DAY ONE: Wednesday 14 March 2018


8:00am   Registration opens


9:00am   Introduction from the Chairperson

9:10am   Welcome from the Event Partner



9:15am   KEYNOTE: A long way home

Hear the gripping real-life story of what inspired the Oscar-nominated film Lion.

Saroo Brierley, Best-selling author


10:15am   HR SPOTLIGHT: What really motivates people today?

 Kynan Newswan, Head of Performance and Reward, AMP Capital




10:45am   Morning refreshments & networking break


11:00am   CASE STUDY: How the HR team at <xyz> embraced digital disruption

 As digital disruption transforms business across Australia, successful organisations (such as xyz) have learned to change and adapt quickly and embrace the dynamically changing career demands of their people.

  • Securing and galvanising support and investment for HR initiatives in a dynamic environment
  • Real-time learning programs that prepare employees for  rapidly-changing conditions
  • Creating an agile workforce and future-proofing HR strategies against digital disruption



11:45am   LEGAL UPDATE: 

 Session details TBC

Joydeep Hor, Founder & Managing Principal, People & Culture Strategies







1:00pm   Networking Lunch


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.

  • Creating and cultivating a great employee culture
  • Reward and recognition trends and best practice
  • Real-time learning and development options for today’s learners

Jessica Ciccozzi, General Manager People and Capability, QinetiQ Pty Ltd
Steve Reid, Group HR Director, oOh! Media
Mari Ruiz, Chief People & Culture Officer, BankVic


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.

  • The key to authentic, courageous HR leadership
  • How to overcome professional challenges to achieve success in HR
  • The key to achieving buy-in from leadership and managers

 Assistant Commisioner Carlene York, New South Wales Police Force, Human Resources Command




3:00pm   Afternoon refreshments & networking break


3:45pm   WORKSHOP: Tough conversations - balancing strength with empath

 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.

  • Handling emotionally-charged situations with professionalism
  • Tough empathy: The ability to have tough conversation while showing empathy
  • Tips for handling unexpected scenarios with combative employees

 Anna Wenngren, Human Resource Director AAPAC, Information Resources Inc


4:30pm   Networking Event



DAY TWO: Thursday 15 March 2018


8:30am   Registration opens
9:00am   Opening remarks from the Chairperson


9:15am   KEYNOTE: 




10:15am   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.

  • How to handle professional situations that test your integrity
  • Tips for building personal resilience in the face of constant change and upheaval
  • Emotional intelligence – Managing your own emotions and working with your colleague’s emotions

Shannan Quain, Head of National Learning and Capability Development, Australian Bureau of Statistics


10:30am   HR SPOTLIGHT: What will the workplace look like in 2025?





10:45am   Morning refreshments & networking break


11:15am   CASE STUDY: How <company xyz> 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.

  • Using data to predict the “high flight-risk” employees
  • Predictive models directed at improving the employee experience
  • Going beyond recruitment and retention numbers to talent and performance management
  • Can data be used to measure the adoption of cultural values?
  • Turning data into useful information to enable business leaders to make more robust decisions



12:00pm   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.

  • What is the key to success in HR leadership today?
  • How is digital disruption changing the practice of HR?
  • How to lead, inspire, manage and engage a dynamic and rapidly changing workforce
  • Career development tips from HR directors who have made it to the top

Greg Barnier, Chief People Officer, icare NSW
Fiona Crawford, General Manager Human Resources, InfoTrack Pty Ltd
Laurence Halabut, Chief Human Resource Officer, Toyota Financial Services



 Libbi Wilson, Group HR Director, Coca-Cola Amatil


1:00pm   Networking lunch


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.

  • What can the concepts of customer experience teach us about employee experience?
  • Creating programs, policies, initiatives that employees LOVE to use
  • Creating a culture where flexibility, collaboration and creativity are nurtured
  • Technological solutions that enhance the employee experience
  • Do we need to rethink the roles, structure, programs and strategies that we use in HR?

Liam Hayes, Chief People Officer, Aurecon
Amanda Vinning, Employee Experience Leader, 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.

  • The power of influence - convincing managers about the importance of developing their people
  • Winning the trust of line managers and leadership throughout the organisation
  • Conveying messages with authority and persuasion

Scott Marks, Head of Human Resources, Roche Pharma Australia 




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