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General Questions

Registration Questions

Travel & Lodging Questions

Education Questions

When You Arrive Questions

Sponsors & Exhibitors Questions

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General Answers


What is the appropriate attire for the conference?
Business casual attire is suggested for all events during The Conference. Dressing in layers or bringing a sweater or light jacket is recommended during the day. The meeting rooms can get chilly.

Where is the conference held?
The conference takes place at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Who should attend The HRSouthwest Conference?
The conference is designed to provide world-class SHRM- and HRCI-approved education, dynamic networking events and a robust Marketplace of HR-related solution providers. Individuals who are involved in the creation, management and/or implementation of human resource-related policy and practices should attend. Educational sessions are tailored to all professional levels, for those new to the HR field to those in senior-level executive roles. Speakers include national, regional and local experts on a wide variety of topics.

Can I bring children to the conference?
As an educational event designed for human resource professionals, children are not permitted.

What are the future dates of The HRSouthwest Conference?
Oct 14 – 17, 2018
Oct 27 – 30, 2019
Oct 4 – 7, 2020

Registration Answers


What is the cost to attend the conference?
Conference rates vary by membership type and date of registration. Please visit the Rates & Registration page for more information on the rates currently offered.

Who can I contact with questions regarding registration?
Contact attendees@hrsouthwest.com or 469.283.6966.

What does the registration fee include?
The Full Conference Registration fee includes access to:

  • All educational sessions (excluding pre-conference workshops which require separate registration)
  • Marketplace access during published hours
  • Welcome reception
  • Closing reception
  • Breaks and lunches in the Marketplace
  • Admission to keynote sessions
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with nearly 2,000 human resource professionals

Are there discounted registrations available for students?
Yes, eligible students may register to attend the full conference at a rate of only $200. Applications may also be submitted for a sponsored registration which covers that rate. Applications are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Student Registration page for more information.

What is the deadline to pre-register?
Registrations can be submitted online through October 4, 2017. Checks will not be accepted after Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. The registration rate cut-off dates are as follows:
Preview – Apr. 3 – Apr. 30
Early – May 1 – Jul. 31
Regular/Onsite – Aug. 1 – Oct. 4

Please see Rates & Registration page for more information.

How can registration payments be made?
We accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard , as well as checks up until Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

To pay by credit card, please register online. A confirmation receipt will be provided to you by email.

To pay by check, please print your email acknowledgement and mail along with your payment. Check payments must be received in accordance with the Terms of Payment in order to confirm your registration. 

Make checks payable to:
THE HRSOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

MAIL TO:
The HRSouthwest Conference
Attn: Attendee Registration
5001 LBJ Freeway Ste 800
Dallas, TX 75244

Visit the Contact Us page to download a W-9 form.

Will my contact information be shared with others?
General attendee information may be shared with our sponsors and exhibitors. You may opt out of this when prompted during the online registration process.

I can only attend part of the conference. Can someone else attend the rest of the event in my place?
Partial transfers are not permitted. You may, however, transfer the entire registration to another individual. See our Transfer Policy on the Rates & Registration page for details. The use of a registered attendee’s conference badge by another individual is strictly prohibited.

I have an emergency or found out at the last minute that I cannot attend the conference. What do I do?
We understand that unforeseeable circumstances and emergencies do occur. Registrants must submit cancellations in writing attendees@hrsouthwest.com. A cancellation fee will be incurred and all cancellation policies will apply.

Registrations may also be transferred in full to another individual. However, higher registration fees will apply if membership status is different. Transfer requests must be sent in writing to attendees@hrsouthwest.com or faxed to 214.631.4533 and will incur a $50 administrative fee. Transfer request letters must be from the original registrant (on company letterhead for transfers handled on-site at the registration desk). Registrations will not be transferred from one year to the next.

What are the rules regarding cancellation of a registration?
All Cancellations & Transfers must be submitted via email or by mail to The HRSouthwest Conference (5001 LBJ Fwy, Ste 800, Dallas, TX 75244) and incur an administrative fee:

All cancellations will be assessed a $75 administrative fee.

  • Received on or before August 4, 2017, 100% refund (less administrative fee).
  • Received on or before September 1, 2017, refund of 50% (less administrative fee).
  • After September 1, 2017, no refund is available.

Refunds are paid to original payor via original method of payment.

Can I be denied registration/entrance into the conference for any reason?
The HRSouthwest Conference reserves the right to deny registration or entrance to any individual or entity for any reason, at the conference’s sole discretion.

I live outside of the U.S. Do I need a visa to attend the conference?
There are a few countries that require a visa for entry into the U.S. We recommend checking in advance with your country’s local U.S. consulate.

