Conferences update


Conferences update

Several conferences on the horizon should be of interest to HR practitioners: Fair Work Summit (Informa); Learning and Development Fundamentals (Akolade); and Women & Leadership: Inspiration and Empowerment (Macquarie University).


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Several conferences on the horizon should be of interest to HR practitioners: Fair Work Summit (Informa); Learning and Development Fundamentals (Akolade); and Women & Leadership: Inspiration and Empowerment (Macquarie University).

The Fair Work Summit 2012
The 5th Annual Fair Work Summit 2012, to be held this Thursday and Friday 28–29 May 2012 at the Sydney Harbour Marriott, at Circular Quay, will look at the evolving industrial relations legislation, in order to help businesses with the impact of new changes and amendments on their enterprise.

The summit provides opportunities to network and meet with seasoned experts in the industrial relations field. Attendees will receive relevant, practical examples of how to go about changing their company IR structures and practices, finding out what changes need to be made in order to maintain compliance with Fair Work Australia legislation.

2012 Speakers Panel includes:
  • Hon Graeme Watson, Vice President, Fair Work Australia
  • Gary Black, Executive Director, National Retail Association
  • Richard Calver, National Director, Industrial Relations and Legal Counsel, Master Builders Australia Ltd
  • Bill Loizides, Group Manager, Workplace Relations Policy, Education & Partner Development, Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Felicia Mariani, Managing Director, Australian Tourism Expert Council — ATEC
  • Alyce Bowe, Workplace Policy and Migration Advisor, AMMA
  • Tania Aspland, President, Australian Teacher Education Association — ATEA
  • John O’Brien, Head of Industrial Relations, NAB
  • Tony Vernier, Managing Director, Workplace Relations, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
  • Lauren Barel, Senior Associate & Susan Duc, Senior Associate, Freehills

Key topics and issues include:
  • Review of the Fair Work Act and what’s ahead
  • The full 2012 review of modern awards and what it means to employers
  • An industry overview and legislative update from the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • What the WHS Harmonisation Laws really mean in the workplace
  • Developing good faith bargaining and good faith relationships
  • Industry perspective of dispute resolution
  • Adverse action round-up and managing the risks of adverse action claims
  • How to reduce and prevent unfair dismissal claims
  • Deflecting legal action through effective performance management
  • Paid parental leave and its sustainability
  • An analysis of government action relating to sham contracting and the crack down on contractors
  • What role social media plays in today’s workplace
For more information and to register, visit the Summit’s website. Late registration packages are currently available.

Learning and Development Fundamentals conference

Conference organiser Akolade is presenting a one-day conference that focuses on maximising learning outcomes and meeting business objectives. The conference is scheduled for Brisbane (25 June), Sydney (26 June) and Melbourne (27 June).

Topics include:
  • techniques to optimise learning and development and meet business goals
  • insights into the best frameworks and models to motivate employees
  • tools and techniques to gain buy-in to improve training quality
  • methodologies to deliver appropriate training programs
  • different tools and techniques to measure learning outcomes
  • how to meet and exceed L&D initiatives.

Presenters include:
  • Ira Felinski, Head of Online Learning Design & Development, Education Media Unit, Victoria Police Academy
  • Pierina Curties, Director People and Capability, TransLink Transit Authority
  • Callan McDonnell, Executive Manager, Commercial Insurance Learning and Development, Commercial Insurance Learning Campus Suncorp Group
  • Peter Nelms, Training Manager, Defence Learning Branch, Department of Defence
  • Ira Felinski, Head of Online Learning Design & Development, Education Media Unit, Victoria Police Academy
  • Paul Cini, Head of Training for Macquarie Private Wealth, Macquarie Bank, Division Macquarie Private Wealth
  • Ira Felinski, Head of Online Learning Design & Development, Education Media Unit, Victoria Police Academy
  • Sean Carroll, Head of Enterprise Capability & Talent Human Resources, Australia Post
  • Michael Smith, Manager Learning and Development, Parks Victoria
Registrants who book and pay by 18 May 2012 will receive the discounted price of $1373.90 (Standard price ― $1428.90).

