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September 19 - 21, 2018

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, OH

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Julie Doyle, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Conference Chair

You are invited to attend the 2018 Ohio HR Conference held at the beautiful Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH.  The conference will be held on September 19-21, 2018. Register for the  conference by clicking HERE.

Your conference registration includes all sessions (including pre-conference, Keynote and General Sessions), handouts/materials, continental breakfast on Thursday and Friday, all lunches, Exhibitor Networking event on Wednesday, and Social Event on Thursday. Registration pricing is as follows: 

  • $449 - until 12/31/2017
  • $499 - 1/1/18 to 4/15/2018
  • $549 - 4/16/18 to 7/15/2018
  • $599 - 7/16/18 to 9/3/2018 (Labor Day)
  • $649 - 9/4 to conference


Kim Robertson. SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Program Chair

Our program committee has a history of providing exceptional programming and this year is no exception. Please take a moment to review the program schedule to plan your conference including our Pre-Conference Sessions. Click HERE for a complete schedule.  Our itinerary is meant to exceed the ongoing educational needs of HR professionals and includes first class Keynote and General Session speakers.

Keynote Speakers:

Ann Rhoades

Ann Rhoades (Opening)

Ann Rhoades sets the course as our opening Keynote Speaker. Ann Rhoades is the founding Executive Vice President of People, JetBlue Airways; President, People Ink, and a best-selling author. We know that you’ll enjoy her session - Built On Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition.

Jon Petz

Jon Petz (Closing)

We're completing our journey with Jon Petz as the Closing Keynote speaker. Jon’s uniquepresentation - It's SHOWTIME! Unlocking the Mystery of HR Performance will motivate you to be ready, willing, and excited to bring the new knowledge you have gained at the Ohio HR Conference back to the work place!

General Session Speakers:

Greg Hawks

Greg Hawks' General Session is Fashion A Culture Of Greatness.  Greg has worked for two decades mentoring leaders, developing teams, crafting culture, and empowering employees.

Jason Lauritsen

Back again to Ohio is Jason Lauritsen conducting General Session - Unlocking High Performance. Jason is an employee engagement expert with a style that will challenge you to think differently.

Ricardo Palomares

Ricardo Palomares' General Session is  The Compassionate Leader. He will share his knowledge on why compassion, empathy, and vulnerability are the new ways to lead.

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Consider exhibiting or sponsoring to over 1,000 attendees at the 46th Annual Ohio Human Resource Conference and making this premier event a part of your 2018 marketing activities.

Levels to exhibit include "Globe Trotter", “Cosmopolitan”, “Wayfarer”, “Sojourn”, “Elite”, or “Explorer” and offer different opportunities to fit your business. In addition to our premium exhibitor options – we have sponsorships for Wireless, Eblasts, Breaks, conference bag stuffers, hut sponsorships, and more!



We just made your passage to HR: Passport to Culture more significant. Our program committee has searched the globe to develop an itinerary that is both broad and diverse, while offering educational opportunities in our industry.  And, we have important news that will impact your travel plans!

The conference has been approved for 17.75 SHRM Professional Development Credits and 17.75 recertification credits from the HR Certification Institute. We challenge you to find a better value for your ongoing educational dollars! The Ohio HR Conference is known for its “first class” quality programming, networking and credit opportunities. This year builds on our reputation and we’ve upgraded to “business class” by offering a significant number credits for those individuals certified as SPHR or GPHR designation and seeking those hard-to-find business credits! The conference has been pre-approved for 13.0 Business Credits and 2.75 Global Credits!

And, Attorneys are advised to know that the conference was approved for up to 11.5 Continuing Legal Education credits as well.

Interested in Volunteering?

The 2018 Ohio HR Conference has a variety of volunteering opportunities for your consideration. Use this LINK to review these opportunities and sign up !

Questions? Please contact Lori Lewellen @ llewellen@hrxperts.org

SHRM Membership

By joining SHRM you will gain access to thousands of HR resources and hundreds of professional development opportunities. To learn more about the benefits of SHRM and how to join, click HERE.