Session Descriptions


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 needs.

General Sessions

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.

Masters Series

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.

Smart Stage

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.