13 HR Conferences You Don't Want to Miss in 2023

Written by
David Brown
David Brown

When a global pandemic brought our world to a stop back in 2020, along with it went the hundreds of HR conferences that happen each year. One thing we learned from 2022 is that in-person events and conferences are BACK! You could feel the excitement from the various attendees, exhibitors, and event organizers at conferences this year.

As the leader in employee recognition software, we’ve been hard at work researching the best events of 2023 to attend and we hope to see you there. Check out our list of 13 HR conferences coming up in 2023, as well as some tips for making the most out of your conference experience!


Tips on getting the most out of your conference experience:

  • Plan your schedule ahead of time: From keynotes to breakout to workshops and more, plan out what you want to attend before you get there to be sure you don’t miss anything!
  • Take advantage of all the networking opportunities: At each conference, there are plenty of opportunities to network! Be sure to attend all of the happy hours, dinners, and events to meet new people and network.
  • Take notes: Be sure to carry around a notebook or tablet to take notes during the conference. You will be flooded with a wealth of information so be sure to write it all down to reflect on later. 

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Bonusly’s baker's dozen for 2023 HR events:

1. InspireHR West & EmpowerHR Tech Americas

March 6-8 | Oakland, CA

Put on by HR.com, these two events will be co-located for the first time! InspireHR West starts on Day 1 and Day 2 with topics surrounding the day’s top HR trends, issues, challenges, and problems. EmpowerHR Tech Americas follows on Day 2 and Day 3 with best practices for using technology to address them. 


2. Transform 2023

March 27-29 | Las Vegas, NV

Bringing together people-driven executives, future-of-work entrepreneurs, and workforce tech investors, this three-day event includes hands-on learning, interactive group discussions, countless networking opportunities, and the launch of the new Transform Awards



3. SHRM Talent Conference

April 16-19 | Orlando, FL

Between its annual conference and the hundreds of local and regional conferences, SHRM hosts its Talent Conference & Expo each year. At this conference, you will gain new tools, research, and processes to thrive in this competitive market. You will have the chance to connect with numerous peers around the topics of recruiting and talent management, learn how to retain top performers, and explore data-driven strategies.  


4. TriState SHRM Conference 2023

April 23-25 | Uncasville, CT

Known as one of New England’s best industry events for HR professionals, this conference takes a deep dive with HR leaders to discuss strategy, talent acquisition, DEI, learning and development, and more. 



5. Unleash America

April 26-27 | Las Vegas, NV

The UNLEASH America Conference & Expo is one of the top-ranked conferences for HR leaders. At this conference, you will have the opportunity to network with, learn from, and be challenged alongside leaders from the newest startups to large enterprises. You’ll learn about all the latest trends and innovations across the HR spectrum. 


6. Future of Work USA

June 6-7 | Chicago, IL

With similar events in Europe, APAC, and Canada, the Future of Work USA is created for senior executives with a focus on the latest trends & strategies within the Future of Work landscape. Topics include defining the role of the HR and people function, workplace transformation, organizational culture, and so much more. 


7. SHRM Annual 2023

June 11-14 | Las Vegas, NV

The SHRM Annual conference and expo is one of the largest, most significant events for the HR industry. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the annual conference is a time to enhance your skills, evolve with industry changes, and get the insights and best practices you need to continuously make a positive impact on the workplace. No matter where you are in your HR career, with over 200 sessions, there is something for everyone. 


8. Total Rewards 23

June 12-14 | San Diego, CA

At Total Rewards, you will learn from industry experts on cutting-edge total rewards strategies. You will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and networking events, and also explore actionable and measurable solutions to today's challenges. 



9. Collision 2023

June 26-29 | Toronto, ON

With a focus on the global tech industry, this event is one of the biggest tech conferences and events in the world. This event brings together experts from every industry influenced by tech. You will learn from inspiring keynote speakers, be challenged in small-group roundtables, and connect with others in masterclasses and networking events. 


10. HR Tech 2023

October 12-13 | Las Vegas, NV

Hosting the world’s largest HR tech marketplace, this world-famous conference & expo benefits HR and tech professionals from businesses and industries of all types and sizes. Its primary focus is directed at driving HR success through technology and optimizing current HR systems. At the expo, you will see all of the latest HR tech tools and systems available to meet the needs of your organization. 



11. HR Southwest 2023

October 15-18 | Fort Worth, TX

Another regional SHRM event to add to the list, this event is put on by DallasHR and it is recognized as the official State of Texas SHRM Conference as well as one of the largest regional events for HR professionals. At this conference, you will discover the latest in HR products and services, share best practices with your peers as you network, and learn from leaders in HR during multiple educational sessions tailored to all professional levels. 


12. SHRM Inclusion 2023

October 30-November 1 | Savannah, GA

This conference is for leaders at all experience levels of DE&I and consists of more than 50 sessions, 75 speakers, and three days of networking. You will be given tools and insights that you can use to create a better, more inclusive, and equitable workplace. 



13. Inspire HR

Fall 2023 | Nashville, TN

We referenced Inspire HR West, but this one is for the east coasters! This three-day event covers the latest trends in HR with a focus on upskilling HR professionals and building their personal brand and network. You will be immersed in roundtable discussions, educational keynotes, and exciting after-hours networking events. Read more about our experience at Inspire HR in 2022!



The takeaway

While we aren’t sure what 2023 will bring, one thing we have learned is that HR professionals and leaders are at the forefront of everything that happens in business. There is no better way to stay informed on what HR leaders are facing than by attending one of the above conferences. It is your chance to discover new trends and solutions, prepare yourself for what is to come, and meet peers who you can relate to and learn alongside. 


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Originally published on November 28, 2022 → Last updated November 28, 2022

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David Brown

David works on the Bonusly marketing team leading employee engagement and HR industry events. David cares deeply about improving the employee experience and believes that organizations around the globe can take a proactive role in making a difference for their teams.


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