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The Henley Forum Annual Conference 2021 - Becoming Agile: An international festival of learning

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Date 26 - 29 April 2021
Time 0:00-0:00 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Venue Online
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Becoming Agile: An international festival of learning

It's been a demanding year and agility has been essential – both personally and organisationally. The world of work is messy but the pandemic has thrown a whole new curve ball. We've all had to make sense of the chaos and adapt to survive in the uncertainty. At the Henley Forum 2021 Annual Conference, we will celebrate innovative practice, share the learning and look ahead to the future of work.

This is about being agile - our ability to respond, adapt and renew quickly in a rapidly changing, turbulent and uncertain world - rather than doing 'Agile' methodology.

This year, making the most of the virtual format, we have opened our doors to the world! With an international line-up of speakers and participation from across the globe, we're looking forward to a truly international festival of learning. We hope you will join us.


  • International speakers
  • Interactive workshops
  • Informal networking
  • Fringe activities – join our Henley Forum Community Coffee sessions

Benefits of attending:

  • gather international perspectives, success stories, and learning from different sectors
  • absorb valuable learning from leading-edge practice and innovative thought leaders
  • make new connections with a global audience and strengthen existing one
  • create actionable insights to re-energise your work
  • be first to hear about new Henley Forum research and leave with some practical tools

This is a carefully curated conference, not a series of webinars. Each day we will take a new perspective on our Conference theme ‘Becoming Agile’. Making connections between the sessions and the sub-themes offers you much richer insights.

Conference speakers:

  • An international perspective
    • KEYNOTE: Jon Foster-Pedley and John Vlismas - Co-producing agility
    • WORKSHOP: Bonnie Cheuk - Business and learning agility
    • Dr Stacey Young - Managing adaptively in international development
  • Leadership agility in a changing world
    • Jonathan Armstrong - Bridging the gap
    • Jennifer Bryan and Steve Wells - Leading change with foresight for growth
    • Freddie Quek - How NOT to do Agile
    • Dr Sharon Varney - Leadership in complexity and change
    • Chris Shern - Return of the Vikings – Nordic leadership in extreme change
  • Sustaining energy and momentum
    • WORKSHOP: Katherine Handy-Woods and Kenda Gaynham - Being agile – going slow to go fast
    • RESEARCH INSIGHTS: Dr Divyata Sohal - In it for the long haul: Rising to the challenge of sustaining KM
    • RESEARCH INSIGHTS: Professor Karen Jansen and Professor Bernd Vogel - Change, change, change: Sustaining energy
  • Becoming resiliently agile
    • KEYNOTE: Dr Linda Holbeche - Resilience as a partner to agility
    • PANEL: Karen Battersby, Scott Leeb, James Markham and Ian Rodwell - COVID-19 as a catalyst for change
    • WORKSHOP: Becoming resiliently agile

Fringe sessions

Drop into our Henley Forum Community Coffee sessions to get even more value from your festival pass:

  • Wednesday 21st April (11.30-13.00) – meet some of your fellow participants and warm up your thinking
  • Wednesday 5th May (11.30-13.00) – reconnect and reflect to continue your learning

Session overview:

Henley Forum 2021 session outlines

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