3 Modules
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Oct 9, 2024 - Mar 28, 2025


There are too few transformative chief human resources officers and no clear roadmap for becoming an outstanding HR leader. CHROs must navigate demanding environments, including growing employee voice, increased public airing of an organization’s internal dynamics, data and privacy issues, the challenges of hybrid and remote workforces, and the proliferation of technological tools such as AI.

CHROs need to enter the job equipped with the essential skills to seize an unprecedented opportunity to transform modern work. The Berkeley Transformative CHRO Leadership Program with Laszlo Bock prepares future CHROs to navigate these challenges and lead the next evolution of work at a global scale.

This CHRO leadership program equips senior human resources leaders with the knowledge to leverage data, technology, and financial expertise to lead powerful, long-lasting organizational success and change.  

Key Takeaways

Establish Credibility at the C Suite Table and Board Room

Be a partner to the CEO and Board with business and financial acumen. Understand corporate finance—including public company valuation methodology and how to interpret and analyze financial statements.

Inspire and Effectively Lead Institutional Change

Lead and accelerate organizational change, ensuring agility and employee buy-in to make improvements stick. Confidently tackle systemic issues and longstanding inequities like wage gaps. 

Leverage Data Analytics to Inform Strategic Decisions

Use data and data analytic models to proactively identify workforce trends, rigorously analyze information to improve strategic decision-making, and measure the impact of HR initiatives.

Gain the Technological Acumen to Take Preemptive Action

Anticipate the impact of technology on workforce dynamics. Identify uses for AI, automation, and analytics tools to streamline processes and improve efficiency.

With this program, you will receive:

  • Laszlo Bock’s real-world experience and cutting-edge research insights from renowned Berkeley faculty 
  • Data analytics and technology briefings to drive people analytics and business strategies
  • Elite consultative skills to strategically advise senior leaders and boards
  • Individualized leadership training focusing on your unique strengths and development areas
  • Exclusive networking receptions with faculty and fellow participants
  • Access to the CHRO Leadership Program alumni community
  • The Berkeley Transformative CHRO Leadership Program Certificate of Completion
More about this program

In partnership with Berkeley ExecEd, Laszlo Bock and esteemed Haas faculty members, Jenny Chatman and Sameer Srivastava, are launching a premier leadership training for aspiring CHRO leaders interested in advancing their careers to the C Suite.

This HR course will focus on four areas with the goal of creating a generation of transformational CHROs:    

  • Grounding in science, analytics, and technology: CHROs need to be able to prove what’s working to determine funding allocation, build credibility with peers and employees, understand emerging technology, and move from best practices to data-driven solutions.     
  • Elite consulting skills: CHROs must leverage a comprehensive consulting toolkit to command a seat at the top executive team’s table, tackle large problems, support their teams in navigating solutions, and harness sociopolitical change management skills to guarantee changes are accepted and persistent.
  • HR expertise on selected topics: Transformational CHROs require specialized knowledge, including training in a handful of evergreen HR-specific topics and periodic, acutely critical topics.
  • Mentorship from sitting CHROs. The CHRO community is unique in supporting exceptional openness across companies. This support needs to spread to the layer below the CHRO and requires a structure to connect and find sponsorship across organizations in support of their development.

Through a hands-on learning experience and a collaborative community of peers, aspiring CHRO leaders will experience transformational change to take on and reshape the future of work.

Who it's for

  • Senior HR Leaders who aspire to become Chief Human Resource Officers, including SVP, VP, and Director of Human Resources and similar roles
  • Aspiring CHROs across industries in the US and globally

Format & Structure


Online and In-person modules combined in a program
  • Two three-day in-person sessions at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Four months of online content in between the on-campus sessions, including live lectures
  • World-renowned experts and esteemed Berkeley Haas faculty 
  • Pre-program personal assessments to assess and develop you, your team, and your culture: The “Organizational Culture Profile,” “Leadership Style Questionnaire,” and “Social Capital Questionnaire”  (assessments due 2 weeks before the start of the program)
  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities
  • Participation in the program alumni community  
  • The Berkeley Transformative CHRO Leadership Program with Laszlo Bock Program Certificate of Completion

Please submit your application by the published application deadline to be considered for the program. The application deadline is September 25, 2024. 

Seating is limited and capacity may be reached prior to the application close date.

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Dates & Costs


Oct 9, 2024 - Mar 28, 2025

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How do I apply to this program?

Applying to the program is simple:

  • Click on the "apply" button on the program page
  • Complete the online application form. You'll need the following
    • A professional bio
    • A link to your LinkedIn profile
    • Information about your organizational structure
  • Our program services team will follow-up with you after reviewing your application
How much time can I expect to spend on coursework each day?

We know that time away from the office is precious, so we work hard to make our program experiences as productive and valuable as possible. Our programs span full business days starting between 8:30-9:00 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. with lunch served in the classroom and short breaks throughout the day.

Approximately 1-2 hours of evening activities and preparation for the next day are required for some programs. Please download the program guide for more detail.

Do your programs provide credits towards a degree, grades, transcripts, or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

Our programs are non-degree programs and do not hold any credit unit equivalency, letter grades, pass/fail designation, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or transcripts. Rather, we provide a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

To qualify for a certificate of completion, a participant must meet the minimum requirements as noted for each program and maintaining at least 80% attendance/engagement.

Can I enroll in a program if I live outside of the U.S.?

Yes. Enrollment is available to global leaders, but visa requirements may apply. Proficiency in written and spoken English at a level that allows full engagement and participation in a program is recommended.

For most international participants, a B1/B2 visa—for participation in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars—is required for entry into the United States to attend a program with us.

Requesting and receiving a visa takes time and we recommend beginning the process three or four months in advance of the start date of a program.

You can ask your Program Manager to prepare an invitation letter to help with your visa application. It is important to emphasize that the visit is for business purposes.

The Visa Waiver Program is available to citizens or nationals from select countries. Check the Department of State website to determine your eligibility and learn about the waiver process.

The list of countries sanctioned by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control currently includes: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Ukraine-Crimea Region, plus the addition of Russia for Berkeley Executive Education at this time.