Top HR Conferences 2021

Author Martin Oliva Date Apr 09 2021

The increase in virtual events in 2020 allowed Human Resources teams to expand their knowledge and networks from the comfort of their own homes. Looking ahead to 2021, there are a number of events that will help HR professionals continue this learning.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 conferences you should consider attending this year:

  1. SHRM Talent Conference & Expo, August 22–25

SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) is one of the biggest names in the HR space. They produce multiple events each year, but this is their only event focusing specifically on talent. This four-day event features 50 sessions with an expected attendance of more than 1,200 Talent Acquisition professionals.

  1. HR Tech, September 28October 1

HR Tech is the behemoth of HR conferences, serving as the leading HR event for more than 20 years.  Expect more than 10,000 attendees and more than 400 sponsors at this three-to-four-day event.

  1. Talent Acquisition Week, July 1923

A bi-annual, week-long event that covers three main topics: Talent Sourcing Strategies, Employer Branding Strategies, and Social Recruiting Strategies. This year’s theme for all three topics is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  1. LEAP HR, May 35

We’ve attended two LEAP HR events so far—for Retail and Logistics—and are sponsoring the Construction and Manufacturing events later this year. LEAP HR events are much more intimate, ranging from 50 to 200 attendees, and are great for both brand awareness and lead generation. The event also serves as a big opportunity for networking and setting up meetings with high-priority attendees and our sales team.

  1. Talent Exchange, December 79

HR Exchange Network’s talent-specific conference is free for attendees and hosted online, making it more accessible and drawing a bigger crowd. Sessions include high-profile speakers from Whole Foods, Amazon, Cisco, Siemens, Visa, and more.

  1. The Future of Talent Acquisition, August 25 hosts many research-based events (like the two events we sponsored at the end of 2020), but this is their big talent conference. This conference is meant to provide a detailed snapshot of where TA is heading during the next two years, and how experts can stay on the cutting edge.

  1. HR in Hospitality, September 2123

This hospitality-focused conference is back for an in-person event at the end of September. This event typically attracts more than  600 attendees and 30 sponsors and focuses on HR and law.

  1. HCI Virtual, September 22

HCI’s annual events usually have a few TA tracks; the one we’re most interested in this year is on November 3: “Optimize Your Talent Acquisition Tools & Technology.”

Looking ahead to 2022

  1. HR Transform, March 1416, 2022

This mid-sized event typically attracts about 1,000 attendees and 75 sponsors and hosts various content tracks, workshops, and networking opportunities. Although not industry-specific, the event can be considered a smaller version of HR Tech.

  1. HR Retail, April 2022

After a bit of a break, this event is coming back in 2022 with some really high-profile attendees. With a content-heavy approach, HR Retail typically welcomes about 200 executives.


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About the Author

Chief People Officer

Martin Oliva

Martin Oliva leads the People function at Fountain. His experience ranges from startups to Fortune 500 companies, where he has been instrumental in searching for creative ways to develop teams and effective strategies that allow the business to thrive.