What's fair? What's legal?
What's ahead?

November 14-16, 2018 | Chicago, IL

Tackle the issues, find solutions.

Pay equity concerns are transforming the way employers reward employees. More and more organizations are correcting pay disparities and implementing new pay practices to ensure reward fairness. WorldatWork brings respected, forward-thinking experts together to ask (and answer) the tough questions and to share strategies on how organizations can ensure they are rewarding their workforces fairly.

Event Details

November 14-16, 2018

LOEWS Chicago O'Hare Hotel
5300 N. River Road
Rosemont, Illinois

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Hotel Info

For hotel accommodations, please check availability with the LOEWS Chicago O’Hare Hotel or use your favorite online travel source to reserve a room nearby.

Room Block Dates:

November 14-16, 2018

Hotel Cut-off Date:

October 24, 2018

Due to a high level of interest in our Pay Equity Symposium, we're working on another pay equity event in 2019. Simply click the button below or email us at customerrelations@worldatwork.org if you'd like to be notified when we have more details on the 2019 event. I'm Interested


WorldatWork recertification credit: 1.5
CEU’s: 0.65


Full payment is required in order to receive your credentials/badge. You will receive your conference bag, badge and event tickets on site at the central registration area at the convention center.

Cancellation Policy

Participants who wish to cancel their registration must follow the following procedure. Registration cancellations must be received in writing via customerrelations@worldatwork.org. Registrations cannot be cancelled over the telephone. Registration cancellations will adhere to the cancellation policy dates below, no exceptions.


By October 31, 2018:
No refunds. 100 percent credit of registration fee already paid by participant applied to registered participant’s WorldatWork account.*

November 1, 2018 - November 13, 2018:
No refunds. 50 percent credit of registration fee already paid by participant applied to registered participant’s WorldatWork account.*

On November 14, 2018 or later:
No refunds, no credit.

*Credit issued is not transferable to others (i.e. colleagues, co-workers).

Special Accommodations

Special Accommodations If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies and/or need accessibility or accommodations that meet the regulations for the ADA, please contact Customer Relationship Services at customerrelations@worldatwork.org or 877-951-9191.

Get Ready for the Conference


Self-parking: $28; Valet parking: $38


The LOEWS Chicago O’Hare Hotel also has several restaurants onsite from which to choose. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, please contact Kristen Steinmetz.


The LOEWS Chicago O’Hare Hotel is conveniently located 5 minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. There is a complimentary airport shuttle that runs between the hotel and Chicago O’Hare airport.


Connect with your peers in a more relaxed environment at one (or both) of these two planned networking events:

Welcome Networking Reception
Wednesday, November 14
Light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Reception & Dinner
Thursday, November 15
6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.


Book your hotel room at the LOEWS Chicago O’Hare Hotel for a special group rate of $199/night, plus taxes and fees. This rate is available until October 24, 2018, or until the block sells out — whichever occurs first. To reserve the discounted rate, either book your room online or call the hotel directly at 844-800-0225 and mention WorldatWork.


To see the detailed schedule for the 2018 Pay Equity Symposium simply click the View Schedule button below.

View Schedule

Speaker Reference Guide

Important Deadlines

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Task Due Date
Sign and return speaker agreement October 5, 2018
Provide speaker biography and headshot October 5, 2018
Make hotel reservations October 24, 2018
Submit PowerPoint presentation November 2, 2018

Symposium Registration

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WorldatWork will provide you with one complimentary full symposium registration, which includes admission to sessions, breakfasts, lunches and receptions. WorldatWork will automatically register you for the symposium once your speaker agreement is received. You’ll get an email confirming your registration.

Biography and Headshot

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Your biography will appear on the symposium website. Please confirm the accuracy of your biographical profile. Send your new or updated biography and professional headshot to Speaker Management by October 5, 2018.

Tips for creating a biography:

  • Limit it to 200 words.
  • Include your name, title, company name and description, length of time in your current role, responsibilities/expertise, how your experience relates to the presentation, your prior roles/credentials and your education.
  • Attach your professional headshot in a high resolution .jpg or .png format (minimum resolution: 300 dpi).

Hotel Reservations

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Make Hotel Reservations

The hotel reservation deadline is October 24, 2018. 

You are responsible for making your hotel room reservations and initially paying for your lodging expenses. To obtain the discounted group rates, make your reservation no later than October 24, 2018. Please note, the room block may sell out prior to that date so please book as soon as possible.           

LOEWS Chicago O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL
Group rate: $199, plus tax

Speaker Reimbursement Policy

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WorldatWork will reimburse up to two nights of lodging at the group rate in a designated symposium hotel if you’re a practitioner, an academic or a nonprofit organization representative. Consultants and service providers are not eligible for lodging reimbursement. No other expenses will be reimbursed. To ensure the group rate, your hotel reservation must be confirmed by the reservation deadline of October 24, 2018.

To receive lodging reimbursement, you must complete and submit an expense reimbursement form (including the hotel bill) by November 30, 2018. Refer to your acceptance email to verify that you qualify to have your lodging reimbursed.

Access the Expense Reimbursement Form

PowerPoint Presentation

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Access the PowerPoint Template Submit Your Presentation

Submit by November 2, 2018.

Presentation submission guidelines:

  • Submit your presentation in a PowerPoint format and keep the file under 15MB.
  • WorldatWork has prepared a PowerPoint template for you to use.
  • Submission of your presentation grants WorldatWork the nonexclusive right and license to reproduce and distribute presentation materials as part of the symposium program. If you have proprietary material in your presentation that you do not want to be published, create two versions of your PowerPoint presentation. One version should exclude the proprietary information and can be distributed to symposium attendees. The other version should include all information and will only be used to present on site. (Bring this version with you to the symposium on a USB flash drive.)
  • WorldatWork will convert your presentation (the version that excludes proprietary materials) into a PDF handout version and will upload it to the WorldatWork symposium website. Only registered attendees will be able to view and/or print the session handout before the symposium and for several months after the symposium. Please note: As part of our less-paper event initiative, no printed presentations or handouts will be provided on site.
  • All submitted presentations will be preloaded onto the symposium computer located in your session room. We strongly recommend that you bring a backup of your presentation on a USB flash drive.


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WorldatWork will provide standard audio/visual equipment in the session room. If you need any additional equipment, you must submit your requests to Speaker Management by October 31, 2018. All additional audio/visual requests are subject to approval. If you order any additional equipment on site, you will be asked to provide a credit card for payment. Please note that your on-site requests may not be filled due to time constraints.

Symposium Session Room

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All symposium sessions will be held in the Avedon C&D.

Symposium Session Time

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Sessions will be 60-75 minutes in duration.

Due to the limited time of each session, please allow no more than five minutes to introduce yourself, your co-presenters and your backgrounds. The attendees are there to hear the content and key applications. Please also allow at least five minutes at the end of your session for questions.

On-site Check-In

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Go to Metropolitan on the lobby level between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday to check in for the event and pick up your name badge. If you're arriving after Wednesday, you can check in outside of Avedon C and D between 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, and between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.

Suggested Attire

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Business or business casual is the recommended dress for your speaking engagement. Please note, when presenting you will be using a wireless lavalier mic, therefore avoid any jewelry or garments that could interfere with the sound or make it difficult to wear the mic.

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