Success - Opportunity - Action - Resilience

Why Attend

We hope you are planning to SOAR into HR for this full 3-day event in Overland Park, KS, September 20-22, 2023.


All work and no play makes for a boring HR conference! Join us for networking events on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st. It's a fun way to close out the nights.

Great Speakers

The Conference will include subjects and topics in the HRCI Body of Knowledge and SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge. All presentations will meet the criteria for recertification credit from both SHRM and HRCI.

New People

We plan to host 400+ attendees this year, the majority of whom will include senior Human Resources (HR) professionals, supervisors, managers, and directors currently practicing in the Human Resources field.

Credits Available

Conference attendance provides up to 12 recertification hours for in-person attendees, and up to 24 hours for those viewing the On Demand recording.

CALL FOR Concurrent Speakers

KS SHRM invites you to submit a call for proposal to share your knowledge and expertise with human resources professionals at our annual KS SHRM State Conference, September 20-22, 2023 in Overland Park, Kansas. Our theme is SOAR into HR and we expect over 400 attendees for this annual event.

Deadline - March 31, 2023

SPEAKERS Check Out What's Coming

LISTEN TO THE Keynote Speakers

Wesley Hamilton
Wednesday 1:30 PM
Joel Goldberg
Thursday 8 AM
Mary Lucas
Friday 10:30 AM

12 Credit Hours Schedule

9:00 AM - 6:00 PMRegistration & Information OpenFoyer
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMOptional workshop with lunch DetailsTBA
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMExhibitor SetupExhibit Hall
1:00-1:30 PMConference Opening & WelcomeBallroom
1:30 - 2:30 PMGeneral Session: Opening Keynote Wesley Hamilton DetailsBallroom
2:30 - 3:00 PMSHRM TimeBallroom
3:00 - 3:30 PMBreak & Visit ExhibitorsExhibit Hall
3:30 - 3:45 PMIntroduction of award nomineesBallroom
3:45 - 4:45 PMGeneral Session: Employment Law - Not So Dry - Kyle Russell DetailsBallroom
4:45 - 6:00 PMNetworking Reception with ExhibitorsExhibit Hall

7:00 AM - 5:30 PMRegistration & Information OpenFoyer
7:00 - 8:00 AMBreakfastBallroom
8:00 - 9:00 AMOpening Keynote: Joel Goldberg DetailsBallroom
9:00 - 9:30 AMVisit ExhibitorsExhibit Hall
9:30 - 10:30 AMBreakoutsCourtyard Rooms
People Track#OneLadder - Barb Allen DetailsCourtyard 2
Workplace TrackCreating Family-Building Benefits - Kelly Ellison Details Courtyard 4
Organization TrackLet's talk about your dreams: Why prioritizing holistic well-being leads to a more productive and engaged workforce - Elizabeth Lenherr Details Courtyard 3
Strategy TrackMental Health as a Business Strategy - Strategic Frame - Fran Scott DetailsCourtyard 1
10:30 - 11:30 AMVisit ExhibitorsExhibit Hall
11:30 AM - 1:00 PMGeneral Session: Panel Discussion with Table Networking/LunchBallroom
1:00 - 1:30 PMAward winner presentationsBallroom & Exhibit Hall
1:30 - 2:00 PMVisit ExhibitorsExhibit Hall
2:00 - 2:15 PMBreakTransfer
2:15 - 3:15 PMBreakoutsCourtyard Rooms
People TrackRediscovering the Power of Play - Mike Montague DetailsCourtyard 2
Workplace TrackBuilding and Sustaining a Disability Inclusive Workplace - Andy Traub DetailsCourtyard 4
Organization TrackEmbracing AI in HR - Todd Sutcliffe DetailsCourtyard 3
Strategy TrackUntapped Potential: How Apprenticeships can help you hire, develop and build your talent pipeline from the ground up. - Cassie Gilmore DetailsCourtyard 1
3:15 - 4:00 PMVisit ExhibitorsExhibit Hall
4:00 - 5:00 PMBreakoutsCourtyard Rooms
People TrackHow to "SOAR" with your employees through their retirement plan - Mike Smoots DetailsCourtyard 2
Workplace TrackLeading Through Grief: Restoring Employee Productivity After a Personal Life Disruption - Lisa Cooper DetailsCourtyard 4
Organization TrackThe Evolving Landscape: Drug Testing and Background Checks in Today's World - Todd Sutcliffe DetailsCourtyard 3
Strategy TrackThe Missing Link in Leadership Development - Mona Martin - DetailsCourtyard 1
5:00 - 5:30 PMSHRM Foundation items picked upTBA
5:00 - 7:00 PMConcourse CarnivalCourtyard Foyer/Quad

7:30 AM - 12:00 PMRegistration & Information OpenFoyer
7:30 AMBreakfastBallroom
8:00 - 9:00 AMBuilding & Sustaining Buy-in for DEI - Lonnie Walker, Jr. - DetailsBallroom
9:00 - 9:15 AMBreak Transfer
9:15 - 10:15 AMBreakoutsCourtyard Rooms
People TrackKS Unemployment Insurance Update – Business & Industry Perspective - Phillip M. Hayes DetailsCourtyard 2
Workplace TrackDrugs in the Workplace & Changing marijuana laws: Working through the haze - Melody Rayl - DetailsCourtyard 4
Organization TrackFinding the data you need from BLS to survive and thrive - Dr. Julie Percival - DetailsCourtyard 3
Strategy TrackThe Secure Act 2.0: Major Changes Impacting All Retirement Plan - Steven Smith DetailsCourtyard 1
10:15 - 10:30 AMBreakTransfer
10:30 - 11:30 AMGeneral Session: Closing Keynote Mary Lucas DetailsBallroom
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMConference ClosingBallroom


KS SHRM is proud to partner with the Honor Flight Network™ for this year’s community engagement at the Annual Conference. The Honor Flight Network™ is a national non-profit organization created to honor veterans of the United States military. They extend our appreciation to America’s veterans for all their sacrifices by flying our heroes to Washington, DC to visit and to reflect at their various memorials. The trip is free of charge for every veteran.


Early bird is good through 5/31


Sold Out
  • On-Demand - $99
Best Value


Sold Out
  • On-Demand - $99


Sold Out
  • On-Demand - $99

On Demand

$ 325
  • $425 for Non-SHRM Members


$ 125
  • $175 for Non-SHRM Members

On Demand

$ 325
  • $425 for Non-SHRM Members


$ 125
  • $175 for Non-SHRM Members
Refunds minus $100 processing fee allowed through August 15, 2023. Conference registration may be transferred to another individual at any time. No cancellations allowed after August 15, 2023.

SEE YOU THERE Overland Park Convention Center

Overland Park Convention Center

6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center

6100 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211

Book your group rate for Kansas State Council SHRM Conference Room Block

Or call the Central Reservations at (866) 837-4214 to book via phone and mention Kansas State Council SHRM Conference in order to secure the group rate.  
The cut-off date for guest rooms is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Please note, the cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival. Any reservation cancelled less than 48 prior to arrival is subject to 1 night’s room & tax charge. 

Additional Hotel: Courtyard Kansas City Overland Park/Convention Center

11001 Woodson St
Overland Park, KS 66211

Book your group rate at the Courtyard
Kansas State Council SHRM Conference
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Group rate: $139 USD per night

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