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The Workplace Inspirathon ’23

October 19, 2023

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About the event

The Workplace Inspiration is a free 24-hour non-stop virtual event designed to give you the confidence, tools and options to make 2023 the year you create a truly inspiring workplace.

This unique event spans the globe – uniting us through our shared purpose to change the world by improving the world of work. As the 70+ short presentations move from Auckland to New York (local time), you will receive advice tailored to your specific region and the challenges you are currently facing.

You will leave energized, with clarity and control about your options and freedom to choose your next steps in an uncertain world. Everyone who attends will take away ways to make simple changes that have the power to transform their organisation.

Australasia & Asia

The times listed below are in Greenwich Mean Time (London).

  • Midnight

    Associate Professor Karl Treacher
    Group CEO
    Brand 
    Institute

    “AI will eat your culture for breakfast”

    Navigating the intersection of AI and organisational culture, this talk evaluates the current AI readiness of businesses and emphasises the need for human-AI synergy. Discover practical steps to prepare and adapt your company’s culture in the face of advancing artificial intelligence, ensuring resilience and growth in the digital age.

  • 12:30am

    Samantha Gadd
    Founder / co-CEO / Employee Experience Expert
    Excellent

    Revolutionizing Work: Crafting the Employee Experience Manifesto

    Discover the transformative power of human-centered workplaces in the ever-evolving world of work. Join us as we delve into the creation of the Employee Experience Manifesto (exmanifesto.com), exploring its core values and principles that redefine how we approach work. Learn why taking an experiential design approach is essential in today’s dynamic landscape where traditional playbooks no longer suffice.

  • 1:00am

    Mia Van Tubbergh
    Principal In Charge – Sales
    Elm Professional Services

    “Cultivating Culture: The Managers Roadmap”

    In 2 short years ELM increased their workforce from 2 to over 15. During these processes, the “people” side of things got messy.  How do you increase your workforce so quickly and ensure that the very core in which you built your business remains the same? We needed a roadmap

  • 1:30am

    Shane Hatton
    Trainer, Speaker, Author

    Let’s Talk Culture

    Culture is your unseen competitive advantage. The key to attracting and retaining the best people in your business. And the intangible quality that enables a team to be at its best every day. But can it be influenced? And if so, how do you shape a culture by choice rather than chance?

    Join the author of ‘Let’s Talk Culture’ Shane Michael Hatton as we explore the findings from an extensive culture study in Australia’s leading workplaces and reveal the five practical conversations you need to have to create the team culture you want. 

    We will discuss:

    • What is culture, really?
    • Why does it actually matter?
    • The five practical conversations you need to create the team culture you want
  • 2am

    Anna Jacklin
    VP APAC Real Estate Operations
    Gartner

    “The Power of Perspective”

    We are all looking for ways to motivate our people to come back, while they are looking for excuses not to, so how do we find the fulcrum that provides balance rather than the tipping point?

    At Gartner it has always been about conversation and inclusion.

    We began using a Behavioural Psychologist on our projects over 10 years ago so we understand the relevance of having open collaborative conversations with your key stakeholders and Associates to ascertain any gaps in thinking or expectations. Bridging these gaps helps us roll into data driven design which continues to provide key learnings.

    It is all about aligning or realigning people, productivity and passion because that is the true power of perspective; understanding!

  • 2:30am

    BREAK

  • 4:00am

    Ulrika Brunner
    CEO Asia
    Inspire Group

    Dan Tohill
    Founder and Group CEO
    Inspire Group

    Cultivating Excellence: The Key to Inspiring Workplaces Through Strategic Leadership Selection

    Join me for an inspiring journey into the heart of workplaces that truly inspire. In this talk, we’ll uncover the magic behind selecting the right leaders to transform the organisation. Discover the secret to unlocking untapped potential, boosting motivation, and fostering a culture of excellence. Get ready to ignite your workplace and make this the year of positive change!

  • Karl Treacher, CEO of The Culture Institute Group (encompassing The Brand  Institute, HEDx, and The Culture Institute of Australia), has devoted over 25 years  to cultivating brands and culture across 12 countries. His expertise lies in aligning  organisational reputation, brand, culture, and experience. Karl’s extensive career  showcases interactions with prominent figures such as Arnold Schwarzenegger  and former State and Federal politician, as well as Australians of the Year and  Olympic sporting teams.  

    In his professional journey, he has championed the evolution of various leading  Australian organisations and has prioritised ‘deep insights to deployment’ by  integrating himself into diverse leadership teams. Karl’s emphasis on the synergy  between brand, reputation, and culture has not only produced 60 published  articles but has also seen him on platforms like TEDx and The Committee for  Economic Development in Australia (CEDA). His academic engagements with  institutions like the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Melbourne  Business School have further equipped him to contribute substantially to  corporate AI readiness and culture transformation.  

    Most recently, Karl has authored The Australian Workplace Culture Guidelines  and is the founder of CultureCon™.

    Associate Professor Karl Treacher
    Group CEO
    Brand 
    Institute

  • Samantha Gadd is an experienced founder, business leader, and employee experience (EX) expert, based in New Zealand.
    Samantha is the Founder and co-CEO of Excellent, the world’s first platform for EX leaders. For over a decade Samantha has been leading the way in EX thinking through founding and growing the largest HR & EX consulting business in NZ, Humankind.

    In 2022 Samantha led a group of 34 contributors to write an EX manifesto for the world, defining employee experience (EX), the values of EX and principles of EX Design.Having worked with hundreds of organisations, advising leaders on how to design compelling and meaningful EX to achieve better business outcomes, Samantha is an expert in how to use co-design as a way forward in today’s world of work. It has never been harder to be a people and organisation leader – employees need & expect more from their workplaces. Samantha deeply believes that using EX design is the only way to meet these needs while driving strong organisation outcomes.

