HR Competencies:

  • Leadership and Navigation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Business Acumen


In today’s complex business environment, it is essential that HR professionals operate from a strategic framework as business partners to their organizations. To add value to the organization, HR must translate organizational direction into human capital implications and strategies.

Through Employers Council’s HR Business Partner Program, participants will design and implement a project aligned with a business initiative. In an applied learning environment, participants will develop a proactive business mindset. This creates a win-win by providing participants with the opportunity to develop HR business partner competencies and by adding value to the organization.

Through a three month comprehensive program participants will:

  • Grow in the role of HR business partner
  • Gain business acumen
  • Understand an organization's strategic framework
  • Develop a business case
  • Design and implement a project

The HR Business Partner Program:

  • Engages HR professionals for a long-term experience vs. a one-time class
  • Applies program learnings to an actual business project
  • Provides peer support in a cohort environment and individual coaching

Program Modules

Program Launch (March 31)
The HR Business Partner Program begins with an opening reception and orientation in which participants learn more about the program, project selection, and meet the other participants and faculty.

**5 intensive days with new dates. Now virtual learning. (April 21-May 19)
The core of the HR Business Partner Program consists of a five day intensive, wherein participants will gain exposure to the HR business partner role and competencies, business essentials, HR strategic planning, metrics, workforce planning, accounting and finance, business case development, project and change management. Participants apply the concepts and tools for the development of their individual projects.

Follow-Up Class (May 27)
This follow-up class will provide participants with the opportunity to debrief their peer group and faculty on the progress and challenges they face in implementing their projects. Participants will gain feedback from their peers and faculty.

Capstone Class (June 25)
The final class will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the application of the HR business partner concepts and tools to their projects to review key learning and project effectiveness. In addition, participants will gauge their learning throughout the program and create a development plan for the future.

Coaching Sessions

Participants will schedule two individual coaching sessions (via telephone or in person) with Employers Council coaching faculty. ​

Who Should Attend?

HR professionals who are looking to step into a more strategic role in their organizations. This program requires a time commitment to apply learning in real time to a business project. The typical candidate is a mid-level HR professional with three or more years of experience.

Application Process

To receive or submit an application, e-mail​. Applicants will be contacted by Employers Council faculty to discuss the necessary commitments and fit prior to the start of the program.  If you have questions regarding the program, call us at 303.223.5620 or e-mail


This program is particularly effective as an on-site program for an internal human resources team. Please email for more information about this option.


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