National Convention & Exhibition 2024

MELBOURNE

20 – 22 AUGUST 2024

Insights

Learn about practical solutions to critical workplace challenges facing Australian HR and business leaders.

1a Insight

Tuesday 20 August

11.00am – 11.50am

Attract, develop, retain: A comprehensive approach to talent management

Effective talent management is crucial for success. Explore strategies for attracting top talent, nurturing their growth, and retaining them for the long term. From innovative recruitment methods to fostering a culture of continuous learning and implementing retention initiatives, we’ll provide practical insights to help you optimise your talent management efforts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how to strengthen your organisation’s workforce and drive sustainable growth.

1b Insight

Tuesday 20 August

11.00am – 11.50am

Crafting a compelling value proposition for talent today and tomorrow

Jo Barr, Head of Talent Acquisition, MECCA Brands

Brie Mason, Principal Strategist & Director, Employer Brand Mason

Mark Puncher, CEO, Employer Branding Australia

Alex Pusenjak, VP, People & Culture, Fluent Commerce

Effective talent management is crucial for success. Explore strategies for attracting top talent, nurturing their growth, and retaining them for the long term. From innovative recruitment methods to fostering a culture of continuous learning and implementing retention initiatives, we’ll provide practical insights to help you optimise your talent management efforts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how to strengthen your organisation’s workforce and drive sustainable growth.

2a Insight

Tuesday 20 August

11.55am – 12.45pm

Harnessing the power of group intelligence to create meaningful and lasting change

With many forces of change buffeting business today, a scary state of flux has replaced certainty, stability, and familiarity. This is delivering a wake-up call to make crucial changes happen, make them quickly, and make them stick.

Traditional approaches to change management fall into one of two categories: organisations function like machines, where managers pull change levers to “fix” problems with an engineer’s mindset (IQ). Or, people form social networks wherein individual “influencers” make change happen by developing effective interpersonal relationships (EQ).

Neither of these models offers a full picture of what really happens in an organisation. Join CPO and change expert Siobhan McHale who offers a third option: organisations are complex ecosystems that require Group Intelligence (GQ) to bring about meaningful and lasting change.

2b Insight

Tuesday 20 August

11.55am – 12.45pm

Igniting a culture revolution: Innovative strategies for a thriving workplace

Organisational culture encompasses the values, beliefs, and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organisation. It influences all aspects of how an organisation operates, including decision-making, employee behaviour, and customer perception. Join this panel of industry experts to explore proven strategies and insights on nurturing an environment that celebrates diversity, encourages engagement, and promotes a sense of belonging. Learn how to influence and protect your organisation’s culture, aligning it with your mission, vision, and values for a more empowered and productive workforce.

3a Insight

Tuesday 20 August

1.45pm – 2.35pm

Navigating Today's Capability Challenges While Building for Tomorrow

Lisa Burquest, Chief People Officer, Virgin Australia

Technological advancements, changing workforce demographics, and the increasing demand for diverse skill sets are all influencing the capabilities of current and future HR professionals. Through practical insights and case studies, we explore how to adapt your HR practices to build a resilient HR function, future-proof your workforce, and adapt to your organisation’s evolving needs.

3b Insight

Tuesday 20 August

1.45pm – 2.35pm

Aligning HR Strategy with Rapid Business Evolution

Rapid business evolution brings opportunities as well as challenges for HR. These range from fostering organisational agility, promoting workforce resilience and driving sustainable growth. Explore how HR can proactively respond to dynamic market conditions and what practical approaches can be taken to ensure your strategies remain in sync with evolving business needs.

4a Insight

Tuesday 20 August

2.40pm – 3.35pm

Essential Skills for Today's and Tomorrow's HR Demands

From aligning HR strategies with business objectives to fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, broader business relies on the HR function to drive strategic initiatives and navigate complex workforce challenges. Join this discussion as we delve into the critical role HR plays in meeting business and explore how it can meet expectations of the C-suite by providing data-driven insights, strategic talent management, and agile practices. Learn the actionable strategies strengthening collaboration between HR and senior leadership that are driving organisational success in today’s business environment.

