Top HR Trade Shows of 2015

By: Mike Petrasek, Marketing Communications Consultant

I’m a firm believer in the fact that pumpkin-spiced lattes should only be available in October, or that back-to-school sales should happen when kids are actually getting ready to go back to school. Naturally, I cringed a bit when I looked at our blog calendar and saw that one of the topics for January was HR trade shows. I mean, I know there are a few HR trade shows in the relatively near future, but the bigger ones don’t happen until later in the year.

Top HR Trade Shows of 2015Then I looked at our marketing to-do’s list and quickly realized why we had this topic featured so early in the year; if you snooze, you lose. For exhibitors, that means booking booth space and sponsorships, but even attendees need to plan ahead and register early to guarantee a spot at some of this year’s most influential shows.

To help make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve compiled a listing of some of the top HR trade shows of 2015, including dates, locations and a link to where you can learn more. As always, feel free to suggest others in the comments section and we’ll add it to the list.


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2015 Workforce Planning and Talent Conference

February 23-25, 2015

Dallas, TV

HR West

March 2-4, 2015

Oakland, CA

National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo

March 16-18, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

Los Angeles HR Star Conference

March 19, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

2015 HCI Human Capital Summit

March 31 – April 2, 2015

Orlando, FL

Human Resource Executive’s Health and Benefits Leadership Conference

April 8-10, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

CHRA SHRM Spring Conference

April 17, 2015

Baltimore, MD

2015 HR People & Strategy Annual Conference

April 19-22, 2015

Miami, FL

SHRM Talent Management Conference & Expo

April 27-28, 2015

San Diego, CA

APA Annual Congress

May 6-8, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

SHRM Annual Conference and Expo

June 28 – July 1, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

PIHRA & NCHRA Reception at the 2015 SHRM Annual Conference

June 28, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

San Francisco HR Star Conference

July 15, 2015

San Francisco, CA

2015 Employee Engagement Conference

July 27-28, 2015

San Francisco, CA

Cleveland HR Star Conference

July 29, 2015

Cleveland, OH

California HR Conference

August 31 – September 2, 2015

Anaheim, CA


September 16-18, 2015

Sandusky, OH

2015 Leadership & Development Conference

September 16-18, 2015

Chicago, IL

ASHHRA Conference & Exposition

September 19-22, 2015

Orlando, FL

Atlanta HR Star Conference

September 29, 2015

Atlanta, GA

Employee Benefits News’ Benefits Forum and Expo

September 30 – October 2, 2015

Orlando, FL

HR Florida Conference

October 6-8, 2015

Orlando, FL


October 18-21, 2015

Las Vegas, NV

HR Southwest

October 25-28, 2015

Fort Worth, Texas

2015 Global Talent Management Forum

November 2-3, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

2015 Talent Acquisition Innovation Forum

November 4-5, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

Pittsburgh Human Resources Association



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Sentric’s 1st Official Cornhole Tournament!

Instead of our annual softball game, we tried something new this year… CORNHOLE! Staff in our Pittsburgh, PA and our Huntington Beach, CA offices paired up for a high-stakes cornhole tournament, and we had a blast. Complete with a “double-elimination bracket”, plenty of cornhole sets, and gourmet burgers from the BRGR truck, the fun lasted much longer than the daylight did. Our final teams played under the streetlights, but a winner had to emerge. With the winning team getting their “Birthday Off” this year, it wasn’t just fun and games! Luckily the competition wasn’t too intense, and a great time was had by all.

Sentric celebrates National Lemonade Day

Sentric celebrates National Lemonade Day with ice cold lemonade – and a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand ( It’s a win-win!

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day at Sentric!

It was our first year trying this, and if I said we weren’t a LITTLE nervous, well, I’d be lying. But doggone it, it was a barking success!!

Sentric Volunteers with the PA Conservancy

A little rain wasn’t enough to keep Sentric’s employees from planting a garding in Homestead this weekend! We bundled up and got to work, planting zinneas and mulching in a creatively designed “figure eight” style garden. We can’t wait to see it bloom!

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary

Sentric employees had fun making cut-out snowflakes as part of a Snowflake Drive to decorate the new school for the Sandy Hook Elementary students in Newtown, CT.

Sentric collects gifts for Adopt-A-Family

Pittsburgh’s “pile” of gifts for our special family!

Sentric’s staff is proud to participate in the Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program! We’ve “adopted” a family of 10 in our Pittsburgh, PA office and a family of 4 in our Orange County, CA office, and the staff has gone above and beyond buying up every gift on the family’s “wish list”. We couldn’t be happier to help make the holidays more joyous for two families in need.










Charity sale brings in funds for Haitian artists

By popular demand, Sentric hosted a 2nd event on December 7th to sell jewelry and other holiday items made by Haitian artists ( All proceeds went directly to the artists, and the sale was a big success. Sentric’s employees and friends raised nearly $1200 in just three hours. A great event with beautiful hand-made products – it was a great success!

And the Gold Team wins it!

It was a tie-breaking year, with the White team having the most recent win in 2011. The pressure was on, and the stakes were high. Each team plays for their birthdayoff from work the following year, and the Gold team was not going to let the White team have it two years in a row. It was a close game, coming down to the final play in the final inning for the tie-breaking run. With a final score of 8 – 6, the Gold team was victorious. Until next year…

Sentric employees help to clean up downtown Pittsburgh

A few Sentric employees spent their Saturday morning working with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, helping to Beautify Pittsburgh!

Sentric Volunteers with the Western PA Conservancy

No one ever said volunteering was easy. And this past weekend, we proved it. For the 3rd year in a row, Sentric employees volunteered with the Western PA Conservancy ( to plant a Community Garden in a local neighborhood. This year’s garden was located at the intersection of Lydia Street & Chestnut Street in Carnegie… and was by far our largest garden yet! Even with our group of 14 employees & family members, it was a long, hard, HOT day! We weeded, planted and mulched until our garden was in pristine condition and ready for the world to see. Although the temps in the upper 80′s didn’t make easy work of it, we all were more than happy with the final product, and proud that we were able to help make a local community just a little more beautiful. 

Thank you to all of our volunteers, and their family members, for giving up their Saturday -and a lot of sweat- to make it happen: Bridgette Balogh and her sister Meghan, Melissa Causer and her daughter Calista, Melissa Harris and her boyfriend Tim, Dave Ignaski, Betsy Kleinhample and her husband John, Mike Maggs, Shannon Dougherty-Maggs and her mother Mare and sister Brie, Sally Ritz, and Kim Underwood. 


Sentric supports Haitian artists with Jewelry Sale

Visitors had the opportunity to purchase handmade jewelry by Haitian artists, on display in our Training Room from 10 AM – 3PM on May 23rd. All proceeds benefitted The Apparent Project ( Sentric’s employees, guests and visitors raised enough money to feed 50 Haitian artists and their families for a week. It was a fun event for a great cause. And thank you to our Pittsburgh Operations Manager, Cyndi Marszalek who put it all together!

Take Your Child To Work Day at Sentric!

Looks like we’ve got a few budding “workforce management pros” among us! Well, we’d like to think so, anyway. Take a look at what the kiddos were up to on Take Your Child To Work Day here at Sentric…

Annual Egg Hunt!

Sentric employees were greeted with some fun festivities this morning when they arrived to the office! Dozens of colored eggs hidden throughout the office, filled with candy, lottery tickets and even some coupons for free PTO! A fun time was had by all. Of course, the eggs have been strategically hidden… which means we are sure we’ll still be finding eggs far into the year!