    Samantha Gadd
    Founder / co-CEO / Employee Experience Expert
    Excellent

  • Radio star and Sales Executive Mia Van Tubbergh has over 20 years’ experience in sales, and led the successful “Grow your Business” program on Alive FM, North-western Sydney’s premier community radio station, for over 3 years. Mia understands the importance of well-trained sales staff who are highly engaged and motivated, and works with sales teams to ensure that they know the culture of the company and buy into the passion.

    Mia specialises in working with small businesses on sales processes, finding the right customers, the art of cold calling, customer retention strategies, and discussing market research finding to grow both the customer base and top-line sales. She is also is a mentor with the Woman in Business Program and provides business advice and guidance to small businesses in Western Sydney and the Central Coast region as part of her “giving back to the community” initiative.

    Mia Van Tubbergh
    Principal In Charge – Sales
    Elm Professional Services

  • Shane has spent the last decade developing remarkable leaders, teams and cultures all across the world. He is an expert in leader communication, blending his experience in business and psychology to help leaders communicate, connect and collaborate more effectively in order to bring out the best in those they lead. Shane is passionate about helping leaders have the conversations they need to create the teams they want and a master of bringing simplicity to complexity.

    As a speaker, coach and trainer, Shane has partnered with some of Australia’s most well known and loved businesses across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and his work can be found in publications like the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Australian, HRD and more.

    He is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and author of two books including ‘Let’s Talk Culture – The Conversations You Need to Create the Team You Want’ and ‘Lead The Room – Communicate a Message That Counts in Moments That Matter’.

    Shane Hatton
    Trainer, Speaker, Author

  • Anna Jacklin
    VP APAC Real Estate Operations
    Gartner

  • Ulrika has been speaking, facilitating and developing people who lead others in various roles for the past 25 years.  Today, her work is concentrated in three areas: building a growing business in Asia; developing individual leaders through mentoring and active learning; rolling out leadership programmes and learning solutions that bring about behavioural change and help people develop powerful leadership conversations at work.

    Ulrika Brunner
    Chief Executive Officer
    Inspire Group

  • Dan is a learning specialist with a background in business psychology, which provides an academic underpinning to his innovative and pragmatic solutions. Over the last 30 years Dan has led a number of high-profile learning initiatives in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

    Seeing the potential to re-define how organisations designed and delivered learning, Dan founded Inspire Group in 2001. Since then, Inspire has become New Zealand’s and Australia’s premier provider of learning solutions, a hot bed of innovation and maintained its status as one of New Zealand’s best workplaces. Dan continues to lead Inspire Group’s expansion into new markets and products, remains actively involved with Inspire’s customers and provides thought leadership to the professional community through speaking engagements and coaching practitioners.

    Dan Tohill
    Founder and Group CEO
    Inspire Group

Middle East & Africa

The times listed below are in Greenwich Mean Time (London).

  • 7:30am

    David Ducheyne
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Otolith Consulting

    “The Foundations of Organizational Resilience”

    Resilience has been the focus word of the past years. But what does it take for an organization to be resilient? In this talk I will discuss the 4 foundational capabilities of OR and what they mean to any organization or team.

  • 8:00am

    Irina Aristova
    Area Head of Talent, Org Effectiveness & Inclusion
    BAT

    “A Year of DEI – Delivering the Human Deal”

    DEI has been instrumental in driving our organisational culture, psychological safety and environment where everyone belongs. The past two years have been critical for BAT to shift the mindset to foster and open and collaborative culture for the betterment of the business and company’s transformational agenda. In her talk, Irina will share how the DEI agenda fits into the BAT ambition in Middle East and North Africa markets focusing on gender diversity, inclusiveness and equity across markets. 

  • 8:30am

    Barry Vorster
    Director
    BDO South Africa

    At the intersection – the pivot between digital adoption, culture, technology, and experience

    • The (changed) workplace after COVID
    • A new world of work, or not
    • Digital adoption or …
    • Culture as a cornerstone amongst the noise
    • Employee experience, always at the centre.
  • David focuses on making progress possible in difficult times. This requires the development of foundational human capabilities: purpose, adaptability, collaboration and trust. Unfortunately, many organizations value efficiency over experience, control over trust, competition over collaboration and short-term thinking over a long-term, sustainable approach. When strategies fail, it’s often because organizations and their leaders underestimate its human side.

    As the founder of Otolith – an organizational transformation practice – he helps organizations to become more resilient by embracing a behavioral approach to business. He is also the author of a book on Sustainable Leadership and co-authored books about the customization of work. Next to his advisory work, he is a teacher and a certified board member.

    David Ducheyne
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Otolith Consulting

  • Irina joined BAT Australia as Communications and Sustainability Executive in 2016 before moving into HR in 2019. 

    In her time in communications, she was driving corporate narrative initiatives, internal communications as well as looking after projects in tobacco product stewardship.

    Since moving into HR, Irina has been business partnering across both Corporate and Marketing functions with particular focus on Trade and Field as well as driving South East Asia Diversity & Inclusion portfolio. 

    In August 2022, Irina moved to Dubai to assume the role of the Area Head of Talent APMEA West. Her team’s portfolio is focusing on driving the talent agenda, diversity, equity & inclusion practices, wellbeing and flex framework implementation as well as EVP and L&D practices across all Area markets. 

    Irina has a double degree in International Economics and Strategic Marketing. Prior to BAT, she has enjoyed 15+ years working in Public Relations and Communications in TELCO, data protection, education and NFP sectors with career defining stints in London and Sochi Olympics. 

