The Top HR Conferences You Can't Miss [2019 Update]

Find over 55 of 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 8/29/2019

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.

Below is a list of the top conferences for 2019. If you don't see something on the list, let us know

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September 2019

Talent Success Conference September 10-11, 2019 | $1,024.16 | Boston, MA (Hyatt Regency Boston) 

Attend sessions where industry leaders will share their best practices on how to effectively and efficiently attract, hire and retain top talent.

Learning and Leadership Development Conference September 10 - 12, 2019 | $795 for Virtual Conference Registration, $1,995 for Conference Registration | Boston, MA

How you choose and develop your managers is the most important decision organizations can make, yet Gallup tells us organizations fail to choose the candidates with the right leadership talent for manager positions a whopping 82% of the time.

Texas SHRM Global HR Conference September 11, 2019 | $250 for SHRM members & $375 for non-SHRM members | Texas

Diverse HR leaders & innovators will be discussing the risks, challenges, opportunities for every single human resource professional in the rapidly changing global HR world

HR Life Sciences September 12-13, 2019 | $1,399 - $2,899 | San Diego, CA 

HR Life Sciences is specifically designed for senior HR professionals at the nation's leading Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device companies. You'll discover the tools, insights, innovations, and cutting-edge solutions needed to evolve your strategic HR management in a rapidly changing life science industry.

HR: Mystery Solved - the 2019 Ohio HR Conference September 18 - 20, 2019 | $549 - 649 | Columbus, OH 

This conference helps us unravel the mysteries of all things HR as we learn, network, and have fun in Columbus.

ASHHRA Annual Conference and Exposition September 21-24, 2019 | $850 - $1345 | Chicago, IL

This is a HR conference dedicated specifically to human resources in the healthcare industry. Attendees are able to take advantage of general sessions, and breakout sessions on healthcare specific topics as well as opportunities to connect with other professionals in the industry.

IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo September 21 - 25, 2019 | N/A | Miami, FL

More information about the 2019 annual conference will be available at a later date.

Crossroads Conference September 24-25, 2019 | $399 | Salt Lake City, UT 

Our mission is to provide an opportunity to network with peers, explore innovative solutions with vendors, and improve your knowledge as an HR professional. 

TAtechNorthAmerica 2019 September 24-26, 2019 | $600 - $1,050 | Austin, TX (AT&T Conference Center) 

Gain industry insights for qualified speakers, new business strategies, new ideas for growing your business and much more.

London HR Summit September 25, 2019 | FreeLike the Manchester HR Summit | London, UK 

The London HR Summit focuses on senior HR professionals directly responsible for their organizations Human Resources department. This summit is a great opportunity to discover better ways of doing business while also creating strong networking relationships.

Talent Connect September 25-27, 2019 | $1,395 | Dallas, TX

Join 4,000 global talent leaders who have a passion for hiring, engaging, and developing winning teams. Recruiters and HR professionals will benefit from learning from top industry leaders, influencers, and innovators in talent acquisition. 

October 2019

HR Technology Conference & Exposition - Las Vegas October 1 - 4, 2019 | $1,745 - $2,000 | Las Vegas, NV

If you’re looking to improve the technology resources for your organization, this becomes a must-attend HR conference of the year. This event is great for organizations over 1,000 employees. Not the best use of conference budget and time if you are part of an HR team servicing under 1,000 employees.

CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2019 October 20-22, 2019 | $710 - $1,085 | Aurora, CO

CUPA-HR conferences and symposiums are where higher ed HR professionals and industry experts connect, share ideas, and solve problems together.

HR Financial Services October 21-22, 2019 $1,499 - $2,799 San Diego, CA 

Customer expectations and workforce demographics are rapidly transforming the financial services sector. Financial institutions that focus on innovation and cutting edge HR strategies to optimize the employee and customer experiences will thrive and survive in the changing industry.

Unleash World Conference & Expo October 22 - 23, 2019 | EXPO ONLY = FREE ATTENDEE = €1,395 | Paris, France 

This event brings together HR professionals from over 120 countries, making it a great opportunity to gain a global perspective on the future of talent.

