Most folks only get out to one and if lucky two conferences a year. Of course, the SHRM Annual each June is the granddaddy of them all and one that folks look forward to attending a year in advance. However, it’s not the only conference on the schedule and you have some great options to choose from, especially if you have an interest in one particular area of HR.
SHRM puts on a few major conferences each year with the first one being the Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington DC, March 12-14. It’s SHRM’s most intimate national gathering with just under 700 attendees scheduled to participate. This makes it large enough to have some great speakers and keynote presentations, yet small enough to allow for real conversations and up-close and in-person meetings with your local legislators on the Hill during the last day of the conference. And what could be a better setting then Washington, D.C.?
This year’s line-up is awesome with some of Washington’s biggest names from politics and media both taking the stage. I am stoked to hear Gloria Borger speak and the rest of the line-up is like a who’s who of political insiders. Did you know the Acting Chair of the EEOC, Victoria Lipnic, is speaking, too? You also get the chance to hear from Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM’s new CEO along with Michael Aitken (SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs). I have known Michael for several years and have heard him present several times at local and regional events. Michael and the SHRM Advocacy Team do great work with Congress as our voice and ears, advocating for SHRM and all of us in the HR community. I am sure those attending will gain great real-life insight.
This is my first time attending and speaking at this conference and I can’t wait. So much of our everyday activity in HR is intertwined with labor policy and legislation. This conference gives every practitioner the chance to really dig in to many of the most pressing topics we face each day. I am especially interested in HR ‘s role in protecting employees when their management goes rogue. I will be speaking on this very topic on March 13. I also want to know what’s happening with the ACA, immigration, FLSA regulations and the EEOC.
As mentioned, there is an optional visit to Congress on Wednesday called Advocacy Day. A unique opportunity to visit the offices of your U.S. senators and representatives on Capitol Hill. SHRM provides an orientation and guidance to get the most out of this unique opportunity, so don’t sweat the details.
I almost forgot to mention the fun networking events at night, with Monday’s welcome reception to be hosted by SHRM at the Library of Congress. And of course, all the great SHRM staff will be in and out over the three days.
Hope to see you in D.C.!