Here's what's in store for this year's event

Unique, thought-provoking and rewarding, the 2015 Talent Connect experience will run over 2 full days.

Wednesday, October 21

  • 7.00 - 18.00

    Registration Open

  • 9.30 - 9.40

    Opening keynote

  • 9.40 - 10.30

    The next generation of LinkedIn

    Join Mike Gamson, SVP of Solutions for LinkedIn, as he shares our mission and vision, and introduces us to the next generation of LinkedIn. Mike will be joined by Tanya Staples, SVP of Content for, and Eddie Vivas, Head of Product for LinkedIn Talent Solutions, who will talk about how we are putting learner-centered education at the heart of building professional knowledge, and how LinkedIn is re-imagining recruiting. 

  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Keynote: Unleashing the power of purpose through people and brands

    Brands and people are central to driving Unilever’s company purpose. In Marketing, their crafting Brands for Life strategy is one that builds brands with a clear social mission at their heart. In HR, their talent mission is to ensure that Unilever’s growth ambition is never constrained by lack of the best available internal and external talent. Bringing these together unlocks the magic across the organisation. Be inspired and hear how Unilever’s collaboration across marketing and talent has driven them to success.

  • 11.00 - 11.30

    Morning Tea

  • 11.30 - 12.15

    You've established your EVP. Now how do you bring it to life?

    Companies achieve a solid talent brand message by first laying the foundation with a strong employee value proposition (EVP). A smart and structured EVP empowers the culture, community and workplace transformation that your employees love to post, tweet and talk about with their friends. Without an EVP, talent brand messaging risks being diluted or scattered.

  • 11.30 - 12.15

    How to transform your organisation's recruitment strategy starting from scratch

    • Tuba Koseoglu Okcu, HR Director & Member of Executive Committee, Hurriyet
    • Narisha Singh, Global Head of Resourcing for Personal and Business Banking, Standard Bank South Africa

    Are you at the beginning stages of implementing your new recruitment strategy? Tuba's story is about how she transformed Hurriyet as print went digital, skill sets changed and hiring became more innovative. Hurriyet is a Turkish newspaper that had to restructure its whole organisation. Narisha from Standard Bank approached it by partnering closely with marketing to align goals and work as a team to implement the change. If you're facing a similar situation, this is the session for you. 

  • 11.30 - 12.15

    Addressing Gender Diversity in the workplace: best practices

    There are currently 7 billion people in the world. We have been raised in various cultures, traditions and ways of life. EMEA specifically, contains more countries than anywhere else and covers the most ethnically diverse people groups and languages. When combined, the region has around 2000 native languages. In a work environment, it is essential that you can work effectively with your team regardless of their culture. How can you embrace these differences to ensure you're working seamlessly and achieving maximum results?

  • 12.30 - 13.15

    What I wish I would have known about social transformation

    All companies, whether they’re big or small, have been living and are living today during one of the biggest transformations ever brought by technology: social. Learn how, through different advices, BBVA managed to embrace this transformation and now lives and breathes by social principles at all levels of the organisation. Listen to Ana’s experience on how the BBVA brand has transformed and the things she wished she had known before going into this evolution.

  • 12.30 - 13.15

    Empowering and engaging your hiring managers in recruiting top talent

    Getting hiring managers to be the talent leaders we need them to be isn’t easy. In this session, Isabella focuses on how to get your hiring managers to be better attractors of talent; better sourcers; better interviewers; and better overall talent leaders. We have to get hiring managers to see their roles as more than passive passengers in the quest to raise the bar and hire the best. Come ready to learn how to engage your managers, bring your questions and walk away with practical approaches you can use next week.

  • 12.30 - 13.15

    Building a kick-ass company culture

    Have you built your company culture yet? Research has shown that people are more likely to stay in an organisation because of the people and culture in the workplace. More and more companies are creating a culture in their organisations and programs to bring people together. Learn how you can do it too. Learn how has used their culture to attract and relocate 79% of their new hires from across EMEA, APAC and America to work in The Netherlands.

