Attend the 2nd Annual Strategic HR Bootcamp!

Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2019

Tim Cynova
6 min readNov 28, 2018


We’re thrilled to announce that we are once again offering our one-day Strategic HR Bootcamp on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in New York City. Only 25 spots are available for this cohort due to space constraints, and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2019. (Don’t sweat, it’s a brief application with only two questions aside from your name and contact information). Cost, with scholarship, is $100.

What exactly is “Strategic” HR?

Strategic HR is HR — or People Operations as we like to call it at Fractured Atlas — that permeates the entire organization. Decisions and planning reflect an understanding of the impact and realities of our people, operations, finances, and programs. When HR becomes strategic HR, it’s a powerful force in helping organizations level up.

HR becomes strategic when it’s understood as a senior-level management competency. It’s not simply, “We need to post for the open Director of Development position,” but, “with our longtime Director of Development now departing, what is the purpose of this role; what are the traits and talents we need in an ideal candidate for us to be successful tomorrow and two years from now (rather than the success we’ve experienced in the past five years), and what conditions need to exist first in our organization to attract that particular candidate?”

“This program was fantastic!” — 2018 Participant

What’s the Strategic HR Bootcamp?

The bootcamp is an in-person, one-day intensive that teaches managers and leaders skills, frameworks, tips and tricks to be creative and successful with People Operations. This bootcamp will offer tools that people can immediately use to elevate their People Ops chops to the senior-level competency. It will help participants create and maintain innovative workplaces — with a sense of shared purpose — where people can do their best work, thrive, and ultimately, change the world.

Warning: Learning about building places that change the world makes people have fun and smile (as evidenced by this picture of participants in the inaugural Bootcamp).

Oh, that’s fascinating. Well, am I the right person to attend the Bootcamp?

This particular Strategic HR Bootcamp is designed for decision makers in cultural sector organizations who can be actively involved in creating and executing their organization’s HR — or People Ops — strategy and initiatives. You’re the executive or managing director, the general manager or the director of external relations or programs. You’re on your organization’s leadership team and want to learn actionable ways that People Ops can help your organization achieve its goals.

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciated this! I learned so much and had a great time.” — 2018 Participant

What topics will be covered?

Oodles and oodles of fascinating topics. The bootcamp will feature a handful of different modules — and include a special People Ops guest star interview! The modules will cover aspects like employer branding and articulating core values; building recruitment pipelines and strategic hiring; performance management and holding people accountable; skills to use for challenging conversations; aligning individual and team motivators; introducing and embedding anti-racism and anti-oppression efforts throughout your organization; talent and skill development; new approaches to benefits and payroll administration; managing change initiatives and their related psychological impact; remote work arrangements and communication channels; and alternative team structures.

“I felt so energized after leaving the bootcamp because a lot of the ideas we discussed resonated so much with me personally… and we left with actionable ways of how we can implement what we learned.” — 2018 Participant

When is it?

The second annual Strategic HR Bootcamp will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 9:00AM until 5:30PM (Don’t worry, we’ll close out the day with festive drinks, free-flowing conversation, and time to ping your new Bootcamp BFFs on LinkedIn.)

Senior Director of People Operations Jillian Wright dives into how teams can communicate and coordinate remotely across space and time.

I can’t make that date. Will you offer the Bootcamp again?

Likely, but nothing is currently scheduled. Either way, if you can’t make it, stay tuned to the Fractured Atlas blog for updates, or dig into our resources on Work. Shouldn’t. Suck.

Where does it take place?

The bootcamp will take place in Midtown Manhattan within a few blocks of Penn Station.

What does it cost me?

The bootcamp fee is $750 with each participant receiving a $650 scholarship making your cost only $100. That’s right, $100! Well, $100 and a few hours of your time in advance to read some articles and complete a confidential online implicit bias assessment. If you’re accepted into the program, we’ll send you a link to pay the $100 fee as well as circulate prep materials in advance of the bootcamp.

If you apply before December 31, 2018 you’ll get an additional early bird discount to bring your cost down to $75.

What’s included?

Light breakfast, lunch, sparkling and still water, snacks, tea and coffee, gum, afternoon festive drinks, and knowledge… lots and lots of useful knowledge.

How do I apply?

Please complete this brief application by January 15, 2019 to be considered for one of the available spots. With limited space available, we will be reviewing applications to ensure the best alignment between the bootcamp content and those who will be able to immediately put it to use in their teams and organizations. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than January 18, 2019.

Do I need to be a Fractured Atlas member to apply and attend?

Nope, but we’ll think you’re extra awesome if you happen to be one.

Associate Director of People Operations Nicola Carpenter explores tools for creating alignment and accountability.

Why is Fractured Atlas doing this?

Why not? We’ve spent a great deal of time and energy over the years learning from organizations, behavioral science, and studies across sectors about how to implement a strong People Ops strategy, and then figuring out how to take those learnings and apply them. We find it invigorating to share what we’ve learned — the good, the pitfalls, the fascinating, the rewarding — with colleagues across sectors. We also find that we learn something new about how we can approach our own efforts with every new conversation we have with peers.

“The depth of thinking that Fractured Atlas has done around these issues is deeply appreciated. The warmth and humor of the presenters made the material accessible.”— 2018 Participant

Will the Bootcamp content be available online?

This specific content will not be available online, as the bootcamp is designed for in-person learning. For online resources, please check out our Work. Shouldn’t. Suck. site, or ping us for a free HR Hour consultation video call if you want to chat about a specific challenge you’re facing.

Tim sometimes looks like this when he’s talking about building shared purpose places where people thrive and change the world. Photo credit: Ryan Bourque.

Who will be leading the sessions?

The three members of the Fractured Atlas People team — Nicola Carpenter, Tim Cynova, and Jillian Wright — include a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), a certified Professional in HR (PHR), a certified Crucial Conversations and What Motivates Me trainer; the creators of How We Work, Work. Shouldn’t. Suck., and Fractured Atlas’s staff core curriculum program; a trained mediator, a fully remote staff member, a practicing mixed media artist, a former dancer and dance educator, and a former trombonist and musicologist. In addition to their love of and extensive experience in People operations, the People team’s other interests include bourbon, burritos, bicycling, clogs, artisanal donuts, gardening, parenting, and visiting museums — in no particular order.

What if I have questions?

If you have additional questions about the Strategic HR Bootcamp, and whether it’s right for you, please ping us at If you’re looking for additional resources to help you on your People operations journey check out Work. Shouldn’t. Suck. and this extensive list of books, online courses, videos, thought leaders, and more!

Look forward to seeing you in February!

Tim Cynova is a certified Senior Professional in HR, trained mediator, and the Chief Operating Officer at Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit organization that helps artists with the business aspects of their work. To learn more about Fractured Atlas, or to get involved, visit us here.