HR Symposium 2024

AGENDA

This carefully crafted program combines inspiring keynotes with informal activities and time to build real relationships.

HR Symposium 2024 agenda

Monday

17:00

Delegate registration

17:00

Welcome drinks

17:30

TechTalks
TechTalks

Looking to see the latest products available? A fast paced & fun session, our partners have 10 minutes to demo their product’s features and benefits. But when their time is up, it’s up!

This your opportunity to get updated on the latest technology trends. Grab yourself a drink and pop in to the TechTalks most relevant to you and your business.

20:00

Drinks in the Lovedale

Tuesday

8:00

Breakfast

8:40

BJ
Opening Comments

Breckon Jones, General Manager Employee Experience, icare NSW

icare

8:50

Prudence Pitter
Exclusive – Live & In-Person
International Keynote: Normalising Human Connections and Empowering Our People – How Leaders Can Prioritise Employee Wellbeing to Drive Organisational Success

Prudence Pitter, Global Head of HR, Automotive & Manufacturing and HCLS, Amazon Web Services (US)

Amazon Web Services

The past few years have highlighted the importance of the mental health of our people more than ever before. However, there’s so much more work to be done in creating psychologically safe workplaces that empower our employees to better maintain their wellbeing, while also driving strong business performance.

Our leaders play a pivotal role in setting the tone for the organisation, and in this exclusive Keynote, we’ll hear from Prudence Pitter, Global Head of HR, for Automotive & Manufacturing and HCLS, at Amazon Web Services (US) as she shares the work she’s done and continue to do with leaders, to normalise the role and importance of employee wellbeing.

Prudence will share how she helps leaders to role model behaviours that make a real difference to their people, lead and navigate difficult conversations, and create a culture that empowers its people to prioritise their wellbeing, while improving organisational success.

9:25

Partner Keynote

Cornerstone

10:00

How Can We Leverage Developments in AI to Transform How we Work as a HR Function?

In today’s rapidly evolving workplace landscape, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become imperative for HR leaders seeking to optimise their operations and drive strategic organisational outcomes. Spanning talent attraction to workforce planning and employee sentiment analysis, the implications of AI could be enormous. But as HR leaders, most of us are not yet touching the sides.

In this session, we’ll hear from one seasoned HR leader as they share how they’re experimenting with the use of AI to drive greater efficiency and productivity throughout their function, and the impact that’s having on their contribution to the wider organisation.

We’ll explore how we can streamline the recruitment process from writing job descriptions, reviewing applications and identifying what the ideal candidate looks like for specific roles, to automating rostering and workforce planning and garnering insights from the voice of the employee.

The session also sheds light on the essential skill sets HR leaders must cultivate, including prompt writing, to harness the full potential of Gen-AI, and some of the critical challenges and pitfalls we need to be aware of, such a mitigating potential biases embedded in algorithms and the barriers around data security, as we navigate the ethical considerations and strategies to ensure fairness and inclusivity in AI-powered HR practices.

10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

10:55

Partner Breakouts
Workday, Inkling and Humanforce

11:30

PANEL DISCUSSION
How Do We Get Back to Finding Our Authentic Voice? – Determining What’s Right for Our People and Our Organisations Amid the Noise

Moderated by: Breckon Jones, General Manager Employee Experience, icare NSW
Luke Fleming, Director of Human Resources, ICC Sydney
Amy Murrell, Chief People Officer, Rest Super

BJLuke FlemingAmy Murrell
icare, ICC, Rest

It’s an interesting time for the people and culture function – there’s more variety than ever before in how, when and where people choose to work; we’re experiencing a more diverse, multi-generational workforce with an aging population coupled with an increase in Gen Z employees; and prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of our people has never been more important. But it’s easy to get lost in all the noise, so what do we need to do to rediscover who we are as an organisation, define our voice as an employer, and determine what’s right for our people?

In this panel discussion, we’ll be joined by seasoned HR leaders who will come together to share and explore how they’re working to effectively engage and communicate with an increasingly diverse workforce in order to get the best out of its people. We’ll explore how we should create a people strategy that aligns with what our people and our organisation need, and how we can balance creating an engaging employee experience that speaks to everyone in the business.

12:20

Partner Breakouts
Start Beyond, HiBob and Pinpoint HRM

12:45

Networking Lunch

13:40

What’s a Huddle?

Deep dive discussions and solutions to your biggest business challenges.


How often do you get the chance to discuss, ideate, ruminate and problem solve with 30 of the sharpest minds in your field? Our Huddles have been carefully designed to help you and your peers come together, workshop solutions and have thought-provoking discussions on the biggest challenges industry leaders are facing. You’ll walk away with inspiration, insights, and new connections.


Our attendees love the format, and you will too.


