CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2018, 7-8 November 2018, Manchester Central

Leading the People Profession: your guide to the most comprehensive two-day conference in the UK

The world of work keeps changing at an unprecedented pace and people professionals will only remain relevant if they re-shape themselves and adapt to constantly evolving environments. It’s our time to change now.

The 71st edition of the CIPD Annual Conference has been specifically designed to enable the people profession to change and adapt to the new requirements by helping professionals develop future core skills, learn from innovative people practices, and become a strategic force within their organisations. Understand the biggest professional issues of our time, the impact of new technology and new ways of working, and how to effectively drive good work and good business.

With five content streams delving into all there is to know in the world of HR, OD, learning and people management, eight different session formats to choose from, and thousands of other professionals to connect with, you will have a chance to build your own tailored programme across the two days – to focus on the most pressing issues in your professional life and get ready to succeed as a future people professional.

Content streams

5 compelling streams of content to choose from:

Stream 1: Strategic HR & Ethical Decision Making

This stream will focus on how we can evolve the ways in which we operate and develop the skills we need to be more impactful in our organisations and beyond – from moving towards more strategic HR and re-thinking the our operating model to becoming enablers of an effective people strategy and ethical business decisions.

Stream 2: Organisational Development & Business Effectiveness

Sponsored by Workday

This stream will focus on developing OD and change management skills, exploring new business models and agile ways of working – from developing our ability to drive organisational change and supporting people through it, to shifting organisational cultures, work environments and managing the expectations of multiple generations at work.

Stream 3: Technology & The Future of Work

Sponsored by Pearson

This stream will focus on the impact of the technology and how it is changing the people profession and the wider world of work – from developing our own digital, data and analytics skills and enabling evidence-based HR, to equipping our employees with the skills they need to be ready for jobs of the future.

Stream 4: Talent, Skills & Capabilities

This stream will focus on how to attract and develop our talent to enable our organisations to succeed – from effective recruitment and employer branding, developing effective leaders and line managers to embedding a culture of continuous learning within our organisations.

Stream 5: Employee Experience, Wellbeing & People Management

This stream will focus on how to enable positive employee experience and embed effective people management practices in organisations – from rethinking employee engagement and performance management strategies to enabling employee wellbeing and inclusive environments.

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Session formats

A variety of session formats to help you stay engaged and energized:

  • Keynotes – opening and closing sessions to provoke and inspire
  • ACE Talks – mini-keynotes from high-profile authors and thought-leaders
  • Case Studies – real examples from organisations leading the way
  • Workshops – longer sessions for practical learning to apply in your own organisation
  • Panel Discussions – expert panels discussing the latest insights and developments
  • Ethical Debates – dive into real-life scenarios and discuss the implications of different approaches
  • World Cafes – move around tables to discuss and find shared solutions with your peers
  • Sprint Sessions – take a leading role in fast-paced, interactive and participative sessions

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