Schedule - Day Two


Thursday 6 December 2018

8:50am   Opening remarks from the Chairperson
    Denise Meyerson - Founder & CEO, The Focus Learning Group
9:00am   Future of learning: Should L&D practitioners fear super intelligent AI?

New technology creates new anxieties, but we don't need fear tech disruptions in our workplaces.

Robin Petterd - Director, Sprout Labs

9:15am   CASE STUDY: Learning to shift the dial on engagement and collaboration: Blended learning at Rio Tinto 

In this case study, hear how Rio Tinto used the results of their People Engagement Survey to drive the design and deployment of the Leading for Success programme.

Hear the results on the impact the programme has had on the survey results since roll out and the strategy to develop similar programs for all global people leaders in 13+ countries and remote sites.

Natalie NewboldDirector, Global Learning & Development, Rio Tinto 

10:15am   Morning tea
  How powerful is big data in L&D?

This TED-style talk will draw on the latest insights to discuss the role of data analytics in L&D strategy development.

Hannah Stratford - Head of Talent, Leadership and Learning, KPMG

11:15am   The neuroscience of learning change

In this short presentation, Kristen Hansen will unpack how change affects and occurs in the brain; contrasting its resistance to change and its capability to learn. Explore the concept of neuroplasticity and how learning leaders can use this to support people through the variety of changes facing the workforce today.

Kristen Hansen - CEO & Founder, EnHansen Performance

11:30am   Training, technology and cultural transformation

The cultural transformation required to ensure the successful roll-out of your digital learning experiences is a vital component of your planning and roll-out process.

Join this session to explore what practical strategies you can adopt to ensure that your envisaged digital learning journey has a strong uptake!

  • Adopt a design thinking perspective to ensure that you see the roll-out from the perspective of your users.
  • Determine what their challenges are and how you might overcome them.
  • Create ways in which you can iterate and improve on how you position and frame the changes that will be happening.
  • Set a plan that is visual, clear and takes in to account feedback from your users.
  • Ready, set go - ideas for a soft launch in BETA mode so that you create a wow experience for everyone.

Denise Meyerson - Founder & CEO, The Focus Learning Group

12:30pm   Networking lunch
1:30pm   How to take advantage of emerging L&D technology

Training technology is evolving at a rapid pace. We now have access to AI, chatbots and virtual reality training programs – how should we be incorporating emerging technology into our learning programs?

  • How can artificial intelligence, such as chatbots, be used in learning programs?
  • Best-practice guide to online topic-focused learning groups
  • Virtual, augmented and blended reality applications in training 
  • Scenario-based learning using simulation software and gamification
  • The future of the Experience API (xAPI) in allowing learning systems to track and record learning while allowing systems to communicate with each other

Stacey Edmonds - Partner (Learning 360), Deloitte 

2:30pm   Fireside Chat: What training technology taught me about life

From 4 – 15 April 2018, the Gold Coast welcomed 6600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories and visitors from all over the world, to compete and enjoy the biggest event Australia hosted in more than a decade.  At its peak, the workforce consisted of over 1,600 paid staff, up to 15,000 volunteers and over 40,000 contractors.  In this session, Rachael Frizzo will share her story on training development and how L&D impacted the successful execution of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Rachael Frizzo - Manager (Organisational Development), Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

2:45pm   Afternoon tea
3:00pm   WORKSHOP: The high-performance team:  6 critical steps for HR leaders to nurture high-trust teams

Today’s complex business problems require cohesive, healthy teams. Leaders must seamlessly work together within their own team and across other business units. According to Google Work, trust is one of the most important factors that contribute to a high performance team.   

  • Why humans are wired to seek trust from leaders and their workplace
  • How to identify low trust indicators that are sabotaging your organisation and teams
  • 6 critical techniques to build trust and collaboration in your team

Marie-Claire Ross - Chief Corporate Catalyst & Founder, Trustologie



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