You’ll choose two Huddles from the options below, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.


13:40

HUDDLE 1
The Right to Disconnect: What Does It Mean for Businesses in a World of Flexible Working?

Since the pandemic, great strides have been made in normalising flexible working, giving people the freedom to choose (to a degree!), where and when they work. But with the new Right to Disconnect legislation proposed earlier this year, what do we need to know as an employer to stay ahead of our legal requirements, how can it help support the mental health and wellbeing of our people, and what does it mean for flexible working policies?

In this HUDDLE, we’ll come together to explore what the Right to Disconnect means for us and our businesses.

HUDDLE 2
How Can We, as HR Leaders, Drive the Growth Agenda in a World of Commercial Pressures?

Esme Ribarovski, People Experience Director, Volvo Car Australia
Marcelle Gammal, Group Chief People Officer, Aurrum Group

Esme RMArcelle G
Volvo, Aurrum

Many organisations are feeling the pinch in a world of budget cuts and commercial pressures, but as the influence of HR functions continues to grow, we have a key role to play in driving growth and profitability across the business.

In this HUDDLE we’ll come together as HR leaders to discuss how we can better support the organisation in driving growth by aligning our people strategies with our commercial agenda. And how can we more effectively communicate and effectively demonstrate ROI and our impact on the business to our stakeholders?

A Gupta

HUDDLE 3
Creating More Authentic and Meaningful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategies

Anne Das Gupta, Head of People and Culture, Sydney Water

Sydney Water

The call for authentic diversity, equity and inclusion efforts has never been stronger. But in order to implement initiatives and strategies that feel sustainable and meaningful rather than tokenistic, we need to be really thoughtful about what sits behind those efforts and what it means to each organisation.

In this HUDDLE, we’ll explore what a true culture of belonging looks like for our organisations, and some of the strategies or initiatives that we can implement to help us work toward a world where our people feel that they can bring their whole selves to work. We’ll delve into some of the key factors we need to consider when exploring different types of diversity, from physical disability and neurodiversity to age and socio-economic differences.

HUDDLE 4
What Do We Need to Consider When Designing a Multi-Generational Employee Experience?

Now more than ever, businesses are comprised of an increasingly multi-generational workforce; we’re seeing an aging population as people delay retirement, but by 2025, Gen Z will account for 27% of the workforce. And as each specific age bracket comes with its own set of expectations and considerations, how can we design a brilliant employee experience that works for everyone?

In this HUDDLE, we’ll come together to explore how to best understand and meet the needs of specific age groups in designing an employee experience for an inter-generational workforce, while also ensuring that that strategy meets the needs and goals of the organisation.

MAry Hogg
HUDDLE 5

Navigating the Impact of AI on our Organisation and the Broader Workforce

Mary Hogg, Senior HR Director, Hilton

Hilton

There’s no denying that the rapid developments in AI will have an enormous impact, both in how we operate as a HR function, and on the broader organisation and workforce. For forward-thinking businesses that get ahead of the game, there is enormous potential to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the AI era.

In this HUDDLE, we’ll have the opportunity to explore and discuss how we as HR leaders should be thinking about in developing a workforce strategy that sets us up for success amid rapid developments in AI, from identifying the new and evolving roles in our organisations, the capability mix to support our goals as an AI-driven organisation, and the reskilling and talent attraction efforts required to meet those needs.

14:40

Wine Tasting

Karen Stein
Workshop: Being Your Best Self – Self-Coaching, Self-Awareness and Self Kindness Strategies to Lead Your Way

Karen Stein, Executive Coach

Go-Karting


 

Golf


 

17:00

Relax + Recharge

19:00

Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception

Hosted by Ashton Media

19:45

Gala Dinner

22:00

Close

Wednesday

8:00

Breakast

8:45

Opening Comments

8:50

Partner Keynote

Dayforce

9:30

Exclusive – Live & In-Person
International Keynote

More details coming soon.

10:00

Partner Breakouts
People Measures
O.C. Tanner

10:25

Coffee Break & Networking

11:05

HUDDLE 6
The Right to Disconnect: What Does It Mean for Businesses in a World of Flexible Working?

Since the pandemic, great strides have been made in normalising flexible working, giving people the freedom to choose (to a degree!), where and when they work. But with the new Right to Disconnect legislation proposed earlier this year, what do we need to know as an employer to stay ahead of our legal requirements, how can it help support the mental health and wellbeing of our people, and what does it mean for flexible working policies?

In this HUDDLE, we’ll come together to explore what the Right to Disconnect means for us and our businesses.

HUDDLE 7
How Can We, as HR Leaders, Drive the Growth Agenda in a World of Commercial Pressures?

Esme Ribarovski, People Experience Director, Volvo Car Australia
Marcelle Gammal, Group Chief People Officer, Aurrum Group

Esme RMArcelle G
Volvo, Aurrum

Many organisations are feeling the pinch in a world of budget cuts and commercial pressures, but as the influence of HR functions continues to grow, we have a key role to play in driving growth and profitability across the business.

In this HUDDLE we’ll come together as HR leaders to discuss how we can better support the organisation in driving growth by aligning our people strategies with our commercial agenda. And how can we more effectively communicate and effectively demonstrate ROI and our impact on the business to our stakeholders?

A Gupta
HUDDLE 8
Creating More Authentic and Meaningful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategies

Anne Das Gupta, Head of People and Culture, Sydney Water

Sydney Water

The call for authentic diversity, equity and inclusion efforts has never been stronger. But in order to implement initiatives and strategies that feel sustainable and meaningful rather than tokenistic, we need to be really thoughtful about what sits behind those efforts and what it means to each organisation.

In this HUDDLE, we’ll explore what a true culture of belonging looks like for our organisations, and some of the strategies or initiatives that we can implement to help us work toward a world where our people feel that they can bring their whole selves to work. We’ll delve into some of the key factors we need to consider when exploring different types of diversity, from physical disability and neurodiversity to age and socio-economic differences.

HUDDLE 9
How Can We Better Leverage Our People Data to Drive Insight and Influence Key Business Decisions?

As an organisation and a people function, most of us have an extraordinary amount of data, and while we’re getting better at reporting that data, there’s often a lot of work to be done in integrating those data sources to create more actionable insights.

This HUDDLE will bring HR leaders together to share the challenges they have in integrating a multitude of data sources from across the organisation and the HR function, and some of the steps we can take toward building a narrative around that data to influence key business decisions and demonstrate how our people decisions are impacting productivity and the wider organisation.

MAry Hogg
HUDDLE 10

Navigating the Impact of AI on our Organisation and the Broader Workforce

Mary Hogg, Senior HR Director, Hilton

Hilton

There’s no denying that the rapid developments in AI will have an enormous impact, both in how we operate as a HR function, and on the broader organisation and workforce. For forward-thinking businesses that get ahead of the game, there is enormous potential to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the AI era.

In this HUDDLE, we’ll have the opportunity to explore and discuss how we as HR leaders should be thinking about in developing a workforce strategy that sets us up for success amid rapid developments in AI, from identifying the new and evolving roles in our organisations, the capability mix to support our goals as an AI-driven organisation, and the reskilling and talent attraction efforts required to meet those needs.

11:50

Partner Breakout
Oracle

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION
What Does the Latest WGEA Gender Pay Gap Data Mean, and What Can We Do About It?

Moderated by: Breckon Jones, General Manager Employee Experience, icare NSW
Jessica Farrell, GM People and Culture, Publicis Groupe
Lisa Annese, CEO, Diversity Council Australia
Krithika Hansen, Chief People Officer, TelstraSuper
Patrick Bruneau, Head of People and Culture, Diageo

BJJessica FarrellLisa AnneseKrithika Hansen,
icare, Publicis Groupe, Diversity Council Australia, telstrasuper, diageo

With the gender pay gap data being made publicly available for the first time in Australia in February 2024, there is a greater focus than ever before on ensuring that all employees are fairly represented, and on identifying and addressing inequalities in our workforce. The increased transparency has given both individuals and organisations the information they need to take action and drive accountability in gender equality. But it has also sparked a discussion around how we can better measure gaps across specific roles and within industries.

This panel discussion will bring together the WGEA (Workplace Gender Equality Agency) with several HR leaders in the region to explore what this data actually means, and with a magnifying glass on the progress made over the next few years, how organisatons can double down on their efforts to ensure that all employees are equally valued and rewarded in their workplace.

12:50

Alana Shepherd

Mobilising Your People to Unlock High Performance

Alana Shepherd, Head of People Performance, Tyro Payments

Tyro Payments

In today’s world, as many of us navigate tighter budgets and scrutiny on ROI and our impact on business success, it’s more important than ever for HR leaders to drive increased productivity, performance and efficiency, while also being able to effectively measure and report that back to the business. But first we need to define what that productivity and measurement looks like, both within our HR functions themselves and across the wider organisation.

In this presentation, we’ll hear from one HR leader re-thinking what it means to unlock high performance within their organisation. They’ll share how they champion the mindset of HR being a suite of products or experiences that allow our customers, people and leaders to engage with in order to perform better in a holistic sense; in terms of wellbeing, actual on-the-job performance, and how they innovate and collaborate.

They’ll also touch on their approach to performance impact, and the framework they’ve put into place to set KPIs and measure organisation-wide performance.

13:20

Closing Comments & Networking Lunch