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The RBL Institute is a senior executive think tank dedicated to building competencies and capabilities in the areas of Strategic HR and Leadership for top global companies.
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Calendar of Events for 2018
2018  
Think Tank Sessions
Feb 06-07, 2018 Los Angeles, California
Trends in Technology and HR Implications
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Think Tank Session:
Trends in Technology and HR Implications
When: Feb 06-07, 2018, 2018 Where: Los Angeles, California Who: Senior HR Leaders

The Challenge

Who has not heard about how digitalization is changing the business world in general, and HR in particular?  New technologies include artificifical intelligence, robots, cloud data, automation, machine learning, internet of things, and so forth.  Making sense of the hype and the reality; the present and the future; and the ideas and application are critical for HR professionals. 

This think tank will demystify and organize these various technological innovations so that they can be better understood both for new business models and for HR actions.  On day 1, Dr.  Bratin Saha will facilitate a discussion about deep technical and process expertise, as well as product and business strategy.  He is VP of Amazon (formerly Nvidia and Intel), has over 100 software patents, has been instrumental in shaping the technology revolution, and a proven track record of innovative software products.  Participants will leave with a way to think about and the role of machines in performing and doing work. 

On day 2, Dave Ulrich will help participants adapt technology innovations to delivering HR.  Digitization is shaping HR through four phases: Phase 1 is performing HR practices more efficiently (e.g., insourcing HR service centers through automation); phase 2 is the onslaught of HR innovations in all HR practice areas (people, performance, communication, work); phase 3 is accessing and using information to deliver business results; and phase 4 is forging connections among people. We will talk about these four phases and share innovations to improve in each. 

HR professionals who attend this think tank will be better able to engage their business leaders in the company digital strategy.  They will help audit how technology can improve their business performance.  In addition, they will be able to craft and implement an HR digital strategy that delivers real value. 

This session is intended for CHROs, Senior HR Leaders, Line Managers, HR Business Partners, or other HR Professionals who are responsible for adapting technology to delivering HR solutions. Each RBL Institute member company may send up to 3 participants to this session.


To Register Participants: Please contact Ginger Bitter, gbitter@rbl.net



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Apr 04, 2018 London, UK
Master Class with Dave Ulrich
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Think Tank Session:
Master Class with Dave Ulrich
When: Apr 04, 2018, 2018 Where: London, UK Who: CHROs or their direct reports

Overview

We realize that time is among the scarcest resource for any CHRO.  We also know that CHROs want ideas that will have an impact on business results.  We have created this one-day Master Class in London in order to maximize your time and provide you with ideas with impact.  The goal of this Master Class is to address each attendee’s most pressing business and HR challenges and to provide actionable insights and ideas.  The agenda for this session will be determined by the those in attendance at the outset of the session based upon group consensus.  Once the top agenda items are determined by the group we will take a deep dive into each area through open discussion.

Each RBL Institute member company may send their Chief HR Officer (or a direct report if the CHRO is unable to attend) to discuss current challenges and share best practices.  Please join your colleagues from some of the best companies in the world in an engaging open forum to share what’s working as well as envisioning new ways to accelerate progress.

Format & Objectives

-  In this open forum, our opening discussion will determine the topics for the day.  We ask that you come to the session prepared to discuss your most pressing business and HR challenges with the group.  We will explore the group’s issues and themes that concern you most as senior HR executives. 
-  We will have an open dialogue among other senior HR executives who share these issues and want to find practical and innovative solutions.
-  Dave Ulrich will facilitate the dialogue to find patterns in how companies respond to these challenges.  He will offer successful solutions and experiences he has observed in other companies.
-  We will develop actionable solutions that you can adapt to your organization.

We hope you leave this Master Class with innovative ideas about challenges you face as you lead your HR function, with relationships with other senior HR executives, and with specific actions you can implement.

To Register Participants: Please contact Ginger Bitter, gbitter@rbl.net



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Apr 05-06, 2018 London, UK
Trends in Talent
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Think Tank Session:
Trends in Talent
When: Apr 05-06, 2018, 2018 Where: London, UK Who: Senior HR Leaders

The Challenge
The HR profession has been focused on “talent” since its inception.  Talent, broadly defined, refers to the people, individual competencies, and workforce.  We learned early in our thinking that “organizations don’t think – people do” and the management of talent is to shape how people think, behave, and feel.  While we have written extensively about the importance of organizations, we are very aware of the centrality of people in any organization.

In this Think Tank, we want to explore new challenges and insights for managing talent.  The first part of the think tank will review three talent questions and share latest insights from research and practice:
• Question 1: What talent matters more than ever?  (insights on overall challenges facing employees today, impact of talent on all stakeholders)
• Question 2: What are some of the talent innovations?  (Innovations in selection, performance accountability, training/development, career management, beyond engagement, and moving people)
• Question 3: How can talent be even more effectively managed?  (insights on roles for talent management, technology for talent)
This part of the Think Tank will help participants recognize innovations that are rapidly arriving.

In the second part of this Think Tank, we will focus on member companies’ major talent challenges.  We will ask each company to identify the “largest talent challenge” they face and then do a learning solution exercise where the company participants will get specific advice. 

As with other Institute Think Tanks, we envision this workshop as a cutting-edge, forward-looking view on talent.  We want to prepare the leaders of the future, not the past.  Professor Ulrich has been acknowledged as a thought leader in leadership, organization, talent, and HR areas for many years and will facilitate the session to co create new insights with impact.

This session is intended for CHROs, Senior HR Leaders, Line Managers, HR Business Partners, or other HR Professionals who are committed to upgrading the talent in their organization. Each RBL Institute member company may send up to 3 participants to this session.

To Register Participants: Please contact Ginger Bitter, gbitter@rbl.net



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Jun 19-20, 2017 Budapest, Hungary
Trends in Managing Change
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Think Tank Session:
Trends in Managing Change
When: Jun 19-20, 2017, 2018 Where: Budapest, Hungary Who: Senior HR Leaders

The Challenge

No one denies the incredible velocity of change. While the challenge of responding to change goes by many names (transformation, agility, disruption, reinvention, dynamic, adaptation, flexibility, speed, nimble, and so forth) the basic premise is the same: organizations and individuals who understand, anticipate, and respond to change will experience sustainable success. Those who don’t, won’t.  HR professionals help both individuals and organizations become change-able. Individuals who change have a growth mindset, continually learn, and adapt for the future. Organizations that change continually reinvent themselves based on future market opportunities.  This Think Tank will give HR professionals insights and tools for helping both individuals and organizations become more change-able. We will draw on the latest theory, research, and practice on change to answer key questions:

• Why does being change-able matter? Participants will know how to build a case for change based on the evolving requirements of business.
• What are the latest and most innovative insights in the change literature? Participants will leave with a better understanding of the need for constant change.
• How can HR professionals better enable organization change? Participants will leave with tools for creating the right organization culture, diagnosing viruses for organization change, and creating discipline for making change happen.
• How can HR professionals better enable individuals (particularly leaders) to change? Participants will leave with tools that enable personal and sustainable change.

As with other Institute Think Tanks, we envision this workshop as a cutting-edge, forward-looking view on both individuals and organizations and the change that is inevitable. Professor Ulrich has been acknowledged as a thought leader in leadership, organization, talent, and HR areas for many years and will facilitate the session to co create new insights with impact.

This session is intended for CHROs, Senior HR Leaders, Line Managers, HR Business Partners, or other HR Professionals who are committed to enabling change in their organization. Each RBL Institute member company may send up to 3 participants to this session.

To Register Participants: Please contact Ginger Bitter, gbitter@rbl.net



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Oct 02-03, 2018 Sundance, Utah
CHRO Summit
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Think Tank Session:
CHRO Summit
When: Oct 02-03, 2018, 2018 Where: Sundance, Utah Who: Chief HR Officers

An Exclusive Session for CHROs of RBL Institute Member Companies

We realize that time is among the scarcest resource for any CHRO.  We also know that top CHROs want ideas and relationships that will have impact.  We have created the CHRO forum to maximize your time, give you ideas with impact, and let you connect with other thoughtful CHROs.

-  In this open forum, we set the agenda when you arrive based on what you want to talk about.  We explore the major issues that concern you most as senior HR executives.  In the last two years, we have talked about issues such as:

    - The speed of change
    - Leadership
    - Innovation
    - Digital HR
    - Sustainable growth
    - HR organization design
    - Talent development
    - Globalization
    - Culture
    - HR roles and skills
    - Performance management

-  We have an open dialogue among other CHROs who share these issues and want to find practical and innovative solutions.
-  Dave Ulrich facilitate patterns in how companies respond to these challenges.
-  We develop actionable solutions that you can adapt to your organization.

We hope you leave this CHRO session with innovative ideas about challenges you face as you lead your HR function, with relationships with other CHROs, and with specific actions you can implement.

To Register Participants: Please contact Ginger Bitter, gbitter@rbl.net



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Nov 06-07, 2018 New York, New York
Trends in Rewards / Executive Compensation
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Think Tank Session:
Trends in Rewards / Executive Compensation
When: Nov 06-07, 2018, 2018 Where: New York, New York Who: Senior HR Leaders
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Mini Forums
Feb 27, 2018 10:00 am EST (New York time)
Navigating political and social activism in the workplace
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Mini Forum:
Navigating political and social activism in the workplace
When: Feb 27, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EST (New York time) Who:

On February 27 from 10:00am to 11:00am (US Eastern Time) the RBL Institute will hold a mini forum call on “Navigating Political and Social Activism in the Workplace.”

We live in a world of ongoing changes in the social and political context that requires organizations to adapt and respond.  Every day we see intense social and political “debates” play out on TV and on social media platforms that may or may not always align with our company’s values.  This, along with the interest of the younger generations in making an impact in their communities has led to an increase in workplace “debates” on topics of current social and political interest.  As examples, when the US President announced an immigration ban in 2017 that targeted primary Muslim countries, many corporate leaders responded by making a public declaration of diversity and inclusion.  Many leaders felt compelled to get into the political arena because the US policy did not reflect their corporate values.  When the Brexit vote took place in the UK many companies in the EU experienced a surge among employees debating the pros and cons of this direction. Finding the right balance in meeting the needs of individual employees to express themselves on political and social issues while respecting their colleagues and company values is an increasing challenge.

During the call, we will address two questions, which participants should be prepared to provide their point of view on:

1. Is your organization experiencing higher levels of political and social activism in the workplace? If so, how is it manifesting itself (topics, groups, etc.)?  Please share a specific example.

2. How does your organization address social and political activism in your workplace?  What challenges have you encountered and how are you addressing them? How do you navigate situations where one’s social or political views are not in line with your company values?

PARTICIPANTS: Each RBL Institute member company is allowed to register/nominate ONE person to be the “spokesperson” for this call.  Ideal participants include: CHROs, Corporate HR Leadership, Regional HR Leaders, Centers of Expertise Leaders, or other Senior HR Professionals who can share your organization’s efforts in this area.



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Mar 15, 2018 10:00 am EDT (New York time)
How do we help create meaning and purpose at work?
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Mini Forum:
How do we help create meaning and purpose at work?
When: Mar 15, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:

On March 15 from 10:00am to 11:00am (US Eastern Time) the RBL Institute will hold a mini forum call on “How do we help create meaning and purpose at work?”

Organizations that are built to win recognize that the organization can be a powerful source of meaning and purpose for employees.  Employees’ desire for that connection is critical to their engagement, which drives commitment and contribution.  Employees who find meaning in their work (either on their own or with the help of their manager) tend to work harder, more creatively, and with more tenacity, giving their companies that employ them an advantage in the marketplace.  Study after study suggests that when employees experience meaning, their employers enjoy higher rates of customer commitment and investor interest. Building a culture that moves beyond employee engagement and fosters meaning and purpose for every individual however is no small task, and we will learn what member firms are finding really works during our discussion.

During the call, we will address two questions, which participants should be prepared to provide their point of view on:

1.  What is your organization doing to ensure that your employees experience meaning and purpose at work?  What is the role of the organization and what is the role of the individual in creating a meaningful experience?

2.  What has proven to work well at your firm and what benefits are you experiencing (lower attrition, higher creativity, etc.)?

PARTICIPANTS: Each RBL Institute member company is allowed to register/nominate ONE person to be the “spokesperson” for this call.  Ideal participants include: CHROs, Corporate HR Leadership, Regional HR Leaders, Centers of Expertise Leaders, Employee Engagement Professionals, or other Senior HR Professionals who can share your organization’s efforts in this area.



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Mar 20, 2018 11:00 am EDT (New York time)
Think Tank #1 Webinar
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Mini Forum:
Think Tank #1 Webinar
When: Mar 20, 2018 What Time: 11:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Apr 24, 2018 6:00 pm EDT (New York time)
Managing globally distributed virtual teams
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Mini Forum:
Managing globally distributed virtual teams
When: Apr 24, 2018 What Time: 6:00 pm EDT (New York time) Who:

On April 24 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm (US Eastern Time) the RBL Institute will hold a mini forum call on “Managing Globally Distributed Virtual Teams.”

Many companies today do business across the globe, selling their products and services in multiple geographies. This requires employees to be located in these countries and work virtually with their peers across various regions. Many factors come into play that add complexity to these interactions, including multiple time zones, different languages and cultures, the lack of familiarity with one another, etc.  Effectively overcoming these gaps is essential in building highly effective virtual teams.

During the call, we will address two questions, which participants should be prepared to provide their point of view on:

1.  What are you doing to equip your virtual teams to be more effective and how does what you do differ from your face-to-face teams?  What have you learned is most helpful to virtual teams in getting work done? 

2.  What role is technology playing in enabling your virtual teams? What platforms have you used and what has been their impact?

PARTICIPANTS: Each RBL Institute member company is allowed to register/nominate ONE person to be the “spokesperson” for this call.  Ideal participants include: CHROs, Corporate HR Leadership, Regional HR Leaders, Centers of Expertise Leaders, HR Business Partners, or other Senior HR Professionals who can share your organization’s efforts in this area.



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
May 22, 2018 10:00 am EDT (New York time)
Success in simplifying HR practices
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Mini Forum:
Success in simplifying HR practices
When: May 22, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:

On May 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am (US Eastern Time) the RBL Institute will hold a mini forum call on “Success in Simplifying HR Practices.”

The HR function continues to transform itself in order to respond and adapt to ongoing changes in the business context. In a world of increasing and ongoing change, HR has to respond with agility and simplicity in order to find ways to deliver maximum business value to the enterprise. This includes carefully considering the practices the HR function does (and shouldn’t do) and how HR goes about accomplishing these critical practices in the future.  Without attention to HR process and practices, we risk losing sight of who our customers are and how we serve them.  Dramatic simplification of HR practices is one proven strategy to enable the function to focus on what is really important to the business and free up resources to tackle the highest priorities.  In this call we will learn about HR’s successes in this quest for simplicity.

During the call, we will address two questions, which participants should be prepared to provide their point of view on:

1. What HR practices have you been able to simplify?  How did you do about choosing these practices, what was most effective in taking out the non-value added work, and what have been the benefits to date?  Please share specific examples.

2. What were some of the lessons learned in your simplification efforts? How are you striving to “keep things simple” in HR going forward?

PARTICIPANTS: Each RBL Institute member company is allowed to register/nominate ONE person to be the “spokesperson” for this call.  Ideal participants include: CHROs, Corporate HR Leadership, Regional HR Leaders, Centers of Expertise Leaders, HR Business Partners or other Senior HR Professionals who can share your organization’s efforts in this area



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Jun 05, 2018 11:00 am EDT (New York time)
Think Tank #2 Webinar
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Mini Forum:
Think Tank #2 Webinar
When: Jun 05, 2018 What Time: 11:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Jun 28, 2018 10:00 am EDT (New York time)
Tips to move talent across functions
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Mini Forum:
Tips to move talent across functions
When: Jun 28, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:

On June 28 from 10:00am to 11:00am (US Eastern Time) the RBL Institute will hold a mini forum call on “Tips to move talent across functions.”

Being able to recruit, develop, engage, and retain top talent is a critical success factor in today’s business environment.  This includes moving people across functions to both accelerate their development as well as facilitate knowledge transfer across the enterprise.  However, doing this effectively is no easy task given the individual’s lack of technical mastery in the new function, awareness of how work gets done, and a smaller network of support.

During the call, we will address two questions, which participants should be prepared to provide their point of view on:

1.  Does your organization enable talent to move across functions? If so, how well does this work what advice or tips would you have for others?  What have you seen as some of the benefits of moving talent across functions?

2.  What are the key issues you are facing as you move talent horizontally? How are you addressing any challenges or barriers?

PARTICIPANTS: Each RBL Institute member company is allowed to register/nominate ONE person to be the “spokesperson” for this call.  Ideal participants include: CHROs, Corporate HR Leadership, Regional HR Leaders, Centers of Expertise Leaders, HR Business Partners, Talent Management Professionals, or other Senior HR Professionals who can share your organization’s efforts in this area.



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Jul 17, 2018 10:00 am EDT (New York time)
Tips to ensure knowledge transfer throughout the organization
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Mini Forum:
Tips to ensure knowledge transfer throughout the organization
When: Jul 17, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:

On July 17 from 10:00am to 11:00am (US Eastern Time) the RBL Institute will hold a mini forum call on “Tips to ensure knowledge transfer throughout the organization.”

A key source of competitive advantage in today’s world is knowledge transfer -  organizing, capturing, and distributing critical information and ensuring its availability for future users. This is increasingly important given the exponential rate of change and turnover of employees (particularly those who are retiring and possess much of the institutional knowledge).

During the call, we will address two questions, which participants should be prepared to provide their point of view on:

1.  What is your company doing to facilitate knowledge transfer across the enterprise? What have you learned works, as well as what doesn’t?  What advice or tips would you have for others?

2.  How are you enabling your employees to be more collaborative and more proactively share information with their peers? How are you measuring success of your efforts?

PARTICIPANTS: Each RBL Institute member company is allowed to register/nominate ONE person to be the “spokesperson” for this call.  Ideal participants include: CHROs, Corporate HR Leadership, Regional HR Leaders, Centers of Expertise Leaders, HR Business Partners, HR Business Partners, or other Senior HR Professionals who can share your organization’s efforts in this area.



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Aug 07, 2018 11:00 am EDT (New York time)
Think Tank #3 Webinar
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Mini Forum:
Think Tank #3 Webinar
When: Aug 07, 2018 What Time: 11:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Sep 13, 2018 10:00 am EDT (New York time)
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
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Mini Forum:
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
When: Sep 13, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EDT (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Oct 23, 2018 6:00 pm EDT (New York time)
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
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Mini Forum:
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
When: Oct 23, 2018 What Time: 6:00 pm EDT (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Nov 27, 2018 10:00 am EST (New York time)
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
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Mini Forum:
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
When: Nov 27, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EST (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Dec 11, 2018 11:00 am EST (New York time)
Think Tank #4 Webinar
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Mini Forum:
Think Tank #4 Webinar
When: Dec 11, 2018 What Time: 11:00 am EST (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.
Dec 18, 2018 10:00 am EST (New York time)
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
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Mini Forum:
Topic TBD, based on CHRO input
When: Dec 18, 2018 What Time: 10:00 am EST (New York time) Who:
 



*Institute Members only. Contact Ginger Bitter for more information.

Benefits of Membership

For the Entire Organization

RBL Institute Library: Available to everyone in your organization, the RBL Institute’s online library is a secure website where HR professionals at all levels can access the latest intellectual property produced though the RBL Institute, which includes videos, playbooks, toolkits, white papers, and research articles on hot HR issues.

Discounts: RBL Institute members also receive discounts to additional programs, including our flagship HR Learning Partnership (HRLP) program held twice a year. Please contact gbitter@rbl.net for additional details.

For Senior HR Executives

Think Tank Sessions: Senior HR Professionals gather four times a year from around the world to leverage our research, thought leadership, and our world-class network in our unique Think Tank process as we develop new ideas and approaches to solving HR’s most demanding and current challenges. Each Think Tank session is facilitated by Dave Ulrich.

Mini Forum Webinars: Join a group of about 8-10 Institute members on a 60-minute Mini Forum call to share practical ideas, experiences, and best practices around a critical topic.

For HR Professionals

Playbooks: Get access to our comprehensive learning record from each of our 2-day Think Tank sessions, called a Playbook. Each Playbook is about 30-40 pages of great material that is available for all Institute members who were unable to attend the in-person sessions.

Toolkits: Get access to short PowerPoint pitches with key ideas from our Think Tank sessions. They are designed to be used as training for HR teams, individual paced learning, and coaching with managers. Each Toolkit has an accompanying video from Dave Ulrich or an RBL Partner explaining the concepts.

White Papers: Get access to concise (3-5 pages) White Papers that highlight best practices shared among Institute members based on our Mini Forum calls.

For the Chief HR Officer

The Annual CHRO Summit: Join an exclusive group of the world's top HR thinkers and practitioners in a special session designed entirely around the topics of interest of Institute member Chief HR Officers

Annual Partner Call: Join Dave Ulrich on a 30-minute call each year to discuss your key business issues, your focus areas in HR, and how the RBL Institute can be your thought partner to co-create a solution.

Research/Thought Leadership: You will be the first to see our research results, articles, and books on the latest trends in HR. Get pre-published authors' proofs of the latest and greatest research produced by the RBL Institute.