Organizations need their future human capital leaders ready for their next career step. Both existing and aspiring HR leaders must be prepared to deal with a multitude of responsibilities—some of which they’ve likely had limited or no experience with at this stage in their careers.

From working with the Board of Directors, to understanding compensation structures and learning theory, building CEO trust, setting a strategic vision, and anticipating emerging workforce trends, every future leader has knowledge gaps they need to close.

i4cp’s Up Next Cohort develops CHRO readiness capability through core content, speakers, research, case studies, and network building. Designed by experienced CHROs and endorsed by i4cp’s Chief HR Officer Board, the Up Next Cohort is a six-month development opportunity for HR leaders who are just one step away from their next big leap.


Capability. Connection. CHRO readiness.
  • Close Knowledge Gaps

    Aspiring HR leaders will collaboratively build their acumen on a variety of topics ranging from HR strategy development and alignment to managing compensation committees, partnering with the CEO, and working with the Board of Directors.

  • Develop Your Next HR Leader

    Up Next Cohort members collaborate to prepare themselves for the next level of responsibility in their careers. They’ll learn from current and former CHROs, peers, and industry experts, while gaining new insights and perspective to further establish themselves as industry leaders.

  • Stay Ahead of Trends

    With access to i4cp’s cutting edge research, Up Next cohort members will be some of the first to see new trends, identify next practices in human capital, and discover tactics to implement innovative new strategies that will enhance the ability of HR to drive market performance.

  • Build Their Networks

    Up Next members will be part of an exclusive, dynamic group dedicated to progressing the field of human resources. Each member will build a strong personal and professional network of mentors and senior leaders preparing for future opportunities in a vendor and consultantfree environment.

A Six-Month Development Opportunity for HR Leaders

Cohort Structure

Cohorts run twice per year—starting in January and July—and are limited to 15 members, with five virtual and one in-person monthly events over a six-month period (pandemic permitting).

Mark Englizian, independent director and adviser, former CHRO of Walgreens, and HR leader with Amazon and Microsoft is the facilitator.

Planned Topics:

  • Month One:
    Business Acumen for HR Leaders
  • Month Two:
    HR Strategy and Organizational Design
  • Month Three:
    Executive Compensation and Board Relationships
  • Month Four:
    Enterprise Culture
  • Month Five:
    Research Trends and Next Practices
  • Month Six:
    Capstone Project Presentations

The Ideal Up Next Cohort Candidate

  • Currently in an HRLT or business leadership role at a Fortune 1000 company
  • Aspires to the CHRO role when/ if the opportunity becomes available
  • Dedicates up to 50 hours of prep and meeting time over six months ($150 per hour investment)
  • Contributes to the peer group with enthusiasm and engagement