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Modern CHRO Role

Shape Culture. Inform Decision Making. Transform Organizations.

Learn how to be a strong CHRO and lead from the top seat.

Today's chief human resource offers (CHROs) must be strategic advisors as well as brilliant tacticians – providing leadership and counsel to executives while guiding human capital and talent management decisions to elevate organizational performance.

This nomination-only program enables participants to meet practicing top CHROs who will share their personal insight on:

  • The unique dynamics and real-world demands of being a CHRO
  • The specific talents and skills needed to shape innovative strategies and flawlessly execute programs

In addition, you'll take part in discussions led by senior Cornell ILR faculty who will share insights on the key issues faced by CHROs today and examine solutions for meeting these challenges.

In this 4.5-day intensive program, participants will leave with not only a firsthand look at what it takes to be a successful CHRO but also a personal development plan to help identify and address the skill gaps and critical business challenges facing their own organizations.

Who Should Attend

This intimate 4.5-day program is designed for high-potential HR executives who:

  • Must report to the CHRO
  • Have at least 15 years of HR experience and are ready to assume the top HR position within a few years, or
  • Have been already named as successors to their organization's current CHRO


Individuals must be nominated to attend this program by their CHRO or CEO. Companies can nominate up to two individuals per program. Each program is capped at 20 participants.

The program's registration process consists of: 

  1. A CHRO/CEO nomination letter. 

  2. An executive biography of the nominee, along with photo and company logo.

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged. Please email applications to Elona Pira, Program Manager, at

kevin cox, cahrs, chro

“I’ve found the Modern CHRO Role program to be exceptional in its approach, which is grounded in developing and preparing the next generation of CHROs. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching many aspiring HR leaders in the program, sharing my experiences, as well as the strategic aspects of the CHRO role that are compelling and distinctive. I continue to nominate high-potential HR leaders to the program as a part of accelerating their development, engaging with broader networks and advancing the business impact of the HR function.”

Kevin Cox
Chief Human Resources Officer, GE
Advisory Board Member, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies

Schedule and Price

Dates & Location:

Class of 2021–2022
November 3–4, 2021
March 22–24, 2022

Attendance at both sessions is required.



*CAHRS partner organizations receive a discount.

Program Details

Session 1
1.5 days

Build a complete understanding of the exceptional skills required to be a CHRO and how this role stands apart from other HR positions.

Interact with experienced CHROs—gaining a rare, one-on-one, insider's view into the multifaceted role of today's top HR executives.

Learn cutting-edge research about the evolving CHRO role from Cornell ILR School faculty.

Session 2
3 days

Get firsthand details about the most sensitive aspects of the CHRO role and learn how experiences CHROs meet these demands.

Take part in Cornell ILR faculty-led discussions on executive compensation, roles and relationships with the board and managing the CEO relationship—with insights on meeting CHRO-specific challenges.


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