Nothing offers more valuable insight into your professional career than a good conference. HR conferences are an excellent way to network with other professionals in the same field as you while gaining useful knowledge and information.


HRPS Annual Conference:

Where: Aventura, Florida

When: April 7 – 10, 2019

If you implement planning and strategy for your company, this conference, sponsored by HR People and Strategy,  is the right fit for you. Perfect for HR leaders with more than 15 years of experience in the field, this conference will push your leadership skills to the next level. The program website reveals that, “By bringing together the best and the brightest, the program provides HR leaders with a powerful and practical learning experience.”

ATD 2019 International Conference and Exposition

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: May 19 – 22, 2019

Hosted by the Association for Talent Development, the motto for this conference is, “Help others reach their full potential by reaching yours.” There are over 300 sessions at this four-day event, covering topics such as career development, management, instructional design, and so much more. And – special bonus – the opening keynote speaker for the event is Oprah Winfrey.

LERA Annual Meeting

Where: Cleveland, Ohio

When: June 13 – 16, 2019

LERA (Labor and Employment Relations Association), an organization dedicated to providing a unique forum where representatives of labor, management, government and academics, advocates and neutrals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues, and practices in the field, is hosting its 71st annual meeting this year. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Ahead of the Curve: Challenges Posed by Technology and the New Workforce.” This is a great opportunity to network with HR colleagues, managers, unions, academics and public policy makers. You and other meeting attendees will learn how to navigate various workplace issues that impact employees, employers and our society.  


SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

When: June 23 – 26, 2019

This event is great for all HR professionals looking to bring fresh ideas to their HR practices. According to the website, “Internationally-renowned speakers that offer fresh points of view and inspiring stories will help shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of a broad range of HR topics and workplace issues.” There will be 200 plus sessions covering workplace strategy, technology, compliance, leadership, and many other topics.


Once you’ve decided which conference(s) you’re going to attend this year, take a look at what types of programs will be offered.  Evaluate which topics and speakers will be highlighted and choose some that interest you.  I find that making these types of decisions prior to the conference makes the vast array of activities offered seem less overwhelming once I arrive.   And- one final suggestion – take advantage of all networking opportunities at the conference!