L&D Symposium 2024


Enterprise L&D Professionals

The region's most loved L&D event

Damien Woods
Chapter Lead, Learning and Growth , 7-Eleven
Daniel Hulme
Chief AI Officer , WPP (UK)


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Immerse yourself in a unique forum developed by the leaders of the Learning and Development community

A business’s success lies with its people, so harnessing and developing the talent within is crucial in maintaining and growing competitive advantage in business. This strikes at the key raison d’etre for the L&D Symposium: how do L&D leaders continue to navigate their work becoming an evermore key strategic business function?

Technological development, scarcity of talent and the economic climate has only heightened the importance of the development and end-to-end employee experience, L&D leaders need to move quickly to adapt to these changes to set their business and their people up for success.

Now in it’s fourth year, and it’s first as a standalone event, The L&D Symposium Returns on 18th-19th June 2024 in the beautiful Hunter Valley. The event will bring together 120 of the most influential leaders in Learning & Development from the most renowned organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Here are some of the questions we’ll be tackling at the L&D Symposium in 2024:

  • What are the L&D skills of the future?
  • Is strong L&D the key to winning the war on talent and critical skills development?
  • How will the development of artificial intelligence and generative AI impact the development and deployment of L&D solutions?
  • What are the best models for measuring impact in learning initiatives to demonstrate ROI?
  • Why is data usage and upskilling the key to driving change at scale?

Attendees at the Symposium are hand-picked to ensure the audience represents the most influential minds in the industry. Set in the picturesque Hunter Valley, far from the distractions of the office, attendees are given the rare opportunity to participate in a collaborative learning and networking environment that fosters peer-to-peer learning.

Operating under Chatham House rules, the prestigious forum encourages participants to candidly discuss industry opportunities and challenges and shape the future of workplace learning. The conference program has been crafted by a highly influential advisory board of L&D leaders.

Don’t miss the chance to learn, network and gain insights into the latest trends and strategies. Hear from our past delegates here on why the symposium is the must-attend L&D event in Australia.

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

L&D Symposium 2024

18 – 19 June 2024


Rydges Resort Hunter Valley
formerly the Crowne Plaza

430 Wine Country Dr
Lovedale NSW 2325


Chief Learning Officer
Chief People Officers
Heads of Learning & Development
Heads of Organisational Development
Heads of Planning & Performance
Heads of Talent
Heads of Learning and Capability
Head of People and Culture
Learning & Development Managers
GMs of Culture, Talent, and Leadership


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Here’s what you can expect


Set in the beautiful Hunter Valley, far from the distractions of the office, L&D 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.

Jessica Redman

EVENT OF THE YEAR The L&D HR Symposium is absolutely the standout People & Culture event of the year. The quality of speakers and attendees is incredibly high, and the Ashton Media team go to incredible efforts to make sure every detail is thought of (thank you!!). It truly is an immersive learning experience, filled with moments for genuine connection and inspiration. This was my second year and it was wonderful to re-connect with peers from last year, and meet so many incredible new people this year. Having the opportunity to bounce & build ideas in this community is truly so unique to a 'conference' experience. I feel re-energised after spending two days with so many amazing people and I can not wait for next year.

Mary Hogg

SPACE TO DIGEST NEW WAYS OF WORKING The symposium gives meaningful networking and development to HR professionals as well as the space to digest new ways of working and thinking.

Pam Stroud

PERFECT BLEND OF INSPIRATIONAL AND PRACTICAL CONTENT The L&D + HR Symposium was one of the most insightful conferences I attended in 2022 - a perfect blend of inspirational yet practical content. It's a privilege to be a part of the advisory board for this event in 2023, as we face into more complex people and workforce challenges ahead. To support how the event is saped and to share and learn together as an HR community is how we continue to evolve our impact within our organisations.

Lisa Balster

LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE Any L&D professional should definitely make the time to attend this event. It’s a wonderful two days, spending time with like-minded people, and taking the time to not only reflect on what you have been doing in the learning space, but hear from others, share challenges and experiences, and get new ideas on how you can improve learning in your organisation. I’d highly recommend this event and am already looking forward to next year!

Arun Pradhan

MEANINGFULLY CONNECT 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 it really just creates the right environment for people to connect and meaningfully connect.

L&D Advisory Board 2024Driving the L&D agenda…

Damien Woods


Chapter Lead, Learning and Growth

Ryan Tracey
Ryan Tracey

Macquarie Group

Capability Development Manager

Deepti Sachdeva

Westpac Group

Head of Enterprise Capability and Transformation

Eva Pool

Country Road Group

Head of People Experience

Thomas Bailey


Head of Capability

Lisa Thomas


Product Owner, Strategic Capabilities

Talitha Vinall


Manager, Talent & Capability

Tim Roberts-Ferguson

Fonterra Australia

Head of Learning and Development

Ian Crowhurst

Origin Energy

Head of Future Capabilities and Redeployment

Hannah Conkey


Head of Learning

Platinum Partners
Gold Partners
Event Partners
RMIT online

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