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Jessica Miller-Merrell
Jessica Miller-Merrell
HR & Workplace Speaker, Author & Consultant, Workology
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Mastering Influence and Collaboration To Achieve Your Strategic Goals

HR leaders have big goals and dreams, but it can be challenging to grab the attention of C-level leaders and articulate the value of learning and development programs. How do you speak about disruption and innovation in a language that resonates with your leadership team and moves them to support your work?

The way to earn authority with leaders is through influence, persuasion, and collaboration. If you're interested in implementing new HR technologies, don't start with tech—begin by understanding how power and influence work within organisations. From there, rethink your approach to relationships and collaboration to achieve your desired results.

It's time to become a more effective business leader who can lead change management and transformation initiatives and improve the employee experience within your organisation. If you have a vision and wonder how to gain decision-making authority, this session will show you how to inspire and compel others to take action and follow your lead.

You Are HR: Re-Imagining Human Resources in a Talent-Driven Economy

The world of work is changing. As we prepare for new developments in the business landscape, our approach to the workforce must transform. In this session, Laurie focuses on a new idea: everybody is in the business of HR.  This session explores how contemporary HR professionals and business leaders can step forward and rethink human capital management from the ground up. Laurie shares stories on the latest research, data, and evidence-based strategies for talent acquisition and retention, and we cover topics such as workforce readiness, creative talent management policies and business performance.

Whether you work as a Human Resources Business Partner or C-Suite Leader, you're in the business of delivering a high-impact employee experience to your workforce. Attendees will learn how to manage and motivate employees from a place of trust, reward exceptional performance, and leverage technology while encouraging workers to make a human-to-human connection experience within your organisation. If you have a vision and wonder how to gain decision-making authority, this session will show you how to inspire and compel others to take action and follow your lead.

Gregory Bayne
Gregory Bayne
Director & Psychologist, Total Leader & Coach Solutions Australia (AUS)
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Are You Watering the Right Tree? Exploring the Balance Between Technology, Innovation, Data and the Well-being of Your People

There is no doubt that if organisations don’t keep up with technology, leverage data and embrace innovation that the organisation is likely to either fail or be outperformed by competitors. However, we also know that without highly engaged, enabled and competent people and leaders the organisation will also fail. How do we know that we are getting the right balance? How do we know if we watering too much or too little before it is too late?

In this engaging and insightful keynote, we will examine the impact of getting this balance wrong. We will examine the future of work and the complex relationship between people and technology, and the critical importance of striking a balance between how much we focus on technology and data versus the well-being of your people.

Build a Culture of Accountability: Transforming Organisational Performance and Outperforming your Competitors

If you ask any senior executive what they believe is a key factor in driving a culture of success, it will be accountability. Yet, very few organisations successfully implement a culture of accountability. We will present a framework and methodology for building a culture of accountability, and most importantly generating the experience of ‘Feeling Accountable’ across an organisation. We will explore:

  • The key principles underpinning a culture of accountability
  • The role of people, technology and data in generating accountability
  • Top three strategies to put into place to initiate the shift to accountability
Tim Slade
Tim Slade
Speaker, Author, & Award-Winning Freelance eLearning Designer, TimSlade.com (USA)
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Why Most Learning Fails & How to Fix It

Let’s admit it: most learning is a total failure! The sad reality is that most courses require learners to sit through a disappointing experience, where information is poorly-organised, the content isn’t relevant, and the interactions seem contrived and without purpose. This is compounded even more when the slideshow-like presentation is interrupted with several poorly-written quiz questions and cheesy animations to make it all seem “fun.”

In this session, you will explore many of the reasons why most learning fails and the components that contribute to bad learning design. At the end of this session, you will walk away with several practical methods you can immediately apply to design learning that delivers results.

How to Build a High-Performing Learning Team

Building a high-performing learning team can be a huge undertaking. As a leader, you have to balance the strategic needs of the organisation with the capabilities and capacity of your learning team. More often than not, it comes down to a delicate balancing act between speed and quality.

In this session, you will explore practical strategies you can employ to build a learning team that thinks and works strategically within your organisation. We’ll explore how to ensure your deliverables drive results by aligning with the learning needs of your stakeholders, how to structure your learning team to balance speed and quality of work, and how to improve the performance of your team retrospectively.

Alon Lits
Alon Lits
General Manager, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa
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The Power of Culture: Learnings from Uber’s Cultural Journey

In early 2017, accusations came to light of endemic sexual harassment, a culture of sexism and inequitable treatment, from a former tech engineer in Uber’s San Francisco Head Office. In addition to these, were revelations of a failure by the company’s HR department to take action to address these issues, which had reportedly been raised with them.

Uber did not, as many companies have done before them, bury their head in the sand. Instead, we commissioned an investigation by Eric Holder, the former attorney general of the USA, and a period of soul searching through the company globally began.

For the last 2 years, we have been on a journey to transform our culture, to one of the healthiest cultures to work in that I have experienced in my 20-year career.

Culture and its impact is a passion of mine. My own career journey has afforded me the privilege of insights into a really diverse array of cultures and environments.  From beginnings in recruitment consulting, I was approached to become the first Head of HR for Europe by Australia’s premier Investment bank. After a period of travel in London, Shanghai and the USA, I later joined the Music Industry with Ministry of sound and then a Digital media and transformation agency, before becoming Uber Australia and New Zealand’s first Head of HR. In this session, I will draw upon these experiences to outline my views on the power of a culture of positivity and inclusion.

