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The Learning & Development Thought Leaders’ Conference 2019

Published: Tuesday, 16 April 2019


Now in its 4th year, Sundial Group is proud to present the Learning & Development Thought Leaders’ Conference 2019.

The event will appeal to professionals in L&D and Talent Management, bringing together industry experts for an educational day of interactive speaker sessions. 

Held at Highgate House, Northamptonshire, on Friday 14th June, the conference will provide the opportunity to network with like-minded specialists in the L&D field. There will also be a speaker panel to conclude the day.

"Over 90% of last year's attendees said they would recommend the event!"

Speaker Sessions

Keynote session: 'It’s not the cards you are dealt with in life, but the way that you play them' - David Thomas, Finding the Difference

We all have significant challenges as we go through life. How we deal with them ultimately determines our success. David shares his past of how he went from a terribly abusive childhood to becoming one of the most successful people in his area of expertise. As one of the world’s leading experts on memory and learning, David will also share strategies on how we can enhance getting our message across in the workplace.  

In this session, David will cover:

  • Your past does not dictate your future
  • Success is more about strategy and attitude than talent and education
  • The greater your capacity for change, the higher you will fly

'Engaging People Through Times of Challenge and Change' - Kirsty Dean, Passion Inc

Attracting and retaining talent in today’s competitive and connected world is more challenging than ever. Building an authentic employer brand means engaging your employees in a whole new way. In this session, Passion Inc focus on the critical skills your leadership community needs to effectively support successful organisational and cultural transformation.

The session will cover:  

  • Compelling others to follow by communicating with clarity, authenticity and personal relevance
  • Unlocking additional effort by involving people in a way that they feel they have a role/viewpoint/ contribution that matters
  • Creating high-performing teams by recognising success and learning from failures in equal measure

'The Dark Art of Resilience', David Frost, The Imperfect Life Coach

This presentation is an uplifting look at the practice of resilience, to equip us with emotional strength we need to tackle life's obstacles. It's not about putting on a suit of armour, it's about flexibility. Be the reed that can bend and remain intact during a storm, unlike the mighty oak tree. It will cover:

  • How Resilience Coaching Found Me
  • Why Resilience?
  • Different Types of Resilience 
  • The Resilience Toolkit

'Mental Health First Aid at Work' - Kathryn England and Jane Neil, White Cloud

An opportunity for participants to consider how mentally healthy their workplace is, and learn more about how Mental Health First Aid training can develop the language and culture in order to support a strategic approach. 

The session will cover:

  • Mental Health at Work - Key Trends and Stigma
  • How Mental Health Conditions and High Performance can Co-exist:
  • How Mental Health First Aiders Support Cultural Change

'Driving Succesful Change, a Case Study' - David Cooper, FFP Packaging

David shares his successful change management story within his UK manufacturing business. 

This session will cover:

  • How did we inspire change in others?
  • How did we prioritise what needed changing?
  • What environment was necessary to foster change?
  • What challenges have we faced with change?
  • What have been some of the unintended consequences of change?
  • What would we have done differently?
  • What are the results?

'Unleashing People Change: Superior Business Results by Inspiring Emotional Engagement' - Tim Grice, Purple Tiger UK

In this interactive workshop attendees should expect to be involved as Tim reveals approaches that allow you to move from purely rational communications, to creating stronger emotional connections with the desired new state. Using clips from some of the world’s favourite movies he will demonstrate how storytelling can be used to engage people into driving change. It covers:

  • Mobilising people to take on change
  • Using emotional connections rather than relying only on rational thinking
  • How to tap into discretionary effort of others

Master of ceremonies - Will Woodward, No More Rhubarb

Will helps organisations change and build their capability to change. He works with business owners, leaders and teams to support efficient, effective, purposeful conversations that lead to the action required, to reach the outcomes they need.


Watch the video from last year's event here...

The Venue - Highgate House, Northamptonshire

A Northamptonshire hotel that specialises in conferences and meetings. With 97 bedrooms and 34 meeting rooms (accommodating up to 280 delegates), it is perfect for all types of events and is multi-award winning for its customer service, food and facilities. 

Times and How to Register

The conference will take place on Friday 14th June, with registration and breakfast starting from 7.30am. The event will start at 8.30am and finish at 4pm. 

Early Bird Offer: £99 + VAT until 30th April 2019 (Normally £125 + VAT)

Tickets include breakfast, all speaker sessions, a networking lunch, refreshments throughout the day, and afternoon tea to finish.

Register here