Annual Conference 2023


23–26 October 2023

Protea by Marriott Hotel, Techno Park, Stellenbosch


Organisations are facing confusing and uncertain times. As the world and businesses have gone through massive challenges and changes, so have employees. With inflation, skill shortages, rapidly shifting business priorities, digital disruption, global tension and shifts to hybrid work, the L&D function has been presented with substantial challenges (and opportunities). This is an exciting time for learning professionals as the role of L&D continues to expand and grow. The most progressive L&D functions today are finding a new role where they’re not just connecting employees to learning, they’re empowering employees to grow.

Numerous studies by the likes of Gartner, The World Economic Forum, and Josh Bersin highlight the emergence of a new agile employee in the dynamic world of work challenging traditional paradigms around positions, jobs for life, learning and development. Significant shifts in technology involving digitisation and automation have resulted in a need for us to adopt a skills-based approach to organisational and people development. Thriving companies need to do everything they can to support the development of employees they want to keep and in order to help employees reach their full potential, and at the same time, L&D teams need to constantly evolve and grow. Building a learning organisation, future-proofing employees, upskilling, reskilling and developing a culture of continuous learning is vital for all businesses to thrive in 2023 .

A recent LinkedIn report indicated that skill sets for jobs have changed by around 25% since 2015. By 2027, this number is expected to double. Gartner reported that 33% of the skills that were present in an average job posting in 2019 will not be needed by 2024.

It is clear that we need to radically rethink our approach to reskilling and workforce learning. Join us at the annual Learning and Development Conference where we will explore and provide real world solutions to some of L&D’s pressing challenges. The conference will put a spotlight on how your peers are adapting and planning for the future.

Join the conversations! It will be a powerful, packed, two-days of connecting, sharing and exploring how to build sustainable, and relevant learning experiences for a changing workforce.

Join us for…


23–24 October 2023


25–26 October 2023

L&D Team of the
Year Award

25 October 2023
Announcement and presentation at the two-day conference

Book Launch • Wine and Chocolate Tasting

25 October 2023

Empowering Growth, Unleashing Performance

Below is a quick summary of the topics across the two day agenda

Psychology of learning: Apply insights from neuroscience, human behaviour, and artificial intelligence (AI) to learning design

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION by Nick Shackleton-Jones, CEO and Founder, Shackleton Consulting, UK (award-winning learning pioneer, psychologist and author of ‘How People Learn’)

Learning as a critical part of organisational strategy: aligning your learning strategy to current and future business strategy and goals

Oran Cohen, Founder and CEO, GWork

Discovery case study and journey: Evolving from a traditional training division to a valued business partner. What is next?

Ester Watson, Head: Learning Design and Implementation (DM) – Discovery Institute of Training, Discovery Group

During this session, we will engage in conversations with heads of learning to explore and gain insights from their diverse experiences

Chantal Endemann, Global Head of HR / Country Manager SA UK | Romania | South Africa | India, Potentiam
Nombulelo Sibisi, Cluster Learning and Development Manager at Marriott Hotel Brands
Sharlini Naidoo, HR and Training Executive, The ICHAF Training Institute

Designing transformative learning experiences: how to design experiences that can touch hearts, provoke minds, and change lives in powerful ways

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION by Dr Brad Mclain, Director of Corporate Research at the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) & Director of the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado (He has served on the Board of Directors for the Jane Goodall Institute, and chairs Dr Goodall’s Roots&Shoots educational program national leadership committee)

Building a strong leadership pipeline: A case study on developing leadership capabilities at all levels within the Spar Group

Tembi Topham, Group HR Development: National Head of Talent & HR Development, Spar Group

Optimising your Learning and Development budget and requirements: Navigating small budgets in relation to company size

Sharlini Naidoo, HR and Training Executive, The ICHAF Training Institute

Demonstrating the value of L&D and becoming a data-driven function

Judy Robison, Learning Collaborator, Curricula Plus

Coaching across the organisation as a strategic tool for developing your people and your business

Anthony Brown, Group Learning & Development Manager, Food Lover’s Market Holdings

The power of AI in talent development

Elmen Lamprecht, Talent Expert

Learning Technology Eco-systems – demystified. Hands on journey through the hype, lingo and the reality

Linda van der Loo, Learning Innovator | Learning Ecosystem Promoter | Future Skills Advocate, Blue Pebble Consulting

Learning & Development Team of Year Award Winners presentation

Winning Team will share their journey to success!