The Future of Work, the Gig Economy and Uber

The world of work is changing. The future of the workplace will be more varied and complex than the traditional 9-5 and its arriving fast. Uber has become the ‘poster child’ for one of the new employment models that has become known as the ‘Gig Economy.’ Flexibility and accessibility are the key facets that differentiate this employment model, which have opened up new opportunities for so many.

But the gig economy has challenges that need to be worked through as it evolves. In this session, I will evaluate the pros and cons of the gig economy and our work within this arena to make our partners experience even more positive, in the areas of development, opportunity, safety and security.

Richard Gilhooly
Richard Gilhooly
Head of People & Development, New Zealand Rugby (NZ)
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Changing the Culture of Rugby – The Internal Culture Change Required to Support the Changing Face of Our Game

For 125 years, rugby has been the sporting backbone of our society. Faced with growing challenges around declining playing and crowd numbers, rugby is also now facing the reality of a culture that is being questioned by the society it was once the hub of. NZR is now one of many sporting organisations tasked with creating a culture that will attract an increasingly diverse NZ to participate and leadership starts from within. You’ll hear about the criticality of the relationship between the Head of People and the CEO and how this drives bold and courageous decision making as well as the power of vulnerability and its impact on driving cultural change.

Creating a Truly Great Culture - Lessons Learnt From one of the Worlds Best Teams

For over 100 years the All Blacks have been the most successful rugby team in the world. From a nation of nearly 5 million what is the key differentiator? It is NZs national game and kids grow up aspiring to represent the national team but it is the teams unerring focus on culture that makes it so consistently high performing. This session will look at some of the elements of that culture and how they apply to workplace in a practical way.

Wayne Mott
Wayne Mott
Senior Advisor: Learning Experience, Agilite Consulting & Extensive Experience in the Utilies Sector (AUS)
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Building Smart, Interconnected Digital Blended Learning Ecosystem For an Enhanced Learner Experience

In an environment of rapid change, technology advancements and increasing digital workplace disruption, the window of opportunity to engage learners is growing smaller. The blurring of working life and home life demands a simple and seamless user experience. Individuals need to be able to take control of their own learning and development through an ecosystem that allows them to learn when they want and how they want. To build an ecosystem there are some key components to ensure success!

Adapting to the Demands of Digitalisation

Everyone is talking about digitalisation, but how is it changing the paradigm of learning? Are we really turning the principles of learning on its head? And most importantly, why should we care? Machine learning, artificial intelligence and digitalisation are changing the world in which we operate at breakneck speeds, and if we don’t act now, we will be left behind. What do you need to do right now? Where do you invest? What does this look like? And how do you respond to the challenges in a practical way?

Chris Dyer
Chris Dyer
CEO, Keynote Speaker & Best Selling Author, PeopleG2
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Remote Success: How My Team Beats Your Team in Their Pajamas

Work used to be something done in offices. Today, it’s done in coffee shops, coworking spaces, and on couches across the world. Not only does remote work provide better work-life balance for employees, but it can also be highly beneficial to employers as well, including increased employee engagement, higher retention, and lower operating costs. In a world where 76% of Millennials would prefer to have a job that pays less money if it offers flexible work, this movement cannot be ignored.   As the CEO of a fully-remote workforce, Chris Dyer has a deep understanding of the benefits and challenges that come with virtual teams. Chris attributes much of this success to creating a phenomenal virtual workforce.

WTF?! – 7 Cultural Changes that Matter

Are you stuck figuring out where to focus (WTF) to improve engagement and performance? After years of research and countless interviews with top leaders, Chris Dyer has uncovered seven key ingredients that matter in every workplace. These unconventional factors have the power to transform any culture, kick-starting productivity, performance, and profits. In this dynamic and interactive keynote, Chris shares the seven things every leader can do better to improve culture and make a real difference, from c-suite all the way down to new managers. Audience members will assess their effectiveness with all seven pillars of workplace culture,  and learn where they stand. And seriously, WTF?! Do you make your strengths stronger or improve your weaknesses? Come find out!

Tanith Mohale
Tanith Mohale
Learning Delivery Manager for Southern Africa, Sasol Ltd
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Sasol Case Study: Rebooting Learning for the Digital Era

The design of a diversified Learning Technology Ecosystem was informed by the rapid changing world of work, adult learning trends, consumer patterns and a diverse workforce with increasing expectations for continuous development.

This session will consist of:

  • Explaining the structured approach that led to the design of the Learning Technology Ecosystem for Sasol
  • Listing the valuable internal and external benchmark studies as well as the quantitative and qualitative data that informed the design of the Learning Technology Ecosystem for Sasol
  • Unpacking the various factors that needed to be considered to establish a “fit-for-now, fit-for-purpose, fit-for-future” Learning Technology Ecosystem
Elmarie Grant
Elmarie Grant
Learning & Development Manager, Webber Wentzel
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Looking to AI: Is There any Advantage in Learning Remaining Human?

In this innovative session, Elmarie will be exploring how new ways of measuring corporate value (behavioural capital, cognitive capital and network capital) VS the traditional measurements (financial, human and natural capital) drive our investment and behaviour within Learning & Development. This session will dive into the tension between the relentless drive for technology and innovation, and our ingrained human resistance to change – how do we and our learning strategies help our organisations to navigate this tightrope? In a world increasingly looking to AI, is there any advantage in remaining human?

