2018 Conference Guide

The following is a collection of North American conferences that are geared toward Talent Acquisition professionals with sourcing responsibilities. Contact me to add your conference to this list!


January

Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

  • Host: Global Strategic Management Institute
  • Dates: January 31 – February 2, 2018
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Summary: “Recruiting Reinvented: Improve your social strategy with best practices and data-driven outcomes”
  • Price: $1,595
  • Who Should Attend: Recruiters and talent acquisition professionals who are interested in learning about the latest recruiting strategies, data-driven recruiting, strategic sourcing, & employer branding.
  • What’s Covered: The HR conference includes a pre-conference training and compelling topics like “Putting Technology To Work For You: The 10 Best Social Media Recruiting Tools,” and “The Millennial Fit: Strategies for Helping Millennials Find the Right Job.”

February

SourceCon Spring 2018 “SourceCon Royale”

  • Host: ERE Media
  • Dates: February 26-28, 2018
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Summary: “The must attend conference for all things sourcing.”
  • Price: $1,595
  • Who Should Attend: For Sourcers & Recruiters – SourceCon is the place to learn about tools and strategies to make your sourcing faster, with better results. You’ll learn from experts who have been in the trenches and know how to find THAT candidate. Come prepared to join the conversation and practice, in real-time, the strategies and methodologies shared by our speakers to ensure immediate impact when you return to your office.
  • What’s Covered: Join your peers in Las Vegas for a next-gen level of sourcing information, training, & interaction. The tools and techniques used to find candidates will come from leading experts and previously untapped resources that you will be amazed to learn. Utilizing social engineering techniques, we will harness the power of understanding people, and skillfully maneuver them to a response or action. We’ll also learn how to use a person’s digital trail to alter their perception of reality.

March

i4cp 2018 Conference

  • Host: i4cp
  • Dates: March 26-29, 2018
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Summary: An HR conference with a heavy network focus, there are no vendors among the membership at i4cp, just like-minded professionals.
  • Price: $1,695 – $2,295
  • Who Should Attend: The conference that emphasizes “next practices” — rather than best practices — is designed for senior HR, talent, learning, & diversity leaders.
  • What’s Covered: This conference offers a host of invitation-only pre-conference events, as well as a pre-conference workshop and a welcome meet & drink, in addition to general sessions. A few of the keynote speakers this year include Brene Brown, Daniel Pink, Candice Morgan, and Andrew Razeghi.

April

ERE Recruiting Conference

  • Host: Society for Human Resource Management
  • Dates: April 2-4, 2018
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Summary: “Join leading-edge companies that will share their tools, techniques, & strategies for real change and growth.”
  • Price:$1,495–$1,795
  • Who Should Attend: This conference provides an interactive experience for talent acquisition professionals, with more than 75 percent of attendees holding VP, Director, & Manager level job titles. ERE is a great conference to attend for talent acquisition and recruitment professionals. This conference is unique because it offers small group discussions and 1:1 networking opportunities with HR leaders from Facebook, Redfin, West Elm, & Hubspot.
  • What’s Covered: In addition to regular training presentations, this conference offers a welcome reception, roundtable discussions, & a networking reception.

Workhuman

  • Host: Globoforce
  • Dates: April 2-5, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Summary: Workhuman 2018 is touted as the HR conference of the Human Decade. Spread over three days, the conference aims at providing knowledge and tools to increase workforce engagement, productivity, & help your company achieve its goals.
  • Price: $1,695
  • Who Should Attend: Bringing the human back in HR, the Workhuman conference offers tactical sessions for a wide range of attendees including talent acquisition leaders, Senior HR leadership, & more.
  • What’s Covered: This conference covers topics such as Crowdsourcing and The Performance Revolution, HR Leaders as Culture Facilitators, Humanizing Your Employer’s Brand, The Business Case for Social Recognition, The Human Workplace, Thriving Through Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging, & Your Whole Self.

Digital Talent Acquisition Summit

  • Host: Strategy Institute
  • Dates: April 10-11, 2018
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Summary: “Unlock the Power of Digital to Engage the Best Candidates: Harness social, AI and mobile, & transform your digital recruitment for the new talent acquisition era!”
  • Price:$1,595-$1,895
  • Who Should Attend: Join thought leaders, experts, & professionals from across North America at this unique event. Conference attendees include Chief HR/People/Talent Officers and Directors/Managers/Heads of HR/Talent Acquisition.
  • What’s Covered: The world of recruitment is now a fully digital experience. With a dizzying array of new recruitment solutions now at your fingertips, it’s important that you act now to avoid being left behind! Pushing out job posts will no longer work – you need to pull candidates to you by promoting your organization, no matter whether you are in the public or private sector. Transform your talent acquisition to win the best candidates before it’s too late. Use new tools to Digitize employment branding, Harness AI and machine-learning, Utilize people analytics, Improve talent sourcing, Leverage mobile first, Undertake social listening, & Amplify gamification strategies.

