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The Top HR Conferences in 2018 & 2019 You Can’t Afford to Miss [2019 Update]

HR Conferences in 2019

Which HR conferences are you interested in attending this year?

It’s hard to overstate the value of a good conference.  The benefits of networking alone are worth the investment. The problem is knowing which conferences are worth the cost. 

That’s where this list comes in. We’ve put together a list of all the best HR conferences for 2018 that will reward you with the most bang for your buck. Do what you can to make it to at least one of these HR events this year.

Let’s get started by digging into some tips for making the most of your experience.


Do Your Research

planning conference attendance

What are you looking to take home from the experience?

Once you’ve successfully acquired the buy-in you need for your conference, take some time to consider the speakers and topics that are applicable to you, make yourself a schedule. Decide when you’re going to be doing what so that you aren’t wasting time during the conference trying to figure out what to do next. Be sure to include time to break for food and time to rest if you need it.

Not every HR conference is going to be valuable to every attendee, and not every speaker’s content is going to align with your specific goals. Do a little digging before committing to a conference, and look up the speakers you’re considering listening to. Even the most riveting HR topics may not be delivered in a manner that suits your learning style. So look them up on Youtube, Twitter, and elsewhere, to determine if they are a good fit, and decide accordingly.

Note: If you have to travel for the conference, then you should definitely read our popular post: Work Travel Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

Bring a Conference Buddy (Or Make One at the Event)

Conference Buddy

In preparing for a conference, you will likely run into the problem that you can only be in one place at a time.

Bringing along a conference buddy, or meeting up with one, can help with that. Decide what activities matter to both of you, and divide and conquer, comparing notes when the day is over. Even when you both attend the same presentation, you’re likely to notice different things than your companion, and the difference in perspective will help you both glean the valuable information from the speaker.

Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities

Conference Networking

Do what you can to maximize your networking opportunities. Attend after parties (on your best behavior, of course). Stay in the designated hotel, as it puts you in proximity to other attendees. Give yourself time to mix and mingle at the conference, and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to strangers—you never know when an acquaintance will turn into a business contact.

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Now that we’ve gone through a few ways to prepare for your next HR conference, let’s delve into the conferences themselves. The following list is categorized by month and provides important details and suggestions for each of these valuable HR events.

HR Conferences in 2019

HR Conferences in January


  • Host: Global Strategic Management Institute
  • Dates: January 30 – February 1, 2019
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Summary: “Social Recruiting Conferences: Improve your social strategy with the best practices and data-driven solutions”
  • Price: $1,595
  • Who Should Attend: Talent acquisition professionals and recruiters who are looking to learn recruiting strategies, relevant technology and recruiting trends, take away actionable insights, and have networking opportunities to assist in future talent acquisition.

  • What’s Covered: The HR conference this year features keynote speakers that will cover topics like “Content Strategy for Talent Acquisition,” “Step-by-Step Video Campaigns for Talent Attraction,” and “A New Era of Hiring and Talent Assessment.” There will also be case study reviews for real-world applications.
  • Dining: This year’s San Francisco venue at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf includes the Wardroom and Brick & Beam restaurants. The Wardroom serves an excellent breakfast brunch with local cuisine every morning and Brick & Beam focuses their cuisine on locally sourced comfort food with fresh seafood options. Other great dining options nearby include Gary Danko, Cotogna, and Seven Hills farm to table Italian eatery.


HR Conferences in February

HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show

  • Host: Human Resource Professionals Association
  • Dates: January 30 – February 1, 2019
  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • Summary: This three-day conference and trade show features over 230 exhibitors, professional keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and sessions on how to solve current HR issues.
  • Price: $646–$1,970
  • Who Should Attend: As the largest human resources conference and trade show in Canada HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show covers cutting-edge issues. It is ideal for HR professionals looking to learn from and grow their professional network.

  • What’s Covered: Speakers at this year’s conference and trade show will cover topics like “Leading Voices Amplify Call for Change: #MeToo,” “The 5 Second Rule – Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career & Life,” and “Top-Down or Bottom-Up: What is the Best Approach to Change Management?” among many more.
  • Dining: This year’s convention will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building which is located near many excellent dining locations such as Grey Gardens, an upscale eatery near Kensington Market, Foxley an excellent Southeast Asian restaurant, or California Sandwiches for a filling and more affordable lunch or dinner option.


