finally, this blog is my creative outlet and doorway to the
world of Doctor Who and HR blogging. I've provided guests
posts to several HR blogs and have been featured on