Meet The Disruptors: Louisa Scanlan of DisruptHR Manchester, UK

Who are the people that are taking the lead in disrupting the future of work?

They‰’re the official Disruptors (Organizers) of DisruptHR events held in cities around the world. Each week, we‰’ll introduce you to one of these intelligent, inspiring, and beautiful people (okay, pick two) who have stepped up, and volunteered to organize a Disrupt HR event in their city.

Louisa Scanlan of DisruptHR – Manchester, UK- (Disruptor #272)

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Who are you, and what do you do in your ‰day job‰?

Louisa Scanlan – Director of Collaborate Business Solutions

How did you first hear about DisruptHR?

I came across DisruptHR a while ago through social media, linked to the event in London. I thought about setting up in Manchester but did not have the bandwidth at the time.

Why did you decide to raise your hand and become an organizer for DisruptHR events in Manchester?

It was actually my co-host Beckie Taylor who put her hand up and she asked me to work with her. Really bizarre as I had enquired about Manchester about six months before. We agreed to work together to bring DisruptHR to Manchester as we felt there were some amazing stories to tell and great insights to share.

How many events have you organized?

We have held two events with our third taking place in October this year. We hold two per year, one in March and one in October and they have attracted around 80 people to each event so far.

What types of people/industries have attended your events?

People come from all walks of life, to be honest. I thought that we would get a lot of HR people (obviously!) but we have had business leaders, accountants, and management consultants attend. A real mix of people but everyone very passionate about doing different things in their organisations.

What are you most proud of that has come out of being involved with/organizing DisruptHR events?

Just the buzz that people have when they leave. The impact on social media leading up to, at the event and after is mad – gives you a great feeling. I have made some great connections and friends as a result.

What kind of feedback have you received from those who attended prior DisruptHR Manchester events?

Being told that the event was awesome and the disbelief that it was our first one. One person told me it was a brilliant event, really inspiring and then was really unhappy that the next one wasn’t until March. They promptly wanted us to bring it forward!

What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?

My favorite talks come from Gary Cookson, he is an HR poet. His talks are incredibly inventive but have a really powerful message, a lot around work-life balance.

Parenthood | Gary Cookson | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

Based off of the Talks and conversations at your events, what do you feel are the areas with the biggest opportunity for disruption?

Performance management, talent management, engagement, worklife balance

What excites you or frustrates you about the future of work, your career and/or DisruptHR?

The big thing for me is that people want a change and that is my area of specialism; people wanting to do things differently, not for the sake of it but because there are genuine benefits for working with people in a new way. Some great opportunities ahead.

What‰’s Happening With DisruptHR Manchester, UK:

DisruptHR Manchester, UK Community Page

DisruptHR Manchester, UK on Twitter (@DisruptHRMcr)


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