HR Conference 2021


On behalf of the Ohio SHRM State Council and the Ohio HR Conference Committee - you are invited to Refresh and Refocus - the 2021 Ohio HR Conference. 

NEW THIS YEAR!  We're offering one of TWO options for conference - goers this year:   

Onsite or Virtual!  Your choice!

We'll be holding the conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from August 25-27, 2021 for two and a half days of superior programming in a great (onsite!) venue.   Onsite attendees will enjoy the conference at the Convention Center and will have the option to obtain additional recertification credits via the ON DEMAND platform.  The ON DEMAND option will be available for up to 90 days after the conference ends. 

Virtual attendees will have the option to view sessions during the conference and obtain additional recertification credits via the ON DEMAND platform. The ON DEMAND option will be available for up to 90 days after the conference ends.

Unsure about onsite or virtual?  Your choice as to which option best fits your situation. Note - both options provide the ON DEMAND feature!

Our programs committee is hard at work putting together a program that will expand your HR Knowledge, provide networking opportunities, and earn recertification credits. Click on the "SCHEDULE" link above (virtual or onsite) for a complete schedule.

Click HERE to register today! Please continue to visit our website for updates.  

Kim Robertson, SHRM-SCP  

 2021 Ohio HR Conference Chair

Conference Venue Update

We have received another update from the Greater Columbus Conference Center (GCCC) as of July 1st regarding COVID-19 policies. At this time, GCCC states that if you are vaccinated you do not have to wear a mask inside. Please look for future updates as additional conference information becomes available.

We will still be providing a virtual component of the Ohio HR Conference, and continue to promote the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, and speakers for the duration of the event.

Keynote Speaker Announcements!


Opening Keynote!



Natural Disaster: I Cover Them and I Am One

Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist at ABC News. You see her covering the nation’s weather headlines on Good Morning America and across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. She also hosts an ABC News original digital series, Food Forecast, focused on climate and its impact on agriculture.   

Ginger has covered almost every major weather event and dozens of historic storms for the past fifteen years—from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy and Michael; from the Australian wildfires to the climate’s impact on Victoria Falls, Africa; and the aftermath of tornadoes all over the United States, most notably those in Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma. She’s covered blizzards in Boston and record-breaking heat in Death Valley. She not only shares her passion for meteorology but, more importantly, presents the compassion and human side of these storms.     

 Having storm-chased since college, Ginger has a genuine love for the atmosphere and a dedication to getting young people interested in science. She has written a STEM trilogy called Chasing Helicity for middle grades, which follows a stormchasing a young woman named Helicity across the U.S. learning about science and life.  


When? Right Now!

Cherrie Davis is a visionary leader and knows human dynamics, with over 3 decades of experience in human resources, is a recognized, facilitator, and change management leader.  She provides a fresh perspective to her clients by merging real-world experience with proven knowledge of people. Cherrie Davis is the President at ShiftForward Consulting, based in, GA. Cherrie received her B.A. in Communications from Black Hills State, Spearfish, SD, where she was recognized as the Distinguished Military Graduate and by Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She earned a Master's in Human Resources with an emphasis in International Management, from Webster, St. Louis, MO. She holds professional certifications for Senior Professional Human Resources, Executive & Organizational Coaching, and Quality Management.  


If You Could See What I See

An inspirational speaker, Brian Wagner is also the author of the book Sometimes It DOES Take a Brain Surgeon and CEO of A Radical Vision. He was in technology sales when his whole world came to a screeching halt! On March 4, 2011, Brian woke up in total darkness due to a genetic defect that caused him to have physical blindness for six months. Days later he had brain surgery in Phoenix, Arizona. During his time of total reliance on others, Brian swore that if he could get his sight back he would help others that are struggling in their own way. While he stills deals with partial blindness, Brian keeps the promise that he made to help others. As he puts it, "I lost my sight and ended up with vision."


ABC - Awareness Brings Change

Shayla Rivera is an Aerospace Engineer and former Rocket Scientist with NASA turned salesperson, corporate trainer, and now International Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, TV & Radio host, Emcee/Host, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Seminar Facilitator, Panel Moderator.  As of 2017, she is also the Director of the ENGR[x] program and Professor of Practice with the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.    

Closing Keynote!


TurbulenceTough: Building Resilient, Unstoppable Teams

Born and raised in an Australian coastal town, Ryan discovered his passion at a very young age -- flight. Aviation would be the dominant fixture in the young Australian’s life, providing some amazing but also traumatic, life-altering experiences. Ryan is a master of adversity and an ardent believer that life is won and lost above the shoulders---your mind can be either your most powerful asset or the determinant of your failure. He proved his mental fortitude by making history as a record-breaking pilot but demonstrated his mastery by learning to walk again and fighting his way back into the sky. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan is equipped and eager to transform your organization with a unique, unpredictable, and unforgettable keynote. 

Register Today!

SHRM and Local Chapter Members

$ 549

  • $ 499 -   10/6/2020 to 12/31/2020 
  • $ 549 -   1/1/2021 to 4/15/2021 
  • $ 599 -   4/16/2021 to 7/15/2021
  • $ 649 -    7/16/2021 to 8/1/2021 
  • $ 799 -   8/2/2021 until the conference

EITHER SHRM or Local Chapter Members

$ 579

  • $ 529 -   10/6/2020 to 12/31/2020
  • $ 579 -   1/1/2021 to 4/15/2021
  • $ 649 -   4/16/2021 to 7/15/2021 
  • $ 699 -    7/16/2021 to 8/1/2021  
  • $ 799 -   8/2/2021 until the conference

No Affiliation

$ 599

  • $ 549 -   10/6/2020 to 12/31/2020  
  • $ 599 -   1/1/2021 to 4/15/2021  
  • $ 699 -   4/16/2021 to 7/15/2021 
  • $ 749 -    7/16/2021 to 8/1/2021  
  • $ 799 -   8/2/2021 until the conference


$ 150

  • $150 until the conference

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities!

Click on the link above for more information and to make your purchase!


We'll be submitting for SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and recertification credits from HRCI! Please continue to visit our website for updates.

Volunteer Opportunities!

It takes a few "extra hands" to put on a first-class conference - and we'll need your help. If you are attending the conference IN PERSON, please consider signing up to volunteer by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunities: Bag Stuffer, Registration Booth, Speaker Announcer