ILSHRM 2018: How to Make the Most of the HR Conference


In only two weeks, 500+ HR professionals will get together for two days at the 2018 Illinois State SHRM Conference and Expo. Whether it’s your first time attending (like us!) or you’re a regular, here is some helpful information so you can get the most out of your experience.

4 Tips to Get the Most Out of ILSHRM 2018

1. Plan your sessions ahead of time.

Sessions run concurrently most of the day, so it’s a great idea to plan which sessions you want to attend ahead of time. Also, make sure to catch this year’s keynote speaker, Steve Gilliand.

Keynote Information
Monday, Sept. 24th – 8:45 – 10:15 AM
Enjoy the Ride | Steve Gilliand
A blueprint for getting the most out of life, Enjoy The Ride™ is a hilarious and brilliantly conceived keynote that causes people to examine where they are personally and professionally. It lifts people up and inspires them to evolve and appreciate, rather than simply maintain and exist.

2. Download the conference app.

The IL SHRM State Conference App will be available about two weeks prior to the show. The app includes your schedule, session descriptions, speaker information, maps of the meeting rooms and exhibit hall, and a place where you can submit feedback on presentations.

Download the Conference App

3. Navigate the exhibitor hall like a pro.

Once you’ve downloaded the conference app, a map of the HR marketplace/exhibit hall will be readily available and include sponsor and exhibitor booth numbers along with a “tap and call” feature making it easy for you to connect to the HR marketplace.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Monday, Sept. 24 – 9:45 AM – 4:15 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 25 – 7 AM – 3:30 PM

4. Don’t skip out on happy hour.

This is one of the best times to network with attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors. Plus, what better way to unwind from the day than with a glass of wine (or an ice-cold beer)?!

Happy Hour
Monday, Sept. 24 – 5:15 – 7:00 PM
Drury Lane Theatre, Critic’s Corner

Stop by Booth #211 and Say Hi to the VIP Crowd Team

We’re a friendly group of people at VIP Crowd that love talking to HR professionals about employee engagement. We also have a pretty cool engagement hub that you might like. Take a break from your day – stop by for a chat, a treat, and play our Loneliest Number game for a chance to win a Amazon gift card. See you there!

P.S. If you’d like to practice our Loneliest Number game before the show, download the VIP Crowd app. You get one free pick for each challenge you complete.

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