DAY ONE: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Introduction from the Chairperson
Joe Murphy, Workplace and Employment Director, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
Welcome from the Event Partner
Danny Lessem, Chief Executive Officer, ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll
|9:15am||KEYNOTE: A long way home
Hear the gripping real-life story that inspired the Oscar-nominated film Lion.
Saroo Brierley, Best-selling author
Mr Saroo Brierley appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.
|10:15am||HR SPOTLIGHT: What really motivates people today?
Kynan Newswan, Head of Performance and Reward, AMP Capital
|10:30am||Morning refreshments & networking break|
Unlearning change, Re-learning transformation
Learning to manage change has become pseudoymous with managing the status quo and this has resulted in leaders' response to change as being cause and effect - 'if this - then that'. This narrow learning perspective often cheats the prospect of innovation and squeezes transformative thinking into a set of linear, familiar change-related outcomes.
Wesley Payne McClendon, Global Transformation Executive & Thought Leader, McClendon Research Group, Inc.
LEGAL UPDATE How to manage difficult employee exits
Redundancies are one of the easier types of termination. Terminations for misconduct and persistent poor performance are slightly more challenging. But what happens when you want to terminate someone’s employment for being a poor cultural fit or interpersonal behaviours?
Joydeep Hor, Founder & Managing Principal, People & Culture Strategies
|12:30pm||The eternal HR challenge of managing change
We have to accept that with intensifying competition within and across businesses, the pace of change is ever increasing. How we manage change can often determine the sucess of your organisation, and its people that drive it. Let's uncover the following:
Tim Cincotta, Business Development Manager, ELMO Software
|2:00pm||PANEL DISCUSSION: How to become an Employer of Choice - three (very different) best-practice HR strategies
In this discussion, finalists in the Employer of Choice categories at the 2017 Australian HR Awards will share their insights into creating, cultivating and maintaining a strong and positive employer brand.
Jessica Ciccozzi, General Manager People and Capability, QinetiQ Pty Ltd
|3:00pm||Leadership and Courage: Interview with the Australian HR Director of the year
HRD editor Iain Hopkins will interview the winner of the Australian HR Director of the Year Award about the secrets of their success and the future of the HR profession.
Assistant Commisioner Carlene York, New South Wales Police Force, Human Resources Command
|3:15pm||Afternoon refreshments & networking break|
|3:45pm||WORKSHOP: Tough conversations - balancing strength with empathy
HR professionals are trusted by management to handle difficult conversations with sensitivity and pragmatism. This workshop will involve practical exercises to build your skills in conducting challenging interpersonal discussions.
Anna Wenngren, Human Resource Director AAPAC, Information Resources Inc
DAY TWO: Thursday 15 March 2018
Opening remarks from the Chairperson
Nigel Ward, CEO, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
KEYNOTE: Creating physical, mental and emotional resilience
Resilience continues to rank as one of the most important skills HR professionals need to perform effectively. In this exciting keynote, go beyond the boundaries of the workplace and be inspired by champion aerial skier Alisa Camplin, Australia’s first female Winter Olympic gold medallist, and how she overcame physical, mental and emotional setbacks to achieve success.
Alisa Camplin OAM, Olympic Champion and Deputy Chair, Australian Sports Commission
Being a frank and fearless adviser in the C-Suite
It’s the role of the HR director to provide the CEO and executive team with candid and pragmatic advice, even when the truth hurts. This session will explore the role of the HR director as the honest truth-teller in a leadership team.
Meaghan Davis, Head of Human Resources, Australia, Lendlease
|10:30am||LIVE INTERVIEW: The role of integrity, emotional intelligence and resilience in HR today
A recent HRD Magazine survey revealed integrity, emotional intelligence and resilience as the most valued attributes among HR professionals.
Shannan Quain, Head of National Learning and Capability Development, Australian Bureau of Statistics
|10:45am||Morning refreshments & networking break|
|11:15am||CASE STUDY: How the National Australia Bank uses HR data analytics and metrics
HR analytics is growing exponentially in importance, with many organisations now developing sophisticated data teams and systems to inform HR strategies.
Thomas Hedegaard Rasmussen, GM People Analytics, Insights & Experience, National Australia Bank
PANEL: Leadership insights from Australia’s top HR directors
In this panel, the finalists of the Australian HR Director of the Year category at the 2017 Australian HR Awards will share their challenges and insights into successful HR leadership.
Fiona Crawford, General Manager Human Resources, InfoTrack Pty Ltd
|12:45pm||FIRESIDE CHAT: Insights from an HR leader
In this informal session, a top HR Director from a leading global brand shares their insights with HRD editor Iain Hopkins.
Denise Hanlon, HR Director, Winning Group
|2:00pm||CASE STUDY: How Aurecon creates an amazing employee experience
Great employers focus on the entire, integrated employee experience, including HR, workplace and management practices. High-performing companies focus on enriching the employee experience, leading to meaningful and productive work.
Liam Hayes, Chief People Officer, Aurecon
|2:30pm||WORKSHOP: Advanced business partnering for HR professionals
HR professionals need to provide solid technical guidance with a calm, clear and consistent approach. As the recognition of the importance of HR increases, influencing skills have never been more important than today.
Karen Gately, Director, Ryan Gately
|3:45pm||GRAND PRIZE DRAW - $10,000 PRIZE GIVEAWAY