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Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba
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Next Event


15 - 16 Sep 2021


All Day



HR Business Partner Online Conference

Content Pillars

  • HR Strategy: Management and Implementation
  • The evolving role of the HRBP
  • Agile HR Functions
  • Talent Management
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • EVP and Employee Experience
  • Employee engagement and Performance
  • Change Management
  • HR Technology
  • Employment law and Covid-19
  • Future of Work

Now is the best time for a strategic reset of HR Business partnering in organisations! We are living in a resilience economy where we need to navigate the aftereffects of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our organisations. High-value HR business partnerships are now indispensable for sustaining organisations – Why? Because organisations that invest in these partnerships are more able to respond to today’s rapidly changing environment while maintaining strategic vison. But here’s the challenge – a new skillset, coupled with a high level of agility is what HR practitioners need to be armoured with in order to successfully usher their organisations through change.

This is the purpose of the KR virtual conference on HR Business Partnering. Join thought leaders and your peers on this platform and build your strategic HR knowledge, skills and abilities.

Why attend?

  • Unpack how the role of the HR business partner has evolved and how this impacts your career
  • Explore the new framework for HR Business Partnering
  • Find out how high performing organisations are building HR Business Partnerships to thrive in the resilience economy
  • Receive insights on how you can balance strategy and execution as a HR Business partner and pivot your role in your organisation
  • Learn how to build and lead an engaging remote/hybrid organisation
  • Enhance your workforce analytics skills in order to ensure accessibility and valuable solutions for your people
  • Unpack the role of the HR Business Partner in ensuring employee wellness for sustained productivity
  • Learn how you can sustain workforce resilience through disruption
  • Find out how you can use mentoring and coaching to effectively partner with and support line management in managing their hybrid/remote teams
  • Gain insights into how leaders are envisioning the new future of work and learn which HR initiatives have the greatest impact

Who should attend?

  • HR Business Partners
  • Human Resources Managers
  • HR Executives managing and developing
  • HR Practitioners
  • HR Directors
  • Talent Managers
  • HR Consultants
  • Line Managers
  • (who would like to collaborate better with HR)

This conference also features a pre-conference workshop: The People Excellence Star Workshop


OPTION A: Pre-conference Workshop only | 14 September 2021
R 2250.00

OPTION B:  Two-day Conference Only | 15 and 16 September
R4 500.00

OPTION C:  Pre-conference Workshop + Two-day Conference | 14, 15 and 16 September
R5 250.00






Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - 15 September 2021

09:00 - 09:05
Chairpersons opening remarks
09:05 - 09:25
The new framework for HR Business Partnering
Debbie Craig, Catalyst Consulting
09:35 - 10:15
Conversation: How high performing organisations are building HR Business Partnerships to thrive in the resilience economy
Alice Bhebhe, Director: Leadership Development, Pearson Global AND Sthembiso Phakathi, Director: Human Capital, Deloitte
10:15 - 10:45
Tea break
10:45 - 11:15
Redefining HR – transforming virtual/hybrid teams to drive business performance
Janko Kotze, Managing Director and Industrial Psychologist, Human Interest
Janko Kotze
11:15 - 11:35
HR's role in developing a "Work-from-Anywhere" organisationhybrid teams to drive business performance
Gail Sturgess, Agile OD Transformation Facilitator/Coach/Consultant, Talent Align
11:45 - 12:05
The role of EVP with the evolving organisational needs in the age of remote/hybrid work
Faatiemah Lodewyk, Managing Director, TalentCore Consulting
12:15 - 13:15
Lunch break
13:15 - 13:35
Creating the optimal employee experience in the hybrid workplace
Dvorah Stein, Founder and People Strategist, Hive Culture
Dvorah Stein
13:45 - 14:05
Case Study: How to create meaningful employee engagement in a hybrid/remote organisation
Ian Chauvet, Head: People and Strategy, Constantia Group
14:15 - 14:35
Reimagining Succession Management – how to handle disruption within your succession plan
14:45 - 15:05
Strategic workforce planning: developing optimised talent strategies for future growth
15:15 - Wrap up and close of day 1

