This year, the keynote speakers needed no introductions. With the Conference started by Peter Cheese, later welcoming Daniel Susskind, renown author and economist to the stage who provided an in-depth analysis of how AI has evolved since it's inception and the technology underpinning it. Exploring the themes of possibilities and risks, and how the people profession can shape the narrative on training organisation to embrace innovation.
As the event unfolded, across 4 Conferences stages, 3 Insights stages and a wealth of Exhibition floor features thousands of attendee's explored Ethics, ESG, mental wellbeing and more. There was a noticeable energy of positivity throughout the event as rooms and stages filled up.
Steve Barnett, the silent conductor ensured day 2 carried the same energy, without saying a word! This unique, non-speaker brought together a room of 1000+ people to sure the power of combining different groups of people working at different speeds. Ending with the powerful message 'what change can you orchestrate in the people profession?'.
Later on Thursday, Davina McCall MBE, gave an incredible, fearless fireside chat about menopause and what HR professionals can to move beyond accommodation and into inclusivity and flexibility. Leaving delegates to leave the session inspired to become champions for women's health their selves.
Last, but certainly not least. Nicolas Hamilton gave a truly inspirational story about his journey to overcome cerebral palsy. The concluding message that ambition is only really limited by your own attitude. A well deserved standing ovation for Nicholas was heard across the venue that brought a brilliant event to a close.