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04 Aug 2022


All Day



From HR to C-Suite: What it takes to become an HR Director Seminar

A conference for all aspiring senior HR Leaders

Are you an aspiring HR Director? Do you know what does it take to make it to the ranks of a Chief HR Officer (CHRO)?  If you had asked that question five or 10 years ago, you may have received a different response. But the truth is that work is changing, and the role of the CHRO is changing along with it.

The future of HR is rapidly evolving as technology does, which means that the core role of the HR leader is changing too. The profile of the HR Director (and the HR function in general) has been elevated exponentially over the past two years in visibility, significance, and recognised contributions to the business. The increased expectations and opportunities for stakeholder impact that now fall on the HR leader are unequalled. The pandemic, new hybrid work models the emphasis on the importance of addressing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact, together with talent supply disruption and ever-changing competitive landscape are more than enough for any HR leader to take on in additional to the traditional HR tasks.  HR Directors have a lot to do!

Research has shown that companies are welcoming more directors who have actual human resources experience into the boardroom. For many years, the composition of a lot of corporate boards leaned heavily towards current and former CEOs, CFOs, lawyers and academics. Those managing the talent — CHROs, chief people officers, and others — were rarely at the table. A survey conducted by PWC found that directors are spending more time on people issues, indicating that talent and people management are now the top area that needs more time and attention in the boardroom, beating out strategy and crisis management for the first time.

Successful HR Directors have to be true strategic advisors to their business and drive organisational performance through HR strategy. A leader which often wears many hats, this requires a unique mix of competencies, education, and experience.  Are you aspiring to be the next CHRO? Do you know the key skills you should be developing to become a Chief Human Resources Officer? And why are these essential today and in the future world of work? Let’s dive in! Becoming a Chief Human Resources Officer requires years of dedication, patience, and persistence.

If you are planning and working towards a future role as a CHRO, this event is for you. KR has invited experienced and top HR Directors to share their experiences and advice with you regarding their journey to the top.  The event will provide you with guidance in terms of what you need to start doing now that will help you when it comes to applying and succeeding in an HR director role as well as the steps to take, lessons learnt, challenges and more!


From HR to C-Suite: What it takes to become an HR Director Seminar
Normal Fee R2 750

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Hourly Schedule

4 August 2022

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome by chairperson
09:00 - 09:45
In conversation with HR Leaders – Our journey to the top!
Dieter Veldsman, HR and OD Thought Leader, AIHR (former CHRO Momentum Metropolitan and 2021 CHRO of the Year) AND Sinqobile Khuluse, Chief People Officer, Sandock Austral Shipyards AND Celiwe Ross, Group HR Executive, Old Mutual AND Jonathan Muthige, HR Executive, Alexander Forbes
09:45 - 10:30
Discussion: What boards expect from an HR Director?
Paul Norman, CHRO, MTN AND Beverley Hancock, Partner, Sirdar Group AND Gwen Francis, Twizza AND Bernard Swanepoel, Director of Companies (Implats, Omnia, Zimplats, Aveng, MMC, Thinkspiration)
10:30 - 11:00
Morning break
11:00 - 11:45
Discussion: The future role of the HR leader and leveraging HR for good
Mechell Chetty, HR Director, Maersk AND Sandra Burmeister, Regional President Africa, N2 Growth AND Abey Kgotle, Executive Director Human Resources & Corporate Affairs Mercedes-Benz South Africa Limited
11:45 - 12:30
The first 90 day as the head of HR: Getting off to a strong start!
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:15
HR Analytics – a critical capability for HR Leaders
14:15 - 15:00
Scale your influence: how to elevate your influence, respect and impact in HR
Vivian Hairston Blade, Resilience and Inclusive Leadership Expert, Top 100 HR Influencer 2021 - Leadership & Development) #1 Best Selling Author (Resilience Ready, FuelForward and Influence in Talent Development and more)
15:00 - 15:15
Quick break
15:15 - 16:00
Getting Things Done®! Keys to calm performance and workflow management: how to improve your personal effectiveness
William Elliott, Founding Director, ActionCo
Wrap up and close of seminar


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