The CIPD Festival of Work opened its virtual doors on Wednesday 10 June to 26,000+ professionals registered to attend - all seeking the latest solutions and innovations to navigate their organisation through these challenging times.

Take a look through the day one highlights and get a sense of what's in store over the next two days of the virtual event.

In the conference

Professor Andrew Scott (London Business School), Duncan Selbie (Chief Executive of Public Health England – above) and Peter Cheese (Chief Executive, CIPD) introduced the conference with the opening keynote on covering the key learnings from a world impacted by COVID-19. 

“There is an opportunity to reset as a nation our relationship with our own health, and what we understand by good health and what drives good health.” Duncan Selbie

In the Leading through Adversity stream, Dame Helena Morrissey (Financier, Author, and Founder of the 30% Club) presented an insightful and inspirational masterclass on how to lead your organisation, and thrive, during these turbulent times. 

“The day people stop bringing their problems to you is the day you have stopped leading them.” Dame Helena Morrissey

Winston Ben Clements (Specialist and Advisor on Inclusion and Culture to global organisations) and Samantha West (Commercial Director, VINCI Facilities) presented a powerful session on preserving the diversity agenda at times of crisis, speaking of their own experiences. 

“When you create an inclusive culture, you not only attract diverse talent but you also do a better job of replacing diverse talent.” Winston Ben Clements

Future of Furlough

To end the day, an interesting interactive panel discussion by Dawn Moore (Group People Director, The Murphy Group), Ian Brinkley (Labour Market Economist), Professor Jill Rubery (University of Manchester) and Ben Willmott (Head of Public Policy, CIPD) discussing the future after furlough.

“This is an opportunity to utilise the otherwise underemployed youth labour force to promote them in areas where they can promote a green economy.” Professor Jill Rubery