6 JUNE 2024
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ELEVATING IMPACT

A skilled and empowered workforce is unmatched asset. As organisations progress towards the next era of growth, they are relying on their L&D leaders to keep pace with change and ensure their people are equipped with the right skills to do the same.

The Learning and Development Forum gathers the nation’s top in-house L&D professionals for a powerful day of networking and peer-to-peer discussion, creating an environment dedicated to elevating your practice. Through a diverse array of keynotes, panels and workshops, attendees will walk away with a refreshed outlook on the landscape in which they operate, and the tools needed to thrive in it.

Why Attend

    • We have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
    • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
    • Your experience is at the heart of the Forum. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
    • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes-focused agenda.

 

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Executive Learning Agenda
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200+ Executives
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7 Exclusive Keynote Addresses
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20+ Executive Speakers
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2024 Speakers

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Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP
Minister for Skills & Training

Federal Parliament of Australia
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Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP
Minister for Skills & Training

Federal Parliament of Australia
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Darren Nerland
ITS Global Leadership & Learning Development Manager

Amazon (US)
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Darren Nerland
ITS Global Leadership & Learning Development Manager

Amazon (US)
Darren has an unwavering passion for lifelong learning, he remains at the forefront of emerging trends and pioneering methodologies in learning and development. Specializing in leadership development, skill-based strategies, and human-centered design, Darren crafts impactful strategies that propel organizations toward sustainable success. Guided by a love for helping individuals and organizations unlock their full potential, Darren leverages his expertise to ignite meaningful growth and development.
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Helen Anderson
Head of Next Generation Capability & Leadership

Telstra
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Helen Anderson
Head of Next Generation Capability & Leadership

Telstra
Telstra’s Global Head of Talent, Helen Anderson is an innovator in shaping ‘Future of Work’ strategies which create successful careers, sustainable organisations and deliver strategic value. Her leadership in embedding ‘capability as currency’ to ensure organisations can change and move dynamically with the market has had significant impact at Telstra.

Her career experience which has included Executive roles in Talent, Leadership, DEI, Learning and Capability across multiple industries means she has a wealth of experience to share.

She has extensive experience supporting the growth of next generation skills and capabilities, including leading Telstra’s Talent function, and developing a systemic approach to integrate a skill and capability based open talent marketplace offering transparency, career opportunity and a focus on the development of adaptive capacity for all employees. All this, supported by data insights that uncover hidden potential thus enabling greater potential realisation with existing resource and capability. She is especially inspired to deliver these strategies to ensure employers provide an equitable culture where employees are engaged and empowered to own their careers, to learn, to grow and to be ready for the future; whatever it brings.
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Darren Clarke
Executive Culture, Leadership & Learning Delivery

NAB
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Darren Clarke
Executive Culture, Leadership & Learning Delivery

NAB
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Hayley Curcio
Head of MECCAversity

MECCA
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Hayley Curcio
Head of MECCAversity

MECCA
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Tas Papasimeon
Global Senior Manager Learning & Development

Nissan Motor Corporation
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Tas Papasimeon
Global Senior Manager Learning & Development

Nissan Motor Corporation
Over the years, Tas has successfully led and managed the design, implementation and embedding of learning & development programs to foster cultures of lifelong learning within the corporate workplace.

As the AGM of L&D Asia & Oceania, he headed the Learning & Development strategy for Nissan Group Corporate staff across the Asia Pacific region.

