Influence people and business decisions

Mark your working calendar for the people profession’s most established and anticipated event of the year. 

The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is once again taking over Manchester Central on 6-7 November 2019, bringing together the people profession for two days of unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. 

The 72nd edition is designed to help you masterfully influence people and business decisions, by providing you with the perfect platform to raise your voice and accelerate your skill set. 

The CIPD will be holding an upgrading assessment event. If you’d like to upgrade your membership at the event, check what to do so you can secure your assessment spot: Upgrade to Chartered Member or Upgrade to Chartered Fellow.

What to Expect

Actionable insights

Focus on what really matters to you. Each year, the CIPD Annual Conference attracts an unrivalled speaker lineup of established practitioners and thought leaders to deliver sessions that are intricately designed in response to your working needs and challenges. You’ll be empowered with inspiration, fresh ideas and practical tools and takeaways to apply in your own work the very next day. 

Leading solution providers

Hear exclusive product announcements, get hands-on in demonstrations and receive practical advice from 180+ top-tier companies on the exhibition floor. The CIPD Annual Exhibition offers valuable networking and business opportunities for suppliers and buyers to collaborate. 

A community

Join 5000+ like-minded peers from across the world and tap into their experiences, insights and best practice on good work and good business. You’ll ignite your passion in a series of learning and social events where you’ll meet fellow professionals to learn from. Discuss the industry challenges you face and the opportunities you’re looking for together.

5 conference streams

Well-being, Inclusion and Flexible Working
Increasing mental health and reducing stress at work. Enabling inclusive cultures, flexible and remote working. Tackling bullying and harassment and reducing the gender and ethnicity pay gap. Focus on BAME and neurodiversity.

Technology, Analytics and Evidence-based Decisions
Leveraging data and analytics for workforce planning and evidence-based decisions. Identifying and implementing the most appropriate HR and learning technologies for the organisation. Enabling and managing more digital environments and workforces. Sponsored by Workday.

Professionalism, Voice and Change Management
Finding the courage to speak up and stand up for what’s right. Increasing our influencing skills, driving good work and managing change effectively. Enhancing your OD and HRBP skills and finding new models to organise your team.

Engagement, Experience and People Management
Increasing employee experience, going beyond traditional engagement surveys and performance management. Managing people across borders. Focusing on financial well-being and employee benefits, and understanding the changes to employment law. Sponsored by Barnett Waddingham.

Learning, Recruitment and Talent Management
Developing an effective learning strategy linked to talent management. Focus on the development of line managers and the attraction of new talent nationally and internationally. Responding to the needs of different demographics and developing effective leaders.

8 session formats

Opening and closing sessions to provoke and inspire you to action

ACE talks
Mini-keynotes from high-profile authors and thought leaders

Case study
Real examples from organisations leading the way

Panel discussions
Ask your questions to expert panels discussing the latest insights

Longer sessions for practical learning to apply in your own organisation 

Ignite sessions
Short and fast-paced presentations followed by an expert discussion

World Cafés
Move around tables to compare challenges and find solutions with peers

Open space discussion
Facilitated discussions around flip-charts to solve issues together

Location Manchester, England E-mail Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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