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In a global marketplace that increasingly requires your business to be leaner, faster, and lighter while you’re also becoming more competitive, it can be a real challenge to know how HR can help achieve these immense organizational goals. We have developed an Annual Conference & Exposition program that features a curriculum that will help you achieve these goals with the best and more strategic HR education in the world.
To show you how the Annual Conference can help you increase your personal and professional competitive advantage, we’ve put together a sample agenda that includes:
  • A preconference workshop that will show you how to increase your ability to facilitate conversations in your organization;
  • A free Super Sunday session that will help you maximize your influence throughout your company, and with the most difficult people;
  • Ten concurrent sessions that cover the full range of HR, using social recruiting to attract the best and brightest from around the world, to cultural change that will increase your ability to succeed;
  • 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 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 of the learning at this conference, but will also ensure that you return to your office more ready for the future of the global workforce – or even the workplace challenges you face from day-to-day.
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 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 Preconference Workshop 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.
9:00 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!
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Attend a One-Day Workshop*

Tackle the most intriguing topics of the year in these intensive, information-packed preconference sessions. These workshops offer unique, in-depth approaches to understanding the workplace issues that affect your organization’s viability in today’s business environment, and will help you master the most important workplace trends.
Workplace Application: This fast-paced, highly interactive workshop will provide you with seven key skills that separate great facilitators from the rest of the pack.

What is it that separates great facilitators from good ones? How do great facilitators make their sessions so much better? Through training over 10,000 facilitators, seven key behaviors have been identified that we believe distinguish the best facilitators from the rest of the pack. In this fast-paced, dynamic session, Wilkinson will give you the opportunity to see and practice the "Seven Separators" of great facilitation.
Presenter: Michael Wilkinson, Certified Master Facilitator, managing director, Leadership Strategies, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

Visit for the full listing of available workshops.
*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 fun-filled day of learning, networking, and inspiration. First stop - Orientation, and then off to begin your adventure.
11:00 a.m. - Noon     
Attend the Conference Orientation
This is a big conference in every sense of the word. Over 200 sessions, hundreds of exhibitors in the world's largest HR Exposition, thousands of HR professionals and the biggest convention center in North America… but don’t worry. It’s not too big to manage. Our Conference Orientation session is a fantastic way to kick off your conference experience; here you'll get a chance to meet your fellow attendees, participate in some formal (but fun!) networking, and get oriented. We'll make sure you leave more prepared to make the most out of your time in Chicago!
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Attend a Free Super Sunday Session
Included in your registration, our Super Sunday sessions are a great way to make the most of your educational investment. Though free, pre-registration is required to ensure that you get a seat at one of these popular sessions.
Mary Jane Mapes, communication / leadership strategist shares her insights with HR professionals who are expected to be a positive influence, even when dealing with PIGs – those Pesky Incessant Gripers, Painfully Intolerable Gasbags, or Pompous Inane Glory-hounds. Everyone has a particularly irritating individual who has kept them up at night, wondering, "How do I deal with this person?" This session offers new, eye-opening ways to turn around the most resistant, resentful, or reluctant person and get them working with you instead of against you.
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 for more information.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: You will learn best practices for conducting an effective compensation audit that will minimize legal risk.
Will conducting a compensation audit help you avoid liability for improper pay practices if faced with a DOL investigation or lawsuit? The answer depends on how the audit is conducted, who conducts it, and what the company does with the results of the audit. You will learn compensation audit best practices, how to get management buy-in for correcting mistakes, and practical ways to correct questionable pay practices that may minimize liability and avoid claims.
Presenter: Laurence Stuart, managing principal, Stuart PC, Houston, Texas
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 SHRMStore
Make sure you stop by the largest HR store in the world! At the popular SHRMStore, you'll find an impressive collection of HR books, videos, software, and DVDs. 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.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: Learn to enhance your recruitment strategy through technology as well as the human touch.
The power has shifted to the people – one person can now influence thousands in minutes. Social media and viral marketing have fundamentally changed the way we connect and communicate. In this revolutionary world of recruiting, companies that embrace this concept are thriving. In this session, we'll take an in-depth look at how global organizations like Ericsson are leveraging new technology and their workforce to attract and engage talent. You'll be inspired to see how technology combined with the human touch can not only impact the world of recruiting but all areas of our lives. Embrace the future of recruiting and leave with ideas that will immediately impact your organization and ensure you have the right social recruitment strategy in place.
Presenter: Matt Kaiser, recruitment strategy manager, Ericsson, Docklands, VIC, Australia
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. Whether you're looking for employee recognition ideas, innovative HRIS programs, or compensation and benefits resources, you'll find more of what your organization needs.
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 International Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Workplace Application: You will walk through the various risks associated with the diversity of generations represented in your organization, and how to effectively care for these travelers from a Duty of Care perspective, particularly as they may represent the company in an international setting.
The changing demographics of today’s workforce create new challenges for employers. From Baby Boomers to Millennials, you are faced with increased pressure to manage the vigorous demands and risks of employee groups sent out on international assignments. More experience may mean greater health related issues, while less experienced employees may find themselves in naively dangerous situations. Learn how to identify, mitigate, and prevent these risks from creating a bigger financial, reputational, and legal risk for your company.
Presenter: Suzanne Garber, chief networking officer, International SOS, Trevose, Pa.
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Take a Break
It’s been a full day; you’ve already been to three concurrent sessions and the morning General Session. Take a few moments to review and digest what you’ve learned, and start thinking about how you can apply this information back at your own office. Use the Annual Conference mobile app to view all the PowerPoint presentations from the sessions you attended or even to send us feedback. And if you take this time to answer a few work emails or check your Facebook or Twitter, we’ll understand.

