The IITD National Learning and Development Conference, a prestigious event in the Irish Learning and Development calendar, will take place on 7th December 2017 in Croke Park. This year IITD has a superb line up of Key Speakers, CEOs and Academics who are advancing the field of L&D. Progressing from last years event IITD expects over 200 of Ireland’s L&D and HR professionals in attendance.


2017 Conference Theme and Speakers

The Future of Work -
Dr Daniel Susskind 

IITD is excited to announce Dr Daniel Susskind as the Key Note Speaker for our Annual Conference. Dr Daniel Susskind is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he teaches and researches. Previously he worked in the British Government -- as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. His book, The Future of the Professions (2015, paperback, 2017), co-authored with Richard Susskind, was widely acclaimed. It was a Financial Times ‘Book of the Year’, a Times Literary Supplement ‘Book of 2016’, and a New Scientist ‘Best Read of 2015’.

This talk sets out two futures for white-collar workers. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The other is transformational – a gradual replacement of white-collar workers by increasingly capable systems. This talk predicts the decline of today’s professions and discusses the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, we will neither need nor want lawyers, doctors, teachers, architects, the clergy, consultants, accountants -- and many other white-collar workers -- to work as they did in the 20th century. 


Leading in the ‘New Normal’: How Should Leaders Respond to our Changing World? Oliver Johnston, hpc Partner

Oliver Johnston, CEO coach who also works in partnership with hpc, and an Irish CEO will lead this debate followed by a discussion with a panel of industry experts exploring themes such as 
What’s creating the leadership disruption?
What fresh leadership practices are necessary to respond to the new requirements?

How do L&D professionals step-up to the mark and act as catalysts for change.




Are we Data-Driven Strategic HR/D Business Partners? Views of HRD & the C-Suite

IITD commissioned a study with Dublin City University,partnering with the Chartered Institute or Management Accountants (CIMA) asking about the extent to which HR/D professionals are in strategic business partner positions and about the level at which data driven/data analytics is important on the HR/D agenda. The presentation of results will explore how HR/D professionals engage in data-driven decision making and the implications of this. It will review the extent to which HR/D professionals are active strategic business partners and explore the views of both HR/D professionals and the C-Suite. It will consider the impact of strategic business partnering and data-driven decision making on key business performance metrics. 



Spends & Trends in Learning & Development

IITD conducted a survey of Learning & Development Spends and Trends in over 150 of Ireland’s leading organisations. The survey explores Learning & Development Strategy and planning processes as well as identifying where L&D is spending it’s money, what the priorities are for coming years, and how the L&D function is resourced to respond to the changing world of work.





Panel Discussion with Key Industry Leaders

Rosarii Mannion, National Director of Human Resources, HSE

Richard Cotter, Head of OD & Research, Alliance Ireland
Aidan Harney, Organisation, Leadership & Talent Development Manager, Intel

Louise Butler, Senior Manager, L&D at Electronic Arts
Roger Acton, Associate Director at AICPA - CIMA





IITD Conference MC: Orlaith Carmody

Orlaith is an Irish businesswoman and author of Perform As A Leader.  She was an RTE news reporter for a number of years and co-founder of Media Training with her husband and business partner, Dragon Den investor Gavin Duffy.


As a Director of Aerga Productions, Orlaith won a Screen Training Ireland bursary to attend the Entertainment Master Class international media leadership programme. She spoke at TEDx Tallaght in 2013, TEDx DCU in 2015 and at the SME Assembly 2014 in Naples.


Orlaith was a board member of RTE from 2010 until 2015, HRM Recruit, and Ablevision Ireland, and is a founder member and president 2014-15 of the Irish chapter of the International Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO)