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Talent Management Seminar  

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


One-day seminar 21 February 2019
Gateway hotel, Durban | Kwa Zulu Natal

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.

This year’s 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.




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


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Janko Kotze,
Director and Organisational Psychologist, Human Interest


New directions and opportunities in how we think about talent and leadership

Pearl Maphoshe, Human Capital Executive, Tongaat Hulett


Winning the talent game: how gamification is impacting business and HR

Mechell Chetty, Human Resources Vice President: Africa, Unilever

10:00–10:15 Morning tea


Integrated Talent Management: Lessons from the All Black Rugby Team

Janko Kotze,
Director and Organisational Psychologist, Human Interest


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

Lomave Mthembu,
Senior Manager: Talent, eThekwini Municipality


Recognising and Routing Ethical Risks in Recruitment

Penny Milner-Smyth,
Director, Ethicalways

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

13:30 – 14:15

How Talent Management can drive engagement and create a positive culture

Dennis Van der Zee, Talent Management Lead, Derivco


How Agile is talent management in your organisation?
Gail Sturgess, Agile People Coach and Human Capital Strategist, Talent Align

15:00–15:15 Afternoon Tea Break


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

Janko Kotze, Director, Human Interest

16:00 Wrap up and close of conference


Pearl Maphoshe, Human Capital Executive, Tongaat Hulett
Pearl recently joined Tongaat Hulett as the organisations Human Capital Executive. She was also awarded the HR Executive of the year for 2018 at the IPM Annual HR convention. Before joining Tongaat, Pearl worked for Pick n Pay as Group Executive Human Resources. Under her leadership, Pick n Pay HR team was recognised as the Best HR team of the Year at the 2017 national Future of HR awards ceremony. Previously, Pearl came from South32 where she was Vice President Human Resources and Massmart Group where she was the Group Human Capital Executive. Prior to this, she worked in various senior positions in transformation, procurement, Black Economic Empowerment and education in various sectors. Pearl was a guest lecturer and external examiner on the MBA programs at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and a guest lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She established the Massmart Corporate University and created a new benchmark in the retail industry for education, talent management and executive succession planning, which are among her passions. Pearl is also a Board member at Knowledge Resources and holds the following qualifications BA (Hons), HDipEd (Durban-Westville), MA (London).
Henk van Zyl, Former HR Executive Interstate Bus Lines
Henk Van Zyl, Former HR Executive Interstate Bus Lines. Worked for 36 years in the Passenger Transport industry and have extensive experience in HR and particular Employee relations on Company and Bargaining Council level.
Mechell Chetty, Vice President: Human Resources Unilever Africa
Mechell Chetty, the Vice President of Human Resources for Unilever Africa, does so much more for Unilever than just HR. Mechell is a People Escalator, with the purpose of unlocking dignity for Africans across the continent by bringing about their voice for change. She applies this daily in her role and is extremely passionate about building African talent for Africa. During her 20-year tenure at Unilever, Mechell has worked in HR on leadership development, organizational effectiveness, culture transformation and business partnering. She’s gained experience across Africa, including South Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey. While at Unilever, she’s gained a number of key achievements, such as the Unilever Global Compass awards in 2010 for Winning with People, as well as Business Partner awards. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, as well as a post graduate in Business Management from Wits Business School. Apart from developing African talent, Mechell is hugely invested in youth employability, driving diversity and inclusion throughout Unilever and living the organisation’s USLP in everything she does.
Janko, Director and Organisational Psychologist, Human Interest
Janko is an Organisational Psychologist and holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). His other qualifications include a BCom Sport Management, BCom Hons Industrial Psychology, Certificate in Marketing & Customer Centricity (Cum Laude) and an Intensive Coaching Training Accreditation (Cum Laude). He is the Founder of Human Interest, a bespoke talent management consulting firm that partners with organisations to create a high-performing, integrated talent ecosystem – characterised by highly motivated, engaged and committed people. He has extensive consulting experience and has designed and delivered people solutions across various industries.
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.
Dennis Van der Zee, Talent Management Lead, Derivco
Dennis is heads up the Talent Management function at Derivco where he is responsible for the design and implementation of organisation wide strategic change through culture journeys, leadership development, talent management, high performance design, Human Capital capability building and individual growth. Previously he was the Senior Talent Manager at Game and Dionwired. Dennis holds an honours degree in Organisational Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as well as a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of Kwazulu Natal.
Candice Watson, Head: Talent, 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.

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


Talent Management Seminar | 21 February 2019 
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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