    Originally from Russia, relocated to Australia in 2013, since 2022, lives in Dubai. 

    Irina on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/iaristova/ 

    Irina Aristova
    Area Head of Talent, Org Effectiveness & Inclusion
    BAT

  • Barry is a human resource and consulting leader with experience in strategic talent management, HR technology, future of work and culture transformation. He is currently the Head of BDO People and has more than 25 years of consulting experience. Barry was previously the Chief Strategy Officer of VSLS Enablement Technologies specialising in workforce upskilling, strategic advisory, experience design and technology enablement to unlock the true potential of organisations.  His passion is organizational learning, and he is fascinated by the interplay between organizational learning, technology, and large-scale behaviour change. He enjoys the challenge of supporting organizations to act their way into new ways of thinking and behaving.

    Barry Vorster
    Director
    BDO South Africa

Europe, UK & Ireland

The times listed below are in Greenwich Mean Time (London).

  • 9:00am

    Hannah Thoresby, Creative Director
    Cathy Phillips, Head of Consultancy
    H&H

    Flexible working & finding the right fit: lessons and surprises from our own trial 

    Flexible working’s a hot topic. It often ranks highly – if not top – in employee surveys about desired work perks. And the results of the UK’s 4DayWeek trial showed positive impacts on productivity and wellness. So, at H&H we thought, ‘we’d like some of that’. Afterall, the science backs up the argument for more time away from the work environment and at H&H we’re big fans of behavioural science. 

    But as a client-servicing organisation, the balance has to be bang-on. So, join us as we share our insights about our journey trialing a nine-day-fortnight. We’ll discuss how we decided that was the right fit for us, what’s surprised us, what we’ve learnt so far, as well as some tips on what we’ve found useful for engaging employees around flexibility. 

  • 9.30am

    Martina Quinn
    Founder and Managing Director
    Alice Public Relations

    Building & Promoting Your Employer Brand

    How do you develop and define your employer brand? And how do you communicate your brand to the people you want to know about it?

    In this session, communications expert Martina Quinn will share her insights on employer branding, including how to build an authentic and impactful brand; and how to promote your brand to attract talent and grow your business.

  • 10:00am

    Rachel Pipan
    Founder and Managing Director
    Maneuvre

    “Why I banned my team from responding when offline – and why you should too”

    In today’s digital age, maintaining work-life balance and fostering genuine connections in remote settings is more vital than ever. This talk will shed light on the significance of healthy detachment from work, offering strategies to plan guilt-free time off and ensure consistent quality in work delivery. Additionally, we’ll delve into the challenges of building authentic relationships in virtual work environments, highlighting the power of proactive support and mutual understanding. Attendees can anticipate insights on effectively balancing work demands with personal needs and establishing meaningful professional bonds despite the virtual divide.

  • 10:30am

    Jessica Badley
    Director of People and Resources
    British Society for Rheumatology

    “Wellbeing and productivity: a great match or a balancing act?”

    Ensuring that your people’s wellbeing remains a top priority for the organisation while enabling the team to be high performing can feel like a challenge. At same time we’re often asking our teams to focus on their own development, as well as finding time to break down silos, and build psychological safety.

    At British Society for Rheumatology, we’ve faced that challenge too. Our people are passionate about what they do, and never run out of ideas about how they could still be doing better. We needed to give them practical tools to balance everything, and to keep being brilliant.

  • 11:00am

    Kirsten Mayer
    EVP – People & Culture
    Cielo

    Helping Talent Shine Through Employee Development Initiatives

    In today’s fast paced and ever-evolving business landscape, the success of any organisation hinges on the growth and development of its most valuable asset – its people. Join Kirsten Mayer, EVP – People & Culture, as she explores the key development opportunities Cielo has to offer and why you should be investing in excellence for all your employees, including support for external talent as they begin their learning journeys. 

  • 11:30am

    David Bellamy
    Founder and CEO
    Harkn

    “Decoding Culture and Wellbeing – Lessons from Nearly a Decade of Listening”

    How can transforming your listening strategies reshape your organisation’s culture and performance? Join David Bellamy, Founder and CEO of Harkn, as he uncovers invaluable lessons from years spent empowering employee voices to drive meaningful change. Explore the vital roles of psychological safety, a culture of care, and equal voice in charting the course to organisational success. Real-world case studies and actionable insights await in this journey from mere listening to genuine evolution.

  • 12:00pm

    Karin Volo
    CEO and Director
    Evoloshen

    “Well-Being & Creating a Thriving Culture in a Crazy World”

    • Dive into 3 key trends impacting the workplace and the world
    • Discover why you need to address well-being sooner that later!
    • How to create a caring culture where people thrive
    • Gain insights and tools that you can apply immediately at work
  • 12:30pm

    Helene Williamson
    Global People and Culture Director, AllSaints
    All Saints

    “Retaining our Gen Z workforce – from sherpas to the Spice Girls”

    At global fashion retailer AllSaints, talent retention of a young workforce has been our biggest challenge. This session will share some of our learnings – from our key KPIs for success to what the Spice Girls can teach us about recruitment and diversity, and how we’ve amplified our CEO’s values based approach to build an inspiring culture.

  • 1:00pm

    Suzi Archer
    Staff Director
    Huler

    “How to build a winning workplace culture: strategies for HR leaders”

    Workplace culture is known to impact engagement, retention and productivity and in today’s competitive job market, having a strong culture is more important than ever as employees start to favour a culture that aligns with their values. This webinar will provide actionable steps HR leaders can take to assess their current workplace culture and strategies that will create a winning one – drawing on key research as well as personal experience. 

