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The HR Game Changer 2018

Back in September 2014 we wondered why in HR we spend so much time trying to predict the future. WHY AREN’T WE INVENTING IT OURSELVES?

The HR Game Changer conference ran concurrently

in Auckland, New Zealand and London in  the UK.

It kicked off a MOVEMENT to:

The HR Game Changer will continue to explore where the FUTURE is going and inspire thinking, tools and techniques for you to TRANSFORM what you deliver.

This is not your usual conference. Instead of the same old same old, you will hear from a variety of business innovators and game changers to take what’s on the cutting edge

and use that in your own area. You’ll deep dive into topics,

discussing ideas and sharing these with other attendees.

You’ll experiment, you’ll learn, you’ll have some fun.

If this sounds scary,  it’s really not. Challenge yourself to come and get a little uncomfortable. The game changer community will help you on your journey.  If this sounds exciting, you’re already heading for the future with the right mind set and we’ll see you in March!


The conference that started a worldwide movement is back…..

6 & 7 March 2018




The L&D Game Changer

Running co-currently with the HR Game Changer, is the L&D Game Changer, which explores how to transform learning. If your role crosses over with L&D or capability, then you may want to check out what is being covered and attend the L&D Game Changer instead!

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THE GC Index Report

Your personal GC Index profile

If you are interested in finding out if you are suited to being a game changer, or if you play a different role in making a game changing impact at work, you can complete a GC Index personal profile and receive your copy at the conference.

The GC Index® is a scientific framework which enables individuals, teams and organisations to identify how they make their impact and how they can change the game. Unlike other assessment tools The GC Index® doesn’t measure personality type, skills or leadership qualities, instead measuring the preferred inclination of how individuals contribute to a project, role or organisation.Just select this option when your register.

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Your ticket includes:

Super Early Bird tickets are available until COB on Friday 15 December 2017

Early Bird tickets are available until Friday 26 January 2018

We also have several ways you can save on the ticket price.

We have 10 x 2 for 1 tickets availablefor $1295 + GST. 8 still available. Please use the promo code 241 when you book.

If you work for a Not for Profit, we have NFP tickets for $395 + GST. 3 still available.

Please use the promo code NFP395 when you book.

If you are an Elephant VIP (you’ve attended one of our conferences before) we are offering you a 40% discount off a ticket!!  

You can book to attend just the HR Tech Mini-Conference.

The HR Game Changer will be at the incredible funky event space the Generator in the Grid, 12 Madden Street in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.

The HR Game Changer Conference is run by Elephant Group. Elephant Group reserves the right to amend the conference at any time if required. Once we’ve received your registration, we will send you a confirmation pack and invoice or payment link. By registering you agree to pay the invoice within 30 days.

If you are unable to attend and written notification is received by us 3 weeks in advance, you will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation fee. After that, no refunds will be issued. You can substitute your attendance with someone else up to 3 days before the conference. Photography may be taken during the conference in which you may be included. Please let us know if you do not consent to being in these photos



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Gold Partners

Silver Partners

enable HR is a dynamic HR software solutions for your business.

You’ll be able to find out why over 8,000 companies use enableHR at the HR Game Changer!

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PlanPro work with you to build towards a smarter workforce by providing structure, methodology and technology to engage with and develop an ever-changing workforce. Organisational strategy will only be effective if the workforce is ready to embrace it.

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The HR Game Changer Awards

Entries for the 2018 Awards are now open

Nominate someone you know or enter yourself

or enter yourself.

HR Innovators should be recognised and celebrated….

The Game Changer Awards do just that.

Find out more See 2015 winners Keep updated

Optimism create learning frameworks and strategies, engaging learning experiences, and powerful support tools that will enable performance and drive business success.

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In this first session we will explore:


9am – 12pm: Secrets to changing the game

1 – 4pm: HR and L&D Tools of the Future

We now deep dive into new tools you can use to transform what you deliver and how.

Stream 1 - Design Thinking and Agile Methodology: Since being introduced at the HR  Game Changer in 2015, several HR and Payroll teams are now using these. You’ll find out how and map how you could use these.

Stream 2 takes you on an adventure. People X is a learning simulation designed to teach you business skills in a whole new way. Come and experience a future way of learning and grow your business acumen!

4- 5pm: Game Changer Awards

To finish Day 1 you’ll get to hear the finalists for the

Game Changer of the Year and vote on who you

think deserves the prize.nter?

5pm: End of Day 1


9am – 12.15pm: HR Technology Mini-conference

With so many vendors to choose from and new solutions coming out every day, it can be overwhelming. Understanding the different products, terminology, price ranges, integration capabilities, or simply the right questions to ask is becoming more and more challenging.

Facilited by Brian de Gregory this mini-conference will cover:


1 – 3pm: Changing Mindsets

You know where you want to take your company’s HR journey, but how can you create mind-set change? In this session you’ll hear from business leaders and entrepreneurs who have changed the game for millions of New Zealanders  - and learn what tools and techniques you can use to change mind sets in your  business.

