13 HR Conferences to check out in Q1 2020

If you’re anything like me, by January of next year your waistline will be a bit bigger than it is now. But you know what else will have fattened up a bit? Your events budget! We wanted to run through 13 great HR conferences in Q1 of next year that you’ll want to put on the calendar (and start convincing your boss to allocate $$$ to):

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HCI 2020 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

When: March 23 – 25, 2020

Where: Aventura, Florida

Price range: $1,795 – $3,300 (depending on pass)

Attendees: ~500

Link: here

The People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference, hosted by the Human Capital Institute, is an annual 3-day conference dedicated to hiring and workforce planning. helping companies Per its site, “In an era when top talent is harder than ever to find and keep, organizations that know how to plan for future talent needs and predict and measure the impact of talent initiatives will have a massive competitive advantage in their industries.” Plus it’s in Florida, which probably has better weather in March than wherever your office is! 

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Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

When: January 28 – 30, 2020

Where: San Francisco, CA

Price range: $1,495 – $2,685 (depending on pass)

Link: here

The Social Recruiting Strategies Conference (SRSC) is a yearly 3-day conference dedicated to emerging recruiting practices, the latest global recruiting trends, recruitment marketing, candidate engagement, recruiting tools, and technology. Per the site, you’ll be able to “join talent acquisition leaders to learn how to leverage best practices, metrics, tools and technology to win talent in a candidate-centric market.” And it’s here in San Francisco! 

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Next Practices Now

When: March 23 – 26, 2020

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Price range: $2,495 – $3,495 (depending on pass)

Link: here

Next Practices Now, hosted by i4cp, is a general HR conference dedicated to cutting-edge HR practices and technologies and designed for senior HR, talent, and learning teams. An interesting note about this conference is that it is closed to vendors and consultants, so talks and sessions are entirely dedicated to networking, thought leadership, etc. Per their website, “the i4cp Next Practices Now Conference offers superior networking and thought leadership so you can better understand and address the critical HR and workforce issues facing your organization.” The conference is in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona… bring your sunscreen. 

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HR West 2020

When: March 9 – 11, 2020

Where: Oakland, CA

Price range: $897 – $1,642 (depending on pass)

Attendees: ~1,000

Link: here

HR West is a 3-day general HR conference, with a special focus on the demanding compliance requirements and employment laws for teams in California (which is one of the most challenging areas to practice HR). This conference focuses on education, with 70 concurrent sessions (most for recertification credit) and separate tracks for Strategy & Leadership, Employment Relations, Law & Legislation, Culture, Engagement & Retention, Talent Development, Communicate & Relate, Talent Acquisition & Management, and Compensation. This conference is unique in that it has no main expo hall – just sessions, networking opportunities, and more informal events. And you’ll be able to get a taste of East Bay, as the conference is across the bridge in Oakland, CA. 

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#Hire2020 by Hiring Success

When: February 11 – 12, 2020

Where: San Francisco, CA

Price range: $250 – $895 (depending on pass)

Attendees: ~1,200

Link: here

#Hire2020 by Hiring Success is a 2-day conference focused on, you guessed it, hiring. Their sessions fall into three main categories, per their site: Inspiring Thought Leadership, Making Plans & Relationships, and Valuable Education & Certification. At a price point of under $1,000 per attendee, this conference is good value for the dozens of sessions and talks you’ll be able to learn from. And it takes place here in San Francisco, so attendees will be heavily tech-focused.

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Power Up HR: HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show

When: January 22 – 24, 2020

Where: Toronto, Canada

Price range: $393 – $1,970 (depending on pass)

Attendees: ~4,650

Link: here

North of the border in Toronto, Canada, the HRPA Annual Conference and Trade show is a general HR conference that touts itself as the largest HR event in Canada and the world’s second largest Human Resources Conference. Per their site, HRPA 2020 “brings together the people and companies redefining human resources to offer the industry’s boldest and brightest ideas, innovations, solutions, tools, resources and best practices.” The 3-day conference features over 75 education sessions across 12 learning tracks, which can earn you up to 8 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours each day towards your HRPA designation. You’ll also hear from 8 keynote speakers, and be accompanied by over 4,500 other global HR professionals. 

