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Announcing 2021 HR Indiana Conference Keynotes

Last year we all experienced a forever shift in how HR managed a rapidly changing world based around a worldwide pandemic.  As we saw from last year, our world became one based on zoom meetings, virtual events, and navigating through waters we never saw coming.  As some of you know our Annual State Conference went virtual in 2020, and although it was a great success, we are excited to bring our conference back to the JW Marriott, downtown Indianapolis this year.

We are thrilled to announce our amazing keynote speakers that you can see LIVE from August 2nd to August 4th.  You won’t want to miss these leaders as they bring valuable and inspirational thought processes to our attendees.

Adam Grant

Adam Grant, Organizational psychologist and TED speaker who helps people find meaning and motivation at work. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and TakeOriginalsOption B, and Power Moves.

Adam is the host of WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 25 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than 3 million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED.


Alice Marie Johnson

Alice Marie Johnson, CEO of Taking Action for Good Foundation (TAG), author, advocate, and former federal inmate is a renowned leader, speaker, and luminary in the criminal justice reform movement.

Since being granted clemency, and more recently a full pardon, Alice has committed her life to helping others and continuing to fight for criminal justice reform for the women and men who are still  incarcerated. Through her leadership of TAG, Alice has devoted herself as a force for good, creating a cultural shift for restorative justice.

Her story received world-wide attention when Kim Kardashian West advocated for her release from a mandatory life sentence without parole. After over 21 years in federal prison for her first and only conviction in a nonviolent drug case, President Donald J. Trump granted her clemency on June 6, 2018 and more recently a full pardon on August 28, 2020.

Following her clemency, she has since been honored as one of four women designated as a “Women’s Right Defender” at the United Nations on International Women’s Day as well as a CAOC Advocate for Justice Award in 2019. She was recently awarded The Dream Blazer award by the US Dream Academy and a Community Advocacy award by the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice.


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.

SHRM drives social and economic change in the workplace and fosters mutually beneficial work environments that serve both business and employees. Under Mr. Taylor’s leadership, the Society has grown to a record 300,000+ members in over 165 countries who impact the lives of more than 110 million workers every day.

As a global leader on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice by C-suite executives as well as state and federal elected policy makers. He frequently is invited to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues—from sexual harassment to paid leave—and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today, the country’s largest newspaper.

Mr. Taylor is the Chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which advises the National Council for the American Worker on how to ensure that America’s students and workers have access to the affordable, relevant and innovative resources needed for success in the global economy.

His 20+ year career as a lawyer, human resources executive, and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space shape Mr. Taylor’s knowledge and perspectives. His decades of industry leadership include senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which advocates and represents publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin is a world-respected industry analyst focused on corporate HR, talent management, leadership development, and HR technology. He is the founder of Bersin & Associates, which was sold to Deloitte and is now known as Bersin by Deloitte.

Josh started his career as a mechanical engineer in the 1970s (working for Exxon) and then moved into technology, sales, and marketing through his ten year career at IBM in the 1980s. During this time he had the opportunity to participate in IBM’s end-to-end sales, management, and technical training programs – forming the basis of his experience in all areas of training.

In later years Josh worked at Sybase and then became the founding member of a pioneering learning management systems company (Arista Knowledge Systems) which was sold to e-learning pioneer DigitalThink in 2000. Josh ran DigitalThink’s product management and marketing before deciding that he was best-suited to be a writer, analyst, and corporate consultant.

Today Josh is well known in the training and HR marketplaces as a pragmatic expert on best-practices in all areas of training, talent management, leadership, recruiting and HR. His books represent some of his best research industry experience on the winning solutions in training and training measurement. Josh is currently working on a new book to help HR and business leaders understand how to use talent management as a strategic competitive advantage.

We hope you are excited as we are to hear these fabulous speakers dive into the heart of HR to motivate and inspire us as leaders.

There is so much more to engage in at the conference; here are just a few things you can take advantage of:

VIP Package:

Check out our VIP package to pamper yourself during the HR Indiana Conference! Skip the lines with a preferred registration area on Monday morning, take advantage of reserved keynote speaker seating, enjoy a lounge with foot massagers and special VIP swag and a book from the bookstore…and get 10 SHRM Foundation raffle tickets. VIP registration ends April 30th.

Conference/Hotel Bundles:

You can now register for the conference and bundle your hotel stay at the JW Marriott for a discounted rate. This JW Bundle includes your registration fee and room/tax for 3 nights at the JW Marriott during the conference. This is a discount of $60 if you were to register and book your hotel separately. If you would prefer to book your hotel separately from your conference registration, please click here.

Corporate Discounts:
We do offer a corporate discount for groups of 5 or more people attending from the same employer. Small groups of 5-9 employees qualify for a 5% discount off the registration price, and large groups of 10 or more are entitled to a 10% discount.

HR Solutions Center:

Our exhibitor hall is now under the same roof as the conference events! Save time by enjoying the benefits of having the conference under one roof.


Don’t delay, take advantage of our early bird specials that end April 30th! We care about your health and safety so you can be sure the event will be COVID compliant.

Registration and rates can be found at: https://hrindianashrm.org/conference/