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

March 27-29, 2019 | San Francisco

The one topic that consistently surfaces in HR circles: pay equity.

WorldatWork, along with leading compensation experts, will address the issues and help the profession establish a baseline for reward fairness, for today and tomorrow. 

  • Learn the difference between pay equity, pay parity and how both goals contribute to closing the gender wage gap
  • Hear how organizations started their pay fairness journey
  • Discuss how organizations can solve for gender-bias market data
  • Learn the legal defenses available for legitimate pay disparities in the US
  • Reconsider common compensable factors that contribute to pay differences
  • Determine what should be included in the definition of pay for your pay equity analysis
  • Hear pros and cons to potential remediation options once you’ve identified an indefensible pay gap
  • Unpack legal privilege and gain a better understanding of how it can and should be used for your pay equity analysis
  • Strategize internal and external communications around pay equity.

Reserve your spot now. 2018’s Pay Equity Symposium sold out quickly.

The Chatham House Rule will be invoked throughout the symposium so participants will feel free to speak as individuals and express views that may not be those of their organizations. We will encourage free expression and open dialogue.

Event Details

March 27-29, 2019

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
1800 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, California

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Hotel Info

For hotel accommodations, please check availability with the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

(650) 692-9100

The group rate is no longer available. Please check the hotel’s website or nearby hotels for availability.

*Rates are subject to the appropriate state, local and any occupancy taxes. These taxes are currently 12% sales tax and a $1.50 Tourism fee is applicable to the room rate and subject to change without notice.
*To obtain the discounted group rates, make your reservation no later than Feb 28, 2019, or before the block sells out, whichever occurs first.

Room Block Dates:

March 27-29, 2019

Hotel Cut-off Date:

February 28, 2019

From our 2018 attendees:

Very informative while remaining casual and conversational - excellent learning environment.

Definitely recommend, very timely. Robust agenda and opportunity to network.

Cutting edge; great mix of speakers.

The content was outstanding and relevant to the work we are doing around Pay Equity.

SOLD OUT! Click register to be added to the waitlist.


Individual Registration



2019 Pay Equity Symposium

$1895 - Member

$2295 - Non-Member



WorldatWork recertification credit: 1.5
CEU’s: 0.65


Full payment is required in order to receive your credentials/badge on-site at the event.

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 March 20, 2019:
No refunds. 100 percent credit of registration fee already paid by participant applied to registered participant’s WorldatWork account.*

March 21-26, 2019:
No refunds. 50 percent credit of registration fee already paid by participant applied to registered participant’s WorldatWork account.*

On March 27, 2019 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: $30 max daily; Valet parking: $35


The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfont has two restaurants onsite from which to choose but plan for your meals with conference attendees beginning Wednesday night. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, please contact Kristen Steinmetz


The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfont is conveniently located 1 mile south of San Francisco International (SPO) Airport. There is a complimentary airport shuttle that runs between the hotel and San Francisco airport.


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

Welcome Networking Reception
Wednesday, March 27
Light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Reception & Dinner
Thursday, March 28
6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.


Book your hotel room at the The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfont a special group rate of $299/night, plus taxes and fees. This rate is available until February 28, 2019, 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 (650) 692-9100 and mention WorldatWork 2019 Pay Equity Symposium.

Join the Conversation

Remember to use #PayEquity19 when you post on social media about your participation in the Symposium period.


To see the detailed schedule for the 2019 Pay Equity Symposium simply click the View Schedule button below.

View Schedule

Speaker Reference Guide

On-site Check-In

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Go to 2M from the Lobby Elevator to the Regency Foyer between 2:00pm-7:00pm on Monday to check in for the event and pick up your name badge. If you are arriving on Tuesday, the check in location will remain the same. 

Important Deadlines

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Task Due Date
Sign and return speaker agreement January 31, 2019
Provide speaker biography and headshot January 31, 2019
Make hotel reservations February 27, 2019
Submit PowerPoint presentation March 6, 2019

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 January 31, 2019. Please note, if you spoke at our 2018 symposium and submitted your biography, we will use it for this event unless you have any updates or changes.

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 February 27, 2019. 

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 February 27, 2019. Please note, the room block may sell out prior to that date so please book as soon as possible.

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame, CA
Group rate: $299 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 February 27, 2019.

To receive lodging reimbursement, you must complete and submit an expense reimbursement form (including the hotel bill) by April 12, 2019. 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 March 6, 2019.

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 March 6, 2019. 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 Salon F-G.

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 Bayside 2-3 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 Salon F-G between 7:30 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.

Promote your session at the Pay Equity Symposium as part of your social media strategy. Download and use the following graphics for your posts.

Speaker Social Graphics





Let your contacts know you'll be at the Pay Equity Symposium! These ads and logos can be used in your company newsletter, on your website and in your emails.

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