INTRODUCING OUR 2021 SPEAKERS

Introducing our first round of incredible speakers - with more to come! This carefully-selected group of innovative global and South African HR and L&D specialists will zone in on the technology and ideas that are transforming the HR and L&D space.

Jennifer McClure CEO & Chief Excitement Officer Unbridled Talent LLC & DisruptHR LLC (USA)
Ronnie Toerien HCM Development & Strategy Leader: Africa Oracle Corporation
Rob Bothma Strategic HCM Solutions Engineer Oracle Corporation
Mechell Chetty HR Vice President Unilever Africa: aka The People Escalator Unilever
Nina Kreyer Global Head of Learning Philip Morris International (UK)
Vernon Griffith Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery QBE (AUS)
Dieter Veldsman Group Executive: Human Capital Momentum Metropolitan Holdings
Navid Nazemian Executive Transition Coach Independent (UK)
Avi Levy Chief Operating Officer Excel Academy
Dan Stillerman Founder Excel Academy
Shelley Osborne Ed Tech & Learning Expert Independent (USA)
Stefan Bauer Transformation and Strategy Leader: Germany/Austria/Switzerland Eli Lilly and Company (GER)
Dina Alvarez Head of Culture and Employee Experience everis (UK)
Claude Silver Chief Heart Officer VaynerMedia (USA)
Tim Slade Founder e-Learning Designer's Academy (USA)
Sheila Champion-Smeeth Global Head of Wellbeing, People and Communities Cisco (UK)
Jennifer McClure CEO & Chief Excitement Officer Unbridled Talent LLC & DisruptHR LLC (USA)
Ronnie Toerien HCM Development & Strategy Leader: Africa Oracle Corporation
Rob Bothma Strategic HCM Solutions Engineer Oracle Corporation
Mechell Chetty HR Vice President Unilever Africa: aka The People Escalator Unilever
Nina Kreyer Global Head of Learning Philip Morris International (UK)
Vernon Griffith Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery QBE (AUS)
Dieter Veldsman Group Executive: Human Capital Momentum Metropolitan Holdings
Navid Nazemian Executive Transition Coach Independent (UK)
Avi Levy Chief Operating Officer Excel Academy
Dan Stillerman Founder Excel Academy
Shelley Osborne Ed Tech & Learning Expert Independent (USA)
Stefan Bauer Transformation and Strategy Leader: Germany/Austria/Switzerland Eli Lilly and Company (GER)
Dina Alvarez Head of Culture and Employee Experience everis (UK)
Claude Silver Chief Heart Officer VaynerMedia (USA)
Tim Slade Founder e-Learning Designer's Academy (USA)
Sheila Champion-Smeeth Global Head of Wellbeing, People and Communities Cisco (UK)

Prepare for Impact: Leading Business Transformation in a Post-Pandemic World

Businesses face a challenging future – a volatile global economy, an increased need for innovation, an evolving workforce, talent/skills shortages, and rapid digital transformation – and there is a growing need for transformational leaders to step forward to address these critical issues threatening business success. To deliver maximum impact on results and effectively align teams and talent with strategic plans, future-ready leaders must focus strategically, understand how to influence change, and develop the capabilities to attract, recruit and develop the talent necessary to achieve business objectives.

In this program, Jennifer will challenge conventional leadership thinking, and explore progressive ways to evolve and disrupt traditional business practices. She'll also share actionable insights and creative ideas that leaders can leverage immediately to drive business results and competitive advantage for their organisations through the people that they lead and serve.

Key takeaways:
1. Understand the skills, competencies, and mindset that will define effective leaders in the future of work
2. Discover how to embrace and lead change while developing high-trust, high-value relationships with business partners
3. Learn from real-life examples and lessons learned from leaders who have taken risks, and disrupted their organisations

Are You Still Training People The Way You Were Trained?

For those of you who can still remember your school days, I am sure that you will recall how you dreaded going to most of your lessons and found most of them boring. Why is this? Well, we have always been taught the same things in the same way for many years with very little innovation or excitement. Probably the closest we came to innovation was the arrival of an overhead projector to replace the blackboard!

