Why Attend SHRM21 - SHRM21


Join – in person or virtually – thousands of your colleagues in the Windy City for what will be four days of high energy, best-in-class programming and skills development. It’s the largest gathering of HR professionals in the world, and it’s the one conference you will wish you didn’t miss.


Access to premier competency-based HR education.

Expansion in your network with HR peers, leaders and experts from all backgrounds and sectors.

Practical and timely takeaways to help shape your workplace in the “new” normal.

The SHRM Annual Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of HR professionals in the world and a can’t-miss experience. Now more than ever, it is imperative for HR professionals, executives, people managers and students to join together to build the workplaces of the future. During four high-energy days, you’ll engage in comprehensive education opportunities, expand your network, discover the latest HR solutions, and gain practical takeaways from internationally renowned speakers.

About The Program




International Delegates


Exhibiting Companies


Countries Represented


Educational Sessions


Evening Concert

Get ready for a customizable educational experience with renowned speakers and a variety of session formats to appeal to every learning style! Whether you favor quicker TED-style talks on our Smart Stages or deeper dive workshops, or you can’t wait to hear from highly sought after thought leaders who present the Change-Maker sessions—we have the sessions for you!

Session Tracks

With more than 200 sessions, our comprehensive conference program is designed to give you a full range of HR learnings, from the basics that every HR professional needs, to the latest innovative ideas that are changing how we work. No matter where you are in your career—there is something for you. You’ll hear directly from practitioners and industry consultants on the most pressing and emerging HR topics. Ten robust program tracks are sure to help you navigate what sessions are right for you:

Compensation & Benefits

Explore topics such as health care, pay equity, sustainable wellness programs, and more


Gain best practices and resources to help you support and improve the culture in your workplace

Employment Law & Regulations

Help protect your company from liability by staying current with workplace laws, legislation and HR policy

Global HR

A comprehensive look at the current and emerging global business trends HR practitioners need to know

HR Department of One

A comprehensive look at the challenges of a solo HR practitioner and the tips and resources needed to excel

Org Effectiveness & Strategic Planning

Understand your organization’s business goals and the role HR can play in strategic planning

HR Technology

Learn how technology trends such as data integrity and artificial intelligence (AI) are impacting the workplace

Inclusion & Diversity

Learn best practices for building and maintaining a diverse workforce that thrives together

Leadership & Personal Growth

Learn how to bridge the gap between manager and leader – and continue to grow personally

Talent Management

Glean insights for finding and keeping the right talent by delving into various aspects of the employee lifecycle

Keynote Speakers

Our Main Stage programming features internationally renowned speakers who will share fresh insights and inspiring stories to deepen your understanding of wide-ranging issues impacting work.

Past keynote speakers have included:

Richard Branson


Laura Bush

Michael J. Fox

Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Robin Roberts


As the largest gathering of HR professionals, SHRM’s Annual Conference & Expo is sure to help you grow your network of peers, solution providers and go-to experts. You will have plenty of opportunities to connect and learn from each other during educational sessions, networking breaks and social events. And we will help you to take the “work” out of networking with our new peer-group experience. Self-select into one of these industry-related peer groups to get the most out of your SHRM21 experience while connecting with others working in similar fields.

The SHRM Expo is THE place to meet with and learn from HR and workplace solution providers. From product demonstrations to one-on-one meetings, you won’t want to miss out exploring the latest cutting-edge solutions to elevate your HR function—and workplace. With more than 700 exhibiting companies showcasing the newest products and services each year, you’re sure to find the solutions you need to succeed in the year ahead—and beyond.


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