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Our comprehensive program is designed to give you a full range HR education, from the basics that every HR professional needs to the innovative ideas that are changing how you work. No matter where you are in your career, there is something for you.

How do you learn best? 
Whether you favor condensed, 18-minute rapid-fire sessions in the Smart Stage, or you can’t wait to hear from thought leaders who present the Change-Maker sessions – we want to help you find your match! 

Mega Sessions & Concurrent Sessions 
Mega sessions and concurrent sessions are the educational backbone of the conference and provide a classroom-style learning experience. The difference between a mega session and a concurrent session is just the size of the room – you can expect a larger room and crowd for mega sessions. These sessions allow you the most personal customization – you can select from a wide variety of topics during each time slot to help you focus on the issues/areas that are most relevant to your needs. These sessions take place in the San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

General Sessions featuring Keynote Speakers
Our keynote speakers are leaders in their industries. Their stories will inspire you to think outside the box and widen your perspectives. You’ll leave general sessions feeling energized and motivated – they set the tone for the SHRM conference experience – transformative, innovative and practical. All the general sessions will take place in the San Diego Convention Center. 

Change-Makers
These sessions feature influential business and industry leaders who are shaping future workplaces. Get a look behind the curtain at the innerworkings of HR strategies from the brands you know and love and glean bold ideas to keep you ahead of the curve. SHRM19 Change-Makers included the likes of Airbnb, Zappos and more. You’ll leave feeling inspired by innovative thinking and ready to apply actionable insights to your daily work. These engaging sessions will take place in the San Diego Convention Center.

Smart Stages
If you prefer shorter sessions, check out the Smart Stages! These presentations provide relevant, topical information in concise, 18-minute segments. Sessions will cover topics ranging from tips to navigate the conference, onboarding, employee recognition to leadership and personal development strategies and much more. All smart stage sessions will take place in the Connection Zone in the San Diego Convention Center. 

Ten tracks: 

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Culture
  • Employment Law & Regulations
  • Global HR 
  • HR Department of One
  • HR Technology
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Leadership & Personal Growth
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Strategic Planning
  • Talent Management

You can add sessions to MY SCHEDULE by clicking ADD TO MY SCHEDULE. The sessions you add to MY SCHEDULE on annual.shrm.org with automatically sync with your schedule in the app when it goes live.

As you plan your schedule, keep in mind that sessions are first-come, first-serve. While you do not need to register for sessions ahead of time, we recommend you arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Have a backup session for each timeframe in case a session fills up. Also, be sure to note the sessions that are repeated.

Adding a session to MY SCHEDULE does not register you for the conference. You must register for the conference in order to gain access to the sessions. Additionally, the preconference programming is not included in the registration fee, you must add that to your registration for an additional fee.