Executive Education: Strategic HR Program – Deepen Business Acumen and Strategic Insights

Fall Program 2021
Virtual Kick-Off: September 27, 2021
Learn-At-Your-Own-Pace Online Modules: October 4 – 15, 2021
3 Live Online Sessions: October 20 & 27 and November 3, 2021

Introductory Webinar

Organizations execute their strategy by effectively deploying their human capital. Doing so requires human resources professionals to collaborate with their strategic partners around the organization and to utilize sophisticated technology and people analytics to make critical decisions. This program is about developing the HR professionals of the future.

By participating in this program you will learn how to:

  • Identify and interpret organizational strategy in relation to HR’s role in creating shared value for internal and external stakeholders
  • Analyze the core principles of managerial finance to demonstrate ROI and effectively budget initiatives within HR and across business units
  • Apply data analytics best practices and tools to visualize key performance indicators and influence decision making
  • Build presentation skills through enhanced executive presence, messaging and persuasive communication
  • Gain a foundational understanding of business essentials, including operational excellence, management and leadership, and organizational effectiveness
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HARRT’s Remote Work Revolution Session on C-SPAN

July 2021 – HARRT’s Faculty Director and UCLA Anderson Professor Corinne Bendersky and Harvard Business School Professor Tsedal Neeley discussed the increase in remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic and what has and has not been successful working in a digital environment. This virtual event was hosted by HARRT at UCLA in Los Angeles and appears on C-SPAN and due to its popularity, remains in their searchable archive.

Watch the video on C-SPAN

Congratulations to our 2021 HARRT/Weschler Fellows

June 2021 – Nine Labor Study students successfully completed the first HARRT/Weschler Fellowship. The quarter included multiple Human Resources sessions, interaction with HR business leaders, and a personalized career preparation consultation with HARRT member executives for each Fellow. Just one way we give back to our students.

HARRT at UCLA Presents: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Action: Lessons Learned

June 22, 2021 – HARRT members and guests joined Faculty Director, Professor Corinne Bendersky in a conversation with Darnell Hunt, Ph.D., Dean, UCLA Division of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Paul Martin, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Christine Simmons, Chief Operating Officer of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (The Oscars) on lessons learned in the entertainment industry when driving change in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In the past year, many businesses have advanced DE&I initiatives for multiple stakeholders including employees, customers, shareholders, and constituents. Organizations with a clear strategy, well-defined focus, results-driven leadership, and defined measurements have successfully moved from awareness – to commitment – to action. There is no single formula for improving diversity and inclusion that applies to every company or industry. By collaborating on action-based initiatives that have been successful and in some cases unsuccessful, organizations can learn and apply new approaches to building an inclusive DE&I culture.

This session spotlighted the importance of collaborative decision-making, data analytics, as well as, bold and accountable leadership when developing and prioritizing strategic DE&I programs.

• Darnell Hunt, Professor and Dean of Social Sciences shared insights and lessons learned from the Hollywood Diversity Report that examines the relationship between diversity and the bottom line in Hollywood and the degree to which women and people of color are present in front of the camera and behind the camera.

• Paul Martin, Sr. Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment shared insights about the multi-pronged racial equity and inclusion program launched in 2020 called Sony Pictures Action which includes an Action Council comprised of executives from across the company, the Diverse Directors Program that provides participants from diverse backgrounds to access and exposure to TV directing, as well as, lessons learned from Sony’s employee business resource groups that promote a culture of understanding, acceptance and, inclusion.

• Christine Simmons, Chief Operating Officer of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (The Oscars) shared the next phase of the Oscars equity and inclusion program called Academy Aperture 2025 and lessons learned from the Academy Gold Internship Program which is a global talent development and inclusion initiative that provides opportunities for creative individuals and students from diverse backgrounds to participate in the entertainment industry.

The Remote Work Revolution – Succeeding From Anywhere with Harvard Business School Professor, Tsedal Neeley

May 18, 2021 – HARRT’s Faculty Director, Professor Corinne Bendersky shared a conversation with Harvard Professor Tsedal Neeley on the future remote work revolution. This special conversation will air on C-SPAN 2’s Book TV throughout the weekend of June 19-20 and then be archived on their website as part of the C-SPAN video library.

The discussion covered how the rapid and unprecedented changes brought on by Covid-19 have accelerated the transition to remote operations requiring many companies to migrate to virtual work in just weeks. This massive transition has forced companies to rapidly advance their digital footprint and evaluate how work is performed.

