Employee Experience

The top HR Conferences for 2020

The human resources function is changing at a seemingly supersonic pace. From what was once a back–office function, HR has evolved to a strategic position in charge of managing the full employee experience (EX).

HR conferences can be a great way to stay current on trends, network with other HR pros, and learn new ways of doing things. The information you bring back after attending a conference or two (or three!) can be invaluable to your company. Plus, you can earn continuing education credits to keep your certifications up to date.

Qualtrics will be at many of these events demonstrating our employee experience management platform, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by.

Here’s a pick of the top HR conferences you should check out in 2020.

1. The Employee Experience Track at X4 Experience Management Summit

Date: March 10–13, 2020

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Who should go: Everyone in the employee experience management industry, regardless of role or level. If you want to attract and retain world-class talent, don’t miss this track.

Description: X4 is an unforgettable conference experience and is wholly dedicated to helping you and your organization achieve experience breakthroughs. Here’s what to look forward to: A bucket-list-worthy lineup of main stage speakers. Leading brands that will let you in on the experience management programs they’ve created to engage customers and employees.

Networking with and learning from some of the best and brightest in HR. 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.

Featured speakers:

  • Kim Scott – Author, Radical Candor
  • Eric Hutcherson – CHRO at NBA
  • Julie Lodge-Jarrett – CTO at Ford
  • Piyush Mathur – Global Head, Workforce Analytics, Data Strategy & Governance at Johnson & Johnson

2. People Analytics and Future of Work

Date: January 29–31, 2020

Location: San Francisco, CA

Who should go: Anyone who uses people analytics. With more than 25 breakout sessions including Workforce Planning, Recruiting Analytics for Small Firms, and Employee Experience & Human-Centered Design this conference has something for everyone.

Description: The two-day conference theme is “People Data for Good,” and it offers the option to include several pre-conference workshops. The conference has a stellar line-up of accomplished people analytics leaders, planners, diversity & inclusion professionals, and engagement & well-being researchers. This year, they’ve brought their People Analytics Technology Expo into the conference by giving each exhibitor 10 minutes to talk about their solutions in the Innovation Showcase.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer – Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University
  • Dr. Terri Horton – Founder/CEO of FuturePath
  • Dawn Klinghoffer – Global Head of People Analytics at Microsoft
  • RJ Milnor – Global Head of People Analytics at Uber
  • Dan Lapporte – People Analytics Leader, HR Strategy & Management at Kaiser Permanente

3. Hacking HR’s HR Tech Startup Week

Date: February 10–13, 2020

Location: Online

Who should go: HR professionals who are looking for the latest, most innovative HR technology available today.

Description: This free online conference is a unique opportunity for HR practitioners to see what’s new in HR tech… without leaving their desks. Participants are requested to send in their questions and challenges. The organizers assign applicable HR tech startups to each challenge and participants watch them go head-to-head answering the question, “Why is your product the best for this problem?” The event is broadcast on LinkedIn Live where participants can also ask questions in real-time.

4. EX Impact: Winter

Date: February 26-28, 2020

Location: Orlando, FL

Who should go: HR professionals who are involved with creating a positive employee experience in the workplace.

Description: With the theme “Employee 3.0: People and Communities – Creating Unique Employee Experiences for Your Organization,” the 5th annual EX Impact summit provides practical takeaways for employee engagement. The two-day conference features case studies, panels and presentations focused on creating an organic, people-centric culture.

Featured speakers:

  • Steve Lowisz – Global Talent and Leadership Guru
  • Kit Krugman – Chief People Officer, Woman in Innovation
  • Ara Tucker – VP, Head of Talent and Culture, Audible

5. Hacking HR’s HR Innovation and Future of Work Conference

Date: March 3–6, 2020

Location: Online

Who should go: Everyone in the HR field.

Description: This free four-day conference includes more than 60 hours of keynotes, panels, fireside chats and a workshop day from 150+ of the most renowned and influential global HR leaders.

