In today’s unpredictable business climate, the most effective way to gain an edge over your competition is professional development, pure and simple. You need the information, education, ideas and innovation to ensure that you are always ready to provide a proven solution to every challenge your organization may face, from addressing the skills gap to handling new workplace complexities. The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is filled with sessions that cover the whole spectrum of training that will help you be more prepared for the future – and the present.
We have developed a custom agenda for you that will increase your ability to succeed. Our suggested schedule includes:
  • A preconference workshop that will show you how to audit your HR processes to maximize efficiencies;
  • Ten concurrent sessions that cover the full range of HR topics, from the hiring military and veterans effectively and strategically, to the impact of the changes at the NLRB on your workplace;
  • 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 smarter, sharper and more energized 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 for the full listing of concurrent sessions, and begin building your personalized schedule today.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15        
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!
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 (feel free to stop and take pictures of all the local signs welcoming you to Chicago; there will be plenty of them!) and get ready for a fun-filled day of learning, networking, and inspiration. 
8:00 a.m. - Noon       
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.
1.25 General Recertification Credits
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation; Consultation
Workplace Application: This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of HR practices, programs and procedures and provide valuable tools and checklists you can use when evaluating developing compliance practices for the future.

This session will provide a comprehensive review of HR practices, programs and procedures from a legal and practical perspective and provide valuable tools and checklists you can use when evaluating developing compliance practices for the future. The goal of the program is to ensure that you have the information you need to analyze and guide your organization and provide strategic input with management concerning the entire employment relationship.
Presenter: Timothy A. Davis, managing partner, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, Kansas City, Mo.
Visit for the full listing of available workshops.
*Additional fees and pre-registration required.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.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.
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 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credits
Competencies: Business Acumen; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will examine the up-and-coming business applications as well as the role data/analytics will play shaping the HR landscape.
Emerging business intelligence technologies will provide a competitive edge if companies are able to take advantage of the metrics/data provided. Companies are increasingly realizing that their workforce data is a strategic asset. Once used for only sales and marketing functions, detailed metrics now help companies utilize their HR data effectively to make fact-based decisions about their human capital investments. Get an in-depth look at up-and-coming business applications, understand “big data's” role in shaping the HR landscape, and hear a real-world case study of predictive analytics' impact on business results.

Presenter: Chris McLatcher, director of business intelligence, Ultimate Software, 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.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session is designed to help you handle returning veterans under USERRA as well as military family members seeking leave under the FMLA.
As the conflicts overseas wind down, thousands of soldiers are returning home ready to work while their family members are preparing for their return by taking leave from work. This session addresses both the job return rights of veterans under USERRA as returning veterans seek reemployment and the leave rights of family members under the FMLA, and gives tips on staying compliant with both laws. You will leave with the tools you need to develop a strategy to implement a cohesive military leave policy at work that complies with both federal statutes and yet allows for effective management of the business.
Presenter: Matthew S. Effland, shareholder/attorney, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Indianapolis, Ind.
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 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Practice & Expertise; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: Learn strategic insights and practical guidelines for designing simple onboarding programs that accelerate performance and boost retention.
Research shows that companies that invest in a structured onboarding process experience dramatic increases in revenue, customer satisfaction and employee retention, productivity and engagement. Most employers devote little time to their onboarding process, a mistake that costs them greatly both in bottom line and reputation. This engaging session will provide the economic business case for onboarding, the six most critical steps in the process and key pitfalls to avoid along the way.
Presenter: Amy Hirsh Robinson, principal, Interchange Group, Los Angeles, Calif.

