The world is changing. Over the past year, the coronavirus crisis has and continues to present organizations with challenges on a scale unlike anything they have ever experienced. To equip their business to overcome these challenges, talent leaders must continually invest in advancing their skills and understanding of the industry.
Conferences are a great way to hone your skills and stay on the cutting edge of HR and Talent Development trends and best practices. But, knowing which conferences provide the best learning experience is another thing, especially as the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus force conferences to adapt. Here are our recommendations for the eight of the best conferences taking place this fall.
While the information below is accurate as of the time of publishing, the evolving nature of the pandemic may cause changes in scheduling. Please visit each conference’s website via the registration link to learn more.
1. ATD 2021 International Conference & Exposition
August 29 – September 1 | Salt Lake City, Regional, and Virtual
ATD21 promises to be the exciting in-person conference you missed in 2020. Senior talent leaders attend ATD for the knowledge, strategies, and solutions they need to effectively attract, develop, and retain top talent in today’s ever-changing business environment. For safety, attendance for this year’s conference will be capped. If you can’t score tickets to the main event, you can attend one of several regional conferences in Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. The conference will also offer a full virtual option.
September 9–12 | Las Vegas and Virtual
The SHRM Annual Conference gives attendees the tools and resources they need to implement human resources practices that help their companies succeed. Take in fresh perspectives at more than 200 concurrent learning sessions, take advantage of extraordinary networking, and wander the tremendous exposition with thousands of solutions providers.
3. The Conference Board Women’s Leadership Conference
September 23–24 | Virtual
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic hit women especially hard, negatively affecting the careers of millions of women. The Conference Board’s 17th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will explore what it will take for women and organizations to not only recover from the setbacks of the past year but also to accelerate the pace of change moving forward.
4. HR Tech
September 28 – October 1 | Las Vegas
Hosted by Human Resource Executive, the HR Technology Conference & Exposition features an unrivaled agenda for HR professionals. The conference typically features an excellent speaker lineup as well as real-world education, top visionaries, and exclusive study results. And, it tends to be a lot of fun.
5. Columbia University 2021 Coaching Conference
October 13–15 | Virtual
Hosted by one of the most respected coaching certification programs in the world, the fourth bi-annual International Columbia Coaching Conference will bring together coach scholars and practitioners to hear from world-class speakers who are breaking boundaries in the field. This all-virtual conference promises to push your thinking, extend your capabilities, and give you the opportunity to co-create new research, theories, and approaches.
6. ICF Converge 2021
October 26–28 | Virtual
ICF Converge conference brings the global coaching community together to learn, grow, connect, lead, and inspire one another. Like many of the events on our list, ICF Converge will return as a virtual event. Something we’re excited about: each 45-minute session has been pre-recorded, leaving the presenter free to interact and respond to attendee questions and comments during the session.
7. The Future of Employee Engagement 2021
November 3 | Virtual
Hosted by HR.com, The Future of Employee Engagement 2021 will examine the latest engagement data and the connection between employee engagement and organizational performance. The conference will also offer best practices and advice from the professionals whose job it is to actually move the engagement needle.
8. HCI All-Access Pass
Rather than hosting a large annual conference, the Human Capital Institute is adapting its conferences to the virtual environment, delivering a series of 12 one-day virtual conferences spaced throughout the year. The all-access pass grants you access to the remaining events throughout the year, as well as recordings of events that have already taken place.