With so many comms conferences in 2020, how do you know which one is right for you? Use this list to decide!
If there’s one thing we all have in common as HR, internal comms, and employee experience professionals, it’s our love for people and connection.
Conferences can be a great place to meet new friends, bond as a team, and learn best practices from industry leaders.
They can also be a massive waste of time.
With dozens of employee communications conferences out there to choose from, how do you know which ones are worth your while?
As we move full speed ahead into 2020, it’s time to take stock of the best employee communications conferences coming up in the year ahead. Pull out your calendars, folks. It’s time to gear up for employee comms greatness.
What Employees Want
“What if there was an event where the featured speakers weren’t internal communicators but the employees themselves?”
What Employees Want is a workshop for internal communicators and HR professionals looking to learn from the pros, connect with their peers, and gather unfiltered insights from the people who matter the most in employee communications — employees! Hear from real employees, live and on stage, about what they really want from internal comms and HR. If you’re looking for something real and raw to inspire you in 2020, this event is for you.
When: January 22, 2020
Where: Georgia Aquarium | Atlanta, Georgia
7th Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference
“Gain practical tips to enhance your existing communications strategy.”
Join comms leaders from KPMG, Columbia University, MetLife, and more at Advanced Learning Institute’s 7th Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference. This two day event is designed to help Directors, Managers, Vice Presidents, Specialists, Officers, Leaders, and Consultants across a variety of employee comms fields embrace emerging internal communications tools and trends.
When: January 28 – 30, 2020
Where: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square | San Francisco, California
Gartner Digital Workplace Summit
“Inspire collaboration. Transform technology. Empower the workforce.”
Ready to embrace the future of work? Looking to prepare, develop, and implement a digital workplace? There’s no better place to make it happen than Gartner’s Digital Workplace Summit. Join the world’s leading research and advisory company to learn how to accelerate workforce productivity and agility through technology and real-world solutions.
When: March 16 – 17, 2020
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
Storytelling for Internal Communications
“Discover innovative ways to inspire, connect, and drive employee engagement, involvement, and collaboration across your organization.”
Get inspired to take storytelling to a new level in 2020 at ALI’s Storytelling for Internal Communicators conference. Over the course of two days, you’ll learn how to cut through the clutter and increase employee engagement with inspiring case studies from WeWork, USAA, Volkswagen, and more.
When: March 17 – 19, 2020
Where: Washington, D.C.
8th Annual Internal Communications Conference
“Designed to give internal communications executives a space to think about the modern communications landscape and their place within it.”
Step away from your day to day and grab a bit of mind space at BOC’s exclusive retreat for IC leaders. If you’re a senior-level communication leader, this event promises to be a fascinating and eye-opening experience. With a fantastic line-up of speakers from EY, Accenture, BBC, and more, you’ll walk away from this two-day event informed and inspired.
When: March 25 – 26, 2020
Where: Millennium Gloucester Hotel London | Kensington, UK
Internal Communications Impact Series
“Join us to hear how these global business leaders are reinventing and changing their businesses to making internal communications more strategic and impactful for the business.”
Simpplr is teaming up with IABC to bring together professionals committed to strategic employee communications. A panel of global business leaders will discuss how making internal communications integral to company strategy and priorities is reinventing and changing their businesses. You won’t want to miss it!
When: March 3, 2020 | April 2, 2020 | May 8, 2020
Where: Dallas, Texas | Boston, Massachusetts | Palo Alto, California
Strategic Internal Communications for a Diverse & Remote Workforce
“Discover how to effectively manage and deliver communications to global, multi-generational, and front-line employees.”
If you’re communicating with non-desk, multi-generational employees, you can’t miss this three-day conference in The Big Easy. You’ll connect with more than fifty internal communications professionals and hear from comms leaders from Walmart, McDonald’s, Mayo Clinic, and more. ALI never disappoints and will deliver the practical tools and tactics you need to maximize your impact in 2020.
When: April 21 – 23
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
“You have the power to be the change agent for your company, and FutureComms 2020 gives you the tools to tackle the transformation.”
Come learn how business leaders are using communication to embrace rapid change at FUTURE COMMS 2020. Whether you’re in IC, HR, or IT, this conference by Social Chorus offers networking and hands-on learning opportunities for you. From breakout groups to hands-on demos, you’ll walk away from this two-day event ready for transformation.
When: April 29 – 30, 2020
Where: New York, New York
CONNECT20 2020 Employees Communications Conference
“Experience firsthand the power of strong colleague connections!”
An internal comms staple, PRSA’s CONNECT brings some of the best minds in internal communications under one roof. This year’s event, CONNECT20, promises to deliver the trends, tactics, and strategies you need to tackle your biggest internal comms challenges. You’ll walk away from this three-day program a new swing in your step, ready to make a difference within your organization.
When: May 13 – 15, 2020
Where: Omni Charlotte Hotel | Charlotte, North Carolina
IABC World Conference
“The world is changing rapidly. We need to innovate and get creative if we’re going to continue to capture people’s attention and deliver results. But how do we do it?
Did you know that the International Association of Business Communicators hosts an annual conference? The theme of this year’s World Conference is Shift #AreYouReady, and it promises to bring the latest trends, solutions, and ideas to over 1,000 internal communicators from around the world.
When: June 14 – 17, 2020
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
The Big Yak
“Connects in-house and independent communicators face-to-face so they can learn and network.”
The Big Yak from The IC Crowd is an “unconference” for in-house communication practitioners. This is the fifth time the crowd has gathered, and it promises to be a day packed with networking, learning, and action-taking. Designed by and for professional communicators, The Big Yak is an experience to remember.
When: June 6, 2020
Where: London, UK
2020 Employee Engagement Conference
“Learn from trending case studies and discover and the data points and structure you’ll need to create and deploy an employee experience.”
Arming leaders with the tools and strategies they need to connect with and motivate their teams, Human Capital Institute’s 2020 Employee Engagement conference is sure to inspire. Learn the latest in employee experience, connect with industry experts during interactive sessions, and bond with your peers at this three-day event in the Windy City.
When: July 27 – 29, 2020
Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile | Chicago
Engage Internal Communications Conference
“Changing the future of internal communications for some of the world’s largest brands.”
Two seminar halls, ten topic streams, and more than 400 delegates, Engage Employee’s annual conference is designed for organizations looking to create a competitive advantage through employee communication. You’ll be blown away by the quality of speakers, beautiful venue, and diverse companies in attendance.
When: September 18, 2020
Where: Victoria Park Plaza | London
Cheers to networking, sharing, and learning in 2020!
Jason Anthoine is the Managing Founder of Audacity, a consulting firm focused on employee engagement, internal communications, and culture change.