August 27 - August 39, 2018
Hilton Bonnet Creek | Orlando, FL

Not sure how to dress for the conference? Looking for an opportunity to network with other human resource professionals? Trying to figure out when to hit the Expo Hall? The information below is a comprehensive informational guide just for you! Check back often for updates and email if you cannot find what you are looking for.


Conference dress is business casual. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Also, we encourage you to bring a sweater or jacket as the meeting rooms at the hotel can be cool. Donate $5 or more to this year’s charitable organization and wear jeans on Wednesday!

HRFL18 Conference App Coming Soon!

Monday Night Social - Details Coming Soon!

Tuesday Night - 40th Anniversary Party - Details Coming Soon!!

Expo Hall

Visit with over 160 companies offering the latest human resource products and services. Visit the Expo Hall on Monday beginning at 11:00am, stay for lunch and come back often! Expo Hall access is included in conference registration. For non-registered conference guests, one day Expo Hall passes are available for $50 each, which includes unlimited access to the Expo Hall for the day that you purchase. The pass does not include a meal ticket.  Click HERE to purchase Expo Hall Passes

Sunday, August 26, 2018

  • 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM   |   Open for Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration, Check In & Set Up

Monday, August 27, 2018

  • 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM   |  Open for Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration, Check In & Set Up
  • 11:00 AM -  7:00 PM  |  Expo Hall Open to Attendees
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM   |   Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

  • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM   |   Expo Hall Open

Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception

Take advantage of the Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception on Monday from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while browsing through a great assortment of vendors offering the latest human resource related products and services and networking with your human resource colleagues from across the state.

HR Florida State Council Email Marketing Policy

Attendees should expect an e-mail follow-up, and all communication will comply with national CAN-SPAM regulations and include an opt-out link as a courtesy to all event registrants. For more information regarding CAN-SPAM regulations, go to:

Pre-conference participant and vendor list e-mail marketing will be limited to one (1) message per event registrant up to the event date of August 27, 2018.

Post-conference participant and vendor list e-mail marketing is limited to three (3) messages per event registrant for DIAMOND PLUS, DIAMOND and PLATINUM sponsors and two (2) messages per event registrant for GOLD PLUS, GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE PLUS and BRONZE sponsors after the event date of August 29, 2018.

Electronic pre/post conference participant and vendor list sharing is strictly prohibited.

Extra Tickets

Extra tickets for lunches in the Expo Hall ($45 each), extra tickets to the Tuesday night event ($85 each), or Expo Hall Only Passes ($50 each) can be purchased at the registration desk onsite at the conference or by using the following links:

Additional Lunch Ticket-Monday
Additional Lunch Ticket-Tuesday
Tuesday Evening Party Ticket
Expo Hall Only Pass-Monday
Expo Hall Only Pass-Tuesday

Flexible Lunch Schedule

Concurrent sessions run throughout the entire day. As a result, lunch is available over a two-hour time period. Attendees have a choice to attend EARLY LUNCH at 11:45 am or LATE LUNCH at 1:00 pm, alleviating a lunch rush. The intent is to create a more pleasant experience allowing attendees to enjoy a leisurely lunch and more time for face-to-face interaction with exhibitors.

HR Florida Booth

Visit the HR Florida Booth to network with us – get advice about social media, and find out more about local chapter membership!

Local Attractions, Restaurants & Nightlife

Sun-drenched and spectacular, Gaylord Palms Resort Convention Center offers world-class Kissimmee entertainment, restaurants and breathtaking Florida gardens under glass. Stay close to major theme parks and attractions for plenty of things to do in Kissimmee while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the Sunshine State..

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If you are a first-time attendee or just want to learn how to maximize your HR Florida Conference experience, attend Conference Orientation on Sunday at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Discover all the conference has to offer; create a format that fits your personal needs and design a plan of action to make the most of your conference experience!


Self-parking is available at $10.00 per day. Valet parking is available at $33.00 per day.

Photography & Videography

Uncharted Video Productions will be providing the official photography and videography services. You may view all images taken throughout the conference by visiting the HR Florida Flickr. Viewing, downloading, sharing, and printing will be free.

NOTE: When you enter the HR Florida State Conference & Expo, you will be entering an area where photography, video and audio recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, social media, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, or any other purpose by HR Florida and its affiliates and representatives.


Visit the SHRMStore® for the latest collection of HR-specific books, DVDs, software, accessories and more! Take advantage of conference specials and attend author book signings. A book signing schedule will be posted in the bookstore area. Once you’ve made your selections, get free shipping on all orders of $25.00 or more. (Cannot be combined with any offers. Online and onsite orders only excluding signed copies of books. For online orders, a code will be offered soon to enter at checkout. Domestic shipping only. Expiration date will be listed soon. Not valid with Learning System orders.)

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday, August 26   |   4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Monday, August 27   |   7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 28   |   7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 29  |   7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Book Signings

Don’t miss your favorite speaker! Purchase your books early at the conference and avoid long lines at our many book signings. All book signings are located adjacent to the SHRMStore unless otherwise noted.


The SHRM Foundation Raffle hours are:

  • Monday, August 27   |   11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 28   |   9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thanks to the generous donations of our chapters, members, and other vendors, we will have a wide variety of items to bid on! Contributions will go to the SHRM Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) non-profit affiliate of SHRM. The Raffle will be located in the Expo Hall (Floridian Ballroom).


Looking for an opportunity to give back to the human resources industry? Why not volunteer at our annual conference and expo. I want to volunteer!

We can’t live without our volunteers who are always ready and available to create another spectacular conference experience for our attendees. Please join your HR friends and colleagues from across the state of Florida in making the 2018 HR Florida Conference & Expo another fantastic event! Registration for volunteers is now open. Volunteering at the HR Florida State Conference is a great way to meet new HR colleagues, expand your network, and give back to the HR community! There are many volunteer needs, including bag stuffing, room moderating, and supporting larger gatherings such as overseeing the lunch process and welcoming guests in to general sessions!

Not able to volunteer during the conference days? We also have volunteer opportunities on Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Click HERE to join this great team!