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Manchester HR Summit

When: February 13, 2020

Where: Manchester, UK

Price range: Free

Attendees: ~65

Link: here

Head across the pond for the Manchester HR Summit, a highly-exclusive 1-day event dedicated to bringing together buyers and suppliers in the HR industry. The summit is highly exclusive, with only 65 delegates (not to be confused with attendees), and an agenda filled with pre-arranged meetings between delegates and suppliers of their choice, as well as tailored seminars. Per their site, “the Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars, and valuable networking opportunities, all to enable you to create lasting business relationships. You can apply to attend or receive more information on their site. There is also a London HR Summit in September, which is bigger and more like a traditional conference (keynotes, sessions, etc).


SHRM Events in Q1

The Society for Human Resource Management is an organization dedicated to promoting HR as a profession and provides education, certification, networking opportunities, thought leadership, and content to HR professionals. If you work in HR, you’ve probably heard of SHRM or are one of its 300,000+ members. 

SHRM puts on lots of events every year, split between national conferences and local state and affiliate conferences. There’s no less than 6 of them in Q1, and here they are! 

National SHRM Conferences

Advocacy@Work

When: March 15-17, 2020

Where: Washington, D.C. 

Price range: $850 – $1,325 (depending on pass)

Attendees: ~500

Link: here

Advocacy@Work is a national conference centered around public policy and legislation that affects the workplace. Per the conference’s site, you will “Roll up your sleeves at Advocacy@Work and learn how to develop and use your voice to change workplace public policy at the national, state, and local levels. You’ll learn from subject matter experts and Capitol Hill veterans how to craft structured arguments that can be applied to advocating on the hill and on the job.” The highlight of the conference is Advocacy Day, in which you’ll be able to speak directly with members of Congress and discuss how pending legislation impacts your workplace and community. The conference also features the usual bevy of keynote speeches, networking sessions, and workshops. All this takes place in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

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State & Affiliate SHRM Conferences

SOAHR 2020: Unleash the Future

When: March 23 – 25, 2020

Where: Atlanta, GA

Price range: $479 – $639 (depending on pass)

Link: here

SOAHR is the annual conference of SHRM-Atlanta, the premier HR community in Atlanta. SHRM-Atlanta has over 2,000 members representing more than 1,300 organizations in the metro Atlanta area. SOAHR is a general HR conference, with 6 separate content tracks: HR Innovates, Business & Strategy, Wellbeing Works, Talent & Culture, Professional Development, and Legal-Ease. If you attend, you’ll get the usual mix of speakers, interactive sessions, and networking hours. At under $1,000 per attendee, this conference is great value for the amount of content.

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Washington State SHRM Employment Law & Human Resource Conference

When: March 13, 2020

Where: Bellevue, Washington

Price range: $399 – $574 (depending on pass)

Attendees: Not listed

Link: here

This 1-day event and the Oregon event below are general HR conferences with a focus on labor and employment laws. If you live in either of these states, you should consider checking them out because understanding the legal and regulatory framework of HR is super important. They are also relatively cheap, at under $1,000 per attendee, and under $500 with early bird pricing.

At the Washington event, you’ll get keynote speeches, and sessions broken into the following tracks: Recruiting, Technology, Legal, Senior HR, Generalist, and Learning & Development.

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Oregon SHRM – 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference

When: February 27, 2020

Where: Portland, OR

Price: $249 (early bird pass)

Link: here

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San Joaquin SHRM Conference

When: January 8, 2020

Where: Stockton, CA

Price range: $159 – $210A

Link: here

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Philly SHRM Symposium

When: March 30 – 31, 2020

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Price range: $350 – $550 (depending on pass)

Link: here

Last but not least we have the Pennsylvania SHRM conference, the Philly SHRM Symposium. Per the conference website, The Philly SHRM Symposium is a multi-day focused on “advancing the HR profession and business community through both educational programs and personal connections.” You’ll get 2 days of speakers, sessions, and keynotes at around $500 per attendee.

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