Schedule 2020


DAY ONE: Wednesday 17 June 2020


Registration opens


Welcome & opening remarks from the chairperson


Welcome from the event partner


HR SPOTLIGHT: HR leadership in the future

We live in an increasingly dynamic and fluid world. As workplaces transform, employees are demanding more flexibility and technology is promising to liberate HR departments from transactional tasks. What will HR roles look like in the future?

  • Preparing your workforce for future challenges and opportunities
  • What does the future hold for progressive and flexible work options and benefits?
  • How can we guide and support teams for a future that is uncertain?

Louise Hope, Director of People and Performance, Australian Film Television and Radio School


Event partner session


Morning refreshment and networking break


Bold leadership from the top: Exclusive interview with a powerhouse HR champion

Forward thinking CEOs understand the critical importance of HR directors in inspiring people to carry out strategic initiatives. The session will cover:

  • The importance of empowering HR team to carry out people programs
  • The traits that CEOs value in HR leaders
  • The key to authentic, bold HR leadership in the boardroom
  • How HR can impact bottom-line revenue and performance

Craig Boyle, Partner, MinterEllison



The world has changed over the last two years and HR is changing with it. We are now seeing unprecedented levels of workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion and sexual identification.

  • How has the #metoo movement changed the way we think about gender and accountability?
  • Widening the diversity lens beyond gender issues
  • Diversity strategies to incorporate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups
  • What makes a successful GLBTIQA+ and pride initiative?
  • Creating an inclusive culture where everyone is comfortable and teams are built around diversity of thought

Angie Young,  Chief Information Officer, General Manager, People & Culture Synergy 


Networking lunch


PANEL: Creating a personalised employee experience

We are shifting from viewing our workforce as a collective to appreciating and embracing the uniqueness of individuals. Accordingly, HR will be shifting focus from an employee experience to individual experience.

  • Educating employees to discover their personal strengths, passions and purpose
  • Facilitating high communication between departments, greater involvement with staff family and passions, and a focus on career development for staff
  • Solutions that apply personalisation wisely in a scalable way
  • Taking a holistic approach that sees employees as whole people and aims to ensure the best for each
  • Examples of highly connected and very personalised people management strategies

Matthew Thomas, General Manager — People & Culture, Racing and Wagering Australia

Holly Barnes, Head of People & Culture, Moodle


C-suite and boardroom dynamics and executive skills for today's HR leader

Hear from >>xyz<< weighs in on the practical realities of strategy-making, conflict resolution and alliance-building in the c-suite and boardroom.

  • Negotiating and influencing skills for HR leaders in the executive team
  • Conflict management at the highest level — creating unity while encouraging diversity of thought
  • Guiding the executive team through ethical dilemmas

Rebekah Silver, Client Executive, Cornerstone OnDemand


Afternoon refreshment and networking break


CASE STUDY: Communicating and driving cultural change

As businesses change, cultural change becomes essential for survival. And now more than ever, HR is steering the ship of change.

  • Encouraging communication and problem-solving within and between departments
  • Influencing employees and managers away from having fixed mindsets
  • Encouraging people to be open to ideas and feel ownership of cultural change
  • Building leadership capability to drive cultural change
  • Driving cultural change as a steady piece of work, not a big bang approach
  • Encouraging employees to stop, think, and internalise cultural change programs
  • Promoting the values that drive better performance and help overcome outdated behaviours

Catherine Walker, General Manager, Organisational Capability, Bethanie


PANEL: Leading for the future — equipping our workforces with the skills for the future

The future is human. When AI and other HR tech platforms have been effectively implemented across the economy, HR leaders will need to work cross-functionally to provide the people side of strategy. This panel will draw on audience participation to discuss key take-aways from the forum. Prepare to get involved.

  • How will we build our credibility as respected, valued and trusted HR leaders?
  • What will future organisations need from their executive teams?
  • How can we build our organisations' agility to meet unknown new challenges?


