Best Workplaces

Kenexa Engagement Conference 2013:
Paint the Future of Your Business


Date: 20 June 2013 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (registration at 8.30 a.m.)

Venue: Hilton Auckland Hotel
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Investment: $300 + GST per person

How are you going to paint the future success of your business this year? Join us to be inspired and motivated by leaders who are raising the bar in establishing high performance organisations. Get “how to” tips and hear real-life stories of their successes and challenges through their different approaches to the task. The conference will highlight how these leaders and their teams are building better workplaces and translating employee feedback into positive, sustainable organisational growth.

Also hear from international keynote Dr Jack Wiley, Founder and President of the Kenexa High Performance Institute, an IBM Company, as he discusses what employees worldwide most want from their top leaders: to be inspired, to be respected and to be rewarded. Dr. Wiley will focus on global data with highlights from Australia and New Zealand, and he will demonstrate that organisations whose leaders do this are the organisations that perform the best.

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Jack W. Wiley, Ph.D.

Dr. Jack Wiley, Founder and President, Kenexa High Performance Institute, an IBM Company

Dr. Jack Wiley is recognised internationally for groundbreaking research that links employee survey results to measures of customer satisfaction and business performance. Dr. Wiley is also the creator of the WorkTrends™ survey. Launched in the U.S over 25 years ago and now encompassing 28 countries, WorkTrends is an annual survey of employee engagement, performance excellence and managerial effectiveness. It is one of the foremost benchmarking and employee insight tools available anywhere in the world today and now holds the views of more than 200,000 employees. Dr. Wiley was elected Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology, American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science and has served on the Board of Directors for Human Resources People and Strategy (HRPS). He holds a Doctorate in Organisational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, is a licensed consulting psychologist and has received accreditation as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR).

Shane Anselmi
Amy Buller

Shane Anselmi, Chief Executive Officer and Amy Buller, People & Development Manager, Overland Footwear – Overall Winner of Kenexa’s Best Workplaces Award 2012

Enabling people through leadership and personal development has been a huge focus for Overland Footwear in recent years. With big business goals of doubling in size every five to seven years, going global and setting the company apart from the competition, the focus of the business is to deliver compelling fashion through delivering passion, innovation and design. Overland is crystal clear that if the company’s leaders are engaging and enabling their people, their people will be more engaged with customers. Overland started 2012 opening stores in Australia and capped off the year taking home the title “Kenexa Best Workplaces Overall Winner.” Placing in the finals for eight years is proof that Overland is not only sustaining momentum in growing its people, but also reaping the reward of business growth.

Murray Beckman

Murray Beckman, Head of People Engagement, ASB

ASB has been seen as one of the top financial institutions globally in the People Engagement space since 2003, and consistently in the top 10 percent. Murray Beckman joined ASB in 1988 and since has held roles focusing on career development, corporate affairs and customer engagement. He has been invited to speak on people engagement both nationally and internationally, and now, as Head of People Engagement, Mr. Beckman leads the bank’s initiative in ensuring strong engagement throughout the organisation. ASB believes that strong people engagement will lead to strong customer engagement and ultimately drive it to reach its vision of “unbeatable team, unbeatable service.”

Alan Brookbanks

Alan Brookbanks, HR Director, Auckland Council

In 2009 the Government responded to the Royal Commission’s report on Auckland governance, agreeing that the eight existing city, district and regional councils be re-established as a unitary Auckland Council in order to achieve the goal of making Auckland “the world’s most liveable city.” As HR Director of the largest local authority in Australasia, Alan Brookbanks’ primary areas of focus are in building leadership capability, creating a culture of diversity and respect, continuous improvement and high performance. The Auckland Council believes that in order to achieve their goals they must build a culture of high performance through high engagement. Mr. Brookbanks will share the Council’s philosophy on “the way we work,” which will play a significant part in achieving those goals.

Brian Cadzow

Brian Cadzow, Director – Finance & Legal, Vista Entertainment Solutions

Vista Entertainment Solutions is a global leader in customised entertainment software solutions, and as a founder, Brian Cadzow is key to the maintenance, development and enhancement of the workplace culture. Mr. Cadzow will share practical initiatives, and their impact, from Vista’s journey to creating a workplace culture that has ranked the company as a Kenexa Best Workplaces finalist for three years.

There will also be an opportunity for you to put the hard questions to a panel of experts in the Diversity Uncensored session.

Diversity Uncensored Panellists:

Martin King

Martin King, General Manager HR, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ (CCANZ)

Martin King leads and inspires the NZ HR team to make CCANZ one of the highest engaged workforces and most attractive employers in NZ. He has more than 15 years of experience across generalist and specialist HR functions in a range of industries. Mr. King says he feels privileged to work with amazingly talented people at Coca-Cola and in a role where he has real impact on the business through leading HR strategy connecting their people with the best brands in the world.

Alan Cassidy

Alan Cassidy, Acting General Manager: Human Resources, NZ Police

Alan Cassidy joined NZ Police in 2009 and is responsible for raising the profile of the role and function of Organisational Development within Police through establishing cutting edge leadership development, talent management and succession planning processes. Mr. Cassidy has more than 20 years experience in the field of people development and organisational change, having held senior roles at New Zealand Customs, AMP, Forum Corporation and just prior to joining NZ Police was the Manager of Executive Development at the Leadership Development Centre.

Philippa Reed

Philippa Reed, Diversity Manager, Auckland Council

Philippa Reed is currently Diversity Manager at Auckland Council, which is a large and very diverse organisation. Key challenges in this role include developing programmes and initiatives which allow both the organisation and the people to benefit from this diversity in achieving our business goals. Ms. Reed has held diversity and equity related roles for the past decade, having previously been in senior management positions at the University of Auckland and KPMG.

Tracy Ellis

Tracy Ellis, People & Culture Director, PwC New Zealand

In something of a home coming in December last year, PwC’s People & Culture Director Tracy Ellis rejoined the firm after 13 years away working with organisations such as KPMG UK, BNZ and most recently, as General Manager of HR at Mighty River Power. Armed with a BA in Psychology and a Masters in HR Management, Tracy has over 17 years experience working in large and dynamic organisations across Auckland and London. With a pragmatic and progressive approach to HR, Tracy is particularly passionate about organisational development and the difference this area can make in enhancing business performance.

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