Kickstart your next big idea.

Receive guidance from workforce and HR experts, share insights with other leaders and tackle challenges together in an engaging environment.

This collaborative hands-on, single-day live workshop will take place Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis.
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Earn CE credit by attending.

Attendees will receive up to 3.75 hours of SHRM and HRCI continuing education credits. The HR Lab will empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to drive lasting change in the workplace.
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HRCI credit

What to expect.

Unlike other conferences with inflated pricing and lots of filler content, The HR Lab presentations run from 9 am - 2 pm and are structured as workshops and breakout sessions, versus broad strokes lectures.

Hands-On Learning

The HR Lab is focused on providing actionable takeaways in a workshop-style setting.


With plenty of opportunities to work together and interact, you'll come away with new relationships you can build on.

Expert Speakers

Our guest list of presenters and panelists are ready to share takeaways related to the latest trends in HR.


8:00 - 9:00 am (Clowes Ballroom)

Registration & Breakfast

Join us for coffee, a light breakfast and an opportunity to meet other attendees before your day of shared learning begins.

9:00 - 9:10 am

Opening Remarks

A brief welcome to our guests before we get started with the first workshop sessions of the day.

Opening Words:

9:15 - 10:15 am (Breakout Lab A, Ruth Lilly Auditorium)

Legal & Compliance: What’s Happening in 2024 and How to Stay Out of the Audit Fray

Join our legal and compliance pros in this discussion where a range of topics including election year implications, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and more will be addressed to help you avoid compliance headaches in 2024.

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9:15 - 10:15 am (Breakout Lab B, Clowes Ballroom)

Beyond Recruitment: Creating a Formula for Employee Retention and Development

HR teams spend so much time (and money) getting new hires in the door only to see existing employees walk out in what feels like an endless revolving door. Companies relying solely on storybook culture as their differentiator are finding that employee expectations have shifted. From the total rewards offering to the training & development path, we’ll dive into the creative approaches that successful organizations are taking to keep their high-performing employees engaged and growing.

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10:30 - 11:30 am (Breakout Lab A, Ruth Lilly Auditorium)

Taking HR Strategy From Aspiration to Execution

Dr. Misty Resendez-Woods
Senior Consultant, InvigorateHR

Ensuring that HR strategy is a crucial component of an organization’s business plan comes with its own set of challenges, from being stuck in the idea phase to lack of executive leadership buy-in. This misalignment directly impacts the company’s ability to attract, retain and develop their workforce. Learn how to take your HR initiatives and programs from wish list ideas to business reality in this organizational strategy & planning session.

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10:30 - 11:30 am (Breakout Lab B, Clowes Ballroom)

2024 HR Megatrends: Three Trends Shaping Work and HR Technology

Erika Sandoval
Global Senior Partner, Human Insights – Strategic Advisory Group, UKG

Join us as we identify the three most significant trends impacting the workforce, providing industry-leading research and insights to help your organization proactively implement strategic, meaningful change. We'll discuss these concepts from a variety of angles and perspectives – including what they mean for the workforce and how your organization can use technology to support your people in 2024.

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11:30 am (Clowes Ballroom)

Lunch Served

Plan to take your seat for the panel discussion beginning at noon. Lunch will be available from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Clowes Ballroom)

Ask Me Anything: The Next Trends and Best Practices in Benefits & HR

Have questions about the latest buzzings in the HR and benefits world like Rx biosimilars, benefit captives, DE&I, generative AI, mental health in the workplace and more? Don't miss this opportunity to tap into our panel of HR and benefits pros in this AMA-style discussion.



1:10 - 1:50 pm (Clowes Ballroom)

Things Fall Apart: How to Use Empathy to Combat Change Fatigue in the Workplace

Liesel Mertes
Founder, Handle With Care Consulting & Workplace Empathy Consultant

After four years of constant change, compounding crises, and general stress, how can we help our people survive, stabilize and thrive at work? 85% of workers report a decline in their overall wellness over the last year. However, the burden of care often falls disproportionally onto HR leaders, leaving them overwhelmed by a cascade of disruptive life events.

A recent report on workplace empathy showed that 76% of employees directly linked productivity to the presence (or absence!) of empathy. How your organization supports people in the midst of hard times matters; it drives retention, helps to attract talent, alters brain chemistry, and lets people know that you truly care.

What if you could democratize care, equipping your managers and teams to display competent compassion? In this interactive, story-based session, workplace empathy expert Liesel Mertes empowers HR leaders to combat change fatigue and cultivate teams of workplace first responders who offer empathy and connection when it matters most.

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1:50 - 2:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Thank Yous

We'll conclude by thanking our presenters, sponsors and guests and share important info you won't want to miss, so be sure to stay until the end!

Thank you to our sponsors.

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Frequently asked questions.

With The HR Lab coming up soon, here's some helpful information as we look ahead to the big day, March 6 at the Eiteljorg Museum.
Where should I park?
Attendees can park in the White River State Park Garage, located at 650 West Washington Street. Thanks to our parking sponsor, Paylocity, you will receive a parking voucher at the event so that you can exit the garage free of charge.
Is food provided?

Yes – join us for a light breakfast (served at 8:00 am) thanks to our Breakfast Sponsor, UKG.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 am, please plan to take your seat by noon, when our lunch panel will begin.

Thanks to our Beverage Sponsor, Delta Dental, coffee and beverages will be available throughout the day.

Can I explore the museum after the workshop concludes?

Yes! As guests of the Eiteljorg for the day, you will be able to view the exhibitions and collections after the workshop until the museum closes at 5:00 pm.