Day 1 focuses on Humans and covers diversity/equity/inclusion/belonging, employee experience, innovation, agility, design thinking, culture, and leadership.

Day 2 is dedicated to Tech: the impact of technology at work and HR, the future of work, disruptive technologies, and other topics.

Day 3 is about Work and includes topics such as building a purposeful organization, workplace transformation, and innovation at work.

The final day is a workshop where participants spend several hours digging deeper into some of the topics covered in the previous three days. Everything is broadcast in real-time on LinkedIn Live and recorded for release on YouTube.

Featured speakers include:

  • Andi Britt – VP Talent & Engagement Europe, IBM
  • Caskie Lewis–Clapper – CHRO at Magellan Health
  • Jennifer Phillips Kirkwood – VP Future of Work at ADP

6. HR West 2020

Date: March 9–11, 2020

Location: Oakland, CA

Who should go: HR professionals who are looking for skills to face the most challenging issues in HR. This is especially relevant if they work in or have a presence in California, known to have some of the most stringent HR compliance demands in the country.

Description: The HR West Conference has convened annually for 36 years in the San Francisco Bay area, with a heavy presence from Silicon Valley companies and their HR experts. These pros are some of the most experienced HR practitioners in the industry who deliver on some of the biggest HR demands in the profession. There’s over 70 sessions in the following tracks: Communicate & Relate, Compensation & Benefits, Culture, Employment Relations, Engagement & Retention, Law & Legislation, Strategy & Leadership, Talent Acquisition & Management, and Talent Development.

Featured speakers include:

  • Christine Silver SHRM-CP, Silver Business Solutions LLC
  • Cindy Solomon, Founder, CEO and President of the Courageous Leadership Institute™
  • Bethanye McKinney Blount, Compaas

7. HRD Summit

Date: March 10–13, 2020

Location: Boston, MA

Who should go: Senior HR and business leaders

Description: In addition to masterclasses, small peer groups (CoLabs), and nearly 50 speakers, HDR Summit features dozens of breakout sessions in the following four tracks: Leadership and Culture, Talent, Employee Experience, and Learning. The conference uniquely facilitates MATCH Meeting sessions for problem solving among attendees via its networking platform. High-profile keynote speakers round out the event.

Featured speakers:

  • Jacqueline Welch – CHRO and CDO, FreddieMac
  • DeRetta Rhodes – Sr. VP Human Resources, Atlanta Braves
  • Willard McCloud III – VP HR and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Pfizer

8. Human Capital Institute (HCI) – People Analytics & Workforce Planning

Date: March 23-25, 2020

Location: Miami, FL

Who should go: HR leaders, talent development and workforce planning professionals, employee and talent analysts, diversity & inclusion leaders

Description: Attendees will learn how to integrate their company’s people and business strategies from an elite group of thought leaders, practitioners, and experts.

Key topics include:

  • Integrating Strategic Priorities with Workforce Planning and Analytics;
  • Applying People Analytics Across the Talent Lifecycle;
  • Agile Planning and Prioritization in the Face of Continuous Change and Uncertainty;
  • Exploring New Techniques and Technologies to Generate Talent Insights.

Featured speakers:

  • Bill Craib – SVP, HCI
  • Roxanne Bisby Davis – Director of Team Analytics and Research, Cisco
  • Michelle Feigleson, Ph.D. – Human Capital Intelligence Leader, BASF Corporation

9. i4CP Next Practices Now

Date: March 23–26, 2020

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Who should go: Senior-level HR, talent, learning, and diversity decision-makers

Description: This conference is unique in that vendors and consultants cannot attend. The structure also differs from typical conferences: There are no break-out sessions. Rather, all attendees hear from CEOs and HR pros on topics such as Building a People First Culture and the Culture and People at Starbucks. Pre-conference events include invitation-only forums for CHROs, CTOs, and other HR executives.

