HR Conferences and Events to Consider

In this post, we’ll explore a few reasons to attend cloud-based as well as in-person human resources conferences. Then we’ll list the best remote and on-site HR events of the year—and we’ll tell you how to sign up, how much they cost and when they happen. Let’s go.

 

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Why are HR conferences important?

HR conferences—professional events in general, actually—can help drive your career. Even if you can’t listen to a keynote speech in person in 2021, you can still swap notes and network with other HR professionals at a virtual human resources conference. Here are six good reasons to attend HR conferences in the coming year.

 

#1: Get expert input

Thought leaders abound at HR conferences—and that isn’t likely to change when events go online. Human resources industry experts speak from experience: they’re wise mavens and they drive hiring trends. To get the most out of your conference, read up on featured experts before attending presentations or participating in cloud-based workshops.

 

#2: Networking opportunities

Virtual conferences make it easier than ever to network. For a start, nobody will judge you based on your shoes—you can turn up in your slippers and still come away with a healthy list of new like-minded contacts. Bigger networks breed opportunity, so don’t be afraid to socialize.

 

#3: Gain a fresh perspective

Have you been stuck in a human resources rut? An online HR conference could put the pep back into your hiring step. Industry peers can provide fresh insight and a new perspective on old problems—and you could do the same for other HR professionals.

 

#4: Stay on top of HR tech

HR technology advances constantly. Hiring platforms, payroll software, HCM systems and other helpful programs automate tedious HR processes and make people management easier. HR conference attendees often get beta access to cutting-edge tech, or HR software discounts.

 

#5: Keep learning

Every HR event is an opportunity to soak up industry wisdom. The more you learn, the better you’ll get at your job, and the further you’ll advance in your career. Eventually, you could become an industry expert—and then you’ll be the one delivering a keynote speech.

 

#6: Take a break

HR conferences usually combine work and play to create an engaging atmosphere. If you’ve been conducting intense multi-round interviews, an HR conference can feel like a vacation. Simply put, it’s healthy to unplug from the daily grind and rejuvenate for a while, so why not give an online HR event a try?

 

The best HR conferences in 2021

HR never sleeps—and HR conferences won’t sit out in 2021, either. Here are eight of the top human resources events to attend in person or online over the upcoming year.

 

HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show

Speakers and events at the 2021 HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show will explore new tech designed to make virtual hiring, remote working and automation easier. The evolution of work, human rights, diversity and inclusion in the workplace will also take center stage.

 

Who’s it for?

HR professionals who want to network with industry peers and advance their careers. You can also earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours at the virtual conference.

 

Where’s the venue?

Usually held in Toronto, the HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show will take place online in 2021.

 

When does it happen?

The HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show takes place between January 26th and 29th, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

Registration fees for this HRPA event range between CAN$825 and CAN$950 depending on HRPA membership status.

 

How do I sign up?

You can find out more and register for the HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show at the event’s website.

 

Hacking HR 2021 Global Online and Complimentary Conference

The folks behind 2021’s Hacking HR Global Online and Complimentary Conference want to help you unlock your potential—and that’s the theme for this year’s event. In total, 15,000 participants are expected to show up virtually, and 500 industry experts are scheduled to speak.

 

Who’s it for?

If you want to make new connections in the HR industry, this might be your ideal 2021 HR conference. You’ll “meet” HR professionals from all over the world at this Hacking HR shindig.

 

Where’s the venue?

This Hacking HR event happens completely online.

 

When does it happen?

The Hacking HR Global Online and Complimentary Conference takes place between March 8th and March 12th, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

This Hacking HR conference is completely free to attend.

 

How do I sign up?

You can register for the Hacking HR Global Online and Complimentary Conference via EventBrite.

 

WorkVision 2021

Geared toward experienced HR industry mavens with more than 15 years of experience in the sector, WorkVision 2021 is one of the rare in-person conferences of 2021. WorkVision themes for this year include HR in the post-digital world, the evolution of the workplace, organizational structure and the rise of the individual.

 

Who’s it for?

If you’re a senior HR leader and you’re involved in strategy planning at your organization, WorkVision 2021 might be your cup of tea.

 

Where’s the venue?

WorkVision 2021 happens in Amelia Island, Florida. There may also be a virtual version of the conference available online in 2021.

 

When does it happen?

WorkVision 2021 takes place from April 18th to the 21st, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

Fees for the WorkVision conference usually range from $2095 to $3590.

 

How do I sign up?

To get involved, register at the WorkVision website by March 12, 2021.

 

Deloitte Virtual IMPACT 2021

The 14th annual IMPACT conference may be virtual, but it’ll still pack a lot into a few days. There’ll be a 3D exhibitor gallery, so attendees can view new products, network and snap up promotional offers. Keynote speakers for 2021 include NY Times authors Dan Pink and Shawn Achor—and you’ll have the chance to quiz them both in a Q and A session, too.

 

Who’s it for?