Several global studies have shown that companies have experienced productivity gains after allowing employees to have flexible work locations. The remote work revolution has resulted in several workplace enhancements such as improved commute times, reduced operational costs, and the ability to recruit talent from around the world. However, organizations are also facing several new challenges including the impact on corporate culture, communication, employee experience, and how work will be organized in the future.

Professor Neeley discussed how remote work is here to stay and how corporate leaders, including human resources executives and their teams, need to adopt new innovative strategies to be successful in this disruptive work environment. She shared evidence-based insights from her new book “Remote Work Revolution” on how to build trust, keep teams motivated, maintain critical connections without in-person interactions, and how to create a proper work/life balance that will not only benefit employees but also their organizations and ultimately, their customers.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management & HARRT at UCLA present the Dean’s Series: FUTURE of WORK

April 21, 2021 – In the past year, organizations were forced to be resilient and innovative as they rapidly adopted creative ways of working in a new and ambiguous world. COVID-19 also exposed many business vulnerabilities, none as important as the ability to quickly respond to the human side of the business.
When addressing a variety of people-related business challenges, leaders learned that having a digital advantage is imperative to thrive today and in the future. In the new people analytics domain, employee-related initiatives regarding productivity, networks, leadership, organizational agility, culture, employee experience, and more will be radically transformed.

Professor Polzer will discuss how human resource leaders and managers can use people analytics to gather and apply employee data from traditional sources and new digital platforms to structure all facets of the employee lifecycle. He will share how to achieve a competitive advantage by making effective employee decisions using a data-driven lens to look beyond collecting employee information to analyzing and designing new approaches to work in the future.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY with Harvard Business School Professor, Amy Edmondson, Martijn Sjoorda, and UCLA Anderson Professor, Corinne Bendersky

HARRT at UCLA Dean’s Series – LEADERS of the FUTURE: Unleashing the Power of Psychological Safety

March 19, 2021 – The past year has resulted in major disruptions to corporate strategies and operations as a result of the global pandemic, digital transformation, economic uncertainty, and social discourse. As corporate leaders rethink how their organizations will perform in the future, there is a renewed emphasis on creating an inclusive organization to encourage the development of creative, innovative, and productive teams.

For many years, Amy C. Edmondson, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School and author of the book “The Fearless Organization” and Martijn Sjoorda, Co-Founder, The Fearless Organization, have studied how creating psychological safety is the key ingredient to develop high-performing, humane, and resilient leaders for the future.

Please join UCLA’s Professor Corinne Bendersky as she interviews our speakers and they discuss how to build competitive and innovative organizations in the future by:
• Exploring the link between psychological safety and high performance
• Creating a speak-up culture where it’s “safe” to express ideas, ask questions, and admit mistakes
• Nurturing the level of engagement and candor required to succeed in today’s new economy

HARRT Senior Executive Round Table: C-Suite of the Future: Getting Winners in Place

March 2, 2021 – Senior Executive Members gathered virtually for a special C-Suite succession planning discussion. The open dialogue featuring HARRT Senior Executive Members, Ed Eynon, EVP, CHRO, KSL Resorts, Randy Clark, CAO & CHRO, Sempra Global and was facilitated by Heidrick & Struggles Partners Angela Gardner, and Ed Manfre (HARRT Partner Members). The evening session was an informal, fun opportunity for our executives to catch up with each other and share their various strategies for C-Suite succession planning which is a post-COVID hot topic.

Two questions were offered to stimulate thought for the conversation:

• What innovative/progressive things are successful organizations doing in the CEO/President succession planning space that truly sets them apart?
• If there was only one piece of advice you believe we should hear today, what would that be?

UCLA Anderson Forecast Predicts Near-Record Growth as Economy Recovers

In California, recovery comes faster than the rest of the U.S.

March, 2021 – The first quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast of 2021 expects robust growth for the U.S. and California as the COVID-19 pandemic abates. full article

FULL-SPECTRUM THINKING IN A POST-OUTBREAK WORLD with Dr. Bob Johansen, Institute for the Future


February 12, 2021 – Dr. Bob Johansen, a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley and friend of HARRT, has been doing ten-year forecasting for more than thirty years, with remarkable accuracy. In this talk, he will share his latest forecasts for the post-outbreak world, with a focus on opportunities and threats for the human resources function. Full-spectrum thinking is the ability to seek clarity across gradients of possibility–while resisting the temptations of certainty and simplistic labeling. Bob will discuss how leaders can think in full-spectrum ways, particularly across the spectrum of human/computer potential. Digital augmentation of humans will be mandatory to thrive in the future and Bob will provide his latest thinking about how leaders of the future can thrive in an increasingly digital world.

