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Digital Transformation in
HR, Learning & Development

FEBRUARY 16 2021
10:00am to 4:00pm (GMT/UTC)

The Digital Transformation in HR, Learning and Development Conference will bring together some of the best minds in HR and L&D. The conference will focus on how HR and L&D departments are digitally transforming, especially within deskless and distributed workforces.

Some key topics on the day will Include:

  • Digital Transformation
  • eLearning and Blended Learning
  • Employee Experience
  • Continuous Engagement
  • HR Business Intelligence
  • Connected Workforce
  • Workforce Performance
  • Deskless & Distributed Workforces
  • And More…
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The conference will consist of Panel Discussions, bringing a mixture of experience together for engaging conversations.

⌚ Time 💡 Panel Topics
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome to the Conference Opening Message
10:05 – 10:50 PANEL #1
How Digital Transformation of HR is Driving Business Outcomes
10:55 – 11:40 PANEL #2
Digitising Learning Management for the Modern Workforce
11:45 – 12:30 PANEL #3
The Future of Learning – eLearning, Classroom or Blended
12:30 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 14:15 PANEL #4
How Communications Drives Digital Transformation
14:20 – 15:05 PANEL #5
Best Practices for the Digital Employee Experience
15:10 – 15:55 PANEL #6
Using Technology to Optimise a Deskless and Distributed Workforce
15:55 – 16:00 Closing Messages


Carmel Somers

Carmel Somers

Human Capital Strategist at Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

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Carmel is an experienced organisational psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and consulting services sector,
Her experience includes
Human Capital Strategist
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

Talent Manager at IBM

And rune=s her own consultancy as an Organisational Psychologist.

John Foley

John Foley

Global Capability Director
The Coca Cola Company

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A senior HR leader with a proven track record in successfully implementing complex organisational change in manufacturing and shared services environments, in union and non-union operations across multiple countries whilst enhancing employee engagement through the implementation of innovative engagement and communication strategies. An experienced leader with a keen business understanding and a proven ability to identify and nurture leadership talent through the implementation of robust talent development strategies.
Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Group Head of Learning and Development
Culina Group

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An innovative, inspirational and commercial Head of Learning and Development. Experienced in the design, delivery and implementation of training solutions for leadership, senior manager and line manager development. Able to combine training genres, from classroom, e-learning and internet based learning solutions.
A solid background in HR allows me to have a unique people insight and as such I have developed many strategies for employee engagement, succession planning and people development.
I have facilitated Investors in People accreditations for organisations I have previously worked with and written bespoke leadership programmes that have been accredited by ILM.
I am equally comfortable operating with shop floor colleagues or with the Board and I have established a reputation as a credible mentor.
Jo Moffatt

Jo Moffatt

Engage for Success Strategy Director

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Jo has been a volunteer with the Engage for Success movement since its launch. As Strategy Director she sits on the Core Team and co-hosts the weekly Engage for Success radio show.

EFS radio draws guests from across the engagement world with interesting stories to share. The Engage for Success agenda is absolutely aligned with Jo’s vision ‘to make workplaces better places to be’.

Jo’s ‘day job’ is MD and founder of Woodreed, a specialist ad agency who use the tools, techniques, creativity and insight of the advertising world to engage employees inside organisations.

Jason Sinclair

Jason Sinclair

Partner, Management Consultant – Queensbury Group

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Jason is an experienced Executive Director with over 20 years in strategic executive & operational posts, which includes within Higher Education, Corporate Business & SME’s. During this time Jason has supported Corporare, Educational & 3rd Sector Boards, providing governance & strategic support. Throughout his career Jason has had vast experience in developing & delivering strategies from the ground up with his remit involving having responsibility over HR – Talent, Learning, Organisational Development, Professional Development & Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
Michelle Russell

Michelle Russell

Head of Workforce Analytics at NSAR Ltd

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Michelle is responsible for Workforce Analytics, supporting the Rail industry with Strategic Workforce Planning. Forecasting the future skills needs, numbers and workforce requirements for the rail industry is key in the current climate as changing trends and the impact of technological developments mean different skill sets are required.
Kevin Hannigan

Kevin Hannigan

Head of Talent Consulting
hpc – Results through People

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Experienced Learning and Development Practitioner with experience across a range of industries working in-house and as a consultant. Passionate about driving measurable success for clients through bespoke people development solutions including, Leadership Development Programmes, HiPo programmes, Organisational Development initiatives, Talent Identification, Graduate Development and Performance Management.

My passion for performance excellence stems from my practice of Taekwon-Do over the past 30 years. I’m a former double world champion in Taekwon-Do and have served as Director of Coaching to the Irish Taekwon-Do team.

Nic Vovk

Nic Vovk

Quality Manager

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Nic Joined BOB with eight years of experience working within the NHS, most recently leading on change and innovation within the pharmacy department via an NHSE pilot project.
Dara Connolly

Dara Connolly

Chief Executive Officer
Common Purpose Ireland

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Dara Connolly is CEO of Common Purpose Ireland, a global social enterprise, operating across 100 cities around the world with over 80,000 alumni. Its object is to provide inspiring and challenging programmes for leaders from diverse backgrounds and sectors, allowing them to connect with each other, expand their perspectives and create real change in their organisations, societies and as individuals.