Currently as Global Senior Manager L&D at Nissan, he has the opportunity to work strategically with a talented corporate global team, to introduce improved global processes, and create ecosystems that deliver the right blend of instructor-lead, virtual, and digital solutions.- , while pursuing a rewarding user experience.
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Natalene Di Pietro
Director Navy Employment Category Transformation and Reform (NECTR)

Australian Government Department of Defence
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Natalene Di Pietro
Director Navy Employment Category Transformation and Reform (NECTR)

Australian Government Department of Defence
Natalene Di Pietro is a registered Psychologist (Organisational) with over 15 years’ experience in Organisational Development and Workforce Change and Transformation. Natalene has worked across a number of industries in the Health, Finance, Resources and Mining, and Technology industries, and in both State (ACT, NSW) and Federal (Defence) Government. Natalene is passionate about ‘Making Change Real’ by using approaches informed by best practice, latest industry research and a deep understanding of the context of a given organisation. Natalene has received a Gold Chief of Navy (CN) commendation for her work to date on Navy Mastery – a large Navy Workforce Transformation Program that has been running since 2020. Natalene Di Pietro is currently the Director of Navy Employment Category Transformation and Reform (NECTR) and is the lead for branch and Navy workforce transformation activities to create a transformation mindset and culture, and ensure that Navy is preparing for the workforce needs of the future.
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Jason Gindidis
Head of Organisational Development & Learning

Vocus
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Jason Gindidis
Head of Organisational Development & Learning

Vocus
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Jane Calleja
Director of Talent, Capability and Development – APAC

Weber-Stephen Products LLC
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Jane Calleja
Director of Talent, Capability and Development – APAC

Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Jane is an experienced HR professional who has dedicated more than 30 years to the world of learning and people. Her career is marked by an unwavering commitment to the transformative power of Learning and Development within organisations. She believes this function, when harnessed effectively, influences change and drives remarkable performance.

At the core of Jane's approach is a profound understanding of the importance of listening – listening to the needs of individuals and the business. She believes real change and impact emerge when needs are aligned and addressed. Recognising the value of individuals and teams, and supporting their growth is an area Jane is particularly passionate about.

Throughout her career, Jane has had the privilege of working with organisations that share her deep commitment to customer satisfaction and fostering passionate and engaged teams. She believes these factors play a pivotal role in achieving success and has witnessed this philosophy in action during her remarkable 7-year tenure at Weber. Here, she collaborated closely with teams and retail partners who embraced this transformative thinking, marking it as a highlight of her impressive career.

Jane is not just a practitioner but a leader in the learning community. She dedicated six years as a board member for AITD, with three years serving as its National President. Her career's true joy comes from working with insightful, generous, and passionate individuals in this industry who share her vision of making a difference through Learning and Development.
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Mary Zannis
Head of Learning

Healthscope
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Mary Zannis
Head of Learning

Healthscope
With a career in Learning and Development spanning 20+ years and three continents, predominantly in large organisations across various industries, Mary Zannis understands the impact the people agenda has on the bottom line. Taking an approach which puts the learner at the centre, yet enables collaboration with decision makers, she believes we can make the changes necessary to strengthen the capability of our people whilst contributing to the long term strategy of the organisation. Mary enjoys working with organisations where she can make an impact and joined Healthscope in 2022. She’s led the implementation of their national graduate program, supported the team to develop strategies around workforce gaps due to industry impacts and driven change in mandatory learning and the experience for the learner.
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Sarah Sprott
Head of Learning and Development

Village Roadshow
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Sarah Sprott
Head of Learning and Development

Village Roadshow
Sarah Sprott is a proactive and results-driven L&D professional with a proven track record in transformative strategies and people-based performance improvement aligned with business goals. A dynamic leader with vast experience in developing diverse teams, from junior team members to senior executives.

Sarah has a strong focus on continuous improvement and constructive reflection, currently as the Head of Learning & Development at Village Roadshow, driving innovative learning interventions and targeted change management in the entertainment and hospitality industry.
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Shadi Faraj
Head of Training, Capability & Performance

Bingo Industries
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Shadi Faraj
Head of Training, Capability & Performance

