Employee Experience

The top employee engagement and human resources conferences for 2019

Diana Kaemingk // December 6, 2018 // 11 min read

Human resources is no longer just hiring and firing. It’s evolved into the employee experience (EX) where departments create dynamic workforces, contribute to company profits, and rely heavily on data and people analytics. In order for human resources professional to stay relevant and understand the ever-changing industry, they must keep up with the latest trends.

HR and EX conferences are a great way to gain insights, strategize new ideas, and network with other professionals in your industry. The experience can be invaluable to your organization and allow you to earn continuing education credits to keep your certifications up-to-date. Qualtrics will also be at most of these events showcasing our employee experience management platform.

Below are 10 HR and EX conferences that you should check out for 2019.

1.   The Employee Experience Track at X4 Experience Management Summit

Date: March 5-8, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Who should go: Everyone in the experience management industry, regardless of position or rank. If you focus on the employee experience and want to attract and retain world-class talent, there’s a specific track just for you.

Description: X4 is an unforgettable conference experience and is wholly dedicated to helping you and your organization achieve breakthroughs. Here’s what to look forward to: A bucket-list-worthy lineup of main stage speakers will break down their pivotal moments. Leading brands will share the experience management programs they’ve built to delight customers and employees. And you’ll network with and learn from some of the brightest minds in your field.

Specifically for HR professionals:

  • Learn how the world’s most respected employers shape innovative and inclusive cultures that attract, develop and retain great people.
  • Network with like-minded HR leaders through exclusive networking events.
  • Get Inspired by thought leaders who propel us all to think bigger about our potential for impact.

Guest announcements (so far):

Other notable speakers:

  • Dean Carter- CHRO at Patagonia
  • Lenke Taylor- Chief People Officer at Buzzfeed
  • Ben Granger- Head of EX Strategy at Qualtrics
  • Dan Spaulding- CHRO at Zillow

2. People Analytics and Future of Work

Date: January 31- February 1, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

Who should go: Anyone who uses people analytics in their jobs. There are more than 12 tracks including talent market analytics, belonging and culture, leadership and change, and HR/Business enablement.

Description: The theme of the conference is “People Data for Good” and the conference is two days long. Day one features sessions about the future of work, state of people analytics, and leading practices and innovation in people analytics. The second day is the people analytics technology and career expo, which showcases the best software for people analytics.

Featured speakers:

  • Dawn Klinghoffer- Head of People Analytics at Microsoft
  • Richard Rosenow- People Analytics at Facebook
  • Stacia Sherman Garr- Co-founder and Principal Analyst at RedThread Research
  • David Green- People Analytics leader & PAFOW Chair
  • Piyush Mathur- Head of People Analytics at Johnson & Johnson

3. HCI Employee Engagement Conference

Date: July 29-31, 2019

Location: Denver, CO

Who should go: HR leaders who focus on employee engagement and retention. This includes the CHRO, director, or VP of employee engagement, HR, or talent management.

Description: The annual Human Capital Institute conference will give you tools to design an employee experience and engagement plan that’s perfect for your company. You’ll learn about the latest trends, get practical tactics to drive employee engagement, and connect with your peers.

Featured speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Peter Lynch- Former Head of Global Talent Management, Social Responsibility and Inclusion at Great-West Financial
  • Matt Phillips- Author and High-Performance Coach at Pro Athlete Advantage
  • Robert Stewart, Ph.D.- HR Administrator and Faculty at Brigham Young University Idaho
  • Kelly Elliott- HR Deputy Director at NASA
  • Sarah Bettencourt- Executive Vice President Human Resources at PointClickCare

4. Unleash HR

Date: May 14-15, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Who should go: There are sessions for everyone from the CTO to the analyst to the startup entrepreneur.

Description: Unleash focuses on the future of work and the latest technology. With more than 200 speakers and 15 stages, this event covers everything from smart data to the employee experience.

Featured speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Mo Gawdat- Former Chief Business Officer at Google X
  • Arianna Huffington- Founder and CEO at Thrive
  • Sir Richard Branson- Founder at Virgin Group
  • Belinda Parmar- CEO at The Empathy Business

Other Conferences: If you can’t attend the America event, they have two events in Europe.

5. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Date: April 4-6, 2019

Location: Washington, D.C.

Who should go: Academics, practitioners, and professionals who work in organizational sciences and experience management researchers.

Description: SIOP uses psychology and research to solve workplace issues. Its annual conference has more than 4,500 attendees and is the largest conference of researchers and
practitioners in I-O psychology in the world. 2018 sessions included using big data, the identification of high potential employees, leadership development, and technology trends.

Featured speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Fred Oswald- President, SIOP
  • Talya Bauer- President-Elect, SIOP

6. ASHHRA 55th Annual Conference & Exposition

Date: September 21-24, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

Who should go: The American Society for Health Care Human Resources Administration conference is specifically for professionals in the healthcare industry at all levels.

Description: With many sessions, more than 175 exhibitors, and networking events, the goal is to advance health care HR through solutions, products, and services. The theme of the 2019 conference is Connect. Innovate. Transform. Also, you can earn continuing education or professional development credits for CHHR, SHRM, HRCI, and ACHE certifications.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Aneesh Chopra- Former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer
  • Jeff Glasbrenner- Paralympian and a two-time World Champion Wheelchair Basketball athlete
  • The Water Coolers- Entertainment group

7. Gartner ReImagineHR

Date: TBD but 2018 was in October

Location: TBD but 2018 was in Orlando

Who should go: CHRO’s and their managers of recruiting and talent acquisition, learning and development, total rewards, diversity and inclusion, and HR and tech analtyics.

Description: The sessions are driven by research and more than 25 Gartner analysts will be in attendance. They have workshops and roundtable discussions so the conference is interactive and offers practical solutions from others in the industry.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Brian Kropp- Group Vice President at Gartner Research
  • Linda Kaplan Thaler- Business Leader, Author, Communications Expert
  • Ori Brafman- Author

Other Conferences: If you can’t attend the America event, they have two events in Europe.

8. HR Technology Conference and Expo

Date: October 1-4, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Who should go: HR technology decision-makers. Those looking to purchase new HR technology will especially benefit from attending this event.

Description: This is the world’s largest HR technology event and gives you a complete picture of the HR technology market. You’ll learn how to leverage technology and position HR as a key component in your companies success.

Featured speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Mike Rowe- TV Host; Writer; Narrator; Producer; Actor and Spokesman
  • Randi Zuckerberg- Founder & CEO at Zuckerberg Media; New York Times Bestselling Author
  • Arianna Huffington- Founder & CEO at Thrive Global
  • Jennifer Morgan- Executive Board Member, SAP

9. CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo

Date: October 20-22, 2019

Location: Aurora, CO

Who should go: HR professional who work in Colleges and Universities.

Description: The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources hosts this annual conference with tracks in culture, diversity, data, and more. There are more than 60 breakout sessions led by higher ed peers and subject-matter experts and networking to connect with other higher ed HR professionals who are wrestling with the same issues as you.

Keynote speakers:

  • Michael Sorrell- President of Paul Quinn College
  • Whitney Johnson- Leading business thinker

Other Conferences: If you can’t attend the national event, they have two regional events.

  • March 28-30, 2019- Washington, DC
  • April 14-16, 2019- Seattle, Washington

10. The Conference Board Employee Engagement and Experience Summit

Date: October, 2019

Location: TBD but 2018 was in Las Vegas

Who should go: Senior executives, directors, or managers of Employee Engagement, HR, Organizational Development, or Talent Management.

Description: Leaders will learn how to deliver innovative experiences where employees align with mission and purpose. They focus on cutting-edge research, leading practices, and examples from companies who are leading the charge. You can also earn CPE or SHRM credits.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2019 but 2018 speakers included:

  • Ryo Zsun- VIP Culture Guide at Zappos
  • Lori Siegerman- Employee Engagement Leader at Intuit
  • Min Park, Director- People Analytics at Hulu
  • Kelly Wilson- Vice President Talent Management at Cardinal Health

If you’re ready to refine your EX-strategy and skills, register for the Qualtrics X4 Summit and take the Employee Experience Track. With more than 12 specific EX breakout sessions to choose from, you’ll learn how some of the world’s most iconic workplace cultures and employee experience programs were created and build your network of like-minded HR leaders through exclusive networking events

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