3 – 4pm: THINK TANK

The last part of the Game Changer is an open meeting think tank  to explore the challenges you face in your role, to share answers and ideas and map out a roadmap to changing the

                     game In your business and in the HR profession.


                               4pm: Conference close

More about HR Tech Mini Conf

Lisa McCarthy, Founder  of .adiact NZ

Lisa is fascinated by the way leading edge organisations around the globe are able to achieve so much, with so little, so fast - and be a magnet for the very best and brightest talent.  Lisa created adiact to explore the factors that companies can use to make this happen.

She now collaborates with some of New Zealand's top Executive Coaches and Psychotherapists, CahootLearning, and the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Lisa will be sharing the culture codes of the innovative organisations and how you can use this to develop your culture.

Michael Stevens, Director,Rainbow Tick NZ

Michael has a long history of involvement with New Zealand’s Rainbow communities. He been involved in adult education and training most of his working life in New Zealand and in teaching and business while living abroad.

The Rainbow Tick has changed the discussion around the LGBTI community in New Zealand and what inclusion is. Michael will be talking about how to create change and how to consider diversity and inclusion in your HR strategy.

For more about the Rainbow Tick visit www.rainbowtick.org.nz

Dr John Mervyn-Smith, Chief Psychologist,The GC Index

John has been assessing leadership capabilities, and coaching senior executives and their teams, for almost 30 years. His research, The DNA of a Game Changer and The DNA of a Game-Changing Team, focuses on the premise that organisations are neglecting the very talent, which has the potential to transform the future.

He has been a guest lecturer at the IOD, INSEAD and The Cranfield School of Management. He has a BSc and PhD in Psychology from London University, is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a founding member of the Division for Coaching Psychology and an APECS Accredited Executive Coach.

Amie McKinlay, Head of People & Culture, LottoNZ

Amie’s career has taken her from NZ to the UK to Hong Kong. Her HR career started as HR Admin/HR Advisor at Bank of New Zealand before she became a Solutions Consultant.

She then moved to the UK and worked for Thomson Reuters for several years as Senior HR Advisor, HR Implementation Partner and Global Sales Graduate Program Manager. In June 2013 she spent 18 months based in Hong Kong as HR Business Partner for North Asia.

For the last few years Amie has been Head of People & Culture at Lotto NZ and will talk about the innovative HR technology tools they have used to transform their culture.

Amie is now back in NZ heading up HR at Lotto NZ and will share her learnings from a global HR career!

Raoul Viljoen, Director, ShopX and PeopleX

Raoul is an entrepreneur with an engineering background and experience in multiple industries including Electrical Utilities, Manufacturing, Telecoms and Retail. The engineering pragmatism has influenced the design of the simulation to focus on measurable outcomes. His MBA specializing in entrepreneurship allows him to appreciate the creativity of business and ideas that add value but ultimately need to be sustainable and produce revenue to survive.

He  is the Director of the ShopX® and PeopleX simulations and will be running a PeopleX experience for HR people to build business acumen.

Lisa Bell, General Manager NZ, enableHR

Lisa is General Manager of enableHR New Zealand and is passionate about Human Resources technology and its application to support business strategy at all levels within the business. Lisa has wide experience working with organisations to maximise the value they can deliver both strategically and operationally with current and future technologies.

Lisa has worked with a range of technologies in the Asia Pacific region including working in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand and will be presenting on the trends she sees coming for HR in 2018 and beyond. For more visit www.enablehr.co.nz

Ming Yee, Agile Practise Lead, Datacom NZ

Ming’s background includes software development and Agile roles at Assurity, Ubiquity, Christchurch City Council  and Tait  Communications.

Ming says he is a passionate, pragmatic agilist who believes in the power of people. He has been working with Payroll and HR teams who are using Agile Methodology and will now be sharing how Agile processes could work for HR and L&D  teams of the future.

Peter Harrison, Director, ThinkPlace

Peter says his purpose is to help individuals realise their potential for the benefit of themselves, their family and community.

As an expert in design thinking, design research, innovation strategy, strategic navigation, coaching and capability development, Peter works with government agencies to not-for-profit social service providers to large corporates who share a passion for creatively increasing the value they offer.

Peter presented at the HR Game Changer in 2015 and will be running our session on Design Thinking - what it is and how HR and learning teams are using this to transform what they  deliver.

Nathan Ott, Chief Executive, The GC Index

Nathan is Co-founder and CEO of The GC Index Ltd. He has helped thousands of leaders worldwide to change their game and transform their organisations by confronting challenges, disrupting traditional ways of approaching talent management and creating a simple model, which is effective and outcome driven.

He transforms organisations by using The GC Index® framework to help employees understand how they can make an impact and leaders create game-changing teams.

Nathan is also Director of e.g1, business insight and talent consultancy. Nathan holds a degree in International Business and Economics from the University of Westminster and Universitat d’Alacant respectively. Nathan will be joining us from London to talk about the secrets of game changing.

