Leading in unprecedented times requires unprecedented leadership abilities and the past two years has certainly kept senior executives on their toes!

Leading a remote/hybrid team, managing crisis, delivering customer value during disruption, developing agile recognition and motivation strategies or crisis-proofing talent processes are just some of the challenges leaders have been facing. Consequently, leaders have had no choice but to quickly develop new skills to weather the storm.

Working remotely and even now, in the times of hybrid working, leaders need to consider the wellbeing of their people more than ever before. Leaders are required to rethink their approach about how to engage, connect and align their team with a particular focus on how to actually lead and foster innovation in this new era. The power has shifted to the people and the “old leadership tactics” of leading by fear in the hierarchy of power in a corporate environment simply don’t work anymore (and probably never really did!).

Consequently, as we emerge from the pandemic, to drive success and market share, leaders need to be at the top of their game by ensuring they are more purposeful, empathetic, calm, action-orientated and resilient than ever.

With many leaders still struggling to get back to ‘business as usual’ others are now thriving through fostering employee connection, spurring innovation and driving new growth opportunities through inspirational leadership.

But what does great leadership actually look like in 2022 and how will it develop going forward? How can leaders truly connect employees in the new world of work and how can they drive innovation even in a remote work setting? How can leaders use recognition effectively and how can they rethink their wellbeing initiatives in the face of increased anxieties?

Join 1000+ senior HR executives at The HR Congress Leadership Forum brought to you by Workhuman to learn:

• How leaders ensure employee recognition is fulfilling, authentic, embedded, equitable & personalised?
• The Role Of Leaders In Creating Inclusive Company Culture And Values
• What leadership lessons Covid-19 has taught us and how leadership will be redefined as we emerge from the pandemic?

Underwriter: WORKHUMAN
  • ALL TIMING CET (Central European Time)
  • 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks - Mihaly Nagy, Partner, Head of Content - The HR Congress
  • 11:05 AM - 11:30 AM Session One: How Can Leaders Ensure Employee Recognition Delivers Tangible Business Benefits? - Derek Irvine, SVP Strategy & Consulting, Workhuman
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Session Two: The Role Of Leaders In Creating Inclusive Company Culture And Values - Judith Meeng, Group Director HR, BDR Thermea Group
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Session Three: Panel Discussion: What Leadership Lessons Has Covid-19 Taught Us And How Will Leadership Be Redefined As We Emerge From The Pandemic? - PANELISTS: Liz Rider, Former Global Head of Leadership, Volvo Cars | Donna Louise Fitzpatrick, Global Talent Development Manager, Career Coach, Spark Coaching Lead, Workhuman | Katya Kruglova, Vice President Human Resources, GE Healthcare
Derek Irvine
SVP Strategy & Consulting, Workhuman
As senior vice president, client strategy and consulting at Workhuman, Derek helps clients – including some of world’s most admired companies – leverage proven recognition strategies and best practices to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results. While he currently leads the company’s strategy & consulting services division, Derek oversaw the company’s global marketing and rewards functions from 2000 to 2010, growing Workhuman from a start-up to the Unicorn organization it is today.

Derek is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement and continuous performance management, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As a renowned speaker and co-author of three books – “Making Work Human,” “Winning with a Culture of Recognition” and “The Power of Thanks” - he teaches HR leaders how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. His viewpoints and writings are also regularly featured across major HR publications including HR Zone, Workspan, HR Magazine, HR Executive, and Workforce Management.
Donna Louise Fitzpatrick
Global Talent Development Manager | Career Coach | Spark Coaching Lead - Workhuman
A passion to inspire people to live their best lives is embedded in Donna Louise’s DNA. It is her personal mission to encourage people to dream more, learn more, and become more so they may feel more fulfilled.

As an Accredited ICF Coach and Workhuman’s Global Talent Development Manager, Donna Louise has inspired a global 'Moment that Matters' movement to promote a coaching inclusive culture company-wide, where coaching is an accessible growth possibility for all employees, and the whole-human is celebrated by empowering people to be at their best, both personally and professionally.

Leaning into her extensive coaching, L&D and technical expertise, Donna Louise pioneered and built the blueprint coaching programme ‘Spark Coaching’, to enrich current excellent practices to safeguard the quality of formal coaching conversations.

Prior to Workhuman, Donna Louise was headhunted by tech giants Meta/Facebook and Twitter, to spearhead EMEA initiatives
Judith Meeng
Group Director HR, BDR Thermea Group
Human Resource Executive who looks beyond the boundaries of the HR expertise and has strong business acumen. Extensive experience in Energy Transition, Digital Industry well as in professional services. Lived and worked in the US, Norway, Romania Papua New Guinea Taiwan. Passionate about culture, values, sustainability, and DE & I.

Areas of expertise & experience:
Change management, Transformation, M&A, Leadership & Coaching, Organizational design, Project Management, Talent management & Acquisition, Learning Strategies, Lean & Learn management, Communication, DE&I.

Connecting people is important to allow all to achieve together what no one person can achieve alone. Work on improving strengths and sustainability.

Ambition: To move HR beyond HR! It is all about the people!
Katya Kruglova
Vice President Human Resources, GE Healthcare
Global HR executive, I am known for driving both strategic business value and operational excellence through multiple enterprise-wide strategic organizational and culture transformations that enabled the business to enter new markets, penetrate new customer segments, and incubate new business models. Over 20 years of broad HR leadership across multiple industries – healthcare, life sciences, financial services/banking, consumer goods, shared services. My true passion is around maximizing senior leadership team effectiveness, building high performing teams and growing talents across all levels of the organization that deliver customers and shareholders outcomes as well as driving employee engagement and creating inclusive and diverse working environment.
Liz Rider
Former Global Head of Leadership, Volvo Cars
Liz is the former Global Head of Leadership at Volvo Cars and has a wealth of experience driving the talent and leadership agenda. She truly believes that we can bring out the best in every employee if we have the right leadership in place. She has a passion for creating cultures where all employees are engaged and happy at work. Whilst at Volvo Cars she recognized the need to move quickly when it came to adapting a new way of delivering leadership development at the start of the pandemic, enabling leaders to successfully navigate in the disruptive world.

Moreover, she has worked with several Fortune 500 companies and is incredibly future-focused with a strategic mind, extensive HR experience, and an abundance of ideas. She is known for respectfully challenging the status quo and finding new and better ways to lead companies into the future! A true people first leader.
Mihaly Nagy
Webinar Moderator - Partner, Head of Content - The HR Congress
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