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9 human resources conferences to attend in 2023

HR conferences help human resources departments and leaders learn about the latest trends and technology to improve employee experience, recruiting and retention.

Human resources and employment continue to change at a rapid pace along with supporting technology. HR conferences can help companies stay up to date on the latest trends, strategies and industry knowledge.

In 2022, the Great Resignation and the COVID-19 pandemic saw numerous employees quitting their jobs and taking on new responsibilities. People also started working from home more regularly, which required new strategies for virtual meetings and connections. New HR buzzwords, such as quiet quitting, started trending as employees changed their mindset about their experience to create a better work-life balance.

Keeping up with all the latest strategies to build a diverse workforce can be challenging. New technologies can enhance the digital workspace for remote work and change the way employees complete their jobs.

Check out this list of conferences to stay updated on all the new technology, data and strategies to improve employee experience, recruiting and engagement.

1. Reworked Connect

When: May 10-12

Where: Austin, Texas

Cost: Standard: $1,295; VIP: $2,295

Where to register: https://www.reworked.co/connect

This conference will address employee experience and its future in the areas of the digital workplace, AI and talent development. Speakers will also discuss how to build, implement and grow employee experience programs.

Speakers include the following:

  • Ryan Anderson, vice president of global research and insights at MillerKnoll.
  • Shawnté Cox Holland, senior HR business partner of finance at Vanguard.
  • Ice-T, actor, author and MC.
  • Spencer Mains, head of digital workplace experience at Pacific Gas and Electric.
  • Temitope Sadiku, strategic planning lead of strategy, transformation, agile and digital revolution at The Kraft Heinz Company.

2. Future of Work USA

When: June 6-7

Where: Chicago

Cost: $650

Where to register: https://futureworkseries.com/usa-2023/

This conference focuses on the latest trends in the work environment, including HR technology, workplace transformation, digital workspace, workforce management, diversity, inclusion and talent management.

Speakers include the following:

  • Yemi Akisanya, global head of diversity, equity and inclusion at Groupon.
  • Shaelyn Otikor-Miller, head of global digital workplace strategy and senior vice president at Northern Trust Asset Servicing.
  • Jeana Munoz, chief people officer at Havas Media North America.
  • Da'Mon Wardlow, vice president of people and culture at Toms King.

3. HR Tech Live APAC

When: June 6-8

Where: Virtual

Cost: Free

Where to register: https://www.hrexchangenetwork.com/events-hr-tech-apac

The rise of remote and hybrid work has changed the way HR teams handle tasks such as recruiting, interviewing and supporting employees. This conference will discuss how the future of HR technology will support flexible working arrangements, analyze employee performance with AI, use mobile-friendly recruitment and match employees with opportunities.

Speakers include the following:

  • Urvi Jobalia, global head of resourcing, transformation, technology and operations at Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Quentin O'Grady, global lead of analytics and organizational design at Workforce Planning Global.
  • Lena Thompson, consultant at Future of Work.
  • Julie Sloan, chief executive at Workforce Planning Global.

4. SHRM Annual Conference & Expo

When: June 11-14

Where: Las Vegas and virtual

Cost: In person: $2,195-$2,595; Virtual: $1,295-$1,695

Where to register: https://annual.shrm.org/

There are 275 educational sessions at this annual conference for all levels of HR professionals to address the changing work landscape. Tracks include topics such as compensation, benefits, employee law, inclusion, HR technology, recruitment, workplace culture and people management.

Speakers include the following:

  • Mitch Albom, author, columnist and radio host.
  • Starla Sampaco, journalist and founder at Career Survival Guide.
  • Zig Serafin, CEO at Qualtrics.
  • Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO at Society for HR Management.

5. Human Capital Institute: Use Tech & Data to Enhance the Employee Experience

When: Aug. 23

Where: Virtual

Cost: $195

Where to register: https://www.hci.org/conferences/use-tech-data-enhance-employee-experience

This virtual conference explains how to use data and technology to create a better employee experience. Attendees will also be able to access a digital resource center with videos and information. Attendees can also earn four HR Certification Institute credits, four SHRM Professional Development Credits, four Human Capital Institute credits and three Association for Talent Development credits.

6. HR Technology Conference & Exposition

When: Oct. 10-13

Where: Las Vegas

Cost: Individual: $595-$2,495; Team: $396-$1,278 per pass

Where to register: https://www.hrtechnologyconference.com/inperson

This conference showcases the latest HR technology and emerging trends in digital workspace. Speakers will address how to make workforce tech decisions and use data insights to move forward in HR either with current or new technology.

Speakers include the following:

  • Jason Averbook, senior partner and global leader of digital HR strategy at Mercer.
  • Josh Bersin, global industry analyst and CEO at The Josh Bersin Company.
  • Stacey Harris, chief research officer and managing partner at Sapient Insights Group.

7. Gartner ReimagineHR Conference

When: Oct. 23-25

Where: Orlando

Cost: $4,250

Where to register: https://www.gartner.com/en/conferences/na/human-resource-us

The 2023 conference planning is still underway. In 2022, this annual conference addressed attracting, engaging and retaining a diverse workforce; building social and emotional connections with employees; creating networks for innovation; and using analytics and judgment to make business decisions. Speakers have not yet been announced.

8. InspireHR

When: Fall 2023 (TBD)

Where: Nashville, Tenn.

Cost: TBD

Where to register: https://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/live_events/inspirehr-2023

The 2023 conference planning is still underway. This conference typically addresses HR trends, case studies, research and innovation. Speakers have not yet been announced.

9. SHRM Inclusion

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Where: Savannah, Ga., and virtual

Cost: In-person: $1,595-$1,995; Virtual: $1,195-$1,595

Where to register: https://store.shrm.org/INCLUSION-2023

This conference addresses diversity, equity and inclusion. Speakers will address how to build an inclusive and innovative culture. Various workshops and seminars will be based on an attendee's experience level. These workshops and seminars qualify for additional professional development credits. Speakers have not yet been announced.

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