Bingo Industries
Shadi Faraj is a seasoned senior leader with an extensive background in leadership development, organisational capability enhancement, and learning technologies. With a proven track record at BINGO Industries and among others, Shadi has demonstrated an exceptional ability to design and implement successful leadership programs, technical capability enhancements, and comprehensive training materials compliant with standards and regulations. His role in spearheading the development of an apprenticeship and traineeship program, as well as securing substantial funding for training programs, has significantly contributed to organisational growth and compliance. As an accredited Human Synergistics practitioner, Shadi has facilitated over 100 LSI behavioural assessments, fostering a culture of improvement and innovation across businesses. Additionally, Shadi’s contributions as a sports high-performance coach and his previous academic involvement at the University of Western Sydney showcase his multifaceted expertise. With a strong educational background, including currently completing a Master of Business Administration and completed a Masters of Exercise Science and numerous vocational certifications, Shadi's diverse skill set and innovative approach have made him a valuable asset to every organisation he has been a part of.
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Jeanette Sanderson
Director, Learning, Organisational Development & Inclusion

Arts Centre Melbourne
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Jeanette Sanderson
Director, Learning, Organisational Development & Inclusion

Arts Centre Melbourne
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Millie Law
Enterprise Capability Lead, Talent and Culture

ANZ
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Millie Law
Enterprise Capability Lead, Talent and Culture

ANZ
Millie Law is a senior learning strategist in ANZ’s enterprise learning function. Having spent over 20 years in financial services, Millie’s focus is simply helping people so they can help others. She holds a master’s in digital learning, and has a keen interest in learner experience, as well as finding practical ways to demonstrate the value of learning through meaningful measurement.
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Neil Coulson
Senior Manager Data Literacy

Transurban
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Neil Coulson
Senior Manager Data Literacy

Transurban
Neil has over 15 years’ experience within the learning and development of technology and data teams, from air traffic control, financial and data services. He continues to pursue pedagogical, business and analytics development, with Graduate Diplomas in Management (Learning) and Leadership, cloud computing and data & AI ethics certifications, and is completing his MBA.

It is this combination of interests that led him to data enablement, and working with organisations large and small to develop and deploy data literacy programs that are meaningful and relevant. Neil is an award-winning playwright, producer and director, who enjoys leaning on this experience to make memorable and creative solutions to make data engaging.
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Carolyne French
Head of Learning Experience

Thinka
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Carolyne French
Head of Learning Experience

Thinka
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Vanessa Trower
Director, Nexperk Learning Experience, Design & Innovation

Nexperk
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Vanessa Trower
Director, Nexperk Learning Experience, Design & Innovation

Nexperk
Vanessa is an accomplished Learning and Development professional with over 15 years of experience leading L&D teams and driving business growth through innovative learning strategies. Prior to founding Nexperk Learning, Vanessa served as the Head of Learning and Development for large organisations across the globe. Her extensive experience in L&D includes the development and implementation of large-scale learning programs, organisational development, leadership development, and business training. Vanessa has a proven track record of creating innovative, engaging, and effective learning solutions that help individuals and organisations achieve their goals.

Vanessa has been recognised for her efforts with numerous industry awards, including the Dr Alastair Rylatt Award for Learning and Development Professional of the Year from the Australian Training & Development Institute (AITD).

At Nexperk, Vanessa leads a team of learning experts in various fields of L&D. She is full of energy with her purpose to inspire, engage, educate, and empower individuals and organisations to make a positive difference. She brings a unique blend of creativity, positivity, and business acumen to everything she does and is committed to delivering impactful and sustainable learning solutions that help organisations build capacity for the present and future.
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Billye Atout
Director, ANZ / India

Class
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Billye Atout
Director, ANZ / India

Class
With a track record of 25 years in the Education and Technology industry, Billye has gained extensive expertise in the global education and technology sectors throughout her career, making noteworthy contributions across the Middle East, Africa, North America, and APAC regions. She successfully developed and implemented online training and coaching programs for prominent international corporations, offering valuable insights into the complexities of online and hybrid learning. As the Director for ANZ and India at Class Technologies, she empowers organisations to establish exceptional virtual and hybrid training programs.
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Shahira Popat
Learning Solution Designer

DeakinCo.
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Shahira Popat
Learning Solution Designer

DeakinCo.
Shahira Popat is a Learning Solution Designer at DeakinCo., a leading provider of contemporary, scalable and validated learning and development services. Shahira brings creativity along with 20 years of rich experience in the business and education sector to her current role and is dedicated to creating innovative learning solutions that uplift workforce and leadership capability.

