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Welcome

HR leaders have reached the precipice of change. Consequential technological discoveries, structural and cyber threats, talent scarcity, and acclaimed employee experiences have lead them to this point. How HR leaders choose to wield their newfound influence will determine if the function can continue to rise and become a critical market differentiator.

Celebrating its 7th year, the HR Leaders Forum is the most senior gathering of HR professionals in Australia. Gathering the nation’s leading workforce decision makers from both private and public sectors, it is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of people management in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies.

  • 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

Speakers


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Michael Fraccaro
Chief Human Resources Officer
MasterCard (USA)
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Lyra Schramm
Head of Human Resources
Google (USA)
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Elise Stribos
Head of Human Resources
Evelozcity (USA)
speaker
Lorraine Murphy
Chief People Officer
National Australia Bank
speaker
Jordan Pettman
Global Head of People Data, Analytics and Planning
Nestlé (SUI)
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Ashley Winnett
Executive Director – Human Resources
GM Holden
speaker
Jane Kelly
Chief Human Resources Officer
Super Retail Group
speaker
Jacqui Curtis
Chief Operating Officer
Australian Taxation Office
speaker
James Spenceley
Chairman
Airtasker
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Heidi Beck
Chief People Officer
Pacific National
speaker
Merryl Dooley
Chief People Officer
Tabcorp
speaker
Anish Singh
Vice President Human Resources
Unilever Australia & New Zealand
speaker
Rebecca Doyle
Head of People and Culture
National Rugby League
speaker
Lucinda Gemmell
Group Executive, People
Virgin Australia
speaker
Corry Roberts
Vice President, Human Resources
Thales Australia
speaker
Chris Lokum
Vice President HR, Asia Pacific, Fuels & Air
BP
speaker
Karen Lonergan
Chief People Officer
David Jones and Country Road Group
speaker
Rebecca Gravestock
Director of People and Performance, Australia and Asia
Xero
speaker
Nicolle Strauss
Chief People and Culture Officer
The Iconic
speaker
Benjamin Morris
Co-Head of Human Resources
Mirvac
speaker
Steve Schofield
Group Head of HR and Industrial Relations
Downer Group
speaker
Scott Browne
Head of People Services
Rio Tinto
speaker
Cedric Brossette
Head of Human Resources Oceania
Nestle Nespresso
speaker
Anna Livingston
Chief Diversity and People Officer
Tennis Australia
speaker
Sally Kincaid
Chief Human Resources Officer
QBE Insurance
speaker
Tanja van Heerden
Executive General Manager, People & Culture
The NRMA
speaker
Rebecca Heredia
Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand
NBCUniversal
speaker
Joanne Cantle
Chief People Officer
Digital Transformation Agency
speaker
Paul Landy
Chief Human Resources Officer
QSuper
speaker
Anna Sparkes
Chief People Officer
Gilbert + Tobin
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Louise Spittle
Vice President Human Resources International
Campbell Soup Company
speaker
Melissa Wong
General Manager People & Culture
Medibank
speaker
Dana Schulenburg
Director of People Operations, Digital Solutions and Support
Bupa Australia & New Zealand
speaker
Rose Clements
Executive General Manager - People and Performance
Empired
speaker
Belinda Watton
Executive General Manager People, Culture and Safety
Energy Queensland
speaker
Kristin Hay
HR Director, International (APAC, Middle East, Africa, Europe)
Travelex
speaker
Michelle Cooper
Stream Lead, Business Engagement and Change
Westpac
speaker
Senior Representative
Glint
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Sessions

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Tuesday 19th February 2019
  • 08:20Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Rose Clements
    Executive General Manager - People and Performance
    Empired
  • 08:55Opening Ministerial Address

  • 09:05Mastermind Keynote

    Transformation at the Speed of Light: A People Journey
    Michael Fraccaro
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    MasterCard (USA)
  • 09:40Outlook Session

    Hand on the Pulse: Reacting to Global Forces

    Consequential technological discoveries, structural and cyber threats, and shifting workforce demographics have lead HR leaders to the precipice of change. To soar not fall, HR leaders must flex with the forces shaping industry the world over. As the structures around the gig economy become more rigid, how are HR leaders curating a flexible, rather than fractured workforce? How can HR leaders become the arbiters of meaningful change in response to social and cultural movements? What trends threaten to make traditional HR functions obsolete, and where are the opportunities for creation?

