HR Conferences To Attend

Top HR Conferences To Attend In 2018

The entire community of HR professionals is one of the most active professional industries.  Every year, just in the USA, there are 100+ HR conferences built to tackle some of the hardest topics HR professionals face.  Human Resources accounts for many facets of a business from attracting talent to the organization, training, retaining and firing.  There are HR conferences speaking to every function of HR.

We have built a list of the top HR conferences to attend this year and beyond.  This page is continually being updated with the newest HR events, conferences and learning courses for your industry.  If your event is not listed, and you’d like to be included, please email

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HR Conferences in Spring Summer 2018

SHRM18 Annual Conference & Exposition

June 17-20 2018

McCormick Place

Chicago, IL

Price: $1,445.00-$2,094.00

If you are only going to attend one conference this year, the SHRM18 is definitely one of the best HR conferences in 2018 to attend. This conference is one of the most well known to HR personnel and offers roughly 200 different sessions focuses on 6 key HR categories that will help talent acquisition agents, recruiters, HR managers, and the like improve their work environment, hiring strategies, professional development, and so much more. — SHRM18

2018 Employee Engagement Conference

July 30-31 2018

Sheraton Denver Downtown

Denver, CO 80202

Price: $1,595.00-$1,995.00

This conference focuses on the role of HR and how it is evolving, teaching attendees different tools and coaching mechanisms in order to keep employees engaged, continuously developing their skills, and how to create an open and honest relationship as a leader. — 2018 Employee Engagement Conference

California HR Conference 2018

August 26-29 2018

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Long Beach, CA 90802

Price: $345.00-$845.00

Created by the Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA).

Focusing on education, networking and solutions.  Understand the trends and laws affecting the future of business.  Purposeful networking and connecting to HR communities.  Keynotes include Mel Robbins, Afdhel Aziz, Captain Scott Kelly and Dr Ernest J Wilson

The HR Southwest Conference

October 15-17 2018

Fort Worth Convention Center

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Price: $459.00-$869.00

Held in Fort Worth Texas, this is the largest HR conference for HR professionals in the state of Texas.  HRSWC is organized by Dallas HR and it is the official State of Texas SHRM conference.  Attendance is expected to be 2,500+ HR professionals.   Keynote speakers include Captain Scott Kelly.  This HR conference will allow you to earn SHRM PDCs and HRCI credit hours simultaneously.

Why Attend HR Conferences

Learn from industry experts

Many of the HR conferences listed on this page do a tremendous job at bringing in industry thought leaders.  The peers in HR tend to learn best practices from one another.  Other industry conferences might be vendor heavy with content, but in the HR landscape, HR conferences tend to be very focused on quality educational resources.  You’ll be learning from fellow HR professionals about best practices and HR fundamentals in a changing world.

Legal liability protection

The number one reason HR professional report they invest into HR conferences is to avoid legal risk before an issue arises.  Current and potential changes in the labor compliance create strong talking points at HR conferences and help you stay on top of current affairs and relevant issues.

Continual learning credits

There are two major certification credits HR conferences will help you obtain.  SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP and HRCI and the main continual learning credit systems represented at HR conferences.  Check with the specific conference you’re considering to attend to ensure they offer what you need.  Most of the conferences listed here offer dual credit hours so you can obtain credit hours for both.

HR Tech and Vendors

The HR industry’s best vendors will often find themselves in the exhibit hall of HR conferences.  Take the time to ask questions about new technology, resources, tips and recommendations.  These vendors have a strong pulse on what is happening in the HR landscape.  These tools help you stay competitive and ensure you’re leveraging the best tools for your organization.


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