16-17 February 2021
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Resilience Through Resourcefulness

Firmly established as the nation’s singular CHRO leadership event, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in February with dedicated content streams and a renewed agenda to build business resilience. As our operating environment corrects, the Forum presents an enviable opportunity for the nation’s HR leaders to connect, combat shared challenges, and leverage opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

Together, we will interrogate the forces shaping the profession, from the behavioural precedent being established by remote work practices to people analytics and ethics, all with the intent of charting a new path to progress.

Why Attend

  • Our hybrid event model provides delegates with flexibility without sacrificing interactivity. Our engagement tools empower digital participants to raise questions with speakers in real-time, shaping the conversation rather than just spectating.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with ten, highly curated content streams, designed to drive outcomes pertinent to your expertise.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Forum. Whether attending in-person or digitally, we have curated an environment to facilitate meaningful discussion between the minds shaping business.

Gain Access

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50+ Industry speakers
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Executive learning agenda
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2 Powerful days
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16 Keynotes
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300+ Executives
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5 Star networking environment
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2021 Speakers

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Jane Datta
Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA (USA)
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Jane Datta
Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA (USA)

“When you have the right people and right environment, you can ask them to do anything and they’ll excel at making it happen.” – Jane Datta

Ms. Jane Datta is NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer and lead people champion. She wholly embraces that “we are people leaders in the people business” which guides her oversight of NASA’s human capital policies, practices, and operations. Ms. Datta is responsible for building the quality and depth of talent necessary for supporting the agency’s mission, improving capabilities for delivering out-of-this-world human resources services, and positively shaping NASA’s culture to maintain high levels of employee engagement and commitment.

From 2017 to 2019, Ms. Datta served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) where she successfully managed a robust portfolio of services and complex change initiatives, including workforce planning and analytics, learning and development, talent acquisition, and policy and accountability. One of her most notable and rewarding professional achievements has been overseeing OCHCO’s transformation from providing decentralized human capital services across ten centers to a centralized, functionally unified, line of business.

Ms. Datta joined NASA in 2007 as the Director of NASA’s Workforce Policy, Planning and Analysis Division in the Office of Human Capital Management. Here she played an important role in coordinating activities to increase efficiency across the agency’s ten centers, such as the agency-level integration of workforce planning with budgeting and strategic planning. Ms. Datta also oversaw agency-level human capital policy, accountability, recruiting, hiring, and student programs.

Ms. Datta is known at NASA and across the Federal government for her work and often shares her human capital perspectives and expertise with leaders and aspiring human capital professionals across industry and Federal agencies. She serves as a member of the Office of Personnel Management’s Chief Human Capital Officers Council.

Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Datta worked in London, UK as an associate director of a classical music agency. After earning her graduate degree, she spent ten years at United Technologies Corporation in various human resources disciplines. In 2001 she moved to the Washington DC area and joined Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate, focusing on building their workforce planning practice, methodologies, and service offerings.

Ms. Datta holds an M.M. (MBA) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Yale University. She enjoys playing and performing classical piano and spending time with her family.

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Gerard Penning
Chief Human Resources Officer, ABN AMRO Bank (NL)
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Gerard Penning
Chief Human Resources Officer, ABN AMRO Bank (NL)

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Kris Webb
Chief People Officer, Coles Group
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Kris Webb
Chief People Officer, Coles Group

With a workforce of over 118,000 team members, revenues of more than AUD37 billion and a national footprint, Coles Group is one of Australia’s largest retailers and provides fresh food, groceries, general merchandise, financial and online services and liquor through more than 20 million customer transactions on average, each week across the business network.

Kris has over 30 years of national and international experience across the full suite of human resources functions. She is known for bringing clarity of thinking to debate and generating insights about people, often in complex situations. She has recently overseen deployment of one of the fastest implementations of SAP SuccessFactors, Employee Central and Payroll globally for an organisation this size.

Prior to joining Coles, Kris spent 11 years with GlaxoSmithKline in Australia, Singapore and the UK, most recently as Senior Vice President HR, with responsibilities across the global pharmaceuticals business.

Kris was previously National Human Resources Director for the Australian law firm Clayton Utz; HR Director – Asia Pacific for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Financial Advisory Services; and earlier in her career, spent 10 years with BP Australia in a range of business roles.

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Colleen Harris
Group Chief People Officer, Ramsay Health Care
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Colleen Harris
Group Chief People Officer, Ramsay Health Care

Mrs Colleen Harris commenced with Ramsay Health Care on 8 January 2018 in the role of Group Chief People Officer.

In this role, Colleen is responsible for the talent strategy for the Group including mapping of where key expertise will be needed in the future, talent development and succession planning for the most senior leaders across our organisation.