Featured speakers:

  • Kevin Johnson – President and CEO, Starbucks
  • Diane Gherson – SVP of Human Resources, IBM
  • Marshall Goldsmith – Bestselling Author and Executive Coach

10. HRO Today’s Employee Engagement & Retention Summit

Date: March 24–26, 2020

Location: Atlanta, GA

Who should go: HR leaders and practitioners

Description: The theme is Managing Culture, Performance and the Employee Experience in Times of Change. This annual summit is a case-study-based program where speakers share real world experiences and practical advice. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how compensation, culture, performance management, onboarding and L&D impact the entire employee experience.

Featured speakers:

  • Derrick Barton – CEO, Center for Talent Solutions
  • Christopher Rotolo – VP Talent Management and Organization Development, PepsiCo
  • Dr. Bob Nelson – Bestselling Author of 1001 Ways to Engage Employees

11. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Date: April 23–25, 2020

Location: Austin, TX

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

Description: SIOP uses psychology and research to solve workplace issues. Its annual conference attracts more than 5,000 attendees and it’s the largest conference of researchers and practitioners of I-O psychology in the world. SIOP offers dozens of sessions and workshops on big data, identifying high-potential employees, leadership development, and I-O tech trends.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Megan Smith – CEO of shift7 and the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Talya Bauer – Outgoing President, SIOP and Eden King – President-Elect, SIOP

12. Workhuman Live

Date: May 11–14, 2020

Location: San Antonio, TX

Who should go: HR leaders, talent development and workforce planning professionals, employee and talent analysts, diversity & inclusion leaders

Description: With eight content tracks, more than 70 breakout sessions and 100+ speakers, 2019 attendees dug into the latest learning on topics like creating a culture of community, successful strategies to tackle diversity and equality in the workplace, and much more. This year, Workhuman Live continues to address important HR challenges from pay equity to how to humanize performance management.

Featured speakers:

  • Eric Mosley – Author and CEO, Workhuman
  • Daniel Pink – Author of New York Times Best-Seller When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
  • Dan Heath – Author of New York Times Best-Seller The Power of Moments

13. UNLEASH America

Date: May 12–13, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Who should go: UNLEASH America has sessions focused on talent acquisition, employee experience, digital transformation, and workforce management for everyone from the CTO to the analyst to the startup entrepreneur.

Description: UNLEASH America focuses on the future of work and the latest technology. With more than 100 speakers and dozens of exhibitors, this event covers everything from smart data to the employee experience. Its unique Startup Zone in the expo hall provides the opportunity to be first in line to learn about cutting edge HR tech.

Featured speakers include: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Heather E. McGowan – Future-of-Work Strategist
  • Torin Ellis – Principal The Torin Ellis Brand
  • Elpida Ormanidou – VP, Data Science, Starbucks

14. SHRM20 Annual Conference & Exposition

Date: June 28–July 1, 2020

Location: San Diego, CA

Who should go: With the theme “The World We Shape,” SHRM20 offers more than 200 sessions providing a complete education for HR professionals, people managers and business leaders at every stage of their careers.

Description: SHRM is one of the largest HR conferences in the world with nearly 21,000 attendees and more than 750 HR vendors at the expo. Educational sessions are organized into 10 tracks: Compensation & Benefits, Culture, Employment Law & Regulations, Global HR, HR Department of One, HR Technology, Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership & Personal Growth, Organizational Effectiveness & Strategic Planning, and Talent Management. The organization also offers a separate HR People + Strategy CHRO Summit.

Featured speakers: Speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Dr. Brené Brown – Five-time NY Times Best-selling Author and research Professor, University of Houston
  • Vineet Nayar – Author of Employees First, Customers Second

15. HCI Employee Engagement Conference

Date: July 27–29, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL

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

Description: The annual Human Capital Institute conference gives attendees the tools to design an employee experience and engagement plan specifically designed for your company. You’ll learn about the latest trends, get practical tactics to drive employee engagement, and connect with industry peers.

