New to HR

As an HR professional, the challenge of learning the ropes can be overwhelming; it’s important to build a solid foundation of knowledge while preparing for the future. Getting all the skills you need to be successful can be time consuming and overwhelming — unless you know where to turn!
Beyond sessions that cover the whole spectrum of advanced HR, it is important you have an opportunity to meet HR executives that can enhance your professional and personal connections; there are senior-level executives at high profile companies from around the world at this conference.
We have developed a custom agenda for you that will maximize both your learning and your networking. Our suggested schedule includes:
  • A two-day SHRM Seminar that provides the most essential education you need to further your career;
  • Ten concurrent sessions that cover the full range of HR topics from upcoming legislative issues you need to know to the basics of compensation;
  • 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 learning and networking at this conference, but will also ensure that you return to your office braver, brighter and stronger 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 SHRM Seminar 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.
8:00 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!
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Boost your Professional Potential
We provide our SHRM Seminars series as part of the total suite of Annual Conference offerings to give you another way to maximize your investment. By registering for one of these programs, you can increase your professional development while still taking advantage of the breadth and opportunity of the Annual Conference.
SHRM Essentials® of Human Resource Management*
This program is ideal for those who are just starting out in the HR profession, or for those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee-management skills. Recently updated, this two-day comprehensive program provides an overview of human resource roles and responsibilities, giving participants critical knowledge to help reduce potentially costly lawsuits and improving their ability to handle challenging HR issues.
Visit for the full listing of available 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 - feel free to stop and take pictures of all the local signs welcoming you to Chicago -  and get ready for a fun-filled day of learning, networking, and inspiration. 
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Boost your Professional Potential
Continue to increase your knowledge by attending day two of your SHRM Seminars program.
SHRM Essentials® of Human Resource Management*
Visit for the full listing of available programs
*Additional fees and pre-registration required.  
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.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. 
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 Credits
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: Utilizing pop culture as a mnemonic device, this session teaches you how to execute under-utilized strategies to increase employee engagement.
When Metropolis was in danger, would Superman have run to our aid faster than a speeding bullet if he didn't love his job? Without a sense of urgency at work, would the Avengers have done much avenging at all? From modern big screen adaptations to comic book classics, our favorite superheroes are constantly expending extra discretionary effort to get the job done. And while a cape may not fit your office dress code, there's still a lot they can teach us about inspiring passion in the workplace! In this session, Philippe discusses new findings and best practices for driving employee engagement, teaching through the fun, memorable lens of classic superhero mythos. Filled with interactive polls, guided Q&A, and multimedia, this session will provide everything you need to inspire your managers and bring a real sense of fun to engaging your workforce.
Presenter: Murat Philippe, principal consultant, Avatar HR Solutions, Chicago, Ill. 
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.           
Visit a Networking Lounge

Attending the Annual Conference has limitless ways to boost your professional development; as a 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     
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will help you identify potentially hidden HR issues that exist in your organization as well as discuss policies that can mitigate risk if proactively implemented.
We’ve all said it: “I would write a book, but who would believe these stories are true?” Unfortunately, many of the tales from are far too real! Whether the situation involves the use of “interns,” performance evaluations, payment of breaks or even an employee with poor grooming habits, the legal workplace has become far more complicated to manage. Join this fast-paced session to focus on common HR questions you face every day and examine practical, business-focused solutions that you can use immediately.
Presenter: Michael S. Cohen, JD, partner, Duane Morris, LLP, Philadelphia, Pa.
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 Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will separate employment law myths from reality and will give you the confidence you need to address common workplace issues.
Frequently, employees (and sometimes even HR professionals) rely on lore rather than the law in concluding what their “rights” are in the workplace. This entertaining and informative session will examine the most common employment law myths, half-truths, legends, and stories – and how you can deal with these misunderstandings in the workplace. This session will illuminate the issues surrounding at-will employment, including the viability of wrongful termination claims and whether an employee is really in a protected category. You will gain a thorough understanding of your obligations to employees in terms of wages, benefits and termination. We will also address the limit to which you should be concerned with employees' off-duty conduct, including their use of social media.
Presenter: Joseph L. Beachboard, shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Torrance, Calif.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: You will learn the concepts underlying sound compensation management and be able to evaluate your organization's systems.

