Conference FAQs


Q: Will there be a conference this year?

A: Yes, the conference will be held at Devos Place in Grand Rapids, MI. The conference will be held in person. The MISHRM State Council is committed to providing you with world class education, access to the best suppliers via the exhibit hall and certification credits needed to grow as industry leaders. We are keeping attendee health and safety at top of mind. If you are unable to attend, sessions may be purchased to view for a full year. Some exclusions and limitations may apply.

Q: Who should attend?

A: The conference has something for everyone. Seasoned professionals and also new professionals can benefit from the conference.

Q: Where is the conference?

A: The conference will be located at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The host hotel is the Amway Grand Plaza.

Q: What are the future dates of the conference?

A: After a statewide search for best rates, availability, convenience and dates for the future conference, Grand Rapids won the bid and has rolled out the red carpet! The State Conference will be held in Grand Rapids through 2023.

October 19-21, 2022

October 18-20, 2023

Q: Are you accepting Chapter Ambassadors for the conference?

A: An email went out to chapter Presidents calling for chapter nominated volunteers. Please check with your chapter President for a special discount code to be applied during registration.

Q: What are the registration costs and what is included?

A: Visit the Attendee page to see what is included in the registration price.

Q: What is the deadline to register?

Registration closes on Friday, September 24th at noon. After this time, attendees may register onsite as a late registration only.

Q: How can registration payments be made?

A: Registration payments MUST be made online when you register.

Q: I can only attend part of the conference. Can someone else attend the rest of the event in my place?

A: No, the conference registration is not transferable to other friends or members of your team.

Q: What is the cancellation policy? What if there is an emergency last minute and I cannot attend?

A: The conference is not refundable.

Q: What if I am not a SHRM member and I want to join so I can take advantage of the reduced rate?

A: You can use the SHRM website to get more information about becoming a member and then register online for the conference as a member.

Q: Is Marcus Buckingham speaking?

We've decided to wait and have him live in-person next year!

Q: Can I view the session later?

A: All session are available for purchase for use for one year after the conference. Make the most of your conference experience and purchase this add on benefit. Some exclusions and limitations may apply. Credit info will be displayed large and bold following the session. Post conference, the same will apply, codes can be found on the PDF for each presentation.

Q: How can I get the speakers’ handouts?

A: Speaker slides and/or handouts will be posted on the conference website post event or you may reach out to the speaker directly.

Q: Can I go to any education sessions I want? Is pre-registration required?

A: Preregistration is not required for sessions. You can attend any session you would like to attend.

Q: How do I receive HRCI, SHRM and/or APA credit for the sessions I attend?

A: After each session, the applicable codes for HRCI & SHRM will be posted on the screen. You can take a picture of the codes with your camera or write them down. You must sign into the session you are attending when you enter the room.

Q: I’d like to plan out my education schedule before I arrive. Is there a tool available to help with that?

A: Yes, this is available by clicking here.

Q: Will there be a conference this year?

A: Yes, the conference will be held at Devos Place in Grand Rapids, MI. MISHRM State Council is committed to providing you with world class education, access to the best suppliers via the exhibit hall and certification credits needed to grow as industry leaders. We are keeping attendee health and safety at top of mind. We will continue to keep you posted on the latest updates.

Q: What is the refund policy?

A: Exhibitor booth registration and sponsorships are non-refundable unless the conference is cancelled.

Q: What are the registration costs and what is included in those tickets?

A: See the Exhibitors Page for what is included in the registration price.

Q: How can registration payments be made?

A: After you register on the MISHRM website, an invoice will be created and sent to you. You may pay with a check or credit card within 30 days.

Q: How do I select my booth?

A: When you register, please select up to three booth numbers. We will do our best to accommodate requests, but requests are not guaranteed.

Q: What if I also want to be a sponsor?

A: We would love for you to sponsor. Exhibitors receive a 10% discount on sponsorships. Check out our sponsorship page for more information.

Q: What is the networking brunch on Friday?

A: New this year, we wanted to find a great way for exhibitors and sponsors to connect with MISHRM members. We will celebrate the success of our volunteer leaders and supporters of MISHRM at this closing event.

Q: What is the onsite schedule for exhibitors?

A: The tentative schedule is as follows:

QUICK SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 12th
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exhibitor Load In
Wednesday, October 13th
7:00 am – 10:00 am
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Exhibitor Load In
Exhibit Hall Hours (cash prizes for attendees)
Exhibit Hall Happy Hour (cash prizes for attendees)
Thursday, October 14th
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Hours (cash prizes for attendees)
Exhibitor Load Out
HR Extravaganza Networking Event
Friday, October 15th
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Volunteer Leader, Exhibitor and Resource Partner Brunch (NEW)

Q: Do exhibitors get to attend sessions?

A: Yes! Exhibitors are allowed to attend any and all sessions they would like to attend.

MISHRM's mission is to support the State SHRM chapters and serve the HR professionals (networking, development opportunities, best practice sharing) and serve as a conduit from our great state to SHRM.

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

310 West Front Street Suite 408
Traverse City, MI 49684
(844) 4MI-SHRM
info@mishrm.org