Sessions to look out for at CIPD ACE 2021


Ahead of CIPD ACE conference, our team have a number of suggestions for topics and sessions to keep an eye out for over the two days of the conference. 

Like many of our colleagues, we are looking forward to two days of learning and networking at CIPD ACE. Although the format this year is once again slightly adapted from years gone by, there remains an array of exciting sessions to take in. 

With so many fantastic speakers scheduled for the two days of the conference, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming when making your choices of which sessions to attend. Our team at MOL have put together a list of sessions that we think are the ones not to miss at this year’s event.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive CIPD, will open the event on Thursday morning, but what are the overall themes that we should look out for? There are a number of sessions available to join that will be discussing how the effects of Covid 19 changed our ways of working, specifically around hybrid working and the wellbeing of colleagues.
We are especially looking forward day one’s panel discussion ‘Holistic wellbeing: why we need to go further with supporting people's wellness at work than ever before’.

Another important aspect of this conference that we should all keep at the forefront of our minds is equality and inclusivity. A significant focus of day two of the conference will cover this topic. Don’t miss the Day Two opening keynote from David Lammy, Labour MP and Shadow Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, who will be discussing ‘Racial equality at work: what can we still do better?’. David will be followed by a panel discussion addressing inclusion and diversity within the people function and at leadership level.

There are so many interesting topics and sessions out there for delegates to take part in. Take a look at our list of highlights below:

Wednesday 3 November:

  • 11:30-12:10 | Using data analytics to identify skills gaps for retraining and reskilling | Bartek Sibilski, Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, JLL Singapore and Leonel Ibarra, Regional Head of HR Digital & Upskilling – LATAM, L’Oréal Mexico
  • 12:20-13:00 | What mental and physical health lessons has the pandemic taught us in different industries? How can we best support our people returning to workplaces? | Bola Ogundeji, Deputy Director of Workforce and OD, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Matt Elliott, Chief People Officer, Bank of Ireland
  • 14:00-14:40  | The talent paradox: why are so many employers struggling to find staff, and what can we do about it? | Wendy Irwin, Head of E&D, Royal College of Nursing | Anthony Cooke, Group Head of HR, Anexo Group India. 

Thursday 4 November:

  • 11:00-11:40  |  How can we seize the post-pandemic opportunity to improve workplace culture?
  • 11:50-12:30  | Reinvention of learning: how has the pandemic reshaped organisational learning? | Laura Pettitt, Learning and Leadership Development, the LEGO® Group | Tim Munden, Chief Learning Officer, Unilever
  • 13:30-14:10  |  Panel discussion What do line managers need from HR and L&D? The skills required for managing remote and dispersed teams | Decio Nascimento, Divisional Head – Corporate HR, Apollo Tyres | Adese Okojie, Founder, Black Women in HR | Anita Lucas, Head of Management and Leadership Development, British Council
  • 14:20-15:00  |  How to best support people with disabilities to thrive at work | Jane Hatton, Founder and CEO, Evenbreak | Katie O’Connor, Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer | Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers.

Don’t forget to come and join us at our ‘Meet the Tutor’ sessions between 12.30 and 3.30pm each day, on our stand, K12.