L&D Symposium 2021


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An L&D conversation with…

An L&D conversation with… series features video interviews videos interviews with leaders in Learning & Development, sharing insights, trends and challenges from some of the region’s leading organisations.

A conversation with

Edition 1

A video interview with one of our keynote speakers, Julie Catanach, Head of Leadership, Talent and Learning at Suncorp Group.

Watch and read the full interview here

5 minutes


5 minutes with…
Melitta Hardenberg
Melitta Hardenberg
Learning and Development Manager,

“In a world where information is readily accessible, no long is it the role of L&D to provide information. The best learning functions are experts in closing the knowing-doing gap.”
Read the full Q&A with Melitta here

5 minutes with…
Jay Patel
Jay Patel
Formerly the Head of Digital Learning,

“Transformation is almost a constant activity and L&D leaders need to have adaptive strategies to increase the speed of learning.”
Read the full Q&A with Jay here

5 minutes with…
Tony Dunford
Tony Dunford
Head of Enterprise Curriculum,

“The 110% goal is that the learning affect positive change in the ‘home’ life of our employees.”
Read the full Q&A with Tony here

5 minutes with…
Beth Hall
Beth Hall
Beth Hall, Head of People Experience & Development,
Cotton On Group

“Ask great questions of ourselves and our people to enable a growth mindset to everything we do.”
Read the full Q&A with Beth here

5 minutes with…
Debbie Key
Debbie Key
Head of L&D
Forty Winks

“The focus on getting correct information to employees regarding COVID initially, and now, 18 months in the focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing, has seen a diversity of investment in L&D moving away from the traditional process, product and soft skills training. “
Read the full Q&A with Debbie here

5 minutes with…
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Head of Program Design
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

“…with emerging themes such as an adaptive mindset, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making becoming increasingly important, we’ve really needed to re-think how we focus on delivering learning solutions that help with these capabilities without losing the technical context or focus.”
Read the full Q&A with Michelle here

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Latest Top 10 Trends and Challenges in Learning and Development

As COVID-19 swept across the globe last year, it brought with it panic, confusion and chaos. Businesses of all sizes experienced wide-scale disruption – workforces dispersed, fundamental business practices were overhauled, and survival relied on doing things differently. Most companies experienced substantial financial loss, widespread redundancies and pay cuts. Others thrived, especially those in the e-commerce and technology sectors. While some companies adapted faster than others, one thing became clear: the role of L&D is now more critical than ever in navigating the challenges presented by the pandemic, future-proofing the workforce and ensuring overall business success.

We asked learning and development professionals across a range of industries in Australia to share their perspectives on the key trends and challenges confronting the L&D industry, and they identified the following as the most pressing issues.

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