Colleen is a successful Human Resources (HR) executive with more than 20 years’ experience across a variety of industries where she was responsible for designing and implementing talent, diversity, performance and reward programs linked to both individual and business performance outcomes. She has served in several senior executive HR positions reporting to the Group CEOs of National Australia Bank, Federation Centres and MyState Limited. She has also held senior HR positions at Crown Ltd and Yellow Pages.

She holds a Bachelor of Education (Science) from the University of Melbourne, is a Member of the AICD and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

In 2020 Colleen was appointed a Director of Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, Ramsay Health Care’s joint venture with Sime Darby.

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Amie Wallis
Head of People & Culture, Australian Olympic Committee
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Amie Wallis
Head of People & Culture, Australian Olympic Committee

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Peck Kem Low
Chief Human Resources Officer & Workforce Advisor, Public Service Division (SGP)
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Peck Kem Low
Chief Human Resources Officer & Workforce Advisor, Public Service Division (SGP)

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Kirby Grattan
Director - Human Resources Shared Services, Optus
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Kirby Grattan
Director - Human Resources Shared Services, Optus

Kirby Grattan is a results orientated business leader with over 25 years’ experience in human resources across Asia Pacific and EMEA regions.

Currently, Kirby leads Shared Services for Optus with a team of over 80 HR Professional supporting an employee base of over 9500 people. The Shared Services team delivers a full suite of people centric services including talent acquisition, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, ER, HR Transformation and Enablement, HR Professional Services and advisory and all HR Tier 1 operations. Prior to this role in Optus, Kirby lead Organisation Capability that delivers people and culture development and digital enabled learning solution to build current and future capability requirements as well as driving Talent Management, Engagement, Leadership Development, Early Career Talent and D&I initiatives across the business.

Kirby’s business experience spans Financial Services, Infrastructure Services, IT & Telco, Energy Management, FMCG and Retail with HR Leadership roles in Schneider-Electric, Cisco Systems, CBA and Westpac, Leightons Contractors (now Ventia), Rothmans and Pepsi-Co. Kirby holds a Masters Of Business and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Outside of work, Kirby is an active Rotarian, an avid traveller and weekend die hard golfer.

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Darren Fewster
Executive Transformation and People, Telstra
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Darren Fewster
Executive Transformation and People, Telstra

Darren Fewster is the Executive Director of Telstra’s Employee Relations & Health, Safety, Wellbeing & Environment team. Darren is responsible for Employee Relations, Global Case Management, Health, Safety, Wellbeing & Environment, HR Technology and Workplace Analytics.

Darren joined Telstra in 2004 as a Senior Lawyer and was promoted to the role of General Counsel in 2006, leading the Telstra employment law team. He moved from Legal to HR in 2007 and commenced in his current role in 2011.

Prior to Telstra, Darren worked as a lawyer and also spent 8 years engaged in strategic intelligence roles, leading teams investigating organised and white collar crime across Australia.

Darren studied at the University of Western Australia and was awarded degrees in Law (with first class Honours) and Psychology (with Honours).

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Vernon Griffith
Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery, QBE Insurance
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Vernon Griffith
Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery, QBE Insurance

As the Global Head of HR Service Design and Delivery at QBE, Vern leads a team of 60 responsible for the delivery of full-lifecycle HR Services to 11,800 people in over 27 countries. Before QBE, Vern worked on major people and change programs at some of the world’s best-known global companies, including Shell, BP, British Telecom and Deloitte. In 2017, to support his curiosity and on-going learning, Vern developed www.machinesinsuits.com, a weekly news site on AI, Smart Tech and The Now of Work.

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Sam Sheppard
Chief People Officer, Blackwoods
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Sam Sheppard
Chief People Officer, Blackwoods

Sam has more than 25 years of Human Resources Leadership experience which spans multiple industries, countries and cultures. She is passionate about driving growth through a holistic approach to people leadership with deep expertise in driving organisational culture and performance. Sam is currently the Chief People Officer for Blackwoods – Australia’s largest supplier of business and industrial supplies and part of the Wesfarmers Group. Prior roles include executive HR positions with Deloitte Australia, Gallagher, Wesfarmers Insurance, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, General Electric and Eastman Chemical Company.

Sam has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Occupational Psychology and is widely recognised for her contribution to creating positive and inclusive workplaces.

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Bartek Sibilski
Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC at JLL
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Bartek Sibilski
Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC at JLL

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Sarah Derry
Senior Vice President, Talent & Culture – Pacific, ACCOR
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Sarah Derry
Senior Vice President, Talent & Culture – Pacific, ACCOR

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Rosalind Tregurtha
Group Director, Employee Engagement, Domain
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Rosalind Tregurtha
Group Director, Employee Engagement, Domain

Ros leads Employee Experience for the Domain Group and has deep experience working in media/tech as human resources professional and employment relations specialist.

