While designing the annual GPMA conference, the HR FORUM 2015, we looked back at the main themes of the previous GPMA conferences and saw how far we have come since 2004 as a Human Resource Industry and how many different issues we have dealt with all these years.

During this time:

We have elaborated on topics, such as our role in the new era (Brand Εconomy – ΗR Forum 2004), our place as a Strategic Partner (Βusiness Partner – HR Forum 2006), our Engagement (Engagement – HR Forum 2008), issues pertaining to Human Resource Management in Southeastern Europe (ΗR in Southeastern Europe – HR Forum 2009), the Added Value of our industry (Delivering Value – HR Forum 2010), being on the Alert as an industry against the backdrop of the financial crisis (Alert – HR Forum 2011), Resilience (Resilience – HR Forum 2012) the competencies we must possess (HR Competencies – HR Forum 2013) and our contribution to Sustainability, Innovation, Growth (HR Forum 2014).

These Conferences, including other separate events held by the GPMA and other bodies, have contributed in enhancing our role, coping with radical changes in industrial relations and contributing to the establishment of a corporate culture and the accomplishment of corporate objectives with measurable results. We developed our skills and set a very high standard for our industry.

So, here we are at this year’s Conference, whose prime aim is to gain more insight and deepen our understanding of how we can succeed beyond what is expected from us.

The main theme of this Conference

HR Leadership: Reach Beyond The Expected

This event aims to acquaint us with all the new trends in Human Resource Management and show us how we can develop our role into that of an “Extraordinary and Truly Authentic Leader”, while enabling us, in close collaboration with all Line Managers and Corporate Leadership, to contribute in the forward-looking development of Companies and Persons supporting it.

This year, we have the pleasure of having two Keynote Speakers with us, who will join a team of 4 more distinguished guest speakers from abroad, a Managing Director, a panel of 7 senior Greek executives and the President of the European Association for People Μαnagement

Κeynote Speakers:

  1. Dr. Joe Folkman  19 March 2015

Joe Folkman is co-founder and President of Zenger Folkman, a firm that utilizes evidence-driven, strengths-based methods to improve organizations and the people within them. He is a respected authority on assessment and change, and an acclaimed keynote speaker at conferences and seminars the world over. His topics focus on a variety of subjects related to leadership development, feedback, and individual and organizational change.

He is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Harvard Business Review Blog Forum. His research has received placement in several publications including The Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly, CNBC News, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, Chief Learning Officer, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Training and Development Magazine, and Executive Excellence.

He is the author of the bestseller: Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders (McGraw-Hill, 2002) and many more.

  1. Mike Figliuolo  19 March 2015/Workshop 20 March 2015

Mike Figliuolo is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He spent time in corporate America as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an executive at Capital One Financial and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Mike is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC (www.thoughtleadersllc.com). He and his team train executives at leading companies on topics of leadership, strategy, communications, innovation, and other critical business skills.  He’s also the author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership. A highly sought-after speaker and trainer, Mr. Figliuolo has delivered his message around the world to thousands of executives and leaders through keynote presentations.

For one more year, the Conference will consist of one conference day and one 1-day workshop.

Thus, you can either attend only the conference day or register only for the 1-day workshop or attend both days (conference day plus 1-day workshop).

It is the GPMA Board’s view that in 2015 we need to visualise our leading authentic role and invest in developing those skills that will enable us to CONTRIBUTE FURTHER to business strategy and to the development of our Companies’ Human Resources, without compromising our moral values.


In a time when values, common sense, leadership and vision are at stake, let us try to become the leaders of a new era for Companies and our Society as a whole.

We therefore invite you to support our vision with your presence in this Conference.

Join us in this Conference to see our profession in a different light, focusing on Value-creating activities.

Yours sincerely,


Martha Milona – Ekonomakou

Chairman of the GPMA