HR Conferences in March

HR West 2019

  • Host: Northern California Human Resources Association
  • Dates: March 11-13, 2019
  • Location: San Francisco Bay Area
  • Summary: Going on 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, this three-day networking event is for people with established HR programs who are looking beyond best practices to next practices. Professional collaborate and spend their time networking, learning, and getting inspired.
  • Price: $888 – $1,333 for NCHRA Members, $1,073 – $1,553 for Non-Members
  • Who Should Attend: HR West is ideal for people looking to network with others in the industry, recertification credit, or even those looking to partner with HR solutions providers.
  • What’s Covered: Over the course of the conference, HR professionals will cover topics ranging from law, benefits, and talent management, as well as HR strategy and leadership, recruiting, engagement and retention, and communications. The main keynote speaker of the HR West conference is Aaron Hurst, author of The Purple Economy.
  • Dining: The area surrounding the Oakland Convention Center is a melting pot of cultures with something for every foodie in your group. Nearby options include the Shandong Restaurant, featuring traditional Chinese food, Cosecha for homemade Mexican food, Kingston 11 Cuisine for classic Jamaican jerk chicken, and many more.


i4cp 2019 Conference

  • Host: i4cp
  • Dates: March 11 – 14, 2019
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Summary: This four-day networking event is only open to HR professionals who want to connect with peers in their field. No vendors or consultants are permitted to attend the event, making it the perfect, low-stress environment to connect with other industry thought leaders.
  • Price: $2,495 – $2,995
  • Who Should Attend: Leaders interested in taking their HR to the next level through next practices. This event allows industry leaders to explore new strategies and become better in their HR practices.
  • What’s Covered: Speakers are invited on an invitation-only basis can cover cutting-edge practices that have been implemented by other HR professionals, as well as topics on using technology to facilitate cultural change, and more. Some of the featured keynote speakers this year include Lucy Helm, Sanyin Siang, Jacqui Canney, and Dan Price.
  • Dining: The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located in an ideal area for anyone looking for a good meal. Local dining options include Bourbon Steak, featuring prime steaks, Grassroots Kitchen and Tap featuring fresh American food with a local flair, or Sapporo for Japanese teppanyaki-style dining.

HR in Hospitality

  • Host: HR in Hospitality
  • Dates: March 25-27, 2019
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Summary: This event features 46 different speakers and 20 sessions in both law and HR. Industry leaders invited to this event include experts from Jack in the Box, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Two Roads Hospitality, and Hilton Worldwide. This conference is specifically for individuals that work in the hospitality industry.
  • Price: $1,225 – $1,625
  • Who Should Attend: This HR conference has hundreds of attendees every year and has been designed and targeted towards those in the hospitality industry including Labor and Employment professionals.
  • What’s Covered: This year’s conference will cover topics related to women in leadership, legal issues and compliance, trends for HR engagement, metrics, culture, diversity and inclusion, performance management, and more.
  • Dining: This year’s annual convention will be held at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Located in the heart of Vegas, there’s no end of dining options including some of the best high-end restaurants like Wolfgang Puck’s Spago and the Nobu Restaurant in Caesars Palace. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it in Vegas.

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HR Conferences in April

HRPS Annual Conference

  • Host: Society for Human Resource Management
  • Dates: April 7-10, 2019
  • Location: Aventura, Florida
  • Summary: HR executives looking to stay ahead of the curve will benefit from this intimate environment that provides ample networking opportunities with influential leaders. Discussions are a regular part of each session, so attendees can learn from one another.
  • Price: $2,095–$3,790
  • Who Should Attend: Not for beginners, this conference is aimed at HR leaders and executives with 15 or more years of experience who can implement planning and strategy in their organizations.
  • What’s Covered: The HRPS Annual Conference will focus on the role of HR leaders and how they can shape businesses and drive culture. The keynote speakers for next year’s conference have not yet been determined, so stay tuned for updates!
  • Dining: The Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa offers its own array of fresh dining options with bold flavors to please any visitors in your group. Check out the Bourbon Steak restaurant for hand-cut steaks or the Corsair Kitchen & Bar for fresh American cuisine.

