On April 23, 2021, we held our first ever virtual HR Tomorrow Conference! For this year’s theme, we wanted to embrace the changes and learnings of the past year, titling our event, “HRReimagined.” It was a great opportunity to bring our community together to reflect on our experiences and discoveries during this past year’s challenges. We are grateful to have such an amazing community to share this conference with!
We hosted our conference on EventMobi. Transitioning our annual in-person event online was daunting, but with the help of our HR Tomorrow committee, staff, and the assistance of planners on EventMobi, we are incredibly proud of the results: We had a total of 280 attendees join us in our virtual space and 100% would recommend the conference to others. One attendee states, “I thought the online conference space was great…easy to navigate, nice to see who else was attending and who the sponsors were, and I like that all of the presentations are available to view following the conference.”
This year’s conference agenda split the morning and afternoon into two important topics: the morning breakouts emphasized our learnings from the Covid-19 Pandemic and implementing new techniques for the future of HR work (#workdifferent). The afternoon emphasized best practices in the workplace to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (#DEI)! Individual presentations strived to be relevant and applicable to the attendees day-to-day workplaces. One attendee shares that the conference was a “Tremendous opportunity to hear more about current trends, issues and approaches of each different company.”
We had great speakers for each of these topics including our keynote, Heidi Capozzi, and the following breakout presenters: Jen Stone, Matt Walter, Christy Blake, Emily Boarman, Keith LaPointe, David Cambronne, Jill Hauwiller, Alex Smith, Julie Sexton, Katie Hines, Ryan Dunn, Kevin Wilde, Nick Alm, Mark Irvin, Valerie Klitzke, Karla Parra, and Anika V. Ward. We are grateful for the participation of these fantastic HR professionals to share their expertise with the community. Another attendee states, “I can always rely on the conference to provide a variety of engaging speakers presenting on current topics.”
This year’s HR Tomorrow gold sponsor was Ecolab, the silver sponsors were Best Buy and Land O’Lakes, and the bronze sponsors included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Bristol-Myers Squibb, C.H. Robinson, General Mills, nVent, Polaris, Salo, ServiceNow, and UnitedHealth Group. This event was made possible by their outstanding support! We are grateful for everyone that helped make this conference a success!
Over the past year there have been a great deal of changes occurring in HR, our workplaces, and our day-to-day lives. Thank you to our community for joining together for a great professional development event. As an attendee states: “It’s a great way to learn about today’s workplace and incorporate the information presented into your day-to-day work.” We are so pleased by how much we all have overcome and look forward as we continue to reimagine HR and better the world around us. We hope that you’ll join us next year for our 42nd annual HR Tomorrow Conference, whether it’s in-person or virtual. Until next time!