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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr David McGuire,

Glasgow Caledonian

Power, Possibility and Potential: Lessons from the Research Collaborative Process in HRD

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Too often, the research process is considered as a solo endeavour with limited consideration given to the growing importance of research collaborations. With pressures arising from the tenure process (US) and REF exercise (UK), researchers are increasingly adopting a strategic approach to working collaboratively (Brewis 2018; Jonsen et al. 2012). The growing use of metrics (journal rankings, journal citation index, h-index) combined with very high journal rejection rates is changing the landscape through which research is conceptualised, developed and produced. This is also indicative of broader marketisation, consumerism and accountability trends affecting how research is structured and prioritised within higher education institutions. In this milieu, research collaborations have offered opportunities for researchers to attain career goals and build research identities while satisfying the instrumental goals and targets of the institutions where they work. This keynote address draws upon interviews with experienced researchers who are members of UFHRD and AHRD. The keynote considers the HRD research collaborative process around the themes of collaboration norms, rationale and motivations to engage in collaboration, collaborative influences and the management of conflict.


Professor Laura Bierema,

University of Georgia, College of Education

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Implicit Bias is Showing: Gender Hegemony and its Impact on HRD Research and Practice

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This keynote will explore how the landscape of gender-based research is changing from a binary-focused (female versus male) endeavor to one that includes femininities, masculinities, gender fluidity, and intersectionality. Given that research and practice are steeped in implicit bias and gender hegemony, HRD professionals need to be more conscious and critical of these dynamics in order to fully unleash the potential of HRD in ways that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. 

 Dr. Bierema is a Cyril O. Houle Scholar in Adult and Continuing Education and Lilly Fellow.  She is the recipient of the Richard A. Swanson Excellence in Research Award and four Academy of Human Resource Development’s “Cutting Edge” Awards for best conference paper. She is the 2009 recipient of the Highly Commended Award by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence; 2012 winner of the University of Georgia College of Education Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award; 2012 recipient of the Sherpa Trailblazer of the Year Award in recognition of innovation application of the Sherpa Coaching Process; 2013 winner of the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Outstanding Scholar Award; 2014 winner of the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Book of the Year; 2015 winner of the University, Professional, and Continuing Education Association Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature; 2017 recognition as a Master Executive Coach by Sherpa Coaching; and 2018 U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar.

Ann Francke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As the CEO of the Chartered Management Institute, Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability in increasing impact of management and leadership excellence.  She is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and on the gender pay gap.

Ann has authored ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’, holds an advisory board position at Grant Thornton International, and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. Ann was awarded the MemCom ‘Louis Armstrong award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body’ in 2016.

Ann previously held Senior Executive positions at: Procter and Gamble, Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI.


Our other Keynote Speaker is Steve Morton from Virgin Money 


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