HR Symposium 2020 - Acquiring & Retaining Top Talent

HR Symposium 2020 - Acquiring & Retaining Top Talent

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, this event has been postponed until Autumn 2020. If you'd like to be notified when the new date is confirmed, please email

2020's HR Symposium - Acquiring & Retaining Top Talent is in association with Eversheds Sutherland.

One of the few things we can definitely be certain about is that Brexit has brought uncertainty. There may be a recession, there may not, regardless of the outcome.

In a recession, you need to retain your best people to survive and, hopefully, thrive.

During the current times of almost full employment in Ireland, you need to acquire the best people in the face of stiff competition and a short supply of labour because there will be a higher turnover of staff.

That should come as no surprise - statistically speaking, the top 10% of your people will be approached by the competition during a recession and the top 60% will be approached during full employment.

This event on 25th March 2020 at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, held in association with Eversheds Sutherland, provides practical advice, examples and options for acquiring and retaining top talent, regardless of the economic outlook.

Sessions and takeaways include:

  1. In Brief: Legal-Island’s Annual Review of Employment Law Refresher Session: Takeaway: Comprehensive notes and key points on the big employment law developments you need to know.
  2. Talent Retention and Development: Takeaway: A checklist of practical flexible options and a list of organisations that can help you achieve a more flexible working environment that will help you attract and retain staff.
  3. How to Become (and Remain) a Trusted Employer: Takeaway: A checklist of recommended actions based on empirical evidence.
  4. Ready to Resume Programme: Takeaway: A template for consideration should you wish to create your own scheme to re-engage currently inactive knowledge workers.
  5. Top Performers: Performance Conversations and Motivation of Millennials: Takeaway: Template checklist of options, questions, suggestions and coaching techniques that equip managers with tools to motivate staff, particularly Millennials.
  6. Discover the Secrets of How to Connect with and Recruit the New Wave of Employees: Takeaway: Identify what Millennials and Generation Z are seeking and discover how to create communications that makes employees feel valued, informed and well connected.
  7. Culture Change Takeaway: Case studies on transforming an organisation’s culture and improving performance
  8. Flexible Working: New Cross-sector Guidance and Toolkits: Takeaway: Detailed notes on the CIPD's guidance and toolkits and recommendations for creating a flexible and inclusive workplace.
  9. Future-Proofing Your Workforce: Recruiting Millennial and post-Millennial Talent and Testing for Resilience, Creativity & Adaptability: Takeaway: a checklist to attract and retain strategic employees - thinking about their resilience, creativity and their adaptability.
  10. What is the Culture in the Room? All delegates are offered a free DISC profile report and can compare their individual profile with the average scores for peers in order to help them plan their career.

Who should attend?
This event is for HR practitioners who wish to gain practical advice from experts on managing a wide range of complex and topical workplace issues in line with current employment legislation and best practice HR.

When and where?
9.15am – 4.45pm, Autumn 2020
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin

Early Bird Rate: €395 (deadline 5pm on Friday 21st February)
Standard Rate: €495
Save an additional €20 per person if you pay online when registering.

Speaker Videos

Mary Lynch, Senior Consultant, OMT Global

Marie Toft, Founder, Emotionise

Padraig Berry, CEO, TTI Insights Ireland

Karen O'Reilly, Founder, Employmum & Employflex

 Michelle Halloran, Director, Human Resource Management Services 

In association with:

Eversheds Sutherland



If this event is taking place in a hotel and you require a bedroom for the night before or day of the event please get in touch. We work with all our hotels to offer a preferential delegate rate for overnight stays where possible. For more information please email




"The first speaker, Joanne Hyde on employment law was the highlight of the event for me - I found her presentation excellent."
Teresa Doolan, Personnel Officer, Department of the Taoiseach

"All information relevant and well organised."
Lorraine Rossiter, HR Manager, Grassland Agro

"Interesting speakers talking about a variety of topics."
Dominique Smith, HR Administrator, St. Patrick's Hospital

"Great speakers and great documentation."
Austin O'Sullivan, Director of Resources, WALK

"Speakers were engaging and topics fresh."
Ciara Carty, HR and Employee Relations Specialist, Nursing Homes Ireland

"The speakers did not speak for too long, helped keep the crowd engaged all day." 
Rose Hyde, HR Assistant, Munster Rugby

"Extremely well planned out and excellent topics. Really enjoyed Dr Gerry McMahon's session and he is someone I would feel very confident to reach out if needed in work matters for 3rd party advice. I felt the topics were of a very very high level."
Blathnaid Carolan, Head of HR, Liferay

"Found the event overall very informative   Good choice of issues covered."
Moira Haslam, Admin Manager, Fórsa Trade Union 

Super event really well run and excellent speakers. I'd highly recommend it."
Gráinne Gibbons, HR Specialist, The Anne Sullivan Centre 


  • Julie Galbraith
    Julie Galbraith Partner
    Eversheds Sutherland

    Julie is a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland who regularly advises clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from recruitment to termination. She works with public and private sector clients to draft employment contracts, service agreements and confidentiality agreements to best suit the needs of the organisation. 

