The Berkeley CHRO Summit

The Berkeley CHRO Summit
In Association with Josh Bersin

People as a Competitive Advantage

Summit Experience

Forgo your ordinary conference and participate in an enriching learning experience at Berkeley Executive Education. The Berkeley CHRO Summit is a unique platform that empowers Chief Human Resource Officers and Senior HR Executives to openly discuss and examine relevant human resource and talent issues that are challenging professionals. Our premier summit takes on a contemporary learning approach grounded in both academic research and real-world analysis of workforce trends, challenges, and forthcoming disruptions.

Through a series of distinct events, the two-day summit aims to cultivate insight and creativity to equip CHRO and business level executives from around the world with pragmatic and innovative solutions to transform their organization.

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Experience an Exclusive Berkeley Learning Seminar
Participate in a one-time summit to learn, engage, and transform with peers in the Human Resources field.
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Gain Valuable Insight on Pressing Business Challenges
Advance your knowledge in current business challenges applicable to human resources and talent management.
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Receive Real-World Solutions Grounded in Novel Research
Learn from distinguished faculty and industry thought leaders who have pioneered research in human resources and organizational transformation.
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Build a Core Network of Industry Trendsetters
Connect with and join an invaluable network of business executives and industry leaders in the human resources function from around the world.
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Share Future-Focused or Emerging Human Resources and Talent Topics
Openly discuss key human resource and talent challenges faced by peers in an environment that encourages creativity, innovation, and purpose.

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Summit Dates

Summit Topics

The unifying theme of The Berkeley CHRO Summit is People as a Competitive Advantage. The summit curriculum covers the following topics:

Culture as a Strategy Execution Tool

  • Having an organizational strategy established is an accomplishment, but is no guarantee of successful implementation. The process of implementing strategic plans—and cultivating a work culture that encourages teams to take action—requires thoughtful planning. Culture is the greatest strategy execution tool, and in this session Rich Lyons will discuss the linkages between strategy, execution, and culture. Ultimately, an HR leader can help drive strategy by creating culture-specific processes to support execution and be prepared to overcome obstacles. We will uncover the elements of how to build a culture of strategy execution, and the role of HR leaders in that process to realize organizational strategic goals.

New Data Tools and People Analytics

  • In this session, we will take a virtual tour of the Computation Culture Lab at Berkeley guided by Professor Sameer Srivastava. Professor Srivastava will provide an overview of the groundbreaking work of the Lab and highlight some of their recent projects. The Lab itself harnesses computational methods and data science to develop novel ways of unearthing and systematically measuring culture and modeling its evolution. Its work opens new pathways for theorizing about cultural dynamics in social groups and, at the same time, lays the foundation for practical applications that may be of use for policy development and organizational design highly relevant to senior HR leaders.

The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) is at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. In this virtual tour and presentation about the GGSC, Emiliana Simon-Thomas (Science Director) will showcase groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, and discuss how it has been (and will be) applied to their personal and professional lives. For our senior HR leader network in attendance, the frame will be around the impact of GGSC's work in organizations can impact employee experience through:

  • Equipping individuals with science-based knowledge and skills that shape their beliefs and broadly improve social and emotional well-being. 
  • Empower people to become agents of change in their organizations and communities, thus changing institutions from the inside out.
  • Engage in “field building” by fostering a broad, inclusive cultural conversation about the importance of compassion, connection, gratitude, and meaning, while bringing a trusted, science-based voice to inform these conversations.

This session is based on Homa Bahrami’s field research on flexibility and adaptation. The focus is on five adaptive practices that enable successful leaders to drive change: Robustness, resilience, agility, hedging and versatility. Participants will receive the results of their own “adaptive DNA” survey which describes their instinctive approach to driving change along the five dimensions of flexibility. They have the opportunity to reflect on their adaptive DNA, and devise a strategy for strengthening their adaptive capabilities.

Who It's For

Leaders with sizeable workforce responsibility, such as:

  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Talent Officers
  • Heads of Learning and Career Development
  • Vice Presidents of Talent

Cost & Features

Summit Fee

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  • Two-day in-person summit at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business campus 
  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas and Executive Education Faculty 
  • In Association with Josh Bersin
  • Exclusive networking opportunities 
  • Access to the Summit CHRO network
  • The Berkeley Chief Human Resource Officer Certificate of Completion 


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