Professional development is important for human resources professionals for networking, skill-building, and in many countries maintaining accreditation and certification.
We thought that we would travel the world (or the internet!) and find some of the best conferences for you to plan your work- travel schedule for 2020.
While some conferences focus on general discussions around HR and others specifically focus on the integration of technology into HR departments, we thought there are options here that suit professionals at a variety of career levels and interests.
National HR Summit
Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: March 25-26, 2020
Taking place in our own backyard in Sydney, Australia, the National HR Summit is a flagship Australian event. Relevant for the entire team, it has sessions that target everyone from entry-level employees to senior decision-makers in larger organisations.
Some of the featured keynote speakers include Tammy Ryder, the General Manager of People and Culture at Coles and Susie Gleeson Byrne, the Head of Human Resources for Uber Australia and New Zealand.
Dates: March 24-25, 2020
As technology changes often faster than we can keep up with it, it can be confusing to understand the variety of products on the market. Even with an understanding, it can be difficult to make effective decisions on which ones should be integrated into your business to improve your processes while maintaining a focus on human relationships. This conference gives you access to a range of technologies while providing you with guidance on selecting the most appropriate products for your organisation.
Dubbed “one of the world’s biggest HR conferences,” the speaker lineup at Unleash Spring this year includes Jennifer Candee, Global Head of Talent Aquisition at Mondelez International; Arne-Christian Van Der Tang, CHRO at TomTom, and Anat Markus, Global HR Operations at AkzoNobel.
HR Tech Festival Asia
Dates: May 12-13, 2020
Focussing on using technology to encourage organisations to transform their Human Resources strategy, the HR Tech Festival Asia conference brings together C-suite executives and HR staff members to think about the future of the industry. Attendees will also be able to explore new technologies to build a digitisation roadmap.
With the opportunity to hear from Amer Iqbal, Head of Digital Transformation for the APAC region of Facebook, and Carolyn Chin Perry Managing Director- Digital Accelerator Leader of PWC Singapore, you will definitely have the chance to learn and be inspired by industry leaders.
Dates: June 3-4, 2020
Specialising in creating an engaging and immersive agenda, the HR 360 conference will allow participants to get involved in the discussions and build creative solutions together. This will be accomplished with a diverse group of Human Resources leaders throughout Europe stemming from a variety of innovating companies and backgrounds.
A number of featured speakers such as Reinhard Nissl, the HR Director at Microsoft for Central and Eastern Europe; Jan Karel Sindorff, the Global Head of Talent Acquisition at ING Direct, and Steve Evison, the HR Director for Manufacturing in Western Europe & MEA at Ford will definitely help you think of new ways to deliver HR excellence in your organisation.
Gartner Reimagine HR Conference
Date: August 17-18, 2020
The Reimagine HR Conference will focus on three main areas this year which are greater transparency, process resequencing, and work shifting. Through these focal points, professionals will be able to understand how data can be more accessible and used more effectively and think strategically about when and where employee’s work should get done.
As a conference hosted by Gartner, the speakers include a number of members of their senior leadership team including Brian Kropp, Distinguished VP Research; Nicole Kyle, Director, Advisory; and Bryan Kurey Practice Vice President.
After spending time and money on travel to attend these conferences, once you are there, it is important to take advantage of everything they have to offer beyond the sessions. Taking the time to introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you, or approaching one of the service provider booths, you never know where you might find your next candidate or even your next position.