Conference overview

The Aspire HRD Summit (March 28)  and Aspire HR Conference (April 2-3) are Australia’s premier thought leadership events for the HR leaders of today and of  tomorrow, hosted at The International Convention Centre in Sydney.
  • Senior HR Professionals with career goals to become a HRD or CHRO.
  • HR Management looking for insight across a wide range of sectors.
  • HR Leaders motivated to empower their HR Teams.

Choice or 1, 2 or 3 days

Workshop (March 28) & Conference (April 2-3)

+30 Speakers

Collectively, the companies speaking employ more than 400,000 staff globally

Five (5) focus areas

Each topic has 4-5 dedicated sessions and presents solutions to the most pressing industry issues:

Employee Experience

Disruption & Innovation

Leadership Development

HR Transformation

Talent Management

The Aspire Learning Difference

No sales pitches!  Every session at Aspire is delivered by business leaders who have at least 15-20 years of corporate experience from within industry leading organisations. 

Research and focus – the use of industry advisory boards to assist program formulation.
Relevance – continuity and specialisation in programming where speakers collaborate on content to avoid duplication.
Quality – 5-star experience: venue, location, premium food and beverage selection.

Affordability – the wider business community has an equal opportunity to attend. Registration fees are 50% - 70% cheaper than comparable events.

Event Speakers

FMCG, Retail, Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Media, Technology, Telecommunications, Building & Construction, Mining & Resources, Entertainment & Leisure and Government.

Sarah Abbott, University of Sydney

Senior Manager - Diversity, Leadership and Inclusion

Zach Kitschke, Canva

Head of People

Barry Singer, Otis

Director HR, Australasia

Rebecca Gravestock, Xero

People and Performance Director AU & Asia

Matt Ashes, KPMG

Associate Director - HR Planning, Projects, Technology and Recruitment

Dan Haesler

International Keynote Presenter

Dom Price, Atlassian

Head of R&D and Work Futurist

Ronán Carolan, Optus

HR Director

Melissa Wong, Medibank

General Manager - People & Culture

Keith Wilkinson, Coca Cola Amatil

Group Head of HR Transformation & Delivery

Jane Lewis, Allens

Director of People & Development

Paula Adamson, IP Australia

General Manager - Trade Marks and Designs Group

Anish Singh, Unilever

Head of HR - Australia & NZ

David Owens, HR Partners

Managing Director

New speaker

To be announced shortly

Summary of all conference sessions

  1. Embedding people strategy into business strategy
  2. HR transformation
  3. The new HR – changing of the guard
  4. The CEOs expectation
  5. The changing role of the Human Resources Director (HRD)
  1. Inclusive Leadership
  2. Authentic Leadership
  3. Leadership Q&A
  4. Human Performance & Total Wellbeing
  5. Trust in Leadership
  6. Empathy Matters 
  1. Creating a Successful Culture
  2. Managing Change & Communication
  3. Leveraging Diversity to Innovate
  4. Driving Cultural from the Top Down
  1. Digital Disruption and the impact on HR
  2. Digitalisation for the future
  3. HR Transformation
  4. People Analytics
  1. ReImagining Talent Management*
  2. Employee Experience Re-Design
  3. Generational shifts in business and HR

Aspire HRD Summit 2019

The 2019 Aspire HRD Summit is held on Thursday 28th March and it is a dedicated one day event curated for HR Professionals with career goals to become a HR Director or CHRO as well and  HR Management looking for deep insights across a wide range of sectors. The day is hosted by well respected and highly regarded HR Leaders. 
The 2019 Aspire HRD Summit consists of seven sessions covering HR Transformation and Leadership Development. Those delegates who attend this special event are recommended to go on The Aspire HR Conference which is held the week after, April 2-3.

Content focus and timing

09:15 – 10:00: Facilitate a more inclusive environment to increases engagement, outcomes and bottom line

10:15 – 11:00 – Authentic leadership and journey to the top – integrity, commitment, values and ethics.

11:30 – 12:15 – Panel discussion and open Q&A forum

13:30 – 14:15 – Embedding people strategy into business strategy

14:15 – 15:00 – HR continuously evolves into a strategic and influential business partner. What the traits do HR leaders expect from the next generation who are expected to take over the helm? What gaps need to be bridged?

15:30 – 16:15 – Technological and generational shifts in business are also occurring in HR. Generation X and millennials are moving into senior management and representing HR at the executive level. The modern HR leader is data and digitally savvy just like the workforce they support.

16:15 – 17:00 – Prepare for conversations with the CEO to deliver the business through change and disruption.

Aspire HR Sydney 2019

The Aspire HR Sydney 2019 Conference is held at The International Convention on April 2-3.
It is a dedicated two day professional development event for Senior HR Professionals, HR Management and HR Leaders. The event is hosted by more than 20 well respected and highly regarded HR Leaders. 
Over 15 sessions, the conference covers five keys area – HR Transformation, Leadership Development, Employee Experience, Leadership Development, Disruption & Innovation and Talent Management. 

Day 1 - content overview & timing​

09:15 – 10:00: 9 out of 10 companies see culture as a high priority yet only 1 in 10 understand what embodies a good culture. Does your organisation have the right culture it needs to drive future performance?
10:15 – 11:00 – Learn how to make impacting communication to deliver change throughout the organisation
11:30 – 12:15 – Diversity, inclusion and belonging remains a high priority for leading organisations. What tools and resources are need to leveraging diversity in order to innovate?
13:30 – 14:15 – Culture is complex for companies to measure and it becomes complex to tie it towards business performance. How can HR deliver structural change from the top down?

14:15 – 15:00 – How can HR navigate through disruption and thrive? Utilising emerging technologieso are expected to take over the helm? What gaps need to be bridged?How can HR navigate through disruption and thrive? Utilising emerging technologies

15:30 – 16:15 – Digitalisation is a business priority, yet there is a cohesive strategy across the organisation.
16:15 – 17:00 – Using technology to create transformation and change management.

17:00 – 17:30 – As the momentum for people analytics continues, what HR technologies are emerging? How will this impact HR processes, programs, and systems in 2020?

Day 2 - content overview & timing

09:15 – 10:00: There is a new focus on human performance – engagement, productivity and wellbeing. Total Wellbeing, is the holistic strategy to address the emotional, physical, financial and professional needs of employees.
10:15 – 11:00 – Less than half of global professionals trust their employer, manager or colleagues. How can HR help their leaders win back’ trust from both their employees and also from the public?
11:30 – 12:15 – Empathy is an important factor in leadership success. How can empathy impact productivity, employee engagement and bottom line results.
13:30 – 14:15 – Skilled labour deficit is forecast from 2020 where demand for talent will exceed supply. Is your organisation ready for the talent crunch?

14:15 – 15:00 – Design Thinking and the employee experience journey mapHow can HR navigate through disruption and thrive? Utilising emerging technologies

15:30 – 16:15 – What does the future of work look like? What are the implications  for HR?
16:15 – 17:00 – What is the future of the HRD? What are the key trends and how to best respond?

Presented by:

Global Brands

Asia Pacific Brands

Tech & FMCG

Government and Legal

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