HR professionals are well-versed in looking ahead, and 2018 is sure to bring groundbreaking technology, opportunities to learn, and chances to expand your network. There’s no better way to fine-tune your skills than attending one of the top 10 best HR conferences of 2018. With events all over the country, you’ll have a first look at the newest trends and strategies in HR, all while being surrounded by the biggest names in the business.

Location:             Chicago, IL
Date:                     June 17-20, 2018
One of the world’s best-known HR organizations, SHRM, is pulling out all the stops for their 2018 HR conference, with keynote speaker Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Attendees can experience 200 different sessions during the event, and take advantage of pre-conference seminars online.

Location:             San Diego, CA
Date:                     April 2-4, 2018
ERE is a conference for large companies looking for large growth. Some of the impressive guests include Google, Amazon and Disney, and speakers include Unilever Brand Manager Katie Rob Ambrose and The Container Store Recruiting Manager Rachel Kennedy. Attendees can learn about candidate assessment technology, impactful hiring and employment branding. ERE will also have a second conference in the fall of 2018; the date and location can be found here once announced.

Talent Connect
Location:             TBA
Date:                     TBA
You may have heard of this conference hosted by LinkedIn, with past speakers such as Tim Gunn, Brené Brown, Jeff Weiner and Edith Cooper. Each year, over 4,000 professionals come back for the incredible venues, intelligent speakers and immersive experience. The 2018 date and location have yet to be announced, so stay tuned for more details.

HR Tech
Location:             Las Vegas, NV
Date:                     Sept. 11-14, 2018
For technology trend-seekers and businesses that are hungry for knowledge, the HR Tech conference is all about looking forward to the future. It will feature a Women in HR Technology pre-conference event, as well as an HR Tech pub crawl. Exhibitors include companies like TextRecruit, Yello and SHRM.

Location:             Toronto, ON
Date:                     Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2018
As Canada’s largest HR event, this annual conference and trade show will now feature the Globoforce Gratitude Bar, where you can recognize peers and allow them to win prizes that benefit The Organ Project. Networking and building relationships are the main focus of this conference, and sessions include “How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam Grant and “The Four Pillars of Courage” by Dr. Brené Brown.

Location:             Austin, TX
Date:                     April 2-5, 2018
Called the “Woodstock of HR,” Workhuman’s value is placed in creating a work environment with social connection, human relationships and positive work spaces. Past speakers have included Michelle Obama, Michael J. Fox and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In this three-day event, attendees will learn about increasing engagement and energizing their teams

Location:             Scottsdale, AZ
Date:                     April 22-25, 2018
The HR People + Strategy Annual Conference is for HR leaders with 15+ years of experience in HR and an interest in business strategy. Attendees will be able to fine-tune their skills in collaboration, leadership and digitization, all while overlooking the Sonoran Desert.

Disrupt HR
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Disrupt HR is a conference that guarantees no boredom. With only five minutes to speak, each presenter is allowed 20 slides (15 seconds each) to speak about anything pertaining to talent, culture or technology. Disrupt HR will visit 99 cities in 2017 alone; find out when they’ll visit yours in 2018.

Location:             San Francisco, CA
Date:                     Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2018
Social Recruiting Strategies Conference is the perfect conference for professionals looking to gain a new perspective on industry trends and what’s next for HR. Discussion topics include “Mistakes Recruiters Make and How to Fix Them,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” and “The War for Attention: Messaging and Candidate Engagement.”

HR in Hospitality
Location:             Las Vegas, NV
Date:                     March 5-7, 2018
The HR in Hospitality conference and exposition provides an environment for HR professionals who specialize in hotels, resorts and restaurants to network with each other and share unique approaches to the industry. With keynote speaker Jason Averbook’s insights, you’ll have new ways to help people in your company succeed.

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Sam Smith is an Associate Account Executive at JWT INSIDE in Atlanta. As a recent graduate from Georgia College, she has been learning the ins and outs of recruitment advertising, and enjoys the fast-paced and ever-changing world of communications. With experience in public relations, hospitality marketing and account management, she likes to look ahead and focus on the goals of each advertisement.