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Can’t-miss HR conferences in 2022

It’s no secret that the way we work is changing, and the same is true for how we do events. 

Just like most workplaces went online in 2020 and 2021, many human resources events have gone virtual the past two years, with some now beginning to return in person. 

With so much changing, keeping up with the human resources industry can be tough! But don’t worrywe’ve found the best human resource conferences in 2022 for you to check out and stay up-to-date with the latest trends in HR. 

Why you need to go to HR conferences in 2022

There are some things you can get from a conference you just can’t get anywhere else. 

On top of being a great way to network with other human resources professionals, attending conferences helps you stay familiar with the latest trends, tech, and best practices. You also get the opportunity to learn from HR leaders in sessions and workshops and even get actionable insights from industry experts that aren’t being offered anywhere else. 

Not to mention that making an appearance at these events keeps you more active and relevant in the HR industry, leading to better opportunities over time. Many conferences also offer training certification credits from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

And since many of these are hybrid or online HR conferences, you just might be able to get all of these benefits while sitting at home! (WFH pants for the win!)

HR conferences list for 2022 

Best HR technology conferences

HR Technology Conference and Expo

  • Dates: September 13-16, 2022
  • Location: Mandalay Bay Las Vegas 
  • Cost: Registration opens February 14, pricing yet to be announced

One of the biggest conferences and expos, HR Tech is returning in person in fall 2022. This is a great opportunity to connect with everyone from HR leaders to new start-ups and see the latest HR technology innovations. 

SHRM22 Annual Conference and Expo

  • Dates: June 12-15, 2022
  • Location: New Orleans and online
  • Cost: $1195-1404 for in-person, $995-1204 for virtual

With a focus on diversity, workplace culture, and retention, SHRM is bringing together vendors and industry leaders from all over the world for a hybrid event. 

Best new HR conferences

The State of Changing Work Arrangements 2022

  • Date: January 26, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free

The importance of changing work arrangements is no stranger to any HR professional after the past two years. Keep up with the latest thoughts on remote work and more with this virtual event from HR.com.

HR Innovation and the Future of Work

  • Dates: March 7-11, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free

This global online conference from Hacking HR centers on networking, collaboration, and the changing future of HR. After a great turnout the past year, it’s already expecting tens of thousands of attendees for this year’s event.

Best virtual HR conferences

Virtual HR Technology Conference and Exposition

  • Dates: March 1-4, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free

HR Tech’s past virtual conferences were such a hit, they’re planning an annual virtual conference in addition to their in-person event, connecting HR professionals and business leaders from around the globe. 

HR and Future of Work

  • Dates: February 22-24, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free

This interactive online event from the HR Exchange Network brings together industry-leading speakers and virtual attendees from around the world to discuss the latest news in HR. If you want access to insights from HR executives, it’s a good idea to check this one out.

Best diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) conferences

The Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2022

  • Date: October 12, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free

DEI is a topic every HR professional needs to have on their mind. This one-day conference gives insight into the best practices for creating a more inclusive workplace. 

HCI 2022 Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Dates: September 21, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: $195

This online event from the Human Capital Institute (HCI) will help you plan and communicate your goals for improving DEI in your organization.

Best talent acquisition conferences 

HCI 2022 Acquire the Right Talent Virtual Conference Series

  • Dates: March 23, July 20, November 2
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: $495 for the series, $195 for individual days

Access three conferences with a single pass for a comprehensive learning experience. The series’ primary focus is finding great talent, from recruitment marketing to analytics.  

Talent Acquisition Week

  • Dates: January 24-28, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: $145

Talent Acquisition Week combines three conferences into a single online HR event focusing on the latest in talent acquisition and recruiting. 

How to get the most out of your conference experience

Now that you’re ready to check out some of 2022’s best HR events, here are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • Do your research before choosing an event: Take a look at the agenda and look into keynote speakers.
  • Make yourself a schedule: Plan out sessions—and even vendors to visit—ahead of time.
  • Connect with speakers: Don’t be afraid to hang back to ask that question. 
  • Don’t pass up chances to network: You never know when an acquaintance becomes a valuable connection.
  • Share what you learned: Giving highlights to a coworker is a great way to help you remember them.
  • Make a plan for after the event: Figure out how to utilize the information you’ve learned.

You’ll also want to consider whether virtual or in person is the best fit for you. Virtual conferences are convenient and often cheaper, but in-person conferences can have better engagement and more natural networking and professional development opportunities. Know your priorities before registering!

Which conferences are right for you?

Ultimately, you want to attend conferences that focus on the discussions you care about and will keep you up to date with the latest, innovative ideas in a fast-moving industry. 

For instance, at last year’s HR Tech conference, Clovers launched its flagship product, an interview intelligence platform that uses human and conversational intelligence to accelerate hiring, uncover bias, and put the right people in the right roles.

Ultimately, attending industry conferences gives us the chance to build a community—and after these past two years, we’ve learned just how important those connections can be. But we’ve also learned that it’s possible to form them in all sorts of ways, whether you’re sitting next to someone in a session or miles away behind a screen. So here’s to 2022, and everything it brings! 

But you don’t have to wait for the next conference to see Clovers’ technology.

Instead, schedule a demo of Clovers’ AI-powered video interview solution. Take bias out of the equation with fair, consistent interviews that can help you find the best candidates for your organization.