Stream logo Out with the old

Stream two | In with the new
Embracing new ways of working

How do we replace outdated people strategies with new approaches that are effective for the current and future workforce? What priority areas do we need to focus on to ensure our people are best supported and empowered?

All times given are in BST.

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Day one
15th June 2021
Day two
16th June 2021
Day three
17th June 2021
9:00 am - 9:30 am

CIPD opening - setting the scene for the new era of good work

Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Responsible business - what's its new meaning in practice?

Alex Edmans
Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG), London Business School

- how the purpose of business is evolving in light of current global challenges
- ensuring considerations of social and environmental impact are balanced against those of financial gain
- overcoming the real-life trade-offs and dilemmas that hold many companies back

Post-covid and beyond - exploring the next phase of strategic workforce planning

Katherine Templer Lewis
Futurist and Creative Scientist
Elaine Mahon
Divisional Director Workforce Experience and People Insight, Ministry of Justice
Cheryl Samuels
Deputy Director of Workforce Transformation, NHS England

- implementing inclusion and diversity values and principles into your workforce planning strategy
- improving organisational abilities to quickly retrain, cross-train and redeploy your people where necessary
- how to ensure businesses have the necessary strategies and technologies in place to support a hybrid workforce
Session sponsored by MHR

11:45 am - 12:40 pm

Being part of the next generation of revolutionising leaders - How to steer with a global impact

Allyson Stewart-Allen
Allyson Stewart-Allen
Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Author of Working with Americans

- why leaders need corporate diplomacy skills now in the 'new normal'
- the costs of ignorance: examples of leaders losing international influence
- how to build global mindsets in your leaders and wider organisation

11:45 am - 12:40 pm

Agility and adaptability – nurturing the leaders of our future

David Villa-Clarke BEM, MBA
CEO, Aleto Foundation

- What qualities will the next generation of revolutionising leaders have?
- What businesses, HR and L&D can do to promote social mobility and develop young leaders
- How do we facilitate equal opportunities for aspiring leaders?

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel discussion: Keeping up with shifting engagement trends for enhanced employee experience

Joe Ross
Chief Product Officer, WorkForce Software
Emma Bridger
Emma Bridger
Author of "Employee Engagement" & "Employee Experience by Design"
Ben Whitter
Recognised top management thinkers 2021 by Thinkers50, Author of 'Human experience at work'

- identifying and owning your EE USP: differentiating your employee experience to attract talent
- understanding how people's engagement needs are evolving and what you can do to meet them
- Exploring action plans that unite HR, IT, Finance, and Ops in the goal to improve employee experience for organisational resilience
Session sponsored by WorkForce Software

6:45 am - 7:00 am

CIPD Asia - Opening

Tony Osude
Tony Osude
Commerical and Marketing Director, CIPD

Hear from Tony Osude he introduces the Asia segment of the CIPD Festival of Work, taking place 06:45- 09:20 (BST) / 13:45-16:20 (SGT) across the three streams. All conference delegates are welcome to attend. 

7:50 am - 8:30 am

Asia Perspectives: What does an effective post-pandemic wellbeing initiative look like in practice?

Justine Cooper FCIPD, FAHRI
Head of Brook Graham, APAC
Michael Jenkins
CEO, Expert Humans

- What key learnings has the pandemic taught us in relation to wellbeing strategies and what changes need to be implemented?
- What aspects of our people's health and wellbeing should be prioritised in the immediate future upon return to work?
- How should diversity and inclusion principles feed into our wellbeing initiatives?
See the other streams for more sessions in the Asia segment. All conference delegates are welcome to attend.

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Life in a Hybrid Working Model: the best of both worlds for people and technology

Carl Benedikt Frey
Director, Future of Work, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

- how the past year of forced remote working has broken down traditional working barriers for the better
- what developments in technology will become synonymous with the new era of work?
- what skills do humans need to work alongside technology in order to enhance the quality of working life?

