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Introducing the People Leader Accelerator

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

I'm proud to announce the launch of People Leader Accelerator! This is a professional development program designed to help People Operations, Talent Management, and Human Resources professionals at rapidly growing companies propel their organizations and their careers forward.

Many HR and People Leaders at high-growth organizations have little or no formal training in management and leadership.

Participants will become firmly grounded in academic foundations of the HR field, as well as the unique nature of operating within a high-growth environment. Be mentored by experienced high-growth HR leaders, and learn from peers in similar roles at similar organizations.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have the knowledge, the network, and the confidence they need to successfully address the evolving needs of their organizations and to propel their careers forward.

The People Leader Accelerator is an intensive learning program that is designed to allow busy professionals to continue to focus on their demanding day jobs, while simultaneously participating in a rigorous learning experience.

Participants will:

  • Help their organizations be more successful, faster, with fewer missteps

  • Address real challenges from within their own organizations

  • Understand what is important now, and what is coming next for their organizations

  • Become more credible and effective HR / People Leaders

  • Build deep relationships with a select group of peers

  • Receive ongoing mentoring from expert high-growth HR leaders

The People Leader Accelerator was designed by an award-winning management professor (T. Brad Harris, Ph.D.) and two HR leaders, who between them, have held more than a dozen top HR roles at high growth organizations (Carmela Krantz and Andrew Bartlow).

Through a mix of virtual and socially-distanced gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area, participants will engage in 100+ hours of curriculum, in an intimate cohort-based learning environment.

Essential content includes:

  • Scholarly Foundations - the most relevant management research

  • Practical Application - what really works, when to enact change, how to prioritize limited time and resources on what matters most

  • Core Processes and Programs - what you need to lead an effective People Operations function

  • Influencing Skills - how to serve as an effective partner to founder/CEOs

Participants in the People Leader Accelerator will:

  • Spend 4-8 hours each week engaging with the cohort and curriculum

  • Learn from practical and scholarly readings

  • Apply principles through weekly homework and writing assignments

  • Participate in weekly live video discussions with their peers

  • Interact socially (in-person as health protocols allows) with their peers, faculty, and outside experts

  • Address real challenges in their current organizations

  • Develop a trusted network of peers in similar roles at similar organizations

The cost to join the first cohort beginning in mid-January 2021 is $5,500.

Attendance will be limited to a very small group to support pandemic safety measures and facilitate intimate group interactions.

Apply to participate in People Leader Accelerator by contacting us at



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