    Scott Browne
    Head of People Services
    Rio Tinto
    Kristin Hay
    HR Director, International (APAC, Middle East, Africa, Europe)
    Travelex
    Lucinda Gemmell
    Group Executive, People
    Virgin Australia
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

  • 11:35Leadership Session

    The Right of Influence: Making Your Seat at the Table Count

    As organisations adjust to heightened technical demands and bid for increasingly exclusive talent, HR has the opportunity to reposition itself as a critical market differentiator. Now, having been brought in from the fray, it is imperative that HR executives fulfil their new mandate as strategic agents and demonstrate the value they impart on the organisation. How much influence can HR leaders expect to wield across an organisation? Which capacities should HR leaders emphasise when proposing strategic value to the C-Suite? How are metrics advancing to measure previous intangibles in HR and communicate value to the organisation?

    Chris Lokum
    Vice President HR, Asia Pacific, Fuels & Air
    BP
    Rebecca Gravestock
    Director of People and Performance, Australia and Asia
    Xero
    Louise Spittle
    Vice President Human Resources International
    Campbell Soup Company
    Melissa Wong
    General Manager People & Culture
    Medibank
  • 12:25National Keynote

    HR in an Era of Innovation - Leveraging Technology for People Performance
    Lorraine Murphy
    Chief People Officer
    National Australia Bank
  • 12:50Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Senior Representative

    Glint
  • 12:55Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

    Ashley Winnett
    Executive Director – Human Resources
    GM Holden
  • 14:15Culture Session

    Cultures Uncovered: Living Your True Corporate Character

    Growing calls for transparency are transforming modern corporations into glass boxes, their scripted communications interrogated by empowered and connected stakeholders. Never before has an organisation’s culture so visibly borne relation to business outcomes. How are executives responding to gathering momentum behind the consumerisation of HR? What responsibility do HR leaders have to instil roles with meaning, and how best can employees be offered opportunities to create impact? How are HR leaders defining, and measuring, the employee experience? What does it take to build an organisation that people are inherently attracted to?

    Anna Livingston
    Chief Diversity and People Officer
    Tennis Australia
    Anish Singh
    Vice President Human Resources
    Unilever Australia & New Zealand
    Joanne Cantle
    Chief People Officer
    Digital Transformation Agency
    Karen Lonergan
    Chief People Officer
    David Jones and Country Road Group
  • 15:05Keynote

    Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Bringing HR into the Future
    Cedric Brossette
    Head of Human Resources Oceania
    Nestle Nespresso
  • 15:30Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 16:00Keynote

    Future of Work
    James Spenceley
    Chairman
    Airtasker
  • 16:20Crisis Session

    Survival Assets: HR at the Forefront of Crisis Response

    While crises today are disparate in nature and seldom anticipated, people are always at the core. From security breaches, cyber or otherwise, to stakeholder mismanagement or employee transgressions, HR leaders are a core tenant of any wholistic and coordinated crisis response. How are HR leaders equipping employees with the requisite knowledge to navigate crises? What role do HR leaders play in protecting, or salvaging, one of an organisation’s central survival assets, its reputation? How best can HR leaders prepare for responding to rapid, unprecedented, and extensive change?