Riaz Patel
Riaz Patel
Lead in Transformation and Change, Absa Group Limited
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Implementing A Cloud Based HCM System & Supporting Systems: Our Rip-Roaring Voyage to Digitise HR

Ask anyone that has ever tried to transform an organisation’s HR systems, processes and the subsequent adoption of these digital solutions; and they will all agree that it is really tough. Roadmaps are changing constantly as technology advances; vendors promise you systems that can do everything you never knew you needed; integration into the current landscape is mostly overlooked; implementing in agile, waterfall or free for all, comes with various challenges; customise or configure; outsource or build in-house – make change tough.

The challenges are tremendous. Now imagine doing this whilst the organisation is undergoing a demerger and this programme is competing with over 400 other projects. Competition for landing spots, resources and navigating a myriad of changes sounds impossible to achieve.

Mike Perk
Mike Perk
CEO, WWC
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To Survive and Thrive in the Workplace of the Future, Stop Focusing Budgets on Digital Skills

In this critical presentation on successful digital transformation, Mike Perk challenges the notion of focusing on digital skills as a way of building greater digital competency in the workplace of the future.

Using Britain's greatest naval victory at the battle of Trafalgar, as a backdrop, Mike illustrates the critical area HR teams should actually be focusing on, in order to build that competency and win tomorrow's game.

 

Thea Pelser
Thea Pelser
Associate Director: Learning & Development, PwC South Africa
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Changing Learning – a Personal Experience

People remember how you make them feel, that is why the learning experience is so important. With the “new generation” of learners joining the workforce, PwC’s L&D team had to change the way they deliver their learning experiences. Thea will discuss her experience from their planning in 2014 to the conclusion of the project in 2018. It is an interesting journey - she didn’t realise the impact it would have on PwC’s learning culture. To her own acknowledgement not realising what she was getting into was probably the saving grace of the project. She will share her learning, which includes the response from business, technology and methodology used as well as her biggest lesson - the impact on her team that she didn’t foresee.

George Honiball
George Honiball
Talent Manager, Rand Mutual Assurance Company Limited
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Identifying Talent by Triangulating Results of Performance Reviews, Psychometric Assessments and Microsoft Office Behaviour

To improve the way that we identify successors for senior leaders and determine true potential in our business, we combined our annual performance management scores with results of robust psychometric assessments (covering a range of complex measures) and then correlated these results with Microsoft Office usage for 12 months.  Interesting patterns emerged that have allowed us to find employees that are “hidden gems” as well as where possible obstructions exist in our talent pipeline.  This fresh insight not only positively impacted our Talent Management processes but also assisted with determining Skills gaps, Strategic Learning and Development and sharpening our Talent Acquisition processes.

Sifikile Zondi
Sifikile Zondi
Head of Learning and Development, Ster-Kinekor Theatres
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Learning in the Age of Disruption

Sifikile will provide delegates with an understanding of what disruption is currently underway, contrast what is happening today in organisations and share steps on what must organisations do to deal with this disruption.

Deborah Hartung
Deborah Hartung
Leadership & Culture Changemaker, Coach, Writer, Speaker & Podcaster, Pivot PeopleTech
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The Blueprint for Performance Management in the New World of Work

In the new world of work where we are finally understanding the importance of workplace culture as a strategic imperative, it’s time to redefine the concept of the ‘high performer’ and to change the way we manage performance. What does that look like in a world of global mobility, flexible staffing, Agile methodology and a ‘people first’ approach? How do we unleash human potential, build culture and engagement, improve productivity, reduce staff turnover and deliver on corporate strategic objectives? The blueprint includes a new definition of high performance, the end of annual performance appraisals and KPAs, personalising performance objectives in the new and leveraging technology to measure the right things whilst actually improving culture and increasing your bottom line.

Tricia Jones
Tricia Jones
Capacity Builder/Performance Coach, Innovative Capacity Building Solutions cc T/A Capacity Builder
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The Rise of Humans: How Robots will Re-Awaken the Human Potential

The robot is the new sabre-toothed tiger, in that the idea of its existence threatens the existence of humans. This idea sends us into a fear-driven state, where we begin to behave in a survivalist mode, imagining the worst possible outcomes as we scramble to protect that which makes us feel safe, stable and reassured.

As a result, we cling even tighter to traditional ideas about jobs, to one-size-fits-all people practices, to the tried and the tested in hopes that these things will keep us safe.

But what if the real threat is not outside of us, but rather within us? What if I could show you how the robots will re-awaken the power of the human potential?

Zolani Lugawe
Zolani Lugawe
Head of Learning, SA Taxi Development Finance
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Designing a Digital Learning Strategy!

Unfortunately, many online learning strategies start with someone buying technology (traditionally an LMS) and then building their digital strategy around the technology. To be really successful, though, you need to create your digital strategy first and then see what technology will support what you really want it to do.

