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JM | Sep 23, 2022

HRMAJ launches 42nd annual conference with comprehensive goal to inspire 

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Melissa Anderson (left), director of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) and conference chair alongside Micheal McAnnuff Jones, HRMAJ vice-president (centre) and Lois Walters, president of the HRMAJ at the launch of its 42nd annual conference on September 21, 2022 in Kingston. (Photo: Contributed)

The Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) hosted the launch of the 42nd staging of its annual conference at the Sagicor Auditorium on Wednesday (September 21). 

The conference will span two days, stacked with thought-provoking panels and interactive discussion, from October 6 to 7. Rightfully named HRMAJ’s HR & Leadership Virtual Masterclass, with the theme “Stepping Up… Igniting Greatness.,” participants are sure to leave enlightened. 

Lois Walters, president of the HRMAJ, in her speech sought to stimulate the minds of her listeners and pending conference attendees with words of encouragement and guidance.

“As leaders and HR professionals, we must not waste the opportunities in front of us,” she said, adding more words of inspiration and enlightenment. Afterwhich, her championing self-empowerment through the masterclass came to an end with an amalgamation of her “steps of stepping up.”

She encouraged people to register for the conference, where they “will be equipped to be strategists who transform the world of work with excellence, through persistence and passion, while inspiring and navigating the challenges through groundbreaking changes.”

Topics will touch on ‘Igniting Strategic Human Resource Leadership’, ‘Threats on the Labour Market’, ‘Tips for the Talent Hunt’, ‘Microaggression’, ‘High-Performance Culture’, ‘AI and Digitalization in HR’, and so much more.

From left-right: Dr Lois Parkes, director of HRMAJ and conference co-chair; Melissa Anderson, director of HRMAJ and conference chair; Micheal McAnnuff Jones, vice-president of HRMAJ; Lois Walters, president of HRMAJ; Darlene Jones and Colin Ebanks, HRMAJ directors. (Photo: Contributed)

To accompany the sneak peek was mention of the diligence employed in selecting these topics, basing them on the future of HR, the need for HR professionals to be able to pivot, and of course, Jamaica’s 60th year of independence.

In addition to the conference, HRMAJ will partner with The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their community-focused CSR initiative, dubbed Project Star, on October 8.

This collaborative effort will focus on the social transformation and renewal of 10-20 specially selected areas in need, beginning with the Rose Gardens community.

The goal of this transformational project will be to facilitate evidence-based change within the established neighbourhoods through sustained violence prevention.

Micheal McAnnuff Jones, vice-president of HRMAJ; Lois Walters, HRMAJ president; Melissa Anderson, director of HRMAJ and conference chair; and Damion Hylton, senior technical project officer with Project STAR by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. (Photo: Contributed)

The primary avenue will be to increase the job readiness and employability of the area’s residents. In addition, the teams will embark on workshops and seminars to help to empower community members. Not only will Project Star impact these communities, but it will also influence the overall job market of the country. 

With an incredible lineup of speakers and panel members, HRMAJ’s HR & Leadership Virtual Masterclass and CSR initiative will be an event like none other.

The planned engagement, discussions, and community outreach will leave participants with a heightened understanding of the world of work, those around them, and their intrinsic goals. 

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