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Call for Applications Now Open for HR Emerging Leaders Retreat 2.0 - Due Sept. 2, 2019

The HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 Retreat is intended to provide both graduates of CalGovHR’s HR Emerging Leaders Program as well as new Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) in public sector HR (with less than five years of experience as the CHRO) an opportunity to gain significant insights into public sector human resources management from an experienced faculty who have all “been there”, be paired up with mentors who will provide individualized and ongoing mentorship and support for the new CHROs, and to connect with one another to build a network of trusted confidants and colleagues, of which we hope will result in lifelong friendships and foster collaboration among public agencies across California. HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 is designed to meet these specific needs, and further support CalGovHR’s mission in cultivating the next generation of HR leaders to serve public agencies here in the Golden State. Since 2017, CalGovHR has offered the HR Emerging Leaders Program for individuals who have demonstrated a high level of competency and readiness to take the top seat in public sector HR, as a way to develop the future and meet the succession planning needs of California public sector human resources. To date, CalGovHR has graduated over 40 HR Emerging Leaders, many of whom have since been promoted into top leadership positions as Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs). In response to the needs of our HR Emerging Leaders Program graduates, as well as many other California public sector HR professionals who have become a CHRO in recent years, for 2019, CalGovHR will once again launch yet another innovative and first-of-its kind initiative by hosting a special HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 Program dedicated to fostering the growth of new CHROs throughout California.

HR Competencies for CHROs at Emerging Leaders 2.o


The HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 Retreat will focus on five key competencies for the new CHROs:

  • Labor and Employee Relations;

  • Leadership Development;

  • Ethical Judgment and Prudence;

  • Diversity and Inclusion;

  • Legal Compliance.

To support the continued growth of our next generation of new CHROs, three experienced faculty mentors will also provide one-on-one individual mentoring with the selected attendees. Attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to discuss key challenges (both professionally and personally) with their mentors, select top priorities as the new CHRO, and develop a professional mentoring relationship. Our mentors will be accessible to our attendees after the Retreat, and it is our hopes that this Retreat will foster an ongoing mentoring relationship with our faculty, and to support our new CHROs to ensure their ongoing success in the years to come.

This program is being offered at no cost. What’s the catch?

There is no catch (okay, maybe just a few caveats)! As part of CalGovHR’s commitment to professional excellence, the HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 Retreat is being offered at no cost (including lodging) to all participants. The only catch is that you must commit to participating and remaining engaged throughout the entire program, be committed to developing other HR leaders within your own sphere of influence, support the mission of CalGovHR, and cover the cost of travel (i.e. gas) to and from Harris Ranch. You are expected to arrive on time each day, participate in all sessions and activities, and have a great time at the Retreat!

What About the Regular HR Emerging Leaders Program?

HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 provides an exclusive retreat for new CHROs to meet other peers who share similar backgrounds and experiences, and develop a network of professional relationships at the C-Suite level, and is being held in place of the "regular" HR Emerging Leaders Retreat. Those not meeting the CHRO experience requirements for HR Emerging Leaders 2.0 may also wish to apply for the Emerging Leaders Retreat in future years, designed for those aspiring to hold the top seats in HR. The "regular" HR Emerging Leaders Retreat will return to Harris Ranch in October 2020. CalGovHR intends to hold the 2.0 Retreat on an as-needed basis to continue supporting the needs of our HR Emerging Leaders Program graduates as they promote into CHRO positions throughout California. 

HRCI & SHRM Recertification Credits Available

CalGovHR is a SHRM Recertification Provider. This training is valid for 13 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.  CalGovHR is a recognized provider of recertification credits. This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements to apply?

Because of the small class size (limited to no more than 18 participants), attendees will be selected through a competitive process. Attendees must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • A current CalGovHR member in good standing (non-members will not be considered);

  • Less than 5 years of experience as the CHRO for a California public agency (CHRO is defined as holding the top leadership position in HR for the public agency, and depending on the agency, the title may be HR Director, HR Manager, HR Administrator, or other Administrative Services title);

  • Available for the entire duration of the program between October 25 through 27, 2019.

Other factors, including: prior participation in professional training and development activities through CalGovHR; graduation from the CalGovHR Emerging Leaders Program; volunteer roles with CalGovHR; length of CalGovHR membership; and personal statement are key consideration factors by the Selection Committee.

For more information or to access the application, click here. Applications are due by Sept. 2, 2019.

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