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Welcome

As the landscape of work is reinvented by social, economic and technological forces, CEOs and Boards increasingly expect Human Resources to steer organisational strategy. HR executives are rising to the challenge, assessing the best ways to strengthen their influence and integrate the value of HR across the organisation.

Transformation depends on human potential, and HR leaders are well-placed to translate that potential into competitive advantage.

Gathering an unrivalled audience of senior HR executives from across all sectors, the 5th annual HR Leaders Forum uncovers the latest trends, strategies and innovations impacting HR at the highest level.

Join us to debate tomorrow’s pressing HR issues – and start solving them today.

Why attend?

The HR Leaders Forum is Australia’s only executive-level HR event, a unique opportunity that congregates an esteemed audience of senior HR executives from all sectors of the national economy.

This strategic event is your guide to people and innovation in 2017.

  • Gain invaluable insights from HRs best of the best
  • Understand how to bring HR to the centre of corporate strategy
  • Learn about the people and processes shaping the success of world-class organisations
  • Be inspired by outstanding practice
  • Engage with the latest trends in HR leadership, vision, strategy and analytics
  • Network with your fellow HR executives at dedicated lunches, breaks and networking drinks
  • Discover what the future holds for HR

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


speaker
Deborah Yates
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
speaker
Jeff Diana
Chief People Officer
Atlassian (USA)
speaker
Diarmuid Russell
Senior Vice-President & General Manager International
Glassdoor (USA)
speaker
Jeff Ryan
Vice President - People
GoPro (USA)
speaker
Kelly Stuart-Johnson
Director of Brand Training & Organisational Development
Brooks Brothers (USA)
speaker
Launa Inman
Director
Commonwealth Bank, Bellamy's Australia, Super Retail Group
speaker
Eriko Talley
Head of Human Resources, APAC
Facebook
speaker
Toby List
Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand
The Walt Disney Company
speaker
Deb Howcroft
Executive General Manager, Organisational Development
Commonwealth Bank
speaker
Joanne Taylor
Executive General Manager Human Resources
Caltex
speaker
Geraldine Chin Moody
Group Executive People, Culture & Sustainability
Virgin Australia
speaker
Michael Stanley
Human Resources Director
Vodafone Hutchison
speaker
Paul Stratford
Executive Director of Global Talent and Performance
Telstra
speaker
Lisa Burquest
Human Resources Director
Qantas Airlines
speaker
Shenaz Khan
Group General Manager, Human Resources
Westpac
speaker
Siobhan Lyndon
Human Resources Director
Google
speaker
Stephen Walker
Principal
Workforce Strategies
speaker
David Klages
Group Human Resources Manager
Domino's
speaker
Kathleen McCudden
Group Human Resources Director
SEEK
speaker
James Law
Human Resources Director
Envato
speaker
Jennifer St Ledger
Human Resources Director
Unilever Australia & New Zealand
speaker
Susan Pettifer
Director, Workforce & Information Services
City of Sydney
speaker
Jodi Paton
General Manager – People, Performance & Culture
Hoyts Group
speaker
Liza Foster
Organisational Development Manager, People & Safety
Ergon Energy
speaker
Paul Landy
Chief of People & Transformation
QSuper
speaker
Zena Boakes
Chief Human Resources Officer
Audi Australia
speaker
Kendra Banks
Marketing Director
SEEK
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Sessions

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Tuesday 21st February 2017
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 09:00Official Welcome

  • 09:10Opening Keynote

    HR Leadership through the Looking Glass – a Global Perspective
    speaker
    Deborah Yates
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources
    Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
  • 09:50Leadership Session

    Impactful HR: Human Capital Strategy at the Top

    As social, economic and technological forces redefine the landscape of work, CEOs and Board-level executives increasingly expect HR to not only manage the known, but to also help lead the unknown. How are HR leaders aligning their own expectations of the function with the strategic aims and demands of the C-Suite? What steps can be taken to communicate changes in strategy, structure, and workplace relations, without compromising organisational vision and purpose? How can HR executives use their understanding of leadership to walk the talk as leaders?

