Enterprise HR Professionals

The most loved HR event in the region

Prudence Pitter
Global Head of HR - Automotive and Manufacturing & HCLS , Amazon Web Services


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Immerse yourself in a unique forum developed by the leaders of the HR community

A business’s success lies with its people, and harnessing and nurturing the talent within is crucial in maintaining and growing competitive advantage. The economic climate coupled with a more diverse workforce than ever before and growing employee expectations has only heightened the importance of the end-to-end employee experience, and HR leaders need to move quickly to adapt to these changes to set their business and their people up for success.

Following its incredible success since its launch, the HR Symposium is retuning for it’s third year, this time as a standalone event, on 30-31st July in the beautiful Hunter Valley. The event will bring together 120 of the most influential HR leaders from the leading organisations in Australia and New Zealand for an unrivalled two days of even more focussed peer-to-peer learning and conversation, away from the distractions of the daily routine.

The conference programme, crafted by a highly influential advisory board of HR leaders, has been designed to challenge our thinking and inspire change, and operating under Chatham House rules, the prestigious forum encourages participants to candidly discuss industry opportunities and challenges in shaping the future of our people strategies.

Here are just some of the key topics we’ll be tackling at the HR Symposium:

  • How can we set our organisations up for success in the AI era?
  • What does the right to disconnect mean in a world of flexible working?
  • How can we better integrate our people data sources to garner greater insight and influence key business decisions?
  • What do we need to consider when designing an end-to-end employee experience for a more diverse workforce than ever before?
  • What can we do to prioritise employee wellbeing while driving business success?

Operating under Chatham House rules, the prestigious event gives HR leaders a forum to candidly discuss industry opportunity and challenges, and shape the future of the workplace. There’s nothing else like it in the region.

Hear from our past delegates on why the symposium is the must-attend HR event in Australia.

Click the ‘Apply for your place’ button to join the most senior delegation in HR to gather in the ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) regions. We look forward to welcoming you to the HR Symposium.

HR Symposium 2024

30 – 31 July 2024


Rydges Resort Hunter Valley
formerly the Crowne Plaza

430 Wine Country Dr
Lovedale NSW 2325


Chief HR Officers
Chief Learning Officers
Chief People Officers
Heads of Organisational Development
HR Directors
Head of People and Culture
GMs of Culture, Talent and Leadership


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Prudence Pitter

International Keynote:
Prudence Pitter

Global Head of HR, for Auto & Manufacturing
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Prudence Pitter is an experienced business executive with over two decades of broad Human Resource management experience across several industries. She has worked extensively with Boards of Directors, executives, and various business leaders in optimizing the culture, morale and productivity of their workforces. In addition, she has successfully and personally managed mergers and acquisitions, openings and closings, union negotiations, building and relocating corporate headquarters operations, associate communications, public and community relations as well as building and restructuring HR teams.

Mrs. Pitter is currently Head of Global HR supporting two businesses within Amazon Web Services. Both businesses combined operate in 22 countries, and provide cloud services to some of the most well-known brands in the world. In this role she has responsibility for working directly with senior leaders on aligning business priorities with people processes, scaling processes across geos, and developing strategies to boost overall talent engagement and development.

Prudence previously served as Adjunct Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior & Leadership for the City University of New York. Also, in the past she has founded her own Human Resources Consulting practice, focusing on the needs of small to mid-sized companies.

She is currently a Board Member, volunteers her time to help junior HR professionals, and help multiple single mothers prepare for back to school each year. Her passion is delivering leadership development presentations to business leaders, inspiring alignment of people practices to business priorities while keeping employee wellbeing as a key focus. Prudence enjoys writing about HR trends, and influencing leadership behaviors that enhance the employee experience. She holds BS & MBA degrees, and the two highest HR Certifications; GPHR and SPHR.

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Here’s what you can expect


Set in the beautiful Hunter Valley, far from the distractions of the office, HR leaders are given the rare opportunity to participate in an environment where they can openly share ideas and challenges with industry peers.


Over two days and two nights you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a careful blend of world-leading conference content and unparalleled networking opportunities.


Our by-invitation-only environment has been carefully developed over the last 15 years to ensure that you are amongst senior like-minded peers.


Through a mix of interactive sessions, senior decision makers can both learn and contribute to the development of their profession.


No recruiters or press are invited to attend, allowing open and frank discussion in a safe environment. There are also no expo booths or hard sells to dodge as you navigate the symposium.

IT’S LIKE A CHEAT CODE FOR STAYING AHEAD Seriously, it was a game-changer. For any fellow HR trailblazers, mark the next Symposium. It’s like a cheat code for staying ahead in the business jungle.

NATURAL CONVERSATIONS THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE The networking is quite different here because it feels so much more organic. It feels like natural conversations and extensions of the conversations that you would want to have.

THIS IS THE ‘ONE’ CONFERENCE I WOULD RECOMMEND Having attended multiple conferences in Australia and globally this is the ‘One’ conference I would recommend in Australia as a HR professional – A must attend event.

Arun Pradhan

IT CREATES THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO CONNECT MEANINGFULLY The environment that’s been created, the opportunities to connect informally, the way people are mixed up and then put in situations where it’s very relaxed, no one’s under pressure. It really just creates the right environment for people to connect and meaningfully connect.

HR Advisory Board 2024Driving the HR agenda…

Pia Neema

The Kraft Heinz Company

Head of Talent and DEI&B

Mary Hogg


Senior Director of HR | Australasia

Robert Stone

CHEP Network

Director, People and Culture

Ed Brenac

Winning Group

Head of Team Experience

Amy Murrell

Rest Super

General Manager People, Culture and Change

Brigitte Fairbank

Life Without Barriers

Chief People Officer

Alana Shepherd


Head of People Performance

Jodi Paton

The HOYTS Group

Chief People Officer

Sandy Davies

Penrith City Council

Director Community and People

Esme Ribarovski

Volvo Cars

People Experience Director

Kelly Parmenter

News UK

People Director

Serena Marriott


Head of Wellbeing, DEI

Sally Smith


Head of People Analytics

Nicki Luther


Senior Director Human Resources

Pam Stroud
Pam Stroud


Head of Talent Acquisition

Adam Luangkhot


People & Culture Specialist

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