47% of Up Next Cohort alumni are now CHROs

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 partnering with the Board of Directors, to understanding compensation structures and learning theory, building CEO trust, setting a strategic talent vision, analyzing workforce readiness, and how diversity, equity, & inclusion should weave into strategy, practice, and policy—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 an annual development opportunity for HR leaders who are just one step away from their next big leap.

Benefits of joining the Cohort


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, workforce planning and readiness, DE&I, partnering with the CEO, and working with the Board of Directors.


Develop Your HR Leadership Expertise

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.


Build Your Network

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 consultant-free environment.


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.

Cohort Structure

i4cp's Up Next Cohort runs annually—kicking off with an in-person meeting in Scottsdale, AZ at the i4cp next practices Now Conference—and is limited to 20 members, with virtual sessions, with virtual sessions throughout the rest of the year.

This cohort is facilitated by:

Dave Gartenberg

Dave Gartenberg

Program Facilitator & former CHRO

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Nina Holtsberry

Director of Member Engagement of i4cp

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2024 content includes:

  • Coachable Leadership
  • Board Readiness
  • Business Acumen
  • People Strategy & Organization Design
  • Executive Compensation
  • Enterprise Culture
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • People Analytics
  • Capstone Project Presentations
  • Monthly 1:1 coaching