Top HR Conferences to Attend [2021 Edition]

Stay ahead of important HR policies and processes while developing your own career by attending these HR conferences

In past years, HR professionals would flock to conferences around the US to learn about the latest and greatest in HR tech, policies, and processes. In 2021, with the COVID-19 Pandemic still a very real presence in our lives, HR conferences are looking a little different than years prior. 

However, there’s no shortage of virtual HR events in 2021 for HR pros to work on professional development and work towards re-certification credits. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most exciting virtual HR events for 2021 to keep on your radar.

HCI’s 2021 Virtual Conference Series 

All Year Long

After all in-person events were cancelled in 2020 and learners and educators alike were forced to adapt to virtual learning environments, Human Capital Institute (HCI) made the decision to continue with virtual learning to provide timely and relevant content year-round.

Their previous in-person conferences have been transformed into an all-inclusive virtual pass. You can purchase passes to access one, three, or all twelve virtual conferences on topics ranging from people analytics, to building an inclusive culture, to engaging remote teams, and more. 

Conferences will also include virtual networking opportunities, keynote videos, slides, and digital resources throughout the year. Plus, attendees will receive HRCI/SHRM credits.  

Who Should Attend

HR professionals who want to learn from leading practitioners, earn recertification credits, and connect with colleagues throughout 2021. 


$195 for access to 1 event

$495 for access to 3 events

$1,895 for an all-access pass to all 12 events

Decoding Future HR 2021

January 19-20, 2021

This virtual event brings together speakers from organizations, governments, and individuals to learn how they found innovative ways to maintain productivity and team dynamics during the challenges of 2020, and find out how they’ll rethink workforce and employee planning, management, performance, and experience strategies for the future.

With three streams, attendees can choose to focus on HR Transformation & Organization Design, HR Analytics & Digitization, or Talent, Employee Experience & Journey.

Who Should Attend

HR Leaders that want to discuss key challenges and trends shaping the future.


$400 for full access to the virtual event

HR and Future of Work 

February 23-25, 2021

HR Exchange Network’s free online event will focus on a discussion of figuring out how to evolve the employee experience further and help humans integrate with technology in ways that will drive efficiency and the growth of new skills.

With over 1,500 registrants and 15+ industry leading speakers, there will be plenty of opportunity to network and learn from those leading the way to success. 

Who Should Attend

HR professionals that want to leverage technology to meet changing roles and demands of the workforce. 


FREE – this interactive online event is free to attend

HR Innovation And Future Of Work 

March 8-12, 2021

Hacking HR’s complimentary global online conference is focused on “Unlocking Your Potential” in 2021. With over 100 sessions, there are plenty of opportunities to hear insights, data, stories, experiences, ideas, knowledge and information from some of the most important global thought leaders.

With over 15,000 participants, there’s also plenty of opportunities for networking with other HR professionals to expand your network, as well as chances to participate in workshops and collaborate with your peers.

Who Should Attend

HR Leaders from all over the world who want to learn from some of the top HR experts, network with others, and get recertification credits.


FREE – this conference is complimentary for HR professionals

HR Tech Spring 

March 16-19, 2021

HR Tech is known for its huge annual conference in Las Vegas every fall. With the safety of everyone in mind, and an understanding of how technology can assist the HR community during these unprecedented times, HR Tech is hosting a virtual spring event.

The primary focus of HR Tech has always been on driving HR success through technology, and that will continue with this conference. The HR tech marketplace will give access to thousands of products from hundreds of vendors in a state-of-the-art virtual setting.

Who Should Attend

HR professionals looking to continuously optimize usage of their current HR systems, as well as those looking to purchase new systems. 


FREE – there is no cost for access to this conference


June 20-23, 2021

One of the largest gatherings of HR professionals in the world, SHRM’s Annual Conference & Expo will be hosted both in-person in Chicago and virtually. From a customizable educational experience with renowned speakers to networking sessions with HR peers, solutions providers, and go-to experts, SHRM21 is full of opportunities for up-leveling your HR skills. 

Who Should Attend

HR professionals, business executives, people managers, and students that want to join together to build the workplaces of the future. 


$1,595 – $2,299 depending on registration date & SHRM membership status


August 29 – September 1, 2021

The Association for Talent Development’s annual conference brings together thousands of talent development professionals to discuss innovative and creative ways to shape the future of the workforce.

The conference will be hosted both in-person (depending on future guidelines) and virtually, so you can join the way that’s best for you. No matter how you join, the conference theme It Starts with Us will bring you dynamic conversations, unparallelled learning, and networking fun.  

Who Should Attend

HR and L&D industry pros who want to learn, network, grow professionally, and connect with their peers.


$450-550 for a virtual pass

$1,675-1,995 for an in-person pass

Stay tuned for more conferences as they’re announced!

With 2021 starting off with almost as much as uncertainty as 2020 ended, we’re seeing that most big conferences are still holding off on announcing plans as early as they may have in past years. We’ll be updating this post as more events are announced.

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