Strategic HR Leadership - Virtual Training

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    In today’s employment market, the need for strategic HR leadership is more important than ever. The top challenges reported by employers across the country continue to be attracting and retaining employees. This positions human resources to be a key player in solving crucial business challenges, but also requires the ability to balance tactical execution with big-picture thinking.  As HR professionals grow in their career, what is required of them changes as well. Having a “seat at the table” means thinking and acting at a higher level.

    This 20-hour program will equip HR Professionals to be a strategic HR leader within their organization. Participants will understand the unique characteristics of strategic leaders and how they apply to the Human Resources function.  Special attention will be given to the development of HR strategy within the context of an organization’s strategic priorities.  Participants will explore models and tools that support higher-level strategic HR initiatives such succession planning, culture management, predictive analytics, and organizational design.  Participants will leave this training equipped to lead and develop their team to ensure HR demonstrates the strategic capabilities necessary to help drive organizational success.

    This 5-session program targets experienced HR leaders or those who will be promoted to a senior HR leadership role in the near future.  It is the third program in our core HR series after The HR Professional and The Frontline HR Manager.

    Interested in in-person training? Click here to see more information on in-person options for Strategic HR Leadership.

    Strategic HR Leadership Program Outline


    The goal of this session is to understand and apply key characteristics of strategic thinking and planning within an organization.  Participants will be able to…
    • Articulate the characteristics of strategic thinking and strategic leaders
    • Leverage  natural strengths and address and develop  weaknesses related to thinking and acting strategically
    • Identify and create an effective team of stakeholders to support HR strategy development 
    • Define Strategic HR Leadership for their organization 
    • Apply strategic thinking to the full employee lifecycle
    • Develop a plan to ensure their focus stays on strategic work


    The goal of this session is to develop skills applying core strategic planning models and tools to the HR function.  Participants will be able to…
    • Use a S.W.O.T. analysis and Star Model to identify critical areas of focus
    • Include Strategic Workforce Planning considerations into strategy creation 
    • Build a detailed action plan to support strategic objectives
    • Articulate the most impactful people metrics (KPIs) for their organization
    • Analyze the current state of HR data analytics for their organization
    • Create a plan to evolve their organization’s use of HR data analytics to drive strategic decisions


    The goal of this session is to understand and engage in stewarding organizational culture from an HR leadership position.  Participants will be able to…
    • Define the core elements of organizational culture
    • Partner with leadership to define, communicate and drive their organization's culture
    • Address culture and values gaps specific to expectations and reality 
    • Demonstrate the ability to create programs and initiatives to support culture and embed key behaviors
    • Develop the team’s role in helping steward culture through HR process and support
    • Coach senior leaders to support organizational culture through 1:1 discussions and program design


    The goal of this session is to provide the tools and resources necessary to establish a successful talent management program.  Participants will…
    • Understand and leverage the essential elements of an effective Talent Management program and process
    • Develop a plan for identifying categories of employees for talent management purposes including High-Potential
    • Apply the fundamentals of strategic succession planning to their organizational context
    • Implement an effective development planning process that supports long-term succession management success
    • Incorporate succession management metrics (KPIs) into overall HR and business strategy


    The goal of this session is to develop skills for partnering with stakeholders to solve complex organizational challenges.  Participants will be able to…
    • Identify and leverage key consulting behaviors with internal clients
    • Coach others  to leverage an organizational mindset when building programs and addressing business issues
    • Utilize core Organizational Development concepts when navigating large scale challenges
    • Apply Organizational Design principles to support strategic success and operational excellence
    • Develop  the HR team to approach  work with a consultative approach and organization-wide perspective while
    • Coaching leaders & employees toward higher levels of personal accountability and self-reliant problem solving
  • Virtual Training Details

    Dates: This is a 5-part training

    • March 1 - March 29 | Tuesdays | 1:00pm - 5:00pm (EST)
    • September 8 - October 6 | Thursdays | 8:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

    Online Platform:

    For Participation You Will Need:

    • A computer, laptop, iPad, or smart phone
    • Internet access

    Cost: $1395 per person - Includes 20 hours of live virtual training, digital training manual, and additional resources. These will be sent via email before the first session.

    Class sizes are limited for maximum engagement - register today to reserve your spot. Once registered, you will receive details on how to join the Zoom Meeting Virtual Training.

    If you have any questions, need help registering, or would like to be invoiced for this event, please contact: Alec McGuire, Training & Event Coordinator at (616) 608-9684 or

  • Who is this training for:

    The Strategic HR Leadership training program is designed for:

    • Senior HR Professionals
    • HR Management
    • HR Leadership
    • Future HR Leaders
    • Senior Executives involved in HR

    This training program will be delivered virtually in 4-hour sessions over 5 weeks. All training is delivered live and includes participant engagement and activities. Participants will also receive a participant guide that is focused on providing practical tools and resources for leading the Human Resources function at a strategic level.

    This training program is approved for 20 SHRM and HRCI credits.

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  • Meet the Trainer

    Nathan Leaman - Director of Strategic HR
    Nathan Leaman

    Director of HR Training & Consulting - Express Employment Professionals

    Nathan Leaman is a passionate professional with extensive experience in building systems and tools that support organizational and leadership effectiveness.  Nathan brings over 20 years of leadership and HR experience from both business and non-profit organizations.  

    Nathan has a Bachelor's degree from the Moody Bible Institute, a Master's degree from Liberty University and received his coaching certification from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Nathan spent seven years in full-time church ministry before working for 13 years at the Kohler Co.  At Kohler, Nathan moved through various HR roles eventually taking the position of Director- Leadership Development.  Nathan also held various executive HR roles for the Grande Cheese Company in Fond du Lac, WI where he was responsible for Organizational Development, Compensation, Benefits Management and HRIS.

    Nathan has extensive experience with assessment tools and is certified in multiple personality and 360 degree feedback assessments.  His straightforward style, willingness to tackle difficult issues, genuine interest in seeing others grow and ability to coach at all levels makes Nathan a go-to resource for strategic HR support and executive development.

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