Our Top 5 Recommended SHRM18 Sessions

Written by Tory Waldron

June 5, 2018

Our Top 5 Recommended SHRM18 Sessions Hero

This year’s SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is around the corner, and we are just counting down the days. Held June 17-20 in Chicago, SHRM is known for being the largest conference for HR professionals hoping to learn about key HR topics, network with peers, and explore a hall of over 600 exhibitors. will be exhibiting on #SHRM18’s show floor at booth number 1851. And, with the recent expansion of’s CompConnections Community, our vibrant community of over 4,600 HR and compensation professionals, we think that there is no better time – or event – to connect, engage, and share with like-minded HR and compensation professionals.

We are especially looking forward to the show’s 200 concurrent sessions and internationally-renowned speakers, who will provide a comprehensive look at the most cutting-edge HR trends including:

  • Overseas hiring and compensation
  • Securing a seat at the C-suite table
  • Millennial retention
  • Imminent baby boomer retirement
  • Roadmaps for the solo HR professional at SMBs and startups

So, what presentations are we most excited about? (Aside from Tuesday night’s Pentatonix concert, of course!)

Check out five of our favorite session topics below:

  1. Demystifying HR for the Department of One

Wednesday, 6/20 at 11:30 AM

Lori Kleiman, SHRM-SCP, President, HR Topics

The role of an HR professional is changing. Single-person HR departments are sprouting up as SMBs and startups look to cut costs. These days, HR professionals are being expected to take on myriad roles like recruiting, onboarding, training, performance management, payroll, benefits, and conflict resolution. A daunting task! In this session, Lori will give attendees a roadmap to help tackle the hybrid nature of these HR roles.

More resources: We know that being the only HR professional at an SMB can be overwhelming. That’s why has developed a solution for HR and compensation professionals at SMBs to make job matching, market pricing, and running reports easy and fast – freeing up time in the day for other important tasks.

  1. Making Your Case to the C-Suite: Why You Should Be at the Table

Tuesday, 6/19 at 4:00 PM

Sheryl Simmons, Chief Human Resources Officer, Maestro Health

In a results-driven landscape, HR leaders must engage the C-suite by transforming HR into a “data-driven, proactive function that leads business strategy.” In this session, Sheryl will identify ways for HR professionals to effectively communicate at the C-suite level, build relationships, and hone executive communication skills.

  1. Global Expansion Roadmap: What You Need to Know About Managing Employees Globally

Tuesday, 6/19 at 7:00 AM

Nicole Sahin, CEO, Globalization Partners

Whether it’s the attraction of a new, profit-generating customer base, a desire for a global presence in an emerging market, or the availability of skilled workers, many factors are driving today’s businesses’ appetite for overseas success. Nicole’s session will cover topics like international onboarding, management, compensation strategy, and termination.

More resources: Determining equitable pay for employees in different cities, let alone countries, can be difficult to navigate. To this end, has expanded our data reach to up to 16 international countries across five continents. Read more here.

  1. Changing the Discussion: Managing a Total Compensation Approach for a Multi-Generational Workforce

Monday, 6/18 at 7:00 AM

Elliot Dinkin, President & CEO, Cowden Associates, Inc.

Today’s workplace is historically the most diverse with respect to age, including Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millennials, and Gen-Yers. Determining compensation – base pay, incentives, retirement, and PTO – is harder than ever because the needs of each generation vary. In this session, Elliot will teach HR professionals how to align various generational views of benefits while creating total compensation offerings that will help to attract, retain, motivate, and challenge employees.

More resources: Looking to create your own Total Compensation program to meet the needs of your company’s multi-generational workforce? Look no further than’s CompAnalyst platform.

  1. Re-Inventing Human Resources: A Roadmap to Meet the Challenges of the Future and Achieve Success

Sunday, 6/17 at 12:30 PM

Jennifer McClure, President, Unbridled Talent, LLC

Businesses are facing a challenging future – a volatile global economy, an increased need for innovation, talent shortages, technological advances, and demographic shifts. To survive and thrive in the future, HR competencies and capabilities must evolve. Jennifer’s session will include creative ideas, strategies, and examples from progressive companies and HR/recruiting leaders who are blazing a trail into the future.

More resources: For more tips, check out our blog, which covers the latest HR-related trends to help you stay informed and future-facing.

Are you attending #SHRM18? Stop by our booth (#1851) and learn how has re-imagined compensation data technology and analytics to help employees, HR and compensation professionals, and businesses unlock their potential with the power of pay.

Hope to see you there!

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