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The HR Advisors Conference 2020

Getting your business on board


20-21 FEB


4-5 SEPT

Do you ever feel like you are fighting a losing battle?

You’re providing great HR advice, and HR tools and resources, but you just can’t get on top of everything? This year the HR Advisors Conference focuses on how to  get your business onboard with considering HR proactively rather than you having to constantly fight fires.  

Esther Fou, Team Leader People & Safety, UCOL

Angela Evans, Partner, LangtonHudsonButcher

Our presenters and agenda

3.45pm - 4.30pm: Engaging the Unengaged: getting the managers that aren’t interested on board

Hot from our OD conference in August, Brad Norris got rave reviews for his session sharing different techniques and actions you can take to get those managers or employees who aren’t interested in HR to turn around and get interested.

9am - 10.30am: Holidays Act, Domestic Violence Leave, Flexible Working and Employment Agreements update

Matthew came and presented on the Privacy Act last year, and this year will be giving us an update on the Holidays Act changes that are coming, flexible working and legal issues with employment agreements. Matthew is a Senior Associate with SimpsonGrierson and attendees said about his session last year: “Mathew did a great job of keeping a pretty sterile subject like the Privacy Act interesting.”  ”I found Matt Piper’s session really informative and relevant for my HR Advisor role. He had exceptional knowledge and was a great facilitator- really engaging”.

1 - 2pm: LUNCH

2 - 2.45pm: Using Customer Journey Mapping and marketing principles as an HR tool

Jodie presented at our recent OD conference but we think these tools work for HR as well as OD. Come and hear about what Customer Journey Mapping is, how it can apply to HR process and what marketing concepts you can apply to get your managers involved. What did attendees say about Jodie? “It was very interesting learning about journey mapping - a new concept for me. Jodie spoke well and explained things clearly”. “Jodie was upbeat, current, right pitch, great visual aids and interactive.” “Jodie - great presenter, very engaging, good content.” “Jodie presented new ideas from marketing that can be applied to OD”.

Jodie Armstrong-Downes, Track NZ

Conference Details

When and where?

Dates: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February 2020.

Venue: Our Auckland HR Advisors Conference is being held in the Viaduct Harbour.  There is parking nearby at the Downtown car park.

Out of towners: If you purchase an out of town ticket, then your accommodation will be at one of the viaduct harbour hotels. The out of town ticket also includes breakfast.

Who attends?

We keep our conference size smaller so you have time to meet others, ask questions and get the most learning possible from the two days. Some of the companies who have attended in the past include:

ANZ | Assurity Consulting | Auckland Council | AUT

Baby City | Ballance Agri-Nutrients | BDO Accountants | BNZ| Chorus | City  Care  | Competenz | Counties Manukau DHB | Douglas Pharmaceuticals | Fairfax Media  | Fonterra | Frucor | Hilton Hotel | Intergen | Landcorp | Loyalty NZ | Lotto | Massey University | Methanex | Michael Hill | Ministry for Culture and Heritage |

MInistry of Social Develoment | Mitre10 | Northtec | Napier Port | nib NZ | NZ Defence Force | NZ Red Cross | OSPRI | Primary ITO | Plunket | Radius Medical| Recreational Services  | Repco | Rocket Lab | Sanford | Scion |  Simpson Grierson| TNT Express | TrustPower | Wellington Free Ambulance | Xero | Z Energy

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The HR Advisors Conference 2020


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Places are limited - so grab your ticket to be there  and get your business on board!

1pm - 2.30pm: HR Innovation Laboratories: Can you come up with the right solution for your case?

Nikki has been with Elephant since 2012 and has brilliantly MCed our last few conferences. Nikki will be running our HR Innovation Laboratories where you get the chance to analyse a case study and come up with different solutions. You’ll then hear what the company really did and take ideas away you can use in real life. Choose between case studies on recruitment, change, induction or HR policies.

Nikki Peck, HR Influencer and Conference MC

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11am - 12pm: Using LinkedIn to network, develop skills, build your brand and find candidates…..

