Annual Conference 2023




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.

Empowering Growth, Unleashing Performance

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

Building a learning organisation: transforming minds and cultivating a culture of learning

Serusha Govender, Group Executive: Talent, Learning & Development, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

The Inclusion Journey: Training for and developing empathy using VR – an EOH case study

Malisha Awunor, HR Director, EOH

Embracing human-centric learning and talent development for employee empowerment and organisational success

Abena Amankwah, HR Director, Ipsos

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

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

Upskilling and reskilling: How languages support long term training goals

Harpreet Banger, Rosetta Stone and Emmersion, Enterprise and Education, Middle East and Africa
Troy Tilus, Global Strategist/Cross Cultural Advisor and Language Acquisition Specialist, Rosetta Stone (United States)

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

Yumna Tayob, Human Capital Business Transformation Lead, FNB & WesBank

The mental health crisis: How L&D professionals can integrate employee wellbeing into the learning experience

Raylene Littler, Product Manager Early Careers: Curious Learner, Agile Connector, Philip Morris International

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’)

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)

The power of AI in learning

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION by Steve Dineen, CEO and Founder, Fuse (Official Member of the Forbes Human Resources Council)

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

Alex McLoughlin, Learning and Development Manager, 1Life
Suretha Esterhuysen, Head of Learning and Development, Telesure Investment Holdings

In conversation with heads of learning (challenges, lessons, strategic goals..and more)

Dr Lucy Voss-Price, Group Head: Learning and Development, Standard Bank Group
Elmarie Cronje, Head of Learning and Development, EOH
Madelein Roos, Head: Learning and Development, Adcock Ingram
Segomotsi Qomiso, Director: Learning and Development, NTT

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

Integrating learning and skills to workforce planning

Caroline Marwisa, Group Head: Learning and Development, Old Mutual (Author of Master Your Finances: The art of building wealth)

The need for speed and scale in L&D: How to multiply learning impact

Tanith Mohale, Workflow Learning and Performance Consultant, Fuse Universal

Digital transformation and learning: The role of L&D in shaping the future of work

PLATINUM SPONSOR | Matthew Lambert, Managing Director, Reach Summit Global

How top organisations develop leaders

Meeta Dullabh, Head of Learning, Saint-Gobain Africa
Rowena Lalla, General Manager, HR & Recruitment (Africa), DSV
Candice Booysen, Industrial Psychologist, HR Director, Interconnect Systems
Kwena Matlala, Head: Learning and Development Support Services, Momentum Metropolitan

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

Devaan Parboo, Digital HR Transformation Leader, Santam

Panel Discussion – Evaluating the Next Generation of Corporate Universities, Digital Academies and Capabilities Academies

Charl Cuyler, Group HR GM: Global Leadership and Learning Innovation, MTN
Lauren Clark, Head of People, Mint Group
Dayalan Govender, Partner/Director: People and Organisation, PwC

Pre-conference workshop


Become a Certified Enneagram Practitioner • 19–20 June 2023

Enneagram Certification Training 2023

This program is perfect for anyone interested in becoming Enneagram certified. Additionally, the Enneagram certification course is one of the few offerings that teach you the Enneagram from a business perspective. The accreditation and experience within the course are a fantastic place to learn more about the Enneagram and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Who should attend?

  • Business leaders
  • Heads of learning
  • Learning and talent development leaders
  • HR specialists
  • Team facilitators
  • Coaches

Facilitator: Nadine Swart

Talent Acquisition Manager, Yellow Seed

Nadine is a registered Psychometrist and the Talent Acquisition Manager at Yellow Seed Consulting. She has a passion to equip businesses and its individuals to leverage their own unique strengths and apply these strengths to their mind, body and soul. She has facilitated numerous Enneagram workshops, both from an individual and team perspective. She has over five years of training and consulting experience in various industries and fields such as psychometrics, recruitment, organisational development and wellness. Furthermore, Nadine is accredited in several assessment tools, focusing on professional as well as personal development.

Learning and Development Team of the Year Award

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


You can submit your entry in either a video format (3-4 minute maximum) or a written format (1000 words maximum).

Please ensure that your submission covers all three sections. Good luck!


  • A brief introduction of the organization and the role of the L&D team in it
  • Description of the size of the team (both internal and external partners) in relation to the number of people in the organisation


  • Key challenges faced by the team (e.g. changing business needs, limited resources, skills gaps, etc.)
  • Approaches taken to address these challenges (e.g. needs analysis, solution development, service delivery, stakeholder engagement, etc.)
  • Talent development initiatives undertaken to build team capabilities and support ongoing success


  • What are your team’s achievements in the last 1-3 years that make you eligible for the Learning and Development Team of the Year Award 2023?
  • Key metrics and data to support the impact of the team’s work (including the impact on the business and meeting stakeholder expectations)
  • Evidence of individual and business impact and how your team met the expectations of the business
  • How is your team’s approach innovative and different from others in the industry?
  • Lessons learned and the journey taken towards achieving the team’s goals
    Overall – why you feel you should get the award?

Who will be judging?

Participating Organisations

Sponsors and Exhibitors






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