Spring 2019 Top 10 Events for Tech Recruiters and HR Pros

With the 2018 events season nearly all wrapped up, the time has come to look ahead. Next year’s strategies will soon come to fruition, budgets will be set and, before you know it, your calendar will be full again. Before that happens, let’s take a look at the first half of 2019 and just some of the recruiting-related events taking place across the country. While early January provides a bit of reprieve, prepare for things to start rocking and rolling around the end of the month and into February.


Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

January 30—February 1 in San Francisco, CA

Mix and mingle with industry thought leaders to learn how their experiences have allowed them to effectively leverage social recruiting strategies and find top-notch talent. Save your seat at SRSC for practical hands-on workshops and a slew of case studies. Plus, there’s the ability to download talks and presentations after the fact.

A taste of the session topics:

Recruitment Marketing Strategies: Humanizing Candidate Experience
Speaker: Lori Sylvia, Founder and CEO of Rally Recruitment Marketing

Diversity and Inclusion: Eliminating Age Discrimination in Social Recruiting
Speaker: Jo Weech, Founder and CEO of Exemplary Consultants


Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech LIVE

February 20—22 in Las Vegas, NV

Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech LIVE comes to you from the same team that produces the annual HR Tech Conference & Expo in the fall. This conference, known for combining the art and science of talent acquisition, lets attendees decide exactly how they’d like to develop and perfect their craft, with five custom session tracks to choose from.

A taste of the session topics:

Why Should They Apply? How to Scientifically Give Candidates Confidence
Speaker: Alyssa Dver, CEO and Co-founder of American Confidence Institute

How to Turn Candidate Experience Into an Employer Branding Strategy
Speaker: Kevin W. Grossman, President of Talent Board


HCI’s People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

March 5—7 in Miami, FL

The conference names are starting to speak for themselves, huh? At this event, attendees will learn about the current issues in workforce planning, as well as the use of people analytics for data-based decision-making from the ground up. Bonus: if your boss doesn’t go for its sunny locale, consider the online attendance option.

A taste of the session topics:

Demystifying Artificial Intelligence: A Day in Your Life
Amber Mac, Writer at Fast Company

Build Your Crystal Ball: Blend Multiple Data-sets to Predict Talent Needs
Speaker: Jane Barrett, Vice President and Global Head of Workforce Planning & Analytics at Ericsson



March 19—21 in Seattle, WA

If you want to master “the road to sourcing greatness,” SourceCon is the place to be. At this year’s conference, explore hot topics in diversity and inclusion, global sourcing lessons, perspectives on automation, and more. Attendees can sit in on roundtables, visit the innovation lab, and even watch a hackathon.

A taste of the session topics:

Sharpen Your Strings to Supercharge Your Sourcing
Speaker: Kameron Swinton, Recruiting Manager at Amazon Web Services

Copywriting For Sourcers
Speaker: Katrina Kibben, CEO and Founder of Three Ears Media

SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition

April 8—10 in Nashville, TN

Operating under the idea that “talent is everything,” the 2019 Talent Conference & Exposition boasts more than 80 sessions, pre- and post-conference seminars, over 100 exhibitors and some 1400 attendees. At this event, attendees can fine-tune their skills and discover the tools, resources, innovations and solutions needed to evolve their human capital strategies.

A taste of the session topics:

Some of My Best Hires Started as Interns: Win the War for Talent with a Successful Internship Program
Speaker: David Lewis, President and CEO of OperationsInc

The Talent Fix: Transforming Yourself and Your TA Team to World-Class Levels
Speaker: Tim Sackett, President of HRU Technical Resources


ERE Recruiting Conference

April 22—24 in San Diego, CA

Dedicated to all things enterprise talent acquisition, speakers from across the Fortune 100 are on the schedule for this year’s ERE Recruiting Conference. Explore topics such as working with hiring managers, recruitment marketing and advertising, sourcing those hard-to-find candidates, talent acquisition leadership, strategy and more.

A taste of the session topics:

Make Your Talent Acquisition Department Better Than an Agency
Speakers: Jessica Wheeler, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Hulu; Brian Breth, Recruiting Manager at Riot Games; and Tasha Altorfer, Talent Acquisition Manager at Ceridian

The I’s have it: The Impact of Inclusion and Intersectionality on Diversity Recruitment
Speaker: John Redmond, Senior Advisor of Diversity Talent Strategy at Dell


RecruitCon 2019

May 8—10 in Austin, TX

Taking on every aspect of the recruiting process, RecruitCon is set to uncover new and emerging recruiting practices with a stacked agenda featuring strategies from top brands, networking and idea-sharing sessions and professional development opportunities.

A taste of the session topics:

The Power of Storytelling: How to Design and Deliver Recruitment Messaging to Supercharge Your Hiring Strategy
Speakers: Elena Valentine, CEO of Skill Scout; Katrina Kibben, CEO and Founder of Three Ears Media

Hiring Veterans: How to Attract, Recruit and Retain America’s Finest
Speaker: Evan Guzman, Chief Veteran Advocate and Founder of The MiLBRAND PROJECT



May 14—15 in Las Vegas, NV

With more than 15 stages of content representing over 100 industries, UNLEASH returns to spotlight innovative technologies, the latest workforce solutions and inspired leadership strategies. This year’s agenda remains a mystery, but past speakers include Francine Katsoudas, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Cisco; Jonas Kjellberg, Co-creator of Skype; and Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group.


Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

June 10—12 in Denver, CO

This conference will examine ways to beat the talent crunch with an all-hands-on-deck strategy; there’s also a crash course in data-driven recruiting. Attendees will learn how to leverage an array of strategies, tactics and tools that go beyond a siloed approach to recruiting. As with most Human Capital Institute events, there’s an online attendance option, too.

A taste of the session topics:

Structuring Your TA Function for the Talent Crunch
Speaker: Carol McDaniel, Director of Professional Talent Acquisition at Delta Air Lines

Attract, Engage and Retain Awesome Recruiters
Speaker: Greg Karr, Executive Vice President of Sevenstep


SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

June 23—26 in Las Vegas, NV

Technically, it’s already summer by this point, but with over 200 sessions across nine tracks (ranging from workplace strategy, global HR, talent and everything in-between), we’d be remiss not to include the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.

A taste of the session topics:

The Future of HR: Four Strategies to Meet Business Challenges and Deliver Maximum Impact on Results
Speaker: Jennifer McClure, President of Unbridled Talent

Shaping Hearts, Minds and Corporate Cultures: Effective Prevention Training in the #MeToo Era
Speaker: Glen E. Kraemer, Founding Partner at Hirschfeld Kraemer


Yes, 2019 looks… busy. From the super-specific to the big and broad, there’s a recruiting event out there for everyone, and now’s the time to start making the business case for attending. Happy conferencing!

Noel Cocca is the founder and CEO of RecruitingDaily and its merry band of rabble-rousers. He aims to produce at the sweet spot between content and actual awareness by creating great work for living, breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. He works to ease problems, both large and small, from startups to enterprises.