Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
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About this Conference

This Conference is a platform for professionals to come together and share their knowledge and expertise in the field of learning and development and is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to stay up to date with the latest trends and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field.

Throughout the day our expert line up of speakers will discuss topics such as How to Measure the Return on Investment, Mentoring and its Role in Staff Development, Using Learning for Talent Attraction and Retention, Training Needs Analysis and much more.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the field, attending this conference can help you stay ahead of the curve and continue to grow and develop your organisations skills.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks 

Brendan Barrett, Communications Consultant

How To Create an Effective L&D Framework

Speaker: Megan Power, HR Consultant, Insight HR

  • A learning and development strategy must be flexible.
  • Senior management needs to buy in and promote participation.
  • Need to plan and develop clear goals and objectives.
  • Learning and development plan should align with its overall business strategy.
  • A one-size-fits-all approach to an organizational learning and development plan won't work.

Training Needs Analysis and Making the Most of your Learning and Development Strategy

Speaker: John Mulreid, Head of Talent Management at National Broadband Ireland

  • Importance of meeting with employees
  • Outlining career goals and learning needs

How to Measure the Return on Investment (ROI) of Training Programmes

Speaker: Niamh Moynihan, Founder, Better Workday

  • Pre and Post training assessments
  • Evaluating the experience
  • Demonstrated Engagement

Using Learning for Talent Attraction and Retention

Speaker: Rachel Nolan, HR Consultant, Director at Elm Castle Consultancy Ltd

  • How expectations of today’s candidates have changed
  • Working closely with talent acquisition & talent management to have a joined-up talent lifecycle.
  • How L&D can be used to enhance employers’ branding and attract the best talent

Mentoring and its Role in Staff Development

Speaker: Sonya Meekel, Lecturer in TU Dublin, MBA, MSc M.A, BScEng, P.G  Dip.Proj Mang, P.G Dip Ed, C.Eng, M.I.E.I

  • How can mentoring improve employee performance?
  • What most employee development programs have in common
  • How to take employee development to the next level with mentorship
  • Establishing a formal mentoring program

Cultivate a Learning Culture Within Your Organisation

Speaker: Dr. Celine Mullins, CEO & Founder, Adaptas

  • Why is it important?
  • What Is a Learning Culture?
  • Attract and develop agile learners.
  • Create an environment that supports psychological safety.
  • Encourage better conversations and feedback throughout the organization.
  • Examining your policies, rewards systems, and opportunities to establish and reinforce a learning culture.

Why Not Training Employees Is More Expensive – The Importance of a Training Budget

Speaker: Sue McLoughlin MBA, Founder and Managing Director,

  • Cost-effective ways to grow your employees’ skills.
  • Upskilling and reskilling training has improved employee retention.
  • Losing your edge over the competition

Choosing The Correct Learning Tools and Techniques

Speaker: Donna Reilly, Director Donna Reilly People & Wellness

  • Leadership exercises
  • Leadership coaching
  • Distance learning
  • On-site learning
  • Real-world learning
  • Guided case study analysis

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of interest to learning and development professionals, HR Managers, Senior Management, training coordinators or anyone interested in developing their knowledge in the learning and development space.


Brendan Barrett
John Mulreid
Head Of Talent Management at National Broadband Ireland
Niamh Moynihan
Founder, Better Workday
Sonya Meekel
Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Dr. Celine Mullins
CEO & Founder, Adaptas
Donna Reilly
Director Donna Reilly People & Wellness
Rachel Nolan
HR Consultant, Director at Elm Castle Consultancy Ltd
Sue McLoughlin
Founder and Managing Director,
Megan Power
HR Consultant, Insight HR


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.