How to Explore the SHRM22 Expo

May 19, 2022 | All Access Attendee, Attendee Communications

As a SHRM22 attendee, you will receive exclusive information about the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2022 each month leading up to the event.

This month, explore the Expo experience—and more opportunities for networking and learning—that you can look forward to during SHRM22. If you missed previous e-mails, you can catch up on the News page of the SHRM22 website. In our next e-mail, we’ll give you the logistical information you need to know before the conference kicks off.

Meet Exhibitors, Have Fun at SHRM22 Expo

The SHRM22 Expo will host more than 550 exhibiting companies in New Orleans, showcasing the latest HR-related products and services. Check out solutions from vendors in employee relations, global HR, employee health and wellness, talent acquisition and retention, HR tech, and more.

In-person attendees can also win prizes, from iPads to registration to next year’s annual conference, when they enter the Grand Prize Drawing. Take a peek at these special offers our exhibitors and sponsors will be featuring.

Virtual attendees will interact with exhibitors by accessing the exhibitor directory under the Networking tab on the virtual conference platform. Use the “Chat with a Booth Rep” feature or search for a specific representative in the attendee directory to start a chat or schedule a meeting.

Plan to visit virtual booths to win prizes, watch videos, download information, drop a business card, or schedule a meeting with a company representative.

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SHRM Members Can Customize Annual Benefits Data

Ever wonder how SHRM research applies to your workplace? SHRM members will soon be able to filter SHRM Annual Employee Benefits research with an interactive benchmarking tool to see how their employers’ offerings compare with those of organizations similar in size, location and industry.

SHRM staffers will be on hand at SHRM booth 3238 in the Expo to explain how the new online feature works. Demonstrations will be available for conference attendees to get a first glimpse at the latest research.

The SHRM Annual Employee Benefits report for 2022 and the online benchmarking tool will be released Sunday, June 12. The report also measures the prevalence of benefits not previously reported in past years, such as paid mental health days, hybrid work options and subsidies for remote workers.

Benchmark Your Data

New Online Word Game from SHRM

Are you a fan of Wordle? Check out All Things Workle, SHRM’s version of the popular word game.

Before and during SHRM22, All Things Workle will challenge players’ knowledge of words related to New Orleans and the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo. Then the game will transition to words from the world of work and HR.

In-person gamers can win a $500 shopping spree at the SHRMStore when they play Workle and show their winning guesses to staff in SHRM booth 3238 in the Expo. Players can also score a free All Things Workle mouse pad from the SHRMStore.

Learn to Play All Things Workle!

From Chance Meeting to Friend and Mentor

Twenty years ago, SHRM member Brian McComak attended his first SHRM Annual Conference & Expo as a new, young HR professional. He didn’t know anyone when he ventured into the cavernous convention center filled with thousands of people attending the conference’s 2002 opening general session. Then he found himself seated next to Jeff Nally, SHRM-SCP.

That chance meeting grew into a friendship, and on Wednesday, June 15, McComak and Nally will co-present the SHRM22 concurrent session “Welcoming All LGBTQ+ Voices—Through the Four Lenses of Representation,” alongside JD Valladares-Williams and Graci Harkema.

McComak shares the story of how his friendship with Nally started at the 2002 SHRM annual conference and offers tips to new attendees on how to meet others and develop your career through SHRM conferences.

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Students, Check Out These Sessions

Students attending SHRM22 are welcome to attend any of the many sessions during the conference, but these may be of special interest.

Learn about networking, get tips from the C-suite, hear from HR professionals who are starting their careers and sign up for mock interview opportunities.

See Student-Focused Sessions

Wondering About SHRM Certification?

Have you heard about the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications but you’re not sure which one is right for you? Learn more about certification preparation and exams and find out what certification can mean for your career.

Last Chance to Expand Your Customized SHRM22 Experience

Start your conference off right by attending preconference seminars* happening on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. Hands-on learning and in-depth discussions will bring you up-to-date on today’s workplace issues.

Get 30% off when you sign up by May 20 using promo code SHRM22EDPRO during checkout.

*Additional registration and fee required.

Extend Your Learning

Join the SHRM22 Conference Community

Part of the fun of attending SHRM22—whether in person or virtually—is meeting other participants. Get a head start by accessing the SHRM22 Conference Community, organized by industry, to easily find others in fields similar to yours or to participate in general discussions.

This also is a great opportunity to connect with other attendees about what you are looking forward to at SHRM22, troubleshoot real-life situations and grow your network.

Connect with Your Fellow Attendees