6 JUNE 2024
PARK HYATT MELBOURNE
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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.

 

Gain Access

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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)
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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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Patrick Phillips
Capability Manager, Stores & Sites

Coles Group
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Patrick Phillips
Capability Manager, Stores & Sites

Coles Group
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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
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Tas Papasimeon
Global Senior Manager Learning & Development

Nissan Motor
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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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
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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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Tim Drinkall
Head of Learning and Organisational Development

Metro Trains Melbourne
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Tim Drinkall
Head of Learning and Organisational Development

Metro Trains Melbourne
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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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Nadia Golenkova
Learning & Development Manager

Tradelink
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Nadia Golenkova
Learning & Development Manager

Tradelink
Nadia is a people leader with over 17 years experience working in the private sector. Her strength is contextualising Talent, OD, Learning and Capability development as part of a broader organisational and commercial strategy. Having lead high performing teams recognised as National and International Award Winners, Nadia thrives on leading change and creating future-ready cultures. She is currently the Head of Talent & Learning for Tradelink, with a national remit for Talent Acquisition and L&OD.

Nadia holds a Masters of Business (HRM), Bachelors of Arts (Psychology), and is an IECL certified coach. She is formally accredited as a Certified HR Professional (CPHR) with the Australian HR Institute. Strongly committed to the advancement of the HR profession, Nadia has served as the Vice-President for the AHRI QLD State Council. She also currently lectures for the QUT Executive MBA program.
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Mandy Sisson
Head of Employee Experience & Learning

Estia Health
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Mandy Sisson
Head of Employee Experience & Learning

Estia Health
Mandy Sisson is an accomplished Head of Employee Experience and Learning at Estia Health, known for her passion and expertise in driving impactful initiatives that support employee engagement and talent management. With more than two decades of experience working across multiple sectors, including Finance, Consulting, Education, and Health, Mandy brings a unique perspective to her work. Her approach is grounded in practical and authentic methods, which prioritize a positive employee experience.

Mandy firmly believes in the power of continuous learning and development. She recognizes that everyone has unique needs and a unique path to success. Whether it's coaching leaders, designing programs, or facilitating group sessions, Mandy brings her passion for creating engaging and personalized experiences to everything she does.
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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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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

sessions


  • 8:30 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 8:55 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 9:05 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
  • 9:15 am
    Keynote
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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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    Nadia Golenkova
    Learning & Development Manager

    Tradelink
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    Helen Anderson
    Head of Next Generation Capability & Leadership

    Telstra
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    Mary Zannis
    Head of Learning

    Healthscope
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    Tas Papasimeon
    Global Senior Manager Learning & Development

    Nissan Motor
  • 10:25 am
    Partner Keynote
  • 10:55 am
    Keynote
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    Hayley Curcio
    Head of MECCAversity

    MECCA
  • 11:20 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:50 am
    Diamond Keynote
  • 12:15 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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    Jeanette Sanderson
    Director, Learning, Organisational Development & Inclusion

    Arts Centre Melbourne
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    Mandy Sisson
    Head of Employee Experience & Learning

    Estia Health
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    Jane Calleja
    Director of Talent, Capability and Development – APAC

    Weber-Stephen Products LLC
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    Jason Gindidis
    Head of Organisational Development & Learning

    Vocus
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    Sarah Sprott
    Head of Learning and Development

    Village Roadshow
  • 1:00 pm
    Keynote
  • 1:25 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 1:35 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:25 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
  • 3:55 pm
    Close of Forum
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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

1 Parliament Square Off, Parliament Pl, Melbourne VIC 3002

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 15/03/2024)
$1195 + GST
$3585 + GST
$1995 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 16/03/2024)
$1395 + GST
$4185 + GST
$1995 + GST

Attendance at the Learning and Development Forum is strictly for in-house L&D, HR and Culture professionals. If you are a Service Provider, please email [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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