Prior to joining Domain Group in May 2018, she was HR Director for Fairfax Media’s Australian Metro Publishing division, supporting publishing operations spanning The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review and other titles and digital ventures. Ros also led HR for Fairfax’s Events and Entertainment and was responsible for Organisational Development.

Ros has held several other HR roles at Fairfax, the CSIRO, and spent times volunteering in Samoa for the Public Service Commission as part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program.

She has a commerce degree with honours from the University of Western Sydney.

At a Glance

Outlook

The world economy is under incredible strain. Businesses are dislocated, labor markets have been disrupted, and uncertainty is prevalent. But HR leaders are responding dynamically to remediate short-term shocks and uncover lasting sources of business value. This Session acts as a contextual platform for the Forum; we will precisely map the legislative landscape – breaking down the changing macroeconomic and socio-political environment that we inhabit – to reveal pertinent regulatory implications for HR leaders.

 

Leadership

For years, HR has worked to position itself as a harbinger of change. Now, facing unprecedented pressure to deliver strategic value to the organisation, we’ll build a model of effective HR leadership in today’s remote workplace, discuss the construction and execution of an HR-inspired vision for your business, and identify ways in which HR departments can maximise their value by redefining their identity as leaders. We’ll frame this conversation through the Board’s lens and draw on perspectives from across the C-Suite to better understand how HR leaders can shape the strategic agenda.

 

Talent Stream

We live in a knowledge economy – companies are investing heavily to nurture and then extract the creative potential of their employees. We know that this creative power is what defines us in the context of artificial intelligence and automation, and that the value we assign to these elusive skills will grow exponentially in the face of advancing technological capabilities. This Session shifts the dial on talent to consider how HR leaders can identify, nurture, and retain the precise skills that are proving consequential for business success.

 

People Analytics Stream

In an operating environment defined by distance, data threatens to erode the boundary between professional and personal life down a once protected flank. The engrained philosophy that not everything that counts can be measured, and not everything that can be measured counts is compromised in a climate where only what is measured can be seen. Leaders must balance their reliance on employees to act with greater autonomy with layers of analytical oversight and data assurances. This technical Stream delves into this escalating tension; we will illuminate the crucial questions being solved behind the scenes while asking one of our own: how can HR leaders integrate deep People Analytics without losing sight of people?

 

Employee Wellbeing

Businesses are adopting a more wholistic perspective on value, and employee wellbeing is at the heart of this recalibration. This Session is an honest opportunity to confront the failings of reflexive institutional responses and entrenched attitudes towards mental health. Together we will explore how leaders can reconcile competing responsibilities to the individual and the organisation as an entity; demonstrate the importance of moving beyond processes to demonstrate leadership through modelled behaviour; and establish the need to create support networks at the heights of corporate leadership.

 

Transformation

Technology is liberating Human Resources from the transactional shackles that have thus far hindered the strategic potential of the profession. The transformative integration of cloud capabilities unfolding across all sectors of the national economy is altering the fabric of relationships embedded in the core of the Human Resources function. Automation and machine learning are elevating Human Resources into a second-line function, a transition that is empowering professionals to assume strategic business partnerships roles. This Session draws on case-based experience to interrogate this strategic transformation.

 

Strategy

From momentous strides in analytics and machine learning, to the bold transformation of fundamental principles and structures, there is relentless pressure on businesses to innovate and remain ahead of the curve. While prophesising over the distant future is a fruitless undertaking, there are tangible steps that businesses can take now to enhance their responsiveness and adaptability. This Session explores the systems, structures and methodologies that allow truly resilient HR functions to seize opportunity whenever it arrives and in whatever form it takes.

 

Culture Stream

We are mining the complexities of the world around us in greater detail than ever before. This ongoing interrogation has yielded great advances and insight; we have moved far beyond bean bags to more precisely map the relationship between culture, collective purpose and performance. This Session is dedicated to tracing the brushstrokes that complete a wholistic picture of the work environment. From consolidating trust in flexible work arrangements to aligning employee values with business priorities and outcomes, we will uncover the tangible steps leaders can take to both inspire and empower their people.

 

Communication Stream

Questions around algorithmic ethics, employee wellbeing and privacy are not optional conversations for HR professionals – they are consequential issues arising from within the function. HR professionals must be open to consultation around the often-shrouded ethical implications of automation and machine learning. They must be qualified to communicate critical questions around enterprise architecture to the Board, ensuring they are aware not only of current capabilities and the accompanying risks, but of the trajectory of those capabilities. This Stream illuminates the questions HR Leaders should be asking of themselves, their employees, and their leaders to raise the ethical posture of their organisation.