Further information
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Women & Leadership: Inspiration and Empowerment

Macquarie University’s 2012 Women, Management & Work Conference on 12–13 July 2012 ‘will empower women to take control of their career by building on, and embracing, their full potential to become influential leaders in their field’.
The conference is hosted by the Centre for Workforce Futures, in the Department of Marketing and Management, Faculty of Business and Economics. Ray Markey the new director of the Centre for Workforce Futures said, ‘This conference gives voice to the many issues surrounding diversity and the changing dynamic in today’s workplace. Our research and academic input will give delegates an insight into the future of work and their place in it’.
The Women, Management & Work: Inspiration and Empowerment — Creating Your Future conference is specifically designed to provide practical and relevant advice on empowerment, negotiation, social networking, presentation skills, workplace diversity networking, mentoring and career development.
This is a key event for women and men who want to drive their own career success and become an influential leader in their field. 

Conference director 
Newly appointed conference director Jenny Morawska, president and CEO of The Morawska Group said, ‘This year we are aiming to inspire and encourage women looking to make their mark in corporate leadership to act on their strengths and be empowered to start making changes’.

‘It’s not enough to just discuss why women should be involved in more leadership positions. We need to inspire and empower women to start doing,’ she said.

Women and men who are leaders in business and government will identify strategies to achieve higher levels of women in leadership roles throughout Australia. The conference will share inspirational stories, practical tips and tools to help the audience build on their strengths, unlock their potential and become empowered.

‘Positive steps are being taken for women in leadership positions, but it isn’t enough. We need to start working together with men to ensure that the corporate landscape takes this on as an issue and begins helping us to make a change,’ Ms Morawska said.

Date: 12–13 July 2012, 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61–101 Phillip St, Sydney.

Fee: Early Bird $1725 (until 1 June 2012); $2300.  

Conference speakers and topics
Speakers include:
  • International speaker Åse Lunde, managing director, Lunde Risk Reduction. Topic: Crisis Management. Natural disasters such as the Queensland floods and recent floods in New South Wales have raised questions about effective crisis management and post crisis recovery. As a senior crisis and disaster management professional Åse will discuss ways of increasing business and organisational resilience in Australian and international contexts.  Åse has more than 23 years of broad crisis and disaster management experience.
  • Suzanne Mercier, managing director, Liberate Leadership. Topic: Skirting Leadership: Why Many Talented Women Won’t Step Up! Current debate about mandatory quotas for women on company boards has raised questions about why women aren’t moving into leadership roles at the same pace as men. Suzanne will discuss the strategies needed to identify and remove the barriers faced by women at all levels. Suzanne was the first woman on the board of directors at George Patterson Advertising and focuses on consulting to create sustainable businesses.
  • Professor Mara Olekalns, professor of management — negotiations, Melbourne Business School. Topic: Empowerment through Negotiation. In today’s global world, Australian businesses looking to expand into international markets, negotiating better deals for multiple parties will become crucial. Mara will speak about the strategies used to improve the process of negotiation and its outcomes. Mara’s research on negotiation has been published in leading, international magazines.
  • Mariette Rups-Donnelly, specialist coach in presentation & public Speaking, Powerhouse. Topic: Be Noticed, Be Heard, Be Clear. Even when women are invited to the board-room table, often they aren’t heard. Mariette will speak about tactics women can use to get heard in meetings and presentations in board meetings. It’s not about being loud, it’s about getting noticed through words and body language. She creates programs and workshops for senior executives, corporations, business owners and professional speakers.
  • Julia Palmer, networking strategist and chief executive, Business Networking Academy. Topic: Invest In Your Network and Reap Your Rewards. Having the right networking strategy can allow women to promote their business by leveraging relationships instead of aggressive selling. Julia will speak about developing strategies to create and manage viable business relationships. Julia presents on methods of networking and is currently Channel 7 ‘Kochie’s Business Builders Networking Expert’.
  • Dr Suzy Green, clinical and coaching psychologist (MAPS). Topic: Positive Psychology. Women in the workplace can struggle to recognise their key strengths and use them to develop leadership skills. Suzy will discuss strategies to help women identify their ‘signature strengths’ and build on them to advance their careers. Suzy is the co-founder of the Positive Psychology Institute and writes a regular ‘stress-less’ column for Women’s Health magazine.
  • Air Commodore Robert Rodgers, director general personnel — Air Force. Topic: A View from the Top: Organisations of the Future. Large organisations are often criticised for their inability to progress and introduce change effectively. Air Commodore Rogers will speak about the challenges of leading a large organisation and facilitating organisational change. He has held various leadership roles in the Australian Air Force and currently supports its workforce developments worldwide.  
YouTube: Women at Work Australia.

More information, program details and registration:
Visit the conference website.  
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