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Tune In Tuesday Announcement

Former Netflix CTO, Patty McCord, to Headline SHRM21’s First “Tune in Tuesdays” Episode on July 14

June 9, 2020 – A brand-new digital series, “Tune in Tuesdays”—brought to you by SHRM21—launches July 14, 2020 with former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, Patty McCord. “Tune in Tuesdays” are interactive episodes that will air on the second Tuesday of each month leading up to the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo (SHRM21) in June 2021.

Going beyond a typical webinar or virtual event, Tune in Tuesdays will take learning and connecting to the next level. Each episode will cover topics one might expect to see on the stages of SHRM’s signature event all while providing the opportunity to network with peers and contribute to the conversation in real time.

To kick off the new digital series, episode one will feature a lively discussion between Patty and SHRM President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP about how to build a culture of freedom and responsibility. As a workplace innovator and culture and leadership consultant, Patty will share her unique perspective that’s evolved from working at innovative small startups and large tech companies alike. Notably, her 14-year tenure at Netflix allowed her to experiment with new ways to work. Patty advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying good-bye to employees who don’t fit the company’s emerging needs and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks and bonus plans. She argues that the old standbys of corporate HR―annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement programs―often end up being a colossal waste of time and resources. Patty is a bestselling author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, and her thought leadership has appeared in Harvard Business Review, NPR, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal.

Join us for this engaging episode right here on on July 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET.


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About SHRM21

As the voice of all things work, SHRM is convening the world’s largest gathering of HR professionals, business executives, people managers and HR students at our SHRM21 Annual Conference & Expo. Now more than ever, workplaces need HR leaders to help navigate the new world of work. Attendees will gain insights on the latest trends, strategies and innovations elevating the HR profession and hear straight from a world-class lineup of speakers about how to maximize your potential. Join us in Chicago June 20-23, 2021.

SHRM20 Conference & Expo Cancellation Notice

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 11, 2020: Regretfully, SHRM must cancel the SHRM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo as we have recently been informed by the San Diego Convention Center that they will not be able to host us for this event.

This was a difficult decision, but it was based on directives from the state of California, the City of San Diego, and out of a need to keep participants and the community safe.

We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event. We know SHRM’s Annual Conference is the leading HR community event, and the entire global HR community looks forward to it each year. However, we know it is the right decision and we are confident there will be brighter days ahead as the HR community navigates our “new” world of work.

As we turn our attention to the future, we look forward to seeing you at our SHRM 2021 Annual Conference & Expo, June 20-23 in Chicago. It will be a time to reconnect and celebrate the extraordinary measures we will have overcome as leaders reshaping the new world of work.

Registration Transfer

Your SHRM20 conference registration automatically transferred to SHRM21 in Chicago. The deadline for transfer or refund requests was June 9, 2020. Please Note: All cancellations may take up to 90 days to process.*

Hotel Room Transfer

For attendees transferring registration to SHRM21: If you made original SHRM20 hotel reservations through MCI USA, SHRM’s official housing vendor, then your SHRM20 hotel reservation will be automatically cancelled and your deposit will be automatically transferred to a SHRM21 housing reservation. You will receive notification from MCI USA the week of May 18, 2020 with instructions on booking your new hotel accommodations in Chicago and transferring your deposit.

For attendees not transferring registration to SHRM21, but who made SHRM20 hotel reservations through MCI USA: You must contact MCI USA directly by emailing no later than June 26, 2020 for a full refund. Given the circumstances due to COVID-19, refunds may take up to 90 days to process.

If you made hotel reservations on your own, be sure to contact the hotel directly to cancel.

Expo Transfer

Are you a SHRM20 exhibitor and wish to transfer your exhibit(s) to the SHRM21 Annual Conference & Expo? Please contact our Director of Exhibits and Sponsorships, Emile K. Davis.


Attendees registered for the SHRM20 Annual Conference will be automatically transferred to the SHRM21 Annual Conference in Chicago, June 20-23, 2021. SHRM20 attendees will not be responsible for paying any price difference should the cost of registration be higher than what was initially paid. This includes: Full Conference Registrations, Day Passes and Expo Hall Passes, and applies to volunteer leaders, students and advisors.

If an attendee prefers to cancel their registration and receive a refund, they must contact SHRM’s Customer Experience before June 9, 2020 by using our online form. Given the circumstances due to COVID-19, SHRM will issue full refunds. Refunds may take up to 90 days to process.

Attendees who do not attend the event and/or do not contact SHRM via written correspondence during the set window as directed above will be responsible for the full attendee registration fee.

If a SHRM member transfers their registration to a nonmember, the nonmember must do one of two things: pay the difference of the SHRM member and nonmember price at the time of the transfer, or become a SHRM member at the time of transfer.

Cancellations of conference add-on activities: cancellations can include a credit, transfer or refund for each conference add-on, including preconference workshops, educational programs, senior leadership programs, interpretation services, the guest program, and SHRM On Demand.

**Policy subject to change

About SHRM

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.