*As a follow-on to this discussion, Bob facilitated a BOOK CLUB exclusively for HARRT Senior Executive Members on February 16 & 26. As part of membership, each participating HARRT Executive member received a complimentary digital copy of Bob’s new book: Full-Spectrum Thinking: How to Escape Boxes in a Post-Categorical Future.

2020 RETREAT Series – HR Leadership: Creating Future-Ready Organizations (Virtual)

September – December 2020 – Over the past several months, HR has been challenged with COVID-19, social justice issues, and dealing with multiple problems relating to business survival. During these chaotic times, human resources leaders have been responsible for a magnitude of outcomes including operational efficiencies, virtual workplaces, employee well-being, digital technology, and major innovations on how work is now being performed. Equally important to navigating the current day to day issues, is evaluating how work will be reinvented for the future based on today’s disruptions. What innovations need to be created to ensure success in the future? How do we avoid slipping back into the “old” way of doing things? What has worked well and what needs to be transformed going forward?

Since our founding 34 years ago, HARRT at UCLA has hosted a retreat for our Senior Executive Members every fall where we would discuss strategic issues and future innovations. Since we can’t meet in person this year, we have planned a virtual retreat that is designed to explore the disrupted workplace and reimagine the future of work. Additionally, this virtual event will provide members with several opportunities to network with HARRT peers, share ideas, and create solutions for these critical topics.

The theme of our virtual retreat is HR Resilience: Creating a Future-Ready Organization. The topics for the sessions are Transformative Leadership, Cultural Adaptability, Distributed Workforces, Agile Transformation, and the Trust Paradigm. These topics are designed to address today’s immediate challenges as well as go-forward strategies to implement in your future-ready organization. These virtual round tables will contain two parts; Part 1 is a general session with Q&A presented by a subject matter expert that will be immediately followed by Part 2, an exclusive HARRT Executive Member-only workshop to discuss practical, innovative, relevant, and actionable initiatives.

Virtual Series:

Session 1: September 8, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Transforming Future Leadership Through Co-Elevation featuring Keith Ferrazzi, NYT Bestselling Author, and Founder & Chairman Ferrazzi Greenlight.

Session 2: September 23, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Cultural Adaptability: A Blueprint for the Future featuring Charles Muttillo, President, and Megan Sutton, Vice President, Human Resources, Morley Builders.

Session 3: September 30, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM– Top Challenges in the Shift to Remote Work – Elisabeth Watson, Chantelle Egan, and Elizabeth M. Levy, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

2020 HARRT at UCLA Associate Symposium (Virtual):  October 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Management Challenge Simulation, presented by Abilitie.

Willis Towers Watson Presents: October 22, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM– BruinTalk  – Reimagining Future Work: A Distributed Workforce – featuring Kerrie Peraino, Vice President, People Operations, Business HR & Googler Experience, Google.

Willis Towers Watson Presents: October 29, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM– BruinTalk  – Reimagining Future Work: A Distributed Workforce – featuring Holly May, SVP, Global Total Rewards & Partner Resources Service Delivery, Starbucks.

Session 4: November 12, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos featuring Sarah Elk, Partner and Global Leader, Bain & Company.

Session 5: December 9, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Building the New Business Paradigm with Trust featuring Robb Holman, Bestselling Author, and CEO of Holman International.

If you would like to be part of this group and apply for membership, please contact us.


March 16 – July 9, 2020 – In keeping with HARRT at UCLA’s mission to help our members by offering shared experiences for best practices and trusted experts they can call upon to develop their responses, we reinstated the HARRT IMPACT Series.  For over a four-month span, HARRT members we offered 24 interactive virtual-meetings focused on how HR is specifically being impacted by COVID-19. Members were also given exclusive access to the HARRT COVID-19 online repository for shared resources from the series. Members can access the repository through the Senior Member Homepage using your login and password.

