The new year is in full swing, and HR pros around the world are looking for tools and tactics to make the most of their recruiting efforts in 2018. One of the best ways to get everything you need — including some major inspiration and networking — is to attend the best HR events and conferences. Whether you are looking for better data, need advice on retention or simply want to be motivated by the best speakers in the businesses, conferences are the one-stop HR shop.
While there are dozens and dozens of events to attend from coast to coast, budgets are tight and time is in even shorter supply. So for the sake of your finance department and your sanity, here are my picks for the ten events that an HR exec simply cannot miss.
When: February 27 & March 22
Where: San Francisco & London
Why You Cannot Miss It: Based on the input of employees, Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2018 list features winning employers across diverse industries spanning technology, healthcare, finance, retail and more. Each of these winners knows what it takes to recruit top talent and build amazing cultures. Find out the secrets from those who are shaping the practices every day. Executives from Facebook, REI, Kimpton, Zoom and more will share what it takes to create a culture that not only attracts high-performers but also nurtures top talent.
Plus, Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman will sit down with Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and the woman who created the famous Netflix Culture Deck. What McCord says, and how she says it, may surprise you.
When: April 2-4
Where: San Diego
Why You Cannot Miss It: Aimed at both recruiters as well as talent managers/leaders, ERE Recruiting Conference is aimed at high-growth and large organizations can’t afford to scramble each time a job is opened or a position changes. If you’re looking for enterprise talent acquisition insights to build a recruiting engine that sales, this is your opportunity to hear from and network with those who have solved those challenges and can offer the help you need to succeed. Hear from GE, Unilever, The Container Store and more about the latest trends and how to apply them to your day0-to-day challenges.
When: September 27
Why You Cannot Miss It: Glassdoor’s first-ever recruiting focused conference tackled everything you need to win with informed candidates – the people you want to join your company. Attendees learned that informed candidates are the ones who will boost morale, drive innovation, increase productivity, and significantly contribute to your overall company success. This year promises to double down on how to attract through irresistible employer branding, recruit top talent and create a culture that’ll retain for the long haul.
When: June 17-20
Why You Cannot Miss It: Whether you’re in the market for a new ATS, rewards programs, wellness strategies or beyond, the SHRM Exposition allows you to connect, learn more, and competitively price out all potential business partners to meet your existing and/or future needs. Program speakers range from NY Times best-selling author Adam Grant to CEOs and executives from the world’s leading corporations. Use their expert insights to chart an HR roadmap to effectively navigate your organizations greatest challenges, whether they be engagement, talent acquisition or retention.
When: April 2-4
Where: New York City
Why You Cannot Miss It: Over 2.5 days, 1,000+ passionate Talent leaders will gather in New York City to join the conversations, ideas and people shaping the future of Talent Acquisition. Hear from executives from Johnson & Johnson, Hubspot, Dropbox, Airbnb, Whole Foods and more! Plus the half day “Combating Bias” workshop is a must-attend. You’ll walk out with a clear strategy for mitigating bias in your organization. Return to your company with tactics to produce more objective decisions and a more diverse, inclusive culture.
When: September 11-14
Where: Las Vegas
Why You Cannot Miss It: Whether you’re looking to increase your knowledge to buy and effectively implement new HR systems or simply to stay on top of this rapidly changing industry, HR Tech is your chance to learn from — and network with — respected thought leaders and like-minded professionals. During the event, attendees can participate in the 3rd Annual Women in HR Tech event where HR and IT professionals will present on topics such as HR transformation, workplace collaboration, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, workforce analytics, rewards and recognition, compliance and cybersecurity, and the new technologies that will be the game-changers of tomorrow.
When: November 7-8
Where: New York City
Why You Cannot Miss It: At the intersection of talent acquisition and technology sits HIREconf. It is the go-to event to learn about the latest trends and tools for sourcing and recruiting. Take a deep dive into the technical side of identifying and engaging candidates with expertise from Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify and co-founder of HR Open Source.
When: May 22-24
Where: Las Vegas
Why You Cannot Miss It: Two words: Barack Obama. Yes, the 44th President of the United States will be making his first corporate speaking appearance as a keynote for Oktane18. While the subject of his address has not yet been revealed, it will be the hottest ticket in town. Other speakers are sure to include story-tellers, trend-setters, risk-takers and out-of-the-box thinkers. Past conference attendees say that Oktane provided the information, tools, and motivation to continue to drive the adoption of automated, scalable practices. The combination of activities and breakout sessions makes the conference one of a kind.
When: April 25-27
Where: Snowbird, UT
Why You Cannot Miss It: BambooHR’s Summit offers industry education, individualized training, and unique opportunities to elevate your work all against the backdrop of the beautiful Utah mountains. Offering networking at nature, BambooHR Summit takes place at the Snowbird Ski Resort in the Little Cottonwood Canyon, about an hour from Salt Lake City. Enjoy various outdoor activities in-between keynote and breakout sessions to learn HR trends and gain insights from thought leaders, industry experts, and product champions.
When: October 9-11
Where: Anaheim, CA
Why You Cannot Miss It: Talent Connect is a three-day immersive event where top talent leaders, key innovators, and influencers in the talent and HR industry come together to problem-solve, build community and share best practices around the key challenges and trends shaping the future of work. Every year 4,000+ forward-thinking professionals unite at Talent Connect to explore breaking talent trends and major shifts on the horizon, hone their skills, network with peers, and leave energized to advance in their career and company.
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