Matthew Jackson, Entrepreneur, Doctor2Go

Matthew’s first venture, Global Mode, brought Netflix to NZ early, was a catalyst for a 269% uptake in fibre broadband and merged the telco and media sectors. With his team, they reinvented this company to keep kids safe online. Their global network now supports over 15M Internet users in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the Pacific Islands and processes about half of New Zealand's Internet traffic.

While learning about the future of work he recently spent a week working from a Bellagio hotel room in Las Vagas helping to develop a water product to aid Joesph Parker in retaining his heavyweight championship boxing title.

His primary aim is to reduce $1.7B of wasted spend from the public healthcare sector. To do this, he's working with businesses to keep staff happy and healthy using Doctor2Go to reduce workplace absenteeism. For more about Doctor2Go visit www.doctor2go.co.nz

Andy Britten, Director, Coaching Pacific

Andy is a professional coach, a Chartered Accountant (FCA/UK and NZ ); was an audit partner with PwC, specialising in accounting for the environment, in managing risk and in inter and intra-personal skills building.

With Coaching Pacific he presents globally on coaching trends. Andy will be presenting on how companies are using neuroleadership in building capability.

Penelope Barton, Chief People Officer, Crimson

Penelope is the Chief People Officer at Crimson Consulting. She is a commercial, results driven HR professional, passionate about building high growth, scaleable organisations. Her HR career started with at Save the Children. She then spent several years as HR Manager for Chorus. In this role she co-led the people aspects of the Chorus/Telecom demerger - the largest Private Public Partnership initiative in NZ’s commercial history, turning Chorus into one of the top ten publicly listed companies in New Zealand.

She then worked in HR roles at Xero and Vend.

She is passionate about the future of work and how new technologies, AI and automation can help organisations and their people thrive and will be presenting on her experience at the cutting edge.

Angela Atkins, People & Learning Director, Elephant

Angela Atkins has been in HR and Learning roles for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of Elephant Group, a training and events company that now operates in New Zealand, the UK and is shortly launching in the USA.

Angela is the best selling author of the Bites books - Management Bites, Employment Bites, Training Bites and Safety Bites.

Angela came up with the HR Game Changer conference in 2014 to start a movement to look at transforming HR. She now presents around the world, and splits her time between NZ, the UK, California and Hawaii. Angela will be MC of the HR Game Changer and presenting on some of the most innovative business case studies.

Sussan Ockwell, CEO, Optimism

Sussan Ockwell is the founder and director of Optimism Learning Partners. For over 20 years, Optimism has partnered with NZ’s top corporates to develop their people capability – for current and future requirements. Optimism delivers this through the establishment of capability frameworks and learning strategies, as well as unique integrated and digital learning solutions which build required competence and confidence.

Sussan takes an active role in promoting and developing the learning & development industry through frequent speaking at Australasian seminars and conferences, sponsorship of conferences and Awards, writing of educational articles, creation of NZ’s eLearning Showcase, gifting of pro-bono work, and past involvement on NZATD’s Regional and National committees. Sussan will be talking about the future of e-learning. For more visit www.optimism.co.nz

Brian de Gregory, HR Strategist, Jersey Initiatives

Growing up in New Jersey and starting my work life in New York City, Brian says that he learned very quickly the reality of corporate life in American and how one must devote their entire life and in some cases well-being in order to progress career wise.

Brian was working in a high-powered, corporate job that was exciting and engaging but was making him  sick from a combination of extended hours, unhealthy diet, little exercise and poor sleep. And so he transitioned from an Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources to teaching yoga and working with HR teams and businesses on HR technology, coaching and strategy to help them build more sustainable working. Brian will be MC of our HR Technology mini conference.

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RoleQ is the first digital employee feedback platform that lets you see what’s really happening in roles across your organisation.

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Doctor2Go provides easy and affordable telehealth through GP consultations being available online as an extension of your corporate wellness strategy.

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Carol Brown, Chief Executive, RoleQ

Carol is the founder and CEO of RoleQ.  She has an extensive track record in New Zealand and off-shore as a thought leader and specialist in future focussed HR strategies.  She is also considered one of New Zealand’s foremost diversity experts, and has built up an international practice in this field.  Over the past 30 years, she has applied her experience as both a practitioner and a consultant in organisations across industry.  She combines her deep understanding of market trends and employee engagement, with the changing needs of agile organisations and brings the two together to provide smart technology and consulting solutions, that solve real problems and give organisations a competitive edge.

Carol will be sharing the journey of RoleQ and talk about the role of technology in supporting superb performance discussions that truly change the game!

To learn more about RoleQ visit www.roleq.com

Chris Meade, Client Director, RoleQ

Chris is the co-founder and Client Director of RoleQ. She has a passion for enhancing the employee experience and creating a fundamental shift in thinking  regarding the relationships between employees, their managers and the roles that they play in the wider organisation. Her extensive experience at the HR Executive table, across different industry sectors, means that she has seen first-hand what happens when you truly engage your workforce, and the difference it can mean to the bottom line.

Chris will be sharing her insights on employee engagement, where technology is taking us and what the future holds!

To learn more about RoleQ visit www.roleq.com