Strategic HR leaders are accustomed to conducting environmental scans of both the internal and the external environment – looking for and interpreting trends and changes in the general business environment, industry practices and developments, technological advancement, demographics, economic changes, and the legal and regulatory environment. We know this is necessary in order to participate as contributing partners in the strategic planning for our organizations, but ... as an HR professional are you considering how “Hollywood” can provide early signs of what’s on the horizon? In this session we take a look at how pop culture, celebrities, and “Hollywood” shape the world of work, influence organizational change, and impact the entire human resources agenda. Paying attention to changes and trends in the pop culture landscape allows HR leaders to take advantage of opportunities while preparing for the threats that may influence their current or future plans. • Objective 1- When the ‘fringe’ becomes mainstream, how does that impact HR? What can we learn from pop culture; the ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images and other phenomena especially as influenced by mass media? • Objective 2 – How do we utilize the PESTEL (political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal) framework to analyze and monitor the macro environmental factors that impact our organizations? • Objective 3 – What are takeaways for HR in terms of the evolving world of work, the changing view of the family and gender roles, and what can we learn from the “everyone is a star” syndrome?