  • 13.15 - 14.45


  • 14.45 - 15.30

    How your Talent Brand and Company Brand are influencing one another

    • Lindsay Brady, Senior Insights Manager, LinkedIn
    • Paul Maxin, Head of Talent & Resourcing, Financial Conduct Authority

    As there is a strong relationship between knowledge of a company brand and knowledge of that company as an employer, there is a need to take an integrated approach to branding. How do you make sure your employer brand is as strong as your company brand in order to build a top notch reputation? Join us to hear all about the FCA's strategy to build their reputation as THE financial regulator in the UK and hiring top talent, leveraging the power of their employees.

  • 14.45 - 15.30

    Using Data to find the Perfect Match

    Modern recruiters are looking for the perfect connection between candidate, role and company just like matchmakers setting two people up on a date. In a labyrinth full of candidates, they weigh every attribute on a delicate scale in order to find The One. But in a world where information is opulent, how do you make your way through this web and use it to your advantage?
    Join a member of LinkedIn’s data insights team as they review how a data-driven approach can help you shape your talent strategy [and find Mr. Right].

  • 14.45 - 15.30

    Unveiling of LinkedIn Talent Solution's Newest Product

    We wish we could say more.

  • 15.45 - 16.30

    VMware’s Journey: Transforming Talent Acquisition by Converting Research into Results.

    • Olivia Dunne, Senior Global Operations Manager, Talent Acquisition, VMware
    • Joe Hendry, Senior Manager, EMEA & APJ Candidate Development Recruitment, VMware

    This thought provoking session will look at how VMware has harnessed the full potential of the LinkedIn platform, enabling them to move beyond requisition based recruitment and become Next Generation Talent Advisors.  It will showcase how the right research can have a measurable impact on defining key talent sources including insight into market mapping and pipelining for the future.  The eternal question of “How do we improve response rates?” is addressed, with tips and methods on how to convert research into future hires, accompanied by measurable improvements in essential metrics such as Time to Fill and Time to Hire.

  • 15.45 - 16.30

    The future of intelligent talent sourcing, assessment and matching systems

    In this session, flydubai will share with you the future of intelligent talent sourcing, assessment and matching systems. They will draw on their journey which has involved social sourcing, building a talent community, the use of video assessments, RJPs and validating psychometrics to determine the DNA of their functional groups.

  • 15.45 - 16.30

    Get social: How to create a social content strategy to change perceptions

    Employment branding is far more than just the role of marketing. With employees now more socially relevant than the CEO, companies need to enable and empower their employees to be active on social media on behalf of the brand. To do this effectively, there needs to be a shift from storytelling to employee evangelism by training and socially enabling employees to be social brand champions. In this session, hear from Simon Morris, Adobe's Director of Demand & Content Marketing who will discuss the digital transformation journey that Adobe has been on over the last few years and Mike Stamp, Head of Talent EMEA, who will discuss how they’ve made a shift at Adobe, enabling employees across the company with social expertise and encouraging them to be advocates for the brand. You’ll learn how to establish a social culture with enablement best practices and training programs for employees, and how to measure the impact of their efforts in a way that provides meaningful bottom-line business results.

  • 16.45 - 17.30

    The power of play – transforming work, learning and creativity

    • Deborah Frances White, Stand-up Comedian, Corporate Speaker, Screenwriter and Executive Coach, The Spontaneity Shop

    From an early age we are brought up to believe that success depends on hard work. That’s true, says Deborah Frances-White, but only sometimes. The times when hard work doesn’t work, however, are of growing importance in today’s world, where raw physical and mental labour are increasingly susceptible to automation. Putting a lot of conscious effort into a task doesn’t help when that task is best tackled free of anxiety and with the help of the unconscious mind – and that includes most creative tasks and a great deal of learning. The session will explore how much more “talented” you can be simply by changing your process and unlocking a different part of your brain.

  • 17.30 - 19.00

    Networking Drinks

    Unwind with your peers after a jam-packed day for some networking with drinks & canapés.