    Corry Roberts
    Vice President, Human Resources
    Thales Australia
    Belinda Watton
    Executive General Manager People, Culture and Safety
    Energy Queensland
    Rebecca Heredia
    Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand
    NBCUniversal
  • 17:10Visionary Keynote

    Change Management, the Google Way
    Lyra Schramm
    Head of Human Resources
    Google (USA)
  • 17:40Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Rose Clements
    Executive General Manager - People and Performance
    Empired
  • 17:45Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:45Close of Day One

Wednesday 20th February 2019
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Rose Clements
    Executive General Manager - People and Performance
    Empired
  • 09:05Keynote

    Informing Decision Making Through People Analytics Solutions
    Jordan Pettman
    Global Head of People Data, Analytics and Planning
    Nestlé (SUI)
  • 09:40Advanced Analytics Session

    No Immunity: Forcing the Evolution of the HR Function

    The case for advanced analytics is made often, but rarely overstated. While the ability to distil insights from data is a core credibility driver and empowers HR leaders to create employee focused solutions, the immense potential of advanced analytics remains untapped. What are the business impediments to fully pursuing analytics in HR and how can they be overcome? What technologies with data at the core are prime for experimentation in HR? How are HR leaders producing real-time human performance insights?

    Jacqui Curtis
    Chief Operating Officer
    Australian Taxation Office
    Michelle Cooper
    Stream Lead, Business Engagement and Change
    Westpac
    Nicolle Strauss
    Chief People and Culture Officer
    The Iconic
    Dana Schulenburg
    Director of People Operations, Digital Solutions and Support
    Bupa Australia & New Zealand
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Talent Session

    The State of Competition: Living with the Reality of Talent Scarcity

    The war for talent is a constant state for HR leaders. Given the demand for analytical capabilities is thoroughly entrenched in knowledge-intensive industries, severe skill shortages are forcing HR leaders to creatively source human capital through unique avenues. How precisely are HR leaders defining, identifying, measuring, and therefore managing talent in the digital age? Can organisations arrange internal and outsourced labour to meet current demands while securing a future pipeline of talent? Given exponential digital advances are behind the revaluation of human capital in the workforce, how can HR leaders continuously upskill their workforces?

    Steve Schofield
    Group Head of HR and Industrial Relations
    Downer Group
    Anna Sparkes
    Chief People Officer
    Gilbert + Tobin
    Paul Landy
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    QSuper
    Tanja van Heerden
    Executive General Manager, People & Culture
    The NRMA
  • 12:25Keynote

    Sally Kincaid
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    QBE Insurance
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

    Winning the Customer - From Shopfloor to Boardroom
    Jane Kelly
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Super Retail Group
  • 14:15People Session

    Unleashing Potential: Empowering the People Changing Business

    It is no longer enough for HR leaders to see the world through the eyes of their workforce – they must entrust employees with a more comprehensive vision of their place in the organisation.  By providing employees with visibility over their career tracks and arming them with data assets, employees are better positioned to align their personal aspirations with business outcomes. How are HR leaders moving beyond a binary mindset to align business and people strategy? How best can HR functions provide tangible paths for employee development? In what ways can providing opportunities for initiative and innovation within teams drive engagement and outcomes? How are HR leaders determining how much scope any employee should be given to influence strategy?

    Rebecca Doyle
    Head of People and Culture
    National Rugby League
    Merryl Dooley
    Chief People Officer
    Tabcorp
    Benjamin Morris
    Co-Head of Human Resources
    Mirvac
    Heidi Beck
    Chief People Officer
    Pacific National
  • 15:05Keynote

    HR at the Speed of a Start-up
    Elise Stribos
    Head of Human Resources
    Evelozcity (USA)
  • 15:55Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Rose Clements
    Executive General Manager - People and Performance
    Empired
  • 16:00Close of Forum

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Sponsorship

www.kaltura.com

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.

www.seek.com.au

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.

www.aon.com.au

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.

www.glintinc.com

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.

Celebrating its 7th 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]

Venue

Intercontinental Sydney

117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000.
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Accommodation
Details to come

Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 30 Nov) Standard Price Per Delegate
HR Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
HR Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $1980 + GST
HR Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1760 + GST
HR Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1540 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to human resource professionals, email [email protected] to register.

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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