Jo Woodfield, Managing Director, The Higher Mix 


Angela Edwards, HR Director Asia Pacific, CHC Helicopters

Priscilla Sanders, VP Human Resources (South East Asia Pacific, South Asia, Middle East, Africa), Arjo

Crystal Murphy, Executive General Manager - People, ABN Group 

Maxine Mincham, General Manager Human Resources, Sonic HealthPlus


Day one concludes

DAY TWO: Thursday 18 June 2020


Opening remarks from the chairperson

Adrian Robinson, Managing Director, Brainbox


HR spotlight: Telling stories through data

HR leaders increasingly need to think ‘big picture’ and analyse HR data to drive decision making. In the future, how will HR teams use data to tell stories?

  • Making connections across data and information to inform successful decision making
  • Using data and analytics to influence stakeholders at all levels
  • How to shape data into a narrative to help reveal findings, trends or underlying patterns
  • Using linked visualisations to explain how and why HR data changes over time
  • How can we use data to think differently about the employee experience?

Maria Moraitis, General Manager People, Performance and Culture, Fleetcare


Sponsor session

Today's best HR directors are authentic leaders who earn the trust and confidence of their executive peers to guide them through strategic and ethical challenges.

  • Discovering your unique leadership style and building your leadership legacy
  • Leading with inclusiveness, empowerment and candour
  • Structuring and leading high-level discussions about concepts, ideas, strategy and execution

Barry Bloch, Head of Organisational Transformation, Monash Health 


Morning refreshment break


PANEL: Leading a flexible and remote workforce

As workplaces become more agile, HR professionals will become the essential bond that keeps the team cohesive and provides employees with a sense of belonging. How do you foster collaboration, teamwork, agility and cohesion in an increasingly remote work environment?

  • Managing remote, virtual and outsourced employees from an HR perspective
  • Successful HR programs that support gig economy workers and contractors
  • Communication strategies to create a cohesive culture in a remote and virtual world
  • HR programs that combine targets and metrics with flexible work arrangements
  • Next level: what type of workplace flexibility will employers offer in the next five years?


Anna Pitman, Director, ACP Consulting Group


Jessica Blackwell, Head of People and Culture, Perth Festival


Networking lunch


CASE STUDY: Driving a continuous learning culture to support your organisation’s business goals

Companies need to be agile in order to survive. Similarly, L&D departments must be prepared to develop capability learning programs to support changing business strategies.

  • Aligning your L&D initiatives with your organisation’s business goals
  • Understand what drives continuous learning culture at >>xyz<<
  • Strategies implemented in >>xyz<< to assist employees for future leadership roles

Yvette Cachia, Group Executive, People and Legal, Healius Limited


Supporting career development within an agile work structure

The world is moving quickly. Progressive organisations are responding by transforming hierarchical structures into agile teams. Now more than ever, being quick, agile and responsive is everything. But how do we offer career development and certainty in this new dynamic and flat structure?

  • Agile strategies, structures, people, processes and technology
  • Shifting away from hierarchical, command and control leadership structure
  • What does a non-hierarchical approach to career development look like?
  • Enabling talent to move around to gain experience on different projects continue learning
  • What career progression can we provide in a lean, low hierarchy environment?

Melanie Kelsall, People Manager, Virgin Australia Regional Airlains


Afternoon refreshment and networking break


PANEL: Creating strong middle managers and supervisors

Execution of HR programs and business strategies often takes place at the mid-level and supervisory level. While HR teams develop HR programs, it is the line managers, supervisors, and middle managers who can really make things happen. How can we make sure that middle managers are aligned, coached and trained to succeed?

  • Which HR and L&D programs can best cultivate human and soft skills in managers and supervisors?
  • How to coach leaders and managers to build their emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Proven HR strategies that help leaders and managers to become thoughtful, authentic and inclusive

Jamie Getgood, Director, Getgood Consulting


Conference concludes


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