Dara has had an eclectic career as a leader across a variety of worlds. With Recreate, a Creative Reuse social enterprise, he built it from an idea to an award-winning sustainable business. As Head of Business Development and Property of Temple Bar Cultural Trust Ltd, he managed a cultural and commercial property portfolio of over €100M, being involved in land mark projects such as Culture Night, development of the West End and Ireland’s first retractable roof in Meeting House Square. In addition, he has had stints in the tech multinational sector, financial services and corporate fundraising and a number of diverse start-ups.

Dara has a real passion for people and their development, always seeking to expand the inclusivity objectives of Common Purpose’s programmes. He is also cares deeply for the arts and the environment resulting from his time with Cultivate (a sustainability NGO). His very rewarding time as director and chair of Saplings Schools for Children with Autism has given him a real interest for children with special needs development and their welfare.

He is a qualified Management Accountant and holds diplomas in Business Studies, Project Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Innovation and is an alumni of Common Purpose Meridian programme for senior leaders.

Lori Shook

Lori Shook

shooksvensen Ltd

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My aim is to create great places to work. This means helping an organisation consciously create a culture where people are aware of their impact on others, colleagues learn to collaborate well and generate great results together.
The approach is based on neuroscience and systems thinking. Key factors include increasing positivity, reducing common emotional states that generate dysfunction in teams and learning to optimally use the brain to create, relate and have healthy debate.
Brian McGee

Brian McGee

Innovation and Technology Specialist
Southern Regional College

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Brian comes from a computing background and has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry covering all aspects of Software development, Operations and Management. He holds an Advanced Diploma (L6) in Computer Science and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Certified Ethical Hacker and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer. Specialisms include: Mobile and Pen Based Computing, Collaborative Working, SharePoint, Digital Innovation, AR and VR, Cyber Security and New Product Development. Brian has been a Programmer, Project Manager, Technical Trainer, Solutions Architect, Gadget Builder and Technology Evangelist for Portable, Wearable and Cloud Computing. Brian has experience across all sectors from Government to Education to Healthcare as well as the private sector with many types of business including Financial, Design and Manufacturing, Construction, Media and IT.
Joe Houghton

Joe Houghton

Assistant Professor of Project Management
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

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In 2005, after completing his International Executive MBA, Joe left a global management position with General Electric to move into educating and consulting. Up to then, he worked for 20 years in software and telemetry development, specialising in the management and implementation of mobile field force systems, CRM, Sales Force Automation. This involved managing and leading teams all over the world for a number of multi-national corporations including W.R. Grace, BetzDearborn, and General Electric.

Joe and his wife Penny also run Houghton Photography offering photography services, training and small group photo walks.

Rich Atkins

Dr. Rich Atkins

Speaker, Trainer, Managing Director at Improving Communications UK

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I am the Managing Director of Improving Communications, a New York-based corporate training firm that offers Business Writing, Public Speaking, Customer Service, Leadership, Sales & Negotiation, and Human Resources training.

Also, I’m a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In the New York City SHRM (NYCSHRM) Chapter, I serve as a Director. I am an American Management Association (AMA)-certified faculty and a Vistage-approved speaker.

One passion of mine is presenting on MEDIA TERRORISM™ and how it is used to manipulate the masses. My doctoral dissertation on canine learning styles was the subject of an article titled “One Size Does Not Fit All” in Dog Fancy Magazine.

Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson

Phenomenal Training Ltd
Maximising Our Human Edge During Transformation

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I run a training consultancy that focuses on maximising human potential during transformational times – for a range of clients including Unilever, The Body Shop, Hobbs and Heathrow Airport. We have seen a complete change in how we work, interact and live. Such is the pace of change, any principles created pre-Feb 2020 around classic skills e.g. teamwork, leadership, sales, service and motivation require an update. We are never too young to lead, and never too old to learn!

It is an invigorating time to be supporting clients in helping their people develop what I call a ‘foxy mindset’ – to be adaptable and wide-minded like the fox, rather than static and fixed like a panda. Each week I co-host the Secrets From a Coach podcast, and please feel free to dip into the complimentary library of 30 minute lunch & learn webinars.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to evolve how we create opportunity and equip people with skills and confidence to succeed!

Steve Reeve

Steve Reeve

Managing Director
Sporting Difference

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Steve Reeve, who has achieved success in sales and leadership, as well as in the highly competitive world of training and development.

Formally trained to train, he has worked with household names including Philips, Seagate Technologies, UPS and Travelodge.

He also has the unique experience of achieving staggering results by personally implementing the same methodologies he had introduced to his clients. Those results included a 60% revenue increase in a previously declining product, conversion ratios improved by more than 50% and a dramatic reduction in staff turnover.

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