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Endurance & Agility: Change Management for Nonprofits (Leadership Lab Series)

September 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm EDT

Endurance & Agility: Change Management for Nonprofits (A Leadership Lab Series)

We’re online! This leadership lab series will meet online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email.

A three-part course for executive directors, board leaders, and organizational change agents of nonprofit organizations.

Staff and volunteers come and go. Executive directors retire or move on. Programs launch and sunset. Populations and partners evolve.

The most sustainable and enduring organizations — and leaders — are the ones that can anticipate and adapt to change when it comes.

While nonprofit leaders manage the day-to-day of critical missions, leading through and navigating change is itself a mission-critical skillset. Change management is a key leadership skill, with strategies, experts, and behaviors you can call upon for strength and confidence.

This three-part series is designed for executive directors, board leaders, and organizational change agents to hit “pause” and acknowledge the impact and challenges of change, to become familiar and comfortable with the mechanics of change, and to actualize change management tools for their organizations.

Price: $179
Mandy Sharp Eizinger, Tamela Spicer, Christina Hardy, and Danielle DeLonge
Deadline to Register: September 24


Meeting Dates & Times

This course is a three-part series. Participants will meet virtually on September 29, October 27, and December 1 from 1–4 p.m. (ET) each session. This series is a live, interactive experience. It will not be recorded or made available to registrants after the end of the live sessions.

Session 1
Wednesday, September 29  //  1–4 p.m. (ET)
The Power of Pause
Sometimes we have the benefit of choosing change, and sometimes it hits us and our communities out of the blue. Other times, change can creep up on us when we’re not looking. During the first session of this leadership lab series, we will unpack the importance and practice of getting a balcony view of your organization in order to reflect on and navigate change in whatever form it arrives. Together we’ll discover strategies you can use to leverage change in a way that builds sustainability for your people and your mission.

In this session, you’ll begin to:

  • Understand the big picture view
  • Learn how to manage change and navigate hurdles to change
  • Identify the change agents in your organization

Session 2
Wednesday, October 27 //  1–4 p.m. (ET)
The Theory and Mechanics of Change
Change is something that all workplaces, industries, and mission areas have to deal with — making it a topic of interest to researchers and experts. In session two we will explore what research can teach us about managing change in order to pull out strategies and approaches to apply in our own work and relationships. Engaging in conversations about your stories of change, we will share processes and tips for navigating different types of transitions.

In this session, you’ll begin to:

  • See how change can build sustainability
  • Identify the mechanics of the change process
  • Understand a change management mindset

Session 3
Wednesday, December 1 //  1–4 p.m. (ET)
Normalizing Change, Actualizing Changemaking
Change can be an opportunity for building agility and sustainability for your organization, your people, and your community. In this final session, we will use real-life case studies from a range of nonprofits to reflect on success stories of change. Together we’ll identify key decision points, evaluate lessons learned, and spot opportunities we can use to think through how our organizations react to or embrace change.

In this session, you’ll begin to:

  • Unpack real case studies and scenarios of change
  • Become familiar with best practices and toolkits to make change part of everyday endurance
  • Consider the implications on organizational culture that good change management can have


This series is generously sponsored by:

Logo: Plante Moran


Photo: Mandy Sharp Eizinger
Mandy Sharp Eizinger, M.S., is a program manager at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Mandy brings to her role training in Gallup Strengths Coaching and a people-centered approach to developing individuals and programs to make meaningful and measurable impact. Learn more about Mandy.

Photo: Tamela Spicer
Tamela Spicer, M.A., is a program manager at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She specializes in board development, change management, fund development, strategic thinking, and is particularly skilled in working with faith-based organizations. Learn more about Tamela.

Photo: Chris Hardy
Christina Hardy, CPA, is a partner at Plante Moran. With more than 15 years of accounting, auditing, and tax experience, she advises not-for-profits on the many financial aspects of their organization so they can move the needle on their missions. Christina specializes in human services organizations, foundations, economic development organizations, and grant-funded organizations. She is Plante Moran’s West Michigan not-for-profit leader, a member of the firm’s not-for-profit quality review group, and one of the firm’s Women in Leadership champions. Learn more about Christina.

Photo of Danielle Delonge
Danielle DeLonge is a consulting manager with the Business Technology Advisory group of Plante Moran’s Information Technology Consulting Practice. She works with organizations and institutions to evaluate change readiness, review their existing change practices, and leverage the opportunities provided by transitions. She is a certified Change Practitioner and former project manager (PMP) and Salesforce.com (SFDC) Administrator who works alongside our engagement teams to ensure clients are thinking about change management throughout our projects.


September 29, 2021
1:00 pm–4:00 pm EDT
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