Australia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

23 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 24 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT

23 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 24 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Australia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Planning for and Shaping the Future of Work

Becoming the Board's Leader of Human Capital

Transforming HR Structure and Strategy


Julie Carroll

Serco Asia Pacific
Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebekah Donaldson

Qantas Airways Limited
Executive Manager, People

Michelle Phipps

QBE Insurance
General Manager HR AusPac

Louise Spittle

The Arnott’s Group
Chief People Officer

Duncan Thomas

FUJIFILM Business Innovation
Chief People Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CHRO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


23 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Drive Engagement by Fostering a Culture of Recognition Throughout Your Organisation

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Jeff Cates



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09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

People Analytics - Disrupting the way HR Leaders Shape the Future

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Jane Adams

Executive General Manager HR, Technology and Operations

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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Luke Amundson

APAC Director


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Kalena Smitham

Executive Group Manager People and Culture

Canberra Health Service

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Alexandre Moreau

Chief People & Safety Officer

Veolia Australia and New Zealand

As organisations start to explore what the “new way of working” means to them, CHROs’ are taking this chance to embed people analytics into their strategies from the outset. By starting with data and managing critical metrics, HR leaders can better position themselves to develop actionable insights to support the future of work and enhance employee experience. 

In this session, HR leaders will explore:

  • Preparing  for the future of work to deliver talent insights in an easy-to-understand story form 
  • Best practices for incorporating data analytics to strengthen health and well-being initiatives 
  • How to measure inclusion and diversity to create a sustainable and lasting change

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Empowering Your Managers to Navigate the New World of Work

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Rachael Leshinsky

HR Director


Employees who believe their managers are effective are three times more likely to meet or exceed their own goals, be highly engaged, and are more likely to stay with their organisation. With unprecedented change in how work gets done and is organised, CHROs need to empower managers with the right tools and resources and ensure the right kind of leadership is in place to support the future needs of the organisation and the employees. 

Join this session to learn:

  • How people leaders can better support their managers

  • How to build stronger manager-employee relationships

  • How to enable your managers to have meaningful employee development conversations 

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Breakout Session

Leading Through Disruption: A Blueprint for Successful Change Management

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Dharma Chandran

Chief People Officer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

As organisations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, CHROs play a pivotal role in organisation redesign and change management. Effective leadership is essential to successful change. To lead resilient organisations, HR leaders must do things differently within the people and culture space.

Join this session to learn:

  • Methods to engage all levels of the organization in driving change
  • How leadership strategies should evolve for the new ways of working
  • How can HR leaders drive cultural change in the workplace

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Leading a Successful Cultural Revolution at Your Workplace

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11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Developing Your People to Reduce Employee Turnover

With 1 in 4 employees thinking about leaving their current role, it’s never been more challenging to retain talent. Today, forward-thinking HR leaders are already applying advanced technologies to analyze data, identify the reason behind high turnover rates and make more informed talent decisions. To keep your employees engaged and growing, now is the time to reimagine your employee experience. 

During this session, we will discuss:

  • Reasons for employee turnover and prioritising data to make informed decisions

  • How can CHROs help managers become better leaders

  • How can leaders support employee growth and empowerment

12:00 - 13:30  AEDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

24 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Developing a Workforce with Future Skills

When it comes to preparing an organisation for the future, upskilling is critical since skills are the key to generating value and differentiation. To provide a comprehensive career experience, CHROs must combine learning and talent. Through upskilling, you will learn how to develop a creative and agile workforce that remains resilient in the face of the most unforeseen circumstances

Join this session to learn:

  • Why organizations should evolve their focus from credentials to skills
  • How skills influence career development at the organization and individual level
  • Transforming the workforce to create upcoming business models

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Enable a Culture of Transformation and Innovation

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Joanna Hull

General Manager People

BSA Limited

With the rise in digital initiatives, organisations need to make sure their leaders and employees make bold and innovative choices while simultaneously protecting their business outcomes. Success with digitisation is focused on people and culture. HR plays a critical role in accelerating change not just as receivers of digital technology, but digitally empowering teams with significant influence in the organisation’s digital future.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Strengthen your leadership team structure to support innovation

  • Build skills and agility required to boost innovation

  • Create a better working environment in which employees feel empowered to share ideas

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Elevate Employee Experience for the Mobile Workforce

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Amy Singe

General Manager, People, Performance and Culture

Yarra Valley Water

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Beverly Stacey

Country HR Manager Australia

ABB Group

The global pandemic has accelerated existing trends, urging firms to improve the employee experience and anticipate the future of work. However, many organisations still underestimate the importance of culturally transforming their organisation and embracing a new leadership approach to deepen employee engagement. The firms that will succeed out of the crisis will be those that prioritize employee experience while embracing technology to enable the mobile workforce.

  • How to engage a deskless workforce and empower employees
  • Bring the company culture to life through company-wide communication
  • Bridging the gap between employee expectations and employee experience

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Transforming the Business with a Mental Health and Wellbeing Agenda

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Suzy Green

Founder & CEO

The Positivity Institute

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Samantha Liston

Executive Adviser, Mental Health and Wellbeing

icare NSW

As companies adopt new models for the hybrid workplace, the focus is shifting to individual employee needs. Focusing on wellbeing is crucial for leaders in creating an inclusive experience for employees regardless of where or when they work. CHROs have to ensure they are addressing the whole spectrum of mental health and wellbeing.

  • The C-suite role in supporting their employees mental and emotional health
  • How to create a psychologically healthy workplace
  • Promoting the positive and destigmatising mental health in the workplace

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Capability and Skills Mapping and Redeployment

Details to Come!

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Intelligent Workflows that Engage and Empower your People

 Details Coming Soon 


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Australia CHRO Programme Managers

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contacts.

Olga Demura

Programme Manager

(02) 9094 4986

Denzil Fernandez

Programme Manager

(04) 282 88 558