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership & Navigation; Consultation
Workplace Application: Discover how to define the mission and the distinctive, strategic core values of your company to achieve organizational alignment using the Five P’s: Purpose, Philosophy, Priorities, Practices and Projections.
Is everyone practicing the principles critical to your organization's success? For example, if your company needs to be innovative, are your processes and practices driving innovation? In this competitive landscape, organizations cannot afford deficiencies in execution. By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss the five P’s and how they offer an organization-wide strategy for integrating essential principles and values throughout the culture. Discover a new way to achieve alignment so your valued and strategic principles are infused throughout the organization and are in concert with the practices, processes and projections of the organization as well as create a strategy for executing the principles that will drive success.
Presenter: Pamela Meyer, principal, Meyer Creativity Associates, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
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

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.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours 
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: You will learn how to implement the key attributes of managing a virtual team.

Many organizations today are experiencing an unusual confluence of events: a slow recovery from a deep recession, the rise of a younger generation that expects more coaching and development, and the globalization of the workforce. The combination of these trends has changed the complexion of leadership. Today's workers are no longer found inside the traditional corporate facility. Leaders face new challenges in molding these virtual employees into an effective team. Research shows that more than 50% of virtual teams will fail to meet their objectives. What are the critical success factors to ensure your team succeeds? You will learn how to identify the dimensions of a virtual team as well as the competencies of an effective distance manager. Discover how to avoid issues that hamper virtual team effectiveness and the importance trust plays in success. 
Presenter: Ann Max, president, Productive to the Max, Ottawa, Ontario
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.
10:00 a.m. 10:40 a.m.           
Visit a Networking Lounge
Attending the Annual Conference has limitless ways to boost your professional development; as an investment in learning, it can't be beat. But it's also immensely valuable as a networking opportunity. While you're in Chicago, you will be part of a community of HR professionals who share the same challenges, frustrations, and triumphs that you do, every day. Make sure there is ample room in your daily schedule to spend time with your peers, colleagues, and mentors. And don't forget, we provide plentiful online opportunities for networking - use our Twitter, Facebook, and Online Community site to meet your fellow attendees before, during, and after the conference.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Business Acumen; Consultation; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: Hear stories and advice from current C-Suite professionals that will help you understand exactly what it takes to be a business partner in your organization.
Is getting the time and resources you need from the C-Suite a survival of the fittest? Capturing the C-Suite's attention is vital, yet HR still struggles to claim a seat with the top players. Karsh details key techniques for connecting HR to the bottom line and covers critical HR competencies to help you position yourself as indispensable to the organization and as an invaluable leader – where the odds are always in your favor. You will learn the five competencies to getting noticed by the C-Suite, including knowing the business, thinking strategically, communicating effectively, embracing change, and being a project and relationship manager.
Presenter: Brad Karsh, president, JB Training Solutions, Chicago, Ill.
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. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Relationship Management; Communication
Workplace Application: This session provides you with the seven levers for creating a culture where everyone is committed to achieving organizational goals.
Great companies succeed in good times and tough times for one simple reason – they sustain a culture that provides a competitive advantage. You will learn how to create and reinforce commitment to a common set of unifying values that drives actionable performance and behavior toward meaningful results. Pennington will show you how to build and sustain strong teams where everyone appreciates the opportunity to help you succeed and focus everyone's energy on the handful of key behavior and performance expectations that will make your organization stand out in the marketplace.
Presenter: Randy G. Pennington, CSP, CPAE, president, Pennington Performance Group, Addison, Texas
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will help you prepare a harassment prevention curriculum that meets or exceeds mandatory training requirements, while ensuring an empowered and enlightened workforce.
In the current economic climate, when bullying has morphed from the playground to the workplace, and employees are desperately seeking safety and stability, harassment prevention training is a golden opportunity to go beyond the standard “necessary evil” curriculum and implement a more ambitious agenda. Kraemer will challenge notions of what prevention education can accomplish as a tool in leadership communications. You will be provided specific content incorporating new law, together with suggested delivery methods.
Presenter: Glen E. Kraemer, managing partner, Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer, LLP, Santa Monica, Calif.
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 or using the hashtag #askmarkandgabby on Twitter.
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.         
Concurrent Session


1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: You will learn about ERISA's disclosure requirements and how using electronic methods of communication can satisfy those requirements.
Many organizations are moving employee communications from paper to electronic form for a number of reasons, including timeliness and cost savings. Can employee benefit plan disclosures be provided electronically as well? This session will review the numerous ERISA-required disclosures and the current rules for distributing those disclosures electronically to plan participants and beneficiaries. Attending this session can help you help your employer save trees AND money!
Presenter: Antoinette Pilzner, member attorney, McDonald Hopkins, LLC, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.         
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Communication; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: This presentation will help you facilitate more effective verbal, written and electronic communication.
For organizations of all sizes, effective internal communication is often cited as a key component of high productivity, goal achievement and employee satisfaction. Poor communication, in contrast, leads to dysfunction, lost opportunities and employee cynicism. This presentation, using specific examples and techniques, will delve into the methods and means to improve communication in verbal, written and electronic form.

Presenter: Jeff Lanza, president, Communication Dynamics, Mission, Kan.

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.