L&D Meetup #Retail

Join the special event for HR and L&D leaders from the retail industry to talk about challenges and solutions that will support both employee experience and business goals.
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About the event

One industry. Multiple challenges

Every industry has its own set of challenges when it comes to HR and L&D departments. Especially now, in fast-changing world and ‘the new normal’, big organizations have to review some processes and align. It is no different for the retail industry.

Retail is always dynamic – it is a very competitive and fast-changing industry facing distinct HR issues within the majority of brands. To begin with recruitment and attracting top talent, retail is also dealing with high turnover, retention, onboarding and training of different types of employees or employee experience. More than anywhere else, the time between recruiting, training and preparing employees to work is limited for retail companies. And all that in the environment of thousands of employees in multiple locations around the world!

How should retailers manage the HR processes to achieve the business goals and take care of the employee?

Join us to talk about how the HR challenges in the retail industry can be faced with excellent processes of onboarding, training and employee development. Dedicated to HR and L&D leaders in the retail industry, our event will be full of practical knowledge and insights from top retail companies like Leroy Merlin , IKEA or Jeronimo Martins.

For whom?

Retail Leadership

For senior managers and directors of enterprise retail organizations

HR and L&D Management

For HR/HRM/L&D managers and professionals


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Simon Janicki

CEO & Co-founder at HCM Deck

Co-founder, CEO of HCM Deck, one of the fastest growing HR tech B2B SaaS start-up, which supports the success of over 200,000 employees of companies such as Santander Consumer Bank, Leroy Merlin, Nationale Nederlanden, Volkswagen Group or Allianz. HR tech expert, speaker at dozens conferences, organizer of L&D Meetup – the biggest conference on Learning & Development in Poland.

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Ed Smith

Head of Global Growth at HCM Deck

With over a decade of senior management, change and process optimisation experience having worked with the world’s leading organisations to develop and implement strategic change projects supporting L&D and HR functions with successful Outplacement solutions. Edward is responsible for leading the entire HCM Deck global operations and subject matter expert on Employee Development, Change & Offboarding and Mentoring, Strategic directions and Career coaching, with a specific interest in Employer branding.

Patricia Fors

Head of Future of Work Initiative at Ingka Group/IKEA Group

Patricia is a senior HR professional connecting business to people. She has wide experience from industries like service, consulting, retail, heavy industry and contract manufacturing. Patricia has worked across all areas of HR. Her main focus and strength is to drive organizational development and effectiveness, leadership and culture development and people development. Inspirational leader od communicator leading the teams to high performance.

Dr. Wojciech Zytkowiak-Wenzel

Leadership Development Expert, HR Director at Hebe, Jeronimo Martins Group

People & culture executive with 15+ years of international experience across virtually all functions of human resources. He claims to know the “secret sauce” of people development, but is also a fierce believer in evidence-based management that focuses on practices that have been scientifically proven to bring tangible and meaningful results.

David Nally

Human Resources Manager at Woodie's

David is HR Manager for DIY, Home & Garden retailer Woodie’s. Woodie’s operates in 35 locations across Ireland and has been officially recognized as a Great Place to Work since 2017. Since 2015 David has held several people-focused positions at Woodie’s including Head of Engagement and Learning, Development & Communications Manager. Prior to joining Woodie’s, David’s background is in Retail Operations and Sales, having led teams in Retail, B2C, Field Sales and Operations.

Ludmiła Kot

HR training expert in Auchan Retail Poland

With over 15 years of experience working at multinational companies in Poland and France in Quality, Program Management and Human Resources projects within different industries as automotive, higher education and retail. Graduate of postgraduate studies in HR Business Partner at Kozminski University and Executive Master’s double diploma in Management and Economic Warsaw Business School (SGH) and HEC Paris. Responsible for HR processes in Auchan - people development and effective communication. Her goal is for the company to reach excellence in the retail industry, facing new challenges in the changing environment.

Agenda [all hours in CEST]

L&D Meetup #Retail

  • Session one [CEST]

  • Welcome to L&D Meetup #Retail

    Simon Janicki | HCM Deck
  • Digital onboarding with Leroy Merlin. Case study

    Ed Smith | HCM Deck
  • Preparing for the Future of Work

    Patricia Fors | Ingka Group/IKEA Group
  • OutplaceME. The modern outplacement process

    Ed Smith | HCM Deck
  • Virtual coffee break. Grab a cup and let's network!

  • Session two [CEST]

  • Leadership in the new normal - must-have competences for the post-covid FMCG world.

    Dr. Wojciech Zytkowiak-Wenzel | Hebe, Jeronimo Martins Group
  • The link between L&D, Employment Engage and business results

    David Nally | Woodie's
  • Leading organisation by purpose

    Ludmiła Kot | Auchan Retail Poland


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