Economic turbulence has resulted in tight budgets, putting pressure on compensation systems to ensure that the available funds are allocated in an optimal fashion. How effectively an organization defines, measures and rewards employee contributions will significantly impact your success. Employees expect to be compensated equitably, competitively and appropriately. You must ensure that your rewards strategies and programs not only are acceptable to employees but are cost effective and contribute to attracting, retaining and motivating critical talent. This session will show you how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your organization's programs.
Presenter: Robert James Greene, SPHR, GPHR, CEO, Reward Systems, Inc., Glenview, 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.
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competency: HR Technical Expertise & Practice

Workplace Application: You will learn new ways of to align your recruiting function to your organization’s mission, goals, strategies and tactics.

What exactly would it mean if candidates and employers were “equals” when it comes to sharing information about themselves during the business process we call recruiting? Would it change how you present yourself as a desirable company to work for? Would we be required to tell the truth about the pay, the challenges, the previous incumbent…and more? Would it make a difference in the quality of candidates that applied? This session will answer these questions and more as we explore who really thinks of candidates as equals.

Presenter: Gerry Crispin, SPHR, principal, CareerXroads, East Brunswick, N.J.
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. – 10:30 a.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.
10:45 a.m. - Noon     
Concurrent Session

1.25 General Recertification Hour Credits
Competency: Relationship Management
Workplace Application: This session will help you improve performance and deliver results within your organization.
In his down-to-earth, entertaining and informative style, Gilliland shares fresh perspectives and a practical approach to help you become strategic partners, administrative professionals and employee champions. He gives personal anecdotes and shares the three secrets to performing better and more consistently as an HR professional. This session will demonstrate what it takes to be an influential person and accentuate human capital.
Presenter: Steve Gilliland, best-selling author & Hall of Fame speaker, Steve Gilliland, Inc., Mocksville, N.C.
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 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 Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will show you how to revise your handbooks to eliminate express or implied contractual obligations.
Employee handbooks can be powerful tools for communicating policies to employees and supervisors and administering employee relations; however, they also can be a source of employment law liability. Weitzman will offer helpful advice on deciding what to include in (and delete from) your employee handbook. We will also discuss cutting-edge policies you should consider adding or revising, including those involving email, voicemail, blogging, social networking, cell/camera phone and electronic communication policies; weapons and dress code policies; confidentiality policies; and many other new workplace regulations.
Presenter: Allan H. Weitzman, partner, Proskauer, Boca Raton, Fla.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competency: HR Technical Expertise & Practice
Workplace Application: Identify, prevent, reduce, and manage interruptions and distractions in the environment that prevent you from completing high-priority projects.

The most effective time management system in the world won't do a thing to improve your productivity if you can’t focus on the critical tasks at hand. For many, the problem isn't a lack of willpower—it's the constant distractions that take your focus and pull you away from the key activities of your job. Drop-in visitors, noisy environments, office set-up, the Internet, your brain, email, and technology prevent us from concentrating on important tasks. You will learn how to balance an “open door” policy with focus time, how to deflect interruptions and say no with creative language techniques, maintain momentum on a project and reduce the sense of “ADD” and multi-tasking and discover a multitude of techniques for reducing distractions in your environment.

Presenter: Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, president & CEO, The Productivity Pro, Inc., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
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

MEGA SESSION: Mastering the Art of Effective Communication

1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Communication; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: This session will equip you with the knowledge and techniques to maximize communication and positively impact workforce performance.
Effective leadership and teamwork requires exceptional communication skills. And even though we might be prepared to deal with different types of communication styles and approaches, other individuals may not. Therefore, we must adapt to prevent communication breakdown. In this program, you will experience the “ride of a lifetime” as you are taken on an interactive journey to analyze various communication skills and how they are effective in our personal lives, relationships, and organizations. Not only will you leave with a greater understanding of how to be an effective communicator, but you will also learn new techniques to demonstrate charisma and outstanding presentation skills!
Presenter: Kevin Snyder, founder, CEO, Inspir-Active Solutions, Raleigh, N.C.
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.         
Concurrent Session
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: Get practical strategies and tools to combat workers’ comp manipulation and create proactive policies to manage workplace injuries and reduce costs.
This session will show you the key strategies you need to build an effective injury management and return to work program with proactive policies that end the injury settlement cycle. Learn how to manage injured employees who refuse to work despite medical assurances that they are able to as well as balance the urge to terminate the employee against the company's exposure to ADA, FMLA and other spin-off litigation. This session will assist you in creating a Workers Compensation Injury Management Program that returns injured employees back to their pre-injury jobs successfully.
Presenter: Margaret P. Spence, president/CEO, Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.

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.