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 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will show you how to build a culture that values safety and injury prevention, and defines both as core components of their hiring and retention strategy.
It's not enough to just hire the right candidate; we must evaluate the job demands and develop core competencies with specific training milestones that help employees become successful. Managers must select, train and retain employees who are competent, productive and injury free. We will identify and define the root cause of why employees join your organization, get injured, leave and litigate. This session will provide a blueprint of how this core competency can be incorporated into every aspect of the hiring and retention cycle. You will learn how to evaluate employee competency, set realistic job demands, correct vague job descriptions, create a competency matrix based on realistic job expectations – and educate your management team to hire and retain based on core job competency.
Presenter: Margaret P. Spence, president/CEO, Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.
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 Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will help you critically evaluate payroll practices and identify issues which, if not addressed, could result in substantial liability.
This session will review the DOL's latest enforcement trends, and initiatives, as well as the most common errors employers make in classifying employees as exempt, capturing all "hours worked" for pay purposes, and calculating the overtime pay due. By understanding the errors others have made, often inadvertently and innocently, you will be better able to evaluate your payroll practices, identify potential compliance issues, and not run afoul of the federal overtime compensation rules. You will learn about the nuances in classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt as well as in calculating time worked for overtime pay purposes.
Presenter: Robert A. Boonin, shareholder, Butzel Long, Ann Arbor, Mich.
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 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation              
Workplace Application: This workshop will provide you with a practical agenda to serve as a business partner for the organization in assessing risks and opportunities.
The NLRB is redefining its relevancy for today’s workplace. As union membership declines, the Board is engaged in new initiatives to “protect” the union-free employee. HR professionals practicing in the union-free environment need to appreciate emerging requirements involving social media, concerted activity, and workplace policies of all kinds. In addition, an NLRB impacted by the 2012 elections will be revisiting issues making it easier for unions to unionize. Election procedures, an employee right’s poster, small bargaining units, access issues, and email policies are all on the agenda. 
Presenter: Michael J. Lotito, Esq., SPHR, shareholder, Littler Mendelson, San Francisco, Calif.
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 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation; Communication
Workplace Application: Learn how to revise your employee handbook to comply with the National Labor Relations Board's recent reports on social media.
The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent reports analyzing social media policies significantly restrict the provisions employers should include in employee handbooks. This session will include a detailed overview of the NLRB's reports and their effect on policies relating to confidentiality, appropriate workplace conduct, use of email/voicemail and social media, “friending” co-workers and related topics. You will learn the common traps in this area and how to draft an employee handbook that complies with Section 7 and other applicable laws.
Presenter: Jennifer Brown Shaw, partner, Shaw Valenza LLP, Sacramento, Calif.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
1.25 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: You will learn steps you can take to ensure performance reviews give you a positive ROI instead of making you vulnerable to claims.
Performance appraisals have long been cross-examination favorites of plaintiffs' attorneys. Janove will show you what some employers have done to make performance reviews good for their employees - and bad for their employees' lawyers. We will discuss how to structure performance reviews to ensure that effective feedback is given and what training to give supervisors to ensure the program's success. The steps you need to take to prevent performance reviews from becoming tools in the hands of plaintiffs' attorneys will also be examined.
Presenter: Jathan Janove, managing partner, Ogletree Deakins, Portland, Ore.
8:00 p.m.       
Tuesday Night Show with Kelly Clarkson
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 Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: Learn how to develop innovative strategies to address critical talent shortages and skills gaps to ensure your organization can compete for talent in an ever changing world.
New battlefronts are emerging in the arena of talent shortages and lack of required skills to fill critical roles. Learn how to fight – and win – these new battles through innovative strategies to attract, recruit & retain the talent your business needs. Learn how to take the lead in the organizational change process to implement new systems and methods for developing, attracting and recruiting critical talent to meet strategic business objectives. You will discover how to develop and implement new recruiting, retention and leadership development programs and initiatives to address changing business needs and compete for in-demand/scarce talent.  You will walk away knowing how you be a contributing partner in your organization's strategic planning process by ensuring that you have the right talent at the right time and in the right place.
Presenter: Jennifer McClure, president, Unbridled Talent, LLC, West Chester, Ohio
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.         
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: Learn how partnering with military assistance groups to attract quality military candidates can improve your workforce and differentiate your business.
If your company's recruiting strategy doesn't include military veterans and reservists, you're missing an opportunity to work with our country's most outstanding individuals. Discover how you can work with military service members, develop recruiting strategies, create partnerships with military support organizations and hire veterans, reservists, their families and caregivers. The presenters will share examples of how top companies are utilizing military veterans expand their workforce. 

 Presenters: Jerold Ramos, CABR, CRM, manager, Talent Acquisition, AlliedBarton Security Services/HR Plus, Liberty, Mo.; and Daniel Lessard, director, Warriors to Work Program, Wounded Warrior Project, Washington, Pa.

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.