Talent Management Conference and Exposition

  • Host: Society for Human Resource Management
  • Dates: April 8-10, 2019
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Summary: This conference is designed to help your organization keep up with industry trends so you maintain your competitive advantage. With more than 1400 people attending the conference and over 80 sessions to listen to and learn from, there’s something for everyone.
  • Price: $1,130 – $1,890 (early bird registration ends March 1, 2019)
  • Who Should Attend: This conference focuses on those that work in talent acquisition and management industries including HR Managers, recruiters and generalists in the HR field. Those working towards their SHRM certification or recertification can also get professional development credits by attending.
  • What’s Covered: This year’s conference will feature over 100 different companies as well as seminars with titles like, “Top Recruiting Challenges and Trends Revealed,” “Creating Your Organization’s Strategy,” and “Recruiting Isn’t Strategic. But Hiring Is.”
  • Dining: The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center offers a variety of dining options on-site so you don’t have to worry about running out to grab a bite if you want a break.


HR Conferences in April

ERE Recruiting Conference

  • Who Should Attend: This conference is ideal for talent acquisition professionals and most of the attendees are in management as Directors, Managers, or VPs in their respective companies.
  • What’s Covered: This HR recruiting conference covers a wide range of topics from how to lead acquisition and recruitment teams, improving interview processes, working with and improving hiring managers, diversity, onboarding, selecting candidates, and more. Speakers will cover topics such as “100 Trick to Appear Smart in Talent Acquisition” and “Building a Best-in-Campus Recruitment Strategy for Your Company.” There’s also various roundtable discussions and even yoga in the morning for those who are interested.
  • Dining: This year’s event will be held at the Marriott Marquis which is located near restaurants like Puesto, serving fresh Mexican fare, Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop, with top-quality meat, and Ironside Fish & Oyster with fresh seafood.


HR Conferences in May

ATD 2019 International Conference and Exposition

  • Host: Association for Talent Development
  • Dates: May 19-22, 2019
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Summary: The motto for this huge convention is “Help others reach their full potential by reaching yours.”
  • Price: $1,495–$2,500
  • Who Should Attend: This 4-day conference boasts over 10,000 attendees, more than 400 speakers, and over 300 sessions to choose from. Individuals looking to improve the delivery, strategy, management, and design of HR programs will enjoy attending the various sessions offered here.

  • What’s Covered: This year’s conference covers topics on career development, instructional design, learning technologies, management, training delivery, and more. Not to mention, the opening keynote speaker is Oprah Winfrey.
  • Dining: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located in the heart of Washington D.C. where there are endless dining options within walking distance.


HR Conferences in June

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

  • Host: Society for Human Resource Management
  • Dates: June 23-26, 2019
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Summary: “Internationally renowned speakers that offer fresh points of view and inspiring stories that can help shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of leadership, motivation, and success.”
  • Price: $1,490–$2,370
  • Who Should Attend: Over 200 concurrent sessions provide ample learning opportunities for any professionals in the HR industry. As an attendee, you are sure to leave with some new tools at your disposal, as well as an enhances perspective on HR industry solutions.

  • What’s Covered: The 2019 conference will cover topics ranging from Business & HR Strategy, Talent Management, Global HR, HR Compliance, and more. Keynote speakers this year include Adam Grant and Oscar Munoz. More details for the full 2019 program are coming soon, so check back for updates!
  • Dining: The Las Vegas Convention Center is conveniently located in downtown Las Vegas. Dining options are plentiful in the area and are easy to reach.


HR Conferences in August

California HR Conference

  • Host: Professionals In Human Resources Association
  • Dates: August 25-28, 2019
  • Location: Long Beach, California
  • Summary: “We offer a unique experience committed to your understanding of the trends and laws affecting the future of your business, to opportunities for purposeful networking, and to connecting HR communities.”
  • Price: $375–$949
  • Who Should Attend: HR professionals who want to learn more about leadership, employment law and legislation, strategic management, and global HR will find excellent resources they can use at the California HR Conference.
  • What’s Covered: Attendees can learn various topics ranging from cutting-edge HR strategies, professional development, employment law, nonprofit HR, as well as changing regulations and laws to keep your office in compliance.
  • Dining: The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center right in the heart of excellent dining and sightseeing options. Check out George’s Greek Cafe for inexpensive yet delicious Greek food or Under the Sun for healthy raw eating.


