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11 HR Events to Attend in 2020

Are you ready to get up to speed with the latest and greatest in the human resources industry? In the midst of a digital HR transformation, it’s important you stay on top of HR trends in 2020 so you can create a loyal, engaged team of high performers. However, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought, human resources events and conferences are a great way to boost your motivation. Whether you’re looking for something in Australia or you’re ready to learn from the best internationally, we’ve put together a list of human resources events that will help you take your HR game to the next level in 2020.

1. AHRI National Convention and Exhibition

Date: 📅 14 – 17 September 2020. 

Run by the Australian HR Institute, this National Convention is one you do not want to miss. Filled with four full days of speakers, hands-on workshops and networking, you will leave feeling inspired and motivated to put your learnings into practice at your workplace. It’s also a great place to meet like-minded HR professionals and build professional relationships. 

2. National HR Summit 

Date: 📅 25 & 26 March 2020. 

Location: Luna Park, Sydney.

If you’re looking for a conference that’s a well-rounded event for the HR professional, this is one you will want to add to your calendar. Including two full days of keynote speakers, workshops, interviews and panel discussions, you’ll take away many helpful tips and tricks that will help you be more strategic in your day-to-day. Some of the keynote speakers include:

  • Susie Gleeson-Byrne – Head of Human Resources at Uber.
  • Tammy Ryder – General Manager, People and Culture at Coles.
  • Anish Singh – HR Director, Australia & New Zealand at Unilever. 

You can find out more about the National HR Summit here

3. HR Leaders Forum 

Date: 📅 18 & 19 February 2020. 

Location: ICC, Sydney. 

Aimed towards senior HR professionals, this is an event with many great industry professionals. At the HR Leaders Forum, each speaker will dive deeper into technical topics with an outcomes-focused agenda. Held at the ICC in Sydney over two jam-packed days, you’ll have the opportunity to network with some of Australia’s most senior HR and people management professionals. 

Speakers include: 

  • Dean Carter – Head of HR, Legal, Finance & Shared Services at Patagonia (USA)
  • Dominic Price – Work Futurist at Atlassian
  • Freya Steffen – Head of People and Culture at HelloFresh ANZ

You can find out more about the HR Leaders Forum here.

4. HR Innovation and Tech Fest Conf 

Date: 📅 26 & 27 October 2020. 

Location: ICC, Sydney.

This conference is aimed at HR professionals who are ready to embrace the future of work. Held over two days, you’ll learn about the forms of technology disrupting the HR industry, all for the betterment of people. At the HR Innovation and Tech Fest Conf, you’ll gain insights into how HR software and automation can improve your employee engagement, recruiting process, leadership, employee wellbeing, and learning. You can find out more information on the Tech Fest Conf here

5. Not For Profit People Conference

Date: 📅 24 & 25 February 2020. 

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre.

This is a specific event aimed at HR professionals in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. It will cover how to attract, manage, train and retain people within the NFP industry. With 29 inspiring sessions on offer over the two-day conference, you’ll leave with actionable strategies that you can implement in your business. You can find out more about the Not For Profit People Conference here

Video from 2019 Not For Profit People Conference. 

6. HR Summit 

Date: 📅 16 – 18 March 2020. 

Location: RACV Royal Pines Resort & Spa Gold Coast.

Aimed towards the innovators in the HR industry, HR Summit is an event that encourages collaboration, community ideas, and meaningful networking. You’ll be able to learn from the best in the industry and hear how their HR functions have shaped their company culture. HR Summit has 6 main topic areas for the 2020 conference including: 

  • Commercially focused HR
  • Stay hungry, stay curious
  • Autonomy, mastery, purpose
  • Communities of learning
  • Quality, not the quantity of work 
  • Join the dots

Interested? You can find out more about the HR Summit here

7. Western Australia HR Leadership Summit 

Date: 📅 27th & 28th October 2020. 

Location: Westin, Perth. 

The WA HR Leadership Summit is for HR professionals that are looking to be more strategic in their role. This conference will encourage you to innovate in a disruptive, people-driven industry that now demands HR professionals be more strategic. 

The HR Leadership Summit also has other human resources events across Australia, New Zealand & Asia. If you’re looking to attend the HR Leadership Summit in your city, you can find events in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. You can find out more about the WA HR Leadership Summit here.  

8. Transform 2020 – Future of People and Culture Forum 

Transform 2020: Future of people and culture forum - 11 HR Events to Attend in 2020

Date: 📅 May 25th & 26th 2020.

Location: Grace Hotel, Sydney.

If you’re looking for an HR conference that focuses on developing and transforming your HR functions, this is the event for you. With executive leaders from EFTPOS, Telstra, Tiffany & Co, and Culture AMP, you’ll enjoy two full days of learning from industry leaders. Not only this, you’ll take away key learnings that will allow you to develop an agile workplace culture, develop your HR strategy and learn how to elevate your brand with a great employee experience. 

9. Australasian Talent Conference 2020 

Date: 📅 24 & 25 June 2020.

Location: ICC Sydney.

The Australiasian Talent Conference is perfect for those in talent acquisition and recruitment. In a world where technology is at the forefront of everything we do, it’s important to create a candidate experience that is warm, friendly and approached in a way that encompasses human-first design. At this conference, there will be discussions around recruitment design and how you can create a strategy that will see you successfully hire top talent. You can find out more about the Australiasian Talent Conference here

Australiasian Talent Conference - HR events to attend in 2020

Image source: ATC 2019

10. Great Place to Work: For All Summit 

Date: 📅 3 – 5th June 2020. 

Location: Marriott Marquis San Francisco.

If you’re wanting to venture outside of Australia, the Great Place to Work: For All Summit is a great conference to attend. Focused on creating the best places to work and improving company culture, this 3-day event leave you bursting with inspiration. This event is focused on creating incredible, high-trust workplace cultures. If you want to hear from the best of the best, this is the place where they’ll be revealing how they achieved it. You’ll also have the chance to network with over 1000 HR professionals from around the world. You can find out more information here

Great Place to Work: For All Summit - HR Events to attend in 2020

Image source: Great Place to Work

11. HR Transform 

Date: 📅 23 – 25 March 2020.

Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. 

If you’re wanting to see what the future has in store for HR and people management, HR Transform is the conference for you. Designed for forward-thinkers and innovators, HR Transform will provide you with insightful information into how you can up your people management game when it comes to integrating technology into your strategy. 

Who should attend HR Transform?

  • HR Professionals from all over, including talent acquisition, culture, learning, onboarding, retention, benefits and performance management. 
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Talent Partners

The lineup of speakers includes senior HR professionals from Glossier, KPMG, Eventbrite, CISCO, Unilever and many more. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with people from some of the world’s biggest brands including eBay, Fitbit, Lyft, Pinterest, Salesforce and Trip Advisor. If you’re ready to transform your HR function, you can find out more about HR Transform here. 

Will you be attending any of these human resources events in 2020?

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