Please note that all of the sessions will take place at the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center. Please also note that you do not need to sign
up for sessions ahead of time and all sessions are first-come, first
serve so we recommend you pick several sessions at teach time frame in
the event that the session you want to attend is full. Hope this helps!
Mega Sessions & Concurrent Sessions
Mega sessions are concurrent sessions in really big rooms and feature
the most popular topics as well as some of the best speakers! Both the
mega sessions and concurrent sessions are the educational backbone of
the conference and provide a classroom-style learning experience. You
can select from a wide variety of topics during each time slot which
will help you focus on the issues/areas that are most relevant to your
The general sessions provide you with the unique opportunity to hear
from business leaders with diverse perspectives. Our keynote speakers
are leaders in their industries and allow you to hear from thought
leaders on topics ranging from driving innovation within your
organization to tips on how to be a better team player. There is one
general session each day of the conference - Sunday afternoon and on
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Our Masters Series are one of the hallmarks of the conference
educational experience and feature academicians and thought leaders from
top universities. These sessions are longer than our concurrent
sessions to allow for a deeper dive into the session content. These
speakers are experts in their fields and will share innovative and
thought-provoking research that provide you with practical takeaways you
can use in your organization. There are three Masters Series, two on
Monday and one on Tuesday afternoon.
If you prefer shorter sessions then make sure you check out the Smart
Stage! These presentations provides relevant, topical information in
concise 18-minute presentations. Sessions will cover topics ranging from
tips to navigate the conference, onboarding, employee recognition to
leadership and personal development strategies and much more! The Smart
Stage can be found in the Connection Zone where Registration and the
SHRMStore are located.