Networking & Special Events

SHRM’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition offers plentiful opportunities for meaningful networking, whether dining out at a restaurant of your choosing through our popular Meet to Eat program or informally meeting people during one of our many activities in the Exhibit Hall.

Monday, October 23

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

Coffee breaks are an excellent time to mingle and get prepared for the day’s learning by discussing your challenges and ideas with peers.

Noon – 1:45 p.m.


Grab lunch on your own or take part in our Meet to Eat program, created to help you make connections and get to know your peers.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Opening and Reception

Visiting the Exhibit Hall is a truly energizing experience where you can meet and network with solutions providers. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while you visit exhibitors and chat with fellow attendees.

Tuesday, October 24

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Begin your day with networking and collaboration over breakfast.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Stop by the Exhibit Hall one last time to visit vendors and discuss current D&I topics and trends with fellow attendees over lunch.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

6:30 p.m.

Meet to Eat with Conference Speakers

Our Meet to Eat program gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of San Francisco’s best restaurants, while continuing the D&I conversation over dinner with fellow conference attendees and some of our most popular speakers. Attendees can sign up at the Registration Desk onsite.

Wednesday, October 25

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Begin your final day at the conference right by sharing ideas (and business cards) while you enjoy breakfast.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         

Coffee Break