Building a learning organisation: transforming minds and cultivating a culture of learning (CASE STUDY)

Brian Heydenrych, Senior Leader, CONTRACT
Lindsay Burgess, Head of Human Resources, SA at Mainstream Renewable Power

Fostering psychological safety to encourage a culture of Learning

Karina de Bruin, Managing Director, JVR Academy

How agility enables the L&D teams in the business to deliver innovative learning experiences within the Unstoppable TIH Culture

Suretha Esterhuysen, Head of Learning and Development, Telesure Investment Holdings

L&D and talent mobility: leveraging the internal market place through reimagining and redesigning career path opportunities

Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus (PhD), Founder and Curator, SigniFYER (Contributor to the book: Industrial-Organisational Psychologists Engaging with The New World of Work: The unfolding challenge of future-fitness for the 4th Industrial Revolution)

Developing Tech Talent at Momentum Metropolitan through their Tech Talent incubator (CASE STUDY)

Kira Koopman, Head of Digital Learning, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited

Discussion: How top organisations develop leaders

Reinette Lourens, Head Of Training And Development, Ackermans
Ntsiki Mokoena, Area Head of Talent, Sub Saharan Africa, BAT
Matthew Lambert, Managing Director, Reach Summit Global

Exploring digital education in the post-pandemic era: Prospects, obstacles and actualities

Lovinthrie Reddy, Head Digital Learning, Clicks Group

Pre-conference Workshops

TWO-DAY WORKSHOP • 23 and 24 October 2023

Crucial Mentoring Conversations

Mentoring nourishes others to grow and act with greater confidence. The need for mentorship is greater than ever before.
Informal mentoring has not kept up with the challenges in business. Niel Steinmann, South Africa’s leading authority on mentorship suggests a structured and intentional approach to mentoring, called crucial mentoring conversations. Our success in life is dictated by the quality of relationships we can build and maintain.

In this workshop we will explore the various conversations crucial for mentoring relationships. You will be able to hold deeper more honest conversations that create new levels of self-awareness and opportunities for those that you mentor to transform situations and relationships around them.

Be the mentor you wish you had!

  • How do you mentor?
  • Where do you start?
  • What are the most relevant topics that could add value to your mentee?

The two-day Crucial Mentoring Conversations Workshop will give you the answers and will equip you with practical tools to hold deeper more meaningful conversations.

The 8 Crucial Mentoring Conversations will challenge, inspire and enable mentees to learn about themselves and their world. These conversations will create new levels of self-awareness and opportunities on both a personal and professional level.

  • Purpose
  • Career momentum
  • Performance
  • Fitness
  • Strengths
  • Relationships
  • Networks
  • Classified matters

Mentoring is a privilege • Be committed, make time and do it intentionally


Facilitator: Niël Steinmann
Founder and Industrial Psychologist, People’s Dynamic Development

Niël Steinman is a specialist consultant and registered industrial Psychologist, who has spent more than 25 years studying mentoring, coaching and leadership development. In 1999 he founded People’s Dynamic Development, a management consultancy that utilises African analogies to develop people and organisations to increase performance capacity significantly. He is the author of Fundamentals for Effective Mentoring: Raising Giant Killers, which shares a powerful metaphor and case for sustainable mentoring relationships and received international recognition and endorsements from Dr Ken Blanchard. Niël’s contributions to notable South African and international companies, earned him recognition in the social sector, including education, healthcare, faith-based organizations, entrepreneurship, and nonprofits.

HALF-DAY WORKSHOP • 24 October 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Learning and Development (L&D)

In this workshop, we will explore the exciting field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its practical applications in L&D. Whether you are an HR professional, a learning enthusiast, or simply curious about the power of AI, this workshop is for you.

One of the key highlights of this workshop is the practical use of AI in L&D through Chat GPT. Chat GPT is an advanced AI model designed to engage in natural language conversations. We will discuss what Chat GPT is and how it can be utilised in L&D initiatives. Moreover, we will guide you on how to effectively use Chat GPT to create engaging and interactive learning content.

By attending this workshop, you will gain valuable insights into the world of AI in L&D and unlock the potential it holds for your organisation. You will leave with practical knowledge and hands-on experience in utilising AI technologies like Chat GPT and Knowledge Platforms to enhance learning and development initiatives. Join us in this immersive learning experience and be at the forefront of the AI revolution in L&D.

The following will be covered:

  • Introduction to AI
  • What is AI?
  • Overview of the different types of AI
  • Examples of how AI is used in HR
  • Practical use of AI in L&D – Chat GPT
  • What is Chat-GPT?
  • Discussion on how to use Chat-CPT
  • Practical exercise: Using Chat-GPT to create learning content
  • Practical use of AI in L&D – Knowledge Platforms
  • What are Knowledge Platforms and how to they differ from Learning Management Systems (LMS’s)?
  • Discussion on how to use Knowledge Platforms
  • Practical exercise: Using a Knowledge Platform to create Learner Pathways (Beeline)
  • Using AI to personalise the learning experience
  • Applying AI to build a personal (and companywide) skills inventory
  • Discussion of prompts and recommendations

Facilitator: Elmen Lamprecht

Talent Expert

Elmen Lamprecht, an HR Tech, Analytics, and Virtual HR Expert, with over 18 years of experience in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. Co-Founder of innovative HR Tech companies, one of which was acquired by 21st Century, Africa’s top Remuneration and Human Capital consultancy. Specialises in integrating AI into HR processes, advanced analytics, and HR data management.

Learning and Development Team of the Year Award

Recognising quality, innovation, leadership and a proven impact on the wider organisation

Join us for Wine and Chocolate tasting, when the winner will be announced on 25 October 2023

Judging Panel Includes

Participating Organisations

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors




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