Asia’s Signature HR Event Exploring New Workforce Strategies and Top Management Solutions

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - May 13, 2016 - The inaugural HR Summit & Expo HK opened its door yesterday in Hall 1A of Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Organised by Diversified Communications Hong Kong and supported by the strategic partner HRM Asia, the Asia's signature HR event features business leaders and HR practitioners on sharing their unique workforce strategies, and HR suppliers showcasing their finest talent management solutions and related services.


This year's summit commenced with an opening speech by Stuart Bailey, Managing Director of Diversified Communications Hong Kong & Singapore who heartily welcomed the delegates. He said that the summit would offer high-quality programmes focusing on the important topics of HR, and would benefit the industry after all.


He then recalled the theme of this year's summit and expo: People, Culture, Strategy. "People with different characteristics should be taken care of in different approaches in order to optimize their performance," he said. "Besides, every organisation needs to have their own culture which embraces and nurtures talent for achieving business growth."


Stuart added that as good strategies were essential in effective talent management, he truly hoped that what the delegates gained in the two-day summit would help them formulate their own strategies and lead them to success.


The summit continues with the keynote speaker Rob Lilwall, Adventurer, Author and Motivational Speaker, and the plenary speaker Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park, sharing their insights into empowering people in the workplace and motivating employees to reach the peak of their performance.


Treat Toughness as a Challenge: The Way to Overcome Obstacles


Rob Lilwall drew parallels between the challenges of an adventure and the challenges of the workplace. He said the bad days we came across at work were just like the tough situations happened on an expedition -- which makes us feel frustrated and tired with the thought of giving up. He advised us that when we are facing obstacles in life, we should treat toughness as a challenge but not a problem.


"We should try to come up with the effective solutions to tackle the challenges or even think of the best ways to prevent difficulties. We need to have a sense of humor for cultivating a positive mind," said Rob. "We also have to take good care of ourselves and focus on the goals, which are always the motivation for us to move on. And, if necessary, we should ask for help from the people around us, and this is a required skill to succeed."


Change & Innovate: The Secret Behind Ocean Park's Success


Tom Mehrmann then shared his experience of leading Ocean Park to launch the Master Redevelopment Plan which eventually turned the Park into a world-class family travel destination with huge increase in visitors and revenues. He said achieving aspirational goals was no easy task, yet staying competitive was even harder.


"Once we achieved the success we had desired, we should no longer hope for achieving better but think of the possible ways to maintain existing advantages and competitiveness, as it is what we all need to do," said Tom. He added that being constantly hungry for change and innovate beyond customers' imagination were always their golden rules.


Other influential business leaders and HR professionals also shared their success stories. The insightful topics include: Women in Leadership, Rewired Conversations, Corporate Culture, Corporate Social Responsibilities, Employer Branding, Talent Development and Retention, etc. The first day summit finished after a big debate with the summit speakers gathered together and discussed the ROI for investing in the HR of a company.


Free Expo: Top HR Solutions and Practices Showcase


In the expo hall next door, advanced HR suppliers showcased their leading HR technologies, innovative talent management and development solutions including employee wellness services; training and development; recruitment; performance and psychological assessment tools; HR management outsourcing services; HR technology; and legal and tax services, etc.

At the same time, actionable talent strategies and the very best professional development programmes were also introduced in the free seminars and workshops. The insightful topics include the use of HR technology; motivating generation Y employees, talent strategy in change management, energising employees to achieve better results and leadership development, etc.

Ms. Bianca Wong, Group Human Resources & Corporate Communications Director, Jebsen & Co. Ltd said the HR Summit & Expo Hong Kong was impressive.

"The summit and expo is great in terms of diversity. Here I can meet with many HR industry peers from across Asia to discuss new challenges and share the best practices," said Bianca. "At the same time, I was also able to talk to a lot of high-quality vendors with different kinds of expertise. We shared new ideas and they inspired me on how to prepare for the future." She added that she would definitely recommend her peers to visit the summit and expo.

Best Places to Work in Hong Kong Awards: Recognising the Best Employers

The first day of the HR Summit & Expo Hong Kong concluded with the exciting celebrations happening at The Best Places to Work in Hong Kong Awards Presentation Ceremony. Enterprises who had been dedicated in employees' wellness by establishing an ideal workplace were honoured. And for those achieving the highest number of votes in each category, they were further recognised by receiving the Best of the Best Awards.

The enterprises include:

  • adidas Hong Kong Limited (Retail category)
  • AIA Group (Banking, Finance, Insurance category)
  • Hong Kong Airlines Limited (Transportation, Logistics, Public Utilities category)
  • Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (Amusement, Recreational, Entertainment Services category)
  • Lan Kwai Fong Group (Food & Beverages category)
  • New World Development Company Limited (Construction/Real Estate category)
  • The Peninsula Hong Kong (Hospitality Category)

Stanley Yau, Director of Human Resources & Administration of Hong Kong Airlines, said the company was honoured to receive the award.

"It is definitely a recognition to our management, HR department and all employees. It affirms our dedication in fostering a better career development for our young and passionate talent by providing a clear career path and with lots of promotion opportunities," said Stanley.

The HR Summit & Expo HK 2016 continues today from 10am to 6pm (the summit will commence at 9am) in Hall 1A of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Expo is free for business personnel and HR professionals; the paid summit will be held next to Hall 1A in the N100 conference rooms. Summit tickets will also be available on-site. For more information of the HR Summit & Expo HK, please visit or contact us.

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About HR Summit & Expo HK

HR Summit & Expo HK is organised by Diversified Communications with strategic partner HRM Asia. It is designed to bring together C-suite business executives, chief HR directors and other HR professionals from a broad spectrum of industries for the two-day conference and exhibition. At the summit, delegates can discuss challenges and best practices not only within the field of HR, but also with regards to overall company strategy, culture and direction, and how it will play a pivotal role in their future business. While on the expo floor, they will be able to speak to solutions providers and find services that fulfil the needs of their organisation to realise the potential of their people.


About Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications is a fast-growing international communications company headquartered in the United States. With 16 offices across 7 countries and 9 divisions, the company spans businesses across broadcasting, digital products, software, publishing and the production of market-leading events, with a product portfolio serving 16 industries in 14 countries and counting. In Hong Kong, Diversified Communications organises a growing portfolio of trade exhibitions and conferences, including Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong, Seafood Expo Asia, Natural & Organic Products Asia, Retail Asia Expo, Omni-Channel Retailing Conference, HR Summit & Expo HK, Learning & Teaching Expo, and Asia-Pacific International Conference. All the events embrace an established relationship with key suppliers and buyers in different industries.


About HRM Asia

HRM Asia is a private limited company registered in Singapore since 2002. They specialise in dedicated HR magazines and world-class events, providing an array of thought-leading HR discussion and information to HR professionals in Singapore and across Asia. Since their inception, HRM Asia has played an important part in connecting HR professionals across all sectors. HRM Asia concentrates on the issues and challenges facing the HR industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters to HR professionals.


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