As an HR executive, you are increasingly being called upon to act as business adviser, confidant, decision-maker, coach. Your leadership skills and experience will become more important as organizations seek human capital solutions to achieve their goals.
The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is filled with sessions that cover the whole spectrum of HR that will help you become a stronger and more confident HR professional, while laying the groundwork for your professional and personal growth.  
We have developed a custom agenda for you that will maximize both your learning and your networking. Our suggested schedule includes:
  • A two-day Executive Education session that will increase your ability to increase your organization’s competitive advantage;
  • Nine concurrent sessions that cover the full range of HR topics, from key legislative issues to innovative talent management to influencing your executive leadership;
  • A Masters Series session with Dan Heath, co-author of Switch and Made to Stick, who’ll increase your decision-making ability with proven techniques;
  • General Sessions with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes; Dan Pink, the best-selling author of Drive; and the inspirational Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords;
  • Ample time for comprehensive networking in the Exposition Hall and Networking Lounges; and
  • A bit of entertainment with our Tuesday Night Show performer, Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson.
We’ve recommended a schedule that takes advantage of all learning and networking at this conference, but will also ensure that you return to your office savvier, bolder and more powerful than ever before.
This sample agenda provides you with one suggested curriculum for your conference experience. With hundreds of sessions to choose from, there are countless ways to customize your agenda to fit your needs. Visit annual.shrm.org/Sessions for the full listing of concurrent sessions, and begin building your personalized schedule today.

The conference doesn't officially open until Sunday, but if your schedule permits, we suggest getting into Chicago one day early, on Saturday, June 15. You'll be able to take advantage of our exceptional Additional Learning opportunities, such as the Executive Education program suggested below, and you may even get a chance to spend a few hours exploring the city. We can't promise the weather will be perfect, but we can absolutely guarantee that the views will be spectacular.
6:30 a.m.
Get a head start on the next few days by showing up early to registration. Here, you'll get your bag, your badge, and your conference materials that will help you navigate the next few days of intense learning and valuable networking. Prefer your information in the palm of your hand? Download the conference mobile app, available in early Spring 2013, and get everything you need on your smartphone!
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Maximize Your Executive Potential
It’s crucial for you as an HR executive to maintain a strategic edge and provide unwavering leadership for your organization and staff. SHRM has partnered with nationally recognized business schools and management institutes to develop advanced learning programs that help you accomplish these goals. By attending one of our Executive Education programs, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to enhance your effectiveness as an HR leader.
Sustaining a Competitive Advantage through a Culture of Excellence*          
Presented in partnership with the Disney Institute
Disney is a recognized leader in workforce management and is an employer of choice. It is no wonder the company’s competitive advantage is its people. Participants in this three-day session will learn how to fully engage and retain employees through proven and easily adaptable strategies. Examine the management philosophies and best practices of the largest single-site employer in the U.S. —the Walt Disney World® Resort. At Disney, working hard to ensure employee satisfaction is more than good management—it’s smart business. This program provides key insights for recruiting and training the best possible employees; building commitment and enthusiasm through communication and recognition; and designing a culture of excellence that puts people first.
Visit annual.shrm.org/session-type/Executive-Education for the full listing of available Executive Education programs.
*Additional fees and pre-registration required.  

Sunday is the first official day of the 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition, and you are going to feel the buzz in the air. Head on over to McCormick Place and get ready for a full day of learning and networking. 
8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Maximize your Executive Potential
Continue to increase your knowledge by attending day two of your SHRM Executive Education program.
Sustaining a Competitive Advantage through a Culture of Excellence*          
Presented in partnership with the Disney Institute
Visit annual.shrm.org/session-type/Executive-Education for the full listing of available Executive Education programs.
*Additional fees and pre-registration required.  
12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          
Make Long-Lasting Connections

Attending the Annual Conference has limitless ways to increase your network of colleagues and peers. Meet with other HR executives from around the world to expand your sphere of influence and gain new partners for collaboration and sharing.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Opening General Session
Good things come to those who wait! We're working hard to finalize our speaker for this Opening General Session, and we can assure you that whoever it is, it'll be some who will leave you feeling more inspired, more engaged and more energized.
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Opening Reception in the Exposition Hall
After being inspired in the Opening General Session, head over the SHRM Exposition. This is the world's largest HR marketplace, a thriving and buzzing space with over 700 exhibitor booths, endless solutions, displays, presentations, new ideas and networking in every aisle.