  • 1:30pm

    Lucy Wilson
    Senior Strategist
    Home, Bristol

    Employee Experience – Sharing the latest global insights

    Lucy will share the latest insights from The Work Project, Home’s 2023 global benchmark of employee experience. She will explore Home’s culture model and share insights from her personal experience of the importance of listening as a vital first step for embedding lasting and impactful cultural change.

  • 2.00pm

    Phil Burgess & Felix Koch
    Co-Founders & Managing Partners
    WITHIN

    The Case for Connection: Practical ideas for building cultures of connnection

    There’s a crisis of connection in many of our organizations. 65% of workers feel less connected to their co-workers since the pandemic. Just 4 in 10 US employees strongly agree that someone at work cares about them as a person. The impact on people’s wellbeing and performance is significant… and it doesn’t have to be that way! Join Phil & Felix from WITHIN as they share a range of real-life examples you can use as inspiration for building a culture of connection in your team or organization.

  • 2:30pm

    Adam Mason, Global EVP
    Michael Tigwell, COO
    Benefex

    The Evolution Research 2023: defining the global reward and benefits landscape

    The expectations of employees and the speed at which employers need to respond to them is forever evolving; 85% of employees say their employee experience is more important to them now than a year ago. Our 2023 Evolution research report surveyed more than 2,000 global employees and employers to understand the areas of the employee experience that employees value most – and where Reward leaders are focusing their efforts.

    Join Benefex COO, Michael Tigwell, and EVP Global, Adam Mason, who will explore key findings from our Evolution research and share:

    • Reward and benefits trends from EMEA, APAC, North America and India
    • Practical reflections on how Benefex customers are meeting employees’ evolving needs
    • How and why employee benefits are becoming increasingly core to an exceptional employee experience
  • 3:00pm

    Kristy Jones
    Senior Director, Employee Success
    Achievers Workforce Institute

    Emily Pearce
    Director, Global Customer Care
    Achievers Workforce Institute

    ‘Building a Sense of Belonging at Work’

    Employees with a strong sense of belonging are three times more likely to be engaged, productive, and committed to their job.

    When organizations can create an employee experience where each individual feels like they’re part of a team that accepts and values them for who they are, the result is happier, healthier employees who are reluctant to leave. A sense of belonging at work is incredibly valuable starting from an employee’s first day through to their exit interview, but belonging is difficult for organizations to create, much less measure.

    Join Achievers’ Kristy Jones and Emily Pearce to learn how you can activate and measure belonging across the entire employee lifecycle. You’ll learn:

    • A practical approach to building a sense of belonging within your organization
    • How to ensure employees feel welcomed, known, included, supported, and connected from their first interaction with the organization to their last
    • Examples of initiatives that foster belonging and strategies for measuring their impact
  • 3:30pm

    Perry Timms
    Founder and Chief Energy Officer
    People & Transformational HR Ltd

    “HR as an accelerant of inspiring change”

    HR has been in the thick of adapted and more versatile practices since the 2020 pandemic response. It now faces a complex web of interrelated challenges and opportunities but one thing is for sure: It’s all about people. Where, when, how and what people work as we attempt to shift and adapt to a turbulent world. Beyond a laundry list of initiatives, where is the real value, impact and inspiration for people? Join Perry Timms – 2022’s No. 1 Ranked Most Influential Thinker – as he shares his sense of how the people profession really can step up and into high-impact ways to enlighten, enable and equip people at all levels in their organisations with matters now and next. A new operating model, new capabilities and new products and services can supercharge any organisation’s people proposition and the resulting impact.

  • 4:00pm

    Anna Rasmussen
    Founder & CEO
    OpenBlend

    Development conversations: closing the gap

    Today’s workforce is consumed by a need for continual development and career progression – something that LinkedIn refers to in their 2023 Workplace Learning Report as a ‘crave for learning’.  
    With Gallup citing development opportunities as a top influential factor when deciding whether to accept a job offer for 87% of millennials, it’s never been more important for organisations to invest in people development.  
    But there’s a problem: employers are not providing the kinds of development opportunities that employees need and have come to expect. As a result, we are seeing a gap in fulfilment at work, and it’s getting worse.  

    So how are we starting to close the gap? Join Anna Rasmussen, Founder and CEO of OpenBlend as she dives into the data behind the workplace motivators of today’s workforce, and why enabling effective 1:1 conversations that focus on an employee’s unique development needs is the key.  

  • Hannah Thoresby
    Creative Director

    H&H

  • Cathy Phillips
    Head of Consultancy
    H&H

  • Martina Quinn is the Founder and Managing Director of Alice, an award-winning public relations agency, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. 

    Alice’s purpose is to create change that makes Ireland and the world a better place. Since the company was established in 2015, it has devised and managed successful campaigns on gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, integration and anti-racism initiatives, reproductive rights, access to education and employment, climate action, and much more. With offices in Dublin and Belfast, Alice works throughout the island of Ireland – and beyond. 

    While Alice’s external purpose is focused on improving the world, the company has a complementary internal purpose, which is to provide Alice employees with secure, sustainable career paths, whilst ensuring they can lead happy, fulfilling lives. 

    Martina’s specialisms include strategic communications; stakeholder engagement; public affairs and political communications; and crisis / issues management. She currently serves as Strategic Advisor for the WorkEqual campaign on workplace gender equality, and for Trans Equality Together, a coalition working to create an Ireland where trans and non-binary people are equal, safe and valued. 