    speaker
    Deb Howcroft
    Executive General Manager, Organisational Development
    Commonwealth Bank
    speaker
    Deborah Yates
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources
    Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
    speaker
    Siobhan Lyndon
    Human Resources Director
    Google
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:20Partner Keynote

  • 11:50Talent Session

    Mutual Opportunity, Mutual Value: Generating and Retaining Talent

    In a fiercely competitive global marketplace, organisations are scrambling to make talent inseparable from strategy and competitive advantage. The pressure is on HR to attract and retain flexible, tech-savvy Millennials, upskill workers, and harness machine talent. How are leaders tapping into the diverse skills, perspectives and aspirations of an intergenerational workforce? How are teams using research and feedback to improve employee engagement and the design of incentives, rewards and performance management systems? What more can be done to attract top talent into the HR function itself?

    speaker
    Toby List
    Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand
    The Walt Disney Company
    speaker
    Liza Foster
    Organisational Development Manager, People & Safety
    Ergon Energy
    speaker
    Kendra Banks
    Marketing Director
    SEEK
  • 12:40Lunch & Networking

  • 13:45Learning & Development Session

    From Inspiration to Activation: Making Learning and Development Meaningful

    Interactive technology and an emphasis on lifelong learning are blurring the boundaries between corporate education, content curation and experience facilitation. How can organisations foster a learning environment at work? To what extent should learning and development be a self-driven pursuit? What differentiates unmemorable training from training that inspires staff and calls them to action? How can organisations use learning and development to strengthen their internal talent mobility?

    speaker
    Michael Stanley
    Human Resources Director
    Vodafone Hutchison
    speaker
    Susan Pettifer
    Director, Workforce & Information Services
    City of Sydney
    speaker
    Jennifer St Ledger
    Human Resources Director
    Unilever Australia & New Zealand
    speaker
    Zena Boakes
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Audi Australia
  • 14:35Boardroom Keynote Interview

    Linking your People Strategy to your Customer Strategy
    speaker
    Launa Inman
    Director
    Commonwealth Bank, Bellamy's Australia, Super Retail Group
  • 15:15Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:45Innovation Session

    Energised, Imaginative, Adaptable: The Architecture of Workplace Transformation

    The people and innovation strategies of startups are inspiring many organisations to boost the resourcefulness of their staff. How can organisations empower people to improve their creativity, decision-making skills and agility? How can the considered, strategic input of HR leaders make change management more successful? How is the design of work environments impacting productivity and job satisfaction?

    speaker
    Joanne Taylor
    Executive General Manager Human Resources
    Caltex
    speaker
    Paul Stratford
    Executive Director of Global Talent and Performance
    Telstra
    speaker
    Lisa Burquest
    Human Resources Director
    Qantas Airlines
    speaker
    David Klages
    Group Human Resources Manager
    Domino's
  • 16:35Mastermind Keynote

    Cultivating People Power & Growing Organisations: Insights from Atlassian’s One-of-a-Kind Culture
    speaker
    Jeff Diana
    Chief People Officer
    Atlassian (USA)
  • 17:35Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 17:40Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:40Close of Day One

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
  • 08:50Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:05Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 09:10Global Keynote

    HR Reinvention: Translating People, Principles & Passion into an Effective & Adaptable Brand
    speaker
    Jeff Ryan
    Vice President - People
    GoPro (USA)
  • 09:50Technology & Data Session

    HR Updated: Efficient, Practical and People-Centric Metrics

    Organisations are becoming more and more influenced by mobile and cloud HR solutions, data-informed operational intelligence, and the impacts of a workforce immersed in technology. How are HR leaders collaborating with experts in technology, data and analytics to explore and implement new opportunities for value creation? How can data and analytics be used to make the workplace more personalised, informative and rewarding for staff? How is the widespread use of technology impacting employee health and wellbeing?

