Human Resources Emerging Leaders Program
Our eyes are fixed upon the future! Accelerate your career with the Emerging HR Leaders Program!
Why choose Emerging HR Leaders Program?
The Emerging HR Leaders Program (previously known as the HR Management Associate Program) grows the next generation of world-class HR leaders at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Whether it be a full-time or internship position, our HR organization is committed to finding the best talent in the world, and creating a positive, open, and diverse work environment.
In the Program, your development and growth is a high priority and will be continuously fostered through a two-year rotational on-the-job training experience covering every aspect of the 70/20/10 learning model – experiential learning, relationship building, and formal training.
This is a high potential rotational program that provides you with a unique opportunity to drive challenging and compelling HR initiatives for the company. Working with internal and external HR thought leaders, participants use innovative approaches and tools to directly affect our business results.
History and current strategy
Since the origination of the program in 2007, we’ve been dedicated to providing our HR organization with well-trained talent, ready and eager to take on leadership roles. We have provided experiences across 17 countries globally and have had more than 150 individuals graduate from the Program.
Each year we continue to review the quality and structure of our program, putting more rigor into rotations and enhancing the overall development experience of our emerging HR leaders.
We are committed to catering the program experience to each individual and align our pipeline needs to leadership positions in HR hub locations. In addition to selecting rotations that are targeted to each participant’s career interests and development needs, we put rigor into the rotation selection process by ensuring scope, goals, and learning objectives are solidified prior to each rotation.
The program’s development experience includes, but is not limited to the following:
- 360 and leadership potential assessments
- access to a dedicated external executive coach
- robust mentoring program
- regular, open discussion meetings with Business and HR executives
- book club where participants share ideas, perspectives and knowledge in a safe environment
We are excited about the program enhancements we have made and will continue to make to further accelerate the development and career progression for all program participants.
Program design and experiences
- 24-month tailored program
- Rotations across multiple areas of the HR Organization
- Rotations assigned by area of needed development and/or business need
- Competitive compensation packages
- Dedicated program management
- Work environment that allows for a wide range of assignments
- International rotation provided based on strong performance and business needs
- Each Program participant is assigned a senior HR leader mentor
- Emerging HR Leaders-exclusive learning curriculum
- Broad and diverse assessment and development tools
- Access to an external executive coach for personalized leadership and relationship development
- Interaction with local country HR teams and business leaders; exposure to applied HR in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Americas
- Participation in global projects and programs, that provide participants opportunities to grow and develop cultural awareness
- Opportunity to collaborate with global peers; access to collective mind power of bright, motivated, cross-regional teams
Participant’s profile – what we are looking for?
- Drive to contribute and make an impact
- Proven leadership, influencing, and interpersonal skills
- Strong project management abilities
- Champion and leader of diversity
- Strong business acumen and critical analytical thinking skills
- Ability to act as a change leader, partnering with business leaders to achieve organizational strategies and objectives
- Self-starter with ability to manage work in multiple areas
- Effective collaborator in a team environment
- Prior HR experience
- Internships last between 10 and 12 weeks depending on your availability as well as business need
- Internship projects are designed to help you take on work that matters, build your network, and get a sense of what it is like to work at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Main objective of the internship program is to make sure you and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are a good match and, if so, prepare you for a full-time position within the company after graduation
Meet some of our Alums and current Program participants
"The Program was an incredible experience to explore different areas of HR, build a strong network with our cohort, and have an international experience in the UK. Prior to coming to HP I was at Purdue University’s Masters of Human Resource Management Program. When looking at my experience in the MAP program I took a unique view of what I wanted to get out of the 2 year experience. My belief is that while the rotation work is the core, that my brand was going to be built by what I could deliver above and beyond that work. I sought opportunities to over deliver within my role, support my extended team members in their roles, and look for career building opportunities outside the rotation all together. These “career building” opportunities came by volunteering 10 hours a week to specific leaders in return for having an opportunity to have them be my mentor. This work resulted in great visibility at the EHRC level and across functions. While I had to work hard to find the right type of work life balance for me, which at times leaned more towards the work rather than the life, these experiences exposed multiple post program opportunities.
Post program I selected an HR Business Partner role within IT and 18 months later, I took my current role - Talent Enablement PMO role within Customer Success.
The Program was a great way to start my career, but make it your own journey and don’t rely solely on a rotation to gain the critical experience you need to develop your brand. Feel free to set up a 1x1 on my calendar if anyone ever wants to have a conversation about the program, post program, or working at HPE."Brent Pett
"It felt like a risk joining HPE through the Program, but it is probably the best professional decision I ever made. I was challenged from the very beginning, but always felt supported both by managers and senior executives, and by an amazing cohort going through the same experience I was. I had rotations that matched my interest, complimented by special projects that allowed me to work with different people and interesting challenges.