Virtual Series: 

  1. Keith Ferrazzi – Achieving Racial Equity in the Workplace A 7-Point Framework on Best Practices for Eradicating Systemic Racism
  2. Senior Executive Round Table Discussion: Pandemic to Protests: Return to Work Disruption
  3. The Irvine Company’s Guide for Return to Work: Come Back With Confidence
  4. Mercer – Sensing with Science; the use of talent analytics to make informed workforce decisions
  5. Seyfarth Shaw: Developing a Return to Business Action Plan
  6. Dr. Scott Snyder, COVID-19 and the future of work – 2023: Four scenarios
  7. Dr. Kevin Riley: Preparing for the New Normal: Guidance for Employee Safety and Health During Return to Work (Part 2)
  8. ServiceNow: Empowering Your People to Lead
  9. Dr. Kevin Riley: Preparing for the New Normal: Guidance for Employee Safety and Health During Return to Work (Part 1)
  10. Professor Cassie Mogilner Holmes: Responding to COVID-19 with Positive Leadership
  11. Keith Ferrazzi: Succeeding in a Virtual Workplace
  12. Mercer: A Framework for Recovery: Respond. Return, Reinvent
  13. Carmen Allison: COVID-19 Disruption: Developing a Workplace Reentry Strategy
  14. Randstad RiseSmart: Best Practices in Rapid Upskilling and Redeployment, Responses to the COVID-19 crisis to meet business and employee needs
  15. Heidrick Consulting: How to Lead in a Virtual & Uncertain World – The New Normal for 2020
  16. McGriff: Cultivating Mindfulness Amid Change and Uncertainty
  17. Professor Jerry Nickelsburg: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Golden State
  18. Professor Patrick Wright: Leading Into, Through, and Out of the COVID-19 Crisis
  19. Edelman: Trusted Employee Communication as COVID-19 Evolves: What’s Working and What’s Not
  20. Sandy Asch: Leadership Resiliency During Uncertain Times
  21. Seyfarth Shaw: COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Employers (Part 2)
  22. Willis Towers Watson: COVID-19 Implications for employers- Potential impacts on benefit, reward, mobility, and other business programs, and how to prepare
  23. Seyfarth Shaw: COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Employers (Part 1)
  24. Edelman: Crisis communications best practices for HR leaders: how to maintain trust during evolving public safety concerns

If you would like to be part of this group and apply for membership, please contact us.

HR News

How to use hybrid work to transform culture

September 2021 – by By KELSEY SHEEHY

Five strategies can turn the move toward hybrid work into a transformation of office culture, experts say. Technological tools, early employee buy-in and tangible metrics are some of the ways “for companies to rethink how they work,” … Read more

The Pandemic Reset the Balance Between Workers and Employers. How Bosses Respond Will Shape the Future of Work

September, 2021 – by KEVIN DELANEY

Employees in many industries are in a position of power that they haven’t experienced in years, as the economy swiftly rebounds from the pandemic and businesses struggle to recruit and retain enough workers to keep up with the growth. This article discusses the consequences of the pandemic on the balance between workers and employers. How employers and managers respond to the seismic change will likely determine their ability to attract and retain talent… Read more

Future-Proofing Your Organization

(September–October 2021) – by Michael Mankins, Eric Garton, and Dan Schwartz

Even before working from home became widespread, digital technology was transforming how and where work gets done and how many people are needed to do it. In the aftermath of the pandemic, companies can rebuild a workforce that is better equipped… Read more

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HARRT at UCLA, established in 1986, serves as a forum for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and academic research affecting the practice of human resources. HARRT at UCLA is a subunit of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and is affiliated with Anderson School of Management, Luskin School of Public Affairs, and UCLA School of Law.

HARRT Events

HARRT at UCLA Executive Round Table: Februrary 27, 2020

With the beginning of a new decade, HARRT examined various transformation initiatives including the employee as a stakeholder and how to prepare HR to become innovators and change agents over the next 10 years. In this session, Peter Matthies, founder of the Conscious Business Institute, discussed how to build an organization of the future by applying specific steps to take your people strategy from vision to implementation. In this workshop presentation, Peter shared insights on how to refine organizational culture and purpose by creating a better way to work and live for 2020 and beyond. Also, Denise Spatafora, CEO of BeClear Inc. and UCLA instructor, led a session that focused on creating an individualized HR road map, to include identification of organizational “pain points” affecting transformation in your company as well as, personal strategies to prepare you to become an effective leader in the future.