CWC 2019 Compliance Conference October 23-25, 2019 | $825 - $950 | Nashville, TN 

This is a conference to help HR professionals find “practical solutions to everyday workplace challenges.” It features small networking sessions as well as information on best practices, inclusion, diversity, and federal policy updates.

2019 Strategic HR Forum October 27-29, 2019 | $2,095 - $3,790 | Boston, MA 

The Strategic HR Forum: Leading Through Disruption explores the critical role HR leaders play in creating a competitive advantage by finding value within the disruptive layers of the business environment. 

The HR Southwest Conference October 27-30, 2019 | $279 - $1,199 | Fort Worth, TX 

The HR Southwest 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. 

November 2019

Talent Development Think Tank November 6 - 7, 2019 | $1,497 - $3,394 | Sonoma, CA

Talent development conference especially for innovators, movers & shakers who want to connect, learn from each other, and help shape the future of talent development. Keynotes include Josh Bersin, Liz Wiseman (Author of Multipliers Culture),  Michael Bungay Stanier (Author of 'The 5 Question Leader') and Julie Winkle Giulioni (Author of 'Help them Grow or Watch them Go').

HR World 2019 in Nashville November 13 - 15, 2019 | $1,199 - $1,699 | Nashville, TN

Three Conferences. One Venue. Unlimited Learning. We know you wear many hats at your organization, so don’t choose when it comes to your training. Get the latest recruiting, compliance, and workforce development tactics at this all-bases-covered event!

HR Comply November 14-15, 2019 | $999 - $1,597 | Nashville, TN 

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. HR Comply focuses on best practices and breaking updates in the HR industry. 

HR Innovation & Tech Fest November 18 - 19, 2019 | AUD 2,400 | Sydney, Australia

The HR Innovation & Tech Fest is a great place to learn how to apply the latest tech advancements to your employee engagement and hiring strategies. The 2018 event brought in over 900 attendees and over 100 speakers, including leaders from Oracle, Workday, Amazon, Microsoft, and more.

Onboard.Amsterdam November 28, 2019 | N/A | Amsterdam, Netherlands

At this event, you can attend various inspirational talks and participate in workshops lead by HR and Talent leaders from companies like Netflix, IBM or Indeed. Make the most out of the networking opportunities and connect with the other innovators to bring the employee experience at your company to the next level.

December 2019

We are currently looking for the best conferences for December 2019! If you know of any, let us know about them here!

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January 2020

HR Lux Trade Fair Jan 17, 2020 | N/A | European Convention Center Luxembourg in Luxembourg

The HR LUX Trade Fair is the place to exchange information, experience and good practice so as to get new HR perspectives whilst expanding your professional network. Participating companies, from sector leaders to start-ups having innovative solutions, will be there to provide you advice and expertise.

North American HR Executive Summit Jan 27 - 28, 2020 $1995 | The Omni Orlando Resort just outside Orlando, Florida

The North American HR Executive Summit series is an annual gathering of more than 400 of the most senior Human Resources professionals from North America’s largest organizations. The North American HR Executive Summit series is an annual gathering of more than 400 of the most senior Human Resources professionals from North America’s largest organizations.

February 2020

Hiring Success 20 February 11-12, 2020 | $250 - $300 | Marriott Marquis San Francisco, CA

Nothing is more important for your business than the people you hire. The Hiring Success movement was started 6 years ago to help elevate the importance of talent acquisition as a key strategic business partner. Join this community of forward-thinking leaders and professionals to shape the future of recruiting. Tons of opportunities for open dialogue, networking, best practices, latest innovation, and fun! 

SHRM TECH 2020 EMEA February 24-25, 2020 Dubai, UAE

SHRMtech EMEA is the largest event that brings human resources and technology under one roof. The event is focused on technology-led innovations in human resources. With over 150+ C level executives and 40+ global speakers, this event offers insight into innovative ways in which technology will transform workplaces. 

2020 AHRD International Conference in the Americas February 26-29, 2020 | $220 annually | Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

Founded in 1993, the Academy of Human Resource Development is a global organization made up of, governed by, and created for the Human Resource Development (HRD) scholarly community of academics and reflective practitioners. AHRD encourages the systematic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe.

