What Skills and Experience Are Required for a CHRO Role?


This podcast is part of a series on the Workology Podcast focused on the role and responsibilities of the Chief Human Resources Officer, or CHRO (often called Chief People Officer or VP of Talent). The CHRO is an executive or C-level role that deals with managing human resources, as well as with organizational development and implementing policies of change to improve the overall efficiency of the company. The CHRO Podcast series on Workology is sponsored by Upskill HR. This episode of the Workology podcast is sponsored by


One of the reasons I wanted to do this series is because there is a lot of mystery around the CHRO role. I want aspiring CHROs to know what type of skills and experiences they need to promote into a future CHRO role. Throughout the CHRO podcast series, we asked each guest about how they began their careers and grew into their CHRO roles – and their answers were really varied and interesting.

In this podcast episode, listen to excerpts from some of the best interviews on the Workology Podcast with CHROs, VPs of HR and Chief People Officers on how some of the most successful professionals in the industry started their careers with an eye on a leadership position.

This episode features (in order):


Deb Hill, Vice President of HR for FM:Systems

Nicole Roberts, Vice President of People and Culture with MVAH Partners

Paul LaLonde, Vice President of People and Culture for CEDA (Community Economic Development Association)

Nikki Salentri, Vice President of People at Gympass

The full podcasts are linked to each guest above.

It’s so interesting to delve into how a role like CHRO whose experience more closely connects them to the strategy and operations of the overall business works with the rest of a company leadership team. Hearing the stories about how these HR leaders got their start in HR and how it led them to a CHRO role, there are so many ways to grow your HR career. I’m inspired by these stories and hope you are too!



– CHRO Job Description

– Deb Hill on LinkedIn

– Nicole Roberts on LinkedIn

– Paul LaLonde on LinkedIn

– Nikki Salenetri on LinkedIn

– Episode 297: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR?

– Episode 327: CHRO Series – How is HR Structured Within Your Organization?

– Episode 309: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR? Part 2

– Episode transcript 

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