Fortunately, technology has changed not only what we learn but also how we learn. We now have an abundance of learning opportunities, thanks to the internet and the arrival of YouTube videos. We can now find out just about anything we want online – even how to build an atomic bomb if we are really interested! The success of YouTube is due to the fact that most of the videos that we can learn things from are usually in short bite-sized snippets of between 3 and 10 minutes. This is because research has shown that our average attention span is not 40 - 45 minutes, which is what our school periods were divided into, but rather 5 minutes or less. It is also available 24/7 and we can find learn things as and when we need to.

If people are learning about things that interest them in short bursts of information on the internet, why are we not applying this same principle in our work environment? Surely we should be taking notice of the way people are teaching themselves in things that they are interested in, and apply these methods in teaching them what we need them to know to do their jobs in the most effective way?

During this session, you will see how organisations like Oracle, are changing how we learn in the work environment, moving from “just-in-case” learning to “just-in-time” learning and see the many benefits that can be experienced by your learners and your organisation. We will also look at some of the innovations being brought to the workplace learning environment such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Key takeaways:
1. Innovation in technology has changed both what we learn as well as how
2. Engage your Employees by teaching them how, where, and when they want to learn
3. Provide "just-in-time" learning rather than "just-in-case" learning

Transforming HR - By Extracting Value From Your Data

Over the past millennia, HR has been collecting data, but extracting very little value from it, as this data has pretty much only been seen as transactional in nature. This stems from the early days of computing in HR, where HR’s primary role was centered on record keeping and compliance. When looking at creating a data-driven strategy in today’s technologically advanced business environment, it is important to understand how Analytics and Artificial Intelligence can move HR from being transactional to a real driving force in the organisation by assisting the organisation in meeting its strategic objectives.

Using Emerging and Artificial Intelligence technologies HR now can provide the organisation with business insights as opposed to just historical reporting. Through this, HR can assume its rightful place at the decision-making table of the organisation, especially in the new way of work we all find ourselves. Now more than ever organisations are relying on the HR team to not only guide but assist management in navigating the changes the current climate has thrust upon organisations.

However, for HR to be able to provide this level of Insight and Business Value to its customers, HR itself needs to be transformed. The HR team needs to embark on its own Digital Transformation Journey, and now is the time for the HR team to embark on this journey through the adoption of emerging technologies. It’s time for HR to transform itself into a true strategic partner of the organisation. By creating a data-driven culture will enable the organisation to start transforming your transactional data into Business Insights, and through these insights HR will start adding true Business Value to the Organisation. And therein lies the value of HR today.

Key takeaways:
1. Understanding the value Analytics can bring to HR
2. Obtain a deeper understanding of technologies available to HR
3. Experience how AI and Analytics is changing the way HR works

Maximising the Open Talent Economy

The Future of Work is here and we need to embrace it. The open talent economy teaches us to be resourceful and agile in our we source, develop and collaborate on talent.

Key takeaways:
1. What is the open talent economy
2. How to plan for flex resources
3. Building partnerships and collaborations

unLearn – How Learning Innovation Enables Business Transformation at PMI

Machines In Suits: Building a digital HR workforce at QBE

Business Problem: How to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and experience of HR services delivered to 11800 people across 27 countries.

Remedy: QBE has started on a program of work to introduce intelligent automation (digital workers) alongside human colleagues

Key takeaways:
1. How smart tech is impacting the delivery of HR, work and the workplace
2. How QBE HR Operations is progressing with its intelligent automation journey
3. Benefits and challenges of integrating a digital and human workforce

Designing Work for Humans: A Revised Experience-Based Approach Towards People Management Practices

The world of work has seen significant changes over the past decade. The rise of the fourth industrial revolution, sustainability concerns with regards to climate change, global economic power shifts, demographical changes, and the Covid-19 pandemic has forever changed how, where, and for who we work. Organisations have had to deal with a changing psychological contract, with employees demanding more from employers in a world of instability, growing concerns pertaining to privacy and a rising gig-remote workforce. Amidst all this noise, human resource functions have had to deal with a war for talent where the rules have changed overnight, the playing field has become digital and the competition global.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the experience-lead design movement within human resource practices. In the context of a hybrid world of work, a revised approach towards designing human-first employee experiences and technologies has become an important consideration for all human capital practitioners.