Day 2 – 16 September 2021

09:00 - 09:05
Chairman’s opening remarks
09:05 - 09:25
The role of the HR Business Partner in ensuring employee wellness for sustained productivity
Justin Fiddes, Wellness Specialist, Telesure
09:35 - 10:05
Case study: Lessons on sustaining workforce resilience through disruption
Ashnie Muthusamy, Head : Talent, Transformation and Learning and Sevelopment, Sun International
10:05 - 10:25
How to use Analytics and Metrics to drive performance
Kim McCallum, Chief Capability Officer, Vantage Data
Kim McCallum
10:35 - 11:00
Tea break
11:00 - 11:20
Creating a virtual employee onboarding programme
Selma de Morney, Managing Director, Humanfire
Selma de Morney
11:30 - 11:50
How to use mentoring and coaching to effectively partner with and support line management in managing their hybrid/remote teams
Zandile Njilo, Director and Organisational Consultant, PDD Innovation
Zandile Njilo
12:00 - 12:20
Committing to change: how to go further with diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Henk Struwig, Head: OD, Investec
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 13:50
Facilitating cultural shift and change management within the organisation in the aftermath of Covid-19
Florence Chikowore, Managing Director, Flo Consult
14:00 - 14:30
Talent in the future of work: how to future proof your workforce by reskilling your employees for tomorrows demands
Linda Van der Loo, Founder, Blue Pebble Consulting
14:30 - 15:15
Closing panel: The future of HR Business partnering
Prof Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Visiting and Extra-Ordinary Professor and best-selling Author AND Thabo Mashaba, Managing Executive: People, ABSA AND Leroy Moalusi, Executive Head: Human Capital, Momentum Metropolitan AND Thato Matlala, Senior HR Business Partner, Ooba
Professor Theo Veldsman
15:15 - Close of conference
Janko Kotze
Janko Kotze
Managing Director, Human Interest
Janko is an industrial Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (CumLaude). He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered organisation development solutions to over 40 organisations across the globe. He founded Human Interest, a specialist Organisation Development Consulting Firm in 2015. Following continuous and significant growth and value-add to clients year-on- year, Human Interest was recognised by peers as a leading Industrial and Organisational Psychology firm in South Africa. They received the 2020 SIOPSA Presidential Award as Category Winner in Business of the Year. He is one of the first of an exclusive group of athletes to represent South Africa on youth, junior and senior national level. He has competed across the world, which exposed him to elite mindsets. He is passionate about people’s potential and have worked with global leaders, Olympic athletes and league winning sports teams to achieve their goals. He is the mastermind behind Human Interest’s sought-after Elite Team Development Programme and loves to extract characteristics of high-performing sports squads and transforming it into tailored solutions for organisational teams. He is a respected thought leader on team dynamics and is a regular invitee to address Executive Teams and Conference Delegates. He is a Guest Lecturer to Post- Graduate Students at both the North-West University and the University of Johannesburg.
Dvorah Stein
Dvorah Stein
Founder, The Hive
Dvorah is a People and Culture Strategist and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) ignited by seeing possibilities become reality. She is the founder of The Hive and a faculty member of Integral+ Africa’s, Coaching Centre. With a background in Industrial Psychology and 18 years’ experience in the field of people development, Human Resources and Learning and Development, she finds meaning in supporting people to engage whole-heartedly, transform obstacles and find fulfilment. Prior to starting her own business, she worked with the Cape Union Mart Group for about 9 years in various roles ranging from Learning Facilitation Leader, Regional HR, Talent Manager and Head of Coaching. She currently still works with the group on a contract basis.
Kim McCallum
Kim McCallum
Chief Capability Officer, Vantage Data
Selma de Morney
Selma de Morney
Selma de Morney is the founder of Humanfire - a boutique and agile talent management consultancy. Humanfire exists to help organisations unleash human potential by enabling talent and the organisations they work for to thrive together. They do this by reimagining talent, Human Experience (HX) strategies and the tools and technologies to liberate them. They act as a journey partner to help create a connected human-centric workplace with greater relevance for the future. As a journey partner to clients, Selma has been a part of large-scale culture, change and talent management transformation initiatives. Humanfire has the dynamic and intuitive ability to connect teams and collaboration partners for customized solutions. As a forward thinking and innovative business, their drive is to shape and deliver experiences that people will love.
Zandile Njilo
Zandile Njilo
Director and Organisational Consultant, PDD Innovation
Zandile Njilo is an Occupationally Directed Education Training Development Practitioner (OD-ETDP) offering versatile skills across Learning & Development (L&D), Organizational Development (OD) and Human Resources (HR) practices. She has over 12-years expertise in Human Capital Consulting and facilitation. She provides training services in strategic planning, process improvement and workforce development. She is a seasoned practitioner with high level corporate experience which spans over various industries namely; financial services, advertising and marketing, mining and construction and education. Zandile is passionate about building and strengthening organizational dynamics and has been key in enabling her clients redesign and implement Performance Management, Leadership and Mentoring Programmes. Her innovative facilitation promotes collaborative and experiential learning in order to create value for the business, employees and customers. She has extensive experience in developing and managing quality programs; training and coaching employees, and facilitating organization-wide change. She is registered with Bank and ETDP SETAs as a facilitator, designer, developer, assessor and moderator. Zandile coaches individuals, businesses, teams, executives and helps them reach their next level of goals and performance.
Professor Theo Veldsman
Professor Theo Veldsman
Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Visiting
Professor, University of Johannesburg, Extraordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School Theo Veldsman is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. For many years he has demonstrated his ongoing ability to pro-actively identify emerging people and leadership needs and arrive at fit-for-purpose, innovative solutions that are simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He has a proven ability to theory and practice. Theo has extensive research and development, as well as consulting experience over the past 35 years in the fields of strategy formulation and implementation; strategic organisational change; organisational (re)design; team building; leadership/ management development; and strategic people/ talent management. He has consulted/ consults with many leading South African companies, and organisations overseas, in the above areas in the roles of Advisor, Expert, Coach/ Mentor. He is seen as one of the pioneers of Organisational Design as a formal discipline in Southern Africa and Africa. He has enabled the process of introducing many of the global Organisational Design thought-leaders to South African audiences by arranging for them to visit South Africa. Personally, Theo has conducted more than 50 organisational design assignments across private and public organisations, both locally and internationally, at the executive and senior management levels. Over the past 8 years Theo has trained close on 200 OD practitioners through public and in company programmes. He has been party to many South African organisations introducing organisational design as a formal area of practice.

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