The Top HR Conferences You Can't Miss [2020 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 1/06/2020

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.

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

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January 2020

People Analytics 

Jan 14-15, 2020 | $1,050-$1,845 | Seattle, Washington 

Empower people with insight. Make informed business decisions. Craft new solutions. These valuable benefits of data-driven HR and more will be explored during SHRM People Analytics Conference. By attending, you'll learn how data can help predict, diagnose and solve common HR challenges.

Career Services Technology Meeting 

Jan 16-17, 2020 | Free | Baruch College, City University of NY

Career Services Technology Meeting has been bringing together career services professionals from around the country to share best practices, discuss trends and identify the latest in technology, communications, and digital media as it relates to the field of career services and campus recruiting. CSTM is exclusively focused on this subject in a meeting of the minds format, welcomed over 100 attendees representing, 40 universities and college, attendees of CSTM include directors, senior staff, technology and marketing specialists in career services departments and offices and etc.

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.

Native American Human Resources Conference 

Jan 20-21, 2020  | $595-$795 | Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, USA

The Native American Human Resources Conference by attending, you'll be able to gain new skills and connect with necessary resources that will help you achieve your goals and help solve your challenges. We ensure our attendees get to know their peers and interact with one another throughout the event by providing a variety of engaging sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and impressive business solutions.

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.

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! 

Chief Human Resource Officers and Personnel Directors Meeting

February 18-22, 2020 Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Chief Human Resource Officers and Personnel Directors Meeting will cover areas like Understanding teacher shortages: National trends on educator quality, recruitment and retention, Prepared To Teach Bank Street Colleges explores district partnerships on how to finance clinically rich programs, Troops to Education: Expanding notions of how and where to enlist a talented workforce, etc. 


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

Great Place to Work For All Summit 2020

Date: March 3 – 5, 2020  | $1,795 | San Francisco, California

The Great Place to Work For All Summit is an event for culture, people, and business leaders who are passionate about creating amazing workplaces for all.  Hear innovative strategies and personal stories from executive leaders at Fortune 100 Best companies and cutting-edge insights from Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture. Plus, connect with 1,600 other culture leaders through networking opportunities and peer-to-peer sessions, and get hands-on product coaching and go home ready to lead the way with data-driven insights that drive innovation. Earn professional certification credits from SHRM and HRCI.

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 | 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.

Northern Ohio HR Conference  

March 12 - 13, 2020 | $250-$425 | Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, OH

Northern Ohio HR Conference will provide the attendees with a speaker track that focuses on them as an HR professional. Our speakers will provide new ideas and trends that will diagram for the attendees how to impact future results at their organization. Human Resources professionals also have an opportunity to obtain HRCI and SHRM re-certification credits.

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.

HRD Summit 

March 18 - 19, 2020 | Early Bird $695 | Hynes Convention Center, Boston, USA

The HRD Summit hosts the most senior gathering of People Directors on the globe. Across 2 days, the Summit will welcome over 600 attendees to discuss, debate and knowledge share across four streams of content exploring Leadership, Talent, Engagement and Learning.

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


April 19-22, 2020 | $ 2,095-$ 3,790 |Scottsdale, AZ

Join an exclusive group of business leaders who will converge in Scottsdale, Arizona to strategize, share and explore vital topics impacting the evolution of work, the rise of the individual, and the critical role of the organization in a modern digital age. The new HR People + Strategy Annual Conference—WorkVision 2020 is an event you don't want to miss!

SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition 2020

April 20-22, 2020 $1130 - $1575 |Orlando, FL

Beat the talent crunch in your organization by leveraging an array of strategies, tactics, and tools that go beyond the siloed approach to recruiting strategy. Use new selection techniques to hire for performance and retention. Get a crash course in talent acquisition analytics to make data-driven recruiting a reality at your organization.

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.

The Granite State Human Resources Conference

April 28-29, 2020 DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, Manchester, USA

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.

May 2020

Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management Seminar 

May 4 - 8, 2020 | Seminar Tuition: $2,375 | Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, USA

The Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management Seminar provides comprehensive and practical coverage of many important aspects of human resource work. The objective of the program is to help participants who are new to the human resources field immediately become more effective on the job, while helping them prepare for greater responsibilities.

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. 

Maine HR Convention 

May 12 - 15, 2020 Samoset Resort, Rockport, USA

The Maine HR Convention consistently offers the best keynoters from around the country, creates imaginative, participatory workshops, awards a boatload of re-certification credits, and generates an atmosphere where HR careers and Maine workplaces thrive.

June 2020

Global Human Resource Management Symposium 

June 25 - 26, 2020 | $350-$500 | University of Riverside, Riverside County, USA

The Global Human Resource Management Symposium provides the interactive platform to the scholars and practicing managers to share their views, research findings, and critique of contemporary HR issues. This symposium also aims at augmenting industry-academia interface on current people issues in fast-changing work-places around the world.

2020 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition 

June 28 - July 1, 2020 | $1,550-$2,465 | San Diego, California

SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition is an excellent place for HR professional development. By attending, you can gain tools and resources you need to implement successful HR practices – which help your company succeed.

CHRO Summit

June 30 | Member: $955 & Non-Member: $1,590 |San Diego, CA

The HR People + Strategy CHRO Summit is an exclusive event designed for chief human resource officers (CHROs).  Limited to 60 CHROs, this daylong program explores the latest thinking and business strategies that drive innovation and organizational success. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussion and knowledge-sharing with business and thought leaders and to expand their professional network. 

July 2020

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September 2020

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October 2020

Strategic HR at Mt. Washington 

October 25-27, 2020 Bretton Woods, NH

Strategic HR at Mt. Washington enters year seven. Engage with a senior-level, strategic-thinking audience in every aspect of the Retreat. Share time with a faculty that has time to share with you – a cup of coffee by the fireplace or over great dinner conversation. Discover programming that encourages you to think big, and share HR lessons you’ve learned along the way too.

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