Monday begins the first full day of concurrent sessions, which run from the morning into the early evening. With four session time slots and a morning General Session with Blake Mycoskie to start your day, you have ample opportunity to get valuable information and resources. We believe that the more choices you have, the more you will be able to build a learning itinerary that fits your specific needs. Whether you’re a small department of one or a corporate office supporting thousands, we have the choices you’ll need to be smarter, faster, and savvier at your job. 
Worried about missing a session? You can upgrade to our Conference on Demand, which is a unique product that allows you to view the sessions online and earn up to 20 HRCI recertification credits. With unlimited online access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the On Demand package includes videos of select keynote addresses, recordings of the concurrent sessions with audio, and the detailed, downloadable PowerPoint slides that accompany each session. Visit annual.shrm.org/conference-demand for more information.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: You will discover a groundbreaking and research-based missing link that will help advance women into leadership positions.
Despite decades of effort, why is the percentage of women in leadership still so small? Based on 10 years of research, Feldhahn identifies the unwritten, and often subconscious, expectations and perceptions held by most men that may become obstacles for women. You will learn several often unrecognized, but critical, reasons for the gap of female advancement into leadership resulting in your ability to design programs and help women overcome obstacles arising from the common, unstated expectations of male bosses, colleagues, subordinates and clients. You will have immediate ability to help women increase their influence and effectiveness to become leaders chosen for and in the pipeline -- elevating potentially excellent leaders who might otherwise have been considered just good “utility players.”
Presenter: Shaunti C. Feldhahn, author and speaker, Veritas Enterprises, Atlanta, Ga.
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
General Session with Blake Mycoskie
You may not know his name, but you probably know his shoes. Mycoskie is the young, fearless found of TOMS, the innovative company that has used the One for One model to build a successful business founded on a very basic premise that organizations can be compassionate and profitable. Since 2006, TOMS has donated over two million shoes in 25 countries to children in need; at the same time, they have revolutionized social entrepreneurism. 
Mycoskie will inspire you to think differently about your ability to create real impacts in your professional and personal life in big and small ways, every day.
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.           
Stop by the World’s Largest HR Store

The SHRMStore is 10,000 square feet of HR books, videos, software, and DVDs. Here you can browse over 1,000 different new and best-selling products on a variety of topics such as state and federal legal compliance, compensation, harassment training, performance, HR metrics, social media, and more. You can build a reference library for your staff or get books on the latest trends and research to complement your executive experience.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Consultation; Business Acumen
Workplace Application: Attend this session and find out what will be driving HR strategy in your organization, today and in the future.
This session will show you how most organization leaders around the world have realized that their competitive advantage is tied directly to their human capital and their talent acquisition management strategies. In this exciting session, Kushner will explore five significant global trends that impact how work is performed in organizations, and how your organization you need to rethink many of your HR strategies in light of these new realities.
Presenter: Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, president and CEO, Kushner & Company, Portage, Mich.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.       
Lunch in the Exposition Hall
Lunch is provided for you in the SHRM Exposition - which is both easy on your budget and provides you with an excellent opportunity to browse through the hundreds of solutions our exhibitors provide. 
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Relationship Management; Organizational Leadership & Navigation
Workplace Application: Attend this session to learn how your organization can optimize for entrepreneurialism and build on an existing legacy.
Groupon, Inc. is the leading provider of marketing solutions for local commerce, currently on its way to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s commerce operating system by increasing consumer buying power while driving more business to merchants through price and discovery. Groupon has seen remarkable growth in its short four-year history. The company has a $5 billion run-rate in gross billings with two hundred million subscribers, features more than 100,000 unique merchants every quarter and is growing active deals thirteen times year-over-year to more than 27,000 per quarter. By its third year, Groupon had operations in nearly 50 countries. Come hear about the challenges and the opportunities of scaling and optimizing a company in an entirely new industry category by grounding the culture in a strong set of core values. Learn about the challenges of building sustainable organization capability to plug the three trillion dollar local commerce marketplace into the web through building tens of thousands relationships with local merchants around the world.
Presenter: Brian Schipper, senior vice president, Human Resources, Groupon, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Business Acumen; Consultation
Workplace Application: You will learn how revenue growth affects a company's structure and what to do to prepare your department and organization for expansion.
Unfortunately, more often than not, HR leaders are so focused on the day-to-day tasks, you miss that your own department is not structured properly and can actually hurt your company's growth opportunity. This session will provide a step-by-step guide on how to create a dynamic team and flexible structure that can support the organization as it expands to meet customer demands. You will learn that what you do today may not support your organization in the face of expansion (and what to do about it!). Walk away with the 10 secrets of creating a department and organization built to grow. You will learn how to develop your strategy for leading organizational change as well as how to evaluate your organizational effectiveness and where you should focus first to maximize your benefit to the company.
Presenter: Valerie M. Grubb, president, Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., New York, N.Y.
5:30 p.m.       
Night on Your Own
Chicago is one of America’s most picturesque cities, with its beloved skyline standing along the bright blue green waters of Lake Michigan, its hyper-color river weaving its way beside some of America’s most iconic buildings, its train yards bustling with commerce and history, and its world-famous theater and shopping and dining. While you’re here, you will have access to world-class museums of art and science, miles of sandy beaches, huge parks and beautiful public art. Make sure you take advantage of this gorgeous city; we will guarantee that, at least once, you will find yourself gasping at awe at what is surely one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.
For ideas on what to do in Chicago while you're here, visit annual.shrm.org/visit-chicago.

