Strategic HR Business Partnering Program

Bringing teams of HR professionals together to align HR and business strategies, drive growth, and enhance business performance.

Join faculty and teams from a diverse set of companies to develop creative business-driven solutions.

We coach your team to take meaningful action

How it works

Your chosen team of HR business partners and COE/specialists, which can be intact, matrix or project-based, will partner with Cornell faculty to select a critical, organization-specific business challenge to address during the program.

During the program, faculty provide teams with research, case studies, and tools to understand the relationship between business imperatives and talent investments. Teams will also get ideas, learn best practices, and receive immediate feedback in guided discussions with participants from other organizations.

Each day post-session, teams synthesize the day’s learnings in relation to their project. With faculty supervision, teams design novel HR solutions that they can implement back in their organization.

Why it works

  • Bring a real-world project to work on, leave with an action plan to implement change
  • Time-effective and hands-on team building experiences
  • Personalized attention from faculty who have one-of-a-kind HR content expertise
  • Time for invaluable in-person networking with professional peers

Program Details

Three-day program
Fall 2020

Cornell University ILR New York City Conference Center
570 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Teams of 4 or 5: $30,000
Teams of 6: $34,000
CAHRS members receive a partner discount

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.

    An action-learning program for value-added solutions

    Learning Objectives

    • Differentiate business strategy models and growth opportunities
    • Assess talent gaps and evaluate strategic HR options
    • Use systems-thinking to optimize performance
    • Take a design thinking approach to develop solutions
    • Leverage internal HR partnerships effectively
    • Identify metrics to measure ROI

    Program Schedule

    Monday, March 23
    Business-Driven HR Strategies

    Tuesday, March 24
    Consultative Approach to Developing HR Solutions

    Wednesday, March 25
    Action Plan Presentation and Feedback



      Session details

      Day 1

      Explore how to align HR and business strategies to drive performance

      Understand how to differentiate business strategies and growth opportunities

      Learn frameworks to evaluate strategic choices

      Team working sessions: reframing organization-specific business challenge

      Day 2

      Understand how to use systems thinking to drive performance

      Practice techniques to assess talent gaps and implications for HR strategies

      Learn how to extract and communicate data-driven insights to influence change

      Team working sessions: identifying a strategic approach to solution development

      Day 3

      Explore effective talent management solutions and how to work through challenges

      Learn effective approaches to measure ROI

      Discuss how design thinking can be used to develop creative HR solutions

      Final team presentations: developing an innovative plan of action

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