Modern CHRO Role

Preparing for the top seat: insights into becoming the next CHRO

An intimate program during which current CHROs share their personal experiences with senior leaders positioned for the top HR role.

Preparing high potentials for the CHRO role


Through in-depth conversations with practicing Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs), participants gain an understanding of the unique dynamics of the role, and specific skills and abilities needed to deliver both innovative strategies as well as flawlessly executed programs. They leave the program with a personal development plan that addresses skill gaps and critical business challenges that require a deeper dive.

Who should attend 

HR executives with at least 15 years of experience within HR who show potential to assume the top HR position within a few years, or those who have already been named successor to the current CHRO. The program is limited to 20 attendees.


This is a nomination only program. Executives must be nominated to attend by their Chief Human Resource Officer or Chief Executive Officer.

The application consists of two parts:

  1. A CHRO/CEO nomination letter. 

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

Applications should be emailed to Elona Pira, Program Manager, at

Companies can nominate up to two individuals per program. The program is capped at 20 participants.


New York, NY


Class of 2020–2021
November 4–5, 2020
March 9–11, 2021

Attendance at both sessions is required.



CAHRS partner organizations receive a discount.


Program Details

Session One

1.5 days

Build a complete understanding of the CHRO role by looking into what sets it apart from roles reporting to it. Hear from and interact with experienced CHROs—gain a rare one-on-one, insider's view into the multifaceted role of today's top HR executives. Additionally, learn cutting-edge research about the evolving CHRO role from Cornell ILR School faculty.

Session Two

3 days

Drill down into the most sensitive aspects of the CHRO role, and hear how experienced CHROs deal with these issues. Senior faculty will lead discussions on executive compensation, roles and relationships with the board, and managing the CEO relationship—with an emphasis on CHRO-specific challenges and suggestions to overcome them.

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