Top HR Conferences to Attend in 2018

Top HR Conferences to Attend in 2018

Where is the best place to learn the latest industry trends, hear from industry thought leaders, and network with your peers? HR conferences of course.

As a busy HR professional, it can be challenging to break out of the avalanche of daily responsibilities and gain some perspective on your HR practice.

Luckily, you’re not alone! There is an entire community of HR professionals looking to grow their career and networks too. You just need to know where to look. To help you find the conference that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up the top upcoming HR conferences across the country

(Events with an asterisk indicate that Namely will be in attendance—we hope to see you there!)


1. HCI 2018 Workforce Planning & People Analytics Conference

Miami, FL | February 27-March 1

Are you tasked with the responsibility of growing your company's workforce this year? Then this is conference for you. Attendees receive helpful guidance on how to make strategic and data-driven hiring decisions.


2. *HR West 2018

Oakland, CA | March 5-7

Brought to you by the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), HR West covers topics particularly relevant to practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area, such as globalization, the hi-tech boom, and ever-evolving definitions of work.


3. SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

Washington D.C. | March 12-14

Compliance can be one of the biggest hurdles in the field of HR. Professionals from across the nation attend this conference to catch up on the latest HR legislation and stay ahead of the curve.


4. ATD Core 4 Conference 2018 - Foundations of Talent Development

Philadelphia, PA | March 22-23

Looking to build out your onboarding and talent development initiatives? This conference equips you with the tools to build a better learning experience for your employees.


5. Greenhouse OPEN

New York, NY | April 2-4

Join talent acquisition thought leaders for three days of interactive workshops, roundtables, and problem-solving sessions. The way we work is changing rapidly, and this is an opportunity to help drive the future of recruiting


6. Health and Benefits Leadership Conference

Las Vegas, NV | April 4-6

Benefits have become an increasingly important piece in attracting and retaining employees.  Learn how to craft a robust benefits program that appeals to candidates without breaking the bank.


7. SIOP 2018

Chicago, IL | April 19-21

If employee relations is your bread and butter, get up to date on the latest in industrial and organizational psychology. Thought leaders at SIOP will give you the tools you need to bring the human side to HR.


8. ATD 2018 International Conference & Exposition

San Diego, CA | May 6-9

Join an expert community of practitioners to get up to date on best practices and solutions for your training and learning programs. Get the know-how to offer your employees top of the line development opportunities.


9. APA 2018 Annual Congress

National Harbor, MD | May 15-19

Take part in the world’s largest payroll conference and unite with an enthusiastic group of compliance aficionados. Register for a week of new insights, numerous workshops, and networking.


10. HCI 2018 Performance Management Innovation Conference

Chicago, IL | May 17-18

The landscape of performance management is evolving. Annual reviews have become a way of the past as the focus shifts to goal-setting, coaching, and ongoing feedback. Learn how to align your practice with the changing tide.


11. WorldatWork 2018 Total Rewards

Dallas, TX | May 21-23

Compensation is no longer as simple as basic health coverage. This conference will help you find creative ways to optimize your total rewards package to best reward and engage employees.


12. HCI 2018 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

Miami, FL | June 5-7

Hiring quickly and efficiently is more important than ever. This conference gives you the tools to optimize your talent acquisition efforts and bring in top talent at scale.


13. *HR Redefined

New York, NY | June 7-8

Join HR professionals from across the country to hear from industry experts, share insights, and make long-lasting connections. Plus, participate in a one-of-a-kind idea hackathon. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2017 summit here.


14. *SHRM 2018 Annual Conference

Chicago, IL | June 17-20

SHRM is a great place to start for those who are either generalists, handle multiple parts of HR, or are in the early stages of their careers. Don’t miss the opportunity to select from a variety of sessions and get information that is tailored to your practice.


15. HCI 2018 Employee Engagement Conference

Denver, CO | July 30-August 1

Employee engagement can increase workplace productivity and overall happiness. This forum will provide ways to help you build a culture that attracts, engages, and retains employees.


16. *HR Florida Conference & Expo

Kissimmee, Florida | August 27-29

Don't miss the largest HR conference in the Sunshine State. The HR Florida Conference offers a selection of over 100 sessions from basic best practices to forward-looking trends, you'll find exactly what you need to take your HR practice to the next level.


17. *HR TechXpo

San Francisco, CA | August 28

When it comes to HR, California has a unique set of regulations and legislation that can be challenging to navigate. Be it paid leave, overtime, or complex hiring laws, HR TechXpo offers HR professionals the tools to tackle the state’s most daunting compliance challenges.


18. *HR Technology Conference

Las Vegas, NV | September 11-14

As technology reduces the time spent on administrative tasks, HR has the opportunity to allocate more time to engagement initiatives. Discover the latest HR technology trends to help you optimize tedious business processes.


19. The HRSouthwest Conference

Fort Worth, TX | October 14-17

This conference attracts attendees from across the nation for two and a half days of networking, interactive sessions, and educational speakers.

Don’t see the right fit? Be sure to check out your favorite associations to see even more local events and meetups.

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