  • Karen O'Reilly
    Karen O'Reilly Founder
    Employmum/ Employflex

    Karen is the founder of Employflex and Employmum; a flexible recruitment agency with offices in Cork and Limerick (and soon Dublin).  Award winning Employflex are experts in helping companies implement flexible work strategies and finding flexible work for their candidates. A qualified ACCA accountant Karen moved back to West Cork after 20 years living abroad and loves being at the forefront of the #flexiblework revolution. Karen has an extensive knowledge of business having previously owned property consultancy Bidsinfrance in the South of France and The French Tour Co.  

  • Mary Connaughton
    Mary Connaughton Director
    CIPD Ireland

    Mary is the Director of CIPD Ireland where she works on the growth, development and contribution of the HR profession in Ireland. With 6,000 members in Ireland, CIPD works on championing better work and working lives in a complex changing world.  Mary represents the HR profession at the European Association of People Management and is on the Boards of the Public Appointments Service and the Retirement Planning Council. 

  • Marie Toft
    Marie Toft CEO/Content Creation Consultant

    Marie Toft is an award winning, multi-disciplined content creator and communications executive with over 20 years experience in flagship projects in broadcast, social and print media. She has worked at senior level across the world for several media organisations including RTE, BBC, TV3, Today FM and SBS Australia. As Executive and Series Producer with RTE, Marie’s key skills include creativity and co-ordination, along with training and mentoring staff. Marie has lectured in TV production and story-telling at Dublin City University and Cork Institute of Technology where she honed her presentation, training and development skills.

  • Aldagh McDonogh
    Aldagh McDonogh Group CEO
    Morgan McKinley

    Aldagh McDonogh is Chief Executive Officer of Morgan McKinley, a global professional recruitment and talent management company.  She joined in 2010 as Transformation Director and has been instrumental, together, with her colleagues, in driving the evolution and growth of the business as it continues to transform and expand its operations globally. Aldagh was previously co-founder of a leading marketing services company in Ireland and was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. She was formerly Global Marketing Director for Baileys and also worked at the global soft drinks giant Coca-Cola as Head of Consumer Marketing for Ireland. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.

  • Padraig Berry
    Padraig Berry CEO
    TTI Success Insights Ireland

    Actively involved in business leadership positions across the globe for the last 35 years Padraig transitioned from the world of investment (he holds an M.B.A. from ESSEC Paris and ran Chuck Feeney’s Investment Company in Ireland) to ‘people’ in the mid-nineties when he realized that the key to organisational success is the right people in the right seats - that culture eats strategy for breakfast. 

    As CEO of TTI Success Insights Ireland Padraig works with 'Human Talent Professionals' who want credible, reliable, science-based tools to significantly improve results for themselves, their organisations and their clients. 

  • Jim Norris
    Jim Norris Director of Human Resources
    Allstate Northern Ireland

    Jim Norris has over 20 years experience in Human Resources and a further 14 years working in manufacturing roles.  Jim has been with Allstate since 1999 in a variety of HR roles and currently is Senior HR manager with responsibility for the HR and Talent Acquisition function for Allstate’s Technology services with over 2,000 employees across three sites in Northern Ireland.

  • Laura Caren
    Laura Caren HR - Talent Management & Acquisition
    Allstate NI

    Laura has over 15 years recruitment experience starting her career in agency, specializing in temporary recruitment before opening her own agency which specialized in permanent IT recruitment. After 10 years, Laura then decided to move her career to in-house recruitment and joined Allstate over 2 years ago where she now manages the Talent Acquisition function. Laura focuses on identifying key talent for skilled opportunities from both the external market and working with L&D to develop strategic reskilling programs for internal resources.

  • Michelle Halloran
    Michelle Halloran Trainer
    Human Resource Management Services

    Michelle Halloran is an experienced Human Resource Management professional providing training and consultancy services to organisations nationwide, in the Public and Private sector. She has spent a long career originally in executive and general management roles, then specialising in Human Resources management in Ireland, the UK and Europe, across various sectors including investment banking, information technology, manufacturing and services plus some time in the public sector, before starting her own HR consultancy business 12 years ago. Her key areas of expertise are in workplace investigations, disciplinary and performance management and employee relations, and the practical application of employment law in a HR context.

  • Edwin O'Hora
    Edwin O'Hora Principal Consultant & Owner
    OHORA Consulting

    As Owner and Principal Consultant, Edwin holds over 12 years’ top level experience in senior HR management and executive HR leadership roles spanning the Distribution, Pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors.

  • Mary Lynch
    Mary Lynch Senior Consultant
    OMT Global

    Former HR Director with a large Medical Devices manufacturer, Mary is a highly skilled and dynamic organisational development consultant and business coach.
    She has extensive experience working with Senior leaders in a wide variety of Corporate, SME, public, private and third sector organisations across Ireland, Europe and the US in the areas of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Culture diagnostic and road mapping
    • Talent Management
    • Facilitation of team dynamics: Top management teams
    • HR Consultancy
    • Large group facilitation

Event details


9.15am to 4.45pm


25 March 2020


Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin


Standard Rate: €495

Save an additional €20 if you pay online when booking.