Rethinking the business of HR – HR for Corporate Innovation

​​​​​​​​Join us for a breakfast event ​​​​​​​​dedicated to HR professionals. The objective is to assist HR practitioners from across industries embed innovation in their HR function and in their organisation for better performance.​

HR for Corporate Innovation


7.15 am   Registration & Networking Breakfast

8.30 am   Presentations and dialogue

10.35 am Ends


Why are HR and Innovation still mutually exclusive in an interdependent employment landscape?

In this competitive world, innovation is seen as a key competitive advantage for most businesses to stay ahead of the pack. Concurrently, most companies claim that their Human Capital is their most  important asset. Why is it then that these two scenarios fail to interconnect? Why has HR failed to adapt to this changing innovative landscape, and why has the concept of HR and Innovation remained completely untapped? Join us to unpack the truths and myths on where HR currently stands in this changing world, why HR departments will continue to fail if they are not seen as a strategic partner, and why they will continue to fail if the traditional mind-set does not change.

The session will focus on what obstacles HR continually face when it comes to innovation as well as outline why classical employment will no longer exist.

Other areas that will be tackled include:

  • What form does HR and Innovation look like and where does the HR professional fit into this equation?
  • What steps need to be taken to make this innovation leap?
  • Unpacking: Diversity, Accepting Failure; Hiring principles; Talent and the future of talent and leadsership

Speakers include:

Roy Clark, Managing Director, ClarkHouse Human Capital

Having worked in the Transactional/Payments Banking industry both locally and internationally for a number of years, his passion for people and relationships led him to work within the Human Capital industry.

He is a passionate Human Capital strategist, key note speaker, moderator and entrepreneur with experience in Human Capital advisory and search services to international blue-chip, boutique banking and financial services organizations helping them innovate using future focused Human Capital methodologies. He also works closely with professionals who want individual, expert career advice. He is the Founder of ClarkHouse Human Capital – a Human Capital Business Enabler and he is the inspiration behind the ClarkHouse Core Purpose which is 'To Rise by Lifting Others'. It is the ethos and foundation of what the company stands for and all it does. Roy also works closely with certain NGO's on leadership.

Roy holds a Economics degree from UNISA and has a PDM in Human Resources from Wits Business School.

Bianca Bosch, Totem Africa 

Bianca heads up Totem, Africa. She is a connector of people, needs and ideas. She gained her diverse experience in client management and business development in Corporate Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing a BA degree and PR Course, she worked with clients in various industries; from banking to communication and engineering. She flexed her entrepreneurial skills having run her own business,worked with international suppliers from Asia to Italy, before joining the Innovation Gurus at Totem.

Totem is a crowd-powered innovation company head quartered in Silicon Valley. Totem has developed a unique patent-pending process for scalable innovation crowdsourcing, and for profiling individuals on their innovation and entrepreneurial skills. They have also led significant projects for Fortune 500 companies, across consumer packaged goods, beverages, financial services, and technology verticals. Their approach enables them to deliver superior innovation results, in significantly less time, and for less investment, than traditional innovation methodologies.

Totem's work spans the entire product cycle: Front-end innovation, new product pipeline, consumer insights, concept development, product design, packaging and retail experience, brand repositioning, new target identification and creation of original branded social content. They work with companies to help them understand their employees' capacity to innovate and provide support and training to fully leverage innovation programmes.

​Candice Mathews, Head of Investment Banking Finance Programme Management, Standard Bank 

Candice's key areas of responsibility include developing and implementing strategic initiatives and programmes with a focus on risk management, business performance and operational effectiveness and efficiency. She is also the Chairman of the Diversity and Inclusion for the Corporate and Investment Bank Finance Division. Candice has successfully launched internal innovation initiatives as part of a broader campaign to build an innovation capability in CIB. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 10 years' experience in the Finance arena.

Stacey-Lee Bolon, Innovations Manager, FNB

Stacey holds four degrees from The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and is an Industrial Psychologist who works for FNB, heading up the Innovators Programme for their Business Banking Segment. She has prior experience in the fields of HR, Strategy as well as Analytics.

Stacey works alongside Executive Management to drive innovation, ensuring The Bank meets its strategic imperative of achieving differentiation, business growth and sustainability through ensuring the constant creation of innovation. Through harnessing collaborative efforts as well as inculcating and embedding a culture of innovation, an organisation not only motivates implementation of innovation, but also inspires purposeful work which creates a strong talent attraction opportunity.

Dr Jeff Y-J Chen, GIBS Faculty

Jeff's research and teaching interests include innovation strategy, value creation thinking and human computer interaction. In partnership with Riaan Lourens, one of Chen's research topics attempts to understand how CIOs across different sectors can be better prepared for the role of the CInOs (chief innovation officers). Chen also coaches and advises organisations within the financial services and technology sectors.

Prior to joining GIBS, he served at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for eight years, and spent four years prior to that managing his family business. Apart from having received his MSc (Rhodes), PhD (UCT) and MPhil (USB), he also completed several other advanced certifications and is currently concluding his PhD (WBS) focused on enhancing collective intelligence for corporate innovation​​

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