Does a digital learning strategy mean that you are going to incorporate digital learning assets (videos, online learning, courses, blogs, articles, books) into how you help people learn? No, it requires a fundamental rethink in the role of L&D, how we deliver learning to meet business needs, and also how people learn.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker
People Development & Capability Manager, Distell
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Developing an Online E-Learning for Distell from “Seed to Sip”: My Journey

Developing an e-learning platform for a multibillion-rand company and its 470 sales representatives comes with its own challenges. Join Bruce Walker, the National Sales Capabilities and Development manager for Distell, as he shares his success story on how he effectively introduced the online learning project to his organisation; from inception to completion, whilst navigating through the various challenges along the way. His learning solution is accessible, engaging, relevant, and flexible. It transfers and tests a sales person’s key knowledge and skills. Whether you are from an HR or Learning background, you will find this success story interesting and informative, this presentation will assist you in navigating through the various challenges and hurdles you may encounter when developing your own eLearning.

Hugo Coetzee
Hugo Coetzee
Senior Functional Specialist: M4S, Anglo American Platinum Limited
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AR in Action: Manny Leading the Way to Digitalisation Within HR at Anglo American Platinum

Manning for Success (M4S), an in-house programme developed at Anglo American Platinum, uses smart technology to ensure that the optimally fit person is at the right place, at the right time, doing the right activities, within the right time frame. With the addition of Augmented Reality at the end of 2017, this innovative approach to managing change management, learning, training, new employees, Employee Self Service, company communication, and much more, is leading the way for successful people management. In this session, Hugo, the Senior Functional Specialist for M4S, and AR ideas guru, will share how they are efficiently utilising smart technology to improve all processes and employee experience, and by sharing his knowledge, empower you to do the same within your organisation.

Masindi Hoppenbrouwers
Masindi Hoppenbrouwers
Leadership Development Manager, Liberty Group
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Restructuring to be Future Fit

There are so many things to consider when going down the road of restructuring. When the issue arises in an organisation where the culture, engagement and experience are low, how do you introduce new technologies that will add value to an employee's experience?

With the implementation of an LMS, Liberty Group are trying to change the Liberty culture by only relying on face to face training. Masindi will explore what lessons they have learnt in trying to change the employee experience. As they continue the journey of new ways of working, how are they going to improve?

Raisa Rice Meiswinkel
Raisa Rice Meiswinkel
Talent Business Partner, 2U
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HR’s Role in Building Trust in a Hypergrowth Environment

In 2017, the acquisition of GetSmarter by 2U, Inc. made headlines as one of the highest valued South African acquisitions in history. A successful acquisition isn’t just measured by monetary value, it is also evaluated by the sustained focus and retention of the workforce. A shift in ownership requires stability in human capital to ensure business operations continue as close to usual as possible and to encourage gradual improvements overall. This session focuses on how 2U positions HR as a strategic thinking partner that builds trust internally to enable stability in the workforce.

Trust is made up of two factors: consistency and experience. At 2U, consistency isn’t boring, it’s reliable and it delivers. They want to nurture it in their people, products and partnerships. HR is responsible for building significant shortcuts to rapidly build trust.

They expect consumers to trust their product, their university partners to trust their production and delivery model; their investors to back their business decisions and the people they employ to take their product into the future.

2U's HR team does this by taking trust out of the difficult-to-measure-ROI zone and makes it more tangible so that business decisions are made efficiently with reliable data.

Russell Baudach
Russell Baudach
Group Talent Executive, RCL Foods (Pty) Ltd
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What Will the Working World Look Like in the Absence of Performance Ratings?

The new talent economy is changing the way we engage each other, and how we approach our work.  Traditional ways of managing people’s performance is therefore no longer sustainable, nor does it get the best out of people. In a world were trust and belief in people as being “human” becomes a priority, why not overhaul how we think and structure traditional performance management philosophies and put the human back into HR – what will our world look like?

Herman Kasselman
Herman Kasselman
HR Executive: International & Compliance, The Aurum Institute, NPC
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Choosing the Right Operational and Educational Chatbot; its Use, Benefits and Key Success Factors

In this session, Herman will present a case study on the creation, development and implementation of a conversational and educational Chatbot via textual methods (PoliBot) to assist the Aurum Institute in educating and assisting line management, specifically with the management of the Disciplinary Policy of the company. He will discuss the background and development phase of the project related to practical implementation and knowledge validation, as well as divulging into the instant delivery of information and process support on very structured policy processes and requirements.

Louis Janse van Rensburg
Louis Janse van Rensburg
CEO, Glengarry Capital (Pty) Ltd
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The L&D Pitch Deck: An Investor's Perspective on Evaluating L&D Programs & Technologies

Can you communicate your L&D strategy in less than 3 minutes? Are you clear about why it is important, how it works and what it will mean for your organisation and it’s people? In this thought-provoking session, lessons from evaluating the potential of disruptive EdTech startups are applied to the world of L&D. Stress-testing the value of your learning programme through the lens of an investor - including:
1. Crafting A Story: Your Brand, Your Product, Your Team
2. Knowing Your Threats & Competition
3. Creating A Profitable L&D Strategy
4. Managing Stakeholders, Learners & Relationships
5. Making Sense of the Numbers

Leigh Bowden
Leigh Bowden
Founder, Workspace Synergy
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Compassion at Work

Compassion research is not only topical but also a growing area of interest within the Academic arena and has brought about some very interesting and profound findings. Kindness and Compassion, both of which we as human beings are most hard-wired to demonstrate, is believed to be what will allow us as species to survive and thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our world of work is no different, and therefore understanding the impact that compassion and kindness have and how it allows us to harness the best out of our teams is one way to enhance team dynamics, promote self-happiness and purpose in addition in bringing about healthy work interactions.  Our ability to connect with others not only allows us to experience the physiological benefit of these kinds of acts but positively impacts those who we have these exchanges with. Learn about the neuroscience behind this compassion and how with small acts of kindness can transform your working environment.

