An intensive one-day HR workout to develop strategies and actions to successfully cross the chasm!

  • Brisbane
    1 August
  • Canberra
    3 August
  • Adelaide
    9 August
  • Philippines
    5 September
  • Singapore
    7 September
  • Sydney
    12 September
  • Melbourne
    15 September


Based on insights and projections from the book 

HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work   
by Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith & Karen Cariss

Delegates will explore emerging business and HR challenges and develop practical strategies to navigate their career and their organisation into the future.


  • An understanding of how the transformation of the workforce and workplace will impact the future of human capital and talent management.
  • Working knowledge of the 3 critical intelligences that will future-proof HR and how to master these.  
  • Practical strategies developed with cross-industry peers for HR leaders to navigate their career and organisation into the digital age.

Where and when?

Brisbane CBD Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Canberra CBD Thursday, 3 August 2017
Adelaide CBD Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Manila Makati District Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Singapore CBD Thursday, 7 September 2017
Sydney CBD Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Melbourne CBD Friday, 15 September 2017

Who should attend?

HR leaders & senior HR professionals.


Australia: A$995 plus GST, per delegate
Early bird discount A$899 plus GST, per delegate,
before Friday 30th June, 2017


Register Here

Cliffhanger Bootcamp Registration


Time Session
8:45am Arrival and Registration

Delegates have the opportunity to network over tea and coffee

9:00am Opening Keynote: HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work.

Change is occurring at breakneck speed as the digital revolution rolls across the business landscape, disrupting and energising everything in its path. Almost every facet of work is being challenged: from where and when we work, to how, with what and with whom. Human resources (HR) practices of the past are failing fast and a clear pathway forward is not readily apparent.

This opening presentation sets the scene for the program and introduces:

  • The digital transformation that is occurring before our eyes and its implication for the future of work.
  • Emerging science and technology and what this will mean for workforce management.
  • The changing nature of the relationship between employers and employees.
  • The dissection of traditional HR models and practices, questioning the real role and contribution of HR in this future.
9:45am The Big Questions for HR

There are no right answers to the wrong questions” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, Author

This interactive session is based on the premise that we need to formulate strategy by asking the right questions, not searching for answers.

Delegates discuss their current strategic priorities and hear from industry leaders on the critical questions for HR.

Our research points to five questions that C-level executives, CHROs and HR professionals should be asking themselves. Responding to these questions enables delegates to better understand the impact of the changing work landscape for their organisation and their own career.

10:30am  Morning Tea and Networking
10:45am  The 3 HR Intelligences

There is a shift in the skills and mindsets necessary for HR to survive and excel. We define these skills and mindsets across three intelligences:

  • Digital intelligence
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Business intelligence

This session introduces the intelligences and potential barriers to their development. Delegates complete a self-assessment prior to the program and receive individual results to formulate their personal learning goals.

 11:15am  Mastering Digital Intelligence

The digital transformation is well underway, and HR strategies and practices that fail to optimise technology will hold their organisations back. Most HR leaders and professionals are on a digital learning trajectory. Awareness of its importance is generally high, but capability to optimise it is often sub par.

Session outcomes for delegates include:

  • An understanding of the dierence between digital proficiency and intelligence, and what this means for their personal development.
  • Increased knowledge of the digital landscape – current and emerging technologies and workplace applications.
  • Practical strategies that can be implemented now to improve personal and organisational digital intelligence.
 12:30pm  Lunch and Refreshment

Following a lunch and networking break, delegates participate in a cognitive or physical activity of their choice to support mindfulness, refresh and refocus.

1:30pm Mastering Cultural Intelligence

Relationships between workers and employers have been rebooted and new rules apply. Choice, diversity and meaning underscore the changes.” ~ Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith and Karen Cariss, Authors

Unleashing engagement and productivity across a diverse and fragmented workforce is testing HR’s cultural intelligence. This session is designed to challenge mindsets and explore new practices relating to leadership, the employment value proposition (EVP) and career mobility.

Session outcomes for delegates include:

• New ways of thinking about the future workforce, based on thought provoking scenarios.

• A reality check of current practices, through exposure to leading edge examples.

• Tangible ‘stop, start, continue’ goals related to leadership, the EVP, and/or career mobility practices.

