This conference programme aims to give senior industry professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the  industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

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If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please get in touch.
  • NEW WORK - Leadership & HR between Speed and the Acceleration trap

    Heike Bruch, Professor, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Human Resources Management at the University of St. Gallen
    a) The New Work Transformation – Impact on People & Performance
    b) New Leadership – Balancing Inspiration, Precision & Exploration 
    c) The Courage to Focus - Avoiding the Acceleration Trap in agile Times 

    Servant Leadership in a circularity-driven Company

    Oliver Brunschwiler, Lead Link at FREITAG lab.ag
    - Breaking the myth that there is no need for leaders in holacracy. 
    - Skill slicing: From single to multi-role.
    - Organisational change as the only future-proof constant.
    - Success recipes: Cultural mindsetting, the DNA of creative leadership, process designs a...

  • Why HR is strategic pivot in the 4th Industrial Revolution

    Christian Frei, Pioneer in Digital Industrial Revolution, Coach + Talent Gardener and Former Microsoft Executive
    The 4th industrial revolution or digitalization is challenging every organization and every leader. In this area of changes, how organizations address this opportunity will define the future of the company. In this session you will understand the 3 pillars of changes and the critical role HR play...

    Mitarbeiterengagement fördern dank Working Out Loud

    Stefanie Moser, Transformation Expert, licensed Working Out Loud Coach at Trans4m GmbH
    Was wäre wenn... Ihre Mitarbeitenden selbstgesteuert, freiwillig und intrinsisch motiviert beispielsweise ihre Unternehmenskulturwerte konsequent umsetzen, sich dazu
    abteilungsübergreifend vernetzen und ihr Wissen teilen? Working Out Loud – WOL - ist eine Methode, die genau...

  • Strategy@Post - Agile Transformation - A Status Report

    Hanneke Gerritsen, Head of New Work and Co-Head Organisational Development
    - WHAT & WHY - Role HR Development 
    - Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast 
    - HOW – Role HR / HR Topics

    "Es muss drinstecken, was draufsteht" - Recruiting im Kontext des Fachkräftemangels

    Erika Ingold, Lead Link Sourcing, Recruiting & Talents
    • Fachkräftemangel die Ursache jedes Problems?
    • HR-Marketing und Employer Branding gewinnen an Bedeutung: Im Recruiting neue Wege gehen!

  • Building Internal Community at Facebook

    Thomas Møller Jeppesen, HR Business Partner Global Operations at Facebook
    Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. This is as true externally as it internally. I will show why our internal communities matter and the difference it does for the business and our people. The focus on internal communities is one ...

    How Working Culture drives Innovation

    Daniela Landherr, Lead, Talent Engagement at Google
    Daniela will be sharing insights on what makes up Google’s working culture. Hear more about the 7 principles of innovation that engage employees and help drive psychological safety, and what the role is that leaders play in this. 

  • Heutige Arbeitswelt - Umgang mit kritischem Arbeitnehmenden

    Esther Sidler, Head of Human Resources, Member of the Board at synlab Suisse SA
    - Heutige Gesellschaft ist sehr anspruchsvoll, es wird viel vom Arbeitgeber verlangt
    o Anforderungen an Arbeitgeber 
    o Tendenziell kritische und wenig belastbare Arbeitnehmende
    - Missverhältnis zwischen Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitgeber
    - Wie kann sich Ar...

    Organisational Change as the only future-proof Constant

    Oliver Brunschwiler, Lead Link/Creative Director at FREITAG lab.ag

  • New Work Transformation - Phases - HR Roles - Best Practices

    Heike Bruch, Professor, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Human Resources Management at the University of St. Gallen
    - Phases of the New Work Transformation - Typical Pitfalls and Practice Advice
    - HR-Roles & Tools in the Technology and Culture Tranformation
    - Practice Examples from New Work Pioneers

    Artificial Intelligence in HR

    Pascale Lenz, Head Human Resources & Member of the Management Board at IBM Schweiz AG
    I would like to discuss in our group the use of AI in HR and how far are the companies with the implementation of AI. What are the benefits and concerns around AI.
    are you using AI in your company and if yes, in which area?

  • Performance Management - Loved by none, trusted by few, wrong for most?

    Grzegorz Grabinski, Head of Human Resources at C&A Mode AG
    As studies show, 96% of managers are dissatisfied with their organization’s current performance management practices while 84% of HR Leaders work on fixing these practices. Progressive organizations remove the year-end processes or ratings, but the effectiveness is still up for debate as em...

    How to Boost Smart Engagement

    Christiane Di Filippo, Director Human Resources, Switzerland at Cognizant
    • Smart Engagement leads to Enthusiasm, Motivation and Productivity, without the breakdown. 
    • Increased demands and pressure on employees need to be balanced with increased resources to avoid the burnout - particularly before important deadlines and during other times of str...

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    Thomas Møller Jeppesen, HR Business Partner Global Operations at Facebook

  • Arbeitsmarkt 4.0 - Herausforderung und Chance für HR bei der Förderung der Mitarbeitenden

    Markus Schluchter, Managing Partner at Schluchter, Licci & Partner AG
    Wie bereiten Sie Ihre Mitarbeitenden auf den Arbeitsmarkt 4.0 vor?  Wir stellen unsere Praxiserfahrung mit Pit Stop®, einer neuen Plattform zur Förderung der persönlichen Agilität jedes Mitarbeitenden vor. Es geht darum, Potenziale und Fähigkeiten bewusst zu machen und mit einer motivier...

    How Employee Engagement drives success: Your competitive advantage in a labour market dominated by Generations Y & Z

    Marco Meister, CEO & Co-Founder at Volunty Corporate AG
    By 2021, Generations Y & Z will dominate the Swiss labor market. The result will be a new decade marked by different interests, needs and characteristics of a brand new workforce. Recent studies conducted by leading scientific institutions, and insights into renowned modern employers have sho...

    Digitalisierung und Change Management - Schwer vereinbar nur mit Mitarbeitern 50Plus? Lösungswege.

    Michael Weiss, Owner at Neuorientierung50Plus GmbH
    Was fällt einem ein bei «Digitalisierung und Change Management»? Eine Explosion der Kommunikationsvielfalt und Geschwindigkeit. Agile Organisationen durch sich selbst organisierende Teams, Lean Management, schlanke Strukturen, Holocracy…. Doch wenigen Unternehmen gelingen Digit...

  • The Body Language of Leadership

    Dr. Laura Penn, Author, TEDx Speaker, Founding Director of The Leadership Speaking School
    Do you speak body language?  Can you decipher the meaning of a shoulder shrug, two hands clasped tightly together, or your colleague’s foot pointing towards you?
    Filled with fascinating insights and familiar business and leadership-related scenarios, this hands-on work...

    A Watch tells more than just Time - Learn about the Value of Timepieces

    Patrick Steiner, Expert in the Swiss Watch Industry
    Today, with all the electronic gadgets, a watch on your wrist is the last thing you need to know the time. A watch has become an object to express yourself, like cars, shoes or sunglasses. But like with cognac and cigars, there are a lot of small details in the manufacturing of watches - so calle...

    "The limits of my language are the limits of my world"

    Travis Simlinger, CEO and Teacher at Progressive English Zurich
    What do Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs all have in common?
    They all gave answers which denoted the exact same thing, when asked what the secret to success is.
    That's right, it turns out there is a 'secret', and it's not - intelligence. 


    Ralf T. Gehlen, Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble Switzerland Sarl
    "The first Richmond HR Forum was really pleasant for me. The well proven, tested and interactive format is extremely suited for HR topics! Furthermore it successfully combined classic HR topics and soft skills such as self-development perfectly. A really recommendable event with lots of inte...


    Fabienne Steffen, Visagist & Stylist at Face & Style
    "Inspiring, highly professional and efficient – a networking event in a high quality format which inspires and guarantees professional and personal growth."


    Annekatrin Stiels, Leadership Coach and NLP Trainer of A.Stiels Kommunikation & Personalentwicklung
    "Richmond Events offer high-quality events with the various business forums.
    The professional selection of speakers for the sessions enables the participants to receive suggestions on current topics in their industry.
    The business forums provide a unique platform to expand the...


    Yves Schneuwly, Managing Director at XING Switzerland GmbH
    „The excellent organisation guarantees inspiring keynotes of opinion leaders as well as outstanding networking opportunities with high quality business contacts. Only topped by the unique setting, this forum is a must for every decision maker.“


    Dr. Jan Roy Edlund, Author, Change Management – Monkey Management
    "The event was organised fantastically. The participants were top-class representatives and as a speaker I got treated courteously and hearty. Everything top notch. Thanks!"

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