The presentation draws upon real-life examples and will explore the thinkhumanfirst journey that Momentum Metropolitan has embarked on to "Be an employer that sees people as human beings, create a place where they aspire to work, want to grow and contribute to a meaningful story of success."

Key takeaways:

  1. Be aware of the shifting approach towards designing experience-led human capital practices and technologies
  2. Practical challenges to solve in ensuring that human capital practices are future-fit and deliver on the desired employee experience
  3. Overview of how experience-led design translates into innovative employee-centric technology solutions

The Future of Executive Transitions

Pre-covid research proves that executive transitions are risky with 40% of executive transitions failing during the first 18 months. New executives often require 6+ months to break even productivity levels. The global pandemic has further intensified the risk of a rocky start, so executive transitions are even more challenging now. Together we will explore proven de-risking strategies as well as powerful and practical interventions to enable executives to hit the ground running and accelerate value creation for their organisation. Tune in to find out more!

5 Best-Kept Excel Secrets for HR Professionals

This fun and interactive Masterclass will reveal step-by-step how to work smarter, save time, and have more fun in your day-to-day Excel work.

We'll be sharing Excel secrets you can apply immediately in your work, to significantly ramp up your confidence and productivity. Some of the focus areas include keyboard shortcuts, data formatting, formulas and PivotTable dashboards.

Best of all?

  • You are guaranteed to learn something new, regardless of whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or a seasoned Excel jockey.
  • You'll be able to apply many of the tips and tricks beyond Excel - into your work in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and beyond.
  • You'll receive a complimentary keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet - to help you transform into a shortcut ninja in record time.

5 Best-Kept Excel Secrets for L&D Professionals

This fun and interactive Masterclass will reveal step-by-step how to work smarter, save time, and have more fun in your day-to-day Excel work.

We'll be sharing Excel secrets you can apply immediately in your work, to significantly ramp up your confidence and productivity. Some of the focus areas include keyboard shortcuts, data formatting, formulas and PivotTable dashboards.

Best of all?

  • You are guaranteed to learn something new, regardless of whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or a seasoned Excel jockey.
  • You'll be able to apply many of the tips and tricks beyond Excel - into your work in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and beyond.
  • You'll receive a complimentary keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet - to help you transform into a shortcut ninja in record time.

5 Best-Kept Excel Secrets for HR Professionals

This fun and interactive Masterclass will reveal step-by-step how to work smarter, save time, and have more fun in your day-to-day Excel work.

We'll be sharing Excel secrets you can apply immediately in your work, to significantly ramp up your confidence and productivity. Some of the focus areas include keyboard shortcuts, data formatting, formulas and PivotTable dashboards.

Best of all?

  • You are guaranteed to learn something new, regardless of whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or a seasoned Excel jockey.
  • You'll be able to apply many of the tips and tricks beyond Excel - into your work in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and beyond.
  • You'll receive a complimentary keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet - to help you transform into a shortcut ninja in record time.

5 Best-Kept Excel Secrets for L&D Professionals

This fun and interactive Masterclass will reveal step-by-step how to work smarter, save time, and have more fun in your day-to-day Excel work.

We'll be sharing Excel secrets you can apply immediately in your work, to significantly ramp up your confidence and productivity. Some of the focus areas include keyboard shortcuts, data formatting, formulas and PivotTable dashboards.

Best of all?

  • You are guaranteed to learn something new, regardless of whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or a seasoned Excel jockey.
  • You'll be able to apply many of the tips and tricks beyond Excel - into your work in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and beyond.
  • You'll receive a complimentary keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet - to help you transform into a shortcut ninja in record time.