Oscar von Memerty
Oscar von Memerty
Motivational Speaker, Hip Hop Dancer & Entertainer
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A Walking, Dancing, Miracle Sensation!

Oscar stands just 117 cm’s high, he has aluminium screws in his left leg, he has recently had a cornea transplant, and he has survived two bone marrow transplants and a ten-minute cardiac arrest.

Despite all of this, he has discovered a thrilling talent for hip hop and developed a powerful and unique style of motivational speaking and stand-up comedy.

His message of overcoming huge obstacles and turning adversity into triumph is guaranteed to not only inspire people but because of his talent, humour and charm, will also truly entertain them.

Helen Nicholson
Helen Nicholson
Chief Excitement Officer, The Networking Company
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21st Century People - How Will Your Organisation Build Engagement, Innovation and Productivity in the New World of Work?

People Engagement, Innovation and Productivity. Everyone would probably agree that these are key elements to creating high performing organisations. Most business and organisation leaders will tell you, getting these elements in alignment across large (or even small) groups of people in a consistent manner is almost like searching for the Holy Grail. And, it’s not just leaders that are looking for this alignment, but also the people that make up these complex organisations. They too, want to work for organisations who engage their workforce in exciting, innovative work, to make what they do, day in/day out more interesting and rewarding (and fun). Think of the possibilities for people and organisations if these elements were regularly in balance; solved on a daily, or even hourly basis. Then throw in constantly emerging technologies that give people even more powerful tools to improve their productivity: we turbo-charge our work and our future. This is 21st century work…this is 21st Century People.

Come learn more about how 21st Century People will change the world of work…and maybe the world!

Jannie Malan
Jannie Malan
Solution and Management Consultant, Workday
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Develop to Perform: Paving the Path for Continuous Development

It is imperative that we have our finger on the pulse of evolving talent philosophies. The impact of digital disruption, complexities of a dynamic workforce and the pressures of a competitive economy continues to accelerate the business’s need to strategically plan to re-skill for the future. For employees to succeed in their professional development, they need tools and resources that are engaging and accessible, and businesses need a clear understanding of their people's skills and where they require support. Join this session to learn what informs the Workday strategy for building the employee experiences of the future.

Liora Gross
Liora Gross
Director, Leading Digital Transformation (LDX) Center of Excellence, Center for Creative Leadership
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Leading a Data Driven Organisation – How May We Leverage Data to Create a Digital Transformation Strategy?

Investment in digital transformation initiatives is trillions of dollars and approximately 84% fail due to unrealistic expectations and lack of focus in implementation. How can data be leveraged to create a realistic transformation roadmap, and to increase the likelihood of success? Most importantly, how do we know that our initiatives have been successful?

Rob Bothma
Rob Bothma
Strategic Business Solution Engineer, Oracle
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The Impact Technology is Having in Learning and Development

Today, the latest and emerging technologies are rapidly transforming the way L&D Departments function.

From the use of Gamification, Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots employees are being empowered to build a curriculum to suit their Career Aspirations through flexible hybrid learning paths all through content that is accessible via their Mobile devices.

This presentation will look at how L&D can leverage off the latest technologies to provide the organisation with greater value for their L&D spend while providing employees with a richer learning experience.

Zuko Mdwaba
Zuko Mdwaba
Country Director, Workday
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Workday Innovation Customer Panel

Most companies are vying for digital transformation. But what’s the difference between those that achieve it and those that get left behind? In this session, we draw inspiration from customers within the Workday community that have been successful at shifting business models, evolving with their customers’ expectations, and creating a culture of continuous innovation and change. Find out how Workday helps teams enable agility across the entire organisation, and learn strategies you can use to inspire change within your organisation.

Sam Shrosbree
Sam Shrosbree
Head: Organisational Development, Nedbank Limited
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Industry 4.0: Irrevocably Changing the World and Life As We Know It

The fourth industrial Revolution (also termed Industry 4.0 or 4IR) is irrevocably changing the world and life as we know it. This is a significant time where the type of change we are experiencing is different. This is seen in the enormous increase in the speed and volatility of change - it is no longer first order, incremental, evolutionary change but second-order, transformational and revolutionary change that is now afoot. Technologies are evolving at an incredible speed and are connecting “the physical, digital and biological spheres” (Schwab, 2016). Given the ramifications of Industry 4.0 on people, how best do organisations respond and survive this transformation in a way that is inclusive of people, unlocking value for business and for people? This perspective proposes a view on the type of organisational culture is best suited to support organisations during the revolutionary changes being brought on by 4IR.

Barry Vorster
Barry Vorster
HR Technology, Future of Work and Culture leader, PwC
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Tomorrow's Workforce, Today – Productivity, Experience, HR Technology and the Workplace

Leaders preparing for tomorrow’s workforce know they have the challenge of producing growth and preparing for the new opportunities the future will bring.

