As unpredictable as the past few years have been, we won’t try to tell you precisely what’s in store for 2023. However, slowly but surely, the world is returning to some of its pre-pandemic norms. That being said, the human resources (HR) industry is going to match the shifts of the global workforce. Namely, you can expect to see a mixture of virtual and in-person HR events much in the same way that jobs will be more of a mix of virtual and physical commuting. Remote jobs and the remote lifestyle are here to stay.
“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” — David Ogilvy
Keeping in line with the remote trend, some of the biggest HR conferences in the country, are going virtual this coming year. Of course, in the competitive market for top talent, recruiters and HR pros can’t afford to miss the chance to network and grow their skills. Now, because we wanted to help save you some time digging around the internet, we crafted a list of both the best in-person and virtual HR conferences for 2023 with times, dates, locations, and registration links. You can stay up to date with HR news and events by signing up for various HR newsletters as well.
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1. SHRM23 Annual Conference & Expo
Conference Organizer: Society for Human Resource Management Foundation
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada (in-person & virtual passes available)
Dates: June 11-14
The SHRM Annual Conference & Expo is one of the largest HR professional gatherings on the planet with 25,000 attendees and more than 1,000 international delegates. This electrifying four-day event is a must-attend for recruiters, managers, executive assistants, and students to meld minds and share their love and tips for HR. An international group of speakers host panels on education, networking, and practical solutions for the talent industry.
Buzz: Whether you enjoy TED-style talks on Smart Stages for deeper dives into workshops or listening to thought leaders present Change-Maker sessions, SHRM23 is all set to satisfy you. Plus, the diverse session formats, provide equal opportunity for learners of different styles to absorb and implement the content.
“With more than 200 concurrent sessions, there’s a good chance you’ll attend a session that’ll give you exactly what you’re looking for and will help you advance your career, develop new skills, and help you apply your learnings” — HR University
2. 30th HR Summit 2023
Conference Organizer: Summit Events
Location: Dolce CampoReal, Lisbon (in-person)
Dates: October 11-13
HRS23 is another high-level in-person HR conference for senior HR decision-makers looking to find the best approach for exceeding all of the key performance indicators of employee satisfaction and talent development.
Buzz: With 30 years, the Summit is well-established and proven as a time and cost-effective way to learn about the latest developments in the HR industry. Join with like-minded peers to adjust and innovate in the workplace and source partners for upcoming projects. HRS23 features more than 40 HR and leadership and development experts covering organizational development, succession management, leadership development, and employee engagement. An additional 80 budget-holding, senior HR delegates from top companies in Ireland and the UK will be present. The primary job titles in attendance are Heads and Directors of HR and Heads and Directors of People.
“A very well organized event with lots of like-minded individuals, no pushy sales techniques; just genuine opportunities to build relationships. Networking in the real sense of the word” — Clare Marshall, Head of People at Antic
3. The Future of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 2023
Dates: March 15-16
The Future of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 2023 focuses on, well, you guessed it — diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Despite increasing awareness of the problem, HR departments and organizations continue to struggle with significantly improving DEI. Many companies need to put an even stronger emphasis on becoming more culturally, gender, and ethnically diverse. Following Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement, the world is watching how organizations and their leaders respond.
Buzz: Diversity is no longer just a buzzword…or at least, companies really can’t afford to let it be. Heads of People and other HR managers have to make sure that they keep it top of mind and let it affect their approach to selecting and retaining talent in a meaningful way. The most intelligent organizations link DEI to employee engagement, innovation, ethics, leadership, and productivity. This virtual HR event will showcase successful organizations in this realm and highlight methods for using DEI to also gain a competitive advantage.
“The event will look at how DEI is integrated into the organizational mission and how it is supported by the larger corporate culture” — HR.com
4. Transform 2023
Conference Organizer: Transform
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada (in-person)
Dates: March 27-29
Transform 2023 is about gamifying HR to improve feedback, overall communication, and boost the candidate experience. Transform dives deep into how executives and management can future-proof their organizations.
Buzz: Companies from AirBnB to Uber and Amazon attend this mega in-person HR conference to rub elbows with the most prominent HR executives and the leading minds forging the future of work. Come to Transform 2023 to stay at the forefront of the industry and set your company up to win for decades to follow.