After the program, I had the amazing opportunity to manage the HR MAP program (the former name of the Emerging HR Leaders Program). First in the US, and then globally. Seeing the program from these two different points of view gave me an even greater appreciation of the experience I had. As I compare my experience to my classmates, I know of no other program that provides as good a combination of meaty, developmental work, and the opportunity to progress my career. I couldn’t be happier with my decision, and am excited to see that tradition continue at HPE through the Emerging Leaders program."Clark Jessop
"HPE’s Emerging (HR) Leaders Program provides you the framework to succeed, but it is up to you to optimize the experience to achieve your professional goals. I’ve had six roles in my five and a half year career at HPE, these include my three rotations in HR Global Operations, Talent Enablement, and Total Rewards. I’ve lived and worked in four different countries, adapted to new cultures, various business climates, and unpredictable economic environments.
I’d advise a new participant to take advantage of the support system the Program provides to extend your network and enhance your HR and business knowledge. Without both, I would not have secured my post-program roles or my current role as a program manager in HR Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, and Outsourcing. If you can successfully navigate through the Emerging (HR) Leaders Program you will solidify HR’s seat at the table and earn the confidence of the business, and you’d have something of real value to add when you sit down."Cristina Valencia
"The Emerging (HR) Leaders Program is an amazing platform that offers tailored experiences, access to a truly global network of peers and alumni, and the opportunity for visibility and exposure at the highest levels of the HR organisation. The most important element, though, is you – You need to take charge at the helm and always steer your career in the direction you wish. I joined HPE 3 years ago after spending 13 years in the Republic of Singapore Navy as a career military officer. My three rotations gave me increasing regional and global experience: SEA HRGO & EG, APJ PPS HR, and finally Global Talent Executive Leadership and Organisation Development for my international rotation in Palo Alto. After graduating the program, I moved to Palo Alto for my current role as the Talent Enablement Partner for Global Functions Finance, where I work closely with HRBPs and finance leaders on advancing the talent, learning, and organisation development agenda.
One piece of advice I would give is to always do something that makes you feel somewhat uncomfortable – that’s where the most learning and growth happens. If you’re choosing rotations, try something you’ve never done before. If you’re choosing an international assignment, go somewhere as culturally different as possible. Don’t just learn to tolerate the differences – embrace and leverage them to expand your perspectives and challenge your assumptions. You’ll be a better person for it. Most importantly, have fun."Ed Chan
"Emerging HR leaders is a great HR development program, unique on its kind! I joined the program in 2007… long time ago! I had finished my Masters in Human resources Management and I had almost 2 years of experience working in HR field. I think, I’m one of the first people who ever hired in EMEA as part of the program. I initially started as an HR program manager for General Western Europe region, working on graduate program deployment. It was a great first experience. I met lots of people and get acquainted with the company’s processes and procedures. Then I moved to Central and Eastern Europe and I worked on Talent management.
Back then, I worked very close with one of the most successful Talent managers in Europe. Together, we designed the talent program for the region, succession planning and work on organization capability. Great experience for a new comer! I get to know lots of great people, learnt tones of things around talent management. I admit that I’m still “copping with pride” lots of the materials we developed during this period. Last but not least, I moved to US for my international rotation. I worked for the Personal Systems Group (currently part of HP Inc) part of the workforce planning team. For me being in the US and being able to work for an L2 was a great experience. I learnt a lot, specifically in the field of workforce planning. I had the opportunity to develop together with the WFP director a new reporting templates to measure success in the regions. I had the opportunity to improve my communication skills and to meet with great people.
Overall the program experience was amazing. It has shaped me to the professional I am today. Coming back to the Europe, I had a job in the GWE region as an HR business partner. Since then, I held different job within the team and get to know different business.
Today, I’m working for the GWE HR director, supporting as an HR business partner ES Practices and ES Application Business services in ES North. In addition to it, I am running and HR development program for the Regional HR VP. My advice to new Emerging HR leaders is to be open and ready to learn with every opportunity. The program creates the environment it is up to you to become the next HPE Leader of tomorrow!"Marianna Dalakaki
"My participation in HPE’s Emerging (HR) Leaders Program really did jumpstart my career at HPE. More than anything it provided me a broad network and a sense of how HR works here. After rotations in workforce planning, HR business partner and talent management, I ultimately decided to take a post-program role in corporate talent management.
That decision has since provided me a variety of experiences including helping with HP’s separation into two companies and managing worldwide programs like career development and talent management. HPE offers an atmosphere where you can follow your passion and be rewarded for being proactive—two things I tell anyone considering working here."Rob Carter
"The Emerging Leaders program was very helpful in terms of providing a broad exposure to the various functions in HR. From working on career development framework in my first rotation to building equity statements for executives in my third rotation, the experience has been a good blend of working closely with leaders from HR and Business.
