The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our lives will be felt for generations to come. As leaders, never before have we faced such rapid change and uncertainty, nor had to adapt at such pace. SMG’s Learning Lab Conversation Series connect you with both thought leaders and HR peers to discuss challenges and issues in a collaborative and inspiring way.


Connect with other leaders and peers in a safe environment


Inspire change through the discussion of big ideas


Share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches to current issues

About the Series

Stephenson Mansell Group’s new Learning Lab Conversation Series allow you to connect with both thought leaders and HR peers to discuss ideas and issues of significance in a collaborative and inspiring way during this time of unprecedented change.

Our Learning Labs are a series of virtual conversations allowing you to focus on these challenges and opportunities ahead and have meaningful dialogue sharing experiences and coming away with new thinking and ideas to complex questions. 

These online sessions begin with a facilitated discussion, followed by smaller group breakouts, and conclude with group sharing.

Please register below and join us each fortnight for our free series designed for anyone in an HR leadership role. 

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Session One:

How do we hold onto our new-found freedom in the new normal?

Covid has had a profound impact on us all in different ways, yet it has also allowed us to stop, reflect and think about what matters most. So, how has Covid changed us and ultimately what will it mean for us moving forward? How do we find a balance between purpose and freedom in our new normal?

Join Alison Strasser in conversation with Virginia Mansell, as they lead a discussion on understanding our new sense of freedom, and the importance that anxiety plays on helping us form our decisions.   

Thursday 9th July 2020

12.00pm – 1.15pm AEST

Session Two:

What's in a number? The balance between EQ & IQ during uncertainty

In the face of ongoing unprecidented uncertainty, is it our emotional capacity or our intelligence which gets us through? How do we develop leaders with the right balance between EQ and IQ to be able to lead successfully in times of change and uncertainty? 

Joined in conversation with Virginia Mansell and Dr Be Pannell, participants will discuss the components of EQ & IQ and how each have an effect on others around us. 

Thursday 23rd July 2020

12.00pm – 1.00pm 

Session Three:

Interpersonal Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

Applying attachment theory to our workplaces, can help to highlight the connection people feel with each other. When this connection is broken suddenly, especially in the case of COVID, anxiety around how to interact effectively is heightened.

So, How do you lead effectly without the interpersonal feedback and interaction usually present in a face to face environment?  

​Joined in conversation with Virginia Mansell and Dr Coral Brown, participants will discuss the complexities of relating to each other in different ways and how insight can make us better leaders, managers, team members and employees.

Monday 24th August 2020

12.00pm – 1.00pm AEST


People need people... So does business

With almost all knowledge workers exposed to remote working at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic, research is showing a balancing act between returning to the office and continued working from home is needed. 

How as leaders, do we ensure our teams mental health and social connection needs are being met, while also ensuring productivity and performance are maintained?

Date coming soon



Leading with adaptability and agility

When we see rapid unpredictable change, how do we ensure we adapt and harness change to remain relevant? As leaders, how do we demonstrate a calmness when faced with uncertainty, and how do we make decisions when usual strategic planning methods often can’t apply? 

Date coming soon


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