SPONSORS

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2020 Event Partner | www.rewardgateway.com/au
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2020 Diamond Sponsor | www.cultureamp.com
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2020 Platinum Sponsor | www.fuel50.com
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2020 Platinum Sponsor | www.peterberry.com.au
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2020 Gold Sponsor | www.enboarder.com
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2020 Gold Sponsor | www.uber.com/au/en/
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2020 Podcast Partner | www.seek.com.au
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2020 Coffee Cart Sponsor | www.leaseplan.com.au
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2020 Lunch Day One Sponsor | www.coachfederation.org/why-icf
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2020 Lunch Day Two Sponsor | www.peakon.com
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2020 Networking Drinks Sponsor | www.bmw.com.au
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2020 Associate Sponsor | www.talentvine.com.au
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2020 Associate Sponsor | www.courageoussuccess.com
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Reward Gateway provides a full-service employee engagement platform that brings together employee benefits, reward and recognition, employee communications and survey tools into a single employer-branded hub. Over 1,800 clients from varying demographics and industries use our bespoke solutions to attract, engage and retain the best people, including KPMG and McDonald’s.

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Culture Amp is the Culture First employee feedback company. We make it easy to collect, understand, and act on employee feedback, enabling organizations to better manage the employee experience and turn company culture into a competitive advantage.

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Fuel50 is the future of work. We are the world’s fastest growing career experience platform that empowers your employees, enables your leaders, and helps you create a best-in-class talent experience.

Fuel50 mobilizes your talent and delivers AI-driven career path transparency to your people, transforming the way they think about their careers, and delivers skills-forecasting that evolves your workforce of the future.

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PBC provides customer-focused, evidence-based people solutions that enable organisations to select the right people, develop key talent, build better teams, drive leadership capability, and enhance organisational performance. PBC is the Australian Distributor of Hogan Assessments.

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Enboarder is the first Experience-Driven Onboarding platform and is the new way businesses onboard. Our platform emphasises the value of human connection and experience, putting the employee at the centre of everything we do.

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Uber for Business provides businesses with a central dashboard to manage and track their company’s ground travel.

With an Uber for Business account, you can gain insights and set custom permissions and monitor travel usage, compliance and spending.

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SEEK is a diverse group of companies that have a unified purpose to help people live more fulfilling and productive working lives and help organisations succeed.

SEEK is the global leader in the creation and operation of online employment markets. SEEK makes a positive contribution to people’s lives through connecting more people to relevant job opportunities using its marketplace scale & technology to build radically more efficient and effective employment marketplaces.

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Novated vehicle leases are one of the most popular benefits you can offer your staff, as long as you have the right partner. LeasePlan offers proven vehicle leasing and salary packaging benefits, backed by comprehensive service and support to make sure this essential element of your benefits program just works.

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The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to enabling member coach’s to provide a gold standard of coaching through their mastery of coaching skills combined with a dedication to understanding and servicing clients needs.

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Peakon is the leading employee engagement and retention solution. Our data-driven methodology is trusted by hundreds of the world’s best workplaces, such as Capgemini, Verizon, Specsavers, and easyJet.

Peakon gathers employee feedback, analyses it, and provides businesses with the insights they need to improve employee engagement, develop leadership talent, and reduce employee turnover–in real-time.

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With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.

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Sage’s integrated HRIS & Payroll solution transforms how multinational organisations attract, retain, manage, pay and engage their workforce. Designed for organisations with between 200 and 1,000 employees, it improves productivity across the entire workforce and empowers businesses to connect to their people in a whole new way.

Sage People is an end-to-end HR and People system built on the Salesforce platform and delivers the tools HR and People teams need to succeed, and an experience that the workforce will love. This solution is integrated with Australia’s leading payroll solution to provide the backbone organisations need to transform their workforce experience.

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TalentVine is Australia’s trusted recruitment management platform, enabling talent acquisition teams to connect with specialist recruiters on the right terms. We simplify how employers and recruitment agencies work together so you can hire the best talent, faster.

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We are transforming the way the world develops people by helping all of us to bring all of our selves to work.  With global bases in the UK, Australia and the US, we are global innovators in Authentic Leadership, Life Changing Management, High Performing Teams, Humanised Workplaces and Diversity & Inclusion.

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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 9th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

The Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business. Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with HR professionals, the HR Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

This event was sold out in 2020

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14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health and the ICC Sydney. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme.
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
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