“Engage with a thoughtfully curated group of your peers in senior roles at forward thinking companies” — Transform
5. Grace Hopper Celebration
Conference Organizer: AnitaB.org
Location: TBD (in-person & virtual)
Dates: September 26-29
The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) saw more than 30,000 attendees from over 115 countries in 2020. This conference is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Among her many contributions, Grace Hopper helped invent the first computer language compiler and was the first woman recipient of the National Medal of Technology before being posthumously given the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to the field of computing. In honor of this pioneer, thousands gather in-person and virtually to continue the momentum she started towards achieving intersectional gender and pay parity in tech.
Buzz: The AnitaB.org flagship event places the career interests and research of women in computing in the spotlight, and celebrates the contributions of women in the tech world. The conference gives attendees networking opportunities as well as mentoring and collaborative proposals. The conference presenters are industry thought leaders and implementers.
“If women want to ensure themselves a meaningful place in the future, they need to be among those determining how the technology will be used” — Anita Borg
6. WorldatWork Total Rewards ’23
Conference Organizer: Total Rewards
Location: San Diego, California (in-person)
Dates: October 4-6
Connect with Total Rewards employees and managers, solution providers, other HR pros, and thought leaders to gain new insights, connections, resources, and vision.
Buzz: Come to this in-person human resources conference to network and prepare to make the smartest decisions about the workplace, hiring, and retaining talent. More specifically, you’ll learn to build a sales pipeline, develop partnerships, launch new products, and share thought leadership.
“It’s true — absence does make the heart grow fonder” — WorldatWork
7. 2023 IPMA – HR Annual Conference
Location: San Diego, California (in-person)
Dates: Fall 2023
IPMA – HR Annual Conference is the perfect place to get energized and reinvigorate your passion for HR by listening to panels, participating in interactive workshops, and learning strategies for handling HR challenges.
Buzz: This conference is designed for everyone from executives to HR specialists. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and become better-equipped to thrive in the HR field and advance their careers to new heights.
“Whether you’re an executive or an HR specialist, you’ll leave better equipped and motivated to overcome challenges and take your organization — and your career — to the next level” — 10Times
8. AHRD 2023 International Research Conference
Conference Organizer: Academy of Human Resource Development
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota (in-person)
Dates: March 1-4
AHRD is celebrating its 30th Annual International Research Conference through the theme of relating, reconnecting, and advocating during societal and digital transformation.
Buzz: The Board of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) is excited to have an in-person conference once again. AHRD continues the tradition of guiding the next wave of HR professionals towards a brighter future.
“AHRD is an inclusive organization and invites all those who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on their scholarly journey” — AHRD
9. InspireHR West Conference
Location: Oakland, California (in-person)
Dates: March 6-7
The InspireHR West Conference helps determine the future of human resources. One of the key goals of this expo is to provide HR professionals with an idea of what is coming next in the industry and how the workplace is evolving. InspireHR West frequently attracts Silicon Valley companies and their leaders, who also happen to be among the most innovative and experienced pros in the world. More than 80 presenters offer industry insights, cutting-edge workplace data and analytics, tools and resources, and strategies to boost employee engagement, culture, globalization, and to cultivate leadership internally.
Buzz: InspireHR West is a collaborative event that emphasizes the individual as opposed to keeping the spotlight entirely on the presenters. However, it’s still a big enough draw to attract world-class speakers, yet intimate enough for relationship-building. Additionally, the reception features a DJ, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.
“The InspireHR West Conference will continue its well-known experience of community-building, networking, and professional development opportunities, now in an online conference experience” — HR.com
10. EmpowerHR Tech Americas Conference
Location: Oakland, California (in-person)
Dates: March 7-8
EmpowerHR Tech Americas will supply HR Professionals with best practices for using technology to address today’s top HR issues, trends, problems, and challenges.
Buzz: This conference is designed to “empower” the attendees to get the most value from HR technologies. This includes tips for getting more value from the tech you already have, plus enabling you to learn about and get demos of the latest solutions on the market.
“You’ll leave better informed and able to confidently plan and execute your organization’s HR strategy into the future.” — HR.com
11. HR Technology Conference
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada (in-person & virtual)
Dates: February 18-March 2 (online), October 10-13 (in-person)
HR Technology Conference centers around the future of human resources systems and technology. With more than 20 years under its belt, this in-person conference manages to attract more than 10,000 attendees every year along with 450 vendors.
