Why Attend - SHRM21

Unparalleled Education,
Networking, and Solutions

Join thousands of your colleagues—in person or virtually—in the Windy City for 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 won’t want to miss!


Both in-person and virtual passes include:

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Access to premier competency-based HR education.

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

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







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 deep-dive workshops, or you can’t wait to hear from highly sought after thought leaders who present the Change-Maker series—we have the sessions for you! 

To help guide your experience at SHRM21 and find the sessions that are right for you, choose from the following  eleven tracks:

Comp, Benefits & Well-Being

Explore proven tactics for keeping your offerings competitive such as health care, pay equity, mental health, stress management, sustainable wellness programs, and more.


Gain actionable insights and resources to help you support and improve the culture in your workplace.

Employment Law & Regulations

Grow your expertise on workplace laws, legislation and HR policy to help protect your organization from liability.

Global HR

Learn how to apply technology trends and analysis such as data integrity and artificial intelligence in your HR work.

HR Department of One

Take a deep dive into the challenges of a solo HR practitioner and garner tips and tools needed to excel.

HR Technology & Data Analytics

Learn how to apply technology trends and analysis such as data integrity and artificial intelligence in your HR work.

Inclusion & Diversity

Discover best practices for building and engaging an inclusive and diverse workforce where everyone can thrive n your HR work.

Leadership & Personal Growth

Level up your skills in leadership development and become equipped for personal and employee growth.

People & Talent Management

Glean new strategies for engaging and retaining talent by delving into various aspects of the employee lifecycle.

Recruitment & Talent Acquisition

Expand your toolbox with new strategies and tactics for acquiring the right talent for your organization.

Strategic HR

Deepen your understanding of your organization’s business goals and the role HR can play in strategic planning.


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 Annual Conference & Expo speakers have included​…

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Sal Khan

Brené Brown

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Laila Ali

Michael J. Fox

Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Robin Roberts


As the largest gathering of HR professionals, SHRM 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 meet and learn from each other during educational sessions, networking breaks and social events. Whether you attend in person or virtually, 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 more easily connect with others working in similar fields and get the most out of your SHRM21 experience. 

Arts & Entertainment

Business & Finance

Education & Nonprofit


Health Care

Manufacturing & Construction

Professional Services

Retail & Hospitality



Everyone starts their career and ends their career in HR. And I like to think we affect people’s work lives in the best possible way. SHRM offers up-to-date information, trends and reviews that we can apply in the workplace. Their conference speakers, sessions, entertainment and people are first-rate!

Sr HR Manager

My favorite part of the SHRM conference is always meeting HR professionals from all over the world. It’s fun to share stories, to laugh and sometimes cry. It’s always a good feeling to know someone else gets it. You are not alone!

Human Resources Director, SHRM-CP

Best HR conference hands down. Failure to attend will be the beginning of the end for an HR expert.

2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Expo Attendee, SHRM-CP


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 on 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.