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HR leaders play a strategic role in helping companies respond to a rapidly changing business environment. As the architects of agile organizations, they must build talent pipelines, achieve workforce efficiencies, lead change and enable organizational excellence. To succeed in this important capacity, HR professionals must possess strong leadership skills.

Join ILR professors Dr. Brad Bell and Dr. Chris Collins for an intensive, highly interactive, three-day program that equips HR professionals to provide strategic support to senior leaders, helping them contend with a myriad of organizational, talent and workforce issues.

Integrating academic research with practice, this session examines the need for trusted HR professionals with the expertise to advise senior leadership teams and the vision to design successful business solutions. This data-driven approach is grounded in five years of research and industry best practices from Cornell ILR's Center for Advanced HR Studies (CAHRS), including hundreds of interviews with chief HR officers, senior-level HR leaders and senior business leaders.

Participants will assess their current skills and examine competencies needed to serve as trusted and credible HR leaders, such as managing organizational politics and building relationships, addressing disruptive team dynamics, delivering courageous discussions, coaching and engaging leaders, and accelerating business strategy.

In this active learning environment, participants apply concepts and solutions to real-life situations, through group exercises, case studies, skill-building and more — and receive on-the-spot faculty and peer feedback and coaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain the confidence and tangible skills to influence, coach and serve as a trusted advisor to senior business and HR leaders, effectively leveraging a seat at the table
  • Understand the value of effective contracting and relationship building
  • Develop skills for managing difficult discussions (i.e., courageous conversations)
  • Design strategies for launching agile leadership teams — helping them meet business needs and overcome challenges
  • Create talent management solutions to accelerate high potential individuals

Who Should Participate

Mid- to senior-level HR professionals with a breadth and depth of HR expertise who support a senior leadership team.

Recognition of Achievement

Certificate of Completion from the Cornell ILR School

Earn Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) credits or Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) credits.

Recertification credits are awarded upon successful completion of this program.


Day 1

Understanding the role of HR leaders and the key leadership capabilities that enable business results

Learn why effective contracting and relationship-building are vital to credible HR leadership

Display courage as an HR leader

Day 2

Understand how to coach business leaders to achieve organizational results

Practice conducting difficult conversations (i.e., courageous discussions)

Understand the dynamics of organizational politics and strategies for managing potential disruptions

Day 3

Learn to launch, lead and support successful and agile senior leadership teams

Explore how HR leaders serve as talent architects — spotting and developing high potential talent to enable business strategy


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Dates for our next session will be released soon.

Contact us to find out more.