Annual Employment Conference (Hybrid – virtual option available)

2024-03-14 09:00 - 15:45


Future-Proofing the Workforce:
Navigating Transformation in a poly-crisis workplace

This theme encompasses several key trends that are shaping the HR landscape:

  1. Digital Transformation: With rapid advancements in technology, organizations are increasingly adopting automation, artificial intelligence, and data analytics to streamline HR processes. This theme will explore how HR professionals can leverage these technologies to enhance talent acquisition, performance management, employee engagement, and learning and development.
  2. Remote and Hybrid Work: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards remote and hybrid work models. This theme will focus on managing remote teams, fostering virtual collaboration, ensuring work-life balance, and maintaining employee well-being in a distributed workforce.
  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEl): DEl has become a critical focus area for organizations, as they strive to build inclusive cultures and address systemic biases.
    The conference will delve into strategies for creating diverse and inclusive workplaces, fostering belonging- ness, and promoting equitable practices.
  4. Skills Development and Upskilling: The rapid pace of technological advancements is reshaping job roles and
    skill requirements. The theme will explore strategies for reskilling and upskilling employees, building a learning culture, and addressing the skills gap to ensure the workforce remains adaptable and competitive.
  5. Employee Well-being and Mental Health: Organizations are increasingly prioritizing employee well-being and mental health, recognizing their impact on productivity and engagement. The conference
    will address strategies for promoting work-life balance, managing stress, and providing mental health support in the workplace.
  6. Agile HR and Change Management: In a fast-paced and uncertain business environment, HR needs to be agile and adaptable. This theme will cover topics such as change management, agile HR practices, and HR's role in facilitating organizational resilience and agility.
  7. Ethical Leadership and Sustainability: Stakeholders are demanding ethical business practices and sustainable approaches to talent management. The conference will explore topics like ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility, and strategies for embedding sustainability into HR practices.


AEC Presenters

Thembi Chagonda

Joint CEO, Global Business Solutions

Key advisor to several national and multi-national organizations on their employment equity strategies, policy development and compliance, as well as a Commissioner representing business in the Employment Equity Commission.

Lauren Davis

Clinical Psychologist

An experienced coach and consultant with a focus on mental health, personal mastery, and leadership development. She is passionate about building authentic relationships and encouraging individuals to live life wholeheartedly.

Cindy Squair

General Manager: Circle & Square

An experienced performance coach with a degree in Industrial Psychology and an international coaching certification. She has worked across various industries and sectors, building meaningful relationships with all those she engages with.


Prof. Haroon Bohrat 

Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at UCT

An economist with a PhD in Economics from Stellenbosch University has published over 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers, and co-authored two books on labour market and poverty issues in SA.

Saul Symanowitz 

Director: Strategic Innovation, BEE 123

An experienced attorney in the B-BBEE advisory space. He is a thought leader on the subject and has presented, lectured, and written extensively on B-BBEE and transformation. Saul assists businesses and organizations of all sizes with their B-BBEE compliance requirements.

Julia Modise

Group HR Director of BMW SA

Julia has 26 years of experience in HR leadership roles, with 16 years at an executive level. Julia has worked in South Africa and the USA, supporting operations in other countries in Sub- Sahara for multinational and South African organizations.

Sean Naidoo

Executive Head of Absa Rest of Africa Insurance

A financially savvy individual, passionate about community development. Holding two master's qualifications, he shapes transformative narratives of Puntans Hill Sports Club, championing youth development across colour lines in South Africa.

Dr Simon du Plooy 

Portfolio Manager at Corion Capital

He has over 20 years' experience in financial markets and is responsible for Corion's strategic and tactical asset allocation to this role Simion is instrumental in allocating over R13bn of Investments among different local and global equities, bonds commodities, and fixed interest

Dr Mark Bussin

Chairman of 21st Century

Chair of 21st Century, Professor, and C-suite executive with extensive experience across 5 universities. Authored 22 textbooks, published 68 articles, and co-founded a 21st Century consultancy serving JSE-listed companies.

Craig Kirchmann

Managing Director: Kirchmann's Inc

Craig is an experienced Attorney and Labour law specialist who has represented major corporations across South Africa. He was the instructing attorney in the Free Market Foundation case and the Assign Services Constitutional Court case.

John Botha

Joint CEO, Global Business Solutions

An experienced strategist, facilitator, and advisor who has designed and implemented workforce solutions for businesses. He has held several key roles and assists companies in navigating the South African business landscape within the context of labour market policies and law.

Darren Graham 

Director: Joint Prosperity

Darren's passion is to work with Business Leaders to find Innovative ways to improve their team's or company's performance. He has spent most of his career working with Executives and their Leadership teams to improve their ability to deliver on their strategies.

Grant Wilkinson

Executive, Global Business Solutions

Grant is an admitted attorney with a wide range of experience in both consulting and training. Grant's focus areas are Labour Low, industrial relations, legislative development commercial law, consumer protection, corporate governance and human resources.


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Live - Annual Employment Conference  

R3,950.00 excl. VAT
Virtual - Annual Employment Conference  

R2,950.00 excl. VAT
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R55.00 excl. VAT
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