Featured speakers include:

  • Bill Craib – Senior Faculty Member at HCI
  • Joe Dicianno – Consultant, Talent Management and Organizational Development, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Dr. Tim Fox – Senior Manager of HR Systems and Quality Assurance, Penske Truck Leasing
  • Sheri Harper – Chief People Officer, Frisch’s Restaurants, Inc.

16. ASHHRA 56th Annual Conference & Exposition

Date: August 22–25, 2020

Location: Denver, CO

Who should go: The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration conference is specifically for healthcare industry HR professionals of all levels.

Description: With dozens of sessions, more than 175 exhibitors, and networking events, ASHHRA’s goal is to advance healthcare HR through solutions, products, and services. Also, attendees can earn continuing education or professional development credits for CHHR, SHRM, HRCI, and ACHE certifications.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Captain Richard Phillips – former Somali pirate hostage
  • Britt Berrett, Ph.D., FACHE – Co-author of Patients Come Second – Leading Change by Changing How You Lead
  • Christine Cashen – “Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along?!”

17. SuccessConnect

Date: September 14–16, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Who should go: HR professionals who use tools in the SAP ecosystem

Description: SuccessConnect brings together users of SAP’s HXM (human experience management) solutions for networking and more than 200 sessions focused on topics such as building a business case for the CFO, tips and tricks, and upcoming software releases and new features.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfuss – Actress
  • Goldie Hawn – Actress
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Clothing designer

18. CUPA–HR Annual Conference and Expo

Date: October 4–6, 2020

Location: Orlando, FL

Who should go: HR professionals 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:

  • Wes Moore – CEO of Robin Hood, bestselling author, combat veteran and social entrepreneur
  • David Epstein – Author of top-10 New York Times best-seller, RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
  • Ira Shepard – General counsel and a labor and employment lawyer, CUPA-HR
  • Dr. Shaun Harper – Provost professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC)

19. HR Technology Conference and Expo

Date: October 13–16, 2020

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 of your company’s success.

Featured speakers: Speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Barbara Corcoran – TV Host, Writer, Narrator, Producer, Actor and Spokesperson
  • Josh Bersin – HR Industry Leader
  • Marcus Buckingham – Talent expert and author

20. Human Capital Analytics Conference

Date: October 20–21, 2020

Location: New York, NY

Who should go: VPs and directors of HR analytics, workforce planning and HRIS.

Description: This two-day conference offers HR executives and practitioners nearly two dozen presentations and sessions focusing on transformation and breakthroughs in the science of people analytics.

Featured speakers: Speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Piyush Mathur – Global Head of Workforce Analytics, Data Strategy and Governance, Johnson & Johnson
  • Donald Fan – Senior Director, Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart, Inc.
  • Dawn Klinghoffer – Head of People Analytics, Microsoft

21. Gartner ReImagineHR

Date: October 26–28, 2020

Location: Orlando, FL

Who should go: CHROs and HR executives

Description: The conference offers seven tracks focused on the role of the CHRO, recruiting and talent acquisition, learning and development, total rewards, diversity and inclusion, HR technology and talent analytics.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers haven’t been announced for 2020 but 2019 speakers included:

  • Brian Kropp – Gartner Distinguished VP of Research
  • Dr. Mae Jemison – First African American Woman in Space, and Founder, Jemison Group and BioSentient Corp
  • Nicole Malachowski – Retired U.S. Air Force Col., First Woman Thunderbird Pilot
  • Sekou Andrews – Two-Time National Poetry Slam Champion

22. Talent Development Think Tank

Date: January 22–23, 2020

Location: Sonoma, CA

Who should go: HR leaders, talent development, learning & development, and employee experience professionals

Description: This is the inaugural talent development conference created especially for innovators, movers & shakers who want to connect, learn from each other, and help shape the future of talent development.

Keynote speakers:

  • Liz Wiseman – Author of Creating a Multipliers Culture
  • Josh Bersin – Author of Learning in the Flow of Work
  • Julie Winkle Giulioni – Author of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
  • Michael Bungay Stanier – Author of The Coaching Habit


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