2:30pm Afternoon Tea and Networking
2:45pm Mastering Business Intelligence

We can’t face another decade struggling to be relevant.” ~ HR Executive, transport industry

Best practices in HR have been over-used and over-simplify the complexities of human systems and behaviours. Re-imagining 20th century systems and practices is an urgent priority to elevate the impact and contribution of HR.

Session outcomes for delegates include:

  • An understanding of how to use the Cynefin Framework to re-think HR practices.
  • A critical evaluation of their performance management practices using an objective methodology.
  • Identification of HR practices that are not adding business or human capital value and should be divested.
3:45pm Prioritise and Activate

This session supports consolidation and application. Delegates prioritise outcomes and actions that they have identified during the program andtranslate these into short-term commitments and goals.Facilitators introduce the One Month Bootcamp Challenge that will support delegates in achieving their personal and organisational goals.

4:45pm Close



CLIFFHANGER Bootcamp is delivered by a team of subject matter experts and executive facilitators. Some of our facilitators are profiled below:

Karen Cariss


CEO and Co-Founder PageUp

Karen Cariss is one of the founders of PageUp. Today, Karen is a key driving force behind the success of PageUp, setting the strategic direction of the company as well as overseeing internal activities to ensure synergy of all divisions. Karen’s extreme passion for the company is evident in her work and attitude, which has been publicly acknowledged by being listed as 28th on BRW’s Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs in June 2006 and winning the Ernst and Young ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for 2008 and the Victorian Telstra Womens Business Award in 2009.


Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith

SVP, Global Research, PageUp

Sylvia is co-author of CLIFFHANGER and a regular speaker in the field of human capital management and neuroscience, and drives research and thought-leadership at PageUp. She has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and entrepreneurial business environments, including positions as Head of Selection and Development at Westpac Banking Corporation and Human Resources Manager for Citibank Limited.

Patrick Sharry

Patrick Sharry

Director, People and Decisions

Patrick has extensive experience working as a consultant in both the public and private sectors. His clients regard him as an expert facilitator and he is regularly called on to assist with complex problems and difficult situations that need an expert and reliable hand. He has taught at University level in Australia and the UK, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Australian Graduate School of Management. Patrick holds a Master of Science in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, Master of Education in Mathematics Education from QUT, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts. Patrick is a Director of People and Decisions.



HR and Organisational Change Executive

Chris is an experienced organisational change and HR executive. As Human Resources Director for Australian Red Cross from 2008 to 2016, he was responsible for the frameworks, systems, tools, policies and reporting for a workforce of 2,500 staff and 22,000 volunteers. Prior to joining Australian Red Cross, Chris was Executive Director Human Resources with Alfred Health and he has held multiple HR roles in organisations such as Affinity Health, Mayne, Kraft Foods and Bonlac Foods. Today Chris works in partnership with leadership teams, providing expertise, coaching and practical support, underpinned by professional competencies in business and HR.


Alison Brady

Head of PageUp Talent Lab, PageUp

Alison leads PageUp Talent Lab and is responsible for research in the field of strategic human capital management. She has more than 15 years of experience delivering organisational development solutions, consulting and advisory services to a diverse range of companies. Alison is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology.


Joy Koh

Head of Consulting, APAC, Alexander Mann Solutions

Joy has 18 years of experience in the HR and talent acquisition industry. As Head of Consulting (APAC) at Alexander Mann Solutions, she leads a team of Subject Matter Experts delivering consulting, technology implementation and best-practice talent acquisition solutions. Joy began her career in Sydney, recruiting experienced IT professionals. She then worked onsite with a global software vendor, and managed their regional recruitment function. Prior to joining Alexander Mann Solutions, Joy held a regional Implementation role, where she was responsible for the successful roll out of RPO and Contingent worker solutions, regionally and globally.

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Yin Cheng Lau

Advisor | Connector | Speaker

YC has close to 20 years of MNC and Government HR & OD leadership experience in Hi-Tech, Telecommunications, Hospitality, Start-Up, and Supply Chain Management sectors across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. He currently advises C-level executives, Start-ups, and Boards in tackling complex people challenges and connects them with relevant partners via his network so as to realise the full potential of individuals, teams, and organisations in a digital future. YC was previously Chief of HR & OD at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore where he built an award-winning HR & OD team and elevated IDA’s employer brand to be among Google & Facebook based on Universum rankings.

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