Taking place from 4 – 6 September 2019 at the fantastic Fairmont in St. Andrews, Scotland, the European edition of our HR Insight Summit will bring together senior human resources decision-makers and business leaders from across Europe to discuss current industry challenges – and how best to tackle them.

The summit will focus on key topics such as: data & innovation insights: the rise of workforce analytics & evolving with a culture of change; multigenerational management: employee engagement – incentives, rewards, compensation & health & wellness; and the digital & diverse workplace: organizational culture & productivity from hiring, training, retention, and succession planning.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Elizabeth Nieto
Chief Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer
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Jim Dunn
Atrium Health
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Qim Sullivan
VP & Chief People Officer
Kaiser Permanente
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Eric Hutcherson
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Laura Cushing
Loews Corporation
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Heath Salit
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Ximena Juncosa
Vice President Executive Talent
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Mayerland Harris
Group Vice President of Human Resources
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Bridgette Moore
Vice President Human Resources
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Henrietta De Beer
Chief HR Policy and Compensation
United Nations
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Ross Pollack
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Sarah King

6 Challenges in Human Resources

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To create a stronger, happier, healthier workforce. To demonstrate effectiveness every step of the way.
  • To better use data and predictive analytics. Identifying the ‘why’ behind performance changes and informing all decision-making, inc. executive assessment.
  • To understand the latest thinking in change management, compliance, and communication.
  • To bridge the gap between your multigenerational workforce. To enable effective communication and collaboration.
  • To create a culture of recognition through scalable, meaningful and formalized programs (with even the most modest budgets).
  • To create powerful, cost-effective compensation, benefits and rewards programs that secure executive buy-in and accountability to attract, grow, retain talent.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 14 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday September 4, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome Brief
4:15pm - 4:30pm

The challenges facing the HR professional are numerous – from implanting and enforcing a zero tolerance policy for harassment, to providing a challenging recruitment and retention landscape with diversity and inclusion, as well as leveraging digital technologies to create a positive working environment. Discover the people strategies, HR processes and software tools that will take your department and company to the next level.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Workforce Analytics: The Employee Experience Starts Here
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: HR for Everyone: Multigenerational Management
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: A Digital and Diverse Workplace: Organizational Structure
Solution provider briefing
4:30pm - 4:40pm

Details To Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive brands, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

Thursday September 5, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:45am
Keynote address
8:50am - 9:30am

Details To Follow.

9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1:Thought leadership - #Metoo
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Sponsor Workshop - Employee Engagement: Why Recognition is Key to Success
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: How-to masterclass - Engage and Retain Through Health & Wellness
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: Interactive workshop - Is Culture a Potential Competitive Advantage?
Keynote Speech
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Lunch Keynote
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 6: Interactive workshop - Blind Hiring
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 7: Sponsor Workshop - Next HR Transformation: How the People Analytics Revolution Will Shape HR
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: Project case study - Compensation, Benefits and Rewards
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 9: Sponsor Workshop - The Lost Promise of Leadership
Attendee downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Friday September 6, 2019
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: Sponsor Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: Thought leadership - The Challenge of Managing Personal Development Needs for Every Employee
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: Project case study - HR Modernized: Making the Shift from Legacy Systems
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: Workshop - You Must Look Ahead: Succession Planning
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: Future of the industry - The state of HR: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Next
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Closing panel & wrap up
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

Latest Case Study

Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.