Travel & Lodging Answers


How do I make hotel reservations?
A limited number of rooms have been set aside at a special conference rate at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel (headquarter hotel), Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone Hotel, Embassy Suites Downtown Fort Worth Hotel, Hilton Fort Worth and Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. Reservations must be made through the official housing bureau, Wyndham Jade, online or by calling (877) 212-6909 from within the U.S. or +1 972.349.5847 from outside the U.S. Deadline to reserve at the conference rate is September 11, 2017 or until the room block is full.

Are there special rates available for air travel or car rental?
Special discounts have been arranged with Delta and United Airlines as well as Avis car rentals.

How far is the Convention Center from the airport?
The Fort Worth Convention Center is located in Downtown Fort Worth near US I-35W at Lancaster Street, exit 15A. Distance is approximately 25 miles from D/FW International Airport-DFW (approximately US $45 by taxi) and approximately 38 miles from Dallas Love Field Airport-DAL (approximately US $75 by taxi). Discounted shuttle fares are available.

Education Answers


I was unable to attend a specific education session. How can I get the speakers’ handouts?
We request that speakers upload their handouts for attendee access prior to the event. In addition, a select number of sessions will be recorded and available for download following the conference on the Online Learning Center (separate purchase required).

There is also a table set up onsite, outside Room 101, for extra educational session handouts when they are available. Handouts are not available for all sessions as speakers may choose not to provide them. More information coming soon on how to download presentations after the conference.

Can I go to any education sessions I want? Is pre-registration required?
You are free to attend any of the education sessions listed in the Conference Program, unless otherwise noted. No pre-registration or RSVP is required.

How do I receive HRCI and/or SHRM credit for the sessions I attend?
A form to track sessions attended/hours is provided to attendees in the Conference Program that you receive at the Registration desk. In order to receive credit for your hours, information must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines of the accrediting bodies.

When will session times be announced?
Session times are announced when registration opens. Information specific to educational session topics will be available in June.

I’d like to plan out my education schedule before I arrive. Is there a tool available to help with that?
Yes, this is available on the official HRSWC mobile app downloadable from mobile app stores. The event app will be available approximately 30 days prior to the start of the conference.

How will I know which room an educational session will take place?
The Conference Program and mobile app include that information.

I’m interested in speaking at HRSWC. How do I submit a proposal?
If you are interested in submitting a proposal to speak, please click here for submission window status.

When You Arrive Answers


Where do I pick up my badge?
You may pick up your badge and conference bag at the registration desk during open registration hours. For security purposes, a valid photo ID is required in order to pick up a badge. No exceptions will be made.

Is there internet access available at the Fort Worth Convention Center?
The Fort Worth Convention Center offers free Wi-Fi access for the public in the lobby areas only. Expanded access is available for a fee.

Where is the Business Center at the Fort Worth Convention Center?
The Business Center is available in the Resource Center during posted hours. It includes complimentary computer stations with internet access, printer, fax and copying services.

How do I qualify for/enter the prize drawings?
You must be present to win any of the Super Prize Drawings and the Grand Prize. The rules for entry and announcement times for these drawings are listed in your Conference Program. You may not have to be present to win the individual exhibitor prizes.

All Silent Auction winning bidders and exhibitor prize giveaways will be posted on the prize board in the Registration area.

I hear there’s a Silent Auction at the conference. Where is it, what items are available and who does it benefit?
Each year, the Silent Auction showcases many exciting items available for bid, ranging from sports and entertainment tickets, dining and retail gift certificates, jewelry, electronics, training session certificates, memorabilia and much more. The Silent Auction is located in the center of the Marketplace and all proceeds benefit the Excellence in Education Student Scholarship Fund. To donate an item for the Silent Auction, please visit the Silent Auction page.

Sponsors & Exhibitors Answers


How do I register to be an Exhibitor?
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis, with first right of renewal and priority booth selection reserved for the previous year’s sponsors and exhibitors. Visit the Exhibitors page to apply for a booth.

How do I become a Sponsor? What are the benefits?
Conference sponsors receive a wide array of benefits and recognition including complimentary booth space, acknowledgment in pre-conference marketing materials and industry publications, on-site signage, and much more. Sponsorship packages are designed to accommodate many different budget levels and can be customized to help you achieve your specific marketing goals. Read more about Sponsorship opportunities here, or contact Nann Philips, CMP, CMM, at sponsors@hrsouthwest.com or 214.631.7476 x 222.

I’m a current exhibitor and I don’t know what to do next.
You’re in the right place. Helpful information is provided in the Exhibitor Service Center. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us at exhibitors@hrsouthwest.com.

Get Involved Answers


How can I volunteer to help out at the conference?
The HRSouthwest Conference is supported and organized by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and committee volunteers, all of whom are HR professionals or suppliers to the industry. Volunteer selections are made in December/January for the following year’s event. To be eligible, you must be a member in good standing of any Texas SHRM Chapter. Visit our Volunteer Information page to submit your volunteer interest form.

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Contact us at info@hrsouthwest.com if you need more information

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