Talent industry insiders have long considered the fall to be trade show season. But with 2020 being what it is ( ), most of these in-person events have been moved to the digital realm.
Before you pass over a virtual trade show, though – hear us out.
They can be fun, informative, entertaining, and many of them are FREE! Best of all, if you’re still working remotely, you can attend from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
So, we’ve curated this roundup of the top virtual trade shows coming your way. These shows hit on relevant topics like diversity and inclusion, return-to-work strategies, and employee engagement. They also include AMAZING chances to hear from celebrity guests like Viola Davis, Trevor Noah, Mindy Kaling, and Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton!
Before we get to the virtual trade shows list, we also want to remind SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holders of an incredible opportunity to earn all 60 PDCs in one place! SHRM is recognizing the tremendous amount of work HR professionals have put into helping organizations navigate COVID-19, and it is rewarding you – BIG TIME! Fill out this form and follow the instructions to redeem your credits.
Now, on to that list!
The Global HR Tech Virtual Symposium – Date: October 5-6, 2020
HR.com is delivering a world-wide virtual HR Tech conference right to your own desk. You will learn the latest trends and most up-to-date information on HR best practices, compliance, and solutions. You will be able to network with other HR professionals and attend any webcasts and info sessions you want, so the content is relevant to you!
SAP SuccessConnect – Date: October 6, 2020
Join SAP for this one-day virtual event – with content you can customize to get the most out of your day – and see how SAP SuccessFactors Human Experience Management (HXM) Suite helps business leaders and everyday employees to experience wins. Actress Viola Davis and best-selling author Daniel Pink are tapped to speak.
HRO Today’s 2020 Employee Engagement and Retention Summit – Date: October 6-8, 2020
HRO Today’s 2020 Employee Engagement and Retention Summit will discuss how the best organizations to work for are planning on impacting employee engagement. Learn how to improve retention, shape organizational culture, rethink performance and design a positive employee experience during times of crisis. You’ll learn how to develop a sophisticated approach to your return-to-work phase, too. Note: conference includes a registration fee.
Bamboo HR Virtual Summit – Date: October 8, 2020
Billed as the world’s largest virtual HR conference, Bamboo’s 6th annual event features sessions from more than 60 industry experts, thought leaders, and visionaries. Over 35,000 HR professionals are expected to attend this free online summit. Among the featured keynote speakers is Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr., whom you may recognize from our post Five Ways Hamilton Teaches Us About Positive Workplace Behaviors.
Gartner ReimagineHR Conference – Date: October 13-15, 2020
The modern workplace is changing, and HR is at the forefront of this new world. Big changes, like where work is done, how it’s done, who it’s done with and how employees are rewarded, require us to radically reimagine our traditional assumptions of work and roles. How can CHROs and HR leaders plan for and invest in a future where the employment deal will continue to evolve? Explore new ideas and trends on how to run recruitment, performance management, development, talent analytics, and diversity and inclusion programs. Note: conference includes a registration fee.
SHRM Inclusion 2020 – Date: October 19-21, 2020
Go beyond traditional diversity, equity and inclusion practices to boldly create a lasting impact in your workforce. With up to 50 sessions across eight timely content tracks and an opportunity to gain 20 PDCs, this can’t-miss, three-day virtual event gathers 1000+ diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders to address the importance of building inclusive workplace cultures and creating collaborative networks. Note: conference includes a registration fee.
HRO Today 2020 Inclusion Summit Virtual Leadership Series – Date: October 22-23, 2020
In times of crisis diversity and inclusion (D&I) can get pushed to the sidelines. Often perceived as a “nice to have” in the best of times, D&I risks getting taken off the senior team agenda entirely in the current crisis as leaders struggle to manage in a time of fundamental uncertainty. This October event is titled “The Role of D&I in Navigating Uncertainty and Change” and will discuss strategies for D&I practitioners to provide organizational and social leadership in the context of a pandemic and the fight against racism. Note: conference includes a registration fee.
HR Technology Conference and Exposition – Date: October 27-30, 2020
In this world where things are changing daily and what you did before doesn’t necessarily fit today, HR Tech is committed to providing the HR community with what is needed now more than ever: avenues to see new technology to help during these times and expert guidance to help your team cope with the now and what lies ahead. As such in 2020, HR Tech is pivoting into an exciting new virtual experience that is FREE for anyone to attend! There is no better way to see the full capabilities of HR technology as you research and compare products side-by-side with real-time answers from vendors!
Ceridian INSIGHTS – Date: November 16-18, 2020
The world of work will never be the same. Are you ready for it? It’s more important than ever for companies to think ahead and focus on strategies that can drive real, quantifiable value in this new world. Join Ceridian’s team, visionary business leaders, and celebrity guest speakers as we envision how people, companies, and technology will come together to transform the future of HR.
iCIMS INSPIRE – Date: November 17-18, 2020
How we work was evolving. Then it changed overnight. What hasn’t changed is this: Talent transforms organizations. Join the global conversation on how to adapt and thrive in the new future of work. INSPIRE 2020 is two jam-packed days of eye-opening, thought-provoking talks from pioneers across industries and disciplines – punctuated by some hilarious celebrity guest appearances (Trevor and Mindy) you will not want to miss. EBI is a proud sponsor of this year’s event.
HR.com Human Experience Summit – Date: November 18-19, 2020
The Human Experience Summit is a unique experience that strengthens and celebrates inspiring and passionate leaders around the world. Led by top executives and thought leaders, the interactive event will be hosted virtually giving you a greater networking reach and a diverse learning experience. The event will include interactive roundtable discussions, five diverse tracks full of valuable workshops/breakout sessions, inspiring keynote presentations, and the distinguished LEAD awards–all to help develop, forge, and celebrate leadership.
UKG Works 2020 – Date: November 18-19, 2020
Newly-joined Ultimate Software and Kronos are bringing you UKG Works, an opportunity to bring the education, training, and networking you know and love in a fully digital, totally immersive format. While we won’t be shaking hands or collaborating over dinner this year, UKG Works is still here to keep you connected to the thought leadership, technology, and relationships you need to empower your people through these changing times. Empower your people and watch them shine.
LinkedIn Talent Connect – Date: TBD
If you’re hoping to attend LinkedIn’s annual event, you’ll have to wait a little longer. The conference is going virtual and we’re waiting for our partner to release details of its final plan. You can request to be notified of updates here. Or peruse a bunch of previous keynote speeches.
When you want to do some professional development but don’t have an entire day to spare, you can always turn to some of our own insightful webinars. Social media behavior, corporate culture, drug screening, and employee wellbeing are just some of the topics we’ve recently covered. Check out our EBI Resources page for access to our archived webinars.
We hope we’ve provided you an interesting slate of virtual trade shows to choose from. If you’d like to suggest a conference to us, send an email to one of our EBI Experts.
Writer. Digital marketer. Storyteller. An award-winning writer and editor, Tricia O'Connor is the Marketing Content Manager at EBI. Tricia worked as a broadcast and print journalist for nearly two decades writing and producing programming for high-profile networks like ESPN Radio, History Channel, and Hallmark Channel, as well as contributing editorial work to publications nationwide. Tricia joined the EBI marketing team in 2019 and is responsible for content strategy, development, and engagement. Tricia earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is a proud undergraduate alumna of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
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