Webinars, Community Conversations and much more


CHRO SA MD Joël Roerig provides an update on everything the community can expect in the coming months.

Who knew it would take a pandemic to accelerate the unstoppable growth of an executive community? With physical events like summits and dinners being rendered impossible by the Covid-19 restrictions that have been in place since March, the CHRO South Africa community has taken refuge online – and how!

Amid the confusion and anxiety of lockdown, we soon realised that connections, support, perspective, consolation and fresh ideas are needed more than ever. The weekly CHRO SA Community Conversations on Tuesday evenings have quickly developed into the best platform for HR leaders to ask each other questions, exchange ideas, blow off steam and compare notes of what it's like to be in charge of the people agenda during such crazy times.

The CHRO South Africa community is now over three years old, with the launch of HR Indaba Africa in 2018 and CHRO Awards in 2019 major milestones in its growth. I don’t think we have ever added so many new participants to our initiatives as during the current lockdown period though.

The topics have been tough, but also stimulating and inspirational – what a privilege to be part of these chats!

What’s next? First of all, you’re going to be hearing from the HR Indaba Network soon. Secondly, we are entering the wondrous world of webinars. They won’t just be any webinars, but freely accessible HR masterclasses, panel discussions with CHROs and deep dives into tools, trends and burning questions.

If the nearly 1,000 registrations for the very first webinar – about remuneration and Covid-19 – are anything to go by, we’re finding ourselves at the top of another rollercoaster ride.

If you would like to get involved in the CHRO SA Community Conversations or webinars, please don’t hesitate to let me know. And if you want to expose your direct reports to the world-class learning and networking you have become used to, please send me a note about corporate membership details. 

As this people crisis unfolds further, I wish you strength, insight and a community to support you.

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