The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) HRD 2011 programme focuses on helping practitioners deal with widespread change, add value and demonstrate return on investment.

As the leading learning and organisation development conference and exhibition, HRD offers a mix of tailored solutions, inspiration, practical advice and tools to tackle current workplace challenges associated with the unprecedented change affecting organisations in every sector. As such, the programme focuses on the learning, networking and benchmarking opportunities needed to help shape the future of organisations through the development of their people.

The sessions fall within one of five core areas – learning and talent development, organisation development, leading and managing the L&D function, leadership development and coaching. There is also a focus day, Hands on Talent, which will give delegates practical tips and advice on creating sustainable high performance cultures and on developing employees in a way that increases motivation and supports business critical needs.

Sessions include:

 The Power of Surprise: Speaker: Nick Baylis, Consultant Well-Being Psychologist, The Cambridge Well-Being Consultancy. Chair: Cathie Wright-Smith, Quality and OD Director, Nampak Plastics Europe and winner of the 2010 CIPD People Management Awards
 Developing Next Generation HR: Speakers: Louise Wallwork, HR Director – Air Mission Support & Services, BAE Systems and Lucy Lewin, Head of HR, Global Functions, Standard Chartered Bank. Chair: Lee Sears, Strategic Adviser, CIPD and Founder, Bridge
 Towards OD: Speaker Nick Wright, Leadership Development Consultant, World Vision UK Undercover Boss: lessons from the front line: Speakers: David Clarke, Chief Executive, Best Western Hotels GB, and Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Chair: Jackie Orme, Chief Executive, CIPD

Jackie Orme, Chief Executive, CIPD, said: “Whether you’re working in a private sector looking to emerge strongly as the economy recovers, a public sector wrestling with how to deliver more with less, or a voluntary sector adjusting to the increased demands and reduced funds of these austere times, this is a time when L&D and OD professionals are in great demand.

“The recent recession was not characterised by the almost universal cut-backs in learning budgets that we’ve seen in the past. This is partly down to the greater degree of alignment between L&D and OD functions and the key drivers and objectives of the business that we see today. Now, as organisations train their sights firmly on the horizon, we can build on that business alignment to contribute directly to the future growth and success of our organisations: by maintaining organisational agility and by developing the talent and leadership capabilities that our organisations will need to thrive, not just today and tomorrow, but in the years to come.

“This year’s HRD programme has been designed with these challenges in mind. Whatever your unique people development and business issue, the event will give you everything you need to respond and help shape the future of your organisation through your people, motivating and engaging talent at all levels.”

Some of the speakers from leading organisations taking part include: Sainsbury’s BSKYB, TUC, TFL, Cass Business School, John Lewis, INSEAD and Dell

Leading suppliers will be showcasing their latest innovations at the HRD exhibition, running alongside the conference, where visitors can get practical solutions, tips and ideas and make new contacts. Free learning sessions in the exhibition, the Professional Development Zone and HRD Interactive provide further developmental and networking opportunities. Access to social networking before and during the event, through HRD Interactive, include following the event on Twitter, starting discussions, seeing who is attending and opportunities to join groups on Facebook, CIPD Communities and LinkedIn.

• The CIPD’s HRD 2011 Learning and Organisation Development Conference and Exhibition, 6-7 April 2011, Olympia, London
Opening Hours:
Conference: Wednesday – 6 April and Thursday 7 April 9:30 – 16:45
Exhibition: Wednesday – 6 April 09:30 – 17:30
Thursday – 7 April 09:30 – 17:00

Information on the flexible ticket options available, as well as the full 2011 programme, are available on the CIPD website


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