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10 Booths and Talks We Are Visiting at SHRM 2024

Kathleen O'Donnell
June 4, 2024
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SHRM 2024 is almost here: it’s happening on June 23-26 in Chicago, and we can’t wait. SHRM’s annual conference is always a jam-packed series of days with almost too many speakers, workshops, keynotes, events, booths, swag opportunities, and more to count. 

So how can you decide what to prioritize in these four whirlwind days? Out of the more than 400 speakers and 650 exhibits, it can be hard to narrow your list down. But our expert attendees suggest coming in with a game plan to ensure you hit every talk and booth that’s most important to you. 

With all of these options in mind, here are our top ten talks and booths at SHRM 2024 that we’ll be visiting—put them on your plan and join us!

SHRM 2024 Top Talks 

1. Simple Strategies to Empower Managers and Unlock Team Performance 

Managers are the key element in creating high-performance cultures, but they’re also overworked and burned out to be effective. This talk will cover how to better enable and invest in managers so they can drive excellent team performance and take your company to a whole new level. And it features Bonusly’s own Chief Customer Officer, Debra Squyres! 


Bonusly’s Chief Customer Officer, Debra Squyres
ITAC Solutions’ Chief Administrative Officer, Charles Baughman
People Operations Expert David Gulley

Date: Monday, June 24, 1:30-2:00 pm 

2. They Can’t Fix What They Don’t Know 

Employee turnover remains high, even though fixing it is a top priority for most CEOs and leaders. Why? Well, employees who leave their organizations consistently say poor feedback is one of the biggest reasons they leave. This talk will go into the five most common trends among managers that prevent candid growth conversations and how to give better feedback.  

Speaker: Wade Larson, President/Senior Consultant, Optimal Talent Dynamics

Date: Monday, June 24, 2:00-3:00 pm

3. Human+AI: Leveraging AI to Transform Your People 

The talk of the potential of AI in HR has everyone abuzz right now, but it can be hard to determine exactly how to effectively use it in your organization. This talk will dig into the practical and actionable details of how to future-proof your talent strategies, and give you real-life examples of AI in action you can use to inspire your tech strategies.  

Speaker: Karie Willyerd, Chief Customer Strategy Officer, GP Strategies

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 11:00am-12:00 pm

4. Managing Your Managers to Manage Better 

Managers are often promoted into their positions because they’re great at their roles, but they’re not given the training or tools to make them successful as people managers. This pre-event workshop will dive deep into how to better equip your managers for success, and give you the tools to take back to your organization to enhance how your managers manage.  

Speaker: Michael S. Cohen, J.D., Partner, Duane Morris, LLP

Date: Sunday, June 23, 8:00am-12:00 pm

5. Discover the Untapped Value of Human Connection

Employees are so much more than just productive units: they’re multi-faceted, often fascinating people, once you get to know them. This session will cover how to do just that, as you learn how to connect intentionally with your teammates so they feel truly seen, heard, and valued. And you’ll connect with your fellow session attendees too using the FRIEND framework. 

Speakers: Rob Lawless, Founder, Robs10kFriends

Date: Sunday, June 23, 1:45-2:45 pm 

SHRM 2024 Booths 

Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the vendors in the expo floor as well: if you’re searching for a new solution, technology, or just some cool swag, you won’t want to skip this part. Make sure you get to all the booths you’re interested in by checking out the full expo floor plan—you can search by company name or booth number to find our favorites and yours too. 

6. Bonusly

Of course, you should absolutely come visit the Bonusly booth! We’re at booth #2035 this year (check out the full floor plan to find us) and we’ll have lots of special swag and giveaways for our visitors. Plus, we’ve got a super-fun interactive booth and the chance to try Bonusly yourself, right in the expo.  

Booth: #2035

7. Tango 

If you’re looking for a digital gift card solution for rewards, payments, and more for a whole range of businesses, you should stop by the Tango booth to check them out. They’re a Bonusly partner, too, so we can recommend them with confidence. 

Booth #: 541

8. Tremendous 

Another Bonusly partner that offers fast, digital payout solutions for companies of all sizes is Tremendous. Stop by their vendor booth to check out their global payout and gift card offerings and how they can help your business. 

Booth #: 3739

9. Fountain 

Fountain is a frontline workforce management solution (and a Bonusly customer!) that offers a comprehensive talent platform, from hiring to onboarding and beyond. Stop by their booth to see their technology in action. 

Booth #: 1832 

10. Axomo 

Axomo offers awesome corporate swag, and they’re about more than just great gifts: they’re also committed to a more sustainable approach to corporate gifting. Boosting employee engagement with a larger mission in mind: we love to see it. And as a swag company, they’ll probably have great giveaways at their booth!

Booth #: 2415 


SHRM 2024 promises to be the 76th year straight of incredible expertise sharing, reuniting with old friends, and making new connections within the HR world. Don’t forget everything on your packing list and all of our expert tips and advice for a successful SHRM 2024, and you’re ready to rock the annual conference! 

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