    In a voluntary capacity, she is the Chairperson of the Board of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland, and a member of the Board of Management of ICCO, the International Communications Consultancy Organisation. She also sits on the Board of Women’s Aid

    Alice was recognised in the Top 25 Workplaces in the EMEA region in the 2023 Inspiring Workplaces Awards, as well as in the Global Top 100. 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinaquinn/  

    Twitter: @MartinaPQuinn / @HelloAlicePR

    Instagram: @martinaquinn / @helloalicepr

    Website: www.alicepr.com  

    Martina Quinn
    Founder and Managing Director
    Alice Public Relations

  • Rachel Pipan is the Managing Director and founder of Maneuvre, an Amsterdam-based strategy firm that advises visionary companies and founders on growth and communications. She is an emerging tech and PR expert who has spent the last 7 years helping brands make crypto, blockchain, AI and other inventions more accessible to their customers. Alongside her role leading Maneuvre, she also serves as a Netherlands ambassador for the Global Blockchain Business Council, and she was recently elected to join Money 2020’s RiseUp Europe cohort.

    Before founding Maneuvre, Rachel directed global communications at European blockchain unicorn Bitfury. She evolved their communications strategy from startup to established scale-up and ensured top media, including Forbes, Reuters, and Bloomberg, recognised this rise. She also served in communications roles at Edelman PR and Auburn University. She received an MA in Strategic Communications from Washington, D.C.’s American University and her BA in Public Relations from Auburn University.

    Rachel Pipan
    Founder and Managing Director
    Maneuvre

  • Jess Badley FCIPD is Director of People and Resources at the British Society for Rheumatology. Jess is particularly interested in the links between wellbeing, flexible working, and innovation and how this can transform an organisation’s culture and approach towards work. She is also a trustee for Yes Futures, and a committee member of CIPD Central London branch. 

    While Jess has been at British Society for Rheumatology, the charity has won several awards, including Best Small Organisation at the Inspiring Workplaces Awards 2023, as well as placing 10th on the Global Inspiring Workplaces List.

    Jessica Badley
    Director of People and Resources
    British Society for Rheumatology

  • Kirsten Mayer is the EVP of People & Culture at Cielo, the world’s leading strategic provider of technology-enabled Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) solutions, where she has held multiple leadership roles in client services and most recently global talent development.

    Kirsten has extensive experience in the HR sector and has worked with multinational and global clients in the EMEA region on forward-thinking strategies in workforce planning, DE&I, solution design, operational excellence, and overall program performance.

    In Kirsten’s newest role at Cielo, she brings her wealth of HR experience, knowledge of the business, and her exceptional relationship building skills to develop an internal talent growth engine that will propel Cielo into the future.

    Working across multiple countries over the past few years and managing Cielo’s global talent function from Europe, Kirsten brings a multicultural aptitude to her role and holds a certification in diversity management and strategic workforce planning. She also has substantial in-house leadership and management experience of big staff groups in service industries such as tourism and financial services.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirsten-mayer-32898853/

    Kirsten Mayer
    EVP – People & Culture
    Cielo

  • David Bellamy is the Founder and CEO of Harkn, a revolutionary platform transforming how companies listen to and engage with their employees. With over 25 years in management consulting and leadership strategy, David champions the untapped potential of employee voice as a catalyst for organisational culture and performance. Beyond the corporate world, David serves as a Director and Trustee for The Churn Project, a community-based charity focused on improving the well-being of vulnerable individuals.

    David Bellamy
    Founder and CEO
    Harkn

  • (Chief Joy Bringer / CEO of Evoloshen), an expert in engagement, personal and organizational development, and is an international best-selling author. With over 20 years experience working with Fortune 500 companies globally, she has worked with cultural development, employee engagement, leadership training / mentoring, inspirational speaking and writing. Karin is regularly acknowledged as a global leader and employee engagement expert, and most recently recognized in the inaugural 50 Women of Influence by Success Magazine. Evoloshen has been named as the Top 10 Organizational Development companies in Europe. Her purpose is bringing joy to the workplace.

    Karin Volo
    CEO and Director
    Evoloshen

  • Helene Williamson
    Global People and Culture Director, AllSaints
    All Saints

  • Suzi is an experienced people leader, having taken on senior leadership positions from early in her career. As Staff Director at Huler, Suzi’s role encompasses all elements of the employee experience journey from talent acquisition, onboarding, employee growth through to exit & Alumni. Suzi’s people-first approach has enabled significant people growth at Huler with an award winning employee experience journey, reflective of Huler’s own innovative approach to work place technology.

    Suzi Archer
    Staff Director
    Huler

  • Lucy is a Senior Strategist at Home, a global employee experience agency. Lucy’s background is in HR, OD and employee engagement. She has led global culture change programmes in the Defence and Aerospace and Higher Education sectors. She is passionate about helping organisations engage, empower and develop people to be the best they can be.

    Home’s vision is to make every employee experience a great one, from hire to retire. Lucy does that through taking a listening-led approach to employee experience design, culture shift strategy, and innovative leadership development. Creating environments where people can be their best and drive better business outcomes.

    To find out more about what we do at Home, visit us here or keep updated on our thoughts on the new shape of work on LinkedIn.

    Lucy Wilson
    Senior Strategist
    Home, Bristol

  • Phil is the Co-Founder of WITHIN. He works with leaders to drive results by building cultures of connection. He was previously Chief People Officer for customer agency, C Space where his team won ‘Learning Team of the Year’ at the Learning Performance Institute’s Global Learning Awards. As Joint Managing Director of C Space London, he and Felix Koch won a variety of ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Best Agency’ awards and were jointly listed on Management Today’s ‘Agents of Change’ Power List for men championing gender equity in business. After a 4 year stint in Boston, he’s now based back in the UK.

