Announcing Learning Cafe UnConference 2014

A unique professional development event for experienced Learning professionals not to be missed. Limited to 150 participants.

“There were lots of opportunities to hear from the experts but also share insights with peer professionals. It was, appropriately, an excellent learning environment. It’s always affirming to hear that people in the same profession are facing similar challenges” Anne Hodges – L&D Manager , Participant UnConference 2012″

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Learning Cafe UnConference on 20 Feb 2014, Thurs at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.


The theme for the UnConference is “Learning in 2014 – Agility to Relevance”. We explore applying emerging business practices and models such as Agile, MOOCs, Start Ups, and Crowd sourcing to transform the way corporate Learning, designs and delivers business value.

The UnConference is designed to be a unique and value add professional development event for Learning, Capability and HR professionals. Why is it unique ?

  • We cover forward looking trends and themes relevant to our profession. No “push presentations”. Participate in sessions facilitated by experienced L&D professionals.
  • Gathering of experienced and passionate practitioners who want improve their craft.
  • No exhibitions or selling messages. We discuss what is relevant and not what is sponsored.
  • Speak out as it is – We explore contrarian views to some popular perceptions (e.g “Why Learning is too important to be in HR”)
  • Focus on quality not quantity. The UnConference will be limited to 150 participants (first come first serve).

Our stream leads ensure that their streams and the UnConference remain grounded and practical.
Learning Cafe Stream Leads

Focus on Performance:

  • Michael Eichler – Senior Manager Learning, People & Culture, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Region.
  • Libby Bell – Effective Learning – Leadership Learning
  • Darin Fox (Optus) Focus on Performance – TBC
  • Christine Bessell – Browne (Qantas) – CPD for L&D (TBC)

Effective Learning:

  • Peter Hall – Head of Learning and Development – Aus/Asia Pacific. QBE
  • Liz Griffin – Effective Learning – Leadership Learning TBC
  • Peter Davis – Effective Learning – 80:20:10

Developing our Profession

  • Nicola Atkinson – Head Learning & Development at Ashurst.
  • Amanda Webb – Director at One Degree HR

Enabling Technology

  • Rob Wilkins – Head of Learning – Aussie Home Loans
  • Ryan Tracey – Enabling Technology – Open Badges or Other (TBC)
  • Jeevan Joshi (Producer – Learning Cafe)

Synthesis and Integration

  • Jeevan Joshi (Producer – Learning Cafe)
  • Michelle Ockers (National Supply Chain Technical Capability Manager at Coca-Cola Amatil)
  • Pierre De Villiers—Learning, Talent & Diversity Lead – Pacific at Marsh
  • Robin Pettard (Director – Sprout Labs)

Learning from StartUps

  • Patrick Crooks- Founder – Fusion Co-innovation Labs & Director -Fishburners Entrepreneurial Community.
  • What CEOs wants from Learning – Brian Pereira- CEO of the CN Group, and Chair on the Board of HeartKids Australia.

+ More than 10 other experienced Learning Professionals who will facilitate sessions.

Have a look at the UnConference Content and Structure and you will see why the Learning Cafe UnConference is unique and value adds. 95% of the participants who attended the 2012 UnConference, said they would come back.

This is a unique event open to a limited number of experienced learning & development professionals to maintain the quality and intimacy of discussions.

    • Date : Thursday, 20 Feb 2014
    • Costs :$ 375 + GST – Early bird till 22 Dec 2013 and $400 + GST after 22nd Dec).
    • Venue : Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, Sydney
Limited to 150 Participants

$375 + GST (Early Bird -Till Dec 23, 2013)
$400 + GST (After Dec 24, 2013)