What are the most important organisational capabilities - skills, data analytics, organisational structure, HR technologies and working environments - for tomorrow’s work, workers and workplace? How do we address creating ‘good work’, a sense of purpose, and the creation and delivery of a great people experience?

•Technology changing our lives - the essential 8
•Evolving workplace and workforce - AI and future jobs and skills, digital twins
•People and technology - 'burnout' and vitality; social resilience; agility and adaptability; intrapreneurship; autonomy
•How culture is the hidden element in your digital journey

Susi Astengo
Susi Astengo
Managing Director, CoachMatching Pty (Ltd)
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Coaching Nirvana: Save Time, Increase Efficiency, Accuracy and Up Your Game. Who Wouldn’t Want That?

By leveraging technology, GWiz has revolutionised the way that coaching and mentoring assignments are managed. Save up to 50% administration time whilst increasing the accuracy of information by 100%. Say goodbye to spreadsheets, human error and hello to real business intelligence (BI) that adds value to the organisation and enhances ROI.

Seeing is believing, Susi will show you how easy it is to track your assignments, invoice and turn a boring admin role into valuable analytics. You will hear firsthand from happy users how this has added extra time, decreased inefficiency and improved the quality of information available to HR and the business. Can anyone afford to say no? Gwiz the tracking system that gives you wings.

Jurie Van Zyl
Jurie Van Zyl
People Development Consultant, Skillogical
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Driving Business Performance by Developing Your People: What the Data Tells Us

When used efficiently and optimally, the real value of HR technology is evident. As a business, with a clear strategy in mind, you want your HR system landscape to be simple, easy to use, and intuitive, and you want it to require very little or no IT intervention or implementation training, whilst addressing niche functionality – the impact each employee has on the company bottom line. With state of the art technology and HR metrics, we are able to unlock vast insights into the business and answer our most pressing business questions in terms of people development and how the efficient management of this does, in fact, enhance the performance of a company as a whole.

In this session, Kuben and Jurie will be showcasing what’s really possible in this space, giving dashboards a whole new meaning. Connect the dots between talking the language of the business, making your technology ROI tangible and allowing your people to self-direct their development and performance.

Kuben Naicker
Kuben Naicker
Managing Director, Skillogical
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Driving Business Performance by Developing Your People: What the Data Tells Us

When used efficiently and optimally, the real value of HR technology is evident. As a business, with a clear strategy in mind, you want your HR system landscape to be simple, easy to use, and intuitive, and you want it to require very little or no IT intervention or implementation training, whilst addressing niche functionality – the impact each employee has on the company bottom line. With state of the art technology and HR metrics, we are able to unlock vast insights into the business and answer our most pressing business questions in terms of people development and how the efficient management of this does, in fact, enhance the performance of a company as a whole.

In this session, Kuben and Jurie will be showcasing what’s really possible in this space, giving dashboards a whole new meaning. Connect the dots between talking the language of the business, making your technology ROI tangible and allowing your people to self-direct their development and performance.

Richard Doherty
Richard Doherty
Senior Director of Product Marketing EMEA, Workday (UK)
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Innovations That Are Shaping the Future of HR

Massive changes on all business fronts can make the future as an HR leader seem daunting. Technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality are redefining jobs, roles, and human interactions with data. And business innovations—such as mobility and digital content delivery—are disrupting the status quo, reshaping organizations, and creating demand for skills that barely existed a few years ago. It’s up to HR to turn these challenges into opportunities and innovate by assembling the right talent, organizing effectively, and aligning the team to deliver on strategic priorities. Attend this session to learn how Workday is poised to help you glide smoothly into the future with the technology, agility, and innovation you need to remain competitive.

People Analytics: Creating the New World of Work

Data and technology are at the very forefront of innovation in HR as they are in so many parts of business today. Starting with the foundational data, this session will walk through successful strategies for the creation and use of People Analytics to empower employees, managers and executives to make better, more insightful people decisions that will change the way we work and the way we achieve results.

Ronnie Toerien
Ronnie Toerien
HCM Development & Strategy Leader - Africa, Oracle Corporation
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Meet your new HR Director – RoboCop

Emerging technologies are disrupting old paradigms and unleashing new opportunities. Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, and other emerging technologies permeate every aspect of work and life. These technologies help us reimagine what’s possible: self-driving cars, personalised medicine, precision agriculture, and smart cities.

When it comes to HR, adopting these emerging technologies will allow for more reliable information using Blockchain, more safety using IoT, effective service delivery with Chatbots and better decision making with Machine Learning.

Shaun Dippnall
Shaun Dippnall
CEO, EXPLORE Software
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How L&D Must Evolve to Thrive in the Digital Economy

Artificial intelligence. Data Science. Software Engineering. The Internet of Things. If you do not understand and embrace these skills as an L&D Exec then you risk becoming irrelevant as your company rapidly moves to digital AI-centric architecture. EXPLORE will share its learnings over the last 7 years on the challenges companies face transforming into a Digital-first company and the many difficulties L&D face to drive this agenda. We will share a few Case Studies that showcase what we think is the future of L&D - where L&D emerge as a core strategic capability for the organisation.

Paul Keijzer
Paul Keijzer
Co-Founder & CEO, The Talent Games
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The Power of Gamified Recruitment

In this session with Paul, you will gain knowledge on how to stay ahead in the game of Talent Management through gamification, digitalization and disruption.

