September 14-16, Manhattan, KS


Better HR Days Ahead


Why Attend Manhappiness

We hope you are planning to join our Manhappiness for this new full 3-day event in Manhattan, KS, September 14-16, 2022.


All work and no play makes for a boring HR conference! Join us for networking events on Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th. It's a fun way to close out the nights.


Great Speakers

The Conference will include subjects and topics in the HRCI Body of Knowledge and SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge. All presentations will meet the criteria for recertification credit from both SHRM and HRCI.


How many credits do you need?

We've got plenty! Attending the conference in-person will get you up to 13. If you choose the On Demand option you can earn up to 28 hours of recertification credit.


New People

We plan to host 400+ attendees this year, the majority of whom will include, senior Human Resources (HR) professionals, supervisors, managers, and directors currently practicing in the Human Resources field.


Concurrent Speakers

KS SHRM invites you to submit a call for proposal to share your knowledge and expertise with human resources professionals at our annual KS SHRM State Conference, September 14-16, 2022 in Manhattan, Kansas. Our theme is Manhappiness and we’ve had up to 450 attendees in the past for this annual event.

Deadline - March 31, 2022

LISTEN TO THE Keynote Speakers

Richard Myers

Wednesday Opening Keynote

Pam Garramone

Thursday Lunch Keynote

Paul Long

Thursday Closing Keynote

Brian Black

Friday Diversity Keynote

Joel Zeff

Friday Closing Keynote


EARLY BIRD Until May 27th

EARLY BIRD Until May 27th

$450 SHRM

$529 Non-Member

$200 Student


Includes On Demand

EARLY BIRD Until May 27th
Regular Registration

Regular Registration

$579 SHRM

$649 Non-Member

$250 Student


Includes On Demand

Regular Registration
On Demand Only Registration

On Demand Only Registration

$299 SHRM

$399 Non-Member




On Demand Only Registration
Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop

$100 SHRM

$100 Non-SHRM




Pre-Conference Workshop

Volunteers Needed

SEE YOU THERE Get Directions to the
Manhattan Event Center


Convince Your Boss

No matter how excited you may be to attend the KS SHRM State Conference, you still have to convince your boss to let you go. Getting approval to attend the conference is a two-part endeavor. First you will need to demonstrate the benefits of the conference to your organization. Next you’ll need to persuade your boss that it’s worth the investment of time and money. It also never hurts to prove that you’re the right person to go!

Review the program

Determine which sessions you want to attend and justify this selection to your boss. Look at the sessions. Craft a curriculum that will provide you and your organization with the information you need. Select the sessions that are most beneficial to you and your company. When explaining the selection to your boss, be specific. Is your organization struggling with employee engagement? Show your supervisor the sessions that cover talent management and engagement tactics. Do you need to advance your leadership and communication skills? We have a large number of topics on this from speakers who are trusted and recognized for their expertise. If your organization has a challenge, there are definitely sessions that will provide you with a solution.

Step 2
Stress the value of investing your development

Say it like it is, the better you are informed on all things HR, the better it is for your organization! The pace of legislation, trends, and even social media can be a real landmine for your organization- from recruiting to compliance to strategic planning. It’s your job to help reduce risk for your company. Stay on top of these issues (and many, many more) by attending the Conference and getting the resources you and your organization need. Boss still not convinced? Your boss may be worried about the cost or even your time out of the office, but remind her it’s worth it in the long run. And finally, let her know you’ve figure out a way to make it as cost-effective as possible. By registering early you will lock in savings before rates increase.

Step 3
Review the exhibitor list

You can visit the Exhibition Hall and be among the first to learn about the latest HR business solutions. You will have the opportunity to discover answers to on-the-job challenges and find the tools your organization has been looking for; recruiting software, a rewards program, or wellness strategies, and more. Talk about the business opportunities that could develop from establishing connections with industry professionals and partners – and maybe remind your boss once again that you’ll be provided lunch in the Exhibition Hall!

Step 4
Bring it all home

Set the stage for next year. Don’t leave what you learn in the convention center – share your new knowledge. Let your boss know that you will commit to a post-conference briefing for staff. This can include senior management or your team, where you’ll highlight what you’ve learned from the conference. Be sure to tie your learnings to your organization’s strategic plan and goals. It’s important to show your boss that the conference wasn’t just good in theory. You received real, actionable solutions that you can implement for your company immediately.

To submit a proposal, please complete the online application form. 

Our breakout sessions last one (1) hour. Feel free to submit as many proposals as you would like.

Proposals are reviewed and selected by the following:

  • Quality of content
  • Relevance of topic and adherence to topics within SHRM’s Body of Competency & Knowledge (BoCK)
  • Well-defined focus
  • Qualifications, experience and expertise of presenter(s)
  • Preference given to presentations previously approved for HRCI Business Recertification Credit

Thank you for sharing your passion with HR professionals in KS SHRM.