Within her role at DeakinCo., Shahira collaborates closely with stakeholders to conceptualise and execute programs that not only foster strategic alignment but also cultivate a culture of continuous improvement. Her expertise lies in developing engaging and forward-thinking initiatives that enhance workplace culture, optimise business performance and assist with future employability.

Drawing upon her comprehensive understanding of adult learning principles, design thinking, and capability development, Shahira excels in crafting solutions that seamlessly integrate into the flow of work. Her designs are tailored to meet the unique needs and objectives of each client, ensuring tangible and sustainable results.

Shahira is driven by a passion for equipping individuals and organisations with the tools to navigate the complexities of a rapidly evolving world and her aim is to empower others to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. Shahira is committed to excellence and new ways of thinking and makes a significant impact in learning and development.

Shahira holds a Master of Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and is a certified Virtual Instructional Designer. She is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment with the Australian Institute of Management.

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  • 8:30 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 8:55 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
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    Carolyne French
    Head of Learning Experience

    Thinka
  • 9:05 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
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    Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP
    Minister for Skills & Training

    Federal Parliament of Australia
  • 9:15 am
    Opening Global Keynote

    Beyond L&D: Mapping the Future of Skills in the Workplace 

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    Darren Nerland
    ITS Global Leadership & Learning Development Manager

    Amazon (US)
  • 9:40 am
    Strategic Outlooks Session

    Strengthening the Learning Agenda in an Ever-Changing World of Work

    • How are L&D professionals responding to changes within our current social, cultural and operational landscape?
    • What does the L&D function need to look like alongside evolving business goals?
    • How are leaders leveraging innovative learning to maximise both employee impact and business impact?
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    Darren Clarke
    Executive Culture, Leadership & Learning Delivery

    NAB
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    Mary Zannis
    Head of Learning

    Healthscope
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    Tas Papasimeon
    Global Senior Manager Learning & Development

    Nissan Motor Corporation
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    Shahira Popat
    Learning Solution Designer

    DeakinCo.
  • 10:25 am
    Partner Keynote
  • 10:50 am
    National Keynote

    Embracing Failure: Encouraging a Culture of Creativity and Experimentation that Fosters Innovation and Growth 

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    Hayley Curcio
    Head of MECCAversity

    MECCA
  • 11:15 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:45 am
    Diamond Keynote

    From Quiet Quitting to Dynamic Engagement: Addressing Skill Shortages and Enhancing Workforce Planning Through Virtual L&D Solutions

    • How can L&D address “quiet quitting” and bridge the global skills gap?
    • What role does virtual learning play in enhancing employee engagement and skill acquisition?
    • How can we leverage technology to enhance engagement in virtual learning environments?
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    Billye Atout
    Director, ANZ / India

    Class
  • 12:10 pm
    Talent Session

    Doing More, With Less: Cultivating a Dynamic Workforce within Tight Margins

    • Where does currently L&D fit within the wider picture of talent management?
    • How are leaders balancing internal mobility with external recruitment?
    • How can you cultivate an enduring and innovative company culture across hybrid environments?
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    Jane Calleja
    Director of Talent, Capability and Development – APAC

    Weber-Stephen Products LLC
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    Jeanette Sanderson
    Director, Learning, Organisational Development & Inclusion

    Arts Centre Melbourne
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    Millie Law
    Enterprise Capability Lead, Talent and Culture

    ANZ
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    Sarah Sprott
    Head of Learning and Development

    Village Roadshow
  • 12:55 pm
    National Keynote

    Developing Capability to Power Future Ways of Thinking & Working 

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    Helen Anderson
    Head of Next Generation Capability & Leadership

    Telstra
  • 1:20 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:20 pm

    Impact Design Masterclass

    Driving True Value: Enhancing the Impact of your L&D strategy

    • What gaps need to be filled across your L&D frameworks?
    • Designing for ROI: What are the best models for measuring and elevating L&D impact?
    • How to maximise your metrics to tell a compelling L&D story?