Kate Nankivell runs Force of Nature. Kate is a LinkedIn trainer and consultant, social selling specialist and a connector. With her strategic understanding of business development and social selling, her clients see immediate value – using the power of LinkedIn to get RESULTS for their businesses or careers. .”

Kate Nankivell,

LinkedIn trainer, Force of Nature

2.45pm - 3.30pm: How to be a great employee (and make other great employees!)

Tash has navigated a 10 year HR career across various industries and companies before heading out as an independent consultant and qualifying as a Life & Mindset Coach. Tash will share her learnings from her journey of navigating corporate life, dealing with deep-rooted stress issues, finding purpose in her work, discovering her truth and sharing that with the world and talk about how you can be a great employee, even with the pressures of working in HR and how to develop others to be too!

3.30pm - 3.45pm: Action Planning and conference end

10am - 11am: Your HR career path and skill development tips and tricks

Esther was one of our stand out presenters at the HR Advisors Conference in Wellington in September 2019. She’s back for February to talk about her career path, share practical ideas on how you can develop your career in whichever role you’re in and give you lots of brilliant ideas on how to develop your skills including books to read, people to connect with and actions you can take on the job.

9.30am: Conference start and think tank


Kirsti Grant, Director of People Experience, Auror

2.30pm - 3.15pm: Building your personal & employer brand and creating an awesome culture

Kirsti presented at our HR Game Changer Conference a few years ago and has since been Head of Talent at Vend, launched her own recruitment software (Populate) and is now Director of People Experience at Auror. Kirsti will share how you can build your personal brand and employment brand with stories from the world of tech.

Afternoon tea

Brad Norris, CEO

Synergy Health

4.30 - 5pm: World Cafe discussion

5pm: End of Day 1

Day 1: Thursday 20 February

Day 2: Friday 21 February

Tash Pieterse,

HR Consultant

& Mindset Coach

Matthew Piper, Senior Associate, SimpsonGrierson

10.30 - 11am: Morning Tea

11am - 1pm: Case law cluster: getting down and dirty with real employment law cases

Angela Evans has presented at the HR Advisors for the last few years and always gets fantastic feedback. In this session she will go into detail about 3 recent cases that you need to know about and you’ll discuss what the employers did right and what went wrong. Can you pick up the legal issues? Can you decide what was good faith and where it was breached? How does this apply to your own processes?

What people said about the 2019 conference

It was great - Perfect mix of time. I got a lot of value out of hearing what others do and then following up with them at lunchtime or over a Friday morning coffee.

Nikki was amazing, she really set the vibe for the conference, I really enjoyed her energy. The employment law part was super useful, for those of us without formal qualifications, we just grab information as we go along and it was reassuring and interesting to talk in a large group setting and understand what others are struggling with and their understanding of the legislation.

Angela Evans: Great insights and honesty. Outstanding way to describe the law - Made it very clear to understand and interpret. Loved having the chance to ask questions about anything. I came away with a lot of actions to improve our processes.

Angela Evans gave great legal perspectives and I found her presentation quite refreshing, funny and definitely useful! Mel Roswell was amazing, I found this applicable both personally and also from an HR/work perspective. Nikki was great throughout!

I liked the group table work and then moving into a different group for Change Management. I think this was balanced well. I made some connections and was able to relax around the people I met.

It was great - a good variety to keep me engaged and a good refresh on some things I had forgotten. I liked Angela's legislation overview.

I enjoyed all of the speakers but I would say in particular Mel Rowsell (I ordered her book that night), she was very insightful and relatable, really got me thinking about the way I respond to situations.

My first conference I had a great time. Though the facilitation was awesome and what I really liked that even though it was called HR Advisors there were also a lot of Coordinator and Administrators there and I got to connect with them and gain advise discuss our roles etc.

I think it was great to see that other people share similar challenges, and so a level of empathy exists. I definitely enjoyed Angela Evans' session the most, but am probably biased due to personal learning interests. I would describe the conference as suitable for budding HR Advisors/Associate HR Advisors, or for HR Advisors with less exposure to ER challenges. This conference was definitely suited for the generalists who touch a bit of everything on a daily basis.