Are you ready to engage your future workforce?

Wednesday 6th June 2018

World Employment Confederation Exclusive Members Only Day
7:30 – 8:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45

Welcome to Ireland (all WEC members)

Geraldine King- CEO, National Recruitment Federation

Frank Farrelly- President, National Recruitment Federation

8:45 – 10:30

General Assembly Meeting Part One (all WEC members)

  • Broadening scope of HR Services & Global Public Affairs
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break (all WEC members)
11:00 – 12.00

General Assembly Meeting Part Two (all WEC members)

  • Regional Reports & Institutional Affairs 
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break (all WEC members)
13:00 – 16:00

Social Innovation – Interactive Session (all WEC members)

  • Taking the WEC Manifesto to the next level 
  • Session facilitated by the ArgumentenFabriek
16:00 – 17:00

National Federation Committee (National Federation Representatives)

  • Open discussion on National Federation’s expectations and priorities 

International Delegates Special Event (all WEC members)

Bus Transfer to Christchurch Cathedral
Reception: The Crypt (Sponsored by Coffreo )
Dress code: Business suit – Cocktail dress


Dinner at the Mansion House
Welcome Dinner: Mansion House (All Delegates)
Dress code: Business suit – Cocktail dress

Sponsored by Coffreo

Thursday 7th June 2018

World Employment Conference – Managing an Extended Workforce: Day 1
7:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Opening Ceremony
9:10 – 9:15 Introduction: Alison Comyn, Journalist, Broadcaster and Conference Chair
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome:  National Recruitment Federation Chief Executive Geraldine King and President Frank Farrelly
9:30 – 9:45

Opening Speech: Minister for Employment and Social Protection 

                                     Ms Regina Doherty TD 

9:45 – 10:10 Welcome:  World Employment Confederation President Annemarie Muntz and Vice President Hans Leentjes
10:10 – 11:00 The Gig Economy and how you can make it work for you
David Mc Williams Economist, Broadcaster and Author
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:10

Breakout Session 1

Facilitator-Donal O’Donoghue, Secretary of NRF & MD of Sanderson

Topic: Situational Leadership

Speaker: Mary B Lucas Author, Speaker and People Connector

Breakout Session 2

Facilitator-Shona McManus, CEO Osborne Recruitment

Topic: Growth, Performance and Competitive Advantage

Speaker: James Osborne, Chairman of the Recruitment Network

Breakout Session 3

Facilitator-Colin Donnery, GM of FRS Recruitment

Topic: The Future of the Gig Economy, Global Trends and Outlook

Speaker: Barry Asin, President, Staffing Industry Analysts

12:15 – 13:00

Panel 1:
Topic: Managing the Risks and Reaping the Rewards of an Extended Workforce

Speaker: Kevin Green, CEO, What’s Next Consultancy

Panelists: James Brogan, Co-Founder, Pep Talk

Mary Seery Kearney, Barrister at Law

Alison Hodgins, HRD Chair of CIPD Ireland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Moderator: Charles Cameron, CEO, RCSA, Australia

Panel 2:
Topic: Scaling Globally Through Total Talent Management

Speaker: Jo-Ann Feely, Managing Director at Alexander Mann Solutions

Panelists: Edmundo Escobar, Partner, AMECH, Mexico

Ian Grundy, Head of Marketing & Communications, Asia Pacific, The Adecco Group

Moderator: Robert MacGiolla Phadraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment

Panel 3:
Topic: Why Education for the Recruitment Industry is Necessary

Speaker: Colette Darcy, Dean of National College of Ireland

Panelists: Karen O’Flaherty, COO, Morgan McKinley

Jonathan Campbell, CEO, Social Talent

Moderator: Bev Jack, Engagement Executive HR, South Africa

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 14:40

Breakout Session 1

Facilitator: Siobhan Kinsella, Operations Director of Noel Recruitment

Topic: Are you ready to engage your Future Workforce

Speaker 1: Barry Holmes, HRD Royal College of Surgeons

Speaker 2:Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland

Breakout Session 2

Facilitator: Louise Nolan, Director of The Production People and VP of NRF

Topic: Managing Talent in the New World of Work

Speaker: Jonathan Campbell, CEO, Social Talent

Breakout Session 3

Facilitator: Edward Heffernan, NRF Treasurer and MD of Barden Recruitment

Topic: How to Build a Career for the Dispersed and Remote Workforce

Speaker 1: Amy Smyth, European Centre of Excellence-Career Management at Right Management

Speaker 2:Nuala Maher, Lee Hecht Harrison

14:45 – 15:30

Panel 1:
Topic: Buy, Borrow or  Build Talent

Speaker: Joe French, HR Director, Microsoft

Panelists: John Healy, VP & Managing Director, Kelly Services

Brian Crowley, CEO, TTM Group

Margaret Cox, Director, I.C.E. Group

Moderator: Barbara McGrath, Managing Director, Brightwater

Panel 2:
Topic: The Rise of New Employment Models

Speaker: Denis Pennel, Managing Director, World Employment Confederation

Panelists: Bettina Schaller, WEC-Europe President

Richard Wahlquist, President, American Staffing Association

Tom Hadley, Head of Policy, REC

Moderator: Brendan McGinty, Managing Partner, Stratis Consulting

Panel 3:
Topic: Reskilling for the Future of Work

Speaker: Mark Keese, Head of the Skills & Employability Division, OECD

Panelists: Michelle Kilcar, CEO, Hero Recruitment

Mark Buckley, COO, CPL

Jochem de Boer, Global Public Affairs Manager, World Employment Confederation

Moderator: Orlaith Carmody, Managing Director, Gavin Duffy & Associates


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:25 The Era of Talent Intelligence: Combining instincts and insights to gain a strategic advantage
Wendy Murphy, Senior Director HR – EMEA, LinkedIn
16:30 – 17:15 Unleash your Subconscious Potential
Keith Barry, TV Hypnotist, Mentalist and Brain Hacker
  Close Day 1

19:00 – 19.30


19:30 – 23:00

Drinks Reception-Sponsored by Icon Accounting 

Conference Exhibition Area


Black and White Masquerade Ball
Venue: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Dress code: Black tie or formal black or white dress

Friday 8th June 2018

World Employment Conference – Managing an Extended Workforce: Day 2
7:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Opening Address
9:10 – 9:50 The role of HR in Organizational Culture and Transformation

Fons Trompenaars, Expert in Cross-Cultural Leadership

9:50 – 10:20 Gender Diversity and the Importance to your Business Survival

Peter Cosgrove,  Future of Work Expert

10:20 – 10:45 The Long and Winding (Diversity) Road – A Peek Inside Google

Helen Tynan, Head of People Operations, Google

10:45 – 11:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
Fons Trompenaars, Peter Cosgrove, Helen Tynan
Moderator: Alison Comyn
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:15

The Shifting Boundaries of Talent Management

David Collings, Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business School

(Introduced by Coffreo)

12:15 – 13:00 How Moving your Body can Change the Way you Think: Dr Peter Lovatt, Dance Psychologist
13:00 – 13:15 World Employment Conference 2019 Presentation: Charles Cameron, CEO Australian Federation
13:15 – 13:30 World Employment Conference 2018 Close
World Employment Confederation and National Recruitment Federation
13:30 Networking lunch and departure

Download the programme here (28 May 2018).

Please Note: This programme may be subject to change.