On the surface, this conference is just like any other: an opportunity to learn, interact and network.
However, the fact this this is a virtual event being held in the Caribbean means that a few things are quite different.
First of all, we designed this conference for our audience here in the region. We consciously made it free , making it possible for anyone who wanted to attend to do so. Why? We intend to deliver value to as wide an audience as possible, reducing the normal barriers that block so many HR Professionals. By so doing, we should engage as many as possible, helping them to meet each other while learning from some of the Caribbean’s best thinkers…all in a matter of a few days.
Secondly, we want our attendees to deal with the notion that, since the recession of 2008 and possibly before, HR has been putting its own training and development needs last. In other words, few folks in HR have received direct funding to take courses, attend conferences or hire coaches/consultants. Consequently, in the mind of many CEO’s/MD’s, HR’s skill have not kept up.
Our remedy lies in our theme for 2020-21, in which HR consciously and deliberately puts its own needs first.
Before COVID-19, we likened this to you, and HR Professional, putting on your own oxygen mask before that of others. Today, we might say that you do so to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. But the intent is the same: you take care of yourself first, so that you can take care of others.
Finally, we want this conference to offer you, a participant, a transformation. In order to accomplish our goal of A Bigger You, Better You, we have pulled together topics, interactive technologies and experts plus an audience of HR Professionals. As you put them together, you may experience a conference that is unlike anything the region has ever seen.