Human capital professionals and HR managers attend IMPACT every year—but it’s also an inspiring conference for people new to the HR playing field.

 

Where’s the venue?

The IMPACT conference is usually held in Phoenix, Arizona, but this year it’ll be fully virtual.

 

When does it happen?

Virtual IMPACT 2021 will take place between May 10th and May 13th, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

Fees for Deloitte IMPACT usually range between $1795 and $1995.

 

How do I sign up?

Visit the Deloitte IMPACT mini website to enroll and add IMPACT 2021 to your calendar.

 

Gartner Digital Workplace Summit 2021

Perhaps unsurprisingly, topics for the 2021 Gartner Digital Workplace Summit include the digital workplace, collaborative technology, embedded artificial intelligence (AI) technology and at-home workplace productivity. Conference attendees will effectively go on a crash course in digital resiliency and tech-based workplace creation.

 

Who’s it for?

If you consider yourself a digital workforce aficionado and you want to learn more about digital strategy, HR and workplace tech and global collaboration, don’t miss this conference.

 

Where’s the venue?

The Gartner Digital Workplace Summit usually happens in Chicago, but this year it’s a totally virtual event.

 

When does it happen?

The Gartner Digital Workplace Summit takes place on the 14th and 15th of June, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

Fees for this Gartner conference range between $975 and $1,450.

 

How do I sign up?

Find out more and enroll at the Gartner site.

 

HR Florida Conference & Expo 2021

Another rare in-person event, the HR Florida Conference & Expo 2021 is one of the biggest HR events in the region. It’s officially the annual conference for the HR Florida State Council, but anyone can attend—and circa 2,000 vendors and HR professionals usually show up. Inspirational keynote speakers for 2021 include Dr. Drew Pinsky, concert pianist Jade Simmons and Hot Chicken Takeover founder Joe DeLoss.

 

Who’s it for?

This event is ideal for anyone in human resources, from new recruits to seasoned HR department managers.

 

Where’s the venue?

The HR Florida Conference & Expo happens in Kissimmee, Florida.

 

When does it happen?

This HR Florida State Council event takes place between August 29th and September 1st, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

Fees for the HR Florida Conference & Expo range between $870 and $1,484.

 

How do I sign up?

To register online, visit the HR Florida State Council website.

 

28th Human Resource Summit 2021

The Human Resource Summit 2021—or HRS21—is an in-person gathering of HR thought leaders slated for fall of this year. Attendees will be able to network with nearly 80 other senior HR and learning and development professionals—fellow decision makers with clout. HRS21 also has an expo, where you can see the latest leadership development and employee engagement solutions for yourself.

 

Who’s it for?

If you’re a senior head of HR or you hold an equivalent position within your company, you can apply to become a HRS21 delegate.

 

Where’s the venue?

This year, the Human Resource Summit will take place in Prague in the Czech Republic.

 

When does it happen?

HRS21 takes place between the 6th and the 8th of October, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

If you’re accepted as an HR delegate, HRS21 is totally free to attend.

 

How do I sign up?

You can find out more about HRS21 and apply to become a delegate by visiting the HRS21 minisite.

 

Next Practices Now

The i4cp Next Practices Now conference is a meeting of circa 500 like-minded HR professionals from all over the globe. Instead of liaising with vendors, you’ll hear inspiring speeches given by seasoned HR executives and thought leaders. You’ll also be able to collaborate with industry experts to develop brand new HR solutions.

 

Who’s it for?

Next Practices Now is ideal for business leaders, HR managers and executives and business talent scouts.

 

Where’s the venue?

This i4cp event takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

When does it happen?

The Next Practices Now conference happens between November 2nd and November 4th, 2021.

 

How much does it cost?

Fees for Next Practices Now range between $1,995 and $3,495, depending on i4cp membership status. Group rates are also available.

 

How do I sign up?

Find out more and sign up for this Next Practices Now event at the i4cp website.

 

How to choose an HR conference

Decisions, decisions. So many great HR conferences; only 365 days in 2021. Which ones should you attend? The following three factors could help you choose:

 

Speaker prestige

Check out your potential conference’s speaker list to make sure keynoters are well qualified and respected in the field. Go for events with live Q and A sessions so that you get the chance to interact with industry experts.

 

Virtual expo

In-person HR conferences often include an expo, where vendors show off their wares. HR software developers, training companies and other ventures set up camp and vie for attendees’ business. This year, look for online conferences with virtual expos so that you can still enjoy new tech demonstrations and HR freebies.

 

Conference agenda

Think about where you are in your career and where you want to go. If you’re having trouble attracting the right candidates, choose a conference with a talent acquisition theme. If you want to improve employee turnover rates at your company, pick an employee retention-centric event.

 

An HR conference recap

Many HR conferences in America—and elsewhere—will be online in 2021, making events more accessible. Which conferences provide real value? Which events will teach you the most? Pick your favorites, network as much as you can and use what you learn to stay on top of your HR game.

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