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Organisational  development (OD) used to be long to the world of psychology. However in the last few years many HR and Learning & Development professionals have moved into OD roles. Our workplaces are also going through radical change with the next industrial revolution.

So what does this mean for what OD will and should be?

The OD (re) Design Conference 2019 will explore:

If you know your organisation will need to take a different approach to development in the future, then this is the event to attend.

New date of 27|28 August.

Book your ticket today! Super Savers are now available. Book 2 attendees and save 20%.

Elephant VIP’s save 20%.

Not for Profits save 30%.


Jane Hopkirk

Manager Organisational Development, Customs NZ

Susan Lowe

GM People and Culture, Coca-Cola Amatil

Liz Tibbutt

Director, Inside HR

Elaine Gallagher-Dekker

Performance Coach, Fletcher Building

Conference Agenda

Brad Norris


 Synergy Health

Fiona Hancock

Chief Psychologist, Added Insight

Dr Jarrod Haar

Professor of HR Management, AUT

Mel Rowsell


Wisdom at Work

Anita Kopacsy

Corporate Training Manager, Corporate Challenge

What makes this conference different?


Tickets and Venue

Ticket Details

Early Bird $1,295 - available until Friday 3 May.

Full price $1,595

Save 20% if you book

two attendees or are an Elephant VIP.

Save 30% if you work for a Not for Profit or public sector.

Out of town ticket - add an extra $245 for one nights accommodation at a nearby hotel and breakfast.

Venue: SKYCITY, Auckland CBD.

Terms and Conditions

The OD (re) Design Conference is run by Elephant Group. Elephant Group reserves the right to amend the conference at any time if required. Once we’ve received your registration and payment, we will send you a confirmation pack .

If you are unable to attend and written notification is received by us 3 weeks in advance, you will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation fee. After that, no refunds will be issued. You can substitute your attendance with someone else up to 3 days before the conference. Photography may be taken during the conference in which you may be included. Please let us know if you do not consent to being in these photos.

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Using iterations and agile as an OD tool

There are a variety of models within the L&D world, however this session looks outside at the world of technology, design thinking and agile. You’ll learn what iterative design is, how it’s used in technology companies and how OD can use it to make our learning frameworks more successful and engage learners in a new way.

Presented by Mel Rowsell, Founder, Wisdom at Work


Different approaches to OD and structuring your OD function

To start the conference we look at two different approaches to structuring and running an OD function and the challenges of building OD in your business - at Sovereign and Coca-Cola.

Presented by Faye Sanderson, Head of Learning and OD, Sovereign and Susan Lowe, GM People and Culture, Coca-Cola Amatil


Using Customer Journey Mapping as an OD tool

Learning measurement has been focused on using Kirkpatrick’s model. However in the future to design and measure learner engagement you need to know to know what your learners are experiencing at every stage of their learning journey. In this session you’ll find out how to use customer journey mapping to visualise feedback, identify broken processes, bottlenecks and other issues - and create a learning customer experience.


Learning Models of the future

CIPD in the UK have analysed hundreds learning models to create their top learning models of the future. In this session we discuss what learners will need and which models will best meet that need - and identify any gaps.

Presented by Liz Tibbutt, Director, InsideHR


Your OD Challenges:


In this think tank session you will have a chance to discuss what OD challenges your business is facing, and share ideas and suggestions from our panel and from those at your table to come up with some possible solutions or further ideas to investigate.


Day 1 finishes


Registration and networking


Afternoon tea




Leading an OD function in these times of disruption

How can OD can create and deliver value for the business in these times of disruption? What does this mean for the new capabilities required of OD and learning especially when you are leading the function. Where are the intersect points for HR, Talent and Learning and how can you utilise those intersect points to deliver new value.

Presented by Pip Ball, Associate Director of OD, University of Auckland

Pip Ball

Associate Director of OD, University of Auckland

Faye Sanderson

Head of Learning and OD, Sovereign NZ

Cameron Nott

Managing Director

CPP Asia Pacific




Building high performance coaching and mentoring

With boomers starting to retire in large numbers, and younger generations needing more support, how can you utilise high performance coaching and mentoring principles in your organisation?


Engaging the un-engaged

Creating programmes that attract employees that are already motivated is easy. But how do you engage the un-engaged? Come and hear Synergy Health’s journey and learnings about how to engage people, and create the greatest opportunity to influence organisational performance. Most importantly,  how this applies to OD.

Presented by Brad Norris, CEO, Synergy Health


Pyschometric tools - the good, bad and the future

With so many tools available, how do you know what can work best for which situation? What’s the difference in each tool? Where will testing go in the future? Come and hear what is available out there and how these might be used better for next generation OD.

Presented by Fiona Hancock, Added Insight and Anita Kopacsy, Corporate Challenge


The Future of OD in your organisation

To finish the conference you will get the chance to discuss the future of OD in your organisation, as well as hear from a leading edge company about how technology and AI will be a game changer for learning curation and creation.


Understanding and using positive pyschology principles

Positive pyschology is a newer field and something OD can use to design and influence development. You’ll hear how to use positive pyschology principles to create meaningful work and build positive work reflection for employees and leaders.

Presented by Dr Lixin Jiang, Lecturer IO Pyschology, Auckland University


Conference closes


Conference Start


Lunch and networking


Morning Tea


Building resilient and mindful leaders in the age of distraction

You can put the best OD frameworks and programmes in place but if senior leaders and managers are not resilient to manage changing teams and priorities, OD initiatives can fail. This session will focus on how you build resilience and mindful leaders, in an age of distraction and overwhelming demands on leaders time and energy.




Change psychology principles

The only constant in our modern workplace is change. In this session you’ll hear key thinking on how people deal with change, how to recognise patterns of human behaviour and leverage management strengths to create buy-in.

Dr Lixin Jiang

Lecturer, IO Psychology, Auckland University