The program provides a wonderful mix of hands-on projects and exposure to other talented colleagues of the EL program. The international rotation was a good highlight of the program where it gave me an opportunity to work from the Palo Alto office for 8 months. Interacting with the leadership there and fellow emerging leaders from other part of the globe was an amazing experience
I had always had an inclination to work on the compensation space. Having never worked in that area prior to joining HPE, my rotation and program managers helped a great deal to align my projects to include some pieces of compensation work in them. As a result, currently I am aligned with the Global Rewards Benchmarking team with a focus on the Asia Pacific market.
You are provided a unique opportunity to taste the different flavors HR has to offer and at the end of the program you take your pick. A choice, not offered to many. Make the best of what the program has to offer and most importantly do not miss out on the opportunity to network with all the brilliant individuals you will encounter throughout the course of this program."Roopesh Rao
"My name is Sandra Valdivia and a proud member of the Emerging (HR) Leaders program. Even if I finished the program around 5 years ago, I still feel like it was yesterday. When I reflect back into my 3 rotations during the program, I really think that the experience in the program set me up for a successful career within HP and now in HPE. I had the opportunity to work with leader around the world in very different projects that covered basically every aspect in HR, as well as be part of a Global community of young professionals that were very passionate about work, life and development. The program provides rotation in Key areas in HR that for me where important to build a very solid base knowledge to understand how HPE operates: HR Global Operations, Compensation and Benefits and Employee Engagement.
After the program, I still had an opportunity to grow, move and learn. From my first actual role in L&D, a few years in Workforce planning, to finally get to my current position as an HR Business Partner. Moving from Guadalajara to Palo Alto, and gaining many good friends in the way, the Emerging Leader Program is a great learning experience, fast pace and fun!"Sandra Valdivia
"You may have heard it said that HR is a career that people tend to fall into. Well, I am one of those people…except I tripped and fell into HR while running from a career in sales is probably a more accurate depiction. But thankfully, HR embraced me with open arms, and after being exposed to HR, I wanted to learn and do more. So, imagine my excitement when I came across the Emerging HR Leaders Program.
During my time in the program, I have not only been afforded the opportunity to learn more about HR, but I have also learned by doing. My first two rotations were in Business HR (Houston, TX) and Labor Relations (Singapore) respectively. For my final rotation and just as HP separated into two companies, I returned to Business HR. The business is and should always be at the core of what we do as strategic HR professionals, in my humble opinion. Therefore, in light of Hewlett Packard Enterprise starting anew, I wanted to stay close to the business. Doing so, influenced my desire to improve my business acumen and even prompted my leading the newly developed Business Acumen Workstream in the Emerging HR Leaders Program."Quesia Arrington
"For me, the Emerging HR Leaders Program was the perfect next step in a career transitioning from educational and behavioral consulting into business. Through the program, I have been able to radically accelerate my career and my development, learning more about HR as a function and HPE as a company in two years than I thought I would learn in ten.
I’ve had the opportunity to support one of ES’ most strategically important businesses as a business partner, to serve as the program manager for the HR workstream during the historic HP Separation, and to lead a massive transformation effort in EMEA that will help us accelerate critical changes within our businesses to enhance our competitiveness in the market. For me, the best parts of the experience have been the ease of developing exceptional networks of both colleagues and executives, while gaining opportunities for involvement in high impact projects simply by putting your hand up. That supportive culture is one of the things that makes HPE a great place to work, and the Emerging Leaders Program a perfect place to start."Ryan Gutterson
"Rotations with HRBP, HRGO and COE Total Rewards helped me build broad network and obtain a sense of how HR works both internally and externally. Supporting company’s separation into two is rewarding experience too. There are many opportunities for program participants to connect, learn and grow. Friendships built with program participants around the world are lifelong assets. Participation in HPE’s Emerging (HR) Leaders Program accelerated my learning and development as an HR professional."Xin Wang
"The Emerging HR Leaders Program at Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a wonderful career choice! Its rotation-based structure allows for gaining robust experience in diverse HR areas in a short period of time that puts each participant on the fast track in the company’s HR leadership pipeline. I had the chance to go through HR Business Partner, Talent and Total Rewards rotations and in each one of them I truly enjoyed:
- meaningful and challenging projects
- senior Business and HR leaders visibility
- opportunities to learn from experienced mentors
Throughout the rotations I have stretched myself and picked up additional work to make the most of each opportunity and this has been appreciated and rewarded. It’s up to each one of us to carve their own experience and influence their post-Program placement. I am happy with my Program experience, and having my post-program placement around the corner, I feel that I am in the right place. I am excited to help the company Accelerate Next!"Mariana Nencheva