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  • *Pre-Congress Workshop Day

    November 18, 2019

  • Congress Day 1

    November 19, 2019

  • Congress Day 2

    November 20, 2019

  • The way that learning and talent development in organizations now takes place looks nothing like it did in the past. In order to ensure that your organization can develop the best possible talent and growth opportunities for employees, learning must become agile. What is meant by this, is that learning practices must become a constant presence in the workplace, fueled by technology and data insights to enable real-time change and adaptation. A comprehensive, integrated learning approach is simply one that will enable your talent to grow, evolve, re-train, and succeed in an environment of aggressive change. Join this workshop to learn more about how to adopt and nurture a learning platform and mindset to ensure your talent, and organization keeps on top of emerging market pressures.
    Pre-Congress Workshop

  • It’s a tale as old as time - the employee and their boss. Try as we might to divorce ourselves from this relationship dynamic, it is simply an enormous part of our everyday lives. Join this pre-Congress Workshop to learn more about how to succeed with any type of boss and deliver value to the organization. This workshop will be particularly pertinent for aspiring HR leaders who wish to influence, support, and drive initiatives in their organization - especially those who must deal with senior management and powerful stakeholders of every type.
    Pre-Congress Workshop

  • So much goes into building a cohesive, dedicated staff but when we parse out the fancy terms it all comes down to creating and maintaining a healthy corporate culture. One where every player knows he/she is valued and belongs. Where every staff member feels an integral part of the company; no matter their level or title. This interactive workshop will explore and capture ways to create enterprises with a culture that captures and reflects a meaningful purpose that connects every employee at every level. A culture that inspires passion, dedication, and a desire to succeed.
    Pre-Congress Workshop

  • Design thinking often gets left out of a lot of HR’s conversations – mostly due to a misappropriation of its true value. Yes, at its core, it’s about making things look better, more intuitive, easier to use, and aesthetically pleasing. But it’s also about real, practical applications of how to create value. In today’s digital era, design thinking shouldn’t be just for graphic designers, marketers, and IT professionals. It’s a part of the new digital skill set that’s going to set some HR professionals (and indeed all professionals) a part from the rest. Join this workshop to learn more about how design thinking can be applied in HR, and the myriad of ways it impacts the development of HR’s future self and the workplace.
    Pre-Congress Workshop

  • In this workshop, you will learn WHY and HOW to grow your maturity in employee experience management. • Explore employee personas, journeys, touch-points, moments of truth, and pain points. • Build a solid EX framework out of these ingredients. • Seek state-of-the-art ways to measure employee experience. • Prove that an employee experience provides tangible business value. The workshop is designed for employee experience leaders and for owners of employee journeys, e.g. candidate, onboarding, talent, learning, and manager HR journeys.
    Pre-Congress Workshop

  • We live in a world of digital disruption, where established firms need to rethink both how they compete and how they are organised. In this talk, Professor Birkinshaw will describe the new models of organising that are taking shape today, and how these are helping firms deliver on the imperatives for decisive action and emotional conviction. He will also talk about the leadership qualities that are needed as digital technology, and AI in particular, makes many of the traditional parts of the leader’s job obsolete.
    Keynote

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    Masterclass

  • This Masterclass is a deep dive into the methods and personal quaities needed to make innovation happen in the business world today. Professor Birkinshaw will discuss the typical obstacles to innovation that established firms all face, then he will describe a structured way to tackle whatever ’innovation challenge’ you are currently working on. In particular, he will emphasise the human aspects of the innovation process, and the need to sometimes rise above the formal process and even break the rules, as a way of getting things done.
    Masterclass

  • Organization and Leadership Track

    It’s no secret that workplaces across the globe are engaging in unprecedented growth and change in an effort to dominate their respective industries. This insightful session will explore how trust in leadership is lost due to the unexpected outcomes of organizational change. When employees lose trust in their leaders, morale declines, productivity decreases, and disengagement increases. Professor Bowman will provide actionable steps on how HR professionals can restore confidence in organizational leaders by creating a culture of transparency, consistency, accountability, and courage.
    Organization & Leadership

  • High Performance HR Track

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    High Performance HR

  • AI and Digital Track

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    AI & Digital

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    Organization & Leadership

  • Realising the value of workforce planning is the first step to ensuring business success. The critical step is recognising workforce planning, not as an HR process or initiative, but recognising it as strand of strategic planning that delivers real RoI. This session will cover: • Reinventing and modernising your approach to workforce planning • Safeguarding your business in a VUCA world • Aligning your workforce to meet future business objectives • Effective forecasting to bridge the skills gap
    High Performance HR