You will get deep insights on the impact of the accelerating changes in technology, environment and global connectivity on talent management. Paul will share the 6 best practices on how to manage talent in the exponential age and you will learn from a case study on how to attract, access and engage millennial talent through gamification.

Dane Amyot
Dane Amyot
Managing Director, bountiXP
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The Art of Leveraging HR Technology to Drive Organisation Alignment and Employee Engagement

Alignment is inherent in a well-placed employee, but there are ways to nurture it to bring it to full bloom. A lot of HR tech used today is still rooted in the needs of a prior generation. Driving powerful alignment between your employees and your company goals calls for tech that engages the future workforce by providing frequent feedback and recognition - a solution that aligns seamlessly with existing HR processes to facilitate a happy, healthy, workplace. They will introduce you to a mobile platform that combines recognition, rewards, social communication, learning and feedback into a single, personalised user experience that fosters employee engagement.

Alex Pires
Alex Pires
Country Product Leader for Sub-Saharan Africa, Korn Ferry (Pty) Ltd
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Technology for Success: Define it. Measure it. Why Talent Fit Matters and How To Achieve It

Imagine a framework that provides an underlying operating system for your entire talent management system, from talent acquisition to talent management, assessment, development, succession planning and reward. Much more robust than traditional job profiles, Success Profiles show you what good looks like in a role by ensuring a good fit between people, their jobs and your organisation – essential for an engaged workforce.

In this session, you will learn how this framework seamlessly supports organisations, by describing the work that needs to be done, plus the skills, experiences, competencies and traits that jobholders should possess to be successful. Alex will dive into topics such as clarifying roles and responsibilities, laying out potential career paths, structuring fair pay as well as proactively mobilising internal talent.

Dan Stillerman
Dan Stillerman
Founder, Excel Academy Trainers & Actuaries (Pty) Ltd
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Evolving into a Tech-Enabled, Gamified, Blended Learning Model for Excel and Beyond

Join Dan as he describes the evolution of Excel Academy’s training model over the past 6 years. The training has transformed from traditional in-person courses, into one of the most effective and ground-breaking corporate training approaches around. The approach integrates:

  • Colourful, interactive systems and workbooks
  • High-energy, in-person kick-start sessions
  • A user-friendly and scalable LMS for online self-study
  • Up-to-the-minute progress tracking, leader-boards and high-touch support through WhatsApp groups
  • Generous incentives for successful completion

 

Come discover the secrets behind a successful blended learning strategy – one that:

  • Maximises user engagement
  • Caters to different skill levels and learning styles
  • Scales your learning objectives efficiently throughout your organisation – nationally and globally
  • Empowers your staff to take control of their learning
  • Ensures accountability by tracking their progress
  • Saves your company time and money
Brandon Pleaner
Brandon Pleaner
Head of Professional Services, SHL
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You Want Me To Do What?!? Why Context Matters in Leadership

SHL research suggests that contextual leadership challenges directly impact leader success, and that leader attributes predict leader success in handling these different challenges. Performance is best, and risk lowest, when a leader’s capabilities and experience match well with the challenges the leader will face. Taking into consideration context and matching the associated challenges to leadership attributes can bring a threefold increase in the ability to predict a leader’s success in-role.

Join Brandon in hearing how a leading organisation in the leisure industry is using SHL’s innovative Leader Edge system to focus their leader’s development to meet the contextual challenges of a constantly evolving business and competitive landscape.

Dr Paul Brewerton
Dr Paul Brewerton
Managing Director, Strengthscope (UK)
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The Art and Science of Strength-Based Leadership: Harnessing Human Energy and Natural Strengths to Enable High-Performance in the Workplace

Given the pace of change we are experiencing, are we giving our leaders the best chance of managing and leading in the VUCA world? We argue that employers need to flex their approach to performance management, training and development to help build workplaces fit for the for future, using a real-world case study from a global financial business.

Prakash Ramnath
Prakash Ramnath
Director: Global Marketing & Partnerships, Ramco Systems
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Culture & Digital HR in the Age of AI & ML: Sneak Peek into Intelligent HR Technologies in Elevating Employee Engagement

We are living in an age of where physical & digital collide to augment our everyday experiences.  Organisations thrive on building a great culture in creating meaning and purpose in these experiences driving employee engagement.   Employees are at the heart of success at Redpath mining with SAFETY – FIRST, LAST & ALWAYS as its guiding philosophy, scaling its presence across 6 continents.  Redpath has a solid reputation of innovation and is embarking upon a global digital transformation project with Ramco Systems in unifying the organisation culture with intelligent digital HR technologies to elevate employee engagement. In this session, you will have a sneak peek at:

  • Unique challenges facing Redpath and how organisation culture that fosters innovation becomes a driver to embark upon digital transformation.
  • Creating friction-less employee experience through facial recognition, chatbots, voice assistants and the rise of cognitive process automation (CPA as against RPA) with AI & ML (Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning)
Lelani Robertson
Lelani Robertson
Global HR Director, The Redpath Group
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Culture & Digital HR in the Age of AI & ML: Sneak Peek into Intelligent HR Technologies in Elevating Employee Engagement