Allyship and acceptance - ensuring everyone can be their full selves at work

Sheree Atcheson
Author of 'Demanding More'
Shereen Daniels
Managing Director, HR Rewired
Rukasana Bhaijee
EMEA Technology, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Lead, Google
Toby Mildon
Diversity & Inclusion Architect

- what can leaders and colleagues do day-to-day to empower people from underrepresented groups
- why allies need to be comfortable with calling out behaviour that is not congruent with inclusion-based values
- what a culture of acceptance really looks like and the invaluable role allies play in nurturing it

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

The Board Level Conversation: what will corporate governance look like in our new economic landscape?

Berna Öztinaz
Chief Human Resources Officer, Genel Energy PLC
Sandra Wallace
Partner and Joint Managing Director UK and Europe, DLA Piper LLP, and titled 'Champion of the Year' at the Social Mobility Awards 2020

- seizing the opportunity to make ethnic and socio-economic diversity and inclusion principles a priority
- digitalisation and brand: rethinking how your business is perceived online
- navigating the impact of Brexit on talent and business partnerships

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Conquering presenteeism and stress for the New Agile work/life balance

Tali Shlomo FCIPD
Inclusion and Diversity Consultant/VP EMEA, SwissRe
Chris Jones
HR Director EMEA East, Nike
Gianpaolo Barozzi
Sr. Director People and Community, Cisco

- what the latest research findings in mental health reveal about the support we need to provide to our people
- getting attuned with your own wellbeing needs to maintain a balanced approach to new working life
- where technology can help us avoid work related mental health issues

Plenary Panel Discussion: Responsible leadership during a pandemic - Building and sustaining trust in times of uncertainty

Sir Jon Thompson
Chief Executive, Financial Reporting Council
Amanda Mackenzie OBE
Chief Executive, Business in the Community
Pat O’Doherty
Chief Executive, ESB

- How have approaches to leading businesses and people evolved during the pandemic?
- What can leaders do to ensure they are maintaining a principles-led and responsible business mindset amidst uncertainty?
- What are the key lessons for leaders to take away from this time?

Fighting fit - the legacy of a pandemic in relation to mental health and wellbeing

Prerana Issar
Chief People Officer, NHS
Prof. Diana Kloss MBE
Hon President, Council for Work and Health
Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina
Author of Homo Distractus

- how has the pandemic changed the way we think about and handle wellbeing and mental health in the workplace?
- what are the new considerations for workplace design that can best meet our post-covid health needs?
- what are the best methods for managing work related psychosocial and mental health risks?

How to reward people when demands are high and budgets are tight

Matt Macri Waller
Board Member, Zellis, CEO and Founder, Benefex
Carol Young
HR Director, Reward and Employment, NatWest
Sarah Desai
Global Head of Reward, Sainsbury's
Paula Evans
Head of Employee Shared Services, Magnox Ltd

- resetting reward strategies so that they are inclusive of all job roles and people
- how to think outside of the box when it comes to meeting people's recognition needs
- will purpose ever outshine the want for monetary reward?
Session sponsored by: Zellis

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

In conversation: Growing back better - steps on how to reinvent your recruitment and talent mobility approaches during a recovering economy

David Gawthorpe
Head of Resourcing, Stagecoach
Manjuri Sinha
Global Head of Talent Acquisition, OLX Group

- adapting to economic and workforce mobility restrictions
- how can we be more imaginative with our recruitment strategies?
- should we be prioritising transferrable skills and potential?

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Preserving purpose in the chaos - the unfaltering importance of meaning and purpose at work

Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox CBE, OBE, FRS
Professor of Particle Physics, The School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

**PLEASE NOTE: this session will not be available on-demand. Please join at 13:15 on 17 June to view the session.**
- why people increasingly want to work for businesses that are making a genuinely positive impact on the world and environment
- how the pandemic has emphasised the importance of supporting the planet, communities and giving back
- how can you find purpose in what you do at an individual level?

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing remarks: Bringing it altogether – Implementing good work and responsible business to build our working world back better

Peter Cheese
Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD