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Talent Management Conference 

Aligning people strategies with business strategy: attraction, engagement and retention


Pre-conference workshop: 19 September 2018
One-day conference: 20 September 2018
Crystal Towers | Cape Town

It’s indeed a fascinating time to be in Talent Management!

We live in an era of unprecedented, relentless change - a time of rapid innovation and emergence of new knowledge resulting in constant transformation, obsolescence and evolution of existing careers as well as the creation of new careers. In an era like this, every organisation is faced with a need for a talent management flexibility to meet the demands of the dynamic business landscape.

Join thought leaders, trends and innovation experts at the Knowledge Resources Talent Management conference as they share insight into the approaches organisations are taking to meet the changing economy of the 21st century through talent management strategies that focus on agility, insight and execution.

This event is your source for guidance on talent retention and development strategies for your organisation, plus it offers key insights you need to be pondering on to progress in your Talent Management career.

The conference is designed to prepare you for a new era of Talent Management, to understand its accelerated drivers, adopt emerging tools and adapt to the next generation of talent roles and deliver on a new set of expectations. Make sure you don’t miss it!


We recommend this conference for VPs, Directors, Managers, Advisors, Specialists, Academics, Researchers and Consultants who are concerned with the following areas:
  • Talent Management
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Workforce Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Performance Management
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Learning & Development
  • Human Resources
Presentations will be appropriate for all industrial, commercial and public sectors


  • Increase your knowledge of relevant trends, concepts and skills
    This conference offers topics hinged on key talent management content pillars that will promote your personal and professional development. Find out how new technologies – Mobile, Social Media, Integrated HR Systems are changing the game
  • Gain actionable insights that truly drive return on investment
    Move beyond best practices and learn about next practices that will maximise organisational performance. Learn about new practices that challenge how talent professionals use predictive data and analytics and leverage technology to provide more aligned and competitive talent solutions
  • Explore Talent Management Frameworks
    Learn and implement tools from numerous case studies and success stories. Hear how organisations are innovating talent management processes by aligning the business and engagement strategy to address new business challenges
  • Discover how talent programs can make your company more agile
    Make business impact the foundation of your talent strategy
  • Learn from the best
    Hear insights to gain buy-in for your talent strategy and demonstrate the value of investment in your organisation
  • Network with peers
    This conference gives you the opportunity to brainstorm and benchmark solutions with fellow attendees
  • Benefit from the opportunity to customise your learning
    By participating in the unique and interactive world café session at the end of the conference, you will receive insights that will enable you to practice and apply your skills and walk away with strategies and tactics that you can begin to implement in your own organisation

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.



19 September 2018

Creating a Talent Print for youR company

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Talent Management 3.0: Why talent management is struggling to have the impact it should have and what to do about it.
  • People Analytics as a platform for decision making: How to transform your current talent data into engaging insights for the business
  • Succession Management - Moving Beyond Ready Now, Ready Later: How to increase the robustness and predictability of your succession process


Selma de Morney, Head of Consulting, People Tree Group



Registration Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Selma de Morney, Head of Consulting, People Tree Group


Talent 4.0 – securing and fast-tracking talent readiness for an unknown future

Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst


Turning hiring into a science

Marcel Harper, Senior Consultant, Top Talent Solutions

10:00–10:15 Morning tea


Case Study: Fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace by minimising unconscious bias in talent management

Samkelo Blom, Human Capital Executive, Spur Group


Recognising and Routing Ethical Risks in Recruitment

Penny Milner-Smyth,
Director, Ethicalways


Getting Succession Management right

Candice Watson, Head:
Talent: Southern Africa, British American Tobacco

12:30–13:30 Lunch | Feed your soul. Network and connect with like-minded professionals

13:30 – 14:15

How to guide and lead crucial mentoring conversations (CMC)

Neil Steinmann,
CEO, People Dynamics


How Talent Management can drive engagement and create a positive cultureIntegrated Talent Management : Lessons from the All Blacks Rugby Team

Ian Chauvet, Associate, Human Interest

15:00–15:15 Afternoon Tea Break


Interactive Work lab: The World Café – shaping the future of talent management through conversations that matter

16:00 Close of conference


Candice Watson, Head: Talent, Southern Africa, British American Tobacco
Candice started her career having completed a Bachelors and Honors Degree in Psychology, as the HR Graduate for the Soft Drinks Division of South African Breweries. On successful completion of the graduate program she was promoted to the SAB Head Office as the Organizational Health Coordinator and later joined Standard Bank in the role of an HR Consultant whilst completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and an MBA through GIBS. She was headhunted to join Barloworld Automotive & Logistics in the role of Executive: Human Resources. To broaden her multi-national working experience, she joined Lenovo as HR Partner for Africa and later Pernod Ricard as HR Director Sub Saharan Africa. She joined British American Tobacco end 2016 as the Area Head for Talent & Organizational Effectives in South Africa and commenced a PhD in Business Administration in 2018 at UCT Graduate School of Business.
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting
Debbie is the founder of Catalyst Consulting and holds a B.Comm, an MBA and is a qualified NLP practitioner, process facilitator, game ranger, reflexologist and Reiki Master. Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. Her passion is transformation and empowerment. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally.
Marcel Harper, Senior Consultant, Top Talent Solutions
Marcel Harper is a Psychological Scientist and senior consultant at Top Talent Solutions. He has worked within the fields of cognitive science and Applied Psychology for more than 15 years and has published in popular and scientific journals on the topics of perception, decision-making, and cognitive processes. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science and has worked in academic, consulting and marketing fields.
Samkelo Blom, Group Human Resources Executive, Spur Group
Samkelo is currently a Group HR Executive at Spur Corporation. He has instituted Talent Forums where together with executives they identify, develop and review critical talent across the group He is responsible for Succession Planning, Career progression and Talent pools across the group globally and has designed and implemented the Spur Leadership Development Programme (Assessment Centre, Executive Coaching. In 2014 as a first-time entrant he was instrumental in achieving Deloitte Best Company to Work for the Spur Corporation. As a seasoned HR professional with background in Learning he has worked in various roles where he has been responsible for Talent Management (developing leaders, black graduates, gender empowerment, and talent practice together with solutions). Samkelo is also registered with SABPP and still continues to use his skill experience and wisdom to mentor and coach HR professionals. His energy, his voice (missed his DJ Radio calling) and passion for HR will surely challenge and inspire you.
Niël Steinmann, Director, People’s Dynamic Development
Niël Steinmann is a specialist business consultant with extensive experience in the Human Resources field. He is a registered Industrial Psychologist. He is the founding member and director of People’s Dynamic Development, a management consultancy. A keen conservationist, with special interest in lions, he utilizes African analogies to develop people and organisations to significantly increase their performance capacity. This unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience has affirmed Niël as a recognized consultant in Southern Africa with an impressive client record.
Selma de Morney, Head of Consulting, Peopletree Group
Selma de Morney is Head of Consulting for Peopletree Group with over 20 years’ experience in working in and consulting with leading organisations in the fields of talent, people management, capability building, strategy development and talent analytics. She works and facilitates at executive level in both Human Capital and Leadership to ensure ownership and capacity of their leadership, technical and change roles in both large and medium scale transformation projects.
Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways
Both an HR and ethics specialist, Penny spent 25 years as a generalist, in-house HR executive before focusing her attention on the promotion of workplace integrity. She has been running workplace ethics programmes for leaders and employees of all levels since 2000. Penny holds an MA Research Psychology (UKZN), is registered as a Master HR Practitioner with the SABPP and is a long-standing member of The Ethics Institute and Business Ethics Network Africa. She is now the director of Ethicalways, a provider of specialist advisory and training services. A regular speaker and writer with a growing international profile, Penny is also the principal author of the Specialist Certificate in Anti-Corruption accredited by the International Compliance Association.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Keel Heubner+27 (21) 556 7663 or


One-day conference including pre conference workshops (2 days) | 19 and 201 September 2018 
R7 000.00  excl. VAT
(save R 600 if you register for both)
Pre-conference workshop only | 19 September  
R3 500.00  excl. VAT
One-day conference only | 20 September 2018 
R4 100.00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
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  • Register for 3 people and the 4th person attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!


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