As an SPHR, you know that preserving your competitive edge can be a professional and personal advantage — and that it can be hard, with all the demands on your time, to earn all of the recertification credits you need to keep your designation. Beyond just credits, though, your credentials are about your commitment to your career and your profession. The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is filled with sessions that cover the whole spectrum of high-level HR that will help you become a more strategic leader in your organization.
We have developed a custom agenda for you that will maximize both your Business Management & Strategy credits and your learning. Our suggested schedule includes:
  • A preconference workshop on effective communication during conflicts;
  • A Super Sunday session that will give you the tools to make you a smarter and more fearless leader;
  • 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 Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done, who’ll present you with proven tips on how to focus more effectively on the things that matter at work;
  • 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 Strategic Business Management credits that can be earned at this conference, but will also ensure that you return to your office brighter, bolder 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 annual.shrm.org/Sessions 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.
11:00 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.
Preconference Workshops*
Tackle the most intriguing topics of the year in these intensive, information-packed 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 Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Communication; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: You will learn step-by-step methods of what to say and do when dealing with difficult interactions.

Learn step-by-step techniques that demonstrate practical solutions for difficult interactions with clients, supervisors, supervisees, spouses, and more. Learn how to control anger and emotions, be assertive, and effectively defuse conflict through a variety of approaches that really work. Set healthy boundaries with others and ultimately find your “ConversationPeace.” This session will help you identify the difference between passive, aggressive and assertive communication. Understand how to apply assertive language in their everyday communication to effectively ask for what they want and need. Learn to be direct and constructive without violating another's rights.

Presenter: Jody Janati, college lecturer, University of Minnesota, St. Cloud, Minn.

Visit annual.shrm.org/session-type/Preconference-Workshops 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 – the biggest HR store in the world, and then off to begin your adventure.
10:30 a.m. - Noon     
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. 
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.          
Attend a 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.
A 2012 Harvard Business Review survey of CEOs at companies with annual revenues of $2 billion, revealed that half of the CEOs surveyed, experience feelings of isolation and loneliness in their roles. If today's most successful CEOs feel isolated in their decision-making, is it any wonder that you and I might? In this session, you will learn a simple and effective five-step thinking process that will empower you to make the smartest decisions possible - with the best information available - in the timeliest manner.
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
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Relationship Management; Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application: This session will show you to how to be a creative/innovative thinker, strategic business partner, and effective collaborator; and to quantify results that drive decision-making.
The business and economic climate continues to change at a faster pace than ever before. As a result, the competencies and capabilities required of HR leaders must also evolve in order to directly impact business results and deliver a strong competitive advantage for your organization. In this session, you will learn how to take a “big picture” approach to HR so you can participate as a contributing partner in your organization's strategic planning process and help improve capabilities to align your people strategies with your organizational objectives. You will learn how to develop systems and processes to measure and quantify results in order to gain executive support.
Presenter: Jennifer McClure, president, Unbridled Talent, LLC, West Chester, Ohio
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.
10:00 a.m. 10:30 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 Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership & Navigation; Consultation; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: This session will provide an innovative and revolutionary look at the role of HR in your organization.
These are challenging times for our businesses. In leadership, we must become willing to admit that the ways we have taught leaders to lead over the years is simply not working. These times are calling for a new type of leader, one who can bring peace, sanity and results back to the workplace! In this session, Wakeman teaches the key principles of her new wave of Reality-Based LeadershipTM that you can apply to your workplace and in your coaching opportunities. You will be able to re-evaluate the work leaders have done so far in your company so that you can transform your tools, programs, and philosophies into ones that actually work and that leaders will actually use.
Presenter: Cy Wakeman, president, Cy Wakeman, Inc., Omaha, Neb.      

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.
1:45 p.m. - 3:45 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
Competency: HR Technical Expertise & Practice
We squander a tremendous amount of our potential – and organizations waste a tremendous amount of their people’s potential – by focusing on the wrong things, or not following through on real priorities. It’s not that people don’t try hard enough; it’s that their efforts don’t reap the benefits they could. Organizations succeed when people use every part of who they are to take care of their top priorities in the most efficient way possible. Bregman sets out the new, simple rules for leading in a way that brings focus to an organization and makes the best use of everyone’s talents. In this session, Bregman will introduce you to a concept that may sound counter-intuitive: getting people to fit in or fix their weaknesses work against us. Instead, you will learn to help your staff embrace their weaknesses, assert their differences, leverage their strengths, and pursue their passions.  Bregman offers ideas, practices, tips, mind hacks, and gentle nudges to help you bring focus to your people and your organization.
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership & Navigation; Communication; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: Gain a greater ability to influence behavior and overcome resistance in your organization by learning strategic relationship management.
The most effective HR leaders understand the importance of alliances in influencing behavior and overcoming resistance. Learn about social capital -- the value that exists or can be created through a relationship between two people -- and the impact it has on the execution of great HR. You will gain an understanding of the science behind how and why relationships form and develop which will help you recognize how to position yourself more effectively within your organization and community to help you build powerful influence and drive results. You will also get a list of powerful approaches to developing social capital called the “Six Laws of Social Gravity,” which are simple and can be applied immediately for professional and personal success.
Presenters: Jason Lauritsen, consultant/speaker, JasonLauritsen.com, Gretna, Neb.; and Joe Gerstandt, speaker, author, joegerstandt.com, Omaha, Neb.
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.
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
1.25 General Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership; Relationship Management
Workplace Application: Learn how to implement and leverage the seven strategies used by the most successful leaders to increase your own leadership results.

