What are Some of the Best Human Resources Conferences to Attend in 2017?

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Workplace issues and employment law are ever changing, so it’s critical that professionals consider attending human resources conferences to keep up to date and be prepared to offer the best possible counsel to senior leadership. There are a number of opportunities in 2017 for human resources professionals to network and learn about current topics and coming trends, information that they can use to educate and guide company leadership in directions that will best benefit the health of the organization.

SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition

The Society for Humans Resource Management will host its annual conference in New Orleans, June 18-21. In addition to renowned keynote speakers, the conference includes more than 200 concurrent sessions focused on six tracks: Business Acumen and HR Strategy, Total Rewards, Employment Law and Legislation, Global HR, Talent Acquisition and Retention, and Personal and Leadership Development. This conference encompasses virtually every area of the human resources profession. With so many sessions to choose from, it can be hard to decide which to attend. For an extra fee, you can get PowerPoint slides and audio recordings of every presentation.


HR leaders will gather in Las Vegas May 11-12 for intensive workshops and sessions about how to cope with coming labor shortages, developing company cultures that align with business goals and the latest and greatest in performance management techniques. This is among the human resources conferences that help advance careers by developing the skills necessary to become a trusted member of the leadership team.

The 2017 Workplace Summit

Inclusion and diversity remain at the forefront of issues for companies of every size. On Oct. 9 – 12, attendees at the 2017 Workplace Summit will meet for workshops, networking and general sessions to share strategies best practices for workplaces that are inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.


Recognizing that there is a new generation of employees, the WorkHuman conference May 30-June 1 in Phoenix, AZ, offers a different conference style. Attendees will hear from thought leaders on topics such as “Mindful Leadership” and “Rewriting Rules: Engaging People in the Digital Age.” Attendees are invited to make “sunrise connections” by getting together each morning for pre-conference activities like yoga, meditation or a group run.

HRSouthwest Conference

Fort Worth, TX, is the venue for the HRSouthwest Conference, Oct. 16-19. In addition to speakers and networking opportunities, this conference will include a marketplace of more than 200 vendors that offer solutions to company challenges, ranging from healthcare management to technological services. The marketplace is one of the most popular aspects of this long-running conference; participants get to visit a wellness club and cuddle puppies. Approximately 1,700 people attend this conference ever year.

Keeping ahead of coming issues and being well educated about current and proposed workplace law is essential for the future success of any organization. Regardless of your role in the human resources organization, attending one of more human resources conferences a year will help you stay well informed of workable solutions that can best benefit your company’s needs and challenges now and in the future.

See also: The 15 Cheapest Graduate Programs in Human Resources

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