Thriving in a Change Era: How L&D Fuels the Future of Work

From technology disruption to hybrid work environments, guiding your organisation through transformation requires serious learning. Change is the new normal, and learning is the only way through it. Yet, adapting to today’s rapid change landscape requires us to evolve from the traditional approaches to Learning & Development towards an approach that meets employees wherever they are, with whatever they need.

Shelley Osborne will discuss strategies for L&D leaders to reconsider their approaches to Learning & Development in these dynamic environments and consider the skills employees need to thrive through this constant change in the modern workplace. She'll share new techniques you can use to generate innovative approaches to learning and showcase an effective framework for your L&D strategy.

In this session, you will learn:

  1. How hybrid and evolving work environments is forcing organisations to develop change agility across the business
  2. How to leverage learning to support your organisation through transition and adapt to new workplace environments
  3. The skills and competencies needed for employees in a modern and hybrid workplace

Transforming Self, the Organisation, and Society: a Real-Life Case of Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is a major Affiliate of Eli Lilly and Company, a global, US-based pharmaceutical company. Since 2014 Lilly Germany has been on a transformational journey from a traditional hierarchical organisation to an agile, self-organised one. Results have exceeded expectations on the people and business side. One of the major outcomes is the first Common Goods Balance of the pharmaceutical industry. The organisation is now a hybrid between hierarchy and self-organisation. Stefan will share insights on the transformational approach taken, and some of the key models that have been very helpful in becoming an agile organisation of the 21st century.

Key takeaways:

  1. A practical example on organisational transformation that has been working
  2. Some highly useful models for individual and organisational transformation
  3. Inspiration

AD ADSTRA. Driving People Innovation Through Strategical Cultural & Digital Transformation

Innovation is the key to the success as individuals, as society and as businesses. As HR professionals we should be a step further to become a trusted advisor for our companies leads. AD ASTRA is the project that shows how to drive innovation within HR while believing in people, their ongoing development, and their talent to achieve business goals and how to use technology as the key for having a higher impact to be able to reach the stars together.

All employees want to live a positive experience in their journeys while they find their unique path to reach the stars. To achieve this we need to accompany our professionals from the very beginning and all along the way to support them in the accomplishment of their missions.

During the session, you will know how to define an innovative strategic plan accordingly to what your people and your company need, to help them reach their maximum potential, and how to provide the environment and technological tools to help all professionals better find their authenticity and their own road to achieve their objectives and to accompany your business growth.

Bringing HEART & HUMANITY into the Workplace

There are so many daily moments when humanity and empathy are needed at work. Especially now. Employees are humans first, and somewhere along the line, we forgot this.

Claude will empower us to contribute powerfully to our cultures by looking through the lens of being 100% human at work. You will be inspired to push your company and culture into action! You will be empowered to bring empathy into your organisation! And you will know how to create a sense of belonging, cultivate purpose and celebrate joy! You will walk away with the essential elements and methodologies to create strong teams that drive culture forward with a sense of motivation and collective energy!

Key takeaways:
1. Empathetic Leadership skills
2. Building sustainable and happy cultures
3. How to take care of your teams

Why Most e-Learning Fails - How to Design e-Learning that Gets Results

Let’s admit it: most eLearning just plain sucks! The sad reality is that most eLearning 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 eLearning fails and the
components that contribute to bad eLearning design. You will also explore how bad eLearning
design can negatively affect the learning experience. Finally, this session will walk you through
several practical methods you can immediately apply to fix your bad eLearning courses.

Key takeaways:
• Why eLearning isn’t always the answer.
• Why clicking doesn’t make interactivity meaningful.
• Why good eLearning requires more than instructional design.
• Why knowledge and behavior aren’t mutually exclusive.

Wellbeing and the Future of Hybrid Work

In today’s dynamic, highly connected and digital environment, there is a need to live and work differently. Businesses are now realising the importance of wellbeing to empower their people to make healthy choices and create communities who inspire and motivate each other to make small, sustainable changes to improve their personal and professional life demonstrably. Sheila will share her perspective about the Future of Hybrid Work and how enabling the wellbeing of people will ensure sustainable performance and drive engagement.