Berkeley Chro Summit

Haas School of Business

Haas School of Business


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Who should attend

Leaders with sizeable workforce responsibility, such as:

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

About the course

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.

Experience an Exclusive Berkeley Learning Seminar Participate in a one-time summit to learn, engage, and transform with peers in the Human Resources field.

Gain Valuable Insight on Pressing Business Challenges Advance your knowledge in current business challenges applicable to human resources and talent management.

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.

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.

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.


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

TOPIC 1 | HR 3.0 and the Digital Imperative

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.

TOPIC 2 | The Employee Experience

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.

TOPIC 3 | Creating the Agile Organization

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.


Homa Bahrami

Education PhD, Organizational Behavior, Aston University MSc, Industrial Administration, Aston University BA with Honors, Sociology & Social Administration, Hull University Positions Held At Haas since 1986 2009 – present, Advisory Board, Center for Teaching Excellence, Haas Scho...

Sameer Srivastava

Education PhD, Organizational Behavior/Sociology, Harvard University AM, Sociology,  Harvard University MBA, Harvard Business School AB, Economics, magna cum laude, Harvard College Positions Held At Haas since July 2012 2012 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business 1993...

Rich Lyons

Richard K. (Rich) Lyons became dean of the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, in July 2008, and served ten years until stepping down in July 2018. He is a graduate of the school’s undergraduate business program. Changes at Haas under his deanship include codifying the school's culture, fundin...

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin, Deloitte Consulting, LLP provides research and advisory services focused on corporate learning, leadership, talent management, and HR technology. He is responsible for the direction of Bersin’s strategy, research, and market eminence. Josh is a popul...

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. A Berkeley native, she earned her PhD in Psychology studying how emotional and cognitive processes interact to shape behavior and brain activity. During her post-doc, Emiliana studied the biological correl...

Emily Nishi

Emily is the Chief People Officer at Lyft, a company driven by its mission to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Just as Lyft strives to connect people to their communities and their cities, Emily sees her role as bringing Lyft team members together toward a shared missi...

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