CIPD announces agenda for 70th annual conference and exhibition


The CIPD has announced the programme for its Manchester Central 70th Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Entitled ‘Supporting HR Professionals to Embrace the New World of Work’, the conference takes place on the 8th and 9th of November, and focuses on the major shifts currently affecting organisations, the people profession and work at large.

As the major HR conference of the year, the event attracts thousands of national and international attendees and features leading commentators, academics and practitioners. This year, their focus will be on sharing practical insights through keynote addresses, case studies and debates all centred on modernising people practices in the context of changing realities to shape a positive future for the benefit of all.  

The conference also features the CIPD exhibition, showcasing innovations and solutions from 180 of the UK’s leading HR and L&D suppliers, a free programme of bite-sized lessons, and supplier insight reflecting the conference’s key themes.

The opening keynote will be delivered by Baroness Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of and former UK Digital Champion, and will be focused on how to create a fair and inclusive digital world that works for everyone. That includes the responsibility of organisations to enable a digital future, the role of digital understanding and accountability, and the importance of ethical, sustainable, inclusive and responsible technology.

Professor Gernot Schulz, a conductor and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, will close the conference with a musical performance and inspirational talk designed to illustrate the fine balance between guidance and autonomy, the conditions for seamless integration and collaboration, and the importance of leading through emotion and intuition. 

The programme is geared around five key streams:

  • Future of Work and HR – understanding the impact of the digital revolution of work, the rise of technology, the shifting socio-political landscape, and our economic and moral imperative to champion inclusion, fairness and good work
  • Business Effectiveness and Transformation – covering organisational change, new ways of working, the implications of using people data, analytics and the importance of strategic and evidence-based decisions
  • Talent, Skills and Capabilities – addressing leadership, line management skills, the importance of coaching and continuous learning, effective talent attraction and unbiased recruitment practices
  • Well-being, Engagement and Behaviours – focusing on holistic well-being strategies, flexible working, people engagement and behaviour, workspace design and the impact of multiple generations in the workplace
  • HR and People Management Essentials – covering new trends in performance management, reward, the latest developments in employment law, apprenticeships and the role of business partnering

Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive, comments: “Whilst this is a time of significant change, it also creates many new and exciting opportunities for organisations, and a big agenda for our profession to make a profound difference. Through smarter job design, inclusive workplaces, greater employee voice and more purposeful leadership, organisations will be able to innovate and make the most of their people. HR and L&D professionals are in a unique position to drive this change in their organisations, which is why this year’s event is all about establishing a greater understanding of the major changes that are affecting people at work. We’re excited to be bringing you new content streams, new formats, and insight and inspiration from some of the most influential experts and thought leaders. And through discussions, debates and workshops, we’ll be encouraging you to visualise and embrace the new world of work in your own organisational contexts.”

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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