CIPD 70th Annual Conference and Exhibition

CIPD conference 2017

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has announced the programme for its 70th Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place at Manchester Central on 8-9 November 2017.

The theme for this year is embracing the new world of work, and the conference will focus on the major shifts that are affecting organisations, the people profession, and the world of work at large. Leading commentators, academics and practitioners will share practical insights through keynotes, case studies and debates on how to modernise people practices to succeed in the changing realities of work, and shape a positive future that will benefit everyone. 

Conference sessions will be 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 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

Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, co-founder of and former UK digital champion will deliver the opening keynote, on creating a fair and inclusive digital world that works for everyone. She will address the responsibility of organisations in modernising practices 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 accompanied by a classical orchestra to demonstrate how leaders can enable optimal performance. Through a combination of musical performance and inspirational talk, the closing keynote will address the fine balance between guidance and autonomy, the conditions for seamless integration and collaboration, and the importance of leading through emotion and intuition. 

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Running alongside the conference is the CIPD Exhibition, in which more than 180 leading HR and L&D suppliers will be showcasing their latest innovations and solutions. The exhibition features a free programme of bite-sized learning sessions and insight from suppliers, synchronised with the key themes of the conference agenda. CIPD experts and conference speakers will also be sharing their knowledge and expertise on how to understand and approach current and future challenges in work and working lives.

You can find out more on the CIPD website.

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