Keynote Speakers

You’ll be inspired by the perspectives of our keynote speakers, who will help change your outlook and open your mind to new ideas so that you can advance ‭in your career. 

Michael P. Aitken, vice president, Government Affairs, SHRM
Henry (Hank) G. Jackson, CPA, president & CEO, SHRM
Monday, March 13 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EDT

Welcome and opening remarks from SHRM's CEO Hank Jackson followed by a Washington Outlook with Mike Aitken.

A New Year, a New Era Begins in DC: The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy

The American electorate cast their votes in November, providing the continuation of Republican control of the 115th Congress and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

President Trump and Republican leaders of Congress have promised to move forward with a very aggressive 100 Day agenda, with many issues of importance to the HR profession being at the forefront of this agenda. Key issues of focus include proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, initiatives to reform the tax code, efforts on interior immigration enforcement including worksite enforcement and proposals to expand paid leave and workplace flexibility. How will these issues affect employers and employees in your organization, and how can you best engage and prepare for the year ahead? This session will provide an up-to-date discussion of current congressional activity as well as federal regulatory and judicial activity.

Sally Kohn, CNN political commentator and Daily Beast columnist
Ana Navarro, CNN political analyst and GOP strategist
Monday, March 13 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. EDT

A Conversation with Sally Kohn and Ana Navarro

CNN Commentators, Sally Kohn and Ana Navarro will combine their unique experiences to provide you with a stimulating, candid and entertaining conversation covering both sides of the political aisle. You won’t want to miss their perspectives on the future of healthcare; pay equality; immigration; social media; discrimination in the workplace to name a few.   

Chris Wallace, Award-Winning Veteran Journalist & Host of FOX News Sunday
Tuesday, March 14 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. EDT

America Under President Trump: A View From Washington 

As one of the country's most seasoned journalists and as news anchor on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace draws from his decades at the news desk and his experience as a debate moderator for the 2016 election to deliver valuable insight and perspective on the unprecedented election that put president-elect Trump in the White House. He will discuss what America will look like under our 45th president and what business organizations and individuals can expect during his administration. With an expert’s eye and a historian's perspective, Wallace will illustrate various potential scenarios to provide you with a more in-depth understanding of how to prepare for the future. From the federal deficit to healthcare reform and tax cuts to international trade, Wallace will break down the day’s headlines and news stories impacting your workforce with the clarity and distinction that have established him as a go-to source for the most important political issues of today and tomorrow. Wallace will also offer behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Washington and perspective on the critical and evolving role of the media in the national dialogue. 

Chai Feldblum, commissioner , U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Tuesday, March 14 12:15 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. EDT

Commissioner Chai Feldblum of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will discuss and answer your questions about the latest developments in equal opportunity policy, recent guidance and promising practices to combat workplace harassment, and the outlook for the Commission and its priorities.

You will also hear from Deputy Assistant Secretary, Jennifer Sheehy, of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) who will talk about ODEP's resources for employers and the collaboration with SHRM to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities.

Michael Beschloss, Presidential Historian, NBC News and PBS NewsHour, New York Times Columnist and #1 Best-Selling Author
Tuesday, March 14 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. EDT

The Washington, D.C. You're Not Hearing About

From his talks with presidents, Supreme Court justices, diplomats and members of Congress and his quarter-century in the Capital, Beschloss will reveal the hidden side of important personalities and behind-the-scenes developments that may soon have a major impact on your life.