Top 10 HR and Recruiting Conferences You Should Attend in 2019

Top 10 HR Conferences You Should Attend in 2019

The field of human resources is so vast that it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all of the changes and developments happening in regulations, trends, technology and so on. A good way to make sure we don’t get left behind is to attend HR tech conferences, where we can get educated about things such as recruitment assessment tools or employee performance management tools. However, there are so many HR events happening in 2019, in tech and otherwise, that it’s hard to know which ones to choose. That’s why we’ve gathered for you the best HR conferences to attend in the US (and two outside), so you can get your calendar ready for the rest of the year.


HRPA 2019

HRPA 2019When: January 30 – February 1, 2019

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Center

How Much: $164+

Notable Speakers: Tarana Burke, Social Activist & Founder of #MeToo Movement. Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resources Officer at Globoforce. David McWilliams, Economist, Broadcaster & Bestselling Author.

It’s funny to start the list of best HR conferences to attend with an event in Canada, however, this conference is the largest one in the country, with numerous impressive speakers. The 2019 conference will center around achieving a positive work climate, and as such, hosts many social activists. This is shaping up to be not just one of the top HR conferences in 2019, but one that many non-HR people will enjoy as well.


Hiring Success 2019


When: February 26-27, 2019

Where: Pier 27, San Francisco

How Much: $495+

While no speakers have been announced for 2019 yet, with the past lineup being Steve Fogarty (Senior Director Talent Futures Adidas), Lou Adler (CEO The Adler Group and Kathryn Minshew (CEO The Muse), this event is sure to deliver. HIRE19 is all about bettering your hiring process. With the agenda including sessions such as blockchain in recruiting, humanizing the recruiting process and harnessing diversity, it is definitely one of the top recruiting conferences of 2019.


2019 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

People Analytics

When: March 05-07, 2019

Where: InterContinental Miami

How Much: $1,795+

Notable Speakers: Jane Barrett, Vice President and Global Head of Workforce Planning & Analytics at Ericsson Inc. Ernest Ng, Vice President of Global HR Strategy, People Analytics and Technology at Salesforce, Amit Chowdhary, Vice President, Workforce Planning and Analytics at Visa.

As you can tell from the title, this event is focused on one main topic, analytics, and as such, it is one of the top HR tech conferences you should consider. Come to Miami to learn how to make better recruiting decisions for your organization based on data, and learn that from all of the experts in the field.


Unleash America

Unleash AmericaWhen: May 14-15, 2019

Where: Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

How Much: $1,195+

Notable Speakers: Edward Snowden & Amy Cappellanti-Wolf, CHRO of Symantec (Fortune 500 cybersecurity company).

As you can tell from the impressive speakers for this event, Unleash America is the place to be for HR tech conferences in 2019. This two-day event will feature more than 100 speakers, including sessions and product demonstrations, which will help you and your HR team get up to date with all of the latest technologies. Get educated about machine learning and AI in HR and make sure you don’t get left behind.


The HR360 European Summit


When: June 4-5, 2019

Where: Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront, Austria

How Much: €1,299 +

Notable Speakers: Peter Holmark, HR Director, Europe, Nokia. Sabine Keuschen, Head of HR Functions, Airbus Defence & Space. Adam Yearsley, Global Head of Talent Management, Red Bull

If you are willing to venture outside of the US, this event is shaping up to become one of the best HR conferences to attend in 2019. This two-day event promises to educate you about all of the latest technologies in HR, present all of the trends, offer plenty of networking opportunities, and teach you all about leadership from the industry’s top professionals. Here are just some examples of sessions: How we leverage cognitive computing, the science behind sleep and how to work with start-ups and artificial intelligence.


2019 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

Strategic Talet Acquisition When: June 10-12, 2019

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown

How Much: $$1,795 +

Notable Speakers: Carol McDanie, Director, Professional Talent Acquisition at Delta Air Lines & Denise Novosel, Senior Talent Acquisition Leader – Global Operations and Technology at Nike.

This is another conference that is solely focused on improving the hiring process for your company. Unlike other HR events in 2019, this one will take a deep dive into the different strategies you can employ to get new talent, leaving no stone unturned.


SHRM19 Annual Conference & Exposition


When: June 23-26, 2019

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center

How Much: $1,490+

Notable Speakers: Martha Stewart (who needs no introduction) & Dr. Brené Brown, writer of five #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has over 35 million views.

This conference is one of the best HR conferences to attend in 2019, as well as the most well-known. It hosts around 200 different sessions over a course of four days, from leaders in the industry, professionals, strategists, and peers, on topics such as workplace strategy, global HR, compensation, and benefits, leadership and more. On top of that, the exposition will introduce you to new technology and suppliers, as well as provide you with great opportunities to network.


HR Technology Conference & Expo

HR Technology ConferenceWhen: October 1-4, 2019

Where: The Venetian, Las Vegas

How Much: TBD

As registration for this event only opened in January, the topics and speakers are still pending. However, this conference is sure to be one of the top HR conferences in 2019, especially if we’re talking about HR tech conferences. This event has been running for over 20 years, and last year hosted speakers from Oracle, L’Oreal, NBCUniversal, Twitter, Amazon and many more.


The HR Southwest Conference

HR Southwest Conference

When: October 27-30, 2019

Where: Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas

How Much: $459+

Notable Speakers: Captain Scott Kelly, U.S. Astronaut & Retired U.S. Navy Captain & Ginger Hardage, Retired SVP of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines.

As this conference is still months away, most of the topics have not been announced yet. However, the two keynote speakers are more than impressive and are sure to provide an interesting take on HR. This conference is aimed at educating you on everything related to human resources, with subjects including employment law, healthcare and talent management.


HR Comply

HR comply

When: >November 14-15, 2019

Where: Nashville, TN

How Much: $999+

This conference is a one-stop-shop for every workplace policy update. Over a period of two days, you can receive all of the breaking updates and proven best practices, taught by the leaders in the HR industry – anything from preventing sexual harassment and bullying to HR recordkeeping.