Foundational Workshop Series
At Leading Elephants, we believe that how you lead change speaks volumes.
Your approach to leading change shows your care and respect for your people, your lived commitment to inclusiveness, and whether you truly “get” their work.
Why we created this course
For more than ten years we have been supporting leaders. During this time, we have seen leaders read about leading change, but not know how to translate what they're reading into practical steps.
Too often, this disconnect leads to change efforts that undermine trust, create resistance, or lead to weak implementation.
Seeing this need, we created Leading Inclusive Change.
This three-part workshop is designed to help leaders learn the practical steps of leading inclusive change.
This course is grounded in Leading Elephants' signature change frameworks, tools, and mindsets for leaders who are leading change at the team, cross-functional, or system level.
Join us for this Three Part
Thursday, April 15
Thursday, April 29
Thursday, May 13
Each session will meet from
1:00-5:00pm ET /
If the upcoming workshop does not work for your schedule, join the Leading Inclusive Change Mailing List by visiting the registration page.
Registration closes Thursday, April 1.
WHAT Participants SAY
"This training was unique because it inspired me to be a more empathetic leader. It's also given me the tools, structure, and tactics to do be an empathetic leader in an intentional way."
— Foundation Investment Partner
Frequently asked questions
Is this course right for me?
What will participants do in the course?
Develop an understanding of the human side of change. Participants explore the common responses and needs that arise for their people in the face of change and overwhelm. They will learn the specific actions that move people from uncertainty to inspiration.
Explore the dynamics of race and identity in how organizations make decisions. Participants will unpack how identity, positionality and power impacts our experiences of change efforts. They will develop skills to examine how white dominant culture shows up in organizational decision making.
Understand the rhythm of a well-led change effort. Participants learn Leading Elephants’ five-stage change model to understand the landscape of a successful change from start to finish. They will leave this session with a schema for how to drive toward decisions, engage inclusive voices and implement with inspiration at each stage of the process.
Build stakeholder engagement to make change “with people and not to people.” Participants practice using a four-step process to design a stakeholder engagement experience that builds inclusive voice, and values the experiences and perspectives of the people who will live the change.
Develop moves for implementing with inspiration and sustaining the change. Change agents will dive into the characteristics of systems and supports that help people feel successful in the change and build positive momentum as they develop new skills, habits and ways of being.
Keep your emotional center as a change leader. Change leaders sit at the nexus of leadership’s expectations, human fear and frustration - and tricky organizational dynamics. Participants will explore their Reactive States as “go to” places under stress, and how to lead even when the world around them feels rocky.
Build your inspirational change narrative. Participants will apply Marshall Ganz’s narrative essentials to craft a Change Story that enlists audiences in the why of the change, appeals to their motivations, and helps them see themselves as heroes in the story.
Will I have access to the templates and tools we use during the course?
What will my experience be like?
This workshop will take place in three half-day sessions over a period of six weeks. Each class includes interactive learning opportunities (with practice groups of peers from other organizations and in rich whole-group discussions), as well as time for reflection and planning.
I can’t attend one of the sessions. Can I still join for the other two?
Unfortunately no. We understand the competing demands for leaders’ time. However, the content builds on itself in a way that requires live attendance for all three sessions.
What will be expected of me?
To make the most of your learning and the community experience, we ask participants to complete prework and reflections in advance of each bi-weekly session. We know you have limited time, so we strive to make this a meaningful investment. Please set aside 1.5 hours per session for pre-reading, reflection, and completing assignments.
How much does this course cost?
Our base participation fee is $750.
Can I attend with members from my team?
If you attend with colleagues, dedicated time will be available with your team to apply learnings to your organization’s context. Participants should be comfortable sharing their personal leadership reflections in the presence of other colleagues who attend the course.
Can I participate if I’m the only one attending from my organization?
Yes! We welcome solo participants, and create an environment for you to meet new colleagues who have common aspects to their work and support each other as you create your change plans.
Is this course targeted for senior project sponsors or for the implementation lead/project manager?
This course was made for both! We believe this content is important for both the project sponsor and the implementation lead. In order to tailor the experience, some breakout discussions will be tailored based on role.
What DEI experience should I have prior to attending?
What is your cancellation and transfer policy?
Any requests to transfer your registration to another participant from your organization must be received no later than April 1. Email email@example.com for more information.
Meet the facilitators
Michelle Moore Hernandez
Michelle is the CEO and Founder of Leading Elephants, a consulting coaching and training organization focused on building dynamic and impactful leadership, infusing inclusive change in organizations and creating thriving cultures that help people be their best together.
Prior to founding Leading Elephants, Michelle led leadership development for The Broad Center, advised schools in Africa and served as a partner in a global consulting firm across multiple geographies.