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Top HR Events for the Rest of 2017

Heidi Erdmann-Sullivan on May 11, 2017 10:30 AM

Just about this time every year, it happens. It’s that moment at work when you blink and realize that the first half of the year will soon be gone.  And then you realize if you blink again, the second half of the year will pass by just as quickly.

Now’s the time not only to take stock of how you’re doing against the year’s goals, but also where you need to be and what you need to learn to ensure you’re reaching them. Your events and conference agenda plays a big part in this equation.

Here’s our guide to the 11 best HR events for the remainder of 2017 to help you along the way.


Evanta Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Executive Leadership Summit – Boston, MA: June 7, 2017
Who it’s for:
Created by and for CHROs, this is one of the best forums for connecting and collaborating with peers
Why it promises to be valuable:
HR Leaders from General Electric Company, MIT, John Hancock Financial Services, and more will share new insights to the challenges and solutions they've faced in creating a diverse, inclusive workforce and enhancing the employee experience.

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Annual Conference  Exposition – New Orleans, LA:
June 18-21, 2017
Who it’s for:
HR professionals across all management levels and industries
Why it promises to be valuable:
You’ll get solid, proven, innovative advice from experts from around the world, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills, earn credits toward recertification, and the chance to meet with top-notch vendors and suppliers.  Plus, what’s more fun than a visit to New Orleans in June?


Culture Summit – San Francisco, CA: August 16-17, 2017
Who it’s for:
C-level executives, people managers and culture champions
Why it promises to be valuable:
The agenda includes speakers and panelists from Zillow, Shopify, Airbnb and Pandora sharing expertise and key learnings in the areas of inclusivity, authenticity, scaling culture, and making the business case for culture at your organization.


CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo – San Diego, CA: September 16-18, 2017
Who it’s for:
Higher Ed HR professionals
Why it promises to be valuable:
This event provides the invaluable chance to connect with 1000+ HR professionals from colleges and universities across the U.S.  Keynote speakers include The New York Times bestselling author, Chip Heath.  Track sessions are organized by Cultural Architect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, HR Strategy, Organizational and Professional Development, Talent Development and more.

Benefits Forum & Expo – Boca Raton, FL: September 18-20, 2017
Who it’s for: Insurance and benefits professionals from small and large companies
Why it promises to be valuable: This year’s agenda will feature programs to help you tailor your benefits package to attract and retain Millennials, gain greater data insights, interpret news out of Washington,  and learn what’s new in wearable and wellness tech.

Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) Annual Conference – Falmouth, MA: September 27-29, 2017
Who it’s for: NEHRA members – HR professionals across all management levels and industries
Why it promises to be valuable: A smaller, more intimate forum, HR professionals in the Northeast consistently rate this as one of the most valuable events they attend all year. This year’s program includes topics like organizational development on a shoestring budget, challenges and victories when changing corporate culture, and the next baby boom in the workplace – Millennials become parents.


LinkedIn Talent Connect – Nashville, TN: October 3-5, 2017
Who it’s for:
Talent acquisition leaders across all industries
Why it promises to be valuable:
Stay tuned for the full agenda, but check out the program from 2016 for a great sense of what this event will offer. Not only will LinkedIn experts take the stage to share their wisdom about attracting, recruiting and retaining talent, but leaders from Amazon, GE Digital and Netflix are also part of the line-up.  Sir Richard Branson from Virgin Group will be there, too. 

HR Technology Conference & Exposition – Las Vegas, NV: October 10-17, 2017
Who it’s for:
HR Professionals across all management levels and industries
Why it promises to be valuable:
This event focuses on emerging HR technologies, but it’s more broadly about better understanding what’s changing the way we work and what will help HR get its job done. The keynote speaker is Laszlo Bock from Google/Alphabet and the Expo is THE place to get your finger on the pulse of the HR technology landscape.

HRMAC SUMMIT 2017 – Chicago, IL: October 17, 2017
Who it’s for:
Chicago-area HR professionals
Why it promises to be valuable: This one-day event helps HR professionals become more impactful leaders. Not only do attendees walk away with a clearer understanding of the issues facing HR today – and how to better manage them, they also gain insight from experts both within and outside of the HR community.

Working Mother WorkBeyond Summit 2017 – New York, NY: October 23-24, 2017
Who it’s for:
ALL leaders and team members who play a critical role in shaping their organization, across all industries and on a national or global scale.
Why it promises to be valuable: The 2017 agenda isn’t post just yet, but check out last year’s impressive program.  In their own words, this event is about, “supporting, encouraging, and inspiring leaders; facilitating idea-sharing; breaking down barriers; thinking about the future for the next generational cast coming through; building resources and finding great ways to leverage all offerings…so that organizations become the best possible enablers of a healthy, happy, high-functioning workforce.”


Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) TalentNext – West Palm Beach, FL: November 7-8, 2017
Who it’s for:
All human capital and organizational development professionals
Why it promises to be valuable: Attendees will leave with innovative ideas and practical methods to increase employee engagement and retention, plus, best practices in onboarding.  Program highlights include building a resilient workforce, what drives high performing organizations, emotional intelligence at work, the diverse workforce and onboarding meets design thinking.

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Heidi Erdmann-Sullivan

As Director, Sales and Marketing at, Heidi is responsible for developing innovative, results-driven programs for Care@Work – a consumer-centered portfolio of family care for employers and their diverse workforce. Passionate about helping HR professionals improve the lives of their employees, Heidi follows and writes about the top trends and research impacting both employees and employers in the workplace, including the future of work, consumerism and HR, building employer brands, pay equity and paid leave policy, and company culture. Prior to joining, Heidi led marketing teams at a variety of technology companies including Constant Contact. She lives north of Boston with her husband Brian and their “daughter” Lexi – a 10 lb. Shih-Tzu therapy dog.