CIPD People Library: Tales from the people profession

We’re delighted to share that six CIPD Manchester Volunteers are joining other people professionals as part of the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition People Library.

The desire to learn from each other has never been greater. Browse through the stories available and ‘check out’ a storyteller that intrigues you, who will then tell their story through dialogue. 

You’ll be able to hear, first-hand, experiences from a wide variety of people – whether they have faced great adversity, tackled challenges or have grown in different ways.

Emma Brookes
Vice-Chair and Public Policy Advisor

Scar tissue: the hidden challenges of invisible disability – Emma Brookes

Sharing personal journeys reduces stigma and misunderstanding and establishes more compassionate workplaces. Emma explores the value and impact of speaking openly in her workplace about her experiences with mental health and chronic pain issues. 

3 November 11:00-12:00 only

Gary Cookson
Branch Ambassador

Achieving work-life balance in a hybrid world – Gary Cookson

Drawing on personal anecdotes and learning, Gary will help you understand the key challenges inherent in achieving work-life balance whilst operating in a hybrid working environment.

All sessions

Emma Clayton
Membership Engagement Lead

Fast-track career change: lessons from changing career and country during the pandemic – Emma Clayton

The pandemic has impacted us all, but for Emma, it resulted in a career change into HR and a move from Barcelona to Manchester. Come and reflect on lessons you can apply for yourself and in supporting others in fast-track career change journeys!

3 November 14:00-15:00 and 4 November 11:00-12:00 only

Samantha Lubanzu
Vice-Chair and Inclusion & Diversity Lead

Five under five: some do’s and don’ts of supporting parents returning to work – Samantha Lubanzu

What does it take to create a supportive “return to work” environment for parents? Hear Samantha’s story of having five children under five and the consequences for the individual and organisation of getting it right… and wrong!

4 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 only

Rachel Burnham
Branch Chair

How getting your pencils out can make you more effective at work – Rachel Burnham


Don’t underestimate how simple drawings enhance effective working. See practical ideas of sketches, that anyone can adopt, to help with planning, thinking, idea sharing, note-taking and reflection. It’s time to tap into your hidden creativity! 

3 November 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00, and 4 November 14:00-15:00 only

Marta Davenport
Student and Centres Engagement Lead

Strategic well-being: a step-by-step guide and story – Marta Davenport

Come and hear a practical account of how wellbeing can be implemented at strategic with a simple step-by-step guide as to how it was done.

All sessions

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Location Manchester, England E-mail manchester@cipdbranch.co.uk Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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