Talent Management Conference and Exposition

  • Host: Society for Human Resource Management
  • Dates: April 16-18, 2018
  • Location: Los Vegas, Nevada
  • Summary: In their own words, the conference “gives you the tools, resources, innovations, & solutions you need to evolve your human capital strategies.”
  • Price: TBA
  • Who Should Attend: This conference boasts more than 1,000 attendees that work in talent acquisition and management industries. Recruiters, talent management professionals, HR managers, & generalists will likely find the most value in this event.
  • What’s Covered: This conference covers topics such as legislation and compliance, onboarding techniques, & engagement and retention.

May

ATD 2017 International Conference and Exposition

  • Host: Association for Talent Development
  • Dates: May 6-9, 2018
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Summary: “Help others reach their full potential by reaching yours.”
  • Price: $1,250–$1,575
  • Who Should Attend: The ADT conference boasts more than 10,000 attendees who are dedicated to the design, delivery, management, & strategy of talent development. If you’re looking for the specific value offered by the conference, you may want to check out their ‘Convince Your Boss’ page.
  • What’s Covered: In addition to the general concurrent sessions, this conference also offers a “conference preview” for new attendees, as well as multiple pre-conference learning opportunities.

June

Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

  • Host: Human Capital Institute
  • Dates: June 5-7, 2018
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Summary: “Let us help you get better hires faster. The 2018 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference will help you optimize the overall TA function as well as hone each segment – attract, source, assess, select, & onboard – to give you the competitive advantage you need to survive in a scarce labor market.”
  • Price: $595–$1,995
  • Who Should Attend: The conference is designed for talent acquisition and recruitment strategists.
  • What’s Covered: The conference will cover creating your talent acquisition strategy and honing your recruiting tactics like Personalize Your TA Roadmap, Technology: Streamline Your Process, Analytics: Get an Edge with Cognitive Recruiting Attract with Geofencing, Source in a New World of Technology, Assess: Facilitate Faster and More User Friendly Assessments, Select: Enable Hiring Manager to Faster Decision, & Onboard: Set Up New Hires for Success.

Talent42

  • Host: Recruiting Toolbox
  • Dates: June 5-6, 2018
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Summary: “The National Tech Recruiting Conference”
  • Price: $1,495
  • Who Should Attend: Talent42 is the premier national conference for corporate tech recruiters. We invite top engineering leaders, talent acquisition leaders and tech sourcers to share best practices, case studies, & practical tips to improve hiring results. No other conference offers practical, relevant content like this! Join tech recruiting professionals from companies like Amazon, Redfin, Target, Facebook, Salesforce, & Disney for two days of learning, sharing, & networking.
  • What’s Covered: For our 7th annual event, we’re exploring four topics in-depth: Consultative Recruiting, Sourcing Tech Talent, Increasing Diversity in Tech, & Recruiting Automation. By focusing on four topics, we’ll go deep, nerd out, & discuss specific strategies and solutions. In addition to top corporate TA practitioners and engineering leaders, we’re adding more expert panels, more time for Q&A and more interactive sessions.

SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition

  • Host: Society for Human Resource Management
  • Dates: June 17-20, 2018
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Summary: “Internationally renowned speakers that offer fresh points of view and inspiring stories that can help shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of leadership, motivation, & success.”
  • Price: TBA
  • Who Should Attend: This event offers relevant opportunities for any professional in the HR industry. With more than 200 concurrent sessions that allow for customized learning and access to thousands of solutions providers, you are practically guaranteed to walk away with a fresh perspective and new tools at your disposal.
  • What’s Covered: With a grand opening reception, concurrent sessions and master series, & even a performance by Harry Connick Jr., there is a lot to do at this conference.

September

HR Technology Conference

  • Host: LRP Publications, Human Resource Executive
  • Dates: September 11-14, 2018
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Summary: The HR Technology Conference & Exposition is the world’s largest HR tech expo, and boasts tens of thousands of attendees.
  • Price: $395–$2,095
  • Who Should Attend: This HR conference is tailored to human resource professionals who are interested in leveraging technology to exceed employer expectations and achieve organizational success.
  • What’s Covered: This conference features the 2nd annual pre-conference event “Women in HR Technology,” in addition to concurrent sessions and general sessions.

SourceCon Fall 2018

  • Host: ERE Media
  • Dates: September 24-26, 2018
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Summary: “The must attend conference for all things sourcing.”
  • Price: $1,595
  • Who Should Attend: For Sourcers & Recruiters – SourceCon is the place to learn about tools and strategies to make your sourcing faster, with better results. You’ll learn from experts who have been in the trenches and know how to find THAT candidate. Come prepared to join the conversation and practice, in real-time, the strategies and methodologies shared by our speakers to ensure immediate impact when you return to your office.
  • What’s Covered: TBA

TBA

Talent Connect

  • Host: LinkedIn
  • Dates: TBA
  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Summary: “Talent Connect is a three-day event that will elevate and inspire you to reimagine not just your future, but the future of your company.”
  • Price: TBA
  • Who Should Attend: Recruiters and professionals in the business of talent acquisition may gain the most value from this HR conference.
  • What’s Covered: TBA