2021 HR Connect

October 18 - 20, 2021 | Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL

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Attendee BONUS!

All attendees of HR Connect will also receive complimentary access to HR Connect Virtual, which will be held on November 9-10, 2021. Attend from the comfort of your office chair to obtain even more knowledge on hot topics in the employment law landscape, uncover new strategies to fill the talent void, and learn valuable insights to engage and retain your top performers. Check out the agenda and more virtual event details here!


HR professionals faced a year of historic change in 2020, primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. Forced to adjust to hastily created remote work spaces as areas of the country went in and out of lockdown, HR pros were also tasked with understanding and complying with new laws designed to help employers and employees alike overcome some of the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

On top of compliance challenges, HR professionals had to pivot the workplace culture (and the workplace itself) to accommodate for social distancing guidelines and other safety precautions. Workplace happy hours and corporate meetings became Zoom calls and e-mails. In-person face time became virtual screen time, and many employees were stuck caring for children forced into remote learning for the same reasons.

With 2021 came the hope for “normal,” but just because the calendar changed dates doesn’t mean these challenges magically disappeared. This year is a time for recovery and building back your organization to pre-pandemic levels.

To do that, you must learn how to prepare and plan for new challenges while mastering the art of overcoming the current ones. By attending 2021 HR Connect from October 18–20, 2021, you’ll head into the new year armed with valuable information and insights you’ll need to protect your organization in the years ahead.

This exciting live event—which will be compliant with all current COVID-19 safeguards and protocols—will cover all aspects of the HR function! Our expert speakers will present sessions on employment law, recruiting, and talent and culture.

Other session topics that will be discussed:

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI)
  • Open enrollment benefits communication
  • Leave management in the aftermath of COVID-19
  • Employee classification in the gig era
  • Onboarding in a remote setting
  • Cheap and easy ways to source talent
  • Requiring mandatory flu and COVID-19 vaccines
  • Drug testing do’s and don’ts
  • And more!

Plus, gain even more HR knowledge by attending our preconference event on October 18, 2021.

Agenda At A Glance

October 18, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Morning Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
AM Precon 1 — Mind the Gap: Understanding Employee Financial Stress and How Benefits Can Drive Solutions
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
AM Precon 2 — Empowering Differences: Uncovering the 4 Step Process of Empowerment to Make Real Change Happen
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
AM Precon 3 — Upskilling/Reskilling Workers to Close the Skills Gap at Your Organization
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Afternoon Registration
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
PM Precon 1 — Employee Engagement Strategies for Distributed Teams
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
PM Precon 2 — Mental Health Considerations in a Post-Pandemic Workplace
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
PM Precon 3 — Out with the Old, In with the New: Refining Your Benefits Offerings to Attract and Retain Top-Tier Talent
October 19, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote - Lead Change with Confidence: Your 5-Step Plan Presented by Dr. Michelle Rozen
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
The Secret to Recruiting—and Retaining—Talent: Creating an Authentic Employer Brand
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel - How to Thrive in a Multigenerational Workplace: Fostering a Harmonious Culture
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch (Provided)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Great on Paper: How to Ensure Candidates’ Skill Sets Match Their Résumés
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Employee Handbook Updates for the New Year: What to Keep, What to Toss, and What to Think About for the Future
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
October 20, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Taking DEI to the Max: Strategies to Kick-Start Your Diverse Hiring Program
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Networking & Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Employee Leave Management in the Aftermath of COVID-19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Cost of Not Knowing!
12:30 p.m.
Conference Adjourns