2019 In Review

The seventh annual HR Leaders Forum confronted speakers and delegates with a candid and ambitious agenda. From talent competition to crisis management and business credibility, HR leaders are increasingly being seen as an engine powering change.

Globalisation, automation, demographic shifts, flexibility and temporary labour models are upheaving the state of work, and talent competition is fierce. Mid-tier rolls are hollowing out and high-value employees are flocking to technology titans; leaders must challenge their existing business assumptions and approach current employees and talent pools with a new perspective to source and upskill people.  Only companies that can satiate employee ambitions for growth, provide flexibility and lateral career pathways, create opportunities for internal ownership, and communicate transparently will be able to retain high-value employees.

When it comes to culture, mistakes are welcome, but not twice. Never before has a company’s culture so visibly borne relation to business outcomes, affecting everything from the ability to attract and retain top talent to the company’s appetite for innovation. To curate an enviable culture, honesty in communication is crucial; HR must be seen as a source of truth that enables the business, and not an impediment to progress. In order to drive this change at a people level, HR must earn credibility from a business perspective.

Advanced analytics was positioned as a core credibility driver. There is a cultural bedrock supporting the shift to analytical-decision making – HR leaders cannot afford to be swept up in statistics, rather they must remain anchored to the mission of advancing business objectives. If you are trying to make a decision based on data, it is crucial that you are asking the right question. By collaborating where the expertise lies, HR leaders can leverage advanced analytics across the business and drive change at the highest levels.

From culture through to analytics, it has become clear that HR is thoroughly enmeshed in the business DNA, and stakeholders are realising the transformative power of empowered and enlivened HR teams.

Why attend?


  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in HR and people management in Australia
  • Learn from the exemplary workplace practices of the world’s highest-performing companies
  • Discover what it takes to lead your workforce towards ongoing success
  • Explore the future of HR and how best to develop your human capital structures to confront it
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five-star environment

Gain Access

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 220+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Past Speakers

Mark Levy
Global Head of Employee Experience
Airbnb (USA)
Liz Gottung
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kimberly - Clark Corporation (USA)
Michael Fraccaro
Chief Human Resources Officer
MasterCard (USA)
Jeri Buchholz
Chief Human Resources Officer
Stuart Crabb
Global HR Head
Facebook (USA)
Geoff McDonald
Global Vice President, Human Resources
Unilever (UK)
Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth
Human Resources Director
Jordan Pettman
Global Head of People Data, Analytics and Planning
Nestlé (UK)
Chaz Giles
Global Head of External Innovation
Estée Lauder (USA)
Deborah Yates
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
Judith H. Edge
Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources
FedEx Corporation (USA)
Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive, Human Resources
Kathryn van der Merwe
Group Executive Talent and Culture
Jenny Bryant
Chief Human Resources Officer
Wesfarmers Limited
Tom LaForge
Global Director of Human & Cultural Insights
The Coca-Cola Company (USA)
Judith Williams
Global Head of Diversity
Dropbox (USA)
Diarmuid Russell
Senior Vice-President & General Manager International
Glassdoor (USA)
Shane Meeker
Corporate Storyteller & Company Historian
The Procter & Gamble Company (USA)


  • Hand on the Pulse: Reacting to Global Forces
  • The Right of Influence: Making Your Seat at the Table Count
  • Cultures Uncovered: Living Your True Corporate Character
  • Survival Assets: HR at the Forefront of Crisis Response
  • No Immunity: Forcing the Evolution of the HR Function
  • The State of Competition: Living with the Reality of Talent Scarcity
  • Unleashing Potential: Empowering the People Changing Business



Kaltura brings innovative video solutions to enterprises, helping our clients harness video along the employee lifecycle from Hiring through Learning & Development, Leadership Communications, and Collaboration.

Kaltura is deployed globally in thousands of organizations, engaging hundreds of millions of employees at work and remotely.


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.


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 and technology to build radically more efficient and effective employment marketplaces.


Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.


As the leader in web-based talent decision tools, Checkster enables organisations to make better talent decisions. It uses collective and artificial intelligence with the ubiquity of social networks to deliver fast, accurate social ratings.


KellyOCG is the leading advisor of talent supply chain strategies and workforce solutions.  We align talent strategy to business goals to define what’s next for the future of work, enabling our clients to ditch the script on the old way of thinking.  We make meaningful connections between talent and organizations to advance careers and business goals.



EdCast is the AI-powered Learning Experience Platform (LXP) and Knowledge Cloud solution for unified discovery, personalized learning and knowledge management.


Taking the guesswork out of managing a workforce, Peakon brings real time data on the people and culture in your organisation to enable data driven decisions and proactive people management.

Our goal at Peakon is to enable the world’s best companies to have real time people analytics to help solve the key issues and make everyone more engaged in their work.

Peakon takes minutes to set up and delivers tangible improvements within a business in less than 3 months. Since launching in January 2016, we’ve partnered with over 500 businesses such as BMW, CapGemini, Harrods and Easyjet.


Glint is the people success platform that leverages real-time people data to help global organizations increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve results. Leading brands like United, Intuit, and Sky leverage Glint’s unique combination of intuitive design, sophisticated analytics, and actionable intelligence to help employees be happier and more successful at work.


WithYouWithMe has launched a talent sourcing and training software with a BIG difference. Whether you’re redeploying parts of your workforce or looking to grow your business in new areas, our talent software solution can help.


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.

Celebrating its 8th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. A strict screening process and strong delegate focus ensures a senior executive only event to discuss the future of HR in Australia.

A unique sponsor format will position you and your brand as a thought leader amongst the decision makers in HR. From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this audience, before, during and after the event.

The HR Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through with limited sponsor packages to allow you stand out amongst a few.

The forum is an ideal marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior HR professionals.

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: [email protected]

  • 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 pass 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.


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    Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd endeavors 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 Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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.


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    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.

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  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    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 [email protected]

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees