HRLP is a unique learning experience for senior-level and high-potential
HR professionals from leading global companies. Each session is an
intensive two-week learning consortium involving participant teams from
forward thinking companies. HRLP weaves together three streams of
activities: playbook, project, and personal.

Program Brochure

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The faculty members of the program are the acknowledged leaders in their respective areas of HR expertise. The faculty has been selected on the basis of
the following criteria: 
      • Publicly acknowledged thought leaders in their respective areas of expertise.
      • Outstanding track records as communicators of their ideas.
      • Experience in working with more than forty Fortune 200 companies .

Application of their ideas in non-US as well as US settings. With these criteria in mind, we have selected the best faculty members available in their respective areas.

Dave Ulrich is a cofounder and Partner at The RBL Group and Professor of Business at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Professionally, he studies how organizations build capabilities of speed, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, and leadership through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate multiple award-winning databases that assess alignment between strategies, human resource practices and HR competencies. He has published over 175 articles and book chapters and 23 books. He was the Editor of Human Resource Management Journal (1990- 1999), served on the editorial board of four other Journals, is on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller, is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources, and cofounder of the Human Resource Learning Partnership. He has been awarded a number of annual and lifetime achievement awards. 

Norm Smallwood is a cofounder and Partner of The RBL Group. He is a recognized authority in developing leaders who create more value for their organizations. His writing, speaking, and consulting work relate to increasing business value by building organization, strategic HR, and leadership capabilities that measurably impact market value. He is co-author of six books, with two released in 2007. He has published more than 150 articles in leading journals and newspapers and has contributed chapters to multiple books, including two Harvard Business Review articles. He was selected as one of the Top 100 Voices in Leadership by Executive Excellence magazine in February 2005.

Mark Nyman, President of Business Development with The RBL Group, has spent his career assisting organizations in transforming themselves by creating strategic focus and then aligning the design of their organizations and/or support functions. He has used his expertise in large system change and executive development in startups, existing organizations, and in mergers/ joint ventures settings. Mark uses high involvement as a way of building ownership and helps his clients think differently about the issues that challenge them. He has worked with numerous clients including: Adidas, American Century, AT&T, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cisco, Comcast, Denver Children’s Hospital, Honeywell, Invesco, Johns Manville, Kellogg,
Merck, Pfizer, Rio Tinto, RR Donnelly, Saudi Aramco, Shell Oil, Sun Microsystems, and Williams Energy.

Dick Beatty is Professor of Human Resource management at Rutgers University and a core faculty member of executive education programs at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Professor Beatty teaches in the areas of applied behavioral science and human resource management in changing individual and organizational effectiveness. He has worked as a management consultant at over half of the Fortune 100 firms. He has authored more than one hundred and twenty articles and papers and won numerous research and publishing awards. His specialty is working with organizations to design and implement strategic change initiatives, emphasizing the building of workforce capability (and intellectual capital) through the human resource “tool kit.”

Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized again as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World and the topranked executive coach at the 2013 bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony in London. Marshall has received professional acknowledgements and awards too numerous to mention. Among them are “World’s #1 Leadership Thinker” from Harvard Business Review and “Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded) from Institute for Management Studies. His work has been recognized by nearly every professional organization in his field. Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 34 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. Marshall is a world-class thought leader, educator, and executive coach, and we are honored to count him among our HR Learning Partnership faculty.

Charlie Tharp is the Executive Vice President for Policy of the Center On Executive Compensation. In that role, Dr. Tharp is responsible for setting overall policy positions and research initiatives undertaken by the Center and representing the Center in public forums. He is also an instructor, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, at Cornell University.

Jeff Dyer is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School of Management, where he serves as chair of the department of organizational leadership and strategy. Before joining BYU, Jeff was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School where he maintains an adjunct professor position and continues to teach Executive MBAs. Jeff has considerable consulting experience having spent five years working as a strategy consultant and manager at Bain & Company, where he consulted with such clients as Baxter International, Kraft, Maryland National Bank, and First National Stores. Jeff's teaching and research is focused on innovation, organizational change, and strategic alliances. He is the only strategy scholar in the world to have published five times in both Strategic Management Journal (the top academic journal devoted to strategy) and Harvard Business Review (the top practitioner journal). His research has been quite impactful, as evidenced by the fact that he has more than 5,000 citations to his work and was recognized by Essential Science Indicators as the 17th most-cited scientist (1996-2006) in the combined fields of management, finance, marketing, operations, and economics. He was ranked as the 4th most cited management scholar. His research has won awards from the Academy of Management, Institute of Management Science, Strategic Management Society, and McKinsey & Company. His Oxford book, Collaborative Advantage, was awarded the Shingo Prize Research Award and his article "The Innovator's DNA" was the McKinsey Award runner-up for the best article in Harvard Business Review in 2009.

Gordon Hewitt is Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, and formerly Distinguished Visiting Professor of Corporate Strategy, at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. His interests cover the fields of global competition, corporate strategy, and the value added of executive leadership. Gordon has been the highest rated core faculty member on Michigan’s senior executive programmes for many years. He is also Distinguished Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business at Duke Corporate Education.

Wendy Ulrich has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for twenty years. Wendy brings a personal touch to corporate complexities. Her focus is on helping leaders create meaning at work that contributes real value to employees, customers, and investors. Wendy helps organizations build people skills and personal strengths to succeed: communication, relationships, change, creativity, resilience, and happiness. She speaks to thousands of people every year on these topics.

Program Offerings (dates)

In 2016, we offer two sessions of HR Learning Partnership:  
May 10-20 and September 6-16

In 2017, we offer two sessions:  
May 16-26 and September 5-15

Past Companies

In our 17 year and 27 offerings of HRLP, we have had 60 different companies attend.  Some of those companies are listed below:

3M, American Express, Applied Materials, AstraZeneca, BASF, Baxter Healthcard, BBC, Boeing, British Telecom, Campbell Soup, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, Dignity Health, Dupont, Eli Lilly, Flextronics, Ford, GE, Gilead Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, General Motors, Herman Miller, HP, Humana, ICI, ICICI Bank, Intel, Invensys, Johnson & Johnson, Juniper Networks, Lafarge, Logica, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nokia, Nokia-Siemens Network, Oracle, Owens Corning, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Pitney Bowes, PraxAir, Quantum, Rio Tinto, Saudi Aramco, Sears, Shell Oil, Statoil, Time Warner, UBS, Unilever, UPS, Walgreen's, Williams Energy

Program Agenda

Day 1

  • Program Introduction
  • Global Business Strategy
  • Group Introductions
  • Best Practices Sharing 1 & 2

Day 2

  • HR Value Proposition
  • Best Practices Sharing 3 & 4

Day 3

  • Organization Capabilities
  • Best Practices Sharing 5 & 6
  • Team Building Activity

Day 4

  • The New Workforce Metrics
  • Personal Change
  • Best Practices Sharing 7 & 8

Day 5 (weekend)

  • Challenge Project Kick-off

Day 6 (weekend)

  • Review of 1st week/Framing and overview of 2nd week
  • Group Dinner

Day 7

  • Talent
  • Company HR Challenge Projects

Day 8

  • Executive Compensation
  • Company HR Challenge Projects

Day 9

  • HR Competencies
  • Company HR Challenge Projects

Day 10

  • Leadership Brand
  • Intercompany Presentations of Company Challenge Projects
  • Graduation Dinner

Day 11

  • Group Presentations
    (in private sessions)
  • Program Closure/Vision
  • Senior HR Executives Forum


HR Learning Partnership is held at Hotel Park City in Park City, Utah