  • AI and Digital Track

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    AI & Digital

  • Organisational culture is fast becoming a top priority for executive leaders and they are looking to their HR leaders for culture strategies to fuel their future success. Drawing from the latest 2019 global research data on workplace culture, David will share trends and insights into how forward-thinking leaders are building powerful and meaningful micro-experiences that connect employees to their purpose, leaders and business results.
    Organization & Leadership

  • High Performance HR Track

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    High Performance HR

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    AI & Digital

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    Masterclass

  • Organization and Leadership Track

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    Organization & Leadership

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    High Performance HR

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    AI & Digital

  • Organization and Leadership Track

    Join Signify’s global head of Talent and OD for an insightful case study on HR and Organization Transformation.
    Why this topic?
    Changing competitive landscape:

    The lighting industry is undergoing a rapid transformation and has shifted from Lamps and CFLIs to more energy efficient and cost effective LEDs. The lighting industry is constantly evolving towards more digital and connected lighting.

    New name and identity:

    In 2014 Philips announced its intent to divest the lighting business. This led to us forming our new identify and becoming a stand alone company. In 2016 we became a stand-alone company and got listed one the Amsterdam Stock Exchange under the ticker “LIGHT”. In 2018 we announced on the. In 2018 we announced our new name as Signify.

    What does it mean for us:

    These changes meant 3 things for us:
    1. We had to re-look at our leadership bench in the context of stand alone organization : Decide where to “build” vs “buy”
    2. Due to the industry shift we had to look at new capabilities in the space of LED, Electronics, Systems and Services, Connected lighting and invest differently in R&D, sales, marketing and supply chain.
    3. Redefine our Employer Value Proposition and build our new employer brand for both external and internal talents.


    Actions / Initiatives undertaken over last 5 years to redefine our talent agenda:
    1. Redefine our EVP linked to our new identity
    2. Focus on leadership development for top 500 leaders in the organization: launching our new leadership development portfolio EDGE aimed at leaders across different levels
    3. Strengthen our leadership bench and succession plans for top 500 positions in the organization: we have more than 75% strong succession health across the organization for key positions
    4. Providing more internal career options to our talents – more than 70% leadership appointments are from within linked to our philosophy of being a talent builder
    5. Launch and strengthen our Fit For Future competency development programs targeted at critical jobs across the organization covering more than 4000 people
    6. Launching a new digital learning platform to offer more customized and on demand learning solutions to our employees covering more than 12000 people
    7. Using technology (Workday) as our one source of truth for driving talent discussions and analytics


    About Signify:
    Signify is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our energy efficient lighting products, systems and services enable our customers to enjoy a superior quality of light, and make people’s lives safer and more comfortable, and businesses more productive and cities more livable. With 2018 sales of EUR 6.4 billion, approximately 28,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries, we globally unlock the extraordinary potential of light. For more than 125 years we have pioneered breakthroughs in lighting and been the driving force for many innovations. Our track record in innovation is strong and we invest heavily in R&D to stay at the forefront of technological developments. Signify continues to innovate in LED lighting and is leading the industry’s expansion to lighting systems in both the professional and consumer markets. Our position as the industry leader in connected lighting, makes Signify the lighting company for the Internet of Things (IoT).
    Organization & Leadership

  • High Performance HR Track

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    High Performance HR

  • Being able to grow in today’s constantly changing digital environment is a challenging task, and in order to remain efficient, companies need to adopt an agile mindset. It is important to predict what customers want, to provide it faster and better then others with constant innovations and to find new ways to approach customers in order to create the best customer experiences. Agile has to be culture change for the whole organization, Only strong agile teams can deliver real added value to customers, so agility is really the engine that powers digital transformation.
    AI & Digital

  • Organization and Leadership Track

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    Organization & Leadership

  • High Performance HR Track

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    High Performance HR

  • AI and Digital Track

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    AI & Digital

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    Keynote

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    Keynote

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    Masterclass

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    Masterclass

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    Masterclass

  • In today’s world, disruption is no longer the domain of trendy tech startups – it’s for everyone. Being an HR leader today is no easy task. Balancing the responsibilities of leading an HR organization, a workforce, and the strategic people operations of an entire organization require significant investments in yourself and your personal resilience. In this masterclass with Dr. Dave Ulrich, you will learn more about what it takes to be a high performing HR leader; from the personal skills and adaptive qualities needed in the market today, to helping the workforce to grow and develop in a workplace irrevocably changed by technology, disruptive markets, and new employee experience imperatives. You will also learn about some of the emerging HR competencies required for tomorrow including; how HR creates value, how HR contributes to talent, leadership, and organization, as well as the HR skills for continued impact.
    Masterclass