HR Florida Conference and Expo

  • Host: HR Florida State Council
  • Dates: August 25-28, 2019
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Summary: 3 days, 133 sessions, 2,000 attendees, and 300 sponsors and exhibitors contribute to this incredible comprehensive conference for HR professionals.
  • Price: $800–$1,449
  • Who Should Attend: HR professionals from every industry can learn how to master their field as well as earn credit towards the HR Certification Institute and SHRM certification.

  • What’s Covered: Master’s session, pre-conference activities, and keynote speakers are the highlights of this conference. 2019 keynote speakers include Shaun White, Derreck Kayongo, and Kris Boesch. More details on the conference are coming soon, so stay tuned.
  • Dining: The Gaylord Palms Resort has a number of dining options onsite for those who don’t want to travel to far for food.


HR Conferences in 2018

 HR Conferences in September

HR Conferences in September

HR Technology Conference

  • Host: LRP Publications, Human Resource Executive
  • Dates: Septemeber 11-14, 2018
  • Location: The Venetian, Las Vegas
  • Summary: The HR Technology Conference & Exposition is the world’s largest HR tech expo, and boasts tens of thousands of attendees.
  • Price: $395–$2,145
  • Who Should Attend: This HR conference is tailored to human resource professionals who are interested in leveraging technology to exceed employer expectations and achieve organizational success.
  • What’s Covered: This year features keynotes from Mike Rowe, Randi Zuckerberg, and Rita Mitjans.
  • Dining: As mentioned above, Las Vegas has, as a result of its robust tourism industry, a healthy variety of dining options for attendees to avail themselves of.


HR Conferences in September

ASHHRA Annual Conference and Exposition

  • Host: American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
  • Dates: September 15-18, 2018
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Summary: An HR conference dedicated specifically to human resources in the healthcare industry. Attendees are able to take advantage of general sessions, breakout sessions, networking events, and 175 exhibitors focused on advancing healthcare through HR.
  • Price: $200–$1,345
  • Who Should Attend: Human resource professionals in the healthcare industry.
  • What’s Covered: “Inspiring general sessions and breakout sessions feature healthcare specific topics you won’t find at other HR conferences.”
  • Dining: For a chic dining experience, try Eleven. For something with an upscale elegance, try Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.

HR Conferences in September

Crossroads Conference

  • Host: Utah Human Resource Council, Partners in Business
  • Dates: September 18-19
  • Location: Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, Utah
  • Summary: “Our mission is to provide an opportunity to network with peers, explore innovative solutions with vendors, and improve your knowledge as an HR professional.”
  • Price: TBA
  • Who Should Attend: HR managers interested in professional development and the exploration of top industry topics by a variety of powerful speakers.
  • What’s Covered: This conference features concurrent sessions, general sessions, two conference workshops, a networking event, and an ice cream snack break.
  • Dining: Nearby at the Provo Marriott is Slate Restaurant, with contemporary dining in a casual atmosphere. For those with more eclectic tastes, try Communal, or Black Sheep Cafe.


HR Conferences in September

IPMA-HR International Training Conference

  • Host: International Public Management Association for Human Resources
  • Dates: September 22-26, 2018
  • Location: Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Activities: “IPMA-HR is your resource for comprehensive and timely HR industry news, jobs, policies, resources, education, and professional development opportunities.”
  • Price: $649–$949
  • Who Should Attend: IPMA HR has been serving HR professionals since 1906 and its conference and expo appeal to all levels of human resource professionals.
  • What’s Covered: This event features four keynote speakers this year, including the likes of Kris Boesch and Eric Bailey.
  • Dining: There are several restaurants in the area that offer a beautiful view of the valley while you dine.

