HR Leader Exchange

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About HRLE: A.J. O’Connor Associates (AJO) formed the HR Leader Exchange (formerly the Senior Human Resource Advisory Board) in June 2008. The goal is to bring together senior Human Resource leaders from organizations in the Tri-state and surrounding areas (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and eastern Pennslyvania).

The membership voted a new name in 2017 to better reflect the forum's objectives and the new name, HR Leader Exchange, became effective on January 1st, 2018, marking the ten year anniversary of the forum's creation. 

The HRLE has over 70 members, providing a unique forum for senior HR leaders to network, share ideas and information and to discuss business challenges.

Meetings are held quarterly (8.00 - 10.00 a.m.) in one of three venues:

  • AJO's Parsippany office. 
  • The corporate offices of HRLE members
  • The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ

Members possess an average of 20 years experience in human resources and currently oversee the human resources function for their organizations. Industries represented by our members include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer goods, manufacturing, communications, retail, hospitality, chemicals, financial services, and business information services.

Membership Benefits:

  • Peer Networking – Network with fellow tri-state HR business leaders
  • Information Sharing – Ideas, trends and best practices through member presentations and forum discussions
  • Online Community – Member profiles, member discussion forum, events calendar, news, meeting materials, and research studies to stay up-to-date

Interested in Joining?

If you fit the profile of our members and you'd like to know more, please complete the form and we'll be in touch.




HRLE Membership Flyer
HRLE Membership Flyer

Here's What They're Saying

“As a long-time member of HRLE, I value not only the connections I have made with other senior leaders but also the opportunity to come together to learn from one another, gain insight into workforce issues we are all dealing with and having an open and candid forum within which to discuss a variety of topics. It is a great resource to gather information on policies and practices of other organizations which has been beneficial when I’ve wanted to collect some quick benchmarks.”
Renee DeFranco
Chief People Officer at Nice-Pak
“The HRLE provides an excellent opportunity for senior HR executives to share information and best practices through networking events, group e-mails, and formal meetings. I have found that my peers who participate in the HRLE are genuinely interested in the enrichment of the HR function and continuous improvement of their organization’s performance and the work life of their employees.”
Mike Kahrer
Vice President, HR at Luitpold Pharmaceuticals
“I always look forward to our HRLE meetings. It’s a nice opportunity to network and share ideas in a friendly environment. Andy’s team does a great job facilitating.”
Steve Sitek
Head of Ethics & Compliance Learning & Education, Novartis Pharmaceuticals