  • Talent and Culture Track

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    Talent & Culture

  • People Analytics Track

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    People Analytics

  • Employee Experience Track

    Does Employee Experience (EX) have a clear line of sight to business value? And if so, how to manage EX at scale in large organizations? Volker Jacobs will answer these two questions based on findings from his latest research and on reference practice of advanced companies. He will offer solutions that were co-created by 40 global companies. And he will outline proven ways to define the next level of the HR function by employee experience.
    Employee Experience

  • Talent and Culture Track

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    Talent & Culture

  • People Analytics Track

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    People Analytics

  • Employee Experience Track

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    Employee Experience

  • Talent and Culture Track


    Siobhan McHale has spent her entire career helping leaders across four continents to build better workplace cultures. Her work has been featured as a case study by Professor John Kotter, the change management guru, at Harvard Business School. Over the past two decades Siobhan joined a series of large, complex organisations as the executive in charge of transformation, where she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with leaders to make culture change happen. In these “insider” roles she gained a unique perspective on workplace culture – one that is different to the journalists, consultants and academics who are largely writing on this topic. In this session Siobhan busts the myths about workplace culture and gives you the four steps to accelerate this complex, adaptive change. This is a “must-see” session for HR professionals who are advising leaders about change and who are interested in how to make culture shifts happen faster, with less noise.
    Talent & Culture

  • People Analytics Track

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    People Analytics

  • Employee Experience Track

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    Employee Experience

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    Masterclass

  • At the cornerstone of successful organizations are cultures that lend themselves to business growth, authenticity, and an environment of human excellence. HR professionals have one of the most important and yet challenging tasks in the entire organization. They are are responsible for creating, nurturing, and leading the right culture. But how do you get there? Join this masterclass with Dr. Dave Ulrich to learn more about how creating a new, right, and sustainable culture, HR leaders will shape four key agendas. [1] Intellectual agenda: What is the message we want to share about what we are known for both outside to customers and inside to employees? [2] Behavioral agenda: How does the desired culture shape daily personal employee behavior? [3] Process agenda: What processes need to be aligned to the desired culture? [4] Leadership agenda: How can leaders personally model the desired culture?
    Masterclass

  • Talent and Culture Track


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    Talent & Culture

  • People Analytics Track

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    People Analytics

  • Employee Experience Track

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    Employee Experience

  • Does your company seem to constantly struggle with dissatisfied customers, under performing employees or disappointed shareholders? If you look “under the hood’ of your business you will invariably find a culture issue. According to Siobhan McHale, EGM HR at DuluxGroup, “Culture is one of the most talked about but least understood concepts in workplaces today”. In this Masterclass Siobhan will talk you through the 4 key components of workplace culture (in the Culture MAPP framework) and take a deeper dive into how to accelerate change. You will hear about the secrets to eliminating ongoing “noise’ and enabling your business to achieve its full potential. The session is packed with practical examples of how to diagnose and accelerate the shift to a higher-performing workplace culture, based on examples of successful change from across four continents. Siobhan’s work has been featured as a case study at Harvard Business School and is a “must-attend” session for those who are advising leaders about how to bring about faster change.
    Masterclass

  • Talent and Culture Track

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    Talent & Culture

  • People Analytics Track

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    People Analytics

  • Employee Experience Track

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    Employee Experience

  • People Analytics Track

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    People Analytics

  • Employee Experience Track

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    Employee Experience

  • Join this keynote session from Dave Ulrich to learn about the evolutions in HR value creation in a work context that is dramatically changing through social expectations, digital technology, economic transitions, political uncertainties, environmental responsibility, and demographics.

    Some of the key points addressed in this keynote include:

    • HR stakeholders are broadening. Who are the customers who get value from HR? Traditional HR customers are within the organization. Increasingly, HR stakeholders are outside the company.
    • HR is not about HR, but creating value for others. Value is not defined by what HR does, but by how it impacts others.
    • HR unique contributions. HR should ask: do we have the right talent, leadership, and organization to add value, to deliver strategy, serve customers, gain confidence from investors, and build reputation with communities?
    • Talent is evolving as needs and skills are augmented by digital technologies; HR needs to help employees find a sense of community and purpose.
    • Organization evolution: pivoting from seeing the organization as roles and hierarchy to capabilities that deliver value to the marketplace.
    • Leadership evolution: moving from a focus on the individual “hero” leader to a shared leadership capability embedded throughout the organization.
    • HR departments govern work. The HR department should reflect the logic and governance of the business.
    • HR practices solve problems. Isolated HR activities need to be bundled to create value.
    • HR competencies have impact. HR professionals need to reinvent themselves to deliver value.
    Keynote

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