HR Conferences: You Can Still Attend a Great One in 2019!

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Liz Strikwerda

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We are well into Q2 2019 but there are still some worthwhile HR conferences on the calendar. If you are thinking about registering, don’t delay. Rates go up in the weeks just before the conference.

Why Attend A Human Resources Conference?

The Human Resources profession is broad and dynamic. To be successful, you need ongoing training. In both your core specialty and all the peripheral skills you use daily. HR conferences provide an intense educational experience neatly packaged in a couple of days.

If your job requires you to keep a certification up-to-date, this is an easy way to do it. Most HR conferences allow you to earn HRCI or SHRM credit.

A conference also gives you a welcome break from your day-to-day routine. You will return with new tools (and new perspectives) to tackle the HR problems at your company.

Networking with peers is also invaluable. You can discuss issues in-depth and gain insights from your counterparts in diverse industries and locations. (A connection you make may also yield a job opportunity down the road.)

Here are ApplicantStack’s picks for the best conferences from May – December 2019.

1. World at Work 2019 Rewards and Compensation Conference

  • May 6-8, 2019
  • Orlando, FL
  • For: HR generalists, compensation and benefits specialists, compliance managers

2. Inclusive Diversity Conference: HR Call to Action Conference

  • May 6-7, 2019
  • San Francisco, CA and online
  • Host: HCI (Human Capital Institute)
  • Earn HRCI and SHRM credit

3. APA 2019 Annual Congress

  • May 14-18, 2019
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Host: American Payroll Association
  • For: Professionals who work in payroll, accounts payable, HR or accounting technology, benefits

4. ATD (Association for Talent Development) 2019 International Conference & Exposition

  • May 19-22, 2019
  • Washington D.C.
  • Online rate ends May 14
  • For: HR specialists and generalists
  • Keynote speaker: Oprah Winfrey

5. HCI 2019 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

  • June 10-12, 2019
  • Denver, CO
  • Host: Human Capital Institute (HCI)
  • Earn SHRM Credits
  • Topics covered:
    • Workplace Strategy
    • Technology
    • Business Acumen & Metrics
    • Compliance
    • Global HR
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Talent
    • Compensation & Benefits

6. SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) 2019 Annual Conference

  • June 23-26, 2019
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • For: HR generalists and all specialties
  • Keynote speakers: Martha Stewart, Brene Brown
  • Entertainment: Lionel Richie
  • Earn SHRM credits

7. World at Work Executive Compensation Forum

  • July 28-30, 2019
  • Denver, CO
  • For: Compensation specialists

8. HCI 2019 Employee Engagement Conference

  • July 29-31, 2019
  • Denver, CO
  • Host: Human Capital Institute (HCI)
  • For: HR professionals interested in employee engagement programs

9. California HR Conference

  • August 19-21, 2019
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Host: Professionals In Human Resources Association
  • Early rate ends May 31
  • For: California-based HR generalists and specialists
  • Earn HRCI and SHRM credits

10. HR Florida Conference and Expo

  • August 25-28, 2019
  • Orlando, FL
  • Host: HR Florida State Council
  • For: Florida-based HR generalists and specialists
  • Earn HRCI and SHRM credits

11. 2019 Learning and Leadership Development Conference

  • Conference: September 10-12, 2019
  • Course: September 12-13, 2019
  • Boston, MA
  • Discount rate ends May 19
  • Host: Human Capital Institute (HCI)
  • For: Talent acquisition specialists, corporate coaches

12. Texas SHRM Global HR Conference

  • September 11, 2019
  • Houston, TX
  • Host: Texan Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • For: Texas-based HR generalists and specialists

13. 2019 Ohio HR Conference

  • September 18-20, 2019
  • Columbus, OH
  • Host: Ohio SHRM State Council
  • For: Ohio-based HR generalists and specialists

14. ASHHRA Annual Conference and Exposition

  • September 21-24, 2019
  • Chicago, IL
  • Host: The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
  • Special rate ends June 30
  • For: Human resources generalists and specialists who work in healthcare

15. TAtechNorthAmerica

  • September 24-26, 2019
  • Austin, Texas
  • Host: The Association for Talent Acquisition Solutions
  • Early rate ends June 26
  • For: Businesses that develop and market technology-based recruiting products and services
    • Corporate TA executives and recruiters
    • Applicant tracking system providers
    • Data and analytics companies
    • Job boards/search engines/aggregators
    • Online publishers
    • Recruitment marketers
    • AI and machine learning companies
    • Staffing firm executives

16. IPMA-HR International Training Conference

  • September 22-25, 2019
  • Miami, FL
  • Host: International Public Management Association for Human Resources
  • For: HR generalists and specialists

17. Talent Connect

  • September 25-27, 2019
  • Dallas, TX
  • Host: LinkedIn
  • For: Human resources generalists and talent acquisition/development specialists

18. HR Technology Conference

  • October 1-4, 2019
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Host: LRP Publications, Human Resource Executive
  • For: Professionals who work in HR technology

19. CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2019

  • October 20-22, 2019
  • Aurora, CO
  • Host: College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
  • For: Human resource professionals working in higher education

20. CWC 2019 Compliance Conference

  • October 23-25, 2019
  • Nashville, TN
  • Host: The Center for Workplace Compliance
  • For: Members of the host association The Center for Workplace Compliance  (Membership information can be found on their website)

21. 2019 Strategic HR Forum

  • October 27-29, 2019
  • Boston, MA
  • Host: SHRM Executive Network HR People & Strategy
  • For: Senior HR professionals

22. The HRSouthwest Conference

  • October 27-30, 2019
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Host: Dallas HR
  • For: Southwest U.S.-based HR generalists and specialists

23. HR Comply

  • November 14-15, 2019
  • Nashville, TN
  • Host: Business and Legal Resources
  • For: Senior HR professionals, executives, business owners, employment law specialists, compliance managers

How To Get The Most Out Of An HR Conference

Research the classes and presenters. List the sessions you want to attend. If you are bringing team members, divide and conquer. You may be tempted to attend sessions as a group (we hope you are friends), but you will miss the concurrent events. Maximize your investment by spreading out. You can share what you learned with scheduled co-training after the conference.

Write down questions you want to ask the speakers. When you get to the conference, review your notes and questions so you don’t forget anything.

How To Convince Your Boss To Let You Go

Plan ahead. Research conferences early. This will give you time to get approval (and craft your pitch). Follow company policy for conference requests. Write a letter to the decision maker if required. Keep it short and to the point. Include the questions you are planning to ask presenters. Explain how each class/workshop will solve an HR problem in your company. If you are in charge of the departmental budget—make sure you allocate the funds for registration, travel, and lodging.

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