    Phil Burgess
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    WITHIN Business

  • Felix is the Co-Founder of WITHIN. He works with leaders to drive results by building cultures of connection. Before this, he headed up the EMEA & APAC regions for customer agency, C Space, as their regional CEO. As Joint Managing Director of C Space London, he and Phil Burgess won a variety of ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Best Agency’ awards and were jointly listed on Management Today’s ‘Agents of Change’ Power List for men championing gender equity in business.  This year, Felix was also listed on the InsideOut LeaderBoard which celebrates senior-leader role models who are working to smash the stigma of mental ill-health in workplaces. After many years in the UK, he now lives in Germany.

    Felix Koch
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    WITHIN

  • Garry Lace
    Founder and CEO
    Storians

  • David Bator thinks and writes about how work could work. David leads Achievers Workforce Institute, a strategic practice whose focus on Research, Community and Advisory empowers global executives with tactical, practical approaches to changing how the world works. David is passionate about people and has spent the last 20 years working closely and consultatively with HR, IT and Communications leaders to build programs that position individuals, teams, and companies to grow.

    David Bator
    Managing Director
    Achievers Workforce Institute

  • Perry Timms is the Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR – a niche consultancy, with the mission to create better business for a better world

    Perry is a Chartered member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a 5x member of HR Magazine’s HR Most Influential list making the top 10 in 2018, 2019 & 2021 and ranked Number 1 Most Influential Thinker in HR for 2022. In 2023 Perry was inducted into the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame.

    He is an international and 2x TEDx speaker and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning. He is a certified Semco Style Institute Expert in Self-Managed systems of work.

    His 2017 book Transformational HR was named one of the Top 100 Business Strategy books of all time and published as a second edition in July 2021. 

    His second book – The Energized Workplacewas published in August 2020 and was shortlisted for the UK Business Book of the Year 2021.

    Perry is an Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School and Ashridge Management School; a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management, and Sheffield Hallam University.

    He is a LinkedIn Learning instructor, and a member of the European Organisation Design Forum, the People and Culture Association and The OD Academy. 

    PTHR is in its 11th year of operating, is a Certified BCorporation, a Gold-Standard 4-day Working Week organisation, an accredited Living Wage employer and a Climate-Positive enterprise. PTHR was ranked in the Top 50 EMEA Inspiring Workplaces, a WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centred Organisation and a Top 5 company in Flexa’s verified flexible workplaces.

    Perry Timms
    Founder and Chief Energy Officer
    People & Transformational HR Ltd

  • Tamar Hughes
    Director
    Phoenix

  • Anna Rasmussen is the Founder & CEO of OpenBlend – the platform for effective conversations at work. As a former executive leadership coach, Anna is extremely passionate about helping people to reach their full potential through frequent and effective manager-employee conversations that support wellbeing, motivation, and high performance. In fact, it’s the very reason that OpenBlend exists today.

    Anna Rasmussen
    Founder & CEO
    OpenBlend

North & Latin America

The times listed below are in Greenwich Mean Time (London).

  • 5:00pm

    Russell Robinson
    Associate Professor
    American University

    Faroshia Bergraaf
    Founder
    Emoworks

    Why an Emotionally Intelligent Culture is Critical to Individual and Organizational Wellness

    According to Forbes, 69% of employees feel the relationship with their supervisor has a greater impact on wellness than the relationship with their doctor. You can just imagine the adverse impact on those employees if supervisors are not managing their own wellness.  At the same time, research from the good people at Gallup has found that supervisors are feeling overwhelmed, burned out and stressed….as individuals. Imagine the challenges of leading an over-stressed workforce if feeling overwhelmed yourself.

    In this conversation, Russell Robinson, EdD, the Chief Inspiration Officer for InspireDC and emotional intelligence guru, Faroshia Ashley, founder of Netherlands-based Emoworks, discuss the relationship between emotional intelligence and wellness at the individual and organizational levels.

  • 6:00pm

    Break

  • 6:30pm

    Gustavo Tavares
    LATAM Ambassador & Judge
    Inspiring Workplaces

    “Employer Reputation in Latin America – Opportunities and Challenges ahead”

  • 7:00pm

    Caio Infante
    Regional Vice President, Brazil
    Radancy

    “Doing business in LATAM – markets and trends”

    LATAM with nearly 600MM people is always an opportunity that global companies consider to invest in its potential as a market as well as qualified talents to support their operations.
    Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, Chile are some of these countries and the question is: are they all the same? Do they have the same talent pool?
    How does recruitment work in these countries? How do they see the importance of an Employer Branding strategy?

    Come and check this and much more about this emerging (and promising) market.

  • 7:30pm

    Charlie Judy
    Chief People & Culture Officer (CHRO)
    Intelligent Medical Objects

    “Wanna Fix Your Workplace? Fix Your Conversations”

    100% of your people problems can be avoided and 100% of your people opportunities can be captured simply through better human conversations. No fancy technology, no over-engineered programs, no new benefits or perks. Just better conversations. Let’s talk about why and how.

  • 8:00pm

    Mark McCormack
    VP Sales UK & Europe
    Fuel50

    Skills Intelligence The Future of Workforce Optimisation

  • 8:30pm

    Barbra Gago
    Founder & CEO
    Pando

    Rethinking Employee Performance: How to Optimize Impact

    The ‘workplace’ has gone through rapid changes over the last couple of years. Tools and systems that used to get us by no longer work. Employee demands, preferences and expectations have also evolved. The old paradigm for employee performance evaluations no longer meets the needs of employees, managers or the demands of the business. So what is the best way to align goals, skills and growth for employees to optimize business impact?
    In this session, you’ll learn:
    • Key trends that are impacting how we evaluate employee performance
    • How to set up a performance system that is engaging and always on
    • The structure and tools required to make employee evaluations fair
    • New ways to think about employee performance measurement
    • A framework to help unlock on-going employee growth
  • 9.00pm

    Natasha Wahid
    Head of Content
    Blueboard

    How to drive loyalty and performance with more meaningful recognition

    The right kind of employee recognition is proven to increase engagement, motivation, and performance—all of which are critical in a tight economy and labor market. The problem? Most organizations are getting recognition wrong, investing dollars only to be disappointed by a lack of return. In this workshop, we’re going to give you the tools to do recognition better. Based on our work with hundreds of organizations across industries and our unique experiences-based approach, we’ll walk through a step-by-step framework you can steal to drive real loyalty and performance results from your recognition efforts.