Your investment in this conference continues to yield results as you enter your second full day of learning. You'll hear from Dan Pink about what motivates you (or what you thought motivated you) and attend another round of sessions. You'll also have a few more hours to visit the SHRM Exposition Hall, where you’ll eat your lunch and network with the friends you've made over the last few days. Once sessions are over, you'll have time to grab dinner at one of Chicago's amazing restaurants and maybe freshen up a bit before heading back to McCormick Place to rock out to one of the biggest pop stars in the world - Kelly Clarkson.
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Relationship Management; Communication
Workplace Application: This session will help you make teams more efficient by communicating more effectively.

How do you change the culture of a high visibility large international company quickly? Learn how AIG is transforming teams across the world by empowering individual team members and team leaders to be more efficient and get work done faster.
Presenters: Maggie Williams, senior vice president, global head of talent management, AIG, New York, N.Y.; and, Patrick Bosworth, president, Leadership Choice, Meza, Ariz.
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
Dan Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work, including the long-running New York Times best-seller, A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times best seller, Drive.
Using over 50 years of behavioral science, Pink will overturn what you may think about human motivation. Pink shows that traditional motivators, such as the carrot and the stick, may not work as well as we've always thought. You'll learn that your high performance, and that of the people around you, depends much more on the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to be in charge of our own learning and creativity, and to do better by ourselves and the world.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
Concurrent Session

1.25 Business Management & Strategy and International Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Global & Cultural Effectiveness; Business Acumen
Workplace Application: You will learn about key cultural barriers to success by hearing examples of best practices on successful ways to overcome these issues in Latin America and Africa.
Ventures into emerging markets require developing talent for optimal global success. Global competencies at individual and team levels are critical for mitigating cultural differences. HR plays a strategic role in developing the right leadership and competency skills to better achieve desired business outcomes. CAI and Anadarko showcase key cultural barriers and their collaborative strategy in building high performing teams within business units working globally, including their best practice approach in Africa and Latin America.
Presenters: Mercedes Naficy D’Angelo, director of business development, Cultural Awareness International, Dallas, Texas; and, Antonio Sevilla, international HR manager, Andadarko, Spring, Texas
Noon - 1:30 p.m.       
Lunch in the Exposition Hall
You'll be provided another meal and have another opportunity to talk to our exhibitors before you leave. This is also a great chance for you to meet up with any of your peers that you've met while you've been in Chicago - share any ideas you've learned, discuss the solutions you're going to implement when you're back in the office, or even just laugh and take the time to enjoy the benefits of making new friends and connections.
1:15 p.m.       
Grand Prize Drawing in the Exposition Hall
While you're in the Exposition Hall, you'll be given a chance to win a number of really great prizes, including registration for the 2014 Annual Conference (it doesn't hurt to plan ahead) and up to $5000. You must be present to win, so don't miss out!
2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 
Attend a Masters Series Session
Our Masters Series is a sequence of provocative sessions presented by globally-recognized business strategists and leaders. Our speakers are experts, innovators, trendsetters and pioneers who will challenge you with ideas and approaches that expand your thinking so you’re more effective and better prepared for anything that may come your way.
2.00 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership & Navigation; Communication
Much has been written, over the past few years, about the problems that plague our decision-making: the irrationality and the biases we are prone to. But we will ask a different question: Given that we may be wired to act foolishly sometimes, how can we do better? How can we overcome those biases in hopes of making better and more confident decisions as strategic leaders of our organizations? In this session, Heath, New York Times bestselling co-author of Made to Stick and Switch, will reveal a simple four-step process for making smarter choices as leaders in our organizations. You will learn:
  • The four major villains of decision-making – and how to counteract them
  • A simple question that can transform a contentious meeting into a productive one
  • Three strategies for uncovering new, unconsidered options to add to our set of choices
  • A technique for anticipating—and correcting—the worst risks of a decision
The tools provided in this session can help any organizational leader make quicker, wiser, and more confident decisions.       
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: This session is about a strategic approach to personally and organizationally transform a business culture at its core.
Many organizations ask about their Return on Investment but it doesn't happen to be the most important ROI! This session will inspire you to look at ROI in a whole new way ... as your Return on INTEGRITY. This is for HR leaders who have the courage, hold the desire and want the roadmap for creating a business culture that is good to the core! It's about being strategic, practical, and actionable in creating a culture that once and for all inspires authentic employee engagement and genuine customer service. You will learn how to identify the current dilemma (roadblocks, obstacles, and reality) standing in the way of realizing your Return on INTEGRITY! Leave with an understanding of the definition of the systemic connection of personal and organizational core values in creating a culture that nurtures authentic employee engagement and genuine customer service. 
Presenter: John G. Blumberg, CSP, president, Keynote Concepts, Inc., Naperville, Ill.
8:00 p.m.       
By now, you've attended numerous sessions and you're feeling motivated and excited to bring all these solutions back to your office. You’ve met people and shared laughs and business cards, seen some great solutions in the Exposition Hall, and maybe even bought some books at the SHRMStore. But let's face it - it's time we gave you an opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun. Kelly Clarkson, one of the world’s best-selling pop stars, will be performing exclusively for our Annual Conference attendees. 
One ticket is included in your conference registration; additional tickets may be purchased for just $85.

