Schedule - Day One


Wednesday 5 December 2018

8:45am   Opening remarks from the Chairperson

 Evelyn Moolenburgh - Managing Director, Learning Ventures

9:00am   The future of L&D and the world of work

L&D is a global moment at a crossroads. Technology gives us new power and scope while new teaching methods empower employees with boundless creativity. Where are we heading? How will workplace learning change over the coming years? Will technology transform L&D forever?

Kristyn Haywood - Founding Director, People for Success

9:15am   PANEL: Meet Australia’s L&D trailblazers

Meet the pioneers of Australia’s learning world and be inspired by their fascinating ideas and practical real-world experience.  L&D leaders will share their insights in driving and implementing workplace learning strategies.

  • Lessons from award-winning, large-scale L&D implementations
  • How to leverage insights from big data in learning strategies
  • What is the right channel mix in a blended learning program?


Kirsty Golding - Head of Learning & OD, L’Oreal

Ingrid Massey - Head of Learning & Development (Pacific), CBRE

Jayne Ormerod - Group L&D Manager, Goodman Group

Sarah Stone - Head of Learning & Capability, Foxtel 


Evelyn Moolenburgh - Managing Director, Learning Ventures 


TED TALK: What's missing in the global debate over training?

    This thought-provoking TED-style talk will question everything you held to be true in the world of workplace learning theory.

Elayne Verner - Director & Principal Consultant, Peak People Development


Morning refreshment break


Beyond the classroom - leading managers through mentoring and coaching programs


All too often, employees and managers see formal classroom training as a magic-bullet solution to capability gaps. How can we encourage managers to dedicate time and energy to post-training mentoring and coaching?

  • Encouraging managers and supervisors to engage in alternative learning and development options
  • How to manage a system of personalised learning experiences
  • Evaluating non-classroom learning interventions like coaching, mentoring and action learning

Sarah Hudson - Talent Development Consultant SEQ & NA, Aurecon


Race for time: how to secure time commitment from busy learners

     A successful L&D strategy requires senior leadership, line manager and employee support for the time commitment of both participating in the initial training and the follow-up coaching sessions.
  • Securing executive commitment for training
  • Tips for encouraging line managers to dedicate time to coaching
  • How to communicate the importance of training to busy employees
  • Strategies for ensuring that time is being dedicated to online training

Rowena Fraser - Organisational Development Manager, Hollard

12:00pm   Networking lunch
1:00pm   Leadership development – the power of humility

For a leadership development program to succeed, leaders first need to admit that their knowledge is imperfect. This session will discuss ways to prepare leaders to accept leadership development training.

  • Overcoming skepticism and cynicism about the development process
  • Can you teach values such as integrity, morality and empathy to leaders? 
  • How to encourage learners to be honest about their leadership abilities
  • Building personal resilience in leaders

Rhonda Brighton-Hall - CEO & Founder, MWAH

  Micro-learning best practice: short, sharp and to the point
    Micro-learning is a new way of teaching and delivering content to employees in small and specific bursts, or ‘nuggets’. This session will discuss ways to design short and punchy content for busy employees with minimal spare time.
  • Tips for making digital learning experiences effective, engaging and enjoyable
  • What is the difference between micro, meso and macro learning?
  • What is the ideal length of micro-learning sessions?
  • How to create effective ‘knowledge nuggets’ or ‘threads’

Terrena Hooper - Head of Learning & Development (Australia), Sodexo

2:30pm   Afternoon refreshment break
3:00pm   Engaging virtually with learners
    Matthew Mason - Chief Learning Architect, Superb Learning
  PANEL: How to build a strong learning culture in the workplace

In today’s busy work environments, many individuals focus on other aspects of their roles, leaving learning and development to languish at the bottom of their priority list. How can you effectively drive and sustain learner engagement?

  • How to obtain and use executive support for learning initiatives
  • Examples of reward and recognition strategies that can be linked to learning
  • Using tools and new technologies to keep users engaged
  • What skills do leaders need to promote engagement?


Treasa Branagan - Head of People & Culture, 1Cover Travel Insurance

Terrena Hooper - Head of Learning & Development, Sodexo

Mathew Paine - Director of Human Resources, International Convention Centre Sydney


Kim Seeling Smith - Founder & CEO, Ignite Global



Conference concludes





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