AHRI WA Conference 2024

16 and 17 May, Perth Optus Stadium

Exploring the power of connections to shape the future of HR in Western Australia

Explore the ways in which we can lift HR practice to the next level and add more value within organisations.

Thursday, 16 May

8:00am
Coffee and networking
8:30am
Opening Comments

Jonathon Woolfrey · WA State President · Australian HR Institute

AHRI address
8:50am
OPENING KEYNOTE: Industrial Relations as the mining boom ends
10:25am
Morning tea, expo, networking
10:55am
SESSION 3: Connecting Workplace Relations - Leaders talk Workplace Relations Strategy for Employers

Jessica Price (Moderator)

Alex Lyon

Bronwyn Baker

11:40am
SESSION 4

Jonathon Woolfrey FCPHR · Managing partner – Talenting & WA State President · Australian HR Institute

12:25pm
Lunch, expo and networking
1:10pm
SESSION 5
1:55pm
SESSION 6: Ask Me Anything! Expert Advice on Curly Challenges
2:40pm
Afternoon Tea, expo and networking
3:10pm
SESSION 7

Celia Hammond

3:55pm
Closing comments

Friday, 17 May

8:30am
Coffee and networking
9:00am
Opening Comments
9:10am
OPENING KEYNOTE: Connecting to the Big Picture

The charts and stats that explain the WA economy, and what your teams are facing. 

10:05am
SESSION 2

Paul Hadfield FCPHR (Moderator) · Vice President of Membership · Australian HR Institute

Beth Shaw

Belinda Riley

10:55am
Morning tea, expo, networking
11:25am
SESSION 3a: Learning to Thrive: Cultivating our Human Superpower in a Tech-Focused World

Join us for an illuminating conversation where we delve into strategies for nurturing our human superpower of learning, unlearning and relearning amidst the ever-evolving digital landscape. 

We have entered a realm of anxious professionals of whom are bombarded with noise around the relevancy of their skills and the trajectory of their careers. In an era dominated by advancing technology and digital transformation, the need to celebrate and enhance our inherent human abilities, and how we do this in connection with each other, has never been more paramount.   

What was relevant yesterday, may be obsolete tomorrow. Traditional skilling models are no longer sufficient, and continuous learning, unlearning outdated concepts and relearning new ones are necessary to keep up with changing requirements as technology continues to evolve. Learning from each other and growing our unique strengths collectively will be fundamental to how we continue to deliver value and sustain relevancy as humans.  

We’ll explore proven methods and ways forward for fostering an adaptive learning mindset and grow an underpinning learning culture across any individual, team and organisation undertaking transformational change so they can thrive. 

12:20pm
SESSION 4: Connection 5x5

Charlie Blake · Managing Director · Neon Leadership

Kat Thompson MAHRI · GM Culture and Capability · MNG

Louise Gibson · Founder & Director · With Verve

Nadia Beedeison

Kim Lancer

12:50pm
Lunch, expo and networking
1:35pm
SESSION 5a: Safe Enough to Take a Chance: Driving Creativity through Connection

Today’s leaders are faced with two simultaneous pressures: the need to innovate in the face of an uncertain future, and the need to maintain the wellbeing of their staff. 

Dive into an engaging, participatory workshop where we bridge this gap between psychosocial safety and the creativity needed to spark innovation. 

Learn through dynamic, participatory exercises how to foster genuine connections and drive engagement within your teams. This session offers an experience of the relationship between connection, safety, and the creativity needed to create transformational change. You’ll be on your feet connecting with colleagues and learning through experience in a safe, welcoming environment. 

This workshop will invite you to think about creativity and connection differently.  

1:35pm
SESSION 5b: Using Corporate Theatre for Understanding and Connection

Jacob Fjord · Director · The Experience Lab

Join us to discover how using drama and theatre can ignite connection, conversation and understanding about difficult workplace and societal topics. 

2:10pm
SESSION 6a: Lessons Learned: OD, Leadership and Connections

Darja Kragt MAHRI (Moderator) · Councillor · Australian HR Institute

Francesca Stewart MAHRI · Manager Employee Experience · The Perth Mint

Luke Greenwood · Manager Learning & Organisational Development · Covalent Lithium

Katrina Gannon · Leadership Design and Facilitation Lead · Organisational Development – Crown Resorts Perth

3:05pm
SESSION 7a

Lucy Harding MAHRI (Moderator) · Councillor · Australian HR Institute

Emma Harris

Catherine Walker · Director Human Resources (interim) · University of Western Australia

3:55pm
Afternoon Tea, expo and networking
4:20pm
SESSION 8

Details coming soon.

4:55pm
CLOSING COMMENTS
5:00pm
Networking drinks

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Explore how we best collaborate and make connections to enhance our contribution with the people we work with. Be part of insightful discussions, gain practical insights, and network with industry leaders