  • 10:00pm

    Dan Riley
    Co-Founder
    RADICL

    There is No ‘Back to Normal’

    The context and work itself have changed. We have weathered a global pandemic, political polarization increases, technology opportunities and risks are accelerating, teams are distributed, trust in leaders is breaking down, demographics are shifting. Too many people are frustrated, stressed, exhausted, or just bored. By and large, employee experience efforts have lost sight of “the employee” and failed to deliver a great, holistic, integrated “experience” for people.
    Listen to Dan discuss ways to create an Epic Work Experience filled with meaning, clarity and connection. This creates a virtuous cycle between people and companies. 
  • 10:30pm

    Chris Dyer
    Keynote Speaker & Fractional CMO

    “Decoding Excellence: 7 Key Elements of an Inspiring Organizational Culture”

    In my new book, The Power of Company Culture (2nd Edition), I’ve distilled the essence of what makes or breaks organizational culture. Culture Matters: It’s the invisible force that guides behavior, decisions, and performance in organizations. Time & Effort: Channeling your energies in the right direction can lead to cultural transformation. Employee Engagement: It’s not just about satisfaction. It’s about emotional investment in the company’s vision. The culture is a sum of shared values, beliefs, and norms. It is not enough to pay enough to culture, we need to focus our energy in the right places.  

  • 11:00pm

    Lance Haun
    Vice President, Market Insight
    The Starr Conspiracy

    “What can EX learn from CX? Creating a unified experience from employer brand through employee success”

    The best consumer brands are masters of experience. They define who they are, how they’ll behave in the market, and act consistently in all experiences that consumers have with them. That work starts from before a future customer is explicitly aware of the company to well past the time they make their last purchase. The same should be true for great employer brands. To create an experience that bridges the journey from before a person is even a candidate to being an employee (and beyond), it starts with creating an EX vision and defining the characteristics that bring this vision to life in all five phases of employee experience. 
    In this session, we’ll be covering:
    • Why organizations need a unified EX that goes beyond the bounds of traditional employer brand and engagement approaches
    • The keys to creating a great vision and defining characteristics of your EX
    • How to think about your EX vision consistently over all five EX domains
  • 11:30pm

    Rob Catalano
    Chief Engagement Officer
    WorkTango

    “Employee Recognition & Rewards Trends & Best Practices”

    Forms of employee recognition and rewards have been a part of organizations for over a century to improve employee engagement and retention. Over the decades, approaches have been modernized and companies are implementing more holistic recognition strategies to improve the overall employee experience.  This session will share combined experiences and learnings from hundreds of organizations that have upgraded their recognition and reward strategy. In this session, you will learn:

    • Why focusing on a Recognition strategy is critical in today’s workplaces and how it can be leveraged through economic uncertainty
    • The evolution of Employee Recognition, and why certain methods are outdated and no longer adequate on their own
    • Proven effective methods and practical solutions to creating a culture of appreciation
    • Examples of companies that are doing it well
  • 12:00pm

    Top 25 Work Tech Vendors Announced!

  • 12:30pm

    Matt Manners
    CEO and Founder
    Inspiring Workplaces

    The importance of belief and Belonging in the Workplace

  • Russell Robinson
    Associate Professor
    American University

  • Faroshia Bergraaf
    Founder
    Emoworks

  • Adam leads our Global teams, overseeing our offering to these new and existing customers. Prior to joining Benefex, Adam spent over ten years with Grant Thornton working with global organisations, having trained originally as a Chartered Accountant with the firm. Building upon his experience of working across the globe, his focus is on ensuring we use a range of approaches that cater for the many different audiences and in many cases their cultural requirements.

    Adam Mason
    Global EVP
    Benefex

  • Michael is a self-proclaimed people geek, fascinated and driven by all-things customer service. With 20 years’ experience working in the employee benefits and tech industries, Michael has worked to build and manage customer teams across both the UK and US and now heads up everything customer-related at Benefex.

    Michael Tigwell
    COO
    Benefex

  • Gustavo Tavares
    LATAM Ambassador & Judge
    Inspiring Workplaces

  • As Regional Vice President in Brazil, Caio Infante is firmly establishing the Radancy brand in the Brazilian market and implementing an array of powerful and evolving talent acquisition technologies. In addition to growing Radancy’s market share in Brazil, he ensures that global clients in his region receive quality customer service while managing the day-to-day operations of the office.

    With over 17 years of experience, Caio possesses a strong background in business planning and strategy, marketing, talent acquisition and management. Prior to joining Radancy, he’s had tenures at advertising agencies in São Paulo, Brazil and Sydney, Australia. Caio moved on to become part of the start-up team at Trabalhando.com – a Latin American job site – where he was responsible for sales and marketing and building long-term client relationships. There, he rose to the position of Country Manager. Most recently Caio was leading teams at Catho.com, Brazil’s largest career site. He’s enthusiastic and passionate about technology and connecting his clients with the best talent.

    Caio earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Marketing at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, widely regarded as Brazil’s top school for advertising. He also earned an MBA in International Management at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

    Caio Infante
    Regional Vice President in Brazil
    Radancy

  • In 2019, Charlie Judy joined Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO), a high-growth technology company ensuring the quality and value of clinical data across the healthcare ecosystem, as its first Chief People & Culture Officer. He leads a collaborative effort to manage the culture and employee experience that gives its 380 employees a place to thrive. 