4b Insight

Tuesday 20 August

2.40pm – 3.35pm

The Power of Positioning: Becoming a trusted leadership voice

In a time where Google conducts millions of searches per minute, and social media and digital content dominate our screens, the concept of personal branding and positioning has never been more critical, especially for leaders. Leadership and team culture expert Shane Hatton goes beyond the surface of building a personal brand; he examines how leaders are perceived and placed in the minds of their teams and peers. Shane will explore the intricate relationship between a leader’s identity and their message, emphasising that trust, not just title, grants genuine influence.

5a Insight 

Wednesday 21 August

11.00am – 11.50am

Navigating Today's Compliance Landscape with an Eye on Tomorrow

Staying abreast of compliance requirements has never been more important . From shifting regulatory landscapes to emerging technologies and societal changes, HR professionals face a myriad of challenges and opportunities.

In this exclusive conversation, we investigate the complexities of navigating today’s compliance landscape while keeping a keen eye on future developments. Equip yourself with the information and tools you need to stay ahead of the curve.

5b Insight 

Wednesday 21 August

11.00am – 11.50am

Key Strategies to Support Middle Managers in Today's Environment and Beyond

Middle managers are the backbone of any organisation, bridging the gap between senior leadership and frontline workforce. However this important cohort face unique challenges requiring strategies to navigate complexities, foster innovation, and drive organisational success.

Explore innovative approaches to empower middle management, equipping them with the tools and insights needed to excel amidst uncertainty. From fostering effective communication channels to cultivating resilience and agility, this session will provide the tools and knowledge to enhance leadership capabilities and facilitate organisational growth.

6a Insight

Wednesday 21 August

11.55am – 12.45pm

From Data to Insight: Leveraging Analytics for Today's Decisions and Future Strategies

In today’s data-driven world, organisations are inundated with  a vast array of information from multiple sources. However, the true value lies not in the data itself but the insights derived from it. Join us for an engaging conversation which explores the journey from data to insight, and discuss how organisations can leverage analytics to inform present-day decisions and future strategies.

6b Insight

Wednesday 21 August

11.55am – 12.45pm

Unlocking Sustainability: The role of People and Culture

Increasingly, organisations are reporting their sustainability commitments and drawing on the support of People and Culture (P&C) to guide the development of sustainability functions and embed sustainability (ESG) into organisational culture. 

This is an exciting space for P&C, with opportunity for meaningful impact, within and beyond the organisation.

In this presentation, we will explore the landscape of corporate sustainability, including sustainability intent and how P&C functions can guide a mindset and practice of sustainability into organisational DNA.

7a Insight

Wednesday 21 August

1.45pm – 2.40pm

Addressing Today's Efficiency Gaps and Tomorrow's Opportunities with AI

Explore the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in optimising operational efficiency while unlocking future opportunities. Gain insights into how AI can bridge HR and business efficiency gaps  through streamlined processes, enhanced decision-making, and cost savings. From automated workflows to predictive analytics, we discuss practical AI solutions designed to address today’s key efficiency challenges across sectors and industries.

7b Insight

Wednesday 21 August

1.45pm – 2.40pm

Reconfiguring a healthy, resilient and high performing organisation; fit for now and tomorrow

Reconfiguring a healthy, resilient, and high performing organisation and workforce that is fit for now and tomorrow requires re-thinking traditional organisation and job design. We must move beyond structures, job descriptions and tasks to align work with strategy and purpose, while employing contemporary workforce design principles. We have an opportunity to shape work to optimise both individual and collective potential, maximising available resources, fostering skill expansion, and empowering employees to thrive.

Cultivating a future-oriented workforce requires a leadership capability that fosters innovation, facilitates data-driven decision making and considers our rapidly evolving environment and the associated impacts on the workforce. With the goal to enable individuals to flourish and contribute meaningfully to organisational success this session will explore how organisations can create work practices and roles that promote health and wellbeing while driving sustainable outcomes.

7c Insight

Wednesday 21 August

1.45pm – 2.40pm

Balancing Act: Navigating Performance and Wellbeing in the Workplace

In today’s fast-paced business environment, peak performance can often come at the cost of wellbeing. Join this a compelling panel session where industry experts unpack the strategies for achieving an equilibrium between high performance and wellbeing. This session will delve into the importance of psychosocial safety and its impact on preventing burnout whilst fostering a culture where employees can thrive both professionally and personally.

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