    *Included with Forum registration.

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    Darren Nerland
    ITS Global Leadership & Learning Development Manager

    Amazon (US)

    The AI Masterclass

    Confronting the Complexities of AI: Applications for the L&D Function

    • Where we are and where we’ll go: Mapping out the oncoming AI landscape.
    • Closing the capability chasm: What workforce capabilities will be impacted by AI and how do you best equip your employees for this next era of work?
    • What are the most valuable applications of AI and how should L&D leaders leverage it for maximum impact?

    *Included with Forum registration.

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    Vanessa Trower
    Director, Nexperk Learning Experience, Design & Innovation

    Nexperk
  • 3:35 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 4:05 pm
    Influence Session

    Quantifying quality: Underlining the Enduring Value of L&D to Business Objectives 

    • What metrics and evaluation measures are leaders leveraging to demonstrate ROI? 
    • What are the most effective ways of translating the enduring value of L&D? 
    • How do you know you are using the right technologies to achieve the best reportable outcomes? 
    speaker
    Jason Gindidis
    Head of Organisational Development & Learning

    Vocus
    speaker
    Shadi Faraj
    Head of Training, Capability & Performance

    Bingo Industries
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    Neil Coulson
    Senior Manager Data Literacy

    Transurban
  • 4:50 pm
    Closing Keynote

    From Recruitment to Retirement: Creating a Culture of Continuous Development  

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    Natalene Di Pietro
    Director Navy Employment Category Transformation and Reform (NECTR)

    Australian Government Department of Defence
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 5:20 pm
    Close of Forum
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SPONSORS

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Diamond Partner | class.com
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Gold Partner | deakinco.com
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Udemy Business transforms lives through learning by providing flexible and effective skills development and validation. Udemy Business empowers enterprises to offer on-demand learning for all employees, immersive learning for tech teams, and cohort learning for leaders. Through the Udemy Intelligent Skills Platform and its community of instructors, millions of learners gain expertise in a wide range of technical and professional skills – from generative AI to leadership. The Udemy marketplace provides learners with thousands of up-to-date courses in dozens of languages, offering a variety of solutions to achieve their goals.

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Class is the next generation virtual classroom developed by Class Technologies Inc. Focused exclusively on online synchronous learning and virtual instructor-led training. Built on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, visit www.class.com to learn more.

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According to the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report, an estimated 44% of employees’ skills will need to evolve in the next five years.

DeakinCo is part of Deakin’s Business School, and we look to support our industry partners by enhancing workplace performance and helping them adapt to a changing landscape.

We strive to deeply understand our clients and their participants’ needs, developing workplace solutions that will meet their requirements and set them up for success. Additionally, we go beyond merely delivering workshops and aim to integrate learning into day-to-day practice, maximising learner impact.

Backed by Deakin, one of the world’s top 1% universities, our consulting and learning solutions are contemporary, research based and can provide postgraduate pathways. Speak with our team members about how we can assist you in realising your workforce potential.

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Why Get Involved

The Learning and Development Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with leading L&D executives, the Learning and Development Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

Venue/Accommodation

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PARK HYATT MELBOURNE

Ballroom: 1 Parliament Square Off, Parliament Pl, Melbourne VIC 3002

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Park Hyatt Melbourne

Use the promotional code “EVENT” in the special offer code field to receive a 10% discount off the best available rate. Book online here.

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
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Standard Registration
(from 16/03/2024)
$1395 + GST
$4185 + GST

Delegate registration is strictly for in-house L&D, HR and Culture professionals. service providers, vendors and consultants are not permitted to register as delegates. If you are a service provider, vendor or consultant, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your involvement.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

 

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Jessica Ewing-Flynn ANZ Commercial Director
Tel: 0400 998 248
Email: [email protected]

 

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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