Eugene Bortolozzo, CEO, BusinessRiver, the organiser of the event, said ‘the summit is really special because all the content is generated by the peer attendees themselves. This means that everyone who invests time through coming gets tailored content from other peers on pre-agreed subject matter.
‘Unlike the old conference model, where you have experts talking down to an audience, here you have peers informing and educating each other.’
A major part of the summit is that there are no keynote speakers. Instead, BusinessRiver works with a leading peer who takes on the Role of Summit Leader.
This year the honour falls to Simon Hand, Head of Reward & Recognition, Vodafone.
‘It’s a real pleasure to take on the role of Summit Leader for Ireland’s second annual Reward & Benefits Summit. My role will be to work with fellow Reward & Benefits professionals to identify the key themes for the event. This will enable us to highlight the main challenges and opportunities facing the Reward & Benefits community and agree how best to meet them. These discussions will be fully explored during the interactive round table sessions, which were hugely successful at last year’s event.’
Last year the summit drew practitioners from over 100 large employers in Ireland and was quickly endorsed as valuable new forum for senior HR leaders.