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HRD: A Virtual Experience with Arianna Huffington, Rita McGrath, Montblanc and more

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On June 18th 2020, HRD brings you HRD: A Virtual Experience – a day of unmissable sessions, 100% online, examining the future of HR and business in a world turned upside down, featuring must-see insights from Arianna Huffington, Rita McGrath, Terence Mauri, Roche, Montblanc, and more.

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On June 18th, 2020, HRD is bringing over 2,500 senior HR and business leaders from across the globe together for a landmark virtual event.

At a time when sharing revolutionary ideas has never been more important, HRD: A Virtual Experience delivers a full day of vital sessions from world-leading minds, discussing the critical issues at the forefront of business right now, directly you, wherever you are.

Expect a 100% online experience, curated by Arianna Huffington, Rita McGrath, Terence Mauri, Kraft HeinzNokia, Zurich Insurance, Montblanc, and many more.

Keynotes and Masterclasses from great minds will be bolstered by a series of interactive and dynamic opportunities for collaborative exploration of emerging challenges, in the form of Roundtables and quickfire Lighting Talks, taking a host of world-beating insights across five streams: Organisational Transformation, Leadership, Culture & Engagement, Talent, and Learning.

From 10am CET on Thursday, June 18th 2020, the digital HRD community will come together for a virtual experience like no other. Here’s a taster of what to expect from across the day.


Arianna Huffington

Businesswoman, author, founder of The Huffington Post and founder and CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington has been listed as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People and one of Forbes Most Powerful Women.

In 2016, Arianna founded Thrive Global to end the global stress and burnout epidemic by providing people and businesses with behavior change technology and media to support them.

Join Arianna Huffington for what will be an incredible keynote session – more details coming soon.

Thriving Through Disruption with Terence Mauri

Consider this fact. Today is the slowest it will ever be in your lifetime. Technology will transform every facet of daily life, but are you ready for what that means for the future of work, leadership and success. There’s much we can’t control but resilient leaders can still harness agility, purpose and imagination to thrive during radical uncertainty. How do you rewire your thinking, transform your mindset and make change happen today?

In this session, Terence Mauri, a global disruption expert, will challenge leaders to innovate, adapt and thrive in the age of disruption.

How to Harness Disruption Through Experimentation with Rita McGrath

With the unpredictability of the last few months, can we say with any certainty what is ahead? For business leaders, predicting and understanding what comes next is key to success, and operating during disruption can make decision making feel impossible. How do you become comfortable with working with assumption and hypothesis rather than facts?

This keynote session with Rita McGrath, expert on strategic growth and professor at Columbia Business School, will be an exploration of where to begin making sense of a new reality through experimentation.


Masterclasses bring the world-beating insights of the brightest and best in HR and business transformation right to you, in the form of in-depth dissections of the most pressing issues we face today, and how to meet them head-on.

Here’s a flavour of what to expect from our masterclasses:

Creating Meaningful Connections for Enhanced Engagement

Presented by Georgiana de Noronha, President – Northern Europe, The Kraft-Heinz Company

Elevating productivity through employee engagement has long been high on the list of priorities for people leaders, but with the workforce more dispersed than ever, simply maintaining a day to day connection has become a challenge. Technology means we can reach each other at a click of a button – how do you build that into true relationships? Discover how organisations are maintaining cultures built in face to face environments and creating meaningful and impactful opportunities to connect. How can we build remote communities now that last?

Potential and Pitfalls: What’s the Real Map of Your Workforce?

Presented by Sascha Schneider, Executive Vice President Human Resources & Organisations, Montblanc International

As the quest for new skills intensifies, understanding the capabilities of your current workforce becomes ever more vital. Yet many HRDs report a lack of a comprehensive view of the strengths and weaknesses of their organisation. Where is your most valuable talent sitting, and where needs attention and quickly? Explore the methodology to create holistic views of your workforce – both gaps and potential. Understand the best practice strategies for future proofing your capability planning.


Sharing experiences and knowledge are key elements to HRD: A Virtual Experience. These roundtable discussions with small groups of peers give you the chance to share perspectives on hot topics and key challenges facing the profession. Join 2,500 senior HR leaders for the opportunity to hear insights that could transform your strategy.

Register for your Roundtable place here.

Lightning Talks

Bolts of inspiration to keep you enlightened, Lightning Talks are short presentations on critical issues, delivered in a quick, insightful and clear manner. Having struck a chord at the HRD Summits across the globe, Lightning Talks from some of the greatest minds in HR and business transformation will take place throughout the day.

We might not know exactly what the new normal will look like, but one thing is certain. This is an event that cannot be missed.

Click here view the full programme and register for your place now.

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