We are living in an age of where physical & digital collide to augment our everyday experiences.  Organisations thrive on building a great culture in creating meaning and purpose in these experiences driving employee engagement.   Employees are at the heart of success at Redpath mining with SAFETY – FIRST, LAST & ALWAYS as its guiding philosophy, scaling its presence across 6 continents.  Redpath has a solid reputation of innovation and is embarking upon a global digital transformation project with Ramco Systems in unifying the organisation culture with intelligent digital HR technologies to elevate employee engagement. In this session, you will have a sneak peek at:

  • Unique challenges facing Redpath and how organisation culture that fosters innovation becomes a driver to embark upon digital transformation.
  • Creating friction-less employee experience through facial recognition, chatbots, voice assistants and the rise of cognitive process automation (CPA as against RPA) with AI & ML (Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning)
Roland Glass
Roland Glass
Chief Business Officer, TalentSmith
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Your Onboarding is Terrible. And Yes It Matters. Let’s Fix It!

There’s a good chance you are still doing onboarding the same way you were doing it five years ago. But the world has changed since then, and it’s still changing. Day 1 in a new role tends, more often than not, to be the worst day – not a promising start. You need to know the common onboarding mistakes and how to overhaul your onboarding programme for super-engaged and highly productive people. In this showcase you’ll get stats, 3 steps to follow, and introduction to a slick piece of tech, Enboarder. We’ll help you save the day, Day 1, and all the days after.

Video Recruitment Makes Hiring Personal Again: Here’s Why.

The job interview remains the most popular selection tool when hiring new employees. But we’re living in a very different world to the one where in-person interviews were the only way, and so our best practices must change. Video recruitment works, which is why it’s rapidly becoming the global norm in candidate screening and interaction - for both employers and staffing agencies. It super-charges talent acquisition, using tech to make hiring personal again. (We appreciate the irony.) In this showcase, we’ll explore the potential of video recruitment using Cammio, a cloud-based video platform that helps candidates and employers to benefit from visual first impressions.

Petro Strydom
Petro Strydom
Business & Systems Integration Manager, Accenture
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SAP SuccessFactors Learning: A Complete Learning Solution

Petro will explore how SAP SuccessFactors Learning is transforming how the workforce learns, by combining formal, informal, social, and extended learning together with innovative content management, analytics, and mobile capabilities. The result is learning that drives business execution and delivers better business results.

Irwin van Stavel
Irwin van Stavel
MD & Senior Partner, LRMG
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The Art and Science of Strength-Based Leadership: Harnessing Human Energy and Natural Strengths to Enable High-Performance in the Workplace

Given the pace of change we are experiencing, are we giving our leaders the best chance of managing and leading in the VUCA world? We argue that employers need to flex their approach to performance management, training and development to help build workplaces fit for the for future, using a real-world case study from a global financial business.

Pieter Voskamp
Pieter Voskamp
Head of HR Transformation, EMEA, Service Now
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Give Your Employees the Experience They Deserve

The war on talent is still on and becoming ever more important for HR as hiring managers want to avail of the best talent to give them a market differentiator. Your staff have an expectation that they can access and consume services you afford them as an employer in the same way they consume products and services outside of work in their personal lives. They want to use their smart devices and they want to self-serve. Hear how you can give your employees the service experience they expect and deserve.

In this session, learn how to:

• Deploy a consumer-centric employee experience
• Eliminate manual HR processes and automate
• Reduced case workload through improved employee self-service capabilities
• Use dashboards to gain greater visibility and insight into service requests
• Provide a consistent and consumerised employee service experience
• Realise quick time to value

Carol Van Eeden
Carol Van Eeden
Chief Executive Officer, Learnbox
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Crushing the Barriers to Entry for Corporate eLearning and Redefining the Status Quo

eLearning for organisations can be expensive, it can be time-consuming, it requires specialist skills and access to industry experts. What if you accomplish all of this and your investment still fails? How do you overcome the fear of the unknown? How do you properly manage your training budget and not get overwhelmed with prohibitive licensing fees and per-user subscriptions? Learnbox has answered all of these questions and, combined with the latest research in eLearning global trends, we have created a brand-new solution for corporate eLearning in Africa.

Jonnathan Koch
Jonnathan Koch
CEO, TalentGenie.co.za & TalentScraper.com
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The Effect of AI & Robotics & the Coming Skills Boom

Jonnathan will take you on an exploratory journey into the world of AI, Aggregation and Robotics. You will have the opportunity to explore technology on the verge of deployment. You will also discover who will be affected and who will benefit from this incredible change. Most importantly you will have the chance to start a new conversation within your business about the direction to take when preparing for your business’s future. Live demonstrations on AI and Aggregation in Recruitment will be shown.

Sandra Mendes
Sandra Mendes
Africa HR Shared Services Lead, Ernst & Young Global
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Give Your Employees the Experience They Deserve

The war on talent is still on and becoming ever more important for HR as hiring managers want to avail of the best talent to give them a market differentiator. Your staff have an expectation that they can access and consume services you afford them as an employer in the same way they consume products and services outside of work in their personal lives. They want to use their smart devices and they want to self-serve. Hear how you can give your employees the service experience they expect and deserve.

In this session, learn how to:

• Deploy a consumer-centric employee experience
• Eliminate manual HR processes and automate
• Reduced case workload through improved employee self-service capabilities
• Use dashboards to gain greater visibility and insight into service requests
• Provide a consistent and consumerised employee service experience
• Realise quick time to value