Buzz: Everything from payroll automation to tracking software is on display at HR Tech Conference and generally, the thousands of products that are showcased are designed to be fast, accurate, easy-to-use, and scalable. Each year, 100 products are premiered at this expo. Between networking events and hands-on demos, HR Tech also boasts a number of amazing public speakers, sessions, and panels on a wide variety of topics such as DEI.
“Founded in 1997, the HR Technology Conference is the world’s leading event on HR technology, covering all the latest trends. From strategy and selection to post-implementation, HR Tech is a pivotal stop for all organizations on their HR journey” — GlobeNewswire
12. InspireHR 2023
Location: Nashville, Tennessee (in-person & virtual)
Dates: Fall 2023
InspireHR 2023 is a 3-day immersive HR Learning experience. You’ll hear from top experts in the field, bring incredible value to your team, and discover fascinating new solutions.
Buzz: This is the conference that grows HR careers. The hybrid conference includes tracks such as Digital Transformation, Skill Development, and Talent Acquisition, where you will hear from 4 keynote presenters you won’t want to miss.
“Overcome industry challenges by arming yourself with strategies, connections, and tools to maximize your potential & inspire your workforce.” — HR.com
13. EmpowerHR Talent Acquisition & DEIB
Location: Phoenix, Arizona (in-person)
Dates: May 16-17
This one-of-a-kind event will bring together leading experts and practitioners to share their knowledge and research on creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace. Attendees can look forward to valuable insights into the latest trends, such as how to address disparities among groups of different ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, races and backgrounds; how to create a safe space for everyone; and how to foster a culture of respect and inclusion.
Buzz: Attendees will have the chance to hear real stories from people who have experienced discrimination and injustice firsthand – providing an important reminder of why DEIB initiatives are so vital. The goal of the EmpowerHR conference is not only to equip attendees with the tools they need to drive positive change in their workplaces but also to inspire them by highlighting the impact that DEIB initiatives can have on our society as a whole.
“Together these conferences bring two functions together that must collaborate and learn from each other, but too often have not. Participants from both conferences can hold critical yet overdue conversations, make new connections, and identify ways to progress as partners. What an opportunity to come together!” — HR.com
14. UNLEASH America Conference & Expo
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada (in-person)
Dates: April 26-27
UNLEASH America Conference & Expo is a premier event for professionals looking to embrace the future of work and create meaningful, sustainable impact in their organizations. With world-renowned speakers, innovative workshops, and inspiring stories, this event is designed to inspire and equip attendees to lead with purpose, build high-performing teams, and drive meaningful results
Buzz: This conference is where the world’s HR Leaders come to do business and learn. Discover inspirational stories and expertise through amazing keynote speakers that will change the way you think about HR and innovation.
“It’s all about building community around the mission – UNLEASH gives us a global platform to share our story.” — NASA
15. HRD Collective North America
Dates: May 17
HRD Collective North America hosts over 3000+ delegates and more than 25 speakers across 6 interactive work streams. The streams focus on learning and culture, employee experience, talent, leadership, and strategy.
Buzz: This fully interactive virtual conference facilitates peer-to-peer engagement and collaborative sessions to help you create a joyful and productive company culture.
“Change is a marathon, not a sprint, but you can ensure your organization has the tools to keep up through the uncertain times ahead” — HRD Summit
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People Also Ask These Questions About HR Conferences
Q: What is a Human Resources conference?
- A: A Human Resources Conference is a gathering designed for networking and improving ones’ skills as a recruiter or Head of People.
Q: Why should I attend an HR conference?
- A: Recruiting and keeping top talent is increasingly more difficult as companies compete for employee satisfaction. An HR conference will help you and your organization stay ahead of the competition.
Q: What are some HR conference topics?
- A: Some common HR topics include: Recruiting strategies, diversity / equity / inclusion (DEI), employee engagement, and the newest HR tools and technology.
Q:Where can I find upcoming HR conferences in my area?
- A: HR.com and, of course, this list both feature a number of great HR conferences from around the country.
Q: How does a virtual HR conference work?
- A: A virtual HR conference works via video presentations, streaming, and often boasts many of the same perks and educational benefits as an in-person conference.
Q: Are there virtual HR conferences I can attend?
- A: Yes, and many of the virtual conferences included on this list are free.
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