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About HR People + Strategy

HR People + Strategy is the premier network of executives and thought leaders in the field of human resources. As SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People + Strategy provides members access to forward thinking exchanges, research and publications and executive level networking opportunities.  

Chartered in 1977 as the Human Resource Planning Society, the founders rallied around their desire for an association that would bring people together who were interested in advancing the science and art of human resource management. They were —as they are today — HR professionals, leading academics and trusted advisers. The implied goal was to help people acquire the knowledge and credibility required to play a key role in the design and execution of organizational strategy.


From the start, HR People + Strategy was known for attracting top talent to its conferences and executive leadership programs. The combination of thought-provoking speakers and educators, coupled with practical lessons from HR executives and experienced consultants, differentiated the society. Various forums provided opportunities for small group discussions and debates on areas of critical interest to the profession. At these events, and within the HRPS sponsored blogs and discussion groups, all views are welcome. Unlike other professional associations, HRPS has never taken a public stand on any political agenda or piece of legislation. This allows for a diversity of opinion and a level of civility that is refreshing. 



A world of work where people and businesses thrive.


Lead the HR Profession by creating a community that facilitates the dialogue between thought leaders and executive practitioners, creating solutions to drive success for people and organizations.


As the professional home for strategic HR executives, we bring together business practitioners, academics and consultants to advance our members, organizations and profession by sharing knowledge, experiences and new ideas.

HR People + Strategy Knowledge Areas

The following knowledge areas are those HR People + Strategy believes are the most critical and strategic to HR management and best practices. These four areas drive the content and outcomes of all HR People + Strategy programs and publications. 


HR Strategy

Enhancing the impact of HR’s organizational role and the HR profession:

  • Aligning business and HR strategy to maximize impact
  • Contributing to corporate governance and decision making
  • Creating purpose and meaning at work as a differentiator
  • Leveraging technology to improve productivity and enhance the employee experience
  • Leveraging human capital analytics to forecast trends and drive decision making

Leadership Development

Impacting leadership skills and attitudes individually and collectively:

  • Acquiring, motivating and developing leaders
  • Planning for leadership succession
  • Providing effective organizational leadership 
  • Inspiring collaboration for greater collective influence
  • Driving a culture of excellence

Organizational Effectiveness 

Strengthening the organization’s effectiveness in achieving its intended outcomes:

  • Leading culture and organizational change
  • Optimizing organizational design and networks
  • Developing and managing intellectual capital
  • Ensuring organizational learning, agility and transformation
  • Valuing diversity and inclusion

Talent Management

Securing diverse talent to meet the organization’s future needs at all levels:

  • Acquiring talent for competitive advantage
  • Developing retention strategies
  • Driving engagement
  • Fostering development
  • Leveraging the talent of employees and the contingent workforce



Bylaws are the rules that govern the internal management of HR People + Strategy. They cover topics such as how the directors are elected, how meetings of directors are conducted, what officers the organization will have and what duties the officers will perform. As the organization grows and matures, board members will review and revise bylaws as needed. Download HR People + Strategy Bylaws here.


Annual Report

A copy of the HR People + Strategy Annual Report will be available to members at the 2017 HR People + Strategy Annual Conference. To request a copy e-mail

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