Top Human Resources Conferences & Expos to Attend in 2018

December 11, 2017 - minute read

A good conference can provide you with plenty of good advice, benefitting your business in the long run. You’ll be able to glean plenty of knowledge about your industry and expand your network. However, it can be difficult to determine which conferences are worth attending, and which may not be worth your time or money.

What you’ll find in this reference guide:

  • Conferences by State
  • Conferences by Month
  • Attendance Cost
  • Conference Theme

Arizona                    California                   Florida                      Minnesota                          Nevada 



HR Conferences in Arizona

State: Arizona

Month: March

Conference Name: i4cp 2018 Conference

Hosted By: i4cp

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Theme: HR conference with an emphasis on networking—no vendors, simply HR professionals.

Best for: Topics focus on “next practices” as opposed to best practices for HR talent, learning, diversity, and senior HR leaders

Topics: There are plenty of pre-conference events that are invitation only, along with a pre-conference workshop as well as a meet and drink. General sessions are also included.


Cost: $1,595-$2,595


State: Arizona

Month: April

Conference Name: 2018 HR People + Strategy Annual Conference

Hosted By: Society for Human Resource Management

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Theme: Conference covers the digitization challenges of HR, including automation and AI, social media, and leadership

Best for: Senior HR leaders with 15 years of experience or more in the HR industry

Topics: Keynote speakers such as Josh Bersin, Beth Simonetti, and Leena Nair will discuss the different challenges that business face with the digitization of HR.


Cost: $2,095-$3,590


State: Arizona

Month: September

Conference Name: 2018 IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo

Hosted By: International Public Management Association for Human Resources

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Theme: Conference intended to help HR professionals learn about and stay current with the existing trends and best practices in the industry

Best for: HR professionals of all levels

Topics: Keynote speakers will cover a wide range of industry topics

Agenda: TBA

Cost: TBA


HR Conferences in California

State: California

Month: May

Conference Name: ATD 2018 International Conference and Exposition

Hosted By: Association for Talent Development

Location: San Diego, CA

Theme: Provides talent development professionals with the tools and skills needed to attract, train, and retain talent. Attendees also gain insight into best practices and trends in the industry to help further develop their skills

Best for: Talent development professionals of all experience levels

Topics: Talent development as it pertains to career development, instructional design, learning technologies, training delivery, and more, along with specific industries such as government, healthcare, and higher education


Cost: $500-$2,500


State: California

Month: January-February

Conference Name: Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

Hosted By: Global Strategic Management Institute

Location: San Francisco, CA

Theme: Using best practices and data-driven to improve social media strategies

Best for: Talent acquisition professionals and recruiters interested in the latest trends in recruitment strategies, along with data-driven recruiting, employer branding, and strategic sourcing

Topics: In addition to a pre-conference training session, topics will include “Mistakes Recruiters Make and How to Fix Them” and HR/FCCP-risk: Compliant Social Recruiting Strategies”


Cost: $1,295-$2,585

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Month: MarchState: California

Conference Name: HR West 2018

Hosted By: Northern California Human Resources Association

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Theme: HR conference for professionals in San Francisco

Best for: HR West is a popular conference for HR professionals focused on keeping up with industry trends, with over 80 concurrent sessions spanning from startups to advanced career levels. This event is essentially ideal for anyone interested in HR

Topics: Keynote speeches from Ann Tardy, Bill Strickland, Brett Culp, and more, covering a wide range of HR topics


Cost: $949-$1,169


State: California

Month: August

Conference Name: California HR Conference

Hosted By: Professionals in Human Resources Association

Location: Long Beach, CA

Theme: Covers the many trends and and laws affecting business HR to help business managers develop a better understanding of them

Best for: HR professionals of all experience levels

Topics: Past keynote speakers have included Janet Evans and Daymond John, among other HR executives, authors, entrepreneurs and others who will cover a wide range of topics


Agenda: TBA

Cost: $345-$695


HR Conferences in Florida

State: Florida

Month: August

Conference Name: HR Florida Conference & Expo

Hosted By: HR Florida State Council

Location: Kissimmee, FL

Theme: Covers a variety of aspects of HR for businesses and existing trends and innovative ideas

Best for: Human resource professionals and vendors

Topics: Emcee Jon Petz and keynote speakers will discuss topics such as business management and strategy, HR development, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, global HR and HR science, risk management, and compliance, among others.



Cost: $100-$1,285


HR Conferences in Minnesota

State: Minnesota

Month: April

Conference Name: ERE Recruiting Conference

Hosted By: Society for Human Resource Management

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Theme: Leading companies share techniques, tools, and strategies to help encourage business growth and adaptability

Best for: Conference is ideal for talent acquisition professionals who hold director, manager, or VP titles

Topics: Conference includes a welcome reception, networking reception, and roundtable discussions covering topics such as “12 Guiding Principles for Recruiting Success” and “How to Recruit Better by Getting Out of Our Own Way”



Cost: $995-$1,595


HR Conferences in Nevada

State: Nevada

Month: March

Conference Name: National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo

Hosted By: HR in Hospitality

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Theme: HR conference with a specialized focus on the hospitality industry

Best for: HR professionals in hospitality, with hundreds of attendees every year from a variety of sectors

Topics: Keynote speeches from speakers in the hospitality industry such as Paul Ades, Nigel Beck, Mark Birtha, and Carolyn Clark


Cost: $100-$1,625 


State: Nevada

Month: April

Conference Name: 2018 SHRM Talent Conference & Expo

Hosted By: Society for Human Resource Management

Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Theme: Conference that gives business managers the resources, strategies, and solutions they require for improved human capital management

Best for: Individuals that work in management and talent acquisition, including talent management professionals, recruiters, generalists, and HR managers

Topics: Keynote speakers will cover topics such as “Behavioral Interviewing: Practices for Hiring Smart”


Cost: $199-1,835


State: Nevada

Month: September

Conference Name: HR Technology Conference & Exposition

Hosted By: Human Resource Executive

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Theme: Sessions focus on the technological developments in the HR industry, including AI, chatbots, the cloud, social media, SaaS, video, gamification, and analytics, among others

Best for: HR thought leaders, software vendors, senior HR executives, HR generalists, and HR systems leaders

Topics: Keynote speakers will discuss a wide range of topics focused on HR tech

Agenda: TBA

Cost: TBA on January 18


With all of these conference options, there’s no shortage of HR events to attend in 2018. Regardless of your role in the HR industry, you’ll be able to find a conference, keynote speakers, and sessions that can give you all of the information you need to be an innovator in your company.


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