Top HR Conferences You Can't Miss [2020 Update]

Find the top people operations conferences to attend. From WorkHuman to HireConf to the free HR Virtual Summit - there is something for every HR professional. 

Last updated 11/24/2020

The Rise of HR & People Operations Conferences

With the way we work rapidly transforming due to technology, research, and changes in the economy, it's not really a surprise by the number of new HR conferences popping up every year.

HR as a department and a function are transitioning into a new modern take named People Operations. Along with it are new best practices, trends, and methods for ways of working. 

Conferences are an excellent way to keep abreast of changes, network with like-minded individuals and be inspired by the future of work, even if you have to do it virtually for a bit.

Below is a list of the top conferences for 2020 & early 2021. If you don't see something on the list, let us know

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September 2020

HR & Employee Experience Week

September 14 - 18 | £2,200 | London

Spend a week immersed into the best-practices and unconventional approaches to culture, leadership, organizational design and future of work. Every day will consist of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtable discussions and visits to the top companies who are creating the best working environments for people. Some people call our format a 'design safari', some say it's a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip.

The State of Today's HR Tech Stack 

September 16 - 17 | Free | Virtual

HRD, A Virtual Experience

September 17 | Free | Virtual

HRD: A Virtual Experience will play host to the most innovative people leaders on the globe, welcoming over 3,000+ delegates and 25 speakers across 5 interactive work streams, including strategy & leadership, talent, employee experience, learning and culture

H.U.G. Digital -- Next Generation HR

September 22 - 23 | Free | Virtual

H.U.G. Digial is an online event for HR managers, recruiters and decision-makers who want to dig deep rather than just scratch the surface when it comes to information. We’ll share the stage together with a number of HR pioneers and other experts from the world of politics and research to take a look ahead at what the current changes in the world of HR will bring.

I4CP Next Practices Now (Virtual) Conference

September 28 - October 1 | Full Rates Starting at $495 for members & $695 for non-members | Virtual

Four days of learning, collaboration, networking, and special events to unlock next practices in human capital.

October 2020


Virtual HR Expo

October 5 - 9, 2020 | $29 - $49 | Virtual

This event is the first of its kind in our industry for HR leaders. 100 percent online, and will feature virtual learning webinars and interactive demo sessions. Attendees will include 35 companies that service HR with a company size of 200-20,000.



October 6 - 7, 2020 | $129 - $179 | Virtual

Human Resources professionals, office managers, business owners, and any staff involved in HR will be Engaged and Inspired, and will Grow from this one-day virtual conference.


HR Summit: Building a Great Company Culture

October 21, 2020 | $45 – $500 | Virtual

Join HR leaders on Wednesday, October 21, for a half-day virtual conference on building a great company culture. A key component of HR leadership is supporting employees to be successful in their roles.


Virtual Summit: Driving Systemic Change: How Learning, Technology & Coaching are Creating the Future of Work

October 22, 2020 | Virtual

You won’t want to miss the most prominent CEOs, best-selling authors, and thought leaders in the world on Behavioral Change, Human Resources, Leadership Development, and Education Technology discussing how the current crises are transforming the way we live and work, and what you and your organization can do to be resilient, adapt, and lead through change.


ATD 2020 International Conference & Exposition

October 26 - 30, 2020 | $849 - $1,099 | Virtual

Designed for Talent Development and HR/OD professionals and the people who lead them, you will learn new skills that will strengthen your organization so you are positioned to accelerate into the future.


HR Technology Conference & Exhibition

October 27 - 30, 2020 | Free | Virtual

The HR Technology Conference & Exhibition event looks at how quickly the technology landscape is changing and helps attendees stay on top of those advancements. With over 20 years of events behind it, the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition is also one of the longest-running, meaning you’re sure to get an excellent experience and an opportunity to explore all the newest trends.

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Talent42 2020

November 9 - 10, 2020 | $149 – $299 | Virtual

At Talent42 Digital, we address industry trends, increasing challenges, technology, and creative hiring solutions. The conference is targeted at experiential learning and a practical workshop approach with the perspectives and needs of technology professionals contributing to the strategic learning.


Strategic innovation

December 7 - 8, 2020 | Pay for 2 and get 3 passes | Virtual

This year’s Strategic Innovation Forum has been redesigned to address the latest strategies and innovations to help you stay up-to-date and drive business impact. We have re-envisioned the Strategic Innovation Forum and transformed it into a 100% virtual learning and networking experience. The content and networking opportunities on this dynamic Forum will be accessible for over a week.


Recruitment Automation Conference (RAC): Winter 2021

January 13 - 24, 2020 | Free | Virtual

RAC is a free virtual conference, a space for the global recruitment community to learn, grow, and connect. They're bringing together builders, practitioners, and leaders across the talent acquisition industry, to drive the evolution of HR, recruiting and diversity in organizations. The 4th RAC will consist of 2 days of live events with several tracks, giving attendees an opportunity to hear from the most influential experts in recruiting, network with professionals working to solve the most pressing challenges facing TA, and engage in conversations around remote work, workflow automation, candidate experience and the talent marketplace.


2021 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

February 17 - 20, 2020 | Minneapolis


OPTIMA Conference by Predictive Index

Spring 2021 | $1,349 - $1,649 | Boston

The event centers around how to design, hire, and inspire high-performing teams. Bringing together world-class leaders in business, HR, and consulting, the event explores the future of work through a unique lens: talent optimization.

HR Innovation and Future of Work

March 8 - 12, 2021 | Free | Virtual

2021 Global Online Conference "HR Innovation and Future of Work" 500 Speakers, 120 Sessions, 30k Participants.


Health and Benefits Leadership Conference (Human Resource Executive) 2021

April 7 - 9, 2021 | $845 - $1395 | Ariba Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

You’ll discover what is working and what’s not in organizations from various industries and sizes, as senior HR and benefits executives share their stories along with best practices and tips. Plus, industry experts and those leading the innovation charge share their insight on how to keep your programs fresh and competitive — and as unique as your employees.

SHRM WorkVision 2021

April 18 - 20, 2021 | Executive Member $2,095 & Non-Member $3,190 | Amelia Island, Florida

WorkVision 2021 is an event designed to connect you to other HR leaders from across industries and viewpoints – a diverse group of executives who share a common purpose – to shape a new way forward as organizations begin to enter the post-digital world.

SHRM Talent Conference and Exposition 2021

April 19 - 21, 2021 | $1,215 - $2,025 | San Diego Convention Center

Designed specifically for recruitment and talent management professionals, the SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition will provide you with the tools, resources, innovations and solutions you need to evolve your human capital strategies. Talent is the key to the success of any organization.

2021 HR In Hospitality Conference & Expo

Apr 26 - 28, 2021 | Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California

Over the past decade, HR in Hospitality has made a name for itself as the ONLY event of its kind. Hundreds of human resources and labor relations professionals from hotels, resorts, restaurants, casinos, cruise lines and more rely on HR in Hospitality for an energizing conference experience unlike any other — that is, specifically tailored to the hospitality industry!

Granite State Human Resources 2021 Conference

 April 28 - 29, 2021 | $250 – $349 | Virtual

The Conference is committed to providing a venue that stimulates thinking, generates new ideas, offers timely and relevant information and opportunities for networking to enhance the professional development of HR professionals and their colleagues.

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