March 2020

OBL HR Conference 2020 March 5 - 6, 2020 | $495.00 per OBL Member, $395.00 per additional member, $990.00 per nonmember (Bankers Only) | Quest Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio

Network & learn with Ohio's Finest HR Managers. Save the Date for this "must attend" annual conference for community bank HR managers.

HR West March 9 - 11, 2020 | NCHRA Members: Early Bird Rate (ends Sept 3) $693 or Regular Rate $1,700; Join membership now: Early Bird Rate $888 or Regular Rate $1,895; Non-Member: Early Bird Rate $749 or Regular Rate $1,700) | Oakland Convention Center, CA

The HR West conference is where you go to find out What’s Next. Practicing HR here requires skills beyond the ordinary, and a level of sophistication not found in other parts of the world.

2020 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 16 - 18, 2020 | $1,225.00-$1,550.00 | Washington, DC

This conference will provide you with the latest issues in the legal and legislative matters impacting your business from both the federal and state level. Understand compliant and regulatory issues which will affect how your perform your HR duties in 2020.

HR Transform 2020 March 23 - 25, 2020 | Through October 18, 2019 $895, through January 17, 2020 $1095, through March 13, 2020 $129, through March 22, 2020 $1495, onsite registration #1595 | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

From engaging passive candidates to blind hiring, the gamification of HR to making the most out of feedback tools, providing an exemplary candidate experience to building a learning & development platform for global teams – HR Transform will dive deep into how executive level people leaders can bring the future of work into their organizations.

The i4cp Conference March 23 - 26, 2020 | By Dec. 13: Members = $2,495 or Non-members = $2,995; Full Rate: Members = $2,995 or Non-members=$3,495 | Scottsdale, Arizona

The conference is designed for senior-level HR, talent, learning, and diversity decision-makers from every industry and government sector. Many heads of HR bring their HR leadership team to help set or refine their business strategy, or just learn from and meet peers at other organizations. Others bring high-potential talent as a development opportunity.

UNLEASH Conference and Expo 2020 March 24 - 25, 2020 | £895 | ExCeL London in London (United Kingdom)

UNLEASH Conference & Expo in London brings together the greatest minds, speakers and solution vendors in HR Tech.

3rd Annual International HR Forum March 26 - 27, 2020 | Payment Attendance Fee Industry Professional = 998,00 € or Payment Attendance Fee Vendor = 1.998,00 €  | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference will cover the latest trends, developments, and technology that will affect HR in the Year 2020. Listen to experts discuss the best practices.

April 2020

Human Resource Executive Health & Benefits Leadership Conference April 15- 17, 2020 | Premium Pass: Super Saver (by 2/15/19) $995, Early Bird (2/16 - 3/20/19) $1095, Standard (3/21 - 4/23/19) $1295, On-site (after 4/23/19) $1345; or Daily Pass: $795 | Las Vegas, Nevada

This is  annual gathering of the nation’s savviest HR and Benefits professionals where you’ll gain the foresight you need to create the perfect benefits package for your organization. You’ll discover strategies that help organizations from various industries and sizes thrive, as senior HR and benefits executives share their experience along with best practices and tips. Plus, industry experts and professionals leading the innovation share their insight on how to keep your programs fresh and competitive — and as unique as your employees

Personal Nord 2020 April 21 - 22, 2020 Hamburg Messe in Hamburg (Germany)

With over 275 top exhibitors, diverse highlights, and an exciting accompanying program, the performance show attracts top decision-makers and the who-is-who of the HR industry to the Hamburg exhibition halls. This makes it the perfect matchmaking platform for business contacts.

May 2020

UNLEASH America May 12 - 13, 2020 MGM GRAND LAS VEGAS 

UNLEASH attracts an exclusive community of leaders, innovators, influencers and workforce technology buyers helping transformational organizations identify and apply the right technologies and solutions for the Future of Work. Key themes throughout the event will be Talent Acquisition, Employee Experience, Digital Transformation, and Workforce Management.