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Every year, HR professionals from around the globe gather for the world’s largest and most innovative human resources learning experience—the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. With 17,000+ attendees from over 90 countries, this annual HR gathering will deliver the impact you need to advance your career and to advance your education. 

Join SHRM in San Diego, California, for the 2020 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, where you will learn from world-renowned thought leaders, proven business leaders, strategists and practitioners, and benchmark to stay up-to-date with HR best practices. At SHRM20, you will grow your network, expand your competencies, and grow professionally. As an international guest, you will enjoy the camaraderie of your global colleagues and experience the hospitality of The Lounge, which is the center of networking, planning and, of course, rest.

Onsite at SHRM20  


THE Lounge

THE Lounge is a space for networking, thought exchange, and relaxation. Attendees from all over the world come to the lounge to plan their conference day, join in on engaging discussions, reunite with old friends and colleagues, and re-energize for upcoming sessions. THE Lounge is open during the entire conference. 

Language Interpretation

SHRM offers real-time onsite interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. You may purchase interpretation packages for $300 per person during registration.  

Additional Programs (additional fees apply)
Seminar Series (1 Day)
    SHRM20 Preview Seminars


    SHRM holds virtual Previews Sessions to showcase SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition programming and build excitement around the event. With support from partners and Forum Volunteer Leaders, each session focuses on the latest trends and best practices in HR, features speakers selected to present at the Annual Conference & Exposition and provides SHRM members and future attendees an opportunity to network in their home countries. 
    No Preview Sessions currently scheduled. Please check back later. 

    International Delegations at SHRM20

    Join a delegation

    Each year, SHRM welcomes nearly 40 international delegations from all over the world. The delegation program offers discounted registration pricing to groups of 5 or more SHRM members from a given company or region. 

    For more information, check out our delegation page

    SHRM reserves housing blocks so that conference attendees may find accommodation at a conference rate. Select hotels are recommended for Global attendees, however Global attendees are welcome to stay at any hotel they desire. Reserve your room early to get the best rates and locations—BOOK NOW
    Travel to the US
    Do you need a visa to travel?
    APPLY EARLY—wait times for visas in certain countries are significant.
    Learn about which countries are currently participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
    Visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most current information and instructions. For an accurate assessment of wait times in your country, visit Visa Appointment Wait Times page.
    Already registered for SHRM20? SHRM will provide you a customized visa invitation letter. Check your registration confirmation email for a link and further instructions.
    SHRM will be providing an electronic certification of attendance for attendees.

    Can I reserve a seat at the General Session?

    Designated seating will be offered to corporate & international delegations’ attendees, and attendees who are using interpretation services. 
    Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. We will not be able to allow attendees to hold seats for other colleagues who haven’t arrived yet

    Do I get credit for attending the SHRM20 conference?

    Yes, by attending the full conference you will get 27.25 credits.

    What is the dress code for the conference?

    The dress code is business casual. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking.

    How do I get a certificate of attendance?

    Certificate printing stations will be by THE Lounge (Room N236-N242). The service is exclusive to Corporate and INTL delegations’ attendees.

    Are there shuttles to and from the Convention Center and my hotel?

    SHRM provides shuttle service to hotels that are outside of a walking range of the Convention Center. Check the app for itinerary and schedule.


    Will there be breaks and time for meals in the schedule?

    Explore the conference schedule for breaks between sessions.

    A complimentary lunch will be available in the EXPO on Monday, and Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunches are first come, first served; limited quantities are available. Coffee breaks will be offered at the Expo as well THE LOUNGE between 9:30 a.m.-10:45am.


    Is there a luggage or coat check?

    Yes, there will be a luggage and coat check area located in the Convention Center.


    Are there interpretation services at the SHRM20?

    Interpreted sessions will be available. Please check back later for complete list.

    Is there a special program for me as a corporate/INTL delegation attendee?

    Yes, see the delegation page for details. 

    How do I get a visa invitation letter?

    SHRM issues personalized visa invitation letters to those who are registered for the conference. Check the link provided in your confirmation email.

    Note that SHRM will not provide letters to individuals who have not yet registered for the conference. 

    I was denied a visa. Can I get a refund?  

    SHRM will refund the cost of registration upon proof of visa denial. Simply email a copy of the denial letter to 


    SHRM20 Conference & Exposition COVID-19 Statement