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    SHRM Annual Conference & Expo

    Date: June 19-22, 2016
    Washington D.C.
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    SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition

    June 19-22, 2016

    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001

    We believe that there are countless opportunities why you should attend the Annual Conference, but we've managed to narrow it down to five:

    Learn new skills and upgrade current ones. No matter how long you've been in HR or what position you hold at your company, chances are there is still something you need to learn.  Trends and law change, new strategies and innovations in HR happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with the full range of HR knowledge.

    Network with your peers.  We know you've heard it all before, but networking is a huge part of your professional success.  When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives.  You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar - or you could even hear another idea and realize you're already on the right track! You can find a mentor or become one, and even make connections to help you further your own career.

    Meet with new vendors and suppliers.  Our exhibitors are industry experts and solution-providers who truly know what is happening in the world of HR and business - and they have answers to your questions.  Invest time in the exposition hall - our vendors are some of the best people for you to get to know if you want to learn more about what's happening in HR now - and what's going to happen in the future.  Trust us: discovering innovative products and services is necessary to stay competitive in today’s business world.  

    Hear from the experts.  Our speakers are proven business leaders, strategists, practitioners and peers.  Many of them are current HR professionals; others are well-respected industry leaders who know what you need to know.  Our selection process for speakers is as rigorous as you'll find anywhere, and we make sure that you're hearing from the best.  You'll get a solid grounding in tried-and-true HR fundamentals and unique insight into the innovative new practices that will change how the world does business.

    Have fun.  Let's be honest - the Annual Conference is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time.  



    Convince Your Boss

    No matter how excited you may be to attend the SHRM Annual Conference, you may find that before you can click that big orange REGISTER button, you still have to convince your boss to let you go.  Getting approval to attend the conference is a two-part endeavour; you need to demonstrate the benefits of the conference to your organization and then you'll need to persuade your boss that it's worth the investment of time and money (and that you're the right person to invest in)! Here are some steps you can take to convince your boss that you should attend.

    Step 1: Review the program
    Determine which sessions you want to attend and justify this selection to your boss; with nearly 200 sessions, you can be sure you'll be able to craft a curriculum that will provide you and your organization with the information you need.  Select the ones that are most beneficial to you, your team and company and when explaining the selection to your boss, be specific.  Is your organization struggling with employee engagement?  Show your supervisor the sessions that cover talent management and engagement tactics.  Do you need advance your leadership and communication skills?  We have a large number of topics on this from speakers who are trusted and recognized for their expertise.  If your organization has a challenge, there are definitely sessions that will provide you with a solution.

    PRO TIP: Use the session search feature and use keywords to help you narrow down your selections so you can build an agenda that addresses your specific workplace needs!

    Step 2: Stress the value of investing your development (and then save some money)

    The bottom line is that the smarter you are, the better it is for your organization!  You know that organizations take on an almost unfathomable amount of risk whey they don't have the most informed, up-to-date HR staff available - the pace of legislation, trends, and even social media can be a real landmine for your organization- from recruiting to compliance to strategic planning.  Stay on top of these issues (and many, many more) by attending the Annual Conference and getting the resources you and your organization need.  Your boss may be worried about the cost or even your time out of the office, but remind her it's worth it in the long run.  Boss stil not convinced?  Let her know you've figure out a way to make it as cost-effective as possible!  Register early before rates increase, and book your hotel room through the official SHRM Housing Block. This way you know you're getting a fair rate AND saving on transportation costs (we have shuttles for hotels that aren't in walking distance to the convention center!) And let her know that you'll take advantage of coffee breaks, receptions and exposition hall lunches to help cut costs of dining out. 

    Step 3: Review the exhibitor list

    The Exposition Hall will host 600+ vendors showcasing a wide-range of innovative HR-related products and services that help meet you needs.  You can visit the Exposition and be among the first to learn about the latest HR business solutions, discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the tools your organization has been looking for, whether it's recruiting software or rewards programs or wellness strategies (and alot more!). Consider the business opportunities that could develop from establishing connections with industry professionals and partners - and maybe remind your boss once again that you'll be provided lunch in the Exposition!

    Step 4: Complete the request letter

    Sometimes your boss will need it in writing, or just prefers to receive your request in an email.  Don't worry - we've got you covered you there too.  Use our handy Letter Template to list your reason for and submit to your supervisor. You can customize it however you want, but this letter gives you a great starting point for organizing your thoughts and making sure you're making the best case for the Annual Conference!

    Step 5: Bring it all home

    We guarantee that the learning you get at the conference will be phenomenal (and energizing).  So don't leave it in the convention center - share your results!  Let your boss know that you will commit to a post-conference briefing for staff, senior management or your team, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference.   Tie your learnings to your organizations long-term and short-term goals or strategic plan - it's important to show your boss that the conference wasn't just good in theory but that it gave you real, actionable solutions that you can implement for your organization.