Welcome to The HR Congress Academy

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”  John A. Shedd

The challenges we are facing today are entirely different than what we are “used to”, with a wholly new gravitas and scale, unprecedented in the modern history of mankind and certainly unprecedented in the world of business, comprising a more profound threat to lives as well as livelihoods and dangerously threatening companies and their many employees. Without a current or historic timetable for recovery. With unexpected changes to business models, practices, and supply chains that will redefine the relationships between companies, their employees, and their customers for a long time—in some ways, likely forever.



New times call for new skills and competencies for HR and non-HR business leaders to navigate through these uncertain times – and bounce back stronger than before.

The HR Congress Academy – with two global editions in Spring and Autumn – is bringing you a finely curated selection of thought leader masterclasses, workshops and think-tanks so that you and your employees are not only well prepared but more importantly well equipped to deal with today’s challenges and face tomorrow with confidence – bringing you IDEAS with IMPACT.

The HR Congress Academy is structured in a way that enables participants to connect, engage, and get inspired.

Between the inspirational Big Idea keynote sessions, attendees may join a selection of elective Masterclasses to learn from some of the most thought-provoking ideas to build the modern organization.

However, just like at an in-person conference, some of the best discussions happen in an unstructured way, therefore we have included several Lounge sessions to offer an opportunity to further discuss and connect with like-minded professionals from literally around the world.

So, I hope you can join us for two amazing days on 17-18 May to Connect, Engage, and Get Inspired!

Key Speakers

Dr. Dave Ulrich

Dr. Dave Ulrich

Rensis Likert Professor of Business, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Partner at RBL Group
Dr. Robert Quinn

Dr. Robert Quinn

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Otti Vogt

Otti Vogt

Chief Operation and Chief Transformation Officer, C&G ING
Joan Lurie

Joan Lurie

Founder & CEO - Orgonomix
Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract

Founder | 4-time author | leadership strategist | 4-time TED speaker

We announce new speakers every week, so make sure you check out our speakers’ page.

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Program at a glance

The HR Congress Academy, over 2 days will start and close with Big Idea plenary keynote sessions, bringing you interactive Lounge sessions for idea sharing and networking, and bring you over 30 educational workshops and masterclass sessions. The program sessions will focus on some of these prominent topics: (full program will be announced soon)


You can watch the Keynotes with the following ticket types: Basic Access, Academy Access, Full Access.

Tri-Dexterous Organizations – Richard Claydon

Organization revitalization or reinvention Dave Ulrich

The inconvenient truth about HR, OD and People Analytics- Alec Levenson

REBUILD – The Economy, Leadership and You – Graham Boyd

Future of Work – key trends and practical implications – Emma Birchall – Hot Spot Movement

The Positive Organization: Breaking Free of Conventional Cultures, Constraints and Beliefs – Robert Quinn


A selection of critical skills that enable you to build competencies that make a meaningful positive impact to people around you.

You can watch the Masterclasses with the following ticket types: Academy Access (Please check the detailed agenda to see which Masterclasses are included in this ticket), Full Access.

Mindful Leadership: Resilience, Collaboration and the Ability to Navigate Complexity – Michael Chaskalson

Feedback that works – improving skills for impactful conversations – Shay McConnon

Motivate and Engage teams in challenging times. – Sangbreeta Moitra

Inclusive Leadership – fostering trust – Trainer TBA

Lead Care Win – a deep dive – Dan Pontefract

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This selection of masterclasses will equip you to build the right organisation where people can thrive and shine – a company that is built to last.

You can watch the Masterclasses with the following ticket types: Academy Access (Please check the detailed agenda to see which Masterclasses are included in this ticket), Full Access.

Agile Workforce Planning – Aligning People with Organisational strategy – Adam Gibson

Diversity & Inclusion – an evidence-based approach – Trainer TBA

People Analytics & Change – Alec Leveson

Get result from HR Transformation – Dave Ulrich

Impact driven HR Business Partnering – Dave Ulrich

Shaping the post-Covid World of Work – HR’s Big Opportunity

Change Vitality – Leading Change with less effort and more impact – Deborah Rowland

Culture Change Acceleration – a practical workshop –
Siobhan McHale

In “Good” company – Purpose, Agility and Leadership to craft the Organisations for the future


New times call for new approaches in connecting with, and engaging people and tap into the wealth of resources they can offer.

Creating Superior Employee Experience – Trainer TBA

Fearless Talent Choices – Dave Forman

Talent Liberation – the next wave in Talent management – Maggi Evans

Rebooting Performance Management – Tamra Chandler

Building a psychologically safe workplace – Trainer TBA

Embracing an Agile Mind and Skillset – The Ultimate Source of Organizational Agility

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We cannot solve tomorrow’s problems with yesterday’s thinking – leading the future organisation calls for a paradigm shift in how we work and lead.

Leadership Development in the Digital Enterprise – Filip Moriau

Garage Innovation – Nigel Barlow

Navigating Paradoxes – Richard Claydon

Winning Relationships (not only) at Work – communication, inclusion, conflict resolution – Shay McConnon

Teamwork & Collaboration (not only) in remote environments –

Reinventing the Organisation

Developing Leaders in the VUCA World

The Business Case for Leadership Transitions: How to Get Them Right and Avoid the Biggest Mistakes


At a time where adaptation is essential, we’re here to help.

Learn from a world-class international instructor faculty
An emphasis on direct skill development for real-world application
Discover new skills to help you navigate today’s changing world
Intimate access to instructors and peer networking opportunities


Become a Sponsor

Stand out from the crowd – while prospects are usually bombarded with hundreds or thousands of media messages both on and offline – at The HR Congress Series, you can have their undivided attention due to the limited number of solution proveder.


Listen to what our previous partners had to say about our events, and download the Sponsorship Brochure to find out how we can help your company meet the right prospects at the right time!

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