Greetings! We are moving our state conference on-line!
Many of you were aware we were planning to host our annual state conference at The Marriott in Coralville on September 23-25; HR 2020 and Beyond. Due to the ever-changing landscape of the current pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to move our in-person conference to a virtual conference! This was a decision that focused on many factors, but it is the best option, considering our continued concern for your health and safety of our communities. We appreciate the support of the Iowa SHRM State Council and our amazing planning committee in helping us to reshape the best conference experience possible. We appreciate you and your understanding too, as many of us have been faced with the challenges presented by the pandemic in keeping our workforces safe and productive.
The new dates for the conference are October 14-15. The format will be two ½ days live, starting at 7:30 a.m. for early bird breakout sessions. We will also have an ‘on-demand’ option for additional programs and certification credits to view through the end of the year, at your convenience.
The conference will look and feel different, but you will still feel the same high quality programming and opportunity to grow your own professional development that you have had in the past. We will have up to 20 CEU’s.
The networking and interaction with our sponsors will be different, but we are so excited that we have commitments from some of our top and devoted sponsors and exhibitors that will be ‘visible’ during the conference.
The format will be different, but you will have the option to participate in a ‘live’ two half day sessions, with 7 CEU’s that will feature a keynote and many breakout sessions to select programs that are most meaningful and relevant to you. We will also offer an on-demand option, with 13 CEU’s, with the purchase of the live production that will offer even more educational opportunities for you to fit into your schedule, when it is convenient for you!
The networking will be different, but we will have active interaction through our Whova app for you to connect with other participants and our speakers.
We know the virtual experience is one that limits our ability to network in person with all of you and we are disappointed we will not get to ‘see’ you face to face in person. We will be looking forward to re-engaging in those in person opportunities next year or as soon as the environment is safe to do so. Hope to ‘see you’ October 14-15 as we launch our first virtual conference, hosted by the Iowa SHRM State Council! I think we can all agree we are looking forward to HR 2020 and Beyond! With all the challenges many have faced in 2020 with the pandemic, the economy and derecho, the ‘Beyond’ looks especially promising!