Whether you’re an HR student or executive, taking time to attend human resources conferences can positively impact your professional development.
HR conferences are available around the world to train attendees on the cutting-edge strategies for developing a motivated, productive workforce. Even if you’re not exhibiting, simply having a presence at these annual events can bring you unparalleled industry recognition.
Not all conferences are created equal though. The following are five great human resources conferences listed in chronological order that you can’t miss in 2016!
1. The i4cp 2016 Conference: Scottsdale, AZ
March 29-April 1, 2016
The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) is hosting its 2016 Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, to provide over 21 hours of SPHR-approved learning. HR professionals interact with senior leaders from more than 200 companies to focus on the best practices for high-performance organizations. Hands-on, discussion-based workshops will be led by guest speakers like Lenny Comma, Jerry Rebel, Mark Blankenship, Pat Wadors, and Eva Sage-Gavin. Attendees signing up before February 9th will save $300 on their conference costs.
2. ATD International Conference & Expo: Denver, CO
May 22-25, 2016
At the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, the Association for Talent Development will hold its ATD International Conference & Expo with more than 10,000 attendees. Over four days, there are 300+ sessions scheduled for HR professionals to learn fresh ideas and current training trends. Content tracks are available in Instructional Design, Learning Technology, Learning Measurement, Leadership Development, and Career Development. World-class keynote speakers, including Wall Street Journal best-seller Simon Sinek, will inspire HR specialists to think differently about talent development.
3. SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition: Washington, DC
June 19-22, 2016
As the world’s largest HR association, the Society for Human Resource Management is holding its can’t miss SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington, DC, this June. Featuring over 200 concurrent sessions, the conference presents fresh points of view and inspiring stories for application in HR practice. Recertification credits can easily be earned for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credentials. The Exposition Hall will also connect attendees to more than 650 solution-providers for childcare, drug testing, recruitment, workplace safety, HRIS, and employee benefits.
4. HCI Employee Engagement Conference: Denver, CO
July 18-20, 2016
The Human Capital Institute (HCI) is offering a 2016 Employee Engagement Conference in July to help HR professionals build strong, sustainable workplace cultures in which teams are more productive. During the three-day conference, attendees will learn through case studies, demos, and valuable resources to better connect employees. At the Sheraton Denver Downtown, guest speakers like Wei-Li Chong, Jim Clifton, Gillian Felton, and Simon Lewis will present. Anyone who can’t attend may sign up for the Virtual Conference and access live sessions.
5. 19th Annual HR Technology Conference: Chicago, IL
October 4-7, 2016
This October, the 19th Annual HR Technology Conference will be held by Human Resource Executive at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. As the world’s largest expo of HR technology products, all of the latest social media, mobile app, analytics, and training software will be covered. More than 8,500 HR professionals will network with over 300 exhibiting tech companies. The HR Tech Hackathon is an anticipated event in which engineers will spend 48 hours building new HR tech solutions live on stage.
Not only is continuing education required for recertification, but it’s also important for HR specialists to stay abreast of the best current practices. There’s no better way to catapult your HR strategy in the New Year than polishing your skills and tools. Networking with industry leaders and experts could also provide new opportunities for career advancement. Consider registering for one or more of these great human resources conferences in 2016.