Registering for HR conferences can provide the ideal opportunity for students, early-career professionals, and senior veterans to advance their business acumen.

Across the globe, conferences attract countless human resources specialists to engage in colloquy about the latest industry developments. Whether you specialize in recruitment, labor relations, employee training, compensation and benefits, or employment law, there are conferences available to fine-tune strategies for managing your organization’s human capital. Along with networking and travel, HR conferences come with the added benefit of credit-qualifying continuing education for SHRM certification.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming 2017 dates to participate in the field’s leading conferences.

1. Social Recruiting Strategies Conference: San Francisco, CA

January 25-27, 2017

Recruiters and talent acquisition pros can sharpen their HR skills through the Social Recruiting Strategies Conference (SRSC) at the San Francisco Hotel Near Pier 39. As a SHRM recertification provider, the January event will provide CEUs for improving corporate social strategy. Attendees dive deep into platform-specific sessions with knowledgeable human resources leaders like Jennifer Jones Newbill and William Uranga. Specialized tracks exist for Strategic Sourcing, Recruitment Analytics, Social Media Channels, and Employer Branding. Early bird registration discounts last until December 2nd.

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2. 2017 IHRIM Conference: Toronto, ON

March 26-29, 2017

The International Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) Association is offering a four-day conference for HR professionals in March at the Westin Harbour Castle. Traveling to Toronto will provide world-class education about the impact of technology systems and analytics on organizations’ employees. Attendees can earn 10 RCHs while engaging in expert-led interactive sessions on topics like talent management, HR metrics, and workforce design. Invited speakers will include Winter Co. President John Snow and Adobe VP Mason Stubblefield. Full-time HR students receive a special rate.

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3. SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition: New Orleans, LA

June 18-21, 2017

At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will hold its Annual Conference & Exposition in June. Perhaps the largest of HR professional conferences, the four-day event will include 200+ concurrent sessions, including Smart Stage presentations on exciting new strategies. Attendees select from six tracks like Talent Acquisition, Employment Law, Leadership Development, and Global HR. The 2017 Conference will feature notable guest speakers like Laila Ali and Steve Gilliland.

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4. ASHHRA Annual Conference & Exposition: Grapevine, TX

September 24-27, 2017

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) is hosting its 52nd Annual Conference & Exposition in Grapevine for four days in September. Following the theme “Nurturing Engagement in Shifting Landscapes,” the conference will enrich attendees’ strategies for clinical staff management. Professionals can earn up to 19 CEU hours for the Certified Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR) credential. The Gaylord Texan Resort will also attract over 170 exhibitors with advanced healthcare HR products.

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5. 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition: Las Vegas, NV

October 10-13, 2017

Human Resource Executive is bringing its 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition to the Venetian in “Sin City” this October. Attracting over 8,500 human resource specialists, the event will feature engaging workshops for learning the latest technology trends revolutionizing the staffing industry. Sponsored by tech giants like IBM and Oracle, the four-day conference will reveal demos for 75+ new products. Attendees also interact with speakers like CEO Jeanne Achille and Co-Chair Steve Boese.

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Professional development is a crucial component of HR specialists’ jobs because the global business climate is continually changing. Human resources professionals who attend multi-day conferences gain a competitive leg-up with effective strategies to retain a high-quality workforce. These five can’t-miss HR conferences in 2017 will connect you with like-minded managers for exceptional industry networking.