Day 3: Tuesday, April 24

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM Networking Breakfast

8:15 AM - 8:20 AM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Morning Keynote

8:20 AM - 9:00 AM Creating a Sustainable, Global-Minded Leadership Mentality to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Matthew Owenby, CHRO, Aflac
In 2017, corporate scandals with brands such as Uber and Wells Fargo have set the tone for many organizations to re-think the role of their leadership in promoting a consistent, healthy corporate culture. In times when many organizations recognize the need to adapt to a more flexible, global, and diverse workforce, and when social issues such as racial conflict and gender bias transpire into the workplace, creating a sustainable culture of inclusive and ethical leadership is not only something to consider, but it is urgently needed. Leaders of today must share consistent values in managing and motivating a workforce in an unpredictable environment.

AFLAC has consistently ranked amongst the Top Companies for diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is a mind-set that goes beyond diversity quotas. Inclusive minded leaders are able to get the best out of all colleagues, and agile enough to deal with day-to-day business challenges. Inclusion creates environments of trust by breaking down the silos that diversity quotas simply put up. This session led by the CHRO at AFLAC will explore approaches to developing a global-minded leadership and its successful outcomes.

Topics include:
•Developing a new blueprint for inclusive leadership: moving beyond compliance with diversity quotas by placing HR in the centre of growth strategy and innovation
•Leveraging inclusion to enable innovative and agile problem-solving across a global workforce
•Reinventing ways of working to respect individual needs
•Promoting a shared culture of trust, through accountable, socially-responsible, and ethical leader behavior


Matthew Owenby

CHRO
Aflac

Practitioner Roundtable Discussions

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Focused Peer-to-Peer Discussions on The Topics Gathered through Thoughtexchange

Before the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges in the HR space, using the thoughtexchange social learning tool. During this follow-up session, you’ll have dedicated time to sit with your peers and discuss what they are doing to address each one of these topics that are top of mind. Not to be missed!


10:05 AM - 10:35 AM Business Meetings

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM Business Meetings

Plenary Session

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM Real World Leadership: Unlocking an Organization’s Most Effective Tool to Advance Strategic Innovation

Driving innovation and strategic change in organizations is challenging – and absolutely essential in current times. The primary thing differentiating success from mediocrity and one business from another, is its people—and their creativity, innovation, and problem solving abilities to deliver sustainable growth. Nonetheless, many organizational leaders feel there is a gaping disparity between organizations’ top priorities when it comes to leadership development and their current capabilities to lead in the real, VUCA world.

This session will expand on:
•The current status of leaders and leadership teams to deliver on strategic change
•Key barriers to successful strategic change efforts
•Best-in-class practices for how to develop leaders that can successfully innovate and drive change


Closing Keynote

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM CHROs and the Board of Directors: Navigating Organizational Dynamics

As CHROs continue to raise their profile in today’s organizations and increase their influence within the C-Suite, there is another aspect of success that is still not given much attention to: the role of the CHRO with the Board of Directors. The CHRO has a privileged outlook of the entire organization across business areas, and can effectively add a significant range to the conversations around talent risks and opportunities. CHROs who succeed in this endeavour become competitive advantages to the Board.

Very few CHROs, however, have been exposed to and able to gain this kind of experience. For that to happen, there is much work to be done in terms of changing old beliefs and perceptions of what is a truly transformational HR, and raising the bar within HR’s performance. This discussion will focus highlight what skills HR leaders need to acquire if they are to become that well-rounded and high-performing business partner:

  • Practical tips on ‘dos and don’ts’ based on real life scenarios of CHROs who were part of Boards
  • Leveraging CHROs unique contributions to the business
  • Increasing governance by influence and becoming business advisors
  • Combining strategic HR capabilities with strong business acumen


12:10 PM - 12:15 PM Chairperson's Closing Remarks

12:15 PM - 12:15 PM Conclusion of the Exchange. See you at the next event!