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19 - 20 Apr 2023


All Day

Young HR Professional Conference 2023

With the world of work becoming more competitive, challenging, and uncertain— self and professional development is crucial for young HR professionals who want to stand out and become an asset to their employers. We are pleased to announce that the annual KR Young HR Professional conference will return in 2023 to assist young up and coming HR professionals further their careers and develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities that they will need to excel on their professional journeys.

The two-day conference will feature a range of thought-provoking discussions, engaging presentations, networking opportunities and exclusive keynote sessions with leading-edge HR leaders.

Who should attend

  • HR Assistants
  • Admin Assistants
  • Personnel Officers
  • HR Personnel
  • HR Generalists

Why should you attend

By attending the Young HR professional conference, you will:

• Gain skills and confidence to get ahead of emerging industry trends.
• Take the next step in your professional career by implementing personal mastery strategies.
• Discover techniques on how to increase engagement through effective workplace communication.
• Understand your role and responsibilities as a young HR professional and how it has evolved.
• Explore emerging technologies such as the metaverse and how it will affect HR.
• Learn different ways to create realistic employee value propositions as a young HR professional.
• Understand the importance of making mental health a priority, not just for the workforce but for yourself as well.
• Develop strategies to influence the support of employees in the current economic climate.



Hourly Schedule

Day 1: 19 April 2023

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome and introduction by chairperson
Chairperson Dr Ciara Bux, Global Talent Manager, Smollan
09:00 - 09:35
Cultivating a people driven workplace culture is not just an executive prerogative
09:35 - 10:10
How to reconnect people with purpose and value
Cikizwa Vezile, Senior Human Resources Manager, Goodyear South Africa
10:10 - 10:30
Morning tea break
10:30 - 11:05
The young HR professional’s role in creating realistic and accurate employee value propositions
Nande Sikampula, Human Resources Manager, Rectron
11:05 - 11:40
Diversity and inclusion: New approaches every HR young professional should know
11:40 - 12:15
Unlocking workforce potential through skills building
Dr Esli Kekana, OD & Talent Manager, Barron
12:15 - 12:50
How can personal mastery assist in organisational growth – From a young HR professional perspective
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch break
13:50 - 14:25
How to keep talent, foster mobility and build careers with coaching and mentoring
Zandile Njilo, Leadership Conversationalist Expert, PDD Innovation (PTY) LTD (Co-Founder and CEO)
14:25 - 15:00
Making mental health a priority
Louisa Spangenberg, Senior People Manager Altron Karabina
15:00 - 15:10
Afternoon tea break
15:10 - 15:45
Integration session
15:40 - 16:15
Round table discussion: How the young HR professional can influence the support of employees in the current economic climate
Panellists: Louisa Spangenberg, Senior People Manager, Altron Karabina AND Mamokgethi Khumalo, Group Human Resources Manager, Sturrock and Robson Group AND Jp Van Zittert, Group Head: People Effectiveness and Total Reward, Mukuru
16:15 - 16:30
Wrap-up and closure of day one

Day 2: 20 April 2023

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome by Chairperson
09:00 - 09:35
Ask an executive
Shanitha Singh, Head of HR, Sandvik AND Sibonginkosi Zuma, Head of People, VMLY&R AND Andisa Liba, Chief People Officer, Floatpays AND Savina Harrilall, Chief People Officer, Mukuru AND Barry Vorster, Director, BDO
09:35 - 10:10
Understanding the future role of the metaverse in HR
Nadine Ferreira, Learning and Development Programme Manager & HRBP, WPP
10:10 - 10:30
Using people data to drive and influence strategic performance and decision-making
10:30 - 11:05
Morning tea break
11:05 - 11:40
Addressing talent shortages
Daisy Lepheana, Human Capital Management Consultant, Affinity Human Capital Partner
11:40 - 12:15
Tips for building and maintaining connections in a hybrid and virtual world
Mandy Unterslak, Learning Lead (Africa, Middle East & South Asia), PepsiCo
12:15 - 12:30
Integration session
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch break
13:50 - 14:30
Redefining and reimagining the onboarding and integration process
Pariksha Ramauthar Senior Lead, Talent Attraction, Group Human Capital, Old Mutual
14:30 - 15:15
Map out your career path in HR
15:15 - 15:30
Final remarks by chairperson and closure of conference


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