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Come join the global HR community for the preeminent educational, networking and innovative learning experience in human resources worldwide - SHRM18 Chicago, IL
With over 15,000 attendees from over 90 countries, the world’s largest annual HR gathering will deliver the impact you need to drive your career and to propel your education. You'll learn from world-renowned thought leaders, and proven business leaders, strategists and practitioners. As an international guest, you will enjoy the comradery of your global colleagues and experience the hospitality of our Global Lounge that is the center of networking, global HR sessions and, of course, rest. Come experience SHRM18 Chicago!
SHRM18 Preview 

Each year, SHRM Global Operations staff hold previews of the Annual Conference to discuss contemporary trends and best practices in HR, hold preview sessions with speakers of select conference seminars scheduled for the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, and to meet with SHRM global members in their home countries. SHRM pre-conference roadshows provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn about SHRM18 and prepare for the conference, in addition to interacting with SHRM staff and speakers directly in an intimate setting.

Please see below for a list of SHRM18 pre-conference roadshows. Events are added when confirmed, so please check back regularly for updates.


January 24, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm
Scotch Bonnet Restaurant,
Plot 1713 Chartered Bank Close,off Idejo Street (behind Stanbic-IBTC Bank building), off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Robert Garcia, SHRM Vice President of Global Operations, to present a session on “Future Work: HR Leading Change” and meet SHRM members in Nigeria.


Dates and locations coming soon.


Dates and locations coming soon.


Dates and locations coming soon.

Middle East – North Africa (MENA)

Dates and locations coming soon.


International Programs


Global Lounge
The SHRM Global Lounge is a space of networking and rest for international attendees. It is a comfortable lounge where attendees from all over the world can relax, reunite with old friends and colleagues, plan their conference day and engage in discussions that bring about change and open up new possibilities. The Global Lounge is open during the entire conference.

Global Perspectives
Global Attendee Orientation
This informative session is highly recommended for new and returning international attendees to network and learn how to get the most out of SHRM18.
Global Reception
A festive invitation-only networking reception, this event is a fantastic opportunity to start your conference networking with attendees from around the world. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Invitation-only activities
Strategic Partner and Network Summit
Forum Volunteers Leaders and Network Summit
Additional Program (additional fees may apply)
    The Official Headquarters for World Congress Attendees

    301 East North Water St.
    Chicago, IL 60611 

    Reserve Housing

    Select "International"


    International Delegations at SHRM18

    Organize a delegation
    With a minimum of just 10 paid participants, you can organize an international delegation.
    Benefits include:
    • Reduced registration fee of $1,215 per attendee*.
    • With more than 10 paid attendees, the delegation leader will receive 1 complimentary registration.
    • Special recognition in the conference addendum for any delegations organized before
    • Acknowledgment of your delegation during the SHRM International reception.
    • Use of the Global Networking Lounge during your stay at the conference for meeting colleagues, eating lunch or taking a well-deserved coffee break. 
    • Simultaneous translation will be available for some sessions in the following languages:
      • Spanish
      • Korean
      • Mandarin
      • Portuguese
    Interested in organizing a delegation?   
    Please fill out this form



    * Price quoted for rate until 6/15/2018; from 6/15/2018 to 6/20/2018, the price will rise to $1,425 per attendee

    Delegation Marketing Toolkit
    Delegation Leaders are encouraged to use all these marketing collaterals to promote and engage delegates in their country.
    • Signature blocks
    • Delegation Leader signature block
    • I’m attending! signature block
    • Delegation advertisement banner, (once you receive your delegation market code, you can add the name of your delegation and your code on the banner) and upload it into any website you wish. 
    • Conference banner 
    • Conference international brochure 
    For more information, please contact the International Delegations team at
    Travel to the US
    Do you need a travel visa?
    If you need a visa to attend SHRM18, please visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most current information and instructions.
    Learn about which countries are currently participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
    SHRM will provide you an invitation letter upon request only to individuals who are registered and attending the SHRM18 Annual Conference. Request your invitation letter here.