HR Conferences in October

HR conferences in October

2018 [email protected] Conference

  • Host: Human Capital Institute
  • Dates: October 3-5, 2018
  • Location: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Summary: “92% of business and HR leaders have identified the critical need to redesign their organization to meet new business demands. Yet only 14% of executives believe their company is ready to effectively redesign their organization. Join us at the 2018 [email protected] Conference to get started.”
  • Price: $795–$1,995
  • Who Should Attend: Human resource professionals focused on the employee experience and interested in learning more about engagement, development, wellness, and technology should consider attending this HR conference.
  • What’s Covered: Agenda TBA
  • Dining: Try Kitchen West for modern dining, or for a more relaxing experience, eat poolside at the Twisted Vine.


HR Conferences in October

CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2018

  • Host: College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
  • Dates: October 7-9, 2018
  • Location: JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel, Indianapolis, IN
  • Summary: “CUPA-HR conferences and symposiums are where higher ed HR professionals and industry experts connect, share ideas and solve problems together.”
  • Price:$155–$1,055
  • Who Should Attend: Human resource professionals working in higher education.
  • What’s Covered: In addition to concurrent sessions, keynotes, and pre-conference workshops, this conference also features “super sessions” and “micro sessions.”
  • Dining: Within the hotel, there is Osteria Pronto and High Velocity. For dining outside the hotel, there are several options available within half a mile.


HR conferences in October

The HR Southwest Conference

  • Host: DallasHR
  • Dates: October 14-17, 2018
  • Location: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Summary: “The HRSouthwest Conference (HRSWC)…is recognized today as the largest regional human resources event in the United States. The conference offers educational sessions, nationally renowned keynote speakers and a Marketplace of 200+ solution and service providers.”
  • Price:$279–$1,199
  • Who Should Attend: HR professionals interested in networking with 2,000+ attendees, exploring HR’s strategic role in their organization, learning about the challenges and opportunities surrounding the future of HR, and discovering new solutions to solve problems in the industry and streamline efforts.
  • What’s Covered: This conference offers educational sessions, an online learning center, pre-conference activities, and re-certification through SHRM.
  • Dining: Fort Worth is a sizable city, and there are numerous options both near and far.


HR Conferences in October

Talent Connect

  • Host: LinkedIn
  • Dates: October 9-11
  • Location: Anaheim, California
  • Summary: “Talent Connect is a three-day event that will elevate and inspire you to reimagine not just your future, but the future of your company.”
  • Price: TBA

  • Who Should Attend: Recruiters and professionals in the business of talent acquisition may gain the most value from this HR conference.
  • What’s Covered:  Agenda TBA
  • Dining: TBA


HR Conferences in November

HR Conference- HR Virtual Summit Hosted by BambooHR & Glassdoor

HR Virtual Summit

  • Host: BambooHR & Glassdoor
  • Dates: November 8th, 2018 (8-2 PST)
  • Location: Virtual
  • Summary: Experience the world’s largest virtual summit in the HR industry. Gain access to the latest hr and business insights and trends, with more than 60 presentations from top industry experts.
  • Price: Free
  • Who Should Attend: HR Professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and gain new insights from a wide range of industry leaders.
  • What’s Covered: The HR Virtual Summit offers the latest news and insights from industry experts, authors, thought leaders, executive coaches, and visionaries. There will be a comprehensive number of topics covered, which include company culture, diversity, compliance, and general HR needs. The opportunity to earn SHRM and HRCI credit is also available.
  • Dining: Enjoy a meal from the comfort of your own home or office as you take part in this year’s virtual summit.


HR Conferences in November

HR Comply

  • Host: Business and Legal Resources
  • Dates: November 14-16
  • Location: Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Summary: HR Comply (formerly the Advanced Employment Issues Symposium) is the nation’s leading human capital management conference for HR professionals, executives, and in-house counsel.

  • Price:$999–$1,199
  • Who Should Attend: Human resource professionals, executives, and in-house counsel that want to stay on top of employment law.
  • What’s Covered: This conference features pre-conference workshops, “hot topic power talks,” and keynote speeches.
  • Dining: The Las Vegas Strip offers a diverse selection of restaurants to suit any taste when it comes to dining experiences.

HR Conferences in December

  • Stay Tuned! More December HR events will be updated soon.

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