    speaker
    Jeff Ryan
    Vice President - People
    GoPro (USA)
    speaker
    James Law
    Human Resources Director
    Envato
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Culture Session

    Culture Curators: True Community, Diversity and Inclusion at Work

    To build a positive culture, leaders may consider options to reduce hierarchies, encourage ideas and feedback from staff, embrace diversity, recognise staff contributions, and cultivate a sense of community based on shared values. However, the daily integration of such practices can be challenging. What methods are leaders using to champion the inclusion, health and happiness of staff? How can leaders make diversity a real priority, and what more needs to be done to attract and support a diverse workforce? What can public sector HR and private sector HR teach each other about culture?

    speaker
    Geraldine Chin Moody
    Group Executive People, Culture & Sustainability
    Virgin Australia
    speaker
    Shenaz Khan
    Group General Manager, Human Resources
    Westpac
    speaker
    Eriko Talley
    Head of Human Resources, APAC
    Facebook
  • 12:25Visionary Keynote

    Preserving Employer Brand in a Transparent Media World
    speaker
    Diarmuid Russell
    Senior Vice-President & General Manager International
    Glassdoor (USA)
  • 13:05Lunch & Networking

  • 14:05Future Session

    People, Potential and Progress: HR’s Role in Powering the Future

    Many of the trends shaping the future of work are already in motion. Crowdsourcing is achieving large-scale results. Automation and artificial intelligence are affecting career pathways. Improvements in virtual technologies are transforming recruitment and remote work. How are HR leaders becoming more future-oriented, and helping their organisations to do the same? What differentiates the skills and occupations that are becoming redundant from those that are in demand? In a future where machines learn by themselves and people may feel sidelined by technology, how can HR leaders nurture empathy and integrity?

    speaker
    Paul Landy
    Chief of People & Transformation
    QSuper
    speaker
    Kathleen McCudden
    Group Human Resources Director
    SEEK
    speaker
    Jodi Paton
    General Manager – People, Performance & Culture
    Hoyts Group
  • 14:55Headline Keynote

    From Employee Identity to Company Prosperity: How HR Can Foster Brand Narratives to Improve Morale and Performance
    speaker
    Kelly Stuart-Johnson
    Director of Brand Training & Organisational Development
    Brooks Brothers (USA)
  • 15:35Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 15:40Close of Forum

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Sponsorship

seek.com.au

For 18 years SEEK has been an integral part of Australians’ job-search process, and as the country’s leading employment marketplace is uniquely positioned to empower Australians with career, education and volunteer opportunities to create productive and fulfilling working lives.

Being a sponsor of the 5th annual HR Leaders Forum actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of senior decision-makers in Human Resources.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from suitable target market exposure and direct interaction with senior Human Resources executives. Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face-to-face time with an influential audience at this exciting event.

Delivered by senior HR executives, for senior HR executives, the HR Leaders Forum offers a powerful business agenda within an effective networking environment.

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@connectevents.com.au

Venue

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour,
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Accommodation

To receive a discount on rooms. Contact reservations directly on (02) 9261 1188 and quote 1702HRLEAD

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Packages Early Bird Price (ends 9 Dec) Standard Price (from 10 Dec)
HR Professional: 1 Delegate $1995 Inc. GST $2495 Inc. GST
HR Professional: 4 Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $5985 Inc. GST $7485 Inc. GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3995 Inc. GST $3995 Inc. GST

* This option is for service providers to HR professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate ticket is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Events endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Events reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Events reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event. In registering for this event, delegates grant permission to Connect Events to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness for promotional use. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectevents.com.au

    Photography and Video

    Connect Events may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Events in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Events in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events.

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email privacy@connectevents.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: www.connectevents.com.au/privacy-policy

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@connectevents.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@connectevents.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of HR Professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.