The last day of the conference begins with a story of unsurpassed courage, inspiration and love. Astronaut Mark Kelly will lead a session that will empower you to rise to any challenges that may come your way, at home or in the office. An appearance by his wife, the inspirational Gabby Giffords, with further strengthen your determination to achieve all of your goals. 
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 
General Session with Mark Kelly & Gabby Giffords
On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords' recovery captivated and inspired us.
For Kelly, focus equals success – even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of space shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Kelly shows audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will make a special guest appearance following Kelly’s keynote to take questions that have been submitted by our members. We invite you to submit your own question for this indomitable pair by emailing us at becomingmore@shrm.org or using the hashtag #askmarkandgabby on Twitter.
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Consultation; Business Acumen; Critical Evaluation

Workplace Application: Learn how you can leverage your leadership skills to help your company overcome the top five threats to your organizational success.
We are entering a new economy and business model with tremendous potential for HR to lead strategic organizational success. CEO’s are looking at HR to lead organizations through the five threats based on your ability to anticipate, respond and adapt to five threats that are threatening the success and survival of all companies in the new economy. The first of the five threats we will discuss is the loss of your competitive advantage as other organizations level the playing field while simultaneously failing to engage your workforce to create and develop new products and services faster the competition. Second, we will discuss the cost of reckless hiring, as most analysts agree that 80% of turnover can be attributed to bad hires. Third, regulatory nightmares can become a huge external nightmare for your business as government regulation on the state and federal levels can impact your company every day. The other two threats we will examine are the inability to innovate, and poor leadership and communication skills. 
Presenter: Jack Smalley, SPHR, director, HR Learning and Development, Express Employment Professionals, Oklahoma City, Okla.
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.         
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation

Workplace Application: This session will guide you through the “costs” of keeping problematic employees.
We have all been conditioned to respond the same way to unproductive employees. What seems to get lost in a genuine and earnest effort to “rehabilitate” the unproductive employee is the actual and escalating cost to you to responding in this fashion. As difficult as it may be to overcome these reasons, you must understand that keeping underperforming or problematic employees can cost you far more in the long run – both financially and non-financially.
Presenters: Stuart Ducoffe, partner; and Krist Hiddema, partner, e2r Solutions®, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

12:45 p.m.     
Conference Concludes…
But it certainly doesn’t end! You’ve just spent four days getting the most comprehensive HR education that you can get at a single conference; you’ve heard new ideas and solutions and made new friends and connections. You’ve been inspired, energized, and presented with irreplaceable tools and resources that you can bring back straight to your office and implement immediately. 
The SHRM 2013 Annual Conference is a truly valuable investment in your professional and personal development.   By registering to join us in Chicago, you are making a confident decision to join a community of HR professionals that are dedicated to being smarter, stronger, savvier and brighter, every day.