The key to becoming the most impactful leader is found at the root of your greatest leadership challenge. Learn the seven most important strategies for overcoming your biggest obstacles. This interactive session will help you pinpoint your key challenges and show you exactly how to overcome them. Discover how to sharpen your leadership skills by addressing your challenges with seven tangible and implementable strategies reflecting the thinking and practices of the most accomplished leaders.
Presenter: Kim Ades, president, Frame of Mind Coaching, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Critical Evaluation           
Workplace Application: This session will give you the latest on pending and anticipated legislative, regulatory, and judicial activity that may affect the workplace.
The 113th Congress and a new administration in the White House have propelled important HR public policy issues to the forefront of activity in Washington. Key issues include efforts to overhaul the tax code and its implications for employee benefit plans, proposals to address the skill shortage as well proposals to provide new civil rights protections in pay discrimination claims. How will these issues affect your organization? Michael Aitken will discuss the outlook of congressional initiatives and recently released or pending federal regulations on employment-related issues of interest to you.
Presenter: Michael P. Aitken, vice president, Government Affairs, Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, Va.
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; Business Acumen
Workplace Application: You will learn how to execute smarter, faster, and more profitable business decisions by practicing and perfecting your business acumen.
This session focuses on three important leadership skills. You will learn how to gain personal credibility and buy-in for your initiatives by identifying and communicating how these initiatives impact your company's key performance measures. Discover how to become more relevant in your role as a business leader by aligning your strategies with your CEO's priorities. Finally, you will find out how to build on your employees' desire to contribute to the business by helping them understand the big picture and how what they do plays an important role in the success of your company.
Presenter: Kevin Cope, president & CEO, Acumen Learning, Orem, Utah
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: HR Technical Expertise & Practice; Consultation
Workplace Application: You will learn practical examples of how to engage and energize your workforce to help you execute your organizational strategy.
In today's hyper-competitive global economic climate, every resource must be optimized. Organizational talent must be considered an organizational resource and, more than ever, must be aligned and engaged in the most important strategic priorities which will drive performance. Using a case study approach, this session will show you how to unleash the power of your organization's workforce in pursuit of mission, strategies, and priorities.
Presenters: Jeff Lindeman, SPHR, director, human resources, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego, Calif.; and Gary Magenta, executive vice president, Root, Sylvania, Ohio
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.
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.         
1.25 Business Management & Strategy Recertification Credit Hours
Competencies: Organizational Leadership & Navigation; Relationship Management; Ethical Practice
Workplace Application: Learn how to get noticed and heard by key stakeholders in your organization, especially in the C-Suite.
This session identifies specific ways for you to dramatically increase the levels of trust and influence you have with internal stakeholders. You will learn how to recognize the four essential elements of trust, boost your personal score on each, and know how to apply the dynamics of influence to achieve results. Gain an understanding of the five aspects of a CEO's world and how to effectively align and adapt your communication style. Finally, discover the seven best practices for successful C-Suite meetings.
Presenters: Andrea P. Howe, President, BossaNova Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.; and Gary S. Jones, SPHR, chief human resources officer, Grizzard Communications Group, Atlanta, Ga.
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 to deal effectively with groups in crisis to reestablish rules and reinvent relationships for a more productive working environment.  
Turning around crisis situations and bringing groups back from the brink offer a great opportunity to launch “turnaround” engagements that allow operational management to reset performance expectations and get everyone on the team back on the same page. We will take a deep-dive look into an urgent and critical situation that's been allowed to fester for way too long and that's threatening not only revenue generation and profitability but also lawsuits. Learn how to master the art of group turnaround and team alignment by addressing interpersonal conflict, problematic organizational structures, and misaligned talent.
Presenter: Paul Falcone, PHR, vice president, Human Resources, NBCUniversal, Valencia, Calif.

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.