    Charlie has over 30 years of experience as an HR executive with some of the world’s most prominent professional services firms including Baker Tilly, Navigant (now Guidehouse), and Deloitte and has enjoyed long-term global assignments in Brussels, Belgium and Hyderabad, India. Before joining IMO, Charlie undertook a 5-year entrepreneurial venture building and selling a successful company with a digital workplace culture assessment tool and analytics platform used by companies like T-Mobile, Cisco, and Takeda.

    Charlie earned his BS in Management from Tulane University’s AB Freeman School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), and a Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). He and his family – including two dogs – reside in Chicago, Illinois.

    Charlie Judy
    Chief People & Culture Officer (CHRO)
    Intelligent Medical Objects

  • Mark is the VP of Sales at Fuel50 for the UK and Europe. He has worked in Technology sales for the past 12 years, supporting some of the world’s leading organisations, primarily in the HR and L&D space. Mark has a passion for delivering solutions that support the employee experience and provide career development opportunities for all, which can directly impact bottom-line business metrics like internal talent mobility and employee retention. 

    Mark McCormack
    VP Sales UK & Europe
    Fuel50

  • Barbra Gago is the Founder and CEO at Pando. She spent her career as a CMO building and scaling companies from pre-series A to scale-up mode. In her career she brought companies like Culture Amp and Greenhouse to market, and prior to founding Pando she was the CMO at Miro leading the re-brand from RealtimeBoard to Miro and scaling the business from $3m to $50m in ARR in just under 2 years.

    Barbra Gago is the Founder and CEO at Pando, the first employee progression platform. Prior to founding Pando, Barbra was the CMO at Miro where she led the re-brand from RealtimeBoard to Miro in 2018, and scaled the business from $3 to $50m in just under 2 years. Barbra was also the first head of marketing at Culture Amp and Greenhouse bringing both products to market and initial scale. Having worked at the intersection of people tech and future of work for over 10 years she’s expert at building high performing teams, processes and programs that result in effective, rapid scale and meaningful business outcomes.

    Barbra Gago
    Founder & CEO
    Pando

  • Natasha Wahid is the Head of Content at Blueboard. She’s a natural storyteller who found her niche helping companies connect to their audiences through thoughtful communication. She believes in building spaces—both personal and professional—where people can be their full selves without fear or shame. She’s a seasoned speaker who’s presented at marketing conferences across the U.S. and is an alum of the incredible Shine Bootcamp (google it!)
    When she’s not writing words for work, you’ll find Natasha hiking in the BC mountains, reading, laughing with friends, guzzling black coffee, and chasing sunshine.

    Natasha Wahid
    Head of Content
    Blueboard

  • Dan is a thought leader, technologist, change agent, and optimist in the area of people experience and the future of work. He inspires people to believe and focus on what inspires them.
    With a vision and commitment to change the way businesses think, act, and operate, Dan works with leaders and organizations around the world helping them to meet the moment and mobilize for the future.
    Dan has over 20+ years of experience in HR and technology. He co-founded Modern Survey in 1999 and served as its COO until it was sold to Aon in 2016. Recently, he co-founded RADICL.

    Dan Riley
    Co-Founder
    RADICL

  • Chris Dyer is a recognized company culture and remote work expert. As a former CEO managing thousands of people, his companies consistently were named a best place to work. They have also been named a fastest growing company by Inc Magazine 5 times. Chris routinely consults and speaks, and Inc Magazine ranked him as the #1 Leadership Speaker on Culture. He has two bestselling books The Power of Company Culture and Remote Work, and has been named #5 on the Leadershum Power List, a Top 50 Voice in Leadership, a Top 40 Change Management Guru, a Top 50 Global Thought Leader, and a Top 50 leadership podcast, Top 50 HR Leaders Shaping the Future of Work, and a Top 101 Global Employee Engagement & Experience Influencers by Inspiring Workplaces and Work Buzz, just this year.

    As a keynote speaker his goal is to inspire audiences with a straightforward delivery, insightful candor, and engaging humor. His talks leave audiences permanently transformed, offering innovative perspectives on leadership to improve company culture, and empower organizations to discover new successes. Countless companies have unlocked productivity, performance, and profits by implementing his 7 Pillar Strategy.

    Chris Dyer
    Keynote Speaker & Fractional CMO

  • Lance Haun lives life at the intersection of people, work, and technology. He’s currently vice president of market insights at The Starr Conspiracy. He focuses his work on researching and writing about work technology and its practical implications for organizations and people. Lance is a former editor for ERE Media, broadly covering the world of human resources, recruiting, and sourcing. He is a current columnist for ERE.net and Reworked and has been featured as a work expert in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, MSNBC, Fast Company, and other major HR and business publications.

    Lance Haun
    Vice President, Market Insight
    The Starr Conspiracy

  • Rob is WorkTango’s co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer and has spent the last 18 years building HR Technology and advisory companies. Rob was on the founding team at Achievers, where he spent 10+ years growing the organization and his passion for improving the employee experience led him to co-founding WorkTango in 2015 to help companies collect and act on authentic employee feedback. He was named one of the 100 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencers each year between 2017 and 2020 and has had the privilege of speaking to HR leaders in over 40 cities.  He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveler, used to play guitar in a metal band, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points for everything and anything! You can reach him at [email protected] or @RobCatalano on twitter.

    Rob Catalano
    Chief Engagement Officer
    WorkTango

  • Matt Manners
    CEO and Founder
    Inspiring Workplaces

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