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Transforming Leadership in the Digital Age

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  • Prof. Llewellyn E. van Zyl (PhD) is a positive organisational psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in enhancing talent and wellbeing through data-driven, strengths-based talent assessment and -development initiatives. He leverages 15 years of expertise spanning both academia and industry, to bridge the gap between cutting-edge behavioural science and organisational practice. As a consultant and organisational psychologist, he founded and led a successful management consulting firm that partnered with various Fortune 500 companies to map talent capabilities, develop customized talent assessment solutions, and to design targeted talent development programs with proven ROI.  As a behavioural scientist and applied statistician, he holds an extraordinary professorship with the Optentia Research Unit at the North-West University. He has published over 100 scientific articles that pioneered new frontiers in data-driven, technology-enabled talent assessment methodologies, talent analytics frameworks, evidence-based coaching models and strengths-based development interventions that’s proven to unlock employees’ potential.   Llewellyn is considered a foremost expert on leveraging advanced data-analytics to map, understand, elevate, and develop employees’ strengths to drive individual flourishing and organizational excellence. I demonstrate a rare fusion of scientific vision and business acumen that translates state-of-the-art talent management research into practical solutions aimed at addressing real-world organisational problems.

    Prof. Llewellyn E. van Zyl, 
    Chief Solutions Architect, Mindset Management
    Extraordinary Professor of Positive Psychology, Optentia Research Unit, North West University

  • Josh Drean is Co-founder & Senior Partner at The Work3 Institute, AI & Workforce Advisor at the Harvard Innovation Labs, and Co-author of Employment is Dead (Harvard Business Review Press, 2025). 

    He is an HR Transformation and AI expert who marries web3 technologies with workplace strategies. As Co-founder of The Work3 Institute, a research, and consulting agency focused on human-centric digital transformation, Josh’s aim is to help companies thrive in the rapidly changing world of work. 

    Josh’s work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and TheEconomist and he has made appearances on The Today Show, NBC, and FOX Business. He speaks internationally to bring workforce trends to digital-first leaders.

    Josh earned his undergraduate degree in I/O psychology and a masters degree at Harvard University, where he incubated and sold an HR Tech startup pioneering sentiment analysis in real-time.

    Josh Drean
    Work3 Institute
    Co-author, Employment is Dead, (HBR 2025)

  • Nigel McNeil
    Vice President, Communication and Change Management
    Fidelity Investments


  • 4:00pm GMT

    Intro from Matt Manners

  • 4:05pm GMT

    A talk from..

    Prof. Llewellyn E. van Zyl, 
    Chief Solutions Architect, Mindset Management

    In today’s highly competitive business environment, effective leadership is the cornerstone of organizational success. Research suggests that leadership behaviours explain over 70% of the variance in employee engagement and 39% in financial growth. Its thus not surprising that more than $60 billion are being spent annually on leadership development initiatives in the US.

    However, most companies continue to rely on one-size-fits-none approaches, or general intuition when designing their leadership development initiatives rather than basing such on empirical evidence. This approach is costly and not only undermines the efficacy of these initiatives but also hampers overall organizational performance. Further, given that there is no clear and validated link between the leadership behaviours being targeted during these initiatives, and important organisational performance and growth metrics, there is no way to quantify the impact of these initiatives in real world dollar terms. 

    The solution lies in embracing a data-driven approach to leadership development. By leveraging real-time data and rigorous analysis, organizations can identify the specific competencies, leadership experiences, abilities and values that directly drive key performance metrics. This allows companies to tailor their leadership development efforts to the unique needs of the organization and to ensure that every investment yields tangible returns. 

    In this presentation, Prof. Llewellyn will explore the transformative potential of data-driven leadership development. Prof. Llewellyn will discuss the importance of linking leadership behaviors to core organizational performance, the steps to develop and validate a data-driven leadership capability model, and how to build a customized leadership development roadmap that aligns with the organization’s strategic priorities. By adopting a data-driven approach, organizations can unlock new pathways to success, empowering their leaders to navigate the challenges of the modern business environment and drive sustainable growth. This presentation will provide the audience with a roadmap on how to harness the power of data to transform their leadership development initiatives for maximum impact.

  • 4:15pm GMT

    A talk from..

    Josh Drean
    Co-founder, Senior Partner

    Work3 Institute

    Future Shock: Is Traditional Employment Dead? Unveiling the Era of AI, Virtual Realities, and the Decentralized Work Revolution

    With disruptive technologies on the horizon, traditional employment models are becoming outdated. How will your organization adapt to the evolving landscape of work?

    Business is on the cusp of an inevitable and profound transformation. Conventional work paradigms are failing to adapt to the evolving needs and expectations of the modern workforce. Simultaneously, the emergence of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, coupled with Web3 innovations including the metaverse, blockchain, and decentralized work models, is unlocking a whole new realm of work. It raises a pivotal question: Is the era of traditional employment over?

    The tools of tomorrow will amplify human potential, from collaborating in virtual spaces through digital avatars, to managing transactions transparently on the blockchain. Those who embrace these technologies—and the manner in which people want to work—will unleash unprecedented levels of productivity and innovation. Conversely, those who remain tethered to outdated work patterns risk losing out on the best talent, and even becoming obsolete.

    This talk ventures into unexplored territories to reveal how these innovations can transform work into more democratic, human-centric, and empowering work experiences. Josh Drean will bring to life the seismic shifts occurring in the workforce, propelled by employees’ growing demand for autonomy, flexibility, and a sense of purpose in their work. The talk will challenge leaders to embrace these changes, offering vital insights into navigating this new landscape. With compelling case studies and cutting-edge examples, this talk will help leaders stay ahead in a rapidly evolving digital environment and harness disruptive technologies to redefine the future of work.

  • 4:25 GMT

    Final talk..

    Nigel McNeil
    Vice President, Communication and Change Management
    Fidelity Investments

  • 4:35 GMT


  • 5pm GMT


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