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?

  • For eight years we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Forum. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes focussed agenda.

Gain Access

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

Past Speakers

Ciela Hartanov
Head of Next Practice Innovation & Strategy, The Google School for Leaders
Google (USA)
Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive, HR
Kathryn van der Merwe
Group Executive, Talent & Culture
Jenny Bryant
Chief HR Officer
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)
Dean Carter
Head of HR, Legal, Finance & Shared Services
Patagonia (USA)
Judith H. Edge
Corporate Vice President, Global, HR
FedEx Corporation (USA)
Deborah Yates
Senior Vice President, HR
Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
Chaz Giles
Global Head of External Innovation
Estée Lauder (USA)
Jordan Pettman
Global Head of People Data, Analytics & Planning
Nestlé (UK)
Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth
HR Director
The British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] (UK)
Mark Levy
Global Head of Employee Experience
Airbnb (USA)
Liz Gottung
Chief HR Officer
Kimberly - Clark Corporation (USA)
Michael Fraccaro
Chief HR Officer
MasterCard (USA)
Jeri Buchholz
Chief HR Officer
The National Aeronautics & Space Administration [NASA] (USA)
Stuart Crabb
Global HR Head
Facebook (USA)
Geoff McDonald
Global Vice President HR
Unilever (UK)



Survival of the Fittest: Evolving with the Times

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has dawned with deeply transformative consequences for the global workplace. Businesses have always had to evolve to survive, but never at such a relentless pace. In this session, we’ll hear how businesses and employees are adjusting to a foreign ecosystem of algorithms and artificial intelligence, decode Gen Z’s lexicon of priorities and influences, and hear what it takes to outlive the competition.


Results over Rhetoric: Exerting Your Influence

For years, HR has worked to position itself as a harbinger of change. With more pressure than ever to deliver strategic value to the organisation, we’ll build a model of effective HR leadership in today’s 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.


Anywhere, Anytime: A Wholistic Approach to Crisis Management

The once clearly defined lines of crisis management have become blurred in today’s hyper-connected and always-on world. In this session, we’ll interrogate the relevance of traditional crisis roles, redefining where HR fits into the picture, discover how to strike a balance between employee empowerment and control, and share case-studies on rebuilding corporate reputation in the wake of a crisis.


Outposts of Opportunity: Positioning Your Company in the War for Talent

AI is forecast to create more jobs than it displaces, leaving room for a deeper focus on uniquely human abilities. HR is responsible for securing these contested pockets of creative talent. In this session we’ll hear how HR leaders are achieving this unassailable priority; raise the hood on employee experience; and examine how business are using opportunities outside the office to attract employees into it.


The Art of Empowerment: Arming Your Assets

Attracting talent is only one piece of the puzzle. This session breaks down where organisations are investing to empower and retain their most valuable resource – their people. You’ll hear what leading companies are doing to boost retention rates, productivity, and the bottom line.


Beyond Conversation: Adopting the Right Analytics

In every industry, conversation around transformation is anchored in data. It is our prerogative to understand how developments in the data and analytics space are shaping the profession. We’ll discuss the business case for implementing a dedicated people analytics program, unpack the impact of real-time performance insights, and set-forth a roadmap so that you can allocate your finite resources for results.


Future Fortifications: Identifying and Seizing Opportunity

From flying cars to colonies on Mars, predictions of the future have varied wildly in their accuracy over the centuries. But reading the short-term horizon and planning for its arrival is a more realistic and valuable pursuit. In this session we’ll unveil the social and technological forces impacting businesses in the short term, expose mythology and hype, and hear how to position HR to seize opportunity, whenever it arrives and in whatever form it takes.


2020 Sponsors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. HR-leaders-Forum.html

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Pricing and Discounts Early Bird Registration
(until 27/11/2020)
Standard Registration
(from 28/11/2020)
1 Delegate Pass $1,195 + GST $1,395 + GST
4 Delegates Passes (includes 1 Free) $3,585 + GST $4,185 + GST
1 Digital Pass $995 + GST $1,195 + GST
5 Digital Passes (Save $1,975) $3,000 + GST $4,000 + GST

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

Capacity for the Forum is strictly capped to 150 delegates. Once in-person passes become exhausted, only digital passes will be available. Register now to secure your place.

COVID 19 Additional Information – Secure your place with confidence

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
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact [email protected].

We look forward to delivering this event for you

  • 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.

    Digital Pass:

    A digital pass is valid for the use of 1 user and provides access to live content, inclusive of all keynotes, and sessions. The pass also provides access to this content and speaker presentations, on demand, for 1 week from the event date. Access must not be shared by multiple user’s or redistributed in any way. Please note: Sharing of speaker presentation’s is subject to approval from the guest speaker. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny access to anyone who is found violating the above terms.

    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 Media and Communications 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 Communications 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 the event. Where Connect Media is unable to run the event in the next 12 months (from the date of the event), you will be entitled to a full refund. In the unlikely event that it is cancelled or postponed, no compensation will be provided for cancelled/amended travel arrangements. Connect Media and Communications 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.

    Photography and Video:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd 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 Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world. By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected].

    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 [email protected]. To view our full privacy policy please visit:

  • 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


Celebrating its 9th year, Australia’s premier event for HR professionals, the HR Leaders Forum equips executives with the vision, strategy and leadership tactics to overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance.

Contact Us

Connect Media
Studio 2, 21 Mary St, Surry Hills
NSW 2010, Australia
Phone +61 2 8004 8590