Cornell University

Executive Education

193 Ives Faculty Building, 607-255-5324

The Modern CHRO Role & Strategies for Success

Too many firms find their chief human resource officer (CHRO) role difficult, if not impossible, to fill with internal candidates. The reason often given for this insufficient pipeline is that the CHRO job is vastly different from those that report into it—leaving direct reports with no idea how to effectively fill the role. In an effort to increase the talent pipeline for the top HR job, the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), ILR Executive Education, and the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) are offering a new executive program to help better prepare your leading HR talent for a future CHRO role.

Class of 2014-15 Program Dates

Session 1 | November 5-6, 2014 | New York, NY
Session 2 | March 16-18, 2015 | New York, NY

Course Objectives

Designed as a two module, invitation-only series, this program brings attendees face-to-face with the daily realities of the CHRO position. Senior human resource officers tell their own stories, laying out principles of success in a role requiring perhaps a wider range of skills and competencies than any other organizational position.

In addition to session content, an action learning project will be another integral part of this program. The project helps attendees gain an in-depth understanding of the unique dynamics of the CHRO role in their own firms. Attendees will use session information, dialogues conducted within their firms, and group feedback to complete a project designed to bridge the two modules and highlight personal areas for further development.

Course of Study

Session One | 1.5 days
Our first session focuses on building a more complete understanding of the CHRO role, specifically looking at what sets it apart from those roles reporting into it. Attendees will hear from and interact with highly respected, experienced CHROs—providing a rare one-to-one, insider's view into the multi-faceted role of today's top HR executive. In addition, Cornell University ILR School faculty will expose attendees to their leading research and recent findings about the evolving CHRO role.

Session Two | 3 Days
Our second session drills down into the most sensitive aspects of the CHRO role, allowing attendees to hear how experienced senior human resource officers deal with these issues. Senior executive faculty will focus on executive compensation, roles and relationships with the Board, and managing the CEO relationship—with a particular emphasis on specific challenges faced by the CHRO, and suggestions for overcoming them.

Application Process

Applicants must be nominated to attend by their senior human resource officer (CHRO) or CEO. A brief nomination letter and resume is required for consideration. Companies may nominate no more than two candidates per class, and application is for both sessions of the program.

This program is appropriate for HR employees of larger, for-profit U.S. corporations. However, non-U.S. participants are welcome, with the caveat that all presenters are U.S executives and sessions will focus mainly on issues related to U.S. forms of corporate organization. The program is limited to 15 attendees, and early application is highly recommended.

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Program Fee: $9,